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Old 02-04-2004, 05:52 PM
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Randman,

I managed to fit the battery strap on my PAL R2 with some minor modifications using Yokomo Servo Mounts.

Will post some pics soon.

I haven't tried the tape yet but will it hold well in a crash??????

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Straps can be made to fit, but tape is much more secure, I've never ejected a battery while using tape.
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:04 PM
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How can i get more on-power and exit steering from my xenon R2? i feel my car has too much initial steering and not enough exit steering... im still running the stock springs.
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highwayman: Im not a Cuda expert but how much toe are you running in the front end. To much will make the car turn in good and will push while exiting the corner.
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Originally posted by highwayman
How can i get more on-power and exit steering from my xenon R2? i feel my car has too much initial steering and not enough exit steering... im still running the stock springs.
you could increase kick up, increase caster, stiffen the rear springs, use thicker front shock oil, reduce front droop to solve the push on exit. Many options but try one at a time.
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Old 02-04-2004, 08:14 PM
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Originally posted by 29Dennis
highwayman: Im not a Cuda expert but how much toe are you running in the front end. To much will make the car turn in good and will push while exiting the corner.


im running zero toe in front.
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Originally posted by AWOLsoldier
you could increase kick up, increase caster, stiffen the rear springs, use thicker front shock oil, reduce front droop to solve the push on exit. Many options but try one at a time.

... wouldn't increasing kick-up and/or caster increase my initial steering more and even reduce exit steering? that's why im using the stock c-hubs, although i have a stage 3 xenon upgrade, i think the red alum xenon c-hubs have a 7 degree caster.

i'll try to play with the springs first, stiffen the rear as you suggested. - thanks.
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Increasing caster will give less initial turn in.
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Originally posted by highwayman
... wouldn't increasing kick-up and/or caster increase my initial steering more and even reduce exit steering? that's why im using the stock c-hubs, although i have a stage 3 xenon upgrade, i think the red alum xenon c-hubs have a 7 degree caster.

i'll try to play with the springs first, stiffen the rear as you suggested. - thanks.
Well by increasing kickup, you're reducing the amount the front will squat and reduce weight transfer to the front. It reduces turn in due to increased camber but once the car gets in the corner the extra camber might give you more steering throughout the turn.
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ok. thanks. will try it out.
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Originally posted by highwayman
How can i get more on-power and exit steering from my xenon R2? i feel my car has too much initial steering and not enough exit steering... im still running the stock springs.
wow my problem is opposite. i have no initial turn in.. (it pushes off power.) but plenty of mid corner and on power steering.

care to share your track conditions and set up?
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Originally posted by Hebiki
wow my problem is opposite. i have no initial turn in.. (it pushes off power.) but plenty of mid corner and on power steering.

care to share your track conditions and set up?
Hey bud, there's a lot you can do to decrease off power push... what have you tried?
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Originally posted by Hebiki
wow my problem is opposite. i have no initial turn in.. (it pushes off power.) but plenty of mid corner and on power steering.

care to share your track conditions and set up?
He's running the Xenon R2, so the car will be way different. I'll take a look at your car, and can make some suggestions. Or if you see Steve at SoCal on Sat, hit him up.
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Originally posted by AWOLsoldier
Hey bud, there's a lot you can do to decrease off power push... what have you tried?
R3 seems to behave differently from my R2... i havent experiemented with much.. but right now. im on the second hole for front and rear shock towers.. starting from the outside counting in.

i do have the front kicked up.. so mid corner and exit steering is where i like it.
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Heibiki,

If you want more turn in, then take out the shims underneath the front suspension arm. If you want even more turn in, angle the front arms by putting shims underneath the rear set of arm pivot balls on the front arms. Sometimes, an off-power push can be from going into a turn to fast, and trying to make the car turn at speeds that the tires can not perform.

Basically, a car that's going straight, wants to keep going straight, and the friction between the tire and the ground is what makes the car turn. However, the more speed you're carrying, the more force is behind the car, therefore, there comes to a point where no matter what your setup is, or what tires you're using, your car is still going to feel like is pushing...but it's simply not slowed down enough to negotiate the turn.

I'll be there Sat., and I'll spend some time checking out your car on the track

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Originally posted by Hebiki
R3 seems to behave differently from my R2... i havent experiemented with much.. but right now. im on the second hole for front and rear shock towers.. starting from the outside counting in.

i do have the front kicked up.. so mid corner and exit steering is where i like it.
Maybe try a softer front sway bar (if you have one), thicker rear shock oil or softer front springs? Can try increasing rear droop too.
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