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Old 02-05-2010, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Greg Sharpe View Post
In a nut shell, my setup consists of this .......


Now how about you give me some of that ol' Portin' Horton power ......
Lol! you the worst!
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:30 AM
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My continuing efforts to make a night racer f1

now with 9 lights including one in the drivers helmet

painted with glow in the dark paint

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Old 02-06-2010, 03:46 AM
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^that is SOOOOOOOOO awesome!!!

I reckon that car would be awesome in a "blurred" lighting photo.

or on the f1 grid at singapore night race
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:35 AM
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That looks cool.
I agree a slow shutter pic. would look awesome.
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I've been hearing of people having better luck with the Tamiya rubber tires running shortened touring car inserts instead of the included plain foams. Has anyone tried this?
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:17 AM
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That's gotta look so cool haulin a$$ !!!!!! I bet it looks like one cool green streak?
In my little humble opinion, that's pretty damn awesome. WOW!
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:48 AM
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I have the stock foams in my rubber tires and the car is hooking up pretty good
when the tire temp is warm. I lowered the front to 4mm and the rear 3mm ride ht.so the rear sits lower and that helped more than a gallon of tire prep ever did. this is a cool time of the year and the kit tires need hot weather to warm up quickly. 85 deg. +++ would help. The new soft compound tamiya has will be the hot ticket.
My next set I will try to build with f103 rear inserts. I have also read on this fourm it helps and would like more fb too.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:31 PM
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Just need this damn rain to go away so i can test it out. Driving up and down the street seems encouraging. Its around 205mm at the back.

What a good rollout for 17.5?

Anyone got any jaco pinks they want to sell?



The only problem was the rear axle holders, but i shimmed it with a sliver of metal from 13/32 pipe and the flanged bearings will keep it in there.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by zharn View Post
Just need this damn rain to go away so i can test it out. Driving up and down the street seems encouraging. Its around 205mm at the back.

What a good rollout for 17.5?

Anyone got any jaco pinks they want to sell?



The only problem was the rear axle holders, but i shimmed it with a sliver of metal from 13/32 pipe and the flanged bearings will keep it in there.
What was wrong with your axle holders? 104 comes with three sizes. You had issues with all of them?
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:16 PM
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I hate the rain,. It was cool when I lived in Toledo, when I wasn't a racer.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Greg Sharpe View Post
Your left looking at the car, or the car's left as if the 1/10 driver was explaining the handling issue to his 1/10 engineers? In other words, is it spinning into the inside curb or is it drifting wide into the outside retaining wall?
It is coming to the the inside of the track - drivers left (as if sitting in the car). Basically it will not come out of the turn, even though I am centering the steering. With my F103s, I just have to ease the steering to center as I power onto the straight. With the 104, easing to center steering does not work, and I have to turn hard right in order to come out of the left turn to miss the inside curb, and that causes me to struggle with control. Very odd problem. It is not oversteering so much as staying in the turn. I don't think the steering servo is binding. but maybe.

Thanks to everyone that answered. I will work on everything you all recommended.
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"My continuing efforts to make a night racer f1

now with 9 lights including one in the drivers helmet

painted with glow in the dark paint"


TRON 2010
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Old 02-07-2010, 01:51 AM
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What the H is that?
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Originally Posted by zpmhinojosa View Post
That's gotta look so cool haulin a$$ !!!!!! I bet it looks like one cool green streak?
In my little humble opinion, that's pretty damn awesome. WOW!

I raced it last wednesday night, but that was before I put all of the lights in. Only had the four strip lights. Still looked cool going round

It's getting kind of heavy so not sure how that will effect performance. And the only other problem is the rubber tyres start losing it the darker, and colder, it gets.

I'll try to get a mate to take some shots of it on the track and see what we get
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Originally Posted by PDR View Post
I've got a set of Rides (as far as I know, all compounds) on the way, so should be able to test 'em next Sunday (Feb 15). Never really liked the idea of the way the Shimizu's mounted, so I've stayed away from them, although a couple of the other guys I know seem to like them.

Tried the Tamiya rubbers back to back with the B foams on Tuesday night and they were terrible. To be fair, I think they need a bit more heat in them to work well. My best lap dropped from around 23.6 to 27.5, but most of them were 29 or over because I couldn't keep the car from spinning I had treated them about 45mins beforehand and they felt sticky enough, but no real grip at the back. This is an outdoor asphalt track...

I will have a set of warmers for the next evening meet, so will give that a try.

Spotted these on the hop-ups list for the F104 on the Tamiya web site:
54199 RC F104 Rubber Tires - Rear/Soft
54198 RC F104 Rubber Tires - Front/Hard

No obvious clues as to availability...
I read a few post behind that the Shimizu rears are good. Updates on Ride when you got them

Originally Posted by j.d.roost View Post
I can tell you they don't work on carpet
I suppose so, my local TAC or TCS as you guys called it are runnning foams on carpet and rubbers on asphalt as a rule ...
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