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Old 06-25-2009, 02:42 PM   #1
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In short I think pan cars are awesome but my on-road time is would entirely be in unprepared parking lots. Are TCs the way to go for that environment or are the pan cars where you can get the ride height high enough for less than ideal surfaces? If so, what pan cars are those?
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TC's for sure. You can get the RH high enough with a pan car; the problem is getting the foams to hook up. Parking Lots are usually covered in lots of dust which makes traction terrible. Even if you were able to get all the dust off, and then were able to spray grape soda, traction still is so-so IMHO. On the same parking lot most people find it much easier to find grip with a sedan. HTH
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It depends. On our parking lot track, 1/12's dont have quite enough tire to keep the rear end under them. On the other hand, one of the local's brought his WGT 1/10 pancar, and even on the spec lilac tires it was very hooked up, and very little tire wear. That may be the better way to go (WGT). We do prep our parking lot, not sure how well they would do in a un-prepped situation. Sedans should always be able to find some bite. If the lots you run in are bumpy (as some can be), id go w/ sedan
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I run in an unpreped parking lot and we are able to run 1/10 oval stock (21.5/lipo) with np. But 1/12 is not very good at all, and as mentioned TC's are fine on these surfaces.
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It depends. On our parking lot track, 1/12's dont have quite enough tire to keep the rear end under them. On the other hand, one of the local's brought his WGT 1/10 pancar, and even on the spec lilac tires it was very hooked up, and very little tire wear. That may be the better way to go (WGT). We do prep our parking lot, not sure how well they would do in a un-prepped situation. Sedans should always be able to find some bite. If the lots you run in are bumpy (as some can be), id go w/ sedan
Thanks for the suggestions. Semi-related:

Can someone point me at a nice concise guide for all the different pan car classes out there? Do any run 2S lipo?
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I run in an unpreped parking lot and we are able to run 1/10 oval stock (21.5/lipo) with np. But 1/12 is not very good at all, and as mentioned TC's are fine on these surfaces.
i agree here. having the right motor in the pan car will make all the difference. if you're using 17.5-21.5 you should be set but if you throw a 4.5t in there you'll be spinning all over the place. now the touring car you could get crazy with the motor and still be able to drive it to some extent.
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