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Old 03-15-2010, 11:06 AM   #1
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How important is L/R balance? I'm running a TC5. All my lead weights are on the lipo brace and I'm 14g over the legal weight. The car is still a little heavy on the motor side but is close to balanced. I want to add a motor fan/heatsink and take away a lead weight or two, but that would put me pretty far unbalanced. Is it worth it?
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How important is L/R balance? I'm running a TC5. All my lead weights are on the lipo brace and I'm 14g over the legal weight. The car is still a little heavy on the motor side but is close to balanced. I want to add a motor fan/heatsink and take away a lead weight or two, but that would put me pretty far unbalanced. Is it worth it?
Being balanced is definitely worth it, else your car will act differently on left and right turns. Being balanced is worth being a couple grams overweight if that what it takes on your car.

As far as where your weight is; if by Lipo brace you mean the battery bar that holds the lipo down I would suggest you move the weight off of that and onto the chassis, also put it further away from the center. This will bring your center of gravity lower and being further out from center will help balance that side.

For the TC5 I recommend the PPD Billet Lipo plate to help out.
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No, actually on the aftermarker brace that keeps the pack from sliding out. It's on the outside of the pack so basically as far from center as I can get the weights. I guess I'll just leave it without a motor fan/heatsink for now.
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I too am curious as to how much this affects the L/R balance of the car. I drive a corally PHI with the angled lipo tray. Does tweaking the car go hand in hand with balancing it left and right? or what order shoudl this be done in?

Last summer was my first summer of racing and while i didnt do amazing, i had plenty of 2nd /3rd place finishes (as well as DNFs). My driving is good, now its just the car holding me back, and my mind of not changing the setup. I have been adapting to the car and not adapting the car to my driving style. What order should my car be changed? (IE. tweak before you change XYZ, save ride height last etc)
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I too am curious as to how much this affects the L/R balance of the car. I drive a corally PHI with the angled lipo tray. Does tweaking the car go hand in hand with balancing it left and right? or what order shoudl this be done in?

Last summer was my first summer of racing and while i didnt do amazing, i had plenty of 2nd /3rd place finishes (as well as DNFs). My driving is good, now its just the car holding me back, and my mind of not changing the setup. I have been adapting to the car and not adapting the car to my driving style. What order should i car be changed? (IE. tweak before you change XYZ, save ride height last etc)
L/R balance should be done first, because as you move weight around the car tweak changes. The idea is to get your balance right and your suspension right so that the tweak is 0 (I just fought this battle with my car last weekend).
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anybody else have input on this? Still curious as to what people think.
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I would say balance is the most important, then you work on your downstops, droop, ride height, etc.....
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