Spec-R R1

Old 11-26-2013, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by lawton70 View Post
I just bought a spec-r S1 and thought I would share my experience too.
My goal was to put together the best low cost racing package I could while being able to challenge the higher end xray's and tamiya's.
I am an experienced racer in other scales of indoor and outdoor racing, but this is my first venture into 1/10 TC.

I ran a S1 with the setup right from the manual.
I was very picky putting it together to make sure all pieces were put together properly.
I added the following upgrades:
- Aluminum center servo holder
- aluminum steering rack
- sway bar kit from the R1 using the 1.4 front, 1.2 rear (as per the R1 manual)
- 3Racing ssk (double cvd) drives for the front.
- Geared 64 pitch - kimborough 96 tooth spur, 43 tooth pinion for a FDR of 4.24
Others:
- Sweep spec Green rubber tires
- Mazda 6 'protoform' style body from rcMart
- Turnigy nano-tec 6.6mah lipo
- turnigy 17.5 brushless
- hobbyking 120A brushless ESC (hobbywing clone)
- bluebird servo from hobbyking
- orange RX spektrum dsm2
(lots of spare parts like arms and c-blocks from tqrcracing.com as well)

Complete cost under $450

Race Review:
I raced it for the first time in a club 17.5 blinky race.
I had only run the car enough before this race night to make sure the steering trim was straight and then 5 minutes of running.
Having never raced this car before, I put full compound(niftec) rear and the inside 1/2 compound front.
The car is very neutral, so with a 1/2 compound front it had a managable on power push. Enough push that it was noticed by some other racers watching.
Throughout my heat races I added more and more compound on the front until I was running full compound front and rear. The car still has a very mild on power push(understeer) but is very drivable. The rear of the car never once felt loose or tried to come around the whole race night.
I had a collision with another car on the straight, where the other car had come to a dead stop after hitting the boards. I ran into the car at about 25-30mph. Nothing broke on my car BUT I think the ball cup moved down the tie rod. It now has a few degrees of toe out which seems to give the car a bit more steering so I left this new found 'adjustment'.

Results:
TQ and 1st in my 'spec stock' 17.5 class.
Looking at the board the lap count would have been good enough for 2nd place in the next level 'pro-stock' 17.5 class. It would not have been fast enough to challenge the winner of that class as it was a couple laps off the pace.

Conclusion:
For me this car worked perfectly its first race. The setup from the manual is very drivable and will tend to understeer which is easy to drive for beginners to 1/10 touring car. The best part, the other racers could not believe an $85 dollar car on its first outing with a box stock setup could work so well. I'm very impressed with the drivability of this car.
That's a nice write-up, thanks.

I've ordered an S1 from HK and am looking forward to getting it setup. So far I've spent about 220 ($350) inc postage

Car kit: 75
Speed passion Reventon R & v3.0 13.5 motor: 65
Power HD DS1206TG servo: 20
Gens Ace 5000mah 40C: 28
2 x Blitz XFR bodies: 31

I'm just waiting for the postman to deliver it all so I can get stuck in!

Regardless of inflation, it's cheaper to start racing now than it was 15 years ago.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by spring71 View Post
R1 Pro-Spec kits are on sale....

http://www.tqrcracing.com/shop/produ....asp?p_id=6396

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Great price on a great kit!
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:23 PM
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WOW Pro Spec for the price of a standard R1. What is the cost of shipping to postcode 4500 in Australia?
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by spring71 View Post
R1 Pro-Spec kits are on sale....

http://www.tqrcracing.com/shop/produ....asp?p_id=6396

FYI, Thanks.
I'm just curious, why such a price drop? Is Spec-R coming up with something new and shiny? I'm actually considering a second Pro-Spec, but I can hold off a bit if there is something cool on the horizon.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by metalnut View Post
I'm just curious, why such a price drop? Is Spec-R coming up with something new and shiny? I'm actually considering a second Pro-Spec, but I can hold off a bit if there is something cool on the horizon.
I think because the R1 is now out of stock, the R1 Pro is being priced at the same price as the old car. I do not think we will anything new or fantastic for another 8 months or more.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:45 AM
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I agree Roger, the Pro Spec is too new. Although a shiny new kit would be very nice maybe a 2014 pro spec or something
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:33 AM
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Does anyone know all of the part numbers needed to add anti-roll bars to the S1?
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Originally Posted by daveaustin5 View Post
Does anyone know all of the part numbers needed to add anti-roll bars to the S1?
Something like:

SPR-R1H716 Spec R R1 Sway Bar Set
SPR-R1A123 Spec-R R1 Rod Stopper
SPR-R1A101 Spec-R R1 Alu. Ball Studs 8mm
SPR-R1P306 Spec-R R1 4.7mm End Cap
SPR-R1B801 Set Screw M3 x 3
(4) M3 x 10 flat head screws
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Originally Posted by nrtv20 View Post
Something like:

SPR-R1H716 Spec R R1 Sway Bar Set
SPR-R1A123 Spec-R R1 Rod Stopper
SPR-R1A101 Spec-R R1 Alu. Ball Studs 8mm
SPR-R1P306 Spec-R R1 4.7mm End Cap
SPR-R1B801 Set Screw M3 x 3
(4) M3 x 10 flat head screws
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are there any stiffer ballcups that will fit the stock ball studs? i wanna get something better for the steering links but dont wanna buy new studs just yet.
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the ballcups are 4.7mm and can be replced by the Tamiya ones I believe. Failing that I think you may need to replace the studs as well
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Originally Posted by valk View Post
are there any stiffer ballcups that will fit the stock ball studs? i wanna get something better for the steering links but dont wanna buy new studs just yet.
Tamiya ballcups are a direct fit, yeah. I use the "low friction" ones and they hold up pretty well.
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If anyone is interested.
http://www.rctech.net/forum/r-c-item...spec-r-r1.html
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Tamiya 53601? trying to put a small order together on tqrcracing.
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Tamiya 53601? trying to put a small order together on tqrcracing.
Yep!
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