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Old 10-29-2006, 01:16 PM   #1
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Is it a proven fact that ABS in RC is always better or just preference depending on driving style or track layout ?

Is there anyone here who after using ABS actually prefers regular brakes?

What about battery life? Is this affected?

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i used to use ABS with my car and it worked ok but with the faster movement back and forth it puts extra stress on the servo and can cause it to fail.
with the one way i just set the brakes to grab to the point just before they lock up the rear wheels and have no probs
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I use ABS and im quite used to it. It allows me to brake while turning.
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Thanks for the info guys. This is exactly the pro's and con's I was looking for.

itchy b, which brand and model servo you found did not stand up to the stress?

Also, is there anyone else who also found the same?
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Old 10-29-2006, 06:07 PM   #5
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Is it a proven fact that ABS in RC is always better or just preference depending on driving style or track layout ?

Is there anyone here who after using ABS actually prefers regular brakes?

What about battery life? Is this affected?

Thanks for the info.
I use ABS and I find it very useful. However for it to work correctly it has to be set-up correctly.

I put new brakes into my car prior to today's race and I spent most of the morning working to get the ABS set to my liking. I got it perfect after the first qualifier and it is amazing how much faster and more consistent my laps were once it properly set.

Take the time to experiment with the settings because the results are worth the time you invest in learing about ABS.
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it kills servos,and it dosent work the way it should,it just sucks.
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Old 10-29-2006, 08:00 PM   #7
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i was using it with my Serpent but someone told me that it shortens the life of a throttle servo so i have to dis able it
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instead of setting abs with the servo pulse you could just adjust the brake so it gives enough braking power without the tires locking up.
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I had two servos killed by ABS function , beside ABS funtion didn't help on handling anyway.
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in my opinion, it all boils down to personal preference. each one of us has it's own driving styles some say that the advantage is that you are able to do some steering while turning. well, i have tried this and it's good. but in the end, i still went back to the regular brake setting and set the brake so that it would just slow down the car and not put it to a complete stop when i tap on the brakes. this has improved my driving and my lap times... another thing was that i was worried of having my servos damaged with the abs function. a friend of mine damaged his servo after about 1 year of abs use...
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I use ABS and im quite used to it. It allows me to brake while turning.

brake while turning. is that a new driving style?
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I used ABS for over a year and had 2 servo's fail. Futaba digital 9550 and 9451. After taking more time on setting up the car, and setting the brake up correctly, I now do not use the ABS. I found that the car now brakes strait with the one-way in it and even in the corners, I am able to use the brake if I need it... ABS is good if you are using a spool or a diff in the front and you are on a slippery track, but other than that, take the time to set up your brakes and your car correctly.
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Thanks guys!

Good food for thought.
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A servos normal life span can be measured in 'cycles'. You dramatically increase the number of cycles, your servo is subjected to, when using abs.
The potential benefits of abs are real but slight. All parameters must be set-up properly, to realize the benefits. It is generally easier, to disable abs & work on fine tuning your push & drag-brake settings.
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I use ABS and I find it very useful. However for it to work correctly it has to be set-up correctly.

I put new brakes into my car prior to today's race and I spent most of the morning working to get the ABS set to my liking. I got it perfect after the first qualifier and it is amazing how much faster and more consistent my laps were once it properly set.

Take the time to experiment with the settings because the results are worth the time you invest in learing about ABS.

I would tend to agree here. I spent some time playing with ABS on a previous radio I had. You have to really play around with the settings to get it right, but when it's right, you can brake and turn at the same time as someone else said. And I'm talking braking HARD and turning. My new radio features ABS with much more adjustability than the radio I had before. I'm going to try it again when I get some time.
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