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Old 08-25-2004, 09:05 PM
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Ok so I have an HPI Rally I bought off of eBay the other week and I'm having a tonne of fun! I've definitely got to get new batteries but that's another story. My question is this, and please excuse the lack of proper terminology, but hopefully you'll understand what I'm talking about.

When I bought the car it came with a Futaba Magnum Jr. radio. I noticed it has a throttle trim dial which I can set so that the car is always running without me pulling the trigger. I know there is a brake on the esc, I think it's forward/brake/reverse. which brand I don't recall. Anyway, if I set the throttle trim all the way so that the car is always running, can I use the brake to slide through corners? I guess what I'm trying to learn is how to slide the car round through corners on loose dirt and gravel. I'm having a great time trying to drive it like it's the real deal rally car and am just wondering if there are any tricks I can learn from somewhere on the net or through responses here.

Sorry for being long winded, I hope you get what I'm trying to ask here.

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Brakes are usually applied by pushing out on the trigger on the radio. Depending on the speedo the car came with, you can adjust the amount of brakes. Hopefully you got the instructions with the car.
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with an electric, it is harder to do, i set the trim so that it is not moving when you let go, and then, if your esc has a delay before it goes into revers, you can get some speed, and just go into reverse, putting it back to neutral before reverse actually kicks in. its kind of complex
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:01 PM
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Hey Guys,

Thanks for the responses. I got a chance to try it out at the field across the street from work today. unfortunately the battery didn't have much juice, so I'm not sure the sliding thing I was trying actually works. I'll try again tomorrow.

I think pretty much throwing the car into reverse with the throttle trim set to full open, just forces the wheels to lock up. At least with my setup. We'll see how that translates into skidding round corners tomorrow.

Any good places to find out driving tips on the net?

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Originally posted by dubwb
Hey Guys,

Thanks for the responses. I got a chance to try it out at the field across the street from work today. unfortunately the battery didn't have much juice, so I'm not sure the sliding thing I was trying actually works. I'll try again tomorrow.

I think pretty much throwing the car into reverse with the throttle trim set to full open, just forces the wheels to lock up. At least with my setup. We'll see how that translates into skidding round corners tomorrow.

Any good places to find out driving tips on the net?

thanks
I suggest that you just spent time playing with your new toy. You would normally skid on dirt even without braking. The more time you play with it, the more you will master the art of drifting.
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You can do a quick turn of the wheel opposite to where you want your car to turn and turn back to where you want to turn quickly. This will cause the rear rend to possibly break traction momentarily. Don't even need to put on the brakes. You should be going fast though for this work. Just a thought
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Old 08-28-2004, 07:28 PM
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Hey, thanks for the tips everybody!

I happened to find this awesome site at the end of the week. Basically a dried up river bed. Imagine the Nevada salt flats on a 1/10 scale! Anyway, was able to really mix it up and try some techniques out. There's a good mix of loose dry, fine sand with some harder packed clay and plenty of loose gravel.

If anyone's in the Durham area, check it out! It's behind the new Pet Smart store off of 15/501 and Mt Moriah Rd. It's easiest if you enter from the opposite side though on Old Chapell Hill Rd. There's a new rental development called, The Verge. Just drive in their main entrance and take the first right and follow that all the way back. I think if you find visitor parking all you have to do is walk down the hill.

I'll try and post pic's some time.
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Old 09-05-2004, 10:28 AM
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you guys talking about drifting... wow!!! love to do that on my TA04!!! hope there is a special forum for drifting...
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