Jason Branham wrote:
Ive heard of many tire combos that people use but what are your "go to" tires most of the time? Do you guys mix it up front and rear or run the same tire all around? also do you guys run the same springs all around (blue front and blue rear) or do you use harder springs up front and softer in rear? Most Xray drivers Ive encountered always run the same color springs all around but many other drivers always vary the spring rates front and rear. Whats your take on this?
As for "go to" tires it would definitly be the Pro-Line Calibers. They work on almost any type of condition so "when in doubt" Calibers. Actulay on the mixing of tires, that usualy pertains to compounds to me and yes I do this often. When I'm looking to gain steering or free up the rear end, weather on a mild to high grip track, I like to mix the compounds up inorder to achieve this. Its a quick fix without searching for a different set-up on the car. Ex. M3 Calibers on the front for steering grip and M2 Calibers to free the rear end up to help gain steering. Sometimes though, and you will know, that this is just not possible becuase you will spend a qualifier trying to keep the rear end from passing you..lol
My main set-up calls for the stock silver springs but if a track gets really rough I like to go to a tad lighter oil with the blue grays for quicker rebound. Sometimes I will run the blue greys on just the front if I'm running on a high bite track to keep the front from digging in and causing oversteer.
I haven't experimented much with the other colors though.
Very well put and makes total sense. Ive been running calibers on my xt8 for the longest and every time I change things start to feel funky. I will take your advice and mix up the compounds as that sounds like the perfect solution for under/oversteer fixes. I also agree that most of the time its the tires and not the actual set up thats making you scratch your head.
As for the springs I totally get it. Some times harder in the front keep you pointing straight instead of spinning out from too much grip. Im running the blues up front and the blue-greys in the rear at the moment and it feels right.
Might be a stupid question but when will you know if you need more rebound? depends on the bumpiness or roughness of the track? And how do you determine to lighten the oil vs spring ?
To tell you the truth, rebound does not have enough affect (to me) to worry about how much rebound to set up for a certain situation. I usualy run about 30% all the time just to make sure I have that pressure set up in the shock and to show that its not dead.
Oil to me depends on the temp. and roughness of the track. Now that we are racing in 95+ degree weather here in Houston that automaticaly means I will be running heavier oil. Along with temp, track conditions help me fine tune the oil. If the track is rough then you can't be too heavy because the shock is too slow to react but it can't be too light because you don't want to chasis slap off of every little or big jump on the track. Its all about finding the happy medium,weather it be oil, pistons or springs, that's comfortable to you, to where you think the suspension reacts to the obsticles on the track the best it can.
For me I like for my car to be as reactive as possible, firm suspension, without it being too stiff and causing a loss of traction and corner speed. I can't stand when the chasis is transfering weight everywhere making the car look sloppy and feeling sluggish.
It might be easier if you kept a log of certain track types, temps (I carry the Hudy temp, time and humidity guage with me everywhere I go) and conditions where your car peformed well and that sticks out in your mind. You can refer back to the log when your not sure what to do or when you run into a similar situation.
Yea I know I'm a RC Dork! lol