Sept 23, 2017 ProlevelRC held the 1st practice race of the season. Didn’t really feel that I had enough speed yet to actually race but practice with traffic couldn’t hurt. With this in mind I went and gave it a shot. My goal was to finish the race and not cause any wreck nor hold anyone else up.
They run three qualifying sessions with staggered starts. They divided the 6 F1 cars into 2 groups. A fast group (from previous experience) and a slower group. I was in the slower group 🙂 I ended up 3rd in my group of 3 with a 24/6:13 in the 1st one which ended up being my best.
For the Main they put all the cars together as there was only 6 of us anyway. I finished the Main in 5th place with a 22/6:00. Was involved in one mishap which wasn’t my fault. With all things considered I feel that I accomplished my goal for the day, finish the race and stay out of trouble. We’ll try it again next week.
Going to Prolevel to run my drift cars peeked my interest in on road. That is about the only RC I haven’t tried other than airplanes. Did do helicopters for a while. Anyway the on road cars are cool looking and fast as hell. For some reason the F1 cars caught my eye. Started asking questions and Jim let me drive his, that pretty much did it I had to have one.
As luck would have it Sean one of the off road guys had bought an Xray X1-16 but decided to concentrate on his off road cars. He sold it to me for a really good price. All it needed was a set of gears for the servo and a 2S shorty battery and I already had some of those.
Ordered a servo rebuild kit, thank you amazon Prime I had it in 2 days. Rebuild the servo got it installed and the X1 was ready for it’s first trip to the track. At least as me as the owner.
To start I turned the throttle end point down to 50% to start. After several laps I increased it to 55% a few more laps and increased it again. Jim loaned me his transponder so I could get lap times. at 1st it wasn’t calling out the lap time, it was because I wasn’t making minimum speed. Turned up the end point a little more and finally started getting to the 19 sec range. As the evening went on I kept getting faster and faster. While the battery was charging I turned the end point up to 90% and added some Expo to tone down the lower end Batter charged and off we go again. Lap times kept improving though still not what I would call consistent. The fastest lap I turned was 15.9 sec which I was pretty proud of. Still not what I would consider competitive as I think the F1’s are probably in the 12 sec range.
All and all I think it was a good night, I need a lot more practice but I feel pretty good about it.
Purchased a used MST FXX-D which had been upgraded with an aluminum steering rack, aluminum shocks & carbon fiber shock towers. Took the esc, servo, & 21T motor from the other FXX-D & put them in the new one. tested it in the basement and it did okay.
When I took it to Prolevel RC to try it out on their drift track it didn’t do as well. When coming down the long straight and heading into the sweeper turn it had a lot of under-steer if you missed the speed or entry point by just a tad. Did well on the tight switch backs. Basically had the same issue at the other end with another sweeper.
Sunday I put it on the bench and got the setup sheet from the manual and set it up according to the instructions for the most part. I did find that the settings on the right front and left front didn’t match so this might have been part of the issue. When moving the tie rods to the factory holes on the C block I lost the toe out. To correct this I moved the arms down one hole on the rack. I was then able to get a tad of toe out. The instruction manual called for 30w oil in the shock. not knowing what they had I put 30w in both front and read. Set the ride height with the shock preloads. I couldn’t get it exact according to the instructions but it’s close. Took it for a test drive in the basement.
I think the front springs are a little soft but it appeared to drift well in the basement. The real test will be when I take it back to Prolevel RC and test it on their drift track.