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.
When I wanted to get into drifting I bought a Hpi Sprint 2 Flux AWD to learn to drift. After about a month of practicing in the driveway I decided to take it to the local drift track which is located at Prolevel RC. While I was there I drifted some 2wd cars and liked them better. So I bought a Yokomo YD-2.
After the arrival of the YD-2 the Hpi just sat on the shelf. A friend of mine always liked the Hpi Sprint 2 and always wanted a touring car so when I decided to sell it he bought it. After him having it for about a week we both headed to Prolevel RC to do some drifting. He also brought the touring car tires so we could run it on the road course there.
Now mind you all we did was change the tires, because we were drifting the front was still running tow out, which is normal for drifting. We were both amazed at how fast it was and it handled pretty well considering that it was actually setup for drifting.
We took the body off and put the gps on it to see if we could get a reading on the top speed, the times your hearing are for cars on the offroad track. The gps wouldn’t work in the building so we weren’t able to get a top speed. In the end I came barreling out of the back turn and hit the side boards breaking the C hub. That was the end of running laps with the touring cars for that day. There’s always next time. Might have to take the rally car up there some night.