First Race today

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First Race today

Post by Budhatrain » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:15 am

So today was the first ever race I have entered. It was quite the sight... I really know nothing about tuning a gas engine etc or at least enough to know I really don't know... Saturday I made sure everything ran and was ready to go...

First thing I do- fire up all the trucks- I had three there- I was afraid of my stock radio equipement and messin someone up- but they all start fairly easy so I waited with high anticipation.

Comes time to race- they call my friends name who I just gave a truck to the day before and this was his first time. Can't start the truck- its like locked up with pressure in it or something- starter can't turn the piston. We take the glow plug out and have to start cranking over with the plug kinda in- finally it spews, coughs and starts, to the races, totally turned the wrong way when the truck was coming back to him and runs waaaay off course- he's brand new to the whole thing and will get it.

They call my other friend whose borrowing another truck of mine- same thing, truck is like frozen- pop off the glow plug and eventually never get it to run.

They call mine- same thing- finally I get it running and on the track. Now I have bashed forever so I know I can do this I am not afraid of driving. I go the first straightaway and turn- there goes my right rear tire completely rolled off the track- none of my tires were glued! So I finish the race with one white rim with no rubber.

Trying to get ready for the toilet bowl- bracket for first time losers- quickly change into some big joes- two fouled plugs later- ready to race again and confident with my new shoes- some guys tried to tune the carb it looks good. The guy I am racing against rolls- I have it won even though my truck is bogging under 50% throttle- last corner my rig flames out 20 feet from finish line.

I viberantly remember a guy saying who tuned these things...sheepishly I look up- well I did. Today was totaly embarrasment.

I really don't know the first things about nitro tuning. I went back to my church's parking lot- they all started right up and was successful in racing up and down the parking lot- bashing.

So I learned a few things:
1)Driving is 90% of racing- that's if your truck can make it there and back
2)I can only go up from here :)
3)I need to learn how to tune an engine
4)My friend needs more practice behing the wheel
5)MT racing guys are pretty cool people- even when you're a complete newb

So I am going to make sure I have the right fuel (only had 15%)- tires are glued- carb is not leaking- have good supply of glow plugs... Track is only like 20min from my house so we are definetly practicing and I will be racing this spring!!!
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Re: First Race today

Post by SFC K » Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:30 am

Wow! I would have gave a up long before you did and you still kept trying so kudo's for give it your all and not giving up. Here's a link that might help you out in the tuning dept.

Good luck on your next outing and practice is what will help you win races! :wink:

http://www.groundpoundersrc.com/index.p ... ,41.0.html.
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Re: First Race today

Post by Budhatrain » Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:57 am

yeah those vids and info are great!
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Re: First Race today

Post by Halgar » Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:38 am

Sounds like your trucks had as many race day jitters as you and your buds did. :mrgreen: 8) I'm not much of a nitro guy either, my only experience is with a POS T-Maxx that I have nothing but bad words to describe. One thing I do know, however, is that you NEVER change the fuel you've been running IF the engine likes it and has run well on it. I kinda had the opposite experience with fuel. I was sold something that was supposed to be good for a Maxx that wasn't, switched to Maxx fuel and things got markedly better, however, going from a vehicle that won't run to one that barely runs isn't much of a change.

I would really like to experience a good nitro that runs with minimal maintenance. Granted, nitro takes more maintenance and tinkering than electric, but I had nothing but nightmares with my Maxx. I've heard great things about both O.S. and XTM motors, I just refused to upgrade a POS (more than I already had to ) in hopes that the upgrades would make it less of a POS.
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Re: First Race today

Post by TamiyaTony » Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:51 am

Congrats on your test/race day. Now that you have the bugs worked out, you will definitely dominate the rest of the year.
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Re: First Race today

Post by vwjuice » Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:36 am

Part of the problem with tuning your engine is your driving area. When your bashing you spend more time with the engine at higher rpm's. When our racing you use a lot of low rpm's. You need to tune the low speed needle for better acceleration. Take the trucks to the track and ONE AT A TIME (trust me on this one), run them on the track and adjust the main needle so that it is running pretty good with a little bit of smoke coming out of the pipe. Then adjust the low speed needle to get the best low end punch without stalling. It will also help you to find a pipe that is for low end acceleration instead of top speed. Check and see what the other guys are running and go from there. Also I would consider running a good 20-25% race fuel. Hope this helps you out Budha.

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