|RC Cars and
Buggies Ezine 20
R/C Buggies, Toe-In And Toe-Out, New R/C Pages
RCCARTIPS.com Newsletter / Ezine
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Vol 1, Issue
October 15, 2003
* 1/10 Scale Electric R/C Buggies
* Tip of the Day - Toe-In, Neutral, Toe-Out
* New Articles
* Help Spread the Word
1/10 SCALE ELECTRIC R/C
It has been a busy work week for me, and now I am writing this
newsletter at 5:30 am so that I can send it out by 7:30 am. Ok...
here is this week's issue of RC Car Tips...
First, let me introduce newcomers to 1/10 scale electric rc buggies.
This are off-road, 2 wheel drive, electric powered r/c cars (i.e.
buggies). These used to be one of the most popular types of r/c
cars. I remember joining races in the mid 80's where there where
about 300 r/c buggies per competition.
To read more, visit:
All the best.
P.S. I am still building up the section on rc buggies (electric and
gas powered). Hopefully it will soon be filled with information.
TIP OF THE DAY - TOE-IN,
Q: Hello. My name is Jack Buelt and i have
been reading your
newsletter for about three to four months now. VERY interesting,
even though I only run a Traxxas T-Maxx.
That in mind, i was wondering if you could do an article about
toe-in and toe-out, as well as any other front suspension
adjustments there may be. I ask because I recently had to
replace a broken bulkhead as well as upper & lower A-arms to
match. Since then, my steering just doesn't seem quite right.
I've spent enough of your time, thank you for your attention.
A: Hi Jack, and thanks for the email. Let me try to explain toe-in
and toe-out and how it affects your car's performance. Viewing
your car from the top, with the top of this page as the front of
/ \ toe-in
| | neutral
\ / toe-out
Visualize yourself skiing. Toe-in is when you point the tip
of your ski towards each other. Toe-in makes your car move
in a straighter line, and you would like to apply toe-in if your car
wanders (drifts to the left or right erratically) even without any
steering input. RC buggies usually have 1.5 to 3 degrees of toe-in
in the rear, and maybe 1 to 2 degrees toe-in in the front.
It is when the wheels are perfectly parallel to each other. This is
the ideal situation, as it produces the least amount of rolling
resistance (i.e. less drag). A car with neutral setup will have a
higher top speed than the same car with a toe-in or toe-out
setup. However, toe-in does make a car more stable and handle
better, which can lead to faster lap times.
Visualize yourself skiing with the tip of the ski pointing outwards.
Notice that this will make you drift erratically to the left or right.
Toe-out is never used in the rear of a car. However, toe-out is
sometimes used in the front wheels to give a car more steering
when entering a turn.
Each rc car or truck is designed and engineered differently. Some
work well with toe-in, while some work well with a neutral setup.
To get the best performance from your r/c car or r/c truck, I
recommend you follow the setup found in the manual.
P.S. There are some tools specially made to determining the degrees
of toe-in or toe-out of your r/c car or truck. I personal just use
the "eyeball" technique of visually looking from the top view, and
testing the performance on the track.
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