Comprehensive setup guide for off-road cars including explanations of settings, instructions on how to measure settings properly, and how to fix various handling problems.
Comprehensive but concise guide to all aspects of setups, focused on off-road, by Scott Guyatt
Alex Hagberg explains how to prep an RC car for racing in the rain. Many of the tips are relevant for all car classes (how to protect your radio equipment, ESC, wiring, and motor), but the setup tips (flex, camber, etc) are focused on on-road touring cars.
Everyone's favorite Aussie gearhead explains the fundamentals of weight transfer in racing and how it can be used to increase traction or change the front-to-rear relative traction while cornering. In Part 2, he covers roll center and how it contributes to cornering relative to shock springs and shock oil & pistons. A must watch for all tuners!
Ty walks us through how he builds ball diffs to get the best life from the diff and the most traction.
Max Mört takes us through these fundamental settings, and why they do what they do.
Max Mört goes in depth on anti-roll (sway) bars, explaining how they affect handling for off-road cars, how to choose thicker or thinner bars, how the anti-roll bar affects the car over jumps, how important it is in comparison with other settings, and how ARBs interact with your wheelbase and driveshaft choices.
Max Mört explains how their friction characteristics can help you decide if you should run constant-velocity driveshafts (CVDs) or universal joints in your car. He uses a 1/8 off-roader for his demos, but the physics apply to all types of RC race cars.
Ty Tessman shares off his secrets for ensuring that his car's ride height is exactly where he wants it
This is the best explainer we've seen on roll center yet - check out these great videos from Max Mört that get into the racing physics of why roll center does what it does. He focuses on off-road, but the principles work across all types of racing. Oh, and get comfy and make some popcorn - these two videos clock in at over 27 minutes.
TLR's Frank Root explains the basics of setting ride height with a focus on 1/10th scale 2WD, but it's applicable to any off-roader.
Max Mört gives a great, in-depth explanation of how wheelbase adjustments affect off-road RC cars and how to use it in your tuning to optimize weight transfer and turning ability.
TLR's Frank Root gives an intro to adjusting a slipper clutch the right way.
Learn the basics of camber and toe with TLR's lead product designer!
Ryan Harris explains off-road tire prep, particularly for indoor clay - how and why folks shave tires, how sauce works, why you might want a tire warmer, and more! A great overview of off-road tire prep.
Excellent 2-page explanation of common configuration options for off-road cars, from shock locations to chassis flex. It was made for the the XB2, but most of it applies to any off-road car - definitely worth a read.
XRAY's Ty Tessman explains what front camber does, how he adjusts it, and how he tests changes to it, with a focus on pillow ball suspension.
Want to know how to build Associated shocks the right way? Well, there's no better way to learn than from the AE folks themselves. Check it out.
Which type of driveshaft is right for your car? Joe explains what track conditions are ideal for each, with a focus on 4WD cars.