Folks at the track calling you Droopy? Maybe it's your suspension, not your disposition. Should you have more droop? Less? Read on for the answers!
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!
Here's an intro to the effect of ride height, that is how far the chassis is from the ground at rest. Learn how being a lowrider can help you on some tracks but hurt on others.
Track width measures the distance from the wheel on one side to the wheel on the other. Learn how it can affect handling here.
Compare the viscosities of various brands of shock oil, including Associated, Losi/TLR, Mugen, Flash Point, Kyosho, Hudy, Yokomo, and more.
Team Associated provides a summary of shock pistons and how they affect handling, so you can figure out if you should use flat, tapered, or thin pistons.
Learn why you might want your shocks either standing upward more, or angled down more.
Quick tip explaining the effects of an anti-roll bar on an RC car and when you might want to use a lighter or a stiffer bar.
Learn about Ackermann and Bumpsteer, how to adjust them, why you might want some bump in your steering, and how both settings affect a car's handling.
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.
Roll center describes how your car rolls in the turns. Here's a quick primer on what it is and how you can use it to tune your car.
What is caster, and what's kickup, and what's the difference? Learn the basics here, and see how they affect your car's handling.
How does the distance between the lower suspension pivots affect handling? Read on.
More and more cars come with adjustments for arm length these days. Learn how arm length affects handling.
Lighter springs? Heavier springs? Low-frequency springs? Figure out what to try next here, so you can spring into action.
Camber links may seem simple, but they offer a wide range of settings on most cars, particularly off-road cars, so it's important to understand whether you should be adjusting the rod length, ball stud locations, or ball stud spacers.
Max covers everything you need to know about shock tuning with a focus on off-road racing, including linear vs progressive vs dual-rate springs, the effect of lighter or stiffer springs and how the springs affect your handling over the bumps.
We all know that that we have to tune our diffs, but why would you want to change the height? This quick overview explains how it impacts your car's handling.