Monday, January 26, 2015

TT02 FRD: More Bling from Eagle Racing

Been doing a few more upgrades to the Eagle Racing TT02 FRD.  First up is a nice, heavy duty servo mount.

It is really nicely made, comes with all mounting hardware, and best of all...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

HPI RX-8: Finished and Sitting on the TT02 FRD

Seems like I have been working on the HPI RX-8 for a while, but I have had a few breaks along the way while working with the TT02 FRD.  This body is pretty simple overall, and I intended for it to be that way.  It will be the primary runner for the FRD, but I still wanted it to look nice.  I used many of the decals that came with the body for window trim and other body details.  They actually look pretty nice if you take the time to trim them cleanly.  The wing and struts are from Speedway Pal, the splitter is made from scratch, and the mufflers and tips were turned from aluminum on a lathe.  You can check out the rest of the pics after the jump.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Eagle Racing TT02 FRD Update: Brakes and Weights

Just a quick update on a couple of new additions to the Eagle Racing TT02 FRD.  First order of business is a brake upgrade.  Eagle Racing makes a really nice disk brake kit that comes in several colors.  Be sure and order the set that fits the R31 chassis, as it also fits the TT02 FRD.  I picked the light blue color that matches the rest of the chassis.  The kit comes with four nice aluminum calipers, rotors/hexes, and all the hardware needed to install them, including shims to take up any play in the axles, if needed.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Eagle Racing TT02 FRD: Current Chassis Settings and Corner Weights

With the holidays, and taking a trip to visit family, I have not had much opportunity to test the new TT02 FRD chassis at the local carpet track.  I have been able to spend some time testing on the polished concrete in my garage though.  I have been playing around with springs, weight, and alignment settings.  I am also trying to stick mainly with parts that come with the car, along with using some cheap fixes, to demonstrate that it can be pretty capable without throwing a lot of money and  parts at it.  I recently invested in a setup station from Yeah Racing to make the setup process more consistent and accurate.  Couple that with an Integy set up board and ride height gauge, and it is easy to do the setup right.  You can get by with some simple tools and a flat surface, but using the whole system makes the process go a bit smoother, for me.