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October 6, 2015

Team Tech Tips – 16mm Big Bore Shock Set-Up

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Set Up 16mm Big Bores Like  Pro

Team Durango Team Tech Tips Guru, Jason Ametrine, returns with the first in an exciting series of all-new tutorial videos.

This new series will feature more in-depth tuning and set-up advice, with a strong focus on our recently updated 1/8 scale range of vehicles.

Your Shock Absorber set-ups are made ultra-simple, with factory-built 16mm Big Bore units provided in all DEX8, DNX8, DEX8T and DESC10 race kits.

This interesting video guide will share the four most popular set-up configurations currently used in these precision manufactured Shock units, allowing you to quickly get things ‘dialed-in’ for the exact conditions you are faced with at the track.

Watch the latest Team Tech Tips video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5xfdVgpDEQ

Learn more about the world of Team Durango, including all the latest Team Driver tricks and tips: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango 

Join Jason for his other technical guides here now: https://www.youtube.com/WatchTeamDurango

Find your local Team Durango dealer easily: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

July 13, 2015

Travis Amezcua – Ride Height Basics – Tutorial

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Hot new tips from the Team Durango super-racer, Travis Amezcua

In the latest instalment of our exciting Team Tech Tips tuning series, hosted by our Field Consultant for North America, Travis Amezcua, we take a closer look at vehicle ride height.

Travis shares some useful hints on how to gain a fast and easily adjusted tuning advantage when the track conditions are difficult. Using his DEX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy as an example, Travis shows you how to get the perfect ride height adjustments, time after time.

Over to Travis for his valuable insights:

This week I will cover the effects of ride height. Ride height is best explained as the height of the chassis in relation to the ground.

You should always set your ride height when your car is race-ready. Electronics or Engine and Battery Cells installed.

First up, how to check the ride height you are currently running.

  • You will want to use a flat surface/set-up board.
  • There are many different ride height gauges out there you can use. Stick to using the same gauge as consistency is key when taking measurements.
  • When your car is race-ready, lift the car about 6-8 inches from the ground. Then drop the car onto the flat surface/setup board.
  • Take your ride height gauge and slide it under the chassis. This will tell you what the ride height of your car is at from the ground to the bottom of the chassis.

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Position your chosen ride height gauge in the center of your Chassis Plate, underneath the front Diff 

 Now to look at making adjustments and what you can expect to see from your tuning efforts:

  • Rotating your Shock Collars will increase your ride height in one direction, then decrease your ride height when rotated the opposite way.
  • Adjusting the ride height is a quick tuning option for your car. This simple adjustment can really change the way your car is handling on the track and can have you ‘dialled’ back into the changing race conditions quickly.
  • For most cars, you will want the front and rear ride height to be within a few mm from each other, or ‘equalized’, as we say at Team Durango.
  • Make sure that the adjustment is equal from side to side on the Shock Collars. You can easily check each ‘quarter’ of the ride height setting by putting your gauge in the four corners of the Chassis Plate.

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Now we know how easy it is to make the actual ride height adjustments, and also measure them, lets understand what we can expect to happen when we increase, or decrease our vehicle ride height:

  • Generally speaking a lower ride height will have less traction, and will be less prone to traction rolling.
  • A higher ride height will produce more traction but also want to traction roll easier.
  • With a higher ride height your car will also land the jumps and handle those bumpy tracks a lot better. Again this will depend on the surface that you’re running on.

Some settings to consider:

Front lower than Rear

  • Increases weight transfer to the front off power.
  • Increases steering.
  • It will also make the car want to jump more nose down.

Front higher than rear

  • More rear traction on power
  • Decreases steering.
  • Will make the car jump more nose up

Always keep in mind that no matter how often you tune a setting on your vehicle, you should keep a starting set-up noted on your Team Durango set-up sheet. This will allow you to easily return the car back to the settings you started out with, without forgetting valuable measurements and values.

You can also see our colleague, Jason Ametrine, creating custom ride height settings with his DEX210v2 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKTfEGZom4Q

Stay tuned for the next Travis Amezcua Team Tech Tips article very soon.

Explore the DEX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy here now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Join the global team easily here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Find a local dealer: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

Contact Travis directly here: travis@team-durango.com

 

TD Germany Take Team Title

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Victory! – Team Durango Germany Win Intense Battle

German team drivers have recently returned from the exciting ‘Nitro Meets Electric’ race event at the Rasenracer track with an overall team win for Team Durango.

This unusual race meeting pitted teams of four drivers against each other across two classes, mixing Nitro and Electric 1/8 vehicles into one exhilarating race.

Julian Heitjan, Giuseppe Pulicano, Maximilian Petzold and Chris Kammann, enjoyed fast and consistent track performances from the DEX8 and the DNX8, making easy work of the high-grip Astroturf track surface.

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The four hour race gave drivers 30 minutes of Nitro racing, with a switch to Electric, then back to Nitro every half-an-hour.

At the end of this unique battle, Team Durango Germany hit the top podium spot for this team event, bringing home the DEX8 and the DNX8 with the winners honours again.

We send our sincere congratulations and thanks to our German colleagues. Great performance under high-pressure circumstances.

Check out why the team trust the DNX8 when the action is intense: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/ 

Get more information on the race-winning DEX8 here now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Connect with TD racers in your region and beyond: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Find you local TD dealer easily here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

June 8, 2015

Team Driver Build Diary – DEX8T – Leo Lorenzen

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What Does It Take To Build A Winning Truggy? Lorenzen Shows Us How 

Team Durango Australia racer, Leo Lorenzen, has been working hard to create a very detailed DEX8T Build Diary, sharing his team tips as he constructs the all-new 1/8 4WD Electric Truggy.

Leo is already well known for his beautifully presented build guides and tips articles, which he shares with the global Team Durango community through his awesome website.

His latest Build Diary can be enjoyed here: http://durangofansite.com/main.php?vehicle=DEX8T&page=build&buildpage=1

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Get close to the DEX8T kit build action as Leo guides you through the process 

The tutorials that Leo creates will always provide an excellent reference for you to view when you are working on a critical sub-assembly, with detailed photographs and step-by-step annotations to allow you to follow his advice in even greater detail.

You can enjoy a wide selection of articles from Leo, including Build Diary features, by visiting Leo either here, or on his dedicated Team Durango website here: http://durangofansite.com/index.php

Connect with Leo and other Team Durango racers in your region now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Explore the race-winning features of the DEX8T Truggy here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8t/

Send us your Team Tech Tips suggestions and cool TD photographs to: halloffame@team-durango.com

 

 

May 26, 2015

Team Tech Tips – How To Create A Car Stand Using Kit Boxes

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Learn How To Quickly Make Your Own Car Stand

Here at Team Durango we are always working hard to bring you the very best Team Tech Tips.

Our latest edition of this exciting video series shares a really cool guide on how to create your own Team Durango car stand, using your DEX8, DNX8, DESC10 or DEX8T kit box.

Watch the latest installment with Jason Ametrine here now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPKwOwwVNqw

Stay close to all the Team Tech Tips action here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WatchTeamDurango

Connect with Jason and other Team Durango racers now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Do you have your own Team Tech Tip? Send us the information here: halloffame@team-durango.com

 

 

May 14, 2015

Team Tech Tips – All-New Video – Reduce Mid-Corner Understeer

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Learn how to tune your DNX8 for the win

The latest episode of our popular Team Tech Tips video series is now live.

Join Travis Amezcua and Mark Williams as they discuss the best way to reduce mid-corner understeer on the Team Durango DNX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy.

Watch the new episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=247fQlCzkr8  

Stay tuned for more exclusive Travis Amezcua and Jason Ametrine Team Tech Tips videos, as Team Durango make you faster in the pits, then faster on the track.

Explore the race-winning features of the DNX8 now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Find your local Team Durango dealer here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

Connect with Travis, Jason and other Team Durango racers here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

May 1, 2015

Team Tech Tips – Droop Tuning Guide

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 Learn How To Get The Most From Droop Settings

As the first part of an exciting new series of Team Durango tuning articles, Travis Amezcua shares a nice guide on how the Droop travel on the newly launched vehicle range can help you access custom set-up configurations.

We hand over to Travis for an exciting look on the facts that surround adjusting your Droop Screw settings.

This week I will cover the effects of Droop Travel. Down stops limit how far the suspension arms travel downward.

Travel, or Droop, is a very sensitive adjustment configuration you can make on your vehicle. It also a very quickly accessed by turning small Screws positioned in your lower Suspension Arms. This can be adjusted easily in pit lane using a 2mm Hex driver. The effects may change with the type of track and/or the level of grip you encounter.

Turning your Droop Screws clockwise decreases droop, counter clockwise increases the amount of droop.

I find the best was to measure the amount of droop you are running is with a pair of digital Calipers. I measure the distance from the center of the top Shock Mount Screw to the center of the bottom Shock Screw. Making sure each side of the vehicle is equal length.

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Measuring the amount of Droop you are currently running is a good starting point

More Droop Travel:

This makes the car more responsive but less stable. Typically better on bumpy tracks or on tracks with slower corners. This allows the chassis to transfer more weight back under acceleration or transfer the weight forward under braking.

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How your vehicle will look when set to have increased Droop Travel

Less Droop Travel:

This makes the car more stable and is typically better on smooth tracks. This stops the chassis from transferring to much weight back under acceleration or transferring too much to the front during braking.

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How your vehicle will look when set to have decreased Droop Travel

Effects of front Travel:

More front Travel

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Note how far the Suspension Arms travel beyond the Chassis line

1. It will increases rear traction on corner exit allowing more weight transfer

2. Land better on big jumps

3. Better on bumpy tracks

Less front Travel:

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Note the position of the Suspension Arms in relation to the vehicle Chassis line

1. Increase on power steering when accelerating

2. More responsive when changing direction

3. Better on smooth tracks

Having such fast access to this easy tuning option will allow you to make super-fine adjustments in seconds. Roll into the pit lane and have your car back on the track quickly. This will encourage you to continue tuning the car during the action of each race meeting, meaning you can gain an even greater advantage against the competition.

Team Durango make it easy for you to become faster at tuning, then faster when you hit the race track. The perfect winning combination.

Stay tuned for more exclusive set-up tips from Travis Amezcua during the coming weeks.

Explore the car used in this Team Tech Tips feature, the DNX8, now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

Connect with Travis and other Team Durango racers in your region here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Find your local Team Durango dealer now: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

September 10, 2014

Team Tech Tips – DEX210v2 – Type B Gearbox Camber Position Adjustments

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Tune your car for maximum performance

UK Team Durango driver, Jason Ametrine, returns with another useful Team Tech Tips video.

In this new episode, Jason guides you through how the DEX210v2 Gearbox allows for quick adjustments to your inner rear Camber Link positions, for fast and easy track specific tuning.

The DEX210v2 won the 2014 EFRA European 2WD Off-Road Championships, in the hands of Pro racer Jörn Neumann. Now you can access the exact adjustability options used by Jörn to beat the fastest racers in Europe.

Watch the video tutorial now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AUmwLBxBP4&list=UUcb3G6YgDwcyJpE3qW2W2Jg

Learn how you can harness the wide range of DEX210v2 race-winning tuning options here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210v2/

Find a Team Durango dealer in your area here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php 

Discover Pro racer set-up sheets and more tricks that will make you faster now: http://www.team-durango.com/in-the-pits.php

July 29, 2014

Team Tech Tips – DEX210v2 Camber Adjustment Guide

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Watch Team Durango Tutorial Videos – Learn from the Pros

We are very excited to share the latest episode of our Team Tech Tips video series, with UK team driver Jason Ametrine.

In this useful tutorial video, Jason shows you the easy steps that you will need to take in order to first measure, then adjust your DEX210v2 Camber Link Settings.

Jason also shares a very useful ‘splash screen’ at the end of the video, which gives you the exact reasoning behind the adjustments he has shown the during his tutorial.

You can now understand exactly how to tune your camber settings to gain even greater track performance, especially if the conditions change during your race meeting.

Watch the newest episode over at TDTV here now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmD_BI-Hcc8&list=UUcb3G6YgDwcyJpE3qW2W2Jg 

Follow Jason and his fellow team racers here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Learn how the DEX210v2 can transform your racing results, straight from the kit box now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex210v2/

July 14, 2014

Team Tech Tips – Build The Perfect Turnbuckle Linkages

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UK Team Durango team driver, Jason Ametrine, is back with another useful Team Tech Tips video tutorial, this time sharing his secrets to the perfect Turnbuckle build.

Jason shows how to best achieve fast and easy access to tuning options for your camber and steering settings. These new skills will be directly transferable to all RC vehicles that use this popular system, and will allow you to quickly understand how to get the most from these essential kit items.

Jason was keen to share that his tips, although shown with the DEX210v2, are relevant for the DEX410v4, DEX408v2, DEX408T, DNX408v2, DESC410v2, DESC210R and even the DETC410 Touring Car.

Learn valuable new Turnbuckle building skills here now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwLl0c6gXgI&list=UUcb3G6YgDwcyJpE3qW2W2Jg

Follow all the exciting team driver news and product tips by hitting the ‘like’ button here now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Find a Team Duyrango dealer in your region now: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

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