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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/

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

November 21, 2014

Team Durango – Strengthening Local Support

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As part of our recently announced strategy changes, we are very excited to announce the appointment of Travis Amezcua as our North American Technical Representative.

Travis is a long-serving Team Durango team member, racing a range of our products at the highest competitive level in the world.  Travis will step into his new Team Durango role with immediate effect. Travis will be travelling from his SoCal base, around the US, bringing expert track-side support to local club racers and Team Durango fans.

An important part of our new strategy is to gather more information from local racers and communicate that across our network, to help develop our products in sympathy with exactly what you all need to continue winning. Travis will assist in this area, helping us gain a valuable insight into what is happening at your local track.

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Travis Amezcua – Team Durango North American Technical Representative

Travis will work closely with our newly appointed, Champaign based, Hobbico Field Communications Manager, Brad Brucker, in the US. This new support team for Northern America will allow our fans to gain race-day support, whilst also feeding back important ideas and issues to our design engineers

Travis will also be scouting for new talent, in all racing classes, allowing us to build a base of local racers who will contribute to how we design new race machines.

Expect to see these guys travelling across the US to meet as many of you as they can at your local events.

Stay tuned for more news on how your local racing scene will benefit from regionally appointed Team Durango Trackside Representatives very soon.

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