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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

September 29, 2015

DEX8T Gives Deline First Success

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Welcome To The Winners Circle Ken – DEX8T Brings It Home

New Team Durango Canada racer, Ken Deline, has returned from the final round of the Six Foot Trophy Race Series, staged at Durham Off-road RC Club, with a second place overall season finish for his DEX8T.

Ken joined the team just after the start of this season, settling into the rhythm of both the DEX8 and DEX8T very quickly.

Ken was keen to capitalise on this easy transition, racing hard for an awesome series close, taking the second spot podium place for Team Durango.

With only a few months experience piloting the all-new TD vehicles, Ken has already stated that he finds them to be “..the best 1/8 platforms I have ever driven”

We send our sincere congratulations to Ken for such a quickly realised achievement.

We are very excited to see how Ken continues to push forwards on the track and beyond.

Learn how the DEX8T welcomed Ken to the race team the second he hit the track:  http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8t/

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

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

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2015

C.J joins Team Durango USA

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An Instant Boost – C.J Heitz Joins TD

We are delighted to announce that dedicated Team Durango racer and all-round racing enthusiast, C.J Heitz, has now signed to race for Team Durango.

C.J switched to racing TD products earlier this year, with a strong desire to elevate his local club racing skills to compete and win at a higher level. Since C.J built his first TD race machines, the DEX8 and DEX8T, his pace has exploded.

Finishing on a host of podium spots from local club level, up to regional ROAR qualifying meetings, there is no doubt that C.J’s talent has been unlocked through TD race cars.

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C.J will also bring a strong ethos of online support and track side assistance to the team, as he looks forward to meeting US racers and offering his help with all Team Durango race products.

Join us in welcoming C.J to the brand. We are very excited to watch his Team Durango story unfold over the coming months.

Find out why C.J has got quicker and quicker over the last few months with his DEX8: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

Explore the DEX8T 1/8 4WD Truggy that C.J races every week here: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8t/

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

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

 

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 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 5, 2015

DEX8 Continues Winning Streak – Novotny Wins Again

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DEX8 Win & TQ – Kolin Cup Round 1

Czech Team Durango racer, Kaja Novotny, has powered home to an exciting win and overall TQ at the first round of the hotly contested Kolin Cup.

Overall Winner – Kaja Novotny – Team Durango DEX8

Overall TQ Finish – Kaja Novotny – Team Durango DEX8

Overall Fastest Lap – Kaja Novonty – Team Durango DEX8

Kaja was very happy to drop his DEX8 1/8 4WD Electric Buggy onto the clay track surface with very little set-up work, resulting in him winning all three qualification rounds, then all three ‘A’ Main finals.

A clean sweep for the DEX8, allowing Kaja to maintain his unbeaten winning record with the newly-launched Team Durango vehicle.

Setting the lap record for the event was the final crowning achievement for Kaja, proving the formidable pace of the DEX8 in almost box stock set-up configuration.

Stay tuned very soon for us sharing the set-up sheets from Kaja’s most recent DEX8 victory.

Congratulations Kaja and Karel for another solid performance.

Learn why the DEX8 is the perfect race machine to take you to the podium now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

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

Connect with TD drivers all over the globe 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

April 30, 2015

Team Tech Tips – Episode 5 – DNX8 Tuning

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Gain More On-Power Steering – Travis Amezcua Shows You How 

 The latest installment of our exciting new series of Team Tech Tips is now live.

Travis Amezcua shares some quick tips on how to gain more on-power steering, showing the fast and easy adjustment that can be made to his DNX8 when the car is experiencing understeer when you apply the throttle. Get faster on the track and learn what it takes to race towards your next podium with Team Durango.

Watch the new video now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujRlejsN5-0

The tips that we share in this video will also work very well for our newly launched DEX8, DEX8T and DESC10 race machines, meaning you can all feel the benefit of our Pro driver tricks and tips when you hit your local race track.

Explore how the DNX8 can put you ahead of the competition now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/

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

Get your hands on the DNX8 1/8 4WD Nitro Buggy by finding your local dealer here: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

 

 

Nuno Roque Interview – DEX8 Team Talk

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Roque Talks DEX8 – Get The Team Scoop Here

Team Durango Portugal racer and long-time Team Durango ambassador, Nuno Roque, took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down and speak with us about the all-new DEX8.

Nuno has a formidable reputation on the track, but also has a strong following of European fans who value his warm attitude to sharing information and his approachable nature.

Nuno is very excited to be racing the DEX8 1/8 4WD Electric Buggy. This is what he had to say when asked some interesting questions about the newly-launched race machine from Team Durango.

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Team Durango – What are you most excited about with the launch of the new Team Durango 1/8 scale vehicles?

Nuno – I am truly confident that they are super-competitive for all racers. They are packed with new innovative features, saving you time and making you faster.

 

Team Durango – What is your favourite feature of the new cars and why?

Nuno – The feature that I like most is the Diff removals….truly quick and easy…less time in pits, and more time on track.

 

Team Durango – Explain how you will benefit from the cars new design whilst racing in the Portuguese off-road scene?

Nuno –  In Portugal, our tracks are a bit rough so the new layout will help to get a more stable car….The DEX8 is really very easy to drive, and have lots of setup possibilities that will provide consistent performance.

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Nuno is happy to be already seeing the benefits of his DEX8 on the track

Team Durango – What do you think racers will be surprised about when building the DEX8 Buggy for the first time?

Nuno –  Of course, the pre-assembled parts…..really quick to build a new kit and especially the quality of the materials. I was very surprised when I opened DEX8 box…really made me smile J

 

Team Durango – Explain how the design can make racers faster when they are servicing the car at race meetings?

Nuno –  The best thing for speed with my DEX8 is the fast Diffs removal……really really quick and easy, set-up changes can be made in a few minutes. This kind of improvement will allow quicker setup changes and more time running on the track; so I’m perfectly confident that this easy-to-access feature will improve other racers speed.

 

Team Durango – Explain the benefit of having pre-assembled parts in each DEX8 kit?

Nuno –  It´s very easy to build a new kit and it will reduce the risk of assembly mistakes of crucial parts. Everything fits extremely well and you can spend much less time building and more time running.

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Nuno has been very happy with how the DEX8 makes easy work of rough dirt track surfaces

Team Durango – Do you like the new Body Shell design for the DEX8? How does it look with your custom paint scheme?

Nuno – I like the fact that new DEX8 has a cab forward design. I think my custom paint fits very well on this new Body Shell, and it gives a really awesome look when you see the car running on track. Typical Team Durango stylish design for these new cars.

 

Team Durango –  What is the benefit of having multiple Battery positions? Explain why this will be useful for you please?

Nuno – It’s perfect because you can adjust battery tray easily. This will allow you to create the most balanced kit possible (and it will be noticed very much when the car is on track).

 

Team Durango –  The Patent Pending Sliding Gear Mesh feature. Explain the benefits to you. Both at the track and when you are maintaining your DEX8?

Nuno –  The Patent Pending Sliding Gear Mesh feature is awesome! It allows you to get a correct mesh easily of the Pinion and Spur. It allows you to maintain your vehicle weight balance as you are not moving heavy parts around when you alter your Gear mesh. For maintenance, this is perfect because you can remove the centre Diff, and your previous Gear meshing would be ‘memorised’ What a great feature.

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Every driver we have spoken with, including Nuno, agree that the fast and easy Diff access will save lots of time and hassle

 Team Durango – What race are you most looking forward to with your new DEX8?

Nuno –  I will race almost all races in Portugal for 1/8 Electric Buggy (although in Portugal, this class is just developing a stronger following right now)

Team Durango – Describe the new Team Durango 1/8 scale vehicles in three words?

Nuno –  Competitive, Easy and Fast.

Are you ready to race towards your next podium with the DEX8? Send us your positive race stories to: halloffame@team-durango.com

Explore the innovative features of the DEX8 now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dex8/

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

Find a Team Durango dealer near you easily: http://www.team-durango.com/where-to-buy.php

 

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