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October 12, 2015

2WD Gearbox Build Guide – Leo Lorenzen Tutorial

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Build The Perfect 2WD Gearbox Assembly

Team Durango Australia team driver and long-time brand ambassador, Leo Lorenzen, has recently completed a very useful video tutorial.

Leo presents a guide to building the perfect 2WD Gearbox, helping Team Durango fans get the most form their DEX210, DEST210 and DESC210 race machines.

This guide shows the most popular build configuration for Rear Motor set-ups, used by our team drivers in most low grip situations, being super-responsive and providing great power transfer.

Check out the all-new video tutorial from Leo here now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaJmubdZZxQ 

For more awesome tutorial videos from Leo and our resident Team Tech Tips Guru, Jason Ametrine, check out TDTV here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WatchTeamDurango

Stay close to the global racer news and features easily here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

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

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 22, 2015

TD Life – Second Edition

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Welcome to the second installment of our new news roundup series, TD Life.

This week we again celebrate some fast track action from our racers, with a strong  focus on team partnerships and future tricks and tips to be shared.

Nuno Roque, long-time Team Durango Portugal racer, has returned from a hiatus that included becoming a father for the second time!  Congratulations Nuno.

On returning to racing competition, Nuno wasted no time in getting back up to speed with his DEX210v2 buggy, earning himself TQ and the 1st place podium spot at the Portugal National Championship!  It was great to see that Nuno showed zero signs of rust from the time off!

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Nuno is 2015 Portuguese National Champion

A fantastic result for Nuno with his DEX210v2 and for Team Durango Portugal.  Congratulations on such a fine Nationals outing.

It is also great to see successes being had in the Great White North, Canada.  Team Durango Canada racer, Pascal Morin, enjoyed triple podium success at a recent club event held at his home track.

Pascal raced his DEX8, DEX210v2, and DEX410v4 machines to victory, taking a winning triple podium!  Pascal has enjoyed the support of his world-wide teammates in tuning and setup, and overall camaraderie.

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Pascal was very happy to take home triple victory honours in Canada

Thanks for working hard and racing hard Pascal.

There have been whisperings through the grapevine that a new batch of Team Durango Team Tech Tips videos will be coming soon!

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‘The Hands’ returns with more exciting Team Tech Tips videos very soon 

We all look forward to seeing the ‘The Hands’, Jason Ametrine of Team Durango UK, giving us fine helping videos filled with excellent technical advice that help us all be faster. Jason’s advice always proves super-valuable.  We can’t wait to see what’s in store.

In more exciting global community news, TD USA team racer and all-round Team Durango ambassador, Jason Rioux, will be starting an all-new series of cool articles that will allow you to explore the diary of a TD racer.

Jason will share a blow-by-blow account of what an average week consists of for a driver who is living the TD Life. Stay tuned for this new series very soon.

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Our man in Massachusetts – Rioux is ready to share cool facts  

We are very happy to welcome a new team racer to our Italian race roster, with the signing of young Touring Car pilot Carlo Alberto Morandi.

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Strengthening TD Touring Car support in Italy – Carlo is excited for the year ahead

Carlo will be driving the DETC410 and helping to support racers with set-up tips hot from the track in Europe.

We send our thanks to every racer who takes time to share news with us, every pit mechanic who lovingly prepares our cars. We appreciate every second of your time folks.

Find out who is living this TD Life near you now: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango

Explore the products used by racers who want to be faster: http://www.team-durango.com/

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 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

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

 

 

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