Monday, January 23, 2012

TLR 8 build tips and tricks. Part one (turnbuckles)

Hello TLR fans

I thought I might give you guys an inside view of the tips and tricks I have come across through the last 5 years of working on the 8 line of vehicles. Some mine and some not but these are the ones that I use the most. This time I will include just a few but will update and build on the this base asap.

The first two are turnbuckle tricks that I use. One that you can use right away, and one that will take a little dremeling to build the tool.

After popping the pivot ball into the rod end(shiny side first) you can use a 5/64 allen wrench and the TLR camber wrench TLR99012 to speed up the process and take the stress off of you hands and fingers

And my method of choice is to use this modified outdrive to speed things up a bit more. I have dremeled this out to fit both 4mm and 5mm (buggy and truggy) rod ends. Make sure to use this with a lower speed drill. I think you will find these to take the stress off of you hands and speed up your build or re-builds!

Until next time keep it on 4 wheels


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

TLR4167: Brass Weight System for rear motor TLR 22 and 22T

TLR has just announced and released a new rear motor brass weight system, TLR 4167, for the TLR line of 22 vehicles. The new brass weight system allows racers to add a total of 14 grams of weight, in 7 gram increments, to the top of the transmission. TLR4167 comes with two 16mm button head screws to secure the two 7 gram brass weights plates. The brass plates are laser etched with the weight of the brass weight and the TLR logo. The added weight to the rear of the vehicle provides more forward traction when exiting a turn. TLR has found that less weight is needed when mounted on top of the transmission compared to mounting the weight between the bulkhead and transmission case. The location of the weights also allows for easy access for quick tuning.

Raising the Transmission in the TLR22 and 22T

By Ryan Dunford

Something the TLR team has been adjusting from time to time on the 22/22T has been the height of the transmission. This is typically done when running the LRC rear blocks and is simply another tuning option out there to help dial in your TLR 22 and 22T. This affects bone plunge and can alter your rear traction characteristics. Most of the team has settled in on raising the transmission by 1mm. It may not seem like much but it makes a dramatic difference to the way the vehicle handles. Most report back that this change tends to settle the vehicle through the center and exit of a corner providing more side bite and the ability to throttle up sooner. Basically, in non-technical terms, this improves forward traction and takes the “wiggle” out of the car under acceleration out of a corner.

In order to raise the transmission you need to two 1mm TLR 22 shock limiters (TLR5096) and two 1mm ball stud washers of which we typically use the aluminum ones (TLR6019). You place the two shock limiters on the rear toe block as shown in the picture and the two ball stud washers on the camber block as shown in the picture. The reasoning behind using the different washers has to do with the OD and the ID matching up on each of the blocks so the screws still go through easily. Another tip is that once you decide if you like this change, you can place a small spot of CA below the washer which makes it easier to get it all lined up when re-installing your transmission.

Next, you will need to clip off the nubs on the tongue of the transmission that key into the camber block so that you are only raising the tranny 1mm. Clip the nubs off and sand flat. Put the transmission back in place now and there you have it, the transmission is now 1mm higher.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year

Everyone at TLR hopes you all had a nice holiday with family and friends. We are now heading into the 2012 racing season and we wish all of you the best of luck with your racing goals and aspirations.

We received feedback on the blog posts that racers want to see. We will be addressing these in the upcoming weeks with a few great technical articles. Thanks to all who sent us the e-mail.