Friday, August 11, 2017

TLR 22 4.0 SR

Hello everyone,

We take a closer look at TLR's newest release the 22 4.0 SR on display here at the 2017 Roar 1/10th scale electric off-road nationals. 

JR Mitch

Thursday, August 10, 2017

22-4 Low Profile Body

Hello everyone, 

Making its debut today at the 2017 ROAR Nationals, is an all new prototype body for the TLR 22-4 2.0.  Unofficially dubbed the "Low Profile 22-4 Body", TLR used the fan favorite styling of the 22 4.0 body as the basis for this new body shell that will fit the 22-4 1.0 and 2.0 4wd buggies.  With a lower cab section, and no vertically fin, the style is matched by a more flowing and better rotating body when compared to the cab forward offering.  

JP Richards was the first to don the body in practice and had this to say, "First glance, the body has that new sleek and edgy design. Then you hit the track and it really helps the car have a fluent feel, with a good balance of steering, stability, and traction without the overbearing feel of a tall front cab."

The Low Profile Body is still in the prototype stage, but is roughly scheduled for a late 2017 release.  Check this fall/winter for further details.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

1/10th scale Nationals week

Hello everyone,

The TLR team is off to the 1/10th scale nationals in Gaithersburg, Maryland. TLR is coming off an awesome 2016 1/10th scale national with three modified class wins in 2wd, 4wd, and truck classes. This year our team doesn't have all the big name guys like some of the other teams, but don't count us out. Dakotah Phend, with two of those national titles from last year, is looking for more this year. JP Richards has been super fast this year with some great wins under his belt like the 2wd mod victory at Motorama and truck mod title at the Chitown Shootout. Tanner Denney, just off an awesome performance at the E-nats in 4x4 SCT, is looking for more at this year’s Nats. We also have TLR's very own Frank Root at this year’s event to help the team and participate in the mod 2wd SCT class. This is just some of the hot drivers flying in and driving to this year’s event. I'll try to get some inside looks at some TLR rides and post them up here on the TLR team blog during the week. Good luck to all!

Please be sure to keep up with all the week and weekend’s action on TLR's Facebook page and Instagram pages.  


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Turf/Carpet steering mod

Hello everyone,

Last Wednesday night, I made the trip to Beachline Raceway in Cocoa, Florida and I ran some tests on turf, while Frank Root did some carpet racing in California. The team has found a steering rack modification for higher spindle heights on your 22 4.0 or 22 3.0 vehicles that will help fix the bump out setting. Currently, if you run spindles with 4mm (or more) on top, the only available Ackermann setting with acceptable bump steer is the #2 Ackermann arm. By flipping the bell cranks upside down, and mounting the rack on top of the bell cranks, you can now achieve the correct bump setting when run the #1 and #3 Ackermann arms, or the 22 2.0 spindles which Frank found to be really good with his testing (TLR234007). This raises the inter-steering link to compensate giving you the right bump steer when running 4mm on top for spindle height.

With the rack flippers, some Dremel work is necessary to the steering rack arms and front bulkhead for clearance. Please reference the pictures below for details.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Stiffezel Front Wheels

Hello everyone,

This week we will do a product spotlight on TLR’s new Stiffezel front wheels for the 22 line of buggies. I asked TLR’s Frank Root for his opinion on the Stiffezel front wheels and here’s what he had to say: FR Using the same design as the standard TLR wheels, the Stiffezel front wheels have been molded from stiffer composite, which allows the wheel to flex less under higher load. During testing, the team has found these wheels to create more consistent at high speed, while adding more steering in longer, high load turns. The best analogy used by a tester was, "The Stiffezel front wheels make it feel like I tightened a servo saver, even though the 22's don't have one." These wheels are highly recommended, especially for use on higher grip clay, carpet, or astroturf tracks.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Gear diff maintenance and rebuilding

Hello everyone,

This week I would like to cover the next question that came up on my recent post on the #22empire and that’s 1/10th scale gear diff maintenance and rebuilding. In the picture below, I’m rebuilding my gear diff and I’ll give a description for some key items when rebuilding a gear diff. A) Disassemble and clean all parts thoroughly with motor spray (do not clean o-rings with motor spray). B & C) Show all parts after cleaning. D) Reapply new high-pressure black grease and the O-rings followed by the flat washer on both sides of the diff. E) Reapply threadlock to the outdrive setscrew. F) Refill your gear diff with your diff fluid of choice. G) Tighten the four outer case screws in a cross pattern. This will give you a nice new freshly rebuilt gear diff ready for racing.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Diff maintenance and rebuilding

Hello everyone,

This week I would like to cover the next question that came up on my recent post on the #22empire and that’s 1/10th scale diff maintenance and rebuilding. In the picture below I’m rebuilding my diff for this weekend’s Hot Rod Shootout race at Hot Rod Hobbies and I’ll give a description for some key items when rebuilding a diff. This diff has about three large race events and some club racing events on it and you can feel it’s a little gritty. Picture A1 and A2 shows “flipping” the drive rings and trust washer for a new surface area; this is key because not doing this will result in having the same gritty feel you're trying to get rid of in the first place. Picture B shows cleaning of the internal parts of the diff (I.E. outdrives, rings, trust and diff balls). Picture C shows reassembly of the diff with new silicone grease. Picture D shows reassembly of the trust washer assembly with new high-pressure black grease. This will give you a fresh new diff ready for racing.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Hello everyone,

Recently I asked the #22empire for some feedback on what they would like to see covered here on the Team Losi Racing blog. I received multiple questions and I will cover them all in the next couple of weeks. Out of those questions, a majority would like some input on LRC vs. HCR and which conditions work best for each. LRC lowers the inner hinge pin which equals more roll for added grip and a softer suspension feel on the track. HRC raises the inner hinge pin which equals to less roll for less grip and a stiffer suspension feel on the track. Overall I wish this was a cut and dry question but it’s really a decision setting for which track you’re on and how you like the feel. I’ve raced on tracks where HRC should be the best and felt better racing with LRC. Here are some key points I associate when I need to decide on LRC or HRC.
LRC = if the track is lower grip/bumpy
HRC = if the track is super high grip/smooth (like a condition when front and rear sway bars are needed)

JR #22emire

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Throttle linkage and dead band

Hello everyone,

Well we’re back from the Roar Fuel Nationals and ready for this week’s blog post. First off, I want to give a shout out to thank Frank Root for covering last week’s blog post as I was on the road at the nationals. This week I would like to give everyone a little insight on what I do with my TLR 8IGHT 4.0 and TLR 8IGHT T 4.0 throttle linkage and why the dead band is needed. This is mostly needed so the carburetor stays shut under chassis flex. Picture one shows no dead band at all and the carburetor can still open under chassis flex. Picture two shows 1mm of dead band which can still leave the carburetor open under chassis flex. Picture three shows 2mm’s of dead band which is what’s needed for keeping the carburetor closed under chassis flex.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

22T 3.0 Laydown?

Since its release in February, the 22T 3.0 has taken quite a few victories in hands of the TLR Race Team and Consumers alike, especially JP Richards.  One of the more popular setup options the last several months that has increased the maximum performance is converting the kit 3-gear standup transmission to a 3-gear laydown transmission.  This moves the motor forward quite a bit, which reduces wheelies, increases stability and side bite, and improves landing.

JP has mentioned that the truck was really good from kit setup, but the balance and speed increased noticeably for him when switching to laydown.  Given this feedback, we release a new part, TLR338006.  This is the machined laydown kit we used for the 22 3.0, but without the body or chassis to help reduce the cost.  Check out the conversion below:

For a good starting setup, I would suggest JP's setup from the JC Nationals hosted by SMAC Trac.  Although he was running stand up at that event, he has not changed his setup to accommodate from the mid motor configuration.

Race On!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Servo Mount, Chassis Brace servo options

Hello everyone,

This week I would like to talk about TLR’s option part Servo Mount, Chassis Brace (TLR331019) for your TLR 22 4.0, 22 3.0, 22 3.0 SR, and 22T 3.0. This option part allows the customer to run his or her servo either in the stock forward position or move the servo back in the car 4mm’s. Moving the servo to the optional back location requires some trimming of different components.

1. Trimming of TLR231065 Mud Guard in locations indicated in picture below.
2.Relocated servo horn ball stud to the front of the servo horn see picture below.
 3.Trimming of TLR1052 Front Bulkhead in location indicated in picture below.
                                                                         Before trimming
                                                                    After trimming


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

8IGHT 4.0 E clutch/diff shimming

Hello everyone,

This week, I would like to talk about the E clutch and aligning the clutch bell with the center diff better. During this past weekend's club racing in Florida, I noticed this to be an issue with a racer and I would like to share with everyone what I do to help with this issue. The 8IGHT E 4.0 center diff comes with two aluminum shims on each side of the center diff behind each diff bearings (TLR242008). Before building the center diff I don’t add the aluminum shim to the diff gear side and I add rear diff shims (LOSB3951) to the other side (the none gear side) of the diff. This moves the diff slightly more forward giving you better gear to gear alignment. This week the team is in Cullman, Alabama for AMS 8.0. Be sure to check out our FaceBook and Instagram for videos and photos from this weekend’s event.

JR #8realm

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Project 22 4.0 Spec-Racer

As most people know, stock buggy is a huge class in RC.  The last time I truly ran stock was way back in the brushed motor days, and I wanted to see how the 22 4.0 was affected with various weight saving techniques that are popular on the car.  The biggest thing to do, for me, was to replace many of the stock steel parts with titanium or aluminum counterparts for weight savings and/or additional strength. 

Starting with the easiest items, I swapped out the nuts and shock standoffs for aluminum M3 nuts (TLR336004 & TLR336005)  and titanium shock standoffs (TLR4166) respectively.  This helped me shave nearly 10 grams on simple hardware items.

I also swapped out the stock steel turnbuckles with TLR Titanium versions (TLR334016) and saved another 10 grams, adding strength in the process.

Refocusing my attention to the ever important transmission, I found opting for the TLR Direct Drive System (DDS) saved 13+ grams AND lowered rotating mass as well (TLR332043).

Again, looking to make the drivetrain as efficient as possible, I turned to the SR ball diff and CVDs (TLR232071 & TLR232058).  This saves roughly 13g for the diff, and 7.5g with the CVDs from both static and rotating mass.  Also using the narrow diff gear, I cut down the drivetrain resistance (TLR332064)

Lastly, still looking to add strength and get rid as much weight as possible, I found TLR titanium ball studs are half the weight of steel versions (TLR6030, TLR6031, TLR6032).  While only saving 5g, you also importantly gain strength and a little bit of bling too :).

Adding these changes up saves roughly 60g, making the drivetrain more efficient and increasing the car’s strength.  While all are optional, every advantage in stock is going to help if your driving is already up to task.    Be aware of wiring and electronic setup and you can find the car’s weight is very manageable.

The final “track-ready” weight of my car is 1537g.  This includes using a Team Orion Stock Spec ESC, 5000mAh Ultra LiPo (no skinny pack needed), Team Orion Ultimate Stock 17.5T, and a Spektrum 6240 servo.  I am also using the kit body will full stickers, but I can shave 10g+ by utilizing the Ultra Lightweight body (TLR330008) and another 8-15g with titanium screws if needed.

Thanks for reading!

Kevin King (TLR Team Driver)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Anti-squat and rear shock location 22 4.0

Hello everyone,

This past weekend, I attended race #2 of the TLR Cup at the awesome facility RCE. I did a lot of running/testing both indoor and outdoor and I took notes from running my TLR 22 4.0, and I would like to share the most significant find. I changed anti-squat quite a bit and I ended up running less than normal. I started with 2 deg which is normal for most setups and I went to 1 deg to try to add a little more side grip in corners along with more forward grip. The change did this, but maybe a little too much than what I was looking for. I finished with 1.5 deg and the rear shocks laid in on the stock tower to have the balance I was looking for. So, if you’re in the situation looking for a little more rear grip with added side grip try these two set-up changes.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

8IGHT 12 deg front spindle carrier set

Hello everyone,

This week we will do a product spotlight on TLR’s new front spindle carrier set, 12 deg for TLR’s 8/8E/8T 4.0 vehicles (TLR344004). Let’s review the differences between more and less front caster. Less front caster has less initial steering when entering corners, but it should have more mid-corner steering with less corner exit steering. More front caster has more initial steering when entering corners, but should have less mid corner steering with more corner exit steering. I feel the 12 deg spindle carrier helps the car in higher grip situations by not upsetting the car on corner entry and exit. It also gives the ability to steer on power in the middle of the corner. This front spindle carrier also comes with the optional roll center hole, which is an added tuning item that can work with the inter front camber link for optional front roll centers.
 JR #8realm

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stiffezel TLR 22 4.0 arms

 Hello everyone, 

This week we will talk about TLR’s new material called stiffezel. The TLR 22 4.0 comes with stiffezel front and rear arms (TLR334046 front, TLR334047 rear). A nice tuning option is the standard material that is slightly softer then the stiffezel arms (TLR234046 front, TLR234079 rear). I experienced this option at round one of the TLR cup in Omaha switching from stiffezel rear arms only to the standard material rear arms and I found a slight increase of rear grip and stability on the tricky and bumpy surface at the HobbyPlex. I haven’t tested the difference in performance of the front arm material, but I asked TLR’s Frank Root for his opinion and here’s what he had to say: FR “It’s not really a balance change, the car feels like it gains the stability of a heavier car with the stiffezel front arms, without losing the nimbleness of a lighter car.” 


Thursday, May 4, 2017

22-4 2.0 flattening

Hello everyone,

This week we’re back from the first TLR cup at HobbyPlex in Omaha, Nebraska, which was a total success and a great event. I can’t wait for the next one coming up quickly May 19-21 at RC Excitement in Fitchburg, Mass. At this past weekend’s race, we (me and teammate Hunter Holmberg) helped teammate and race one winner, Tanner Denney, with figuring out the tweak on his TLR 22-4 2.0. Here recently we’ve found adding a .5mm shim between the rear stock tower and above the right rear anti-squat blocks helps get the car to lay flat (see pic one). After adding this shim flip on your 22-4 2.0 take it over on a flat surface and make sure all four points of both front and rear shock towers lay flat (see pic two). This might require the bottom two front screws for the rear shock tower to not be tightened fully to make this possible.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Front toe-out

Hello everyone,

This week I would like to talk about front toe-out. For most of my racing, over the many years, there has really only been one way to run the front toe on any vehicle and that’s at 0 degrees, or no toe-in or out. Things have changed recently with many drivers going with a good amount of toe-out on the 1/8th scale side and the 1/10th Carpet/Turf of their programs. I find that I use it more in 1/8th scale, as it helps in sweeping corners (I think this is because the outside front tire on cornering just doesn’t steer as much with full steering). However, this can get a little dicey at low speed turn in as it will initiate the corner quicker; to compensate with this, I find that I usually run one spring stiffer than normal.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

22 4.0 Rear Wing Angle

Hello Racers!

We have an all new screw-in type rear wing mount on the 22 4.0, and I wanted to share a little detail about how the adjustable wing angle works.  It is very similar to the 22 3.0, but mostly just with a slight change of the angle options.

The mounting pads on the wing stay are designed with 2 degrees of rake from the start, so if you mount the wing without the wedged shim, your wing will have 2 degrees of rake.  You'll simply add the mounting washer above the wing and you're all set.  The kit does include a shim that is wedged by 4 degs with markings on both sides, 4 deg on one side and 0 deg on the other.  If you run the fat side of the wedge forward directly on top of the mounting pad of the wing stay, you'll effectively have 0 degrees of rake with your wing.  If you reverse the shim, and run the fat end to the rear, you'll have 4 degree of rake on the wing.  Regardless of which setting you're running (0,2,4), you will still run the mounting washer on top.

0 degree - Fat edge of wedge shim forward, shim under the wing
2 degree - No shim used
4 degree - Fat edge of wedge shim rearward, shim under the wing

More wing angle will increase rear grip throughout all turns, but especially at high speed.  It will also increase drag (reduce straight line speeds), which may affect spec racers a little, although not likely too much.  I have been personally running 2 degrees myself in most cases on my 2wd buggies, and 0 usually on 4wd as a good starting point.

Have fun building your 4.0s!
Frank Root


Hello everyone,

Team Losi Racing will be kicking off the #TLRCup next weekend at HobbyTown USA HobbyPlex. To celebrate, we've asked Frank Root TLR to build a top of the line ready to win TLR 22 4.0 kit for a sweepstakes.  Enter early and often below through 4/27 for your chance to win here at Horizon Hobby!

*Enter to win here*

#HorizonHobby #ExploreYourHobby #TeamLosiRacing 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

TLR 22 4.0 options

Hello everyone,

As we get closer to the release of TLR’s 22 4.0 (kits should start shipping this week), I would like to put a list of option parts together that is good to have in your parts box for both clay and carpet versions of the 22 4.0. This list isn’t a must have as the 22 4.0 will give you multiple options within the kit to switch from clay to carpet; these are options I’ve found over the last month as I’ve attended both types of conditions.
*This allows you to move the servo back about 4mm's*
*This gives the rear end a little more overall grip*
*This helps by adding front weight and stiffens the front of the car*
*This adds more front weight which is needed for carpet*
*This help with the added grip of carpet (less traction rolling)*
Be sure to keep in touch with all the TLR/Horizon Hobby social media outlets (Horizon Hobby’s FaceBook, TLR’s FaceBook, TLR’s Team Blog, and the FaceBook group #22empire) this coming Thursday April 20, 2017 for a special announcement that will align with round one of the TLR Cup at HobbyPlex in Omaha, Nebraska April 28- April 30.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

TLR 8IGHT 4.0 Tuning Kit

Hey Everyone,

Today we announced the all new TLR Tuning Kit for the 8IGHT 4.0. The kit comes with a bunch of new parts that the team has been working on for the past year and we are excited to share them with you. These are all of the parts that we ran at the World Championships in Las Vegas and we are glad to finally get them out to the masses.  The main goal of 8IGHT 4.0 tuning kit was to enhance our handling on bumpy tracks. We will go into detail with each part and why they are advantageous.

1. Front and Rear Universals and Aluminum Spindle - The front and rear universals allow the car to accelerate through the bumps better because they reduce the amount of bind under power and off-power. One will notice that the car rolls a bit more when running the universals. Now there is a new spindle that is required to use the front universals. The spindle was required because the joint of the universal needs to align with the kingpin so the universal needs to sit deeper into the spindle. If joint doesn't align with the kingpin, the universal does not work properly, so the new spindle was needed. However, on the rear, the universal was shortened slightly to accommodate our standard hub.


2. Chassis - The chassis is our standard 4mm thick 7075 aluminum chassis but milled down to 3mm in key locations to create flex in the cars, therefore making the car a bit easier to drive in the bumps. All of the gearboxes, radio tray and other key mounting locations of other components areas are not milled down to ensure all of the legacy parts still fit onto the chassis. Additionally, the chassis has the rear gear box holes and rear chassis brace holes "snow-manned" to allow the gearbox to shift forward to use the new offset hinge pin braces that move the arms back to the stock wheelbase, What does this do? It greatly reduces the rear dogbone angle and is a great tuning option for bumpy tracks. Generally, on bumpy tracks, the gearbox forward position is ideal.

3. Wing Mount - The only change to the wing mount is the ability to either use a screw down locking feature for the wing, which is very popular for the pro racer, or the ability to still use a body clip to hold your wing.
4. Servo Saver Nut - The only change here is the ability to singe down the nut via a small cap head screw to ensure your servo saver nut to never backs off during a long event. We still advise using TLR-Lok (thread lock) on the threads for added security.

5. New Brake Rotors and Plates - We have created fully CNC machined brake rotors made of steel and lightened appropriately along with new brake plates with TLR composite brake pads. The new braking system works excellent and reduces any concern of brake fade.

6. Magnetic Wheel Nuts - The Tuning Kit includes our new capped wheel nuts that use a small 2-56 flathead screw that threads into a small nut on the backside of the wheel nut. The new TLR Magnetic wheel wrench, TLR70003 sold separately, has a magnet inserted into the wrench that works in conjunction with the wheel nuts allowing quick tire changes before qualifiers or main events. It also makes the wrenching process a little easier. The new wheel wrench and nuts will work on any TLR vehicle.

7. New Body and Wing - TLR has stretched the imagination once again with an aggressive cab forward body. The body has an extreme cab-forward look to it along with rigid and hard design lines. Some will love the body and others will hate it, but we do recall that everyone didn't care for the original 8T 2.0 cab forward body and it became and industry standard. We are not sure that this will set a trend, but we had to state that. The new poly-carbonate wing is an HI-Down-force wing that works with our existing wicker bills. The wing definitely compliments the body and provides a neutral balance to the vehicle.  Both the wing and the body come pre-cut.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Clutch bells

Hello Everyone,

This week after getting back from the PNB in Tennessee, I would like to talk about clutch bells, and more specifically the 13t clutch bell for your TLR 8IGHT vehicles.  TLR/Losi has two 13 tooth clutch bells, part numbers LOSA9126 and LOSA9116, and I would like to explain what each one does. The LOSA9126 (on the right) is a high endurance clutch bell that is a powder metal molded clutch bell, which slips a little more, is easier on the clutch and lasts longer. The LOSA9116 is a fully machined clutch bell(on the left) and is our standard clutch bell that grabs harder, is harder on the clutch shoes, and doesn’t last as long. Both clutch bells are great tuning options, as track condition could favor one over the other.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dakotah Phend 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge & Silver State Setup Sheets

Dakotah Phend 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge & Silver State  8IGHT 4.0 Buggy Setup
Dakotah Phend 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge & Silver State  8IGHT-E 4.0 Buggy Setup
Dakotah Phend 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge & Silver State  8IGHT-T 4.0 Truggy Setup

Monday, April 3, 2017

8IGHT 4.0 setup changes

Hello everyone,

If you like and follow our Team Losi Racing FaceBook page, our Team Manager Kevin Gahan, gave everyone a little insight on what the team has found to work the best over the last couple of major events.  I, along with other team drivers, have made these modifications/set-up changes to our nitro 8IGHT 4.0’s and 8IGHT-E 4.0’s. Here is a full run down here on the Team Blog of what’s needed and what to expect.  Below are a list of parts and a picture showing how the HRC “D” plate is installed. 

1.       HRC “D” plate (TLR244036) requires some dremeling to lay flat on the chassis after flipping it over.  A LRC “C” plate with 1 down inserts (this “C” plate is the one the car comes with).
2.       A 40-gram front weight (TLR341001) with Black front springs (TLR243017).
3.       Front spindles in their higher location with front kick-up inserts 0 and 0.
4.       Standard width rear hexes (LOSA3530).

After having a couple of hours with the changes, I felt like I could drive the car harder and every little bump or imperfection in the track wouldn’t upset the car at the higher speed I was trying to go. There will be more testing taking place this weekend at Psycho Nitro Blast, so stay tuned for more updates.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

22SCT 3.0 setup

Hello everyone,

Over the weekend, I attended the Judge at GSHobby in Barling, Arkansas with my newest addition to the fleet; the 22SCT 3.0. This was my fifth straight year attending this great event put on by Bryon Shumate and Chris Jones of GSHobby. The track is small in size with lap times between 6-8 seconds, but it’s still a blast to race on and the traction is super high. This event isn’t just about racing, as we get great sponsors on board like TLR/Horizon Hobby for one of the best raffle prize giveaways I’ve ever seen. I set my TLR 22SCT 3.0 with some knowledge of the 22SCT 2.0. I would like to share what we came up with and finished with after the event was over. I installed some key items like front and rear sway bars (TLR334001 and TLR334038) to help with the added traction at GSHobby.

TLR 22 SCT setup