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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*

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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.