As many of you already know, I’ve been running my Futaba 7PXR along with my Futaba CT700 Servo and Futaba GYD450 Gyro. The CT700 and GYD450 have been my setup for a good while now and it’s rock solid. I recently added the 7PXR to the list, but functionality wise, nothing has changed from my previous remote, the 7PXLE.
This weekend we headed out to Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas for the kick off of their regional Super Drift Championship Series and also their One Year Anniversary. It was a last minute call as to if we were going to fly or drive, and we ultimately decided we would fly. We were returning in less than 24 hours, so this meant we were traveling light. I gathered up my 7PXR and the chassis I was entering the competition with, Yokomo YD2 EX2, along with my batteries, charger, and a small collection of tools needed to make fine adjustments, swap wheels, etc. The idea was no check-in luggage this time around, just in and out quick. Computers and iPads were left at home.
Once we finally settled in at Slidelines, I had a chance to get on the track and see what we were looking at for the comp. This was a different surface than what we run on at Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We are used to and tuned for Polished Concrete. The comp at Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas was on P-Tile. This translates into a higher traction surface that has a slight “give” to it.
Immediately I realized a couple things:
I needed to reduce my Gyro Gain, which is a normally accessed adjustment used daily. This was due to the high level of traction and I needed to increase my transition speed.
The second thing that was apparent was I had a lot of front wheel shake when exiting a few high-speed corners. Even with the gyro setting lower, the shake was still present. Back home I was running a damper setting of 95 on the CT700 Servo. This was the minimum needed to eliminate the shake.
Luckily I was able to make adjustments to the Servo Settings on the CT700 via the 7PXR since we traveled light this time. Normally without access to a computer, I would be forced to deal with a shaky servo. This time was different! I accessed my Servo Settings via the S.Bus Servo option on the 7PXR and began fine tuning the Damper Setting. I ended up finding a value of 120 on the Damper to be the sweet spot for the CT700 on this track!
I have no doubt being able to adjust my servo settings with only my chassis and remote played a huge part in being able to land a solid 3rd spot on the podium at this weekend’s comp. 3rd out of a field of 24 wasn’t too bad considering it’s been a couple years since my last competition.
February 26, 2020.
A quick turnaround trip to Vegas is always a good time, and this weekend was no exception. Good people, good food, good slides, good vibes, and an exciting comp all came together to make for an awesome event!
This past weekend Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas, NV kicked off their Super Drift Championship Regional Series. In addition, they paired it up with their One Year Anniversary Event. Of course Super-G wanted to be there to celebrate with our brothers in the next state over. We weren’t sure how we could make it all happen since there is a lot going on here at home, but it looked like a turnaround trip could do it.
Joe and I booked a flight for Saturday morning and we were off to Vegas for some slides! We met up at Slidelines with our SoCal Fam: RawFew: Nick Lepisto and Jason Fordyce, Team Zenshin: Mike Underwood and Daniel Yribe, Team DStyle: Mikko Yang and Shaine Collins, Swift Suns: Max Wilkinson, Tech1Drift: Alfredo Chan III, And Ted. Quite honestly, it felt as if were were back at Super-G. SoCal had a strong showing for this one!
When we arrived there were a few pits set up out front under some EZ Ups, so we all decided to pit there. Within minutes, it starts pouring rain! I could only feel the pain Bret, Dillon, and Eddel were feeling as I’ve been through that exact same ordeal. Big event and rain! Luckily it passed quickly and nobody really skipped a beat.
The comp was some serious fun! I had a horrible qualifier and actually crashed on both my runs. I figured I was done for the day, but I later found out they were using qualifying for the purposes of bracketing, not so much for qualifying or not. I battled my way up from Last (Probably) and ended up in a battle for 3rd against my fellow Super-G Judge, Shaine Collins. I knew Shaine was going to put it down, but I also knew we would be able to have clean battles. We both frown upon tactical driving, so it was all about just putting down the very best we could. The first round ended in a OMT! That just made it that much better. I ended up coming out on top for the next round, but I’m sure it could have gone either way really easily.
I got to battle Mike Bolanos, Nick Lepisto (Team Futaba Teammate), Mark Tecson, Alfredo Chan III, and finally Shaine Collins. It was a great time!!!
Congratulations to the winners, Alfredo Chan III on taking the win! Mike Dedmon taking Second Place. It was an honor to share the podium with you guys!
The event was a huge success and everyone had a great time. A huge thanks to Bret, Dillion, Edel, and Mike for putting on such an awesome event! It was just too much fun! We can’t wait for the next one!!!
The Futaba CT700 Servo (Application: Drift)
For the past couple months I have been “testing” the CT700. It was supposed to be a just a few weeks, but since I ended up liking it as much as I do, I had a hard time replacing it with the next test servo.
The CT700 is a programmable, full aluminum cased, Low Profile servo with some pretty impressive specs.
0.09 sec/60 deg @ 6.0V
0.075 sec/60 deg @ 7.4V
42.0 kgf/cm , 583 ozf/in @ 6.0V
49.0 kgf/cm , 680.5 ozf/in @ 7.4V
source – futabausa.com
The CT700 is programmable via S.Bus and S.Bus2 systems which means if you have a transmitter with S.Bus you do not need anything else to be able to change the settings on this servo. I know the 7PXR, 7PX, 4PX, 4PM and others are S.Bus compatible. This feature is huge for myself. Gone are the days of lugging around a computer and dongle to tweak a couple settings. I wish I could directly access the settings through the Futaba GYD450 Gyro, but unfortunately at this time is it not possible. Still, it’s more convenient than using a computer. If you don’t have a S.Bus compatible transmitter, no need to worry. You can still do it using the conventional method of a PC in combination with the CIU-2/-3 USB adapter.
There are many settings you adjust on the CT700. I found there were a couple that were necessary to adjust, but the others were fine as it came from the factory.
This is HUGE for me. My OCD really kicks in when I need to use sub-trim to center my servo. Thankfully Futaba allows us to set the center point perfectly, regardless of your application.
This controls how much or how little the servo is allowed to over-shoot the end point. Depending on the load applied to the servo, you may need to increase it. I liken it to how strong the brake is when it reaches the endpoint. I found the factory setting of 56 was too low. The steering would end up shaking. Anything above 105 on the Damper value seemed to keep things smooth and solid.
This is basically a torque setting that affects how much torque is applied to return / hold the target position. It is used to stop hunting and also how well it holds position. A lower value = Weaker holding force, a higher value = Stronger holding force. Factory setting was 1.500, but I found a value of 4.000 gave me the feel I was looking for.
This is minimum current applied to the servo motor. Too low the servo won’t immediately start moving if small input is given to the steering. With a higher value the servo will start to move immediately. The torque level is also increased. Too high of a value and the servo operation becomes rough.
My preference has always been toward the faster servos. Recently there has been a trend toward the slower servo speeds. It seems to be a preference thing. Rest assured, you can go from extremely fast, to a crawl, and everything in between.
The CT700 has been the servo I have been searching for. Keep in mind, I prefer the faster servos, and my opinion reflects this. The fact it is one of the fastest and strongest on the market, and is fully programmable, means it will most likely agree with just about everyone’s preference.
The flexibility in torque and speed has allowed me to dial it in to just what I like. No shaking issues, and plenty of torque to keep my steering right where I put it. I can even experiment with the lower speeds and lower torque settings when and if I ever feel the need.
The only drawback I see is the price tag, but then again it is coming from one of, if not thee industry leader in R/C Electronics. The CT700 is easily the choice for my personal chassis.
I found adjusting the Stretcher setting to it’s lowest value, and adjusting the Speed to match, the feeling is extremely close to the Reve D RS-ST Servo (Not a good or bad thing, just an observation) Review coming soon.
I will also be revisiting the KO ProPO RSx3-one 10 Ver. D since it is also programmable. Review coming soon.
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On my never ending journey of testing products for R/C Drift, I have come upon the new Axon Revoshock Dampers. They have proven to be a different type of animal for sure.
The most noticeable feature that seems to catch everyone’s eye is the number of holes in the pistons. There are 16 to be exact. In addition to the unique piston design, Axon also uses 2 O-Rings of different sizes. The dampers come as a add-on for the Yokomo Big Bores as they are not supplied with any mounting hardware or lower spring perch.
Quality and Construction
Right away it’s clear these are some very precision dampers. The quality of the materials is top-notch. The pistons all fit together snuggly on the shock shafts. When I measured the pistons and the shock bodies I was impressed to see their tolerances were high.
Bodies – 2/4 (11.52mm I.D.) 2/4 (11.53mm I.D.)
Pistons – All 4 (11.50mm O.D.)
These tolerances are what I have been finding with the Overdose HG Dampers and if my memory serves me correctly, the clearance is also the same as the HGs.
The instructions recommend a 1mm hole in the shock cap. I usually rely on the pressure from the bladder to provide more rebound, but after following their instructions I found them to have plenty of rebound relying solely on the bladder. I had pondered this decision for a while before finally deciding to do it. In hind-sight it wasn’t that big of a deal, but I had left venting the cap a good while ago, and contemplated if this would still be an apples to apples comparison.
The surface here at Super-G is polished concrete so we are considered to be a low-traction surface surface. Most people here tend to run their dampers on the lighter damping side, many running no shock fluid. I found the Axon Revoshock Dampers with their unique 16 hole pistons and their ultra-low resistance have given me a level of tuning I was not able to achieve with any other setup.
Prior to using the Revoshocks I would be forced to choose between running No Shock Fluid, 50wt, 100wt, or 150wt. Anything higher than that and it would be too much damping and performance would suffer. Keep in mind this is for the way I tune and I am in no way saying this is the best.
With the new Revoshocks, 50wt is very close to no fluid. I am tempted to say overall there is less resistance than my Big Bores with no fluid. Most likely due to the dual O-Ring design and better, consistent manufacturing. Basically what this translates to is, the Axon Revoshock Dampers allow you to have a wider usable range of fluids and more fine tuning. Presently I have settled on 150wt front and 250wt rear, but I can see even as high as 450wt or more being in the usable range for a light damping setup.
If I had one complaint, it would be the fact that the bladder is slightly too large and does not fit into the cap easily. This forced me to assemble the dampers differently than I am used to, making it a little more difficult to get the results am accustomed to “easily”. Not a huge deal, but definitely not ideal for myself.
Overall, I give the Axon Revoshock Dampers top marks. Placing them along side of the Tamiya TRF. I cannot comfortably put them in the same category as the Overdose HG Dampers as I feel they are a different animal with quality and design that is unmatched. However, for the time being, the Axon Revoshock Dampers are the damper of choice for my personal chassis. Take that for what it’s worth.
Looks like they came out with a whole new box look and manual! No supplemental sheets here!
Finally dedicated rear motor YD2 has been released! We got our hands on a few and here it is! We will have this built up and ready for demo within the next few hours.
You can grab one today! We have limited stock, so first come first serve!
Last week I was surprised with a few sets of DS Racing’s latest tires to test here at Super-G. The first one I decided to test is the DS Racing LF-5. I’m assuming it is part of the Fenix line since it’s a treaded tire.
Testing tires is a tiring task. (No pun intended) Over the years I have had the opportunity to test many tires. Overtime I figured out you can’t just throw them on, take a few laps, and make a decision. The opposite is actually the reality. Some tires break-in right away and stay that speed for the remainder of their life, others take a long time to break-in (hours) and continue to speed up or slow down over the course of many hours/days of driving.
The ideal situation is the new tires have a relatively fast break-in period, less than a full battery, and then remain consistent throughout the remainder of their life. Depending on how sensitive you are to tires, break-in can be quicker for some than others.
Presently we are using the DS Racing FFFF Zero Mark II as the spec tire for Super-G. We have chosen this tire for it’s speed and very balanced forward and sideways bite.
DS Racing’s latest, the LF-5 feels a bit different when compared to the FFFF Zero, Mark II. The biggest difference for me is the Flat Profile of the LF-5. The FFFF Zero Mark II has a rounded profile. The LF-5 is a bit slower all around, but still very balanced. The other LF line tires seemed to have high forward bite, but nice sideways slide. Here at Super-G, The LF-5 is the first of the Fenix Tires that I would consider. I like the look with the tread as well.
Overall, the LF-5 may become a alternate tire for us. Break-in was relatively quick, and has remained consistent after the first battery. They do make a different sound when compared to slicks, but it didn’t bother me. If your surface is similar to ours here at Super-G, you might want to take a look at the new LF-5s.
Like always, Acuvance never ceases to amaze! The color is matched and looks very clean.
The new Fledge motor is the first air cooled motor of its type. It has an actual fan on the end of it that the esc can control.
This 10.5T motor will most likely be going into one of our new Cyber SG1 builds.
The new Xarvis XX esc features separate tabs for the cap! No more soldering to the power leads! This reverse polarity esc ain’t no joke! Comes presoldered! Just add the bullet ends and power ends.
Acuvance gives you the ballers bullets in the motor and fan wire. The esc come with power bullets and heat shrink!
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The Super Drift Championship Round 1 for SoCal is in the books and it was nothing short of an amazing event! There were a lot of new faces jumping in for their first comp, so the road to the finals in October is already being paved.
The SoCal Region is hosting a 9 part point series to determine their Regional Champion. The Regional Champion will automatically be entered into the Finals in October and will also be given lodging for the finals weekend.
There are 3 ways to make it to the Finals in October:
Champion of the Regional Series (Lodging Provided for Finals Weekend)
Place 2nd or 3rd for the overall series
Compete in 75% or more of the series (regardless of standings)
Points are awarded as follows:
15 points – First Place
12 points – Second Place
10 points – Third Place
9 Points – Forth Place
8 Points – Fifth Place and lower (Participation Points)
2 Points – Top Qualifier (TQ of the event)
We will also be dropping everyone’s 2 lowest scores which basically means you can miss 2 events in the season and not be penalized.
There will also be 2 DOUBLE POINT rounds. This will keep it interesting.
What this translates into is, no matter how you finish, the worst you can do is equal to 5th place. This means even toward the end of the series, you will still have a good shot at a podium spot.
This was the kick off event for the season. After witnessing the level of driving, it’s clear SoCal is going to be bringing the heat to the Finals.
Doors opened at 4p Saturday and right away competitors got to breaking in tires and learning the line for the competition. Nick Lepisto (RawFew), Shaine Collins (Team D-Style), and Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) laid out the line for this months round.
The Return of the Champ
After a commanding win in the 2019 series, Kevin Motter (RawFew) The SoCal Drift King had disappeared from the R/C Drift Scene. It left everyone wondering if he would return for the 2020 season. Just as we were about to open, Kevin shows up to talk about his 4 month break. We were all glad to see he was alive! Ha! We were equally glad to hear he planned to compete, but a little concerned since he had not touched his car in 4 months. Tunes have changed, newer chassis have been released; could he still be competitive?
By the time we were ready to start qualifying, we had 34 competitors signed up. Many were new faces and quite a few were first timers. This is a good sign for the R/C Drift Community since we are seeing growth.
This season we have implemented a new style of qualifying. I felt it worked very well but it did slow us down a bit since we needed to get into the groove of things. Once we became familiar with the scoring, it started to go a lot quicker.
The Futaba Top Qualifier of the event was Kevin Motter with a score of 94. There was a 3 way tie for TQ between Kevin Motter, Alan Benites, and Jason Fordyce. It came down to the score of their secondary runs. Kevin (87/94), Alan (81/94), and Jason (0/94). Congratulations to Kevin for putting down some great qualifying runs and landing TQ.
As always, we had the lower scoring qualifiers battle it out for the last bracket position. Kris Steele was able to fight his way up into the Top 32! Ultimately finishing in a 4 way tie for 5th place.
We also had the honor of having one of our good friend Justin Pawlak’s son, Jaxsen Pawlack enter his first R/C Drift Comp here at Super-G! He’s just 7 years old and he put down a qualifying score of 32, landing him in 27th position!
The season opener has given us much promise as to what is yet to come. The skill level here in SoCal is running high, even the competitors who have just a few months under their belts are really putting down some serious runs.
The Final 4 came down to Josh Espinoza (Team Zenshin) vs. Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd and 4th position, and Kevin Motter (RawFew) vs. Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 1st and 2nd. First up was Josh vs. Alfredo. On Josh’s lead run, he had an unfortunate over-rotation on the second clip, securing the win and 3rd spot for Alfredo!
Then it was time for the battle for 1st and 2nd. Kevin vs. Mikko! Kevin was leading, Mikko on the chase. These two are no strangers to this situation, so the pressure was on. Out of the gate, it’s business as usual. Kevin putting down a clean run with a lot of angle and as deep as he usually is. Mikko bringing that tight proximity. Then it happened, Kevin knocks over the ScaleReflex Cone at the Inside Clip on the chicane. Kevin scores a Zero for his lead. Mikko’s chase was on point. They switch it up and Mikko is leading, Kevin chasing. Out of the gate Mikko is running a clean line, Kevin is applying that pressure! Mikko is putting down a great lead, Kevin’s chase is the very definition of pressure at it’s highest. Coming into the last turn, it happens. Mikko clips the last cone sending it flying, and effectively scoring him a Zero for his lead as well. An unbelievable turn of events, and cause for a OMT (One More Time).
OMT Time! Kevin takes the lead position again, Mikko on the chase. Kevin proceeds to really turn up the heat and lays down a close to flawless run, if not flawless. Extremely deep, filling each clip as completely as possible and with a much angle as possible. Mikko was right on his tail, giving that pressure that makes even the most seasoned drivers feel it. This time around Kevin was cone free. Then it was Mikko’s turn to lead and Kevin chasing. Mikko puts down a clean lead and Kevin puts down some serious proximity following Mikko’s line to a T. Again, clean run! After reviewing, the winner was clear. Kevin pulled off great proximity on his chase without sacrificing line, where Mikko had to go shallow on the first clip to maintain proximity. Then on the leads, Kevin rode the outer line at the limit for the entire course, including the last roundabout, where Mikko had shallowed up in the initiation. Both competitors pulled off some amazing runs, but in the end, Kevin’s runs had that edge and enough to land that Top Podium Position!
Jeff Yang from 7demo7 got some great footage of the battle for 1st and 2nd place here:
7demo7 YouTube Channel
Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew), the winner of the Super Drift Championship Round 1 SoCal Regional and TQ! Also to Mikko Yang (Team Reve D) for 2nd, and Alfredo Chan III (Tech 1 Drift) for 3rd.
Special thanks to the judges for the event. Shaine Collins, Manny Campalans!
ROUND 2 – MARCH 4, 2020
SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!
This weekend was hectic to say the least, but it was necessary since our Super-G NorCal Family is getting ready to kick off their Super Drift Championship Regionals. They spent the weekend here to learn how to use the Super-G Reply System and also to judge along side of one of the official judges (Myself) for an actual comp. Well a fun comp.
Ryno, Brotha AJ, and myself were the judges for the night. We started out with Qualifying. I was pleased to see everyone caught on quickly. By the end of the qualifying round, we were all on the same page. We were within a point or two most of the time. Alfredo Chan III threw down a wicked run and scored a 97/100! Nick Lepisto was second with a solid 96/100, and Mark Santa Cruz was third with another 96/100. Nick had a better secondary score which allowed him to secure second qualifier.
Then it was time for the Tsuiso Battles! Right out of the gate I need to thank everyone who participated. It was invaluable for training purposes. It was a little slow at first, but toward the end everyone fell in line and NorCal was more than able to run the comp without our assistance.
Even though it was a very informal Fun Comp, there was still some good battles! In the end, Mark Santa Cruz (Team Futaba/RawFew) laid the smack down and took the Top Podium Position! Alan Benites (Team Zenshin) took a hard fought Second Place. Aydin Angulo (Team Zenshin) locked down Third!
Congratulations to the winners! This was a good warm up for the upcoming Super Drift Championship Series! The driving was on point. If this is any indication of what is in store for this season, it’s going to be insane!
Super Drift Championship SoCal Regionals start February 1, 2020! SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!