I'm taking out my front CVDs and going RWD. Not so fast cowboy! (Part 8)

by admin on Feb 16, 2016 Categories: REVIEW/TECH/HOW-TO
IMG_7745.JPG Since RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) has become popular in recent months, there are more and more people who want to jump on the RWD scene. Many think all the have to do is take out their front CVDs, take off the front belt, or remove the driveshaft, and they will be good to go. Sorry to say it doesn't quite work that easily. RWD chassis are designed around being RWD. The main difference is in the steering. To simplify this, if the steering is not designed for RWD, it's probably not going to work unless YOU make some changes. If you don't know what you are after, it's going to be an uphill battle. Below are some of the stock front ends compared to the Yokomo RWD Conversion Kit for the Drift Package. As you can see, there is definitely a difference in the amount of angle you will be able to achieve, not to mention the lack of adjustment. Keep in mind, these steering angles are the maximum you will get with the kit in stock form. To gain any more angle than this, you are gong to need to do some sort of modification. It's usually not a simple cut here or grind there. [caption id="attachment_705" align="alignnone" width="300"]img_5945.jpg Yokomo Drift Package with Yokomo RWD Conversion Kit. Note the angle the wheels are capable of. Also the Ackerman adjustment rod connecting the steering wipers.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_703" align="alignnone" width="300"]img_5947.jpg 3Racing Sakura D3 AWD CS 2.14 Note the maximum angle the steering setup can achieve.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_706" align="alignnone" width="300"]img_5949.jpg Yokomo DIB RS. AWD 50/50. Note the maximum angle the steering setup can achieve.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_707" align="alignnone" width="300"]img_5950.jpg Yokomo Drift Package Stock. AWD 50/50. Note the maximum steering angle.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_704" align="alignnone" width="300"]img_5948.jpg HPI Sprint 2. AWD 50/50. Note the maximum steering angle.[/caption] If you know what you are doing, as the saying goes, "where there's a will there's a way". Yes, it can be done. It's just not as simple as taking the front CVDs out and tossing a gyro in the mix. There's a lot more to it. If you're a little shaky with your tuning, it may be best to just invest in a purpose built RWD chassis. Talk to people at your local track and see what they run and why.