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Just curious if the LB with locked diff would make a big difference in the snow?

Anyone tried this combo?

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17 hours ago, cobalt said:

Just curious if the LB with locked diff would make a big difference in the snow?

Anyone tried this combo?

my first was an OG LB. Didn’t have a locked diff. I seem to remember it doing well in shallow snow, or if it was a little crusty it would ride on top, and if it was too icy it skiddded around. 

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On 12/6/2023 at 6:06 PM, Mouc-RC said:

ORV in the Snow (terrible, even with 2.2 Blackfoot wheels...)

Too bad, a real 2CV does good on snowy roads :)

Chevron tires perform a lot better on sand (and I guess therefore also on snow) if fitted backwards, i.e. with the "V" of the chevron facing to the front instead of rear. The inverted chevron results in something akin to paddle tires and helps with traction on loose sand. On snow, unless the chevron gets packed with snow, it should help in a similar way.

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I saw that Santa got me a MadVan for me the other day..  B)  It's sitting in my piano lounge under the imaginary xmas tree.  

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Proper snow. Not deep snow but proper snow. Gee I love those tires :wub:

 

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Yes, snow is phantastic with RCs.

Unfortunately I only have two snapshots of my recently acquired Kyosho USA-1 VE in the snow.

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Cheers

Martin

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Very nice snapshots! Didn't know Kyosho had solid axles chassis by the way... :)

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12 minutes ago, Mouc-RC said:

Very nice snapshots! Didn't know Kyosho had solid axles chassis by the way... :)

That started (as I guess) about twenty years back with the original "Mad Force" with a nitro engine. It was followed by the "Twin Force" with dual electric motors. It got somewhat quite around these chassis for some years. Now they're back in a slightly improved manner (double trailing arms on both sides of the axle instead of one) ... as far as you can improve a chassis like that.

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https://imgur.com/a/m4OsfnY

 

Had a blast with my CC-02 last weekend. The 4WD and locked diffs are really nice; it can even plow through soft, powdery snow after caving in! I should've gotten a photo of it burrowing through like a mole lol.

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If it’s 2WD, you will need sand paddles on rear. Then it will fly in snow 

Outlaw Rampage with Sand Paddles: 

 

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Not much snow around here, but lots of soft sand, as mentioned Sand Paddles for 2WD..

Loose low traction surfaces are energy sapping so there’s no such thing as overpowered in that kind of environment 😁

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Running in the snow is a tricky thing. There are so many types of snow that sometimes it is great fun and other times it is a miserable failure. A nice thin layer of rough, crispy, frozen snow seems to be the best. Decent traction and you ride on top. Light fluffy snow is useless, you just sink. Wet snow sticks to everything and weighs you down.

I put homemade skis on the Sand Viper a long time ago and got video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2J5khb6USg

I wish I had video of the Lunchbox running with RC airplane skis.

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I just put some #16 zinc plated  jack chain on the rear tire of my LB.

Holly mother of god what a difference! and the diff is not even locked yet! (waiting for 3d printed diff locker in the mail)

I agree ewith Otis311, it all depends on the type of snow.

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Rally cars are the best winter cars. Well, of course they don't do well on deep snow, but with just a snow shovel you can make a very nice snow track on a small backyard.

The trick to prevent snow jamming up the steering and suspension is to pre-cool the car before driving. If you grab a warm car and start driving immediately, the snow will stick everywhere, usually clumping up on the steering, reducing sttering angle dramatically. I usually take the car out at least half an hour before I start driving.

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2 hours ago, Verskis said:

The trick to prevent snow jamming up the steering and suspension is to pre-cool the car before driving. If you grab a warm car and start driving immediately, the snow will stick everywhere, usually clumping up on the steering, reducing sttering angle dramatically. I usually take the car out at least half an hour before I start driving.

Love that track, great idea. For some reason I only bash around in the snow. I will make a little track in a couple days when we get the forecast foot of snow.

Yes, "pre-cooling" definitely helps. Again it always depends on the exact weather but in sub freezing conditions it certainly makes a difference. Of course brittle Tamiya plastic only gets more brittle at lower temps. That hasn't stopped me from having fun in the snow though.

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5 hours ago, Otis311 said:

 

Yes, "pre-cooling" definitely helps. Again it always depends on the exact weather but in sub freezing conditions it certainly makes a difference. Of course brittle Tamiya plastic only gets more brittle at lower temps. That hasn't stopped me from having fun in the snow though.

Yeah, pre-cooling doesn't help in above freezing conditions, the snow will stick anyway. Cold snow is much better for driving.

 

About the plastics getting brittle, that is probably true, but I have used the XV-01 and XV-02 for a few winters now and I can't recall breaking anything in the snow, even when the banks turn to ice at some point in the springtime. I think the speeds are low enough on this kind of small and somewhat slippery track (even though the soft rally blocks have a surprising amount of traction on the snow) to not really punish the cars that bad.

 

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Here's a picture of the (almost) full track layout. The space is about 10x13 meters, enough for touring car sized rally cars.

I have also tried to drive a Traxxas Slash here, but that is a bit too big and clumsy for this track.

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11 hours ago, Verskis said:

Here's a picture of the (almost) full track layout. The space is about 10x13 meters, enough for touring car sized rally cars.

I have also tried to drive a Traxxas Slash here, but that is a bit too big and clumsy for this track.

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And a snow crocodile? Likey!

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17 minutes ago, BuggyDad said:

And a snow crocodile? Likey!

It's actually a mosasaurus according to my son 🙂

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