Friday, March 17, 2017

Grass Roots Racing Series Round 4

 I recently attended the Grass Roots Racing Series Round 4 on March 11 2017. My goal was to race Ebuggy, Gas Buggy, and Gas Truck, but my Gas buggy ended up not working out for me.

My Ebuggy and Gas Truck drove amazingly! I was Dialed on AKA tires, RevTech Batteries and Trinity Motor! I had no motor fade the entire race and my Buggy was really on point. I should have rebuild my shocks before the main though, rookie mistake.

This was my first time ever racing a nitro vehicle and it was the Gas Truck class!! The truck was so fun to drive and it was doing wheelies everywhere.

Here is a shot of all the tires I was gluing up! These AKA 1/8 scale tires are super easy to glue and the long wear compound performs very consistently.

Here is a shot of my broken down buggy. I simply couldn't get my engine to hold a tune. I did get the buggy race ready with a full shock rebuild and I replace a ton of broken stuff..

A shot of one of the Pro's that was attending this race! David is a great driver and a really nice guy!

Here are some shots of all the parts I took with me to race my Team Losi 22nt/xxxnt. So many parts! I ended up helping my fellow racer out with some parts, I am glad I have enough extra stuff.

Here is a video of my Ebuggy race. I qualified 4th, but ended up 8th after getting taken out and making a few mistakes.

Here is a video of my Gas Truck race. I qualified 1st, but ended up in second. I made a few mistakes and my competitor walked away from me!

Overall I had a great time attending this race and I cannot wait until the next one. Thank you Team Trinity for the great motors and batteries! Also thank you AKA for making such great tires. A huge Thank You to Oscar Lopez for helping me get prepared the night before, you are a savior dude!

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the AKA tires, Trinity/RevTech power and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Great American Outdoor Race RC EXPO

Hello Everyone!

     I recently attended the Great American Outdoor Race at the RC EXPO in Costa Mesa Ca.
The Good folks from MotorHead RC Raceway put on this race and basically set a track up in the middle of the expo overnight.

El Nino brought us some rain the night before, so the track was very soggy to say the least. Here is a shot at the end of the straight away.

Here is another shot showing the soggy mess we would race on.

Lots of people tried their best to help with the track conditions, but only so much could be done. This is another shot of the infield.

The day ended up going really well for me and I TQ'd short course truck and I qualified second in stadium truck.

Here is a shot of the postings for the main event.

Here is a youtube video of my race. This video is the short course A main

I ended up placing second on the podium after crashing on the first lap. I really messed up, but I recovered for a podium finish.

Here is a shot of the podium.

After the picture was taken, I was up for stadium truck and here is a youtube video of that race!

I ended up making some dumb mistakes and squandered my podium finish, but it was a fun race!

Overall I had a great time attending this race and I cannot wait until next year to do it all over again. Thank you Team Trinity for the great motors and batteries! Also thank you Pro-Line for keeping me hooked up to the track.

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line tires, Trinity/RevTech power and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Team Trinity

Hello Everyone! I wanted to let people know I will be running Team Trinity products this season.

I used to use Trinity products as a child and always loved how dominant their motors were. It has always been a dream of mine to be on Team Trinity and finally I have been blessed with the opportunity to. 

Here is a shot of the Trinity 24k 7.5 turn motor and the RevTech "The Brick" battery.

 The motor is simply stunning and really gives my chassis a flashy appeal.

Good looks are nice and all, but performance is key. I noticed that the 24K was considerably lighter than my old and faithful Reedy Sonic.

During testing, I noticed my car rotated better in the corners. I think the performance bump was due to the weight shifting forward a little to the battery.

I will give some more motor and battery updates soon!

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line gear and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Racing update

Hello Everyone! I have been doing a lot of testing lately trying to get my trucks dialed with the right tires, motor, battery and set up. I raced a couple weeks back to test my set up in race conditions. I did decent and earned myself some race bucks at OCRC.

This is a shot of the track I was racing on. The track was in the Reedy race layout.

    I learned the importance of tire set up at this race and I want to share what I learned. A fellow racer saw that I was not using a tire sauce and suggested I use it. I know that tire sauce can be expensive and it accelerates the deterioration of the tire it is used on. For the average racer, going through lots of tires can be prohibitive to the all important racing budget. When raising the cost concern to my fellow racer, I was simply told, "Do you want to win or conserve tires?".  I tried some tire sauce and noticed that my traction level increased greatly and that lead to faster lap times due to faster vehicle responsiveness and greater corner speed.

     I have been using Pro-Line Electrons with different tire sauces and getting excellent results. I will be continuing to test until I find the performance I like. Also I am struggling to break my 20 second lap barrier at OCRC and I am trying everything I can to get there.

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line traction, Trinity/Revtech power and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Painting a Pro-Line Pre-Cut Flo-Tek Fusion body

Hello everyone! I recently picked up a Pro-Line Flo-Tek body, Product ID : 3458-17, for my Short Course truck and wanted to share my experience painting it.

So I started out with taping the body up in prep for paint. I use blue painters tape to make stripes. It is sometimes hard to make the line perfectly straight when they go over uneven surfaces. I usually just add extra tape in those areas.
Here is  a overhead shot of the tape. You can see that its not very straight or consistent. I always try just try my best and then lay down some paint. No one can ever tell you that you painted incorrectly because it is your self expression! Painting bodies if my favorite part!

Just another shot from the side. I like to block out the grill and headlight in order to make a face. I like my truck to have personality.

 After laying down about 10 thin coats of FasPearl Silver, I backed it with three coats of Faskolor white. It turns out I didnt add enough coats because I got some bleeding when I started painting the green. I should have painted the green first, since it was darker, in order to avoid the bleeding but that takes a lot more masking and time. Next time I will do 10 coats of white backing!!

Here is another shot showing the light coat of green I laid down. I ended up doing about 6 coats of green. After the green was painted, I again backed the entire with 3 coats of white so that the colors really popped.

Here is another close up of the light coats of green.

Here is a shot after I completed all the coats of green and the white backing. you can see the bleeding that occurred. Its all good though, I will run it!

This is another shot of the stripes going all the way back.

After I was done with the green, I decided to make an orange face on the front! I always like painting orange because it really catches the eye. After the paint is done drying, I like to pack everything with white Rustoleum Protective Enamel.

This is a shot of the body after the first coat of protective enamel.

Here is another shot from the front after all the paint was finished drying. You will notice how different angles in the sun makes the paint change color. after two light coats of orange, I did a light coat of peal white. I then followed with several more coats of orange.

Overall I am super happy with with the new body. The pre cut was super helpful in cutting down on the amount of time it takes to prep and paint a body. All the vent holes are already cut out as well which is super nice. So far the body has performed exceptionally well, taking some major beatings and not parachuting anywhere!

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line gear and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout 2015

Hello Everyone! I had the privilege of attending the Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout this year in Saugus Ca. I ended up entering myself into Pro 2 and Mod Truck. The track was very smooth and free flowing and the traction was great initially. I had only one set of tires for my mod truck, which made things difficult for me.

My pit spot was awesome! I got to see a lot of top drivers, I was close to the heat sheets and simply right in the middle of it all.

I glued up some Pro-Line Electrons in the x2 compound when the track was dry and they were hooked up. The traction was consistent and controllable and it kind of felt like cheating to me. I was able to get several runs on theses tires with plenty of tread and grip left over. I absolutely fell in love with these tires for blue groove conditions!

Here is a shot of the fresh tires all mounted up! I was super pumped on these tires.

Here is a shot of my trucks after the first day of qualifying. Both trucks where dialed and my lap times were getting faster and faster. My confidence was starting to build but then something happened.


The track got soaked but the track crew got us up and running again. It took a lot of work form those guys and the effort was much appreciated.

I only had one set of tires for the entire race for my Stadium truck and it was tough for me. I ended up in the C main, but I had a great time driving so it was all good. Check out the Video.

After mod truck, I was ready for my short course final. I unfortunately did not get to race my last two qualifiers on account of rain so I tried my best to make it to the big show. Fortunately I had plenty of tires for my Pro-Line Pro2 SCT.  After some testing I ended up going with Pro-Line Tazers  on all four corners and I was pretty happy. Check out the Video.

Overall I had an amazing time at the HRH Shootout and it was an experience of a lifetime. My Venom Batteries served me well as they always do and my Pro-Line tires performed phenomenally!

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Venom powered Pro-Line vehicles and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Pro-Line Pro2 Stock Short Course Truck

Hello everyone! I wanted to share my Pro Line Pro2 Sct Stock class racer. I have spent some time getting this truck dialed in, and with some ideas of my own and some help from friends, I got this truck to perform the way I like it.

The truck is fast and nimble and rotates well in the corners. I have plenty of traction yet the right amount of push so that I do not traction roll. 

This truck is bullet proof and has very low maintenance needs. I use the Pro-Line gear diff with 7k diff oil. I have about 30 batteries and 3 races through the transmission currently without ever opening it up and it is still performing great.

The shocks do need tending every 10 batteries but mostly it is just a oil top off. 32 1/2 wt associated oil in the front and 30 wt in the rear. The shocks are amazing and they help the truck jump really well.

I did do some upgrades to the shock towers and front top plate. They are Anza racing carbon fiber parts. They helped stiffen up the truck a lot and I find the the handling is more consistent.
I added a front aluminum bulkhead for a while, but I found that the Pro-Line plastic bulkhead performed a little better. The plastic has more flex and it doesn't make the steering too aggressive.

I put on Lunsford turnbuckles for added durability and for the weight savings. Furthermore, I added all ceramic bearings for smoothness and less rotating mass. The bearings are also easily cleaned and end up saving you money in the long run.

I did change the rear axels to Traxxas telescoping axels part 6852x. The axels compensate for the change in shock position due to the shock tower upgrade.

I run Pro-Line Suburbs in the front and Electrons in the rear, both in clay compound.  The tires last such a long time and they are almost always dialed for me. I just scrub them clean and add a little tire sauce to them.

I have noticed a big problem in stock racing lately. A lot of people buy these 300+ dollar chargers that can charge batteries and discharge them at 35 - 40 amps. Cycling the battery with the high amps gives the truck more punch and a little more top end. The catch 22 is that the batteries don't have nearly as long of a lifetime when you cycle them with high amperage. Most spec class racers cant cant afford to spend lots of money on a charger set up that has the extra amps. Also, the batteries need to be replaced more often which is even more money. I honestly cant afford to get an edge like that, but what does help me reduce the advantage of high amp charging and discharging is using my Venom 4500 100c batteries. I charge my batteries with the Venom medion dual charger... nothing special.

Don't take my word for it, look at this video of me racing my spec class short course against the 4wd guys. My truck has plenty of power to keep up.

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Venom powered Pro-Line vehicles and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia