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Old 09-27-2019, 11:24 PM
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Get low.

Cruising after work one day.

I took this truck to a meet, and seriously my departure angle sucks! I need rear lift.

At this meet several people who saw me playing with the suspension mentioned (with some disappointment) that i "should have made the lowrider hop."
Yes it's possible, it would take a different game plan and a Motor and Esc instead of a Servo.

First off VWs go bagged, everything else can get either bagged or juiced. I don't make the rules.

If i were doing a car as a hydraulic Hopper, i'd be setting it up like some of Jevries 'hopper' and ''way of the knot'' type of model cars.*
He's an old school badass i've been following since back when the 'Mad Modeler' forum was around.

Here's the rc hopper theory i'd be working with, if i chose to do that.
Suspension travel is because the axle is vertically mounted freely in a channel or something that gravity can pull back 'Low'. String pulls straight down on suspension for 'High', pulleys / eyelets / bushings to redirect line back to motor. String wraps around lift motor armature or geared shaft near it, and wads string up on it. Motor pulls string fast, car comes up fast. Probably install some short soft-ish springs between the axle and thing the motor pulls to help charge the hop. Small hop, plus hitting hop as the springs hit full squish, bigger hop, plus hitting again, bigger... Balance car right and you can lift the rear and hop BIG, like hitting bumper.

I'd probably run seperate servos Right and Left rear with Front as hopper described above. With a rear weight bias, that should at least give front, back, gas hop, 3-wheel. I'd probably need 4 servos to get side/side.
If there's room, a bluetooth speaker setup to annoy everyone with my music. I might even want to try to stuff some short springs under it, so the body and anything driving wants to do even more of the 'horribly bouncy while driving on smooth road' thing. (An actual use for a tamiya truck shaker?)

Most real lowriders run IFS and Solid axles, but there's not a lot of 1/14 i've seen that does that. If working on a solid axle rear, probably go with a 3 or 4 linked rear with a 'chain bridge' to hopefully get a standing 3-wheel.

I really like the front end on the "Beswitched" 1967 impala customized RadioShack car. It allows for both 'Lay&Play' and 'Hopper" control of the car

Maybe if i find something used and *REALLY* cheap along the lines of these:
early 2000s Radioshack lowriders, like 58, 64, 67 Impala, 69 El Camino
Newbright SnoopDeville, 74 caddy coupe deville
Newbright Jessie james 54 Chevy car
Tamiya Lunchbox body with custom frame, 1970s Vanning style
possibly some kind of Truck,
WPL Nissan pickup with full bed and cap. (Maybe make it a 'bed dancer' ?)

Last edited by frizzen : 11-02-2019 at 11:01 PM. Reason: Bad ideas... GROOVY.
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