Setups - GL-Racing

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MINI-Z RACING

 

What do I need to get started?

To get going you need a kit (4WD or RWD), wheels and tires, a body, receiver and radio, and battery.

KWR Engineering offers a Starter Pack which includes most of these items and we also stock the remaining bits and pieces you will need.

What sort of bodies can I use?

The kit comes with mounts which enable you to use any of the many Kyosho Mini-Z hard bodies available for the 98mm chassis.

For racing, we would recommend using a Lexan body which requires the relevant front and rear body mounts. Although the Lexan bodies don't look as good as some of the realistic race replica hard bodies, they are way better in impacts and are more suited to racing.

What sort of batteries do these cars use?

The use a 7.2V 2 cell lipo back just like a larger scale Touring Car.

KWR Engineering offers a charge lead which can charge up to 3 lipo packs at the same time. Typically a lipo pack will last you for 15 mins of runtime.

Note lipo's should not be charged at more than 1A.

What sort of tracks do the cars run on?

The most common form is RCP which is a little bit like the mats you find in gyms. Other popular surfaces are carpet and floor boards. 

As with any form of RC racing, tyre choice is critical and must be matched to the surface you are running on. This will make the biggest difference!

I already have a radio, can I use that?

There are receivers available for most popular brands of radio - Sanwa, Futaba, KO Propo, Flysky.

KWR Engineering sells the GL-Racing GX-033 receiver which is compatible with most Sanwa radios including the popular M17 and MT44.

What sort of maintenance is required?

The cars require very little maintenance and can do thousands of laps without even needing to tighten screws. We would recommend checking and reoiling the shocks after each race meet, doing a general clean, and checking screws are tight. If the car starts to develop any slop, we would also recommend shimming it to reduce although this is only required if the slop is significant.

Do you have any general setup tips?

There are some setup sheets below (mostly for RCP surfaces) however follow the steps below and you can't go wrong:

  • Make sure you set the ride height correctly and it is even on both sides. We recommend 2.0mm front and 2.2mm rear as a good starting point.
  • Droop is a very important setting. Make sure you super glue the droop screws and their holes before inserting to make sure they don't come lose during use. We recommend running a higher droop number and turning the screws 2 full turns in from just touching the chassis. Given most run on high grip surfaces a higher rather than lower droop value works better.
  • Check rear camber. A good starting point is 2 degrees.
  • Check front toe. A good starting point is neutral (no toe in or toe out).
  • Check weight balance using some balancing pins. It doesn't have to be perfect but try to get the left/right balance as close as you can. We typically find a 5g weight behind the battery is required.
  • Spring choice depends on track but we find Blue front and rear is a good starting setup.

How do you record lap times?

If you would like to race and record your lap times you will require a personal transponder. 

KWR Arena uses the I-Lap system and sells the transponder which is compatible with that. Check with your local track to find our which lap counting system they use and purchase the relevant transponder.

 

ASSEMBLY GUIDES AND GENERAL INFORMATION

Document Name Link
GLA 4WD - V2.1 Manual
GLA 4WD - V2.0 Manual (Step By Step Photos)
GLA Gear Ratio Chart
GLR-GT RWD Manual
  > GL-OP-005 Rear Shell Post 98mm-102mm
  > GL-OP-017 Rear Damper Trigger Mount
  > GL-OP-028 Carbon Lexan Bumper Set
How Fast Are You Championship Rules

 

SETUP SHEETS

Date Driver Car Track Surface Link
Blank Editable Sheet GLA 4WD
May 2021 Glenn Wilson GLA 4WD Kew RCP

  

VIDEOS

Below is a time lapse video of the complete assembly process including electronics (noting that this is the GLA V2 and not the latest GLA V2.1 however the assembly process is almost identical).


Below is a video of the GLR-GT kit being unboxed.