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Drift Talk: Usukani YD-2 upgrades part 1

Drift Talk: Usukani YD-2 upgrades part 1

We were lucky enough to pick up a team sponsorship from Usukani last month and the first of our parts arrived recently and I will admit to being a little selfish with our first order as it mainly consisted of YD parts. After getting back from my honeymoon I set about stripping the YD ready for some Usukani upgrades.

So let me run you through what I have changed and give you the Yokomuki opinion on each of the upgrades.

YD-2 steering rack

The aluminium steering rack from Usukani is a huge step up from my standard plastic rack, very easy to assemble. It’s worth noting you will need to dissemble you existing rack first as some of the parts will need to be reused that came with the original kit.

I made massive changes to my YD all at once so most of my first run was trying to dial in the chassis but you could feel the difference the new rack made, all the slop in the steering was taken away and the steering input felt much more direct.

Carbon Chassis and top decks

Another big change for the YD was the addition of the carbon chassis, the Usukani carbon feels very good quality and is perfectly machined I was very impressed with the finish. One thing I was worried about when I upgraded to the carbon deck was losing the chassis flex the plastic chassis offers but Usukani has this covered with the choice of two top decks.

High traction which creates a little more flex and the low traction option which stiffens the whole chassis up. I have had short runs with both options fitted. One thing I have found using the low traction option is it allows my suspension to have more impact on the handling as the chassis flex is taken out of the equation. In low traction mode all the weight shift in the chassis flows through the suspension and the YD felt more agile as a result (Worth pointing out I am no setup guru and this is how it felt for me)

If you are currently running the entry level YD I would recommend giving the Usukani carbon conversion a whirl.

The new YD-2 adjustable rear lower arms

I believe I have the first set of these in the UK, they are visually stunning and look like they belong on the Bat mobile. They offer toe adjustment direct from the rear arm in the same way the original Usukani adjustable rear arms did, big bonus with the YD arms is they are the exact same length as the standard rear arms so you want need a new set of drive shafts.

Unlike the other Usukani arms there is no hub integrated in to these you do however get two different ways of mounting the shock to the lower arm at the moment I have only used them with the shock mounted directly to the arm itself, provided in the packaging are the parts to attach the shock to the standard hub (I will try this next time and report back)

Toe adjustment again is very simple but due to limited running time I have yet to fully experiment with these arms so I will have some more in depth info very soon. I would recommend picking up some spacers though as there is a little play compared to the standard arms Usukani have you covered here as they have just released a range of black spacers.

In conclusion

All the above upgrades are fantastic and are definitely a step up from standard although I would recommend changing one thing at a time so your chassis doesn’t completely change its behaviour but after some help from Dan at NRD my YD was going round beautifully a big step up in terms of handling from where it was. We will be taking a look at the new version 2 mag mounts and the D4 carbon conversion soon.

As always you can get all your Usukani upgrades in the UK from Asbo-RC, if you are not in the UK contact Usukani to find your local stockist.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: RC drift speed

Drift Talk: RC drift speed

I am always looking for a subject that sparks debate, gets people involved and talking today a suggestion was made to discuss drift speed, Just a little Facebook post to say a blog was coming sparked debate amongst people so who knows what the blog will cause.

From my point of view there are two schools of thought on the speed from the Ricky Bobby I wanna go fast drifters and the I go slow its more realistic brigade. Me personally I can see the fun in both sometimes I just wanna throw my chassis in to bends as fast as I can for shits and giggles with big backwards entries and other days some slow steady drifting aiming for the line and clip boxes and focusing on the technique and getting door to door (Or just spinning in to a wall). A lot of how I drift depends on the other cars on track if it is a track full of people in a train at low speeds then that is what I will try and achieve on the other hand if it is a bunch of dudes hooning around then that is what I am going to do. I don’t see the point in getting pissy with people if they are not drifting how I would like, I just join in and try and have fun.

I think there can be a balance between the two to be honest I think a certain amount of speed and aggression should always be used but you have to factor in a few things when you pick your side of the argument.

Scale speed

People talk about going slow looks more realistic and I think  a lot of people get lost in that statement and will say well real cars enter bends at up 100 MPH so how does a slow RC car look more realistic. Well you have to take in to account the scale speed of your chassis if your RC car is entering a bend at 10 MPH then that’s your 100 MPH scale entry right there but when your 120A ESC is screaming its tits off in to a bend flat out then you are probably rocking a scale speed of 350 MPH and that’s not so realistic. However I do understand where the speed freaks are coming from because visually it can sometimes look a little dull and if you were not necessarily in to drifting and the slow steady stuff is what you were first exposed to then you may not think it is a very exciting hobby.

I think if you are a skilled enough at drifting and drift regularly then you should be able to adapt to the different speeds at each venue and adapt your style to suit. I have been around RC drifting for a while and have been lucky enough to see people twining at pretty decent speeds and it looks visually stunning, so is it a case that going slower is easier and it makes twinning more achievable? Personally I don’t think so.

Full size stuff

Full size drifting when you sit back and watch it is very much the same as RC you watch old YouTube clips of the D1 championships in Japan and you you see big entry speeds but the speed is bled through the corner and it becomes very much about proximity where Formula D is very much big power lots of tyre smoke and there seems to be more focus on speed. So I guess really RC drifting falls in to those who want to emulate D1 and those who want to recreate formula D, I don’t think either way is right or wrong because as long as you are having fun that is all that matters.

D1 Example, although this still pretty fast you can see the proximity I was talking about.

Formula D example shows the power through the corners

I think both are cool but some people like D1 some like Formula D and the same goes for RC drifting, some people however are like Daigo Saito and he is fucking mental and defies all explanation so lets take a second break to appreciate his lunacy.

 

Lets all be like him and just have fun and not waste our time being pissy about things.

 

Cheers for reading let the debate commence.

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Drift Talk: People are what makes this hobby great!

Drift Talk: People are what makes this hobby great!

We have been asking what people want to see more of in our mag and we had a few respond to our question, the one that has stuck out for me though came from Dan up at Ratrap RC. Dan has suggested featuring more people in the mag because after all it’s the people who make the hobby what it is.

So what type of people do we want to feature?

Our magazine is for everyone so everyone should be featured! so don’t think just because you don’t compete in any championships makes you less important to the hobby. If you make the effort to travel every week to different venues then that makes you important because you are keeping tracks open. Do you go drifting for the social side of the hobby because that is important too, I was at Ratrap the weekend and probably spent more time talking and having a laugh than drifting but that is what I love about this hobby the people. You know you have had a good day when you come home and your sides are hurting because you have spent most of the last 12 hours laughing.

That one guy who travels every weekend and has fun doing what he loves is what is important, we have members of our team who have competed at the highest level you can but they are no more important than the other members who don’t compete. I have been asked a few time why I have added certain people to the group when they don’t compete or put themselves out there, what are they going to add to the team if they don’t compete and get the name out there? My answer is a simple one “they are people I like and I enjoy their company and that is all I look for in a team mate”. I would rather have a team full of people I love than a group of superstars I can’t stand.

So if you are that guy who drifts every weekend, has fun and has a laugh we would love to hear from you! Tell us why you love drifting, what it is that makes you want to get up early on one of your days off work and travel for hours to drift because it’s you who are keeping drifting alive.

If you think that someone you drift with deserves a mention or a feature please get in touch we would love to know more. The magazine has always been about showing off the good things people do in this hobby so let’s talk about the unsung heroes of the drift scene. As usual get in touch with us via Facebook or email us yokomukirc@hotmail.com.

Cheers for reading

Matt

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Drift Talk: Worlds prep and Muki news.

Drift Talk: Worlds prep and Muki news.

I write this blog with bleary eyes and running on vapours, last night was a late one! Me and Slideshow set about some serious Muki worlds prep our sponsor Usukani shipped us over the complete carbon fibre kit for Bobs D4 which he fitted as well as us getting his 2017 livery ready. We have gone for something totally different to our usual black and pink with his worlds body which we will unveil once he has added all the detail to it but it is shiny very shiny.

If you see Bob over in Holland go and say hi and grab some Yokomuki stickers off him and any stickers you want to send our way please do and we will put them up at HQ.

What we have been up to

It has been a little quiet on our page and site lately but I am back in the swing of things after my wedding and ready to start blogging and designing issue 4. We have all taken a little break after a pretty full on start to the year to recharge our batteries.

Me and Daz have been off getting muddy with the scalers and Ash has been creating beautiful bodyshells. Lee, Vix and Dave went AWOL but they were found safe and well… Bob continues to drift every week to prepare for his trip to Holland and Zac is somewhere making exceptional art as we speak.

What you can expect from us over the next few months

Issue 4 is obviously in the making and we are working on blog content as well. In the next couple of weeks we will be relaunching our print on demand t-shirt service Mukistyle with some fresh designs and some old favourites. One change though is we will be changing the name of it to #GETMUKI to stay in line with our new branding.

Hopefully we will also be adding more guest blogs to the website to give a more diverse range of opinions on the site as we will never claim to be right about everything….but we are rarely wrong (just kidding) so if you are interested get in touch.

We will also be on the lookout for content for future issues of the magazine.

Muki on tour

This weekend Muki heads back out on tour with NRD our destination for a Saturday slide, we love it up there and will be running a Muki on tour feature in issue 5 about our visit. Issue 4 will feature a slightly closer to home Muki on tour at our home circuit MDS as we look at the epic first year this track has had and the plans for the future.

Then we will pick another track and head out again.

But for now I am off to do some work catch you later!

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Drift Talk Guest Blog: Couples who drift together!

Drift Talk Guest Blog: Couples who drift together!

Hi, my name is Jack.

Before we start, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Matt Ellis for letting me write this blog for Yokomuki RC!

I’ve been a great fan of Yokomuki RC for some time now and I am honoured that I am given this chance to do this blog for them!

Now back to the blog.

Today I would like to talk about couples who shares the same hobby with each other.

Like some of our fellow RC drift hobbyists, I have a wife and kids and logically, spare time is scarce, so when it comes to practicing the hobby, It needs a lot of planning, but what if your wife has the same hobby that takes equal amount of time as yours? Or even better she has the same hobby as you? As in my case, my wife and I share the same passion about RC drift!

Initially when I “started” my RC drift hobby, my wife was somewhat interested (because she is a GREAT car fanatic, even bigger than I am!), but not like “Ooooh, let me buy an Overdose and do some tandems together!”. She watched me builed my first chassis (DIB Vers. 2) and after that she got herself a Sakura D3 to “try out” to see if she likes it. Way before I even did 1 corner! BUT…………It took us (me) actually 9 month before we started hitting the track. Yes, shame on us! 😉

 

I remember our first visit @streetJam like it was yesterday. There was a concrete track and a carpet track, we didn’t know what we were doing and we were ALL OVER THE TRACK. My wife was somewhat cautious like she always is, while I recklessly bashed my way around the track like there was no tomorrow. There was not a single boarding on that track that I didn’t hit – HECK – I even manage to do some damage on the wall, yes a serious FULL SCALE REAL LIFE wall, not a RC scale wall! After seeing me doing some (serious) damage to his track and seeing me struggling controlling the car, Michel van den Hoogenband (aka Captain Caveman or as I like to call him: “Baas” – means Boss in Dutch ) came to us and gave us some valuable advice. Since then, we considered StreetJam our go-to track when we want to get some track time.

 

The most difficult part when it comes to practicing the hobby with my wife is planning. Normally, I take one evening off the workdays, and my wife would take one day out of the weekend to find our way to the track, there is actually very little time that we actually can drift together, only once in a while (not more than once a month) we have the opportunity to go out and drift together, but that makes that time that we spend together on the track even more valuable. 🙂

 

When we are not drifting, we like to go through the internet and catch up what’s going on in the RC drift world – and that’s where Yokomuki came in! We also like to exchange ideas on how our next bodyshell will looks like, but most of the time, our “RC drift talk” is about what we can do to improve our car, technically as well as cosmetic.

 

Now, remember when I told you guys that I bashed my way around the StreetJam.nl track? That was 1.5 years ago, today, my wife and I manage to go around on the track without hitting any boarding, without spinning out on every corner and last March, we even dared to step into the Dark side and join the RWD movement. In the last year, we managed to “expand” our fleet. More than 2 years ago we started out with a DIB and a D3, at this moment our “fleet” consists of:

 

1 x TA06 (drift converted)

1 x YD-2

2 x DIB

1 x D3

1 x Eagle Racing TT02 GRT RWD (V1)

1 x MST RMX 2.0 S (L.E.)

 

Sure enough, we are not the only couple that share the same passion about RC drifting. I know there are a lot of couples out there who share the same passion like we do and the most well-known couple are of course Michel van den Hoogenband and Claudia de Baar, aka Captain and Mrs. Caveman the organizer of the D1-10 World Championship!

A textbook example of that you don’t have to drift together to share the same passion!

If you want to see what we are up to in the future, go ahead and visit our Facebook page Project R 

*shamelessly mentioning my own page here* and check out our activities: P

Finally – before I bla-bla-bla for too long – In about 3 weeks, the start of the D1-10 World Championship 2017 will take off and I would like to wish every contestant the best of luck, hope they have the time of their life and I hope to see you there in Emmen, The Netherlands perhaps for a little chat as I will be running Technical Control during the World Championship. 😉

Thank you for your time, and remember, take care of yourself, and each other! Also check out the feature my wife had in another drift mag here

 

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Drift Talk: Brand loyalty

Drift Talk: Brand loyalty

I thought I was done with blogging for a week but Eddy Amira shared this blog with us http://www.thercnetwork.com/rc-cars/rc-brand-loyalty/ by Rich Morgan over on the The RCNetwork about brand loyalty and I thought we could throw our drift take on the subject.

We all have favourite brands it’s no secret that I love Yokomo, I even wrote a blog about my love for my DIB chassis recently. When it comes to drift chassis’s you have a ridiculous amount of choice these days compared to a few years ago. You have major brands like MST, Yokomo and Overdose to name a few that are constantly pushing the boundaries with new models coming out regularly.

As it mentions in the original blog, social media plays a massive part in marketing these new models but a lot of that is driven by people’s opinion rather than the cold hard facts of the company who produce these models. So how much are people’s perceptions of things affected by brand loyalty?

Take for example the new MST RMX 2.0 it is all over Facebook with people raving about how good it is before most of them had even had a slide with it. Now I am not saying it is a bad chassis and it might be the best thing since sliced bread but a lot of the posts are definitely born from brand loyalty. The same thing happened when the YD-2 came out, to be honest the same thing happens when any new chassis is released.

You will never rid the world of brand loyalty it exists in every subject like I would take a Pepsi over a Coke any day of the week, brand loyalty maybe or is it just that Pepsi tastes better who knows.

What I would like to see is more review content in drifting you look at any other genre of RC and you will see review content on everything Buggies, racing, scaling, bashing and flying when did you last open an RC mag and find a review on the latest offering from MST or Yokomo? I think more could be done to get reviews out there and get honest opinions on products after all if they are that good you won’t get a bad review right?

No shop selling an RC chassis is ever going to give you the truth after all they have to sell them and you can’t blame them for that.

So when you buy a chassis what makes you decide that chassis is the right one for you? Is it just a case you fancy a change from your current one and that is the latest one out? Is it because a popular figure in the hobby thinks it’s awesome so you just have to have it?

It is an interesting subject we would love to hear your thoughts on Facebook, I can’t deny being fairly loyal to Yokomo I am always tempted when they release something new, so don’t think I am having a pop at people who are loyal to MST, Overdose or any other brand. Brand loyalty is totally natural and will always be here. I would just like to see more review content out there in magazines etc. it would help expose the hobby to more people.

 

Cheers

Matt