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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: 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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Matt

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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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Issue 3 preview

Issue 3 preview

Issue 3 lands tomorrow, this is by far our favourite issue so far here is a preview of what you can expect in issue 3.

We have a great feature from Dale Clements about how RC drifting helped him deal with mental health issues. We have the first ever Muki on tour feature from WRCC, we catch up with Michel van den Hoogenband and find out some of the history behind the world championships. Bob Rock gives us an insight in to RC drifting in South Africa and how the hobby is developing over there. B-Money imparts yet more wisdom on us and we feature some bad ass bodyshells.

We had a lot of content sent through this time so if you submitted something and it is not in issue 3 rest assured you will be seeing it in issue 4.

If you would like to contribute to future issues or have your track/team featured please contact us via Facebook or email us at yokomukirc@hotmail.com

Check out issues 1&2 here

Cheers

Matt

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Drift Talk: Who are Yokomuki RC

Who are Yokomuki RC

We have talked about all sorts on the site and Facebook recently I would like to take a minute to talk about Yokomuki RC. It has been a wonderful start to the year for us and I wanted to just put a little more out there about this year and this team.

Some history behind Yokomuki RC

I (Matt Ellis) started Yokomuki RC back in December 2014, I wanted to create a page which focussed on sharing information about RC drifting and highlighting the good work people do in the hobby. I never really intended for it to become a team that just sort of happened naturally over time.

Over the last 2 and a bit years we have built a steady following on social media and gained a lot of experience. However up till sort of October last year we still had no real direction about where we were going in terms of our original goal of being a respected source of information. So November last year we discussed the idea of a magazine.

The One/Ten Drift E-zine

By the end of November last year we had started the ball rolling with the magazine what better way to get information across than in a free to download magazine, well at least that’s what we thought anyway. As it turned out not many people wanted to get involved initially and we totally understood that, so we created issue one full of our own content.

The initial response was very good, we had a steady stream of downloads, the response was positive enough that we decided to make a second issue and content for that came a lot easier in fact we had to much so we already knew that we would at least get 3 issues before people got bored. Issue 2 went down well we had more downloads in the first day than issue 1 got in 2 months. Issue 3 is almost ready to launch and issue 4 is already underway with content coming in all the time.

Blogging

I dabbled with blogs a little since the page started but to be honest I think they were pretty rubbish and focussed pretty much on the stuff the team was getting up to so I don’t think many people bothered with them. This year we re-launched the drift talk series and have tried to create blogs that offer advice or opinions on stuff going on in the drift world, they have had a much better response and we are now looking for guest bloggers. We have even been asked to submit future blogs to RC Mart and have been featured on their blog site.

Sponsorship

We have been fortunate to pick up 3 fantastic sponsors this year Usukani, Sideways RC (SRC) and Asbo-RC three great companies and we will work our socks off to help promote them. Usukani are providing the team with their fantastic brand of upgrades and Sideways RC will be keeping our bodyshells looking as scale realistic as possible, we have been working with Asbo for the last few month helping each other with various aspects of promotion and the support Dale gives us is fantastic.

We want to work hard for our sponsors it’s not about how many freebies we can bag, it’s about boosting their profile and exposure which in turn will help improve ours but freebies are nice to don’t get me wrong. It is all about how we can work together and make things mutually beneficial.

Finally the team

As I said earlier in the blog before I started to ramble I never set out to create a team it has developed over time but it is something I am tremendously proud of now, we are more than team mates (this is where I go all Dom from Fast & Furious) we are family, they are a great bunch and you can find out more about them over on the website.

Thank you for all your support keep your eyes open for issue 3 and more blogs coming soon.

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Matt

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