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A friend just managed to talk me into trying out some local TT racing. The next event is August 8th. It's not a sanctioned series, so the rules are pretty relaxed. There are only two classes... beginner and expert. Other than that, it's run what ya brung.

The rules are so lax that they don't require tethers or nerf bars, but I just ordered a set of Pro Armor Nerfs just to be safe.

My biggest concern is how much the Predator's stock RAZR tires like to slide. The machine feels VERY tailhappy to be when I try to corner hard out on the trails (when I do actually ride it on dirt). Anybody else feel this way too? I was wondering if the Holeshot XCR might be a better tire...

Any suggestions for a newbie? I raced SCCA Solo II (autox) for six years, I have the racing basics down.

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ROB!!!!!!!!!!!! YEEEHHHAAAAAAA!! senmd me some emails at my home addy.OH we need to talk!!!!!! :):):):) I will be raicing this fall with 19 other women.LOL........ I tried out flattrack last year and loved it.....Yes, you DEF want to shed the Razr tires and at least.tie down that rear end with a strap..........Your gonna have a blast!!!!!!!! TINA :):):):
 

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dont tie down the rear or front just adjust the shock and it will lower itself, I've been flat tracking almost every weekend since I bought the quad in april and it is wonderful, My biggest problem is that I let off on the gas to soon, I had been racing a 86 R for the past four years and switching to the four has taking some time, but I can tell you that if you get the right tires you will have a lot of fun.
 

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yours drops low enough W/O tieing it down???????on my Ex I HAVE to tie it down you runnin with a sway bar also ?????we had a guy out here race w/o one a few races and did nt fair too well,MUCH better with a sway bar.I just got my MX radials and my sway bar,Im getting a lowering kit in a fewweeks.HOLY COW.Those radials in the front are gonna lower my 400ex BIGTIME....!!! So Im not puting a lwering on the front just the rear and a set of 18inches on rear.If my sponsor comes through.I will be able to have BOTH the 400ex AND the Predator to run....
 

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ROb. Is this going to be Blue Groove you runnin on???
 

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What is Blue Groove?

All I know is that it's a local series that isn't sanctioned by any real racing body. It's a just-for-fun thing. For now I just wanna see how it is, how heavy the politics are, and if it's something I'll do more often. It sounds like it could get expensive what with needing new tires, swaybars and other stuff.

I got out of autocrossing because the politics were too intense and the rules were too restrictive (and in some cases not restrictive enough), and your opponents could spend you into oblivion if they could afford to do so.

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It can run into alot of money, but really Rob, if your out just to try it and see if you like it, just get a set of tires and a sway bar if it fits into budjet/I didnt have either when I first tried it, and had razors on a 300ex at that time. Even with a crappy set up. I never did end up placing and was the only female chick out there:)....Politics.....Oh my.....well all I know is this year before us gals tear it up out there,we are having a meeting with the owner of whre we race and SOMEONE better inforce some of them rules and start calling black flags on people who dont follow rules get others hurt or WE wont race there anymore..
 

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I was wondering about the swaybars and stuff. What tires do you recommend? I can't afford anything more between now and the first few events, but if I get into it, I will get a special set of tires, new front plastics so I can trim the fenders (I really hate the race cut look so it'd be for racing only), swaybar, and so on.

My main concern right now are the RAZR tires. If the machine ends up being extremely tailhappy like I think it will, I'm very likely to get frustrated and just walk away if it keeps me from doing well. I get really competitive at this stuff... after six years autocrossing, I was finally becoming nationally competitive and finally had the car dialed in, so it kinda sucked to quit, but it just wasn't fun anymore.

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Rob it helps bigtime once you learn to throw your weight around on the track. When exiting a turn plant your bum on the rear of the seat firmly and you'll catch the traction you need even with those RAZR's. Same thing going into a trun. Swing to the inside until your ready to catch tracton and then slide your hiney to the rear of the seat. Takes practice.
 

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Thanks for the tips on moving around... now a new question... for those of you running RAZRs, what tire pressures do you use?

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We ride Flattrack out here in sunny CA and have been for years now. I haven't raced the Predator yet. I'm riding a Banshee still. If they run open traction (Knobbies) at your track, I have found the best tires to be ITP Holeshot MX tires in the 18-20-10 size with about 5 psi. If you have the cash, beadlocks are nice and allow you run the pressure even lower if the track dries out too much. A sway bar is a must!!! The Rath Racing bar looks pretty nice. Blue Groove, is normally a hard track, usually made of clay. It gets the name blue groove because the tires leve the rubber on the track and make it look blue. If that is the case you will want to run a flattrack tire from either Hoosier of McCreary. They are both good. I would suggest calling the track and asking what type of track it is and what tire most guys are using. GOOD LUCK, You'll love it!
 

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ROCKETCHP pretty much summed it up for me.At my track the Tamers on the rear work best,and beadlocks are very helpful,but for just starting out,you can get away with it for abit.I STRONGLY reccomend a sway bar IMO.....I will be switching to a Hoosier by the end of the season as it tends to become alot like blue groove by that pont..Check with others that race the track where you will be racing.They can give you alot of info on what to use also......TINA
 

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Interesting thread here, I've been interested in racing mady flatrack. But I'm a newb and don't even know the first thing about it (what is TT stand for even) until I read this tread. I take it flat track is just that no jumps or bumps just race around oval type track as fast as you can.

Does any one know any place down by San Diego CA that can run falt track racing?
 

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Razorglare,a flattrack is just that,an oval track that goes one direction and usually no bumps, a TT track is usually a very fast running track going left and right turns and sometimes twist a bit with sometimees small humps in it,usually blue groove.....Correct me if Im wrong anyone...:) There is TT down in your Area Im sure...I would call and ask your local tracks and ask around who has TT in your area.......
 

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Thanks for the descriptions, but what does the TT stand for? I think there might be some racing at El Cajon Speedway but not sure. Anyone from San Diego know?
 

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To be honset.I cant remember for the life of me what it stands for.......Sorry.:( Rob!!!!!So how was it????How did you do????? today was the first day I met four of the ladies Ill be racing with..My first race is Sept 18th
 

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It was fun! I'm going to start a new thread on it soon.. probably tomorrow.

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cool!!!!! Please post a link here when you do...........;)
 

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it helps (if your using your stock maxxis PR tires) to drop the tire pressure to 4 psi, iand lower your suspension all the way in f/r.
 
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