2015 JBRL Electric Series – Round 2

by Rich on April 20, 2015

Spencer_KodyThe JBRL Electric Series is in it’s 12th successful season and it’s always fun when JConcepts drivers set out to compete at the super competitive series. Follow the team here and on Facebook at select race events throughout the year.

Spencer Rivkin finished off a long day at the JBRL round 2 hosted by Coyote Hobbies with a TQ and win in the 2wd modified class. JConcepts Smoothies, Dirt-Tech inserts mounted on Bullet wheels gripped the track like no other. The Finnisher body and Hi-Clearance wing provided the force to the Team Associated B5M.

Round 3 will be held on May 23rd and is hosted by SDRC Raceway in San Diego.
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JCO3121The Reflex tire is designed to bridge a gap between the popular Hybrid tire and other options such as Crossbow and Stacker tire. The Reflex has square angled pins that are stacked vertically to flex and fold evenly across the tire. Typically a stacked tread will wear less and provide more forward bite while the aligned space helps rotation in the turns and gives a snappy release to square up quickly.

During the IFMAR World Championships, the Reflex tire was at full potential when the weather soaked the track and drivers searched for grip. Ryan Maifield bolted on a set of green compound Reflex to his buggy and quickly showed the capability of the tread by taking one of the fastest times on the weathered surface. Back in California at the Sidewinder Nitro Explosion and then again at The Battle of the Sikest race in Phoenix, AZ, Maifield used the Reflex tire to success on a maintained and lightly watered surface.
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8009If you are involved in a hobby, chances are, scissors are one of your main tools of the trade. Whether you are cutting or trimming, scissors are involved in just about all aspects while maintaining and building a fleet of R/C vehicles. Brian “Dirt” Kinwald has used his fair share of scissors over the years while building prototype tires, mounting bodies, wings and all the detailing involved in building a race vehicle. The Dirt Cut scissors have met the rigorous demands of the legendary racer, made available through Dirt Racing Products.
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2015 JConcepts Factory Tracks Invitational

by John Piant on April 15, 2015

IMG_0389The JConcepts Factory Tracks Invitational was held at the RC Clubhouse near Detroit Michigan. The second year of this event for the Clubhouse crew and Factory Tracks promotion set entries records at 375 entries for the largest indoor electric race in the state, ever.

The layout looked fun, but drivers soon found out that fast laps were tricky and then doing it for 5 minutes would be a challenge for even the Invite drivers. For the Invite class, they would run the Reedy format with 2 Wheel on Saturday and 4 Wheel on Sunday with 5 rounds each day and 1 throw out. Control tires were in effect using JConcepts Dirt Webs in Gold compound, and nightly impound to prevent extra work being done to the tires, making every effort to ensure a level playing field.
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2015 Spring Sting

by Rich on April 15, 2015

2015 Spring Sting Truggy PodiumJohn Michael Mcginty sweeps the pro nitro classes at the 2015 Spring Sting with JConcepts.

The Badlands in Myrtle Beach, SC was the site of the 2015 Spring Sting. The annual race played host to 130+ entrees this year. JConcepts driver John Michael Mcginty updates us on how his weekend went…
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2015 EFRA GP

by Rich on April 14, 2015

10409068_10153254025788216_3295342052626076361_nReno Savoya dominates the EFRA GP at Noeux-les-Mines.

This past weekend was the first EFRA GP of the 2015 season and Reno would get off the a hot start by setting the TQ time. He would go on to win the semifinal running the new JConcepts Chasers in Blue compound. The 45 Minute main would start and end the same way the weekend began, With Reno taking the Win! In the Main Reno ran JConcepts Reflex tires in Blue compound. Congratulations to Reno Savoya on the win.

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JCO3241_altHandling the steering wheel is easy with the release of the Dirt-Tech foam grip. The durable, gray colored material made famous as tire inserts has now reached the all important steering wheel for radios. Specifically designed for the Sanwa | Airtronics M12, the Dirt-Tech steering grip has a convenient size which allows for use on multiple radios including Futaba, KO and Spektrum.

The outer diameter has a neutral size which gives drivers great control regardless of hand gripping size. Justified toward the outside section, revolved revolved cuts identify the wheel as being Dirt-Tech but also provide an additional feel. Orientate the grip in the opposite direction to place the revolved cuts just under the finger tips. Control with style, add JConcepts.
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JCO3051JConcepts unveils an all new SCT all-terrain tire from their design department. The Scorpios, scale looking tread and tough realistic profile, jump out as the most obviously features. Starting by analyzing the tread, the design team focused on a closely knit tread arranging them in a pattern closely resembling a 1:1 scale tire. The padded arrangement of tread makes the tire ideal for transitioning from the hard road to dirt and then into rocky and uneven terrain. Once power is applied to the vehicle, the tread spacing opens up which allows for some deep digging making it a great working tire in dirt and muddy conditions.
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JCO3127The LiL Chasers rely on tread scaled down from the original Chasers. Small, rectangular lugs which are angular in multiple directions give the SCT tire the ultimate bite for outdoor racing. LiL Chasers have a lower, closer lug arrangement which gives incredible responsiveness and bites in medium, high and low grip conditions. The wet and dry condition tire has small recessed cuts in the top of the tread for extra edges and increased formability over terrain. The center overlapping bar treatment increases durability in the highest wear region of the tire.

LiL Chasers are the ultimate tire for the 4×4 SCT class. Outdoor racing in the unknown terrain whether wet or dry is the strength of this tire. The super soft green compound will allow the tire to grip in the most demanding conditions while offering great durability. The tires include the latest insert from JConcepts. The Dirt-Tech insert, popularized by its durable nature and gray color, will give customers the combo package they have been waiting for from JConcepts.
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JCO2357-1_altOne of the finer adjustments on the B5 series of vehicle has been the rear wing shim. Drivers have the option of changing wing angle by changing the direction of the shim or the height by running the shim below or above the wing. JConcepts is now offering the wing shim as a machined aluminum component, available anodized in blue or black colors. The edges are finished with a small highlight chamfer where possible to provide that all important glamorous look.

The shim is light-weight and has built in screw bosses on each side which allows the driver to completely secure the shim to the wing with 3mm screws (not included) front and back. The shim has a built in rake of 3 degrees in one direction and shaped to fit around the stock plastic wing mounts or part of the JConcepts screw-down aluminum wing mount system. Utilizing the shim in one direction gives the wing zero degrees or in the opposite direction gives 6 degrees of angle. Placing the shim on top will angle the wing at 3 degrees. Simply drop the new shim onto the wing mounts for a more rigid assembly and secure if preferred with 3mm screws.
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