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Raul Jereb
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PostSubject: Car setup basics/tutorials   Car setup basics/tutorials Icon_minitimeTue 6 Oct 2015 - 20:12

Hi again,

is there on this forum, any kind of setup guide-tutorial for begginers? With "hows" and "whys", "pros" and "cons", explenations on which feature does what, and how it affects the car, handling etc..

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Alberto Ibañez
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PostSubject: Re: Car setup basics/tutorials   Car setup basics/tutorials Icon_minitimeTue 6 Oct 2015 - 20:24

There are lots around the internet, this one is recent and for rfactor 2 but the basics work always the same:

http://isiforums.net/f/showthread.php/26321-RFactor-2-Advanced-Car-Set-up-Guide

If I had time I would write one with the basics, sadly I don't :smil20:

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Jukka Maattanen
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PostSubject: Re: Car setup basics/tutorials   Car setup basics/tutorials Icon_minitimeWed 7 Oct 2015 - 14:39

This one mainly covers stock car racing and NR2003 but is a useful guide for oval setups anyway: http://www.racelinecentral.com/RacingSetupGuide.html
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PostSubject: Re: Car setup basics/tutorials   Car setup basics/tutorials Icon_minitimeWed 7 Oct 2015 - 15:27

Setting up a car is complex but in general it will only be decissive at oval courses. At road courses normally the driver can drive around the setup (or the car's) shortcomings.

Understanding vehicle dynamics helps a good deal, but if you want to learn to setup a car usually the best is to limit yourself at the beginning to roll bars front and rear, camber and tire pressure.

For any non-aero car, put springs and dampers in the middle of the range and if possible try to respect the cars weight distribution in relative stiffness (You can see that in the garage). F.e. if a car has 55% weight front, a 55 N/mm spring front and a 45 N/mm rear is the adequate for starters (Exact numbers depend on the car's adjustment range, but try tohave them respect that % relative  to each other).

Then tune the handling with roll bars front and rear till you are satisfied.

Stiffer at the front = More understeer but more traction. Softer causes the opposite effect.

Stiffer at the rear = More oversteer and less traction. Softer causes the opposite effect.

You can experiment first simply putting one at maximum stiffness and doing some laps, then at minimum, then try the combined effect.

Once you are satisfied with the general behaviour, adjust camber and pressures so that you get correct, uniform temperatures (Bit hotter on the inside of the tire).

When you master this, you can progress to slow damping, then to fast damping and finally to other fine adjustments like caster, toe in, etc. but trust me, 95% of the setup is what I just told you.

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Raul Jereb
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PostSubject: Re: Car setup basics/tutorials   Car setup basics/tutorials Icon_minitimeFri 9 Oct 2015 - 17:59

Alberto and Jukka, thank you...
Ill be back on this for sure.. but there is soemthing to start with.

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