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  • Over The Top Tech of the Day

    Thread Rules: Post unusual and unconventional tech you find. The more unattainable and ridiculous for club / grassroots level the better.

    Post technical specs and brief synopsis of purpose and merits.

    Goal: Increase technical knowledge and provide inspiration to Budget Ballers everywhere.

    First Submission:

    Traxxion Dynamics "Traxxion Generator - Shock Warmer"

    Source: Found on Ebay! and Company Website



    Ballerness: $$ ($149.95 per damper)

    Purpose / Merits:

    The Traxxion Dynamics "Traxxion Generator" Shock Warmer (patent pending) is an innovative new product that will substantially improve shock performance and tire wear under any condition. It takes only seconds to install, and will bring your shock to operating temperature in the same amount of time it takes to warm your tires, approximately 45 minutes.

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    It is a common misconception that it is necessary to "keep your shock cool". The truth is, you can't stop it from getting hot. The byproduct of damping is heat. There is an operating temperature that your shock will attain, which typically falls around 140 degrees F. This is affected slightly by ambient temperature and vehicle configuration.

    Shock dynamometer testing reveals significant damping loss, up to 10%, when comparing ambient shock temperature to operating shock temperature. What is surprising is that there is little damping loss, less than 2%, when a shock is taken from operating temperature to "extremely hot", which is anything near 200 degrees F.

    Due to "DeCarbon" style shock design, this damping loss shows up primarily on the rebound side of the damping curve. A 10% loss is typically equivalent to changing the rebound adjuster many clicks on a modern shock.. Imagine someone constantly changing your shock while you try and race with it!

    Another common misconception is that your shock is "warm" and has reached operating temperature after one or two laps. Our testing has revealed that shocks warm up in a very linear fashion, and can take anywhere from 4 to 10 laps to reach temperature depending on damping rates, track, and ambient conditions. The net effect to the racer is a feeling that someone has let a click of rebound damping out every time he crosses the start/finish line!

    Teams spend a great deal of time testing and tuning for the start of a race, and all of the adjustments made to the chassis are done while the shock is at operating temperature. Then, when the pilot takes to the track on a cold shock, he is operating a very different piece of equipment. It only makes sense to try and duplicate the desired suspension performance on the first lap.

    I have also theorized that many first or second lap crashes occur as a result of a cold shock absorber, not cold tires, which commonly receive the blame. When your shock is cold, it is stiffer on compression and slower to rebound. Both of these conditions make it easier to induce wheel spin. Couple this with the fact that the pilot is frequently "off of the racing line" during the first two laps of a race, and it is easy to see that a cold shock could be the real root of many crashes.

    I am also convinced that this is also why many riders claim that their tires "go away" in a ten-plus lap event, because they aren't tuning their chassis to operate at a "hot" condition. At many race events, teams don't get enough consecutive laps of testing to find out how the chassis will work when hot. Therefore it is further imperative to always take to the track with you shock pre-heated.

    Professional racers who have used the Traxxion Generator state, without doubt, that they can immediately tell a difference at the start of practice or a race. They can tell that their chassis is ready to go as fast as it can. This gives them greater comfort and confidence at the critical early stages of the race.
    The Nerd shall inherit the podium for knowledge is power.

  • #2
    How about some brake dampeners. They install in each brake line and are supposed to absorb the initial shock when you hit the brakes to work as well as ABS. A friend had them on a car that I added ABS to after he found out they did not help at all. Not sure where he found them.

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    • #3
      Logr, I have a cheap solution for that. Just pump a tiny air bubble back into the caliper after you get done bleeding your brakes. gives you that same effect and it's FREE!
      Originally posted by SoSideways
      I don't care what color they are as long as they are LONG AND HARD.
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