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Paul Kish

<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Mike Clark wrote:</div>
Paul, Already it seems you are saying use the inside but lift or slip the inside. That sounds like a contradiction.

I expected not your specific reply but something similar.  And while I was writing I anticipated it.  It’s not about not needing to lift, unload or slip the inside rear, that is needed, a must and just the way it is and is not going to go away.  It’s about how you use the unloaded inside rear and changing the requirements of how much you unload the inside rear.  Sure, you got to unload it enough but how much is enough will change, when you drop down the seat.

You will be taking some of the forces available to you to leverage the chassis to unload the inside rear and use them to shove the inside rear outward.  The combined shoving and leveraging will require less effort to free the inside rear then just leveraging it up, using the outside rear as the fulcrum point.

You absolutely do NOT have a need to unload or lift the inside rear tire.  You have the need to free up or slip the inside rear, in fact if you can cause it to slip as needed it never even needs to leave the track.  There is a big difference.

It’s also going to make a difference when you need to load the inside rear to accelerate.  You already know load it too soon and your pig out of the corner.  If  you slip it and then ease it back into the track, you will have more control for using it again then if you lift it and bang it back down.  … yeah I exaggerated to make a point, but the idea is there and sound.


edit:  I know sometimes you see karts in turns where the inside rear never leaves the track.  Is it always bad when the inside rear does not leave the track?

I think not.  If your slowing down anyway or on the power maintaining your speed and you have the power to do it, there’s may be no advantage to completely unloading the inside rear.  I don’t know but I suspect someone may get on here and say … so and so is fast and his inside rear never seems to leave the track… or not because it’s just something I suspect.

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