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Old 2019.04.09, 11:23 AM   #256
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Easier said than done.... From experience. Not always easy to let someone by. I tend to actually do better when being chased and have often had my best results when being chased by those faster than me. I donít get flustered by pressure I guess but try to remain even and calm. It not only helps me but makes it easier for the faster guy to pass when iím Predictable and not trying a shakeíníbake maneuver Easier said than done though and comes with practice.
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Old 2019.04.10, 11:47 AM   #257
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Hi fellow HFAY racers. I really appreciate how some of our fastest drivers have been posting their set-ups. It gives a great community feel.

I have a question for all of you using the PN AA front end. My friend and I both bought the standard kit that PN sells, but we found that we had to buy the extra +2 toe bar that is not included in the kit just to get a close to neutral set up. All of the included toe bars give varying degrees of toe out for us. Our cars are handling well now, but I noticed that everyone that listed their set up is using the +1 bar. Are you all running toe out, or is there something else going on with how your front ends are put together?
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Old 2019.04.10, 02:52 PM   #258
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Hi fellow HFAY racers. I really appreciate how some of our fastest drivers have been posting their set-ups. It gives a great community feel.

I have a question for all of you using the PN AA front end. My friend and I both bought the standard kit that PN sells, but we found that we had to buy the extra +2 toe bar that is not included in the kit just to get a close to neutral set up. All of the included toe bars give varying degrees of toe out for us. Our cars are handling well now, but I noticed that everyone that listed their set up is using the +1 bar. Are you all running toe out, or is there something else going on with how your front ends are put together?
Yep, the +1 bar still results in toe out, the +2 bar gets you closer to zero toe. Also note that the toe will also change depending on the AA arm eccentric shaft orientation/camber setting, the AA arm instructions have a table at the end. I generally keep the same tie bar even when changing camber.

I tend to prefer more steering and a more responsive turn in so have some toe out. On my kids cars they have +1.5 or +2 bars as they like a calmer car. It's unfortunate that the AA arm kit comes with the 0, +.5, +1 bars which all result in toe out. It would be better for it to come with +1, +1.5, +2 bars which may be more useful.
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Old 2019.04.10, 03:16 PM   #259
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I agree, after much testing I prefer the 1.5 toe bar by a long mile and usually run 1 degree static camber and either medium (shims on both sides) or minimum caster (2 shims in the back). I think the toe out created by the 1degree bar would be too much in most situations & less than 1 degree bars would be used only in anomoly track conditions if ever.
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Old 2019.04.10, 05:31 PM   #260
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Yep, the +1 bar still results in toe out, the +2 bar gets you closer to zero toe. Also note that the toe will also change depending on the AA arm eccentric shaft orientation/camber setting, the AA arm instructions have a table at the end. I generally keep the same tie bar even when changing camber.

I tend to prefer more steering and a more responsive turn in so have some toe out. On my kids cars they have +1.5 or +2 bars as they like a calmer car. It's unfortunate that the AA arm kit comes with the 0, +.5, +1 bars which all result in toe out. It would be better for it to come with +1, +1.5, +2 bars which may be more useful.
Thank you guys! I really appreciate it. I agree, it is super frustrating to buy an expensive part that seems like it comes with all the parts you need to adjust it, but then you have to go spend $10-$20 on parts to make it more drivable. That said, I love how smooth my AA car is through the turns, and it does have a super scale look to it as a bonus. I like my set up now, but I havent adjusted and tuned it enough to see if it is the best for me.
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Old 2019.04.11, 02:26 AM   #261
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HEY EVERYONE. UPDATES. GET YOUR UPDATES!

The only thing you NEED to read is the email verification section. Everything else is just fun updates.


As always, thank you everyone for your feedback. This is a fairly huge update but you might not be able to really see the sheer amount of code was updated. Be on the lookout for issues and let me know.

Email Verification
In preparation for when the robots come knocking we are adding email verification. I believe I have heard Brian complain about this robots his websites. All current members will have to verify their emails before posting races. When you login you will be prompted to verify your email. Just click the link on the page and it will send you an email, click the link in the email and you will be verified. You will not be required to do this after the first time. This is one of a few things i can think of to prevent having to deal with robots.

Community Homepage Updates
In an attempt to give the communities a small way to communicate, an about us was added to your community home page. Your join date for Next Level Timing and community type were also added as bits of information for people exploring the website trying to find out more information.
I am debating moving the championships and races to separate pages or only listing the last few/active ones on the home page.

Community Members Foundations
A community members page with a member search was added. Currently there is no way to join the community, that is still being worked on.

Community Management
A new community management page allows admins to update your community information. You can now update your community name, type, website, and description (about us). The ability to change if your community will auto approve new members is also available, but I have a feeling most clubs will opt out of auto approving members. Some communities not associated with HFAY may want to auto accept new members as they may be just a group of people interested in something wanting to connect in some way. I'm trying to think ahead a little.

Community Creation
There is now the capability to create new communities without me having to do all the work. Do not fret, this does not tether the community to the HFAY community automatically. The affiliation still has to happen manually sadly. I'm putting in thoughts on how to resolve this. If anyone has ideas I would like to hear them. Especially Brian.

My first idea involves allowing members to join the HFAY community and then being able to assign them as a judge. A judge would be able to post result races for any community they are apart of. This would allow HFAY to control the judges.

My second idea is to allow communities to request affiliation to HFAY. The HFAY community could accept and then the community would now be affiliated and could post to championship races. HFAY wouldn't control who could post in this scenario, the community admin/owner/judge/director positions could potentially post race results to a hfay championship.

Third idea is a bit of both of the first two ideas. HFAY specified judges and HFAY approved affiliated communities.

Idea four... Allow the community owner/admin to join a HFAY championship then allow HFAY to accept the other community.

As you can see I'm noodling on this issue. I want flexibility for other communities.

To address Mugler's concern about a community mess occuring. I think some of these solutions above will tether the clubs more closely to HFAY. Maybe a community affiliation page will be added so HFAY can show all the communities signed up for just HFAY. I would like to grow Next Level Timing for other groups needing something like it. We will try to address make sure the site doesn't end up looking super cluttered and have ways to search and promote leagues/series like HFAY because I love me some HFAY.

Also Brian, you are now the owner of the HFAY community. Try not to post results for the HFAY community in the championship lol. If you mess up, just let me know.


Tech Geek Updates
Rewrite of the community frontend. It looks the same except now it is easier to create better interactions, load content without refreshing the page, and in general faster page loading (especially on mobile devices).
Rewrite of the backend. In order to make the frontend do its magic the backend had some trauma.
URL updates, old pages will automatically redirect. This is so it is more obvious which data is associated to a community.


Fun fact, the new URL for the championship page is https://nextleveltiming.com/communit...hampionships/3

The old URL will automatically redirect.
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Old 2019.04.11, 06:50 AM   #262
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Can we split website updates into a separate thread? There is soo much topic change in this one thread that it would be a hit for just about any key word search at this point . Around for example posts a separate post for version updates, etc. which is convenient for falling back to something when or if questions arise. If you want or need a subforum here, please just let me know what you need and i’ll Make it happen.

Maybe i’m Just not navigating correctly, how do you find the HFAY side of the website without getting a link from here on the forum? Can you add a site navigation that can take you there once you get to the NLT website or is this intentional to wall? Not complaining, just looking for ease in getting to the FHAY side as I currently need to navigate there from a link on this forum. Again, maybe i’m Just not seeing the obvious in front of me....

Can you explain what an ‘affiliate’ is? If there is a easy way to filter down to HFAY participants only, that resolves my concern about diluting the HFAY community.

I like how the information is presented. Love seeing current standings on top, then club standings and then individual races. The stats geek in me wishes we could tap into all sorts of analysis break downs such as comparisons, graphing, etc.

Any idea on when the previous seasons data will be loaded? As a legacy club, my club has a long history of results and standings that we are very proud of, as i’m Sure every club is and would be.

Where are instructions for HFAY dues payment? It notes they are required but no instructions on where, how, etc.

Is the old HFAY website still being used for anything at this point? Is the intent to migrate over as the old site is frozen in time? At some point it becomes confusing to keep it active when doing a HFAY search and trying to find the most relevant site.

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Old 2019.04.11, 03:54 PM   #263
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this is s tough one, I don't want to take the site down, but as some point I will point the domain to the new site and get the relevent info copied to the new site. First and formost is get everything up and running, then the migration.
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Old 2019.04.12, 03:46 AM   #264
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Can we split website updates into a separate thread? There is soo much topic change in this one thread that it would be a hit for just about any key word search at this point . Around for example posts a separate post for version updates, etc. which is convenient for falling back to something when or if questions arise. If you want or need a subforum here, please just let me know what you need and iíll Make it happen.
I understand. I'll post only relevant updates here if I update the process for registration/keeping registered. Features will be posted on the Next Level Timing thread here: http://mini-zracer.com/forums/showthread.php?p=468547
Along with my other software updates. Reduces where I need to go searching to respond to people and keep them up to date.

To get to HFAY you click the communities button on the top navigation on the website and click How Fast are You? In the future I will promote leagues on the website more I just haven't paid a designer to put together a UI that encompasses the community elements to the website. I was waiting for a few more features thought up and completed before I do a bit of a redesign.

My thoughts for the affiliates would be- on the HFAY community page there would be a button in the navigation on the left that you could click to show you the associated/affiliated communities. Basically a page that shows clubs that have registered and are participating in HFAY.

As for the legacy data, it could be imported. Brian and I should talk about how he wants to move forward. Brian just so you know, if you get the old website running, or build a new one there would be no hard feelings if you left Next Level Timing. I know this is your baby. I need to start building some features to allow you to manage it. Technically I've been starting to do that but it takes time and I've added some other features along the way. If you can't tell I'm avoiding making changes that are not backwards compatible.

We at PDX Mini-z didn't want it to die. I happened to want some of this functionality available on Next Level Timing and didn't want to manage spreadsheets and html forever. So I built tools.

As for the payments, nobody is collecting or has collected for them for years.

Full disclosure, eventually Next Level Timing will offer a subscription for features for communities and racers. Those features haven't been decided on yet.

Brian are you working on a new website?
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Old 2019.04.12, 07:10 AM   #265
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You had to go to SLMZ website/store to pay for registration. Not sure everyone knew this, I faithfully completed this process each season. Since we were on hiatus, I have not been tracking what, where, when, etc. Now that were coming back with S28, keen to get caught up.
It makes more sense to have a subscription based service for HFAY as the subscription would then be the HFAY fee and access granted when fee paid vs. the current honor system. Since HFAY is broken up into Bi-annual format, a full year would then assume to cover both seasons in a calendar year.

Hopefully, HFAY can turn future profits into performance awards. There used to be awards long ago... For now, it would be really nice if awards were at least a graphic icon that could be granted to a user to use in a signature, profile, etc. Thinking along the lines of a digital trophy of sorts for individual and club rankings. Even better if that graphic could be imported to a signature on MZR and used cross platform on social media.

FYI, if you have any suggestions on greater interoperability between HFAY site, NLR site and MZR, please donít hesitate to share with us, you can reach me via message/pm/email. Like HFAY, MZR needs to maintain a level of growth and outreach as well. I believe we are the longest, continuously operating Mini-Z specific forum in existence at this point.
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Old 2019.04.12, 08:51 AM   #266
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I know SEOZ has not paid for this season of HFAY. If there is a method of paying we would be happy to get caught up.
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Old 2019.04.12, 09:34 AM   #267
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you can register through the slmini-zstore...

http://www.saltlakemini-z.com/Zen_Ca...dex&cPath=1_99
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Old 2019.04.12, 09:41 AM   #268
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Hopefully, HFAY can turn future profits into performance awards. There used to be awards long ago... For now, it would be really nice if awards were at least a graphic icon that could be granted to a user to use in a signature, profile, etc. Thinking along the lines of a digital trophy of sorts for individual and club rankings. Even better if that graphic could be imported to a signature on MZR and used cross platform on social media.
I have all the artwork for this and I'm happy to put this together, I would just need to figure out what sizes are most usable and get everthing sized correctly. These will also be posted on the the FB page as well.
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Thanks Brian SEOZ is paid for seasons 27, 28 and 29. I forgot to put in the comments what club it was for.
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We ran our April race over the weekend. In addition to my kids, I was able to have two more racers from Inside Line Racing join us this month. Here's a few minutes from some of the action (this is with myself and the two ILR drivers):

https://youtu.be/0xEs38LBrCM

Just a fair warning that our results this month may be skewed a little higher

I again experimented with both 3500kV and 5500kV cars, and on this particular layout (track 17), I'm noticing the 5500kV has a greater advantage than the 3500kV compared to the previous layouts. I'm guessing it's due to the longer straight section where the higher top end of the 5500kV comes more into play.
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