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    Also did that by accident one year, although...

    Also did that by accident one year, although fortunately it was just an assembly error and not a design error. It was something like a 60 hour straight marathon of assembling the car, got the...
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    Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

    Not sure how many of you have been keeping an eye on cryptocurrencies, but there are a few things I see that could make it something of interest to the FSAE community:

    1. FSAE teams always need...
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    This. I like this. So many people talk about...

    This. I like this. So many people talk about gew-gaws and trinkets when dealing with innovation in FSAE, but that's bunk. What I find brilliant about it is that you no longer hold the artificial...
  4. Thread: V-Twin

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    I'll go ahead and basically echo what everyone...

    I'll go ahead and basically echo what everyone else has said: In answer to your original question, I think Z summed it up best. When presented with the compromise between fuel efficiency and power,...
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    First thing to consider is how a carburetor...

    First thing to consider is how a carburetor works. What does it use as a signal for how much fuel to add to the mixture? How is this affected by a restrictor? And finally, what happens to the...
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    One thing I've noticed from being involved in...

    One thing I've noticed from being involved in FSAE for over a decade is that there are really only like a half-dozen or so primary personality types that you can find, with most people having some...
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    Wow, it's like a CNC English Wheel. Brilliant!

    Wow, it's like a CNC English Wheel. Brilliant!
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    I'm not Jay, but I'll chime in for him. Mythical...

    I'm not Jay, but I'll chime in for him. Mythical "innovation points" can not be sought. No amount of searching will lead you to them.

    There are two kinds of "innovation" in SAE, whether in...
  9. Thread: WTB fsae car

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    This. This is awesome.

    This. This is awesome.
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    In past years we didn't even use bellows, but...

    In past years we didn't even use bellows, but simply a couple of neatly trimmed rubber flaps. I think they were made from old tire inner tubes. IMO solid linkages are wayyyy better than push-pull...
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    We built 3 cars with 40/60 weight distribution. ...

    We built 3 cars with 40/60 weight distribution. They launched unbelievably hard. The rear tires on our 375 lb single cylinder 40/60 car had the same corner weight as on our 450 lb 4 cylinder 50/50...
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    There are multiple options available besides...

    There are multiple options available besides magnetic drain plugs, although they are the lightest and most power-efficient solution. However, to get around the polarization problems Pat mentioned,...
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    OK, I had to research this more myself, and sure...

    OK, I had to research this more myself, and sure enough it does appear that the Harley uses the "more even" firing order of 0-315-720. There is also some interesting discussion of Harley's trademark...
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    Hmm, I was also under the impression that...

    Hmm, I was also under the impression that "conventional" for a v-twin meant that both cylinders fired on the same rotation, ie 45 bank angle = 45 firing interval. I was also pretty sure that the...
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    I remember seeing this topic come up a year or...

    I remember seeing this topic come up a year or two ago. Dynos can potentially be a huge expense, whether you're paying someone to use theirs, or a lot of time and money buying and setting your own...
  16. Charles, Two points. 1. Why have a "large...

    Charles,

    Two points.
    1. Why have a "large trail value"? I generally suggest starting with "centrepoint" steering (vertical steer-axis passing through wheelprint centre) and then maybe adding...
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    A bump of a post that's...

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    A bump of a post that's over 9 years old...I think that's a new record!
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    I saw an article in 4 Wheel and Off Road magazine...

    I saw an article in 4 Wheel and Off Road magazine a few years ago that looked at a bunch of different tread patterns. Their conclusion was that there really wasn't much to be gained in a gee-whiz...
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    Looks like the magical "11 Distance Tolerance...

    Looks like the magical "11 Distance Tolerance Scale" has been summoned...

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/28629_755196687790_2042788_n.jpg
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    I understand you want to run the Torsen "because...

    I understand you want to run the Torsen "because you have one." Here is where everyone else is coming from. To get the Torsen diff working:

    1. I hope the system is designed already, if not...
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    IMHO there is more hype than deserved regarding...

    IMHO there is more hype than deserved regarding high rpm vs. low rpm engines. People often speak of a high-rpm engine having absolutely no power at lower rpms, while if you actually overlay a couple...
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    IMO the best strategy is somewhat of a balance of...

    IMO the best strategy is somewhat of a balance of all these things. In 2010 I put together a points system based on SCCA autocross times for races we took the car to. Generally 3-4 people went at...
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    Of course not, that would be silly. Instead, do...

    Of course not, that would be silly. Instead, do like others have suggested here and glue it to a plate that bolts to the chassis.
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    Ha, not much I can add that hasn't been said...

    Ha, not much I can add that hasn't been said already! Big Bird, as usual, hit the most important things. My only tidbits to add:

    1. Chassis design, taking the "one big bracket" idea further:
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  25. As a PhD student I approve this message. However...

    As a PhD student I approve this message. However I am currently in the process of trying to get as far away from academia as possible, in hopes that I never return until what little hair I have left...
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