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#1 russm2002

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 04:14 PM

I have been lucky enough to have been testing the new Difalco Genesis 2 controller for the past several weeks. It has already helped my driving and really stepped up my game in racing. Here are some pictures of this beautiful new heatsink design from Jim Difalco. 

 

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 05:27 PM

Looks nice!! What is the third control knob for?


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 05:39 PM

Flux capacitor, Mike...


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 05:51 PM

How does this differ from the previous model? Power curve?


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Posted 19 November 2018 - 08:28 PM

Third knob is traction control.
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Posted 19 November 2018 - 08:31 PM

Methinks the circuit board should have a cover.
 
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 11:25 AM

I should have my test sample in two weeks so I can tell you my opinion from a backmarker's point of view.
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 12:04 PM

I'm assuming the green knob is the choke?


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 12:36 PM

Frankie,

Russ answered that three posts ago.

It's traction control.

I've heard of that function before, but maybe Russ or someone else could explain the theory on what it does.
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 12:54 PM

You really can't blame Frankie for not realizing that Russ was serious.  Everybody here loves to crack-wise on occasion.  After "flux capacitor", traction control sounded like just another joke.

 

But I would seriously be interested in learning more about what this controller can do and how much it will cost.


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 01:06 PM

I'm not sure if Frankie missed it, or didn't think Russ was serious, but I wasn't berating him.
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 01:15 PM

But I would seriously be interested in learning more about what this controller can do and how much it will cost.


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Regarding cost, I suggest you ask your track owner or contact the manufacturer, either via his website or via email.

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 01:27 PM

That's OK, Mike. Frankie is Rob's friend; he probably could use a little berating. :laugh2:

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 03:26 PM

Thanks Kevin... I'm Rob's only friend.  :dash2:
 
Mike Swiss... Thanks for the reply and you're right, I didn't think Russ was serious. I thought he was making a funny. 
 
I too would like to hear a bit more about how the traction control works, interesting.
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 03:34 PM

Frankie,

I only assume Russ was serious, because I'm 95% sure I've heard that as the answer to "What's that extra knob for?" before.
 
Apologies if I'm wrong.

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 03:39 PM

Traction control softens all bands response except full throttle. All I know is it feels different than just turning sensitivity down. I used it on a flat track this past weekend for GT12 and it helped me with a loose car.


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:06 PM

I guessing sorta like the DIP switches on my ThirdEye? Each switch softens the hit just a bit, switch up one for just a bit, two switched for a bit more, etc.
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:22 PM

I suppose it softens the kick when quickly punching.


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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:34 PM

Dang... that's what I've been doing wrong all these years!  
 
All this time I thought my finger and setup were supposed to be controlling the traction. :sarcastic:
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 04:50 PM

Controller looks very nice as usual by Difalco, it's nice they finally added a volt display. I did that on mine and it's super handy, more than you know if it's wired the same like it did mine. With a volt display it will tell you a lot what's happening on the track, your car, and your controller.

Also I agree covering an exposed circuit is a good idea. I put a cover on the back of the circuit board on mine to avoid anyone or anything causing a short. I also put silicone conformal coating on the exposed resistor plug=in module to avoid any shorts there also. Easy and a good way to protect the exposed circuits.  :)
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 06:45 PM

I put a cover on the back of the circuit board on mine to avoid anyone or anything causing a short. I also put silicone conformal coating on the exposed resistor plug=in module to avoid any shorts there also. Easy and a good way to protect the exposed circuits.  :)

 
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Posted 20 November 2018 - 06:50 PM

Difalco Genesis HD30 mods
 
Post #28 you can see the back of the circuit board is covered.  :) I traced the heat sink and cut a sheet of aluminum and put screws and a foam and plastic plate between them. Mine sits on rubber feet. Heat likes to escape up, not sideways. In this position there is more efficient heat transfer.
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Posted 21 November 2018 - 12:13 PM

You are right, Kevin. Transistor controllers have taken the "talent" out of slot racing. But that is fine, I never had any

talent anyway. But I can use the excuse for being a backmarker on my not having one of those fancy-dancy controllers.


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Posted 21 November 2018 - 02:26 PM

I find eletronic controllers a helpful option. Most people, either by age, ability and even handicap, don't have the same reactions. Being able to get an electronic assist by adjusting brakes, power curve, and start voltage make racing a lot more fun and less frustrating.
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Posted 23 November 2018 - 12:00 PM

FWIW... feature works well as described on my 1/32 DD302:

"Traction control feature: Adjustable rheostat shifts the sensitivity range and reduces the power on the last band of the controller. This optional feature limits the power available on the last bands of the controller to reduce the chance of overpowering the car and sliding out at the end of a turn."


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