TSR Speed Shop RC podcast

The only RC podcast you’ll ever need, We cover all types of RC from the novice to the paid pro

October 8th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Summer of Love”

TSR podcast Episode

Summer of LOVE or something”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


Show introduction and welcome.


Love you Todd! Get Well!!


Tim Notes:


The internet and reading the horrifying abuse people put their cars or equipment through… blowing tires off freewheeling or needing 100K RPM….


Mid motor vs rear motor and what I have learned


Tyler’s Birthday bash race and how did it go?

SO HOT! The weather….

Ice Cream

First round of death! I smashed her up good…. Again, with the tires hitting???


How many more times am I going to rub the tires on the body before I finally raise it up?

**Corvette summer….

The Heat and your oils…. We should be talking about how the heat and cold effects the shocks and Diff oils.


  • Flat Tire Blues: How am I going to get home and the story of my night with tow companies….


Next UP** San Diego test day, Great weather, car kind of working and second fastest…


Racing is not the same anymore and I know why but not sure I can get back there ever again, and this makes me very sad.



Taking MCT oil and now others are joining me, What’s it do Timmy?


News items


SkyRC GPS thing that can measure the et of 132 feet. What a find whoever dug it up


Graupner USA is back!


RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)

Servo Reversing

This is just what it sounds like. Radios with this function allow the user to reverse the output of the servo. This is useful when you switch the radio system between vehicles that may use different servo placement or orientation.



Main Topic:


Arrow talk….

So, it works wide and then it doesn’t… WTF

Before we go down the Arrow timeline let me make it clear, I have set up MANY race cars I know a couple of people have had success with them but I should point out a few things not to knock them down but to remove this any doubt I didn’t start in RC yesterday. The issue is I am a trier and don’t like to be defeated, it would have been VERY easy to put this car on the shelf and never touch it again but I knew something was wrong and I wanted to know what it is…

It feels like it’s all going away from me, like I am standing on a dock in a bay as the ship slowly pulls out. Do I jump in and swim for it before it gets too far away or just let it sail?


Lets go down the list of things I have done, sort of an Arrow timeline

Got the car long before anyone else and boy was a shocked… it was thin and flexible… Boo

Started changing everything but really needed a thick chassis.

Got a thick chassis and it worked wide,

Then I went for a narrow car…. Where did it go and why do I have everything breaking now?

Had to re-find the car when I finally went back wide, and the car worked….

Where the issues really are……… First run brass hubs might have been all my issue.

Diff going locked to 200K, tire rubs, all these problems….



13.5 class, it looks fun and I really didn’t think I would build anything for it but guess what? The Vega body came out and now I am building one…..

Motor, 3D printed from Monster RC parts

Exhaust (where to put it)

lights (I am getting out of control)

Still need to figure out a rear spoiler

Going scale is NOT cheap…… Well if you go scale like I go scale….

Magnets the worlds greatest body mounting system (12 lbs for the win)

And I managed to bust up the 13.5 so that should tell you something about my street and this Arrow car…. The street is just simply off limits I must realize that.

ROAR motors…. Why do we have to deal with this…

  • I must find a place to test or I will never get up to speed.


  • Vanishing point car (MIP B5 trans case)


  • Undercover car, both associated based. (all B6 parts) I am hoping to see them SOON! Please dear lord.




Featured Item of the week


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Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

September 4th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “On The Road Again”

TSR podcast Episode

On the Road Again”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.





Tim Notes:


Battery break in and how I cycle packs


Funny how easy in the RC hobby we rape other people’s ideas….


The old wiggle some part that’s clearly broken in a video…..


Bodies how lucky are we?? SO many to pick from its crazy


Tire prep rule and why it is even this way, basically its for all the cheaters that we cant control.

Fantom motor sheet, one rotor reading, no sensor board and stack resistance… I should call it the data for people that have no idea what they are looking at… its feel good data.


Ryan Mayfield out doing test hits in the street, good times all over.


Old questions from the last show we missed.

Tommy Burgess: No prep is getting stupid fast in a hurry, what do you think?

Dale Tounzen: does bracing the stock arrow work?

Mark Vyne: Feeling on tire prep?


New questions.


  • News items


Birthday Bash race, Saturday night (8pm) start time.


RCX coming back to Pomona May 22? Really?


  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)

A Arm

This generally refers to the upper and lower suspension arm of a vehicle; the arm’s 2-point chassis hinge and single point mount at the hub resembles the letter “A”.




Main Topic:



Street wars another perfectly inconsistent consistent race for me.


Before we get to that I did manage to sneak into a Proline video…


The car worked for a few hits and then went right, and I mean right. It doesn’t help that I keep drawing the fastest dudes in first round but come on I need a race car!


Trip to Arizona with my girl


What a burger, what a disappointment




Two races, One day! I could only make one race though….


Met Colin Branch and of course racing in AZ is always fun. Got some time with John Schutlz and my buddy Todd Solterio.


The car was not good, back to turning left on the hit. And I mean like worst then you have ever seen…. Now what?


Found a dead bearing and another bend dogbone….. ok this is getting silly, how on earth can narrowing a car cause all these issues?


Same kid won both races, Hats off for that effort. Kyle Ahs


Dutch bros coffee, So lets talk about the line and experience. Long ass line, gave us the coffee early (stress) and then we finally got out of the line quicker then I expected.


I am don’t trying to keep this car narrow, it worked or at least started to work wide and ugly so guess what its going to be wide again.


So off we go to rebuild it all….


Tire prep and what I have learned and tired.


Birthday Race and what is my plan for this one… No where to go but up




Featured Item of the week


MaxAmps 5000 Mah Graphene 2 cell hard case 99.00

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45+mph in most brushless setups (7.4 volts)

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30 minutes average run time (5000mah capacity)

ROAR Approval Pending

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5mm bullet connectors

138mm x 47mm x 25mm


Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

August 8th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Night Two, James Gallatin”

TSR podcast Episode

The ARROW Car”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.



Tim Notes:



Good Bye to our friend Grant…..


(MY) Covid world…. And my week at home…


Battery Break in secret

  1. 1st run half power, full squeeze 2-3 seconds burst and recharge

  2. 2nd run, 2 passes 2-3 seconds back to back, recharge

  3. 3rd run, Full power 1 pass full squeeze. Recharge

  4. 4th run, 2 passes back to back full power, full squeeze 3 second burst, recharge

  5. You will see less heat and puff and from here forward you can go crazy.


I spent 100 bucks to narrow my car 1 inch


13.5 class WTF did I do?


Kitchen draw wheels for wheelie bar wheels! RAD

Jalapeno Balls…..


Super Chip race and James Dribble in the ARROW 70 mph

Not as big as others but still a nothing historical RC drag race.

Tire problems, lets talk about tire prep.


Where are all the tires? No Clay, no belted… What the heck is happening?



Add a timing system and watch all you people go away……

  • News items


Happy Birthday MATT!


Vegas cash night (Friday… What the heck) so I didn’t go

Mark and Jack in the finals both Az dudes. Mark won… But wait there is more!

Tire prep issues… Drama that didn’t involve me for once.


The Thick chassis is on the site! (What would I run if I was ordering?)


Jconcepts Caddy body is released.


The new Cuda body… Oh BOY


Route 66 Flagstaff cash race AUG 22, I plan to go


  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)

Slipper Clutch

This refers to a device found primarily in off-road vehicles that allows the spur gear to slip under excessive load. This feature protects the driveline from excessive wear and, when set properly, makes it easier to drive in loose conditions.



Main Topic:




Did another cash day and well I am consistent…. First round looser, this time at least it was to a fast car…

Tyler is doing a great job, we are all seeing racing out here grow and that’s awesome, New people new fun.


Got to do testing and it went great! Met a bunch of new folks and all where super cool, I have no idea what everyone’s name is but I look forward to getting to test with them again.


Good lord it was hot


So, lets talk about the arrow car, I finally LOVE IT!


Shocks (front 62mm, 80wt; rear 75mm, 80wt)


Motor and ESC (RSPro black, 4.5 Eliminator)


The chassis likes Rake


Slipper and transmission (locked diff “no more leaking diff..) Built a new transmission and things are better... weird.

The slipper… I don’t even want to talk about it but here goes. It’s a VTS Revolution slipper an so far its worked for me but I am not sure any slipper wouldn’t have worked it was the first I tired.


Thank you to Troy and James for so much help and guidance.


When I went to Az it was to learn and man did I ever, plus all these guys were very open to helping. James has been nothing but help with ideas and very open to what he is doing and what’s worked (friend?). I can’t thank him enough for the help and Troy for encouraging me to try a slipper.


Tire warmers, oh BOY those guys use them and now I see why! The benefits of using one are higher then the cost to me.


Tire gluing machine is wonderful, now that I have used it a few times its pretty great.


Found some new wheels I really like that have massive offset (proline f11)


Belted tires and my battle with the car wanting to turn left at halftrack. My bodies are too low.


I did score over 47k views on the video of my care spinning down the track, but I also learned what the heck is going on with my car. Made Gabe’s day… some people…..


Can I run non belted again? I am not sure, but I hope so.


I do love that I feel good inside that I have a solid game plan for the car each run. I know I am at the beginning, but it feels closer.


MaxAmps 4750 Graphene shorties are so great I often over look what I have in battery power!


Testing adjustments


Now I need more power (how are you going to do that?)


Maybe some teeth on the pinion


Do we need to build a dyno yet?


No More Street Hits!


Car weight is 2060 grams with all the brass add on and the thick chassis. 2300 with a body


What body, I am not in love with the Shark at all and if my wife had not made such a big deal about how she loves it I would have already tossed it, But I want to run a real looking car so now what?

What do we have to pick from?


Its Finally a RACE CAR! That took a while for me to come around on but I am here, so much so I put stickers on my chassis and when I do that its because I see it as a race car now.


The track vs no prep, is track racing dead? Well it kind of was but now with Covid and all the fun of manufactures making parts for no prep (never for track cars) track drag racing was just passed up like it always has been. Long days and high cost to win what a plaque at best?


This Saturday is a cash race in Simi valley (2 hours away) To go or not to go

How much could you win if you had a fast car and just spent your time going from cash race to cash race?


Featured Item of the week


Muchmore tire warmer…. Its about 150 bucks but it’s pretty awesome. Get one from our buddy Randy over at 1UP racing.



Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, CowRC, JConcepts, Raw Speed, MIP, Proline (So many that support me or RC Drag Racing) All our awesome fans, We love you all!

August 7th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Spicy Jalapeno”

Night one of another two night show case

July 4th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Arizona or Bust”

TSR podcast Episode

Arizona or Bust”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.



Tim Notes:


Truce talk, If, When and WHY?



  • News items




  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)


In its simplest terms, this refers to the size of a gear’s teeth. For instance, a 32-pitch pinion gear has larger teeth than a 48-pitch gear. The number represents how many teeth per inch.



Main Topic:



Arizona Cash Night.


The drive up was uneventful


Get to see Todd and its HOT


Another wife takes me out in first round… Is this my new thing?


No freeway over pass lights made a dark rack so not many photos or video


Ran the DB10 into a light pole then won the next round.


I ran the DB10 and it wheelies a lot so I learned something about roads, flat vs crowns and wheelie cars vs driver cars. So much being learned every time I go out and this is 100% the reason I wanted to get to racing even if I really am not at a level to win anything.

The DB10 was a cone lover…..


I did run the Arrow after the event had wrapped up and made about 15 hits in a row. Some good mostly bad BUT it seems to be working now with smaller front shocks.


Went to the B side and won my first round, then realized all the fast dudes were on that ladder and now I am screwed…


Lost to James but he won so that’s not bad

Chatted all night long


Falling in love with the Vanishing point car mostly because its AE based, and I seem to love that.


The Vanishing point Slash conversion (see live feed)


Is Losi coming out with a car?


Shout out to Alan, James and the crew for putting on such a well-run race. 1200 bucks to winner, 150 to B side

I got a shirt! Thanks!!


Trying to sleep without a noise machine…. WTF


Drive home, why not I am awake.


No breakfast thanks Covid-19 Bugles and fun-onions

The big Red BUG


Long drive but it was nice, and I should plan to do it more often.


I NEED a Solid race car…..


Found a hidden shirt and hat in the car! Thanks, Coy


Featured Item of the week


Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

June 27th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Racing is BACK”

TSR podcast Episode

Racing IS Back”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.



Tim Notes:

set up station

stock testing tool



Try typing RC news into google.... very disappointing



WHERE is the NEWS!!!! I just came from a race where 800 bucks was given away to one winner! Come on RC get it together you are missing all the real stuff people want to know about.


  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)


Otherwise known as radio interference, a glitch refers to a momentary lapse in signal transmission. There are external sources that cause glitches, (like overhead power lines,) but consistent glitching is most likely the result of something in the vehicle itself, such as metal-to-metal rubbing as you might find with control linkages.


Main Topic:


Pre race drama as always.

Crash the arrow car into the curb under braking smashing the following

Arm, CVA, All adjustable links, Steering block

USPS you suck and then you don't... but no you suck.


Get it all together

Wheelie bar wheels


What to race, switch everything only to switch it back




Still don't know what to do...

Test hit one tire shake no toe...

Time to decide what to do


First round blues (Vanishing point chassis)


Winner and race run down. 800 bucks to the win


Grudge race for 50-60 bucks. Give lane choice and let her do what she gonna do.

Same spot same thing........


Let's pull out the DB10 and have some fun. 12 straight hits and she is a beast....

Bob wanted to kill me he was so sick over me not running the DB10.


Lets drag race while I stand at the finish line and other fun things. Free stuff, Sterling visit


No tacos for Timmy!


We need a Socal Team, the AZ guys are a team and they test all the time and it shows. We need to get back to racing.


Weight discussion with some heavy hitters. I had a crowd


Another great event from Tyler and his wife Ashley, no prep is crazy fun and competitive and its so strong.



Featured Item of the week

1up racing (1upracing.com) Soldering iron battery powered! I should have gotten with Randy and switched my motor......

Great guy great line up of RC products to choose from and enjoy. Check it out at 1Upracing.com


Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

June 13th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Street Outlaw Rules the World”

TSR podcast Episode

Street Outlaw Rules the World”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.


Tim Notes:


Was going on the No name podcast but not now so TSR time… Win for you all!


All kinds of new toys…

Toe and angles kit (big money)

Tire gluing machine (big money)

Shock spring tool (little money)


Still one more JConcepts bodies to go


NPRC rules: Wings, Holes/cut outs, Weight min, Shocks, Hinge arms, Gear box…. What else am I missing?


Timmy’s car for the Tekin ads? What about a TSR drag motor? Maybe…..


Lets sell some stuff… Oh dear how did this start?


  • News items

Tyler’s cash day race June 20th and yes, I took the day before off.


Bring the heat Chandler AZ cash race, June 27th 8:00 pm


Vanishing point drag chassis, it looks rad and its another one to choose from.



  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)


A new nitro engine has to go through a break-in procedure to mate the engine’s piston to the cylinder sleeve. This provides a longer life expectancy between rebuilds. Recommended procedures will vary by manufacturer and engine. Generally, an engine will need to be run rich and at no more than half throttle for the first 2-3 tanks of fuel. The entire procedure can consist of anywhere from 3-5 tanks of fuel, depending on the individual engine’s instructions.


And lets not forget tires and foams…


Main Topic:


Arrow car: It’s becoming the stare car.


Thick chassis (4mm) some how my bodies don’t fit anymore… more fab work.


Body is stiffer now, so many goods from the thick chassis.


Weight: 60oz (3.75) to 68oz (4.25) over all gain (1/2 lbs)


Longer wheelie bar, this car is SOLID now. Need to build a jig to adjust it.


Shock package (75mm front, 85mm rear)


Shark body (Dodge Plum Crazy)


No limit graphics wrap


Undercover wings (GNX and others….)


Adjustable rear arms and 4° of toe


Machined hinge blocks are awesome


Raw speed tires (Clay, Long wear soft, Soft and super soft) Everyone is jumping on the we make smooth tires bandwagon.


RX8 in RSpro out


Tekin Eliminator motor


Throttle profile




Featured Item of the week

Tekin Gen4 Eliminator motor



Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

June 12th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “TOO Thin Tim”

Part 1 of this two night extravaganza! 

June 3rd, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Live Love Laugh, or Don’t”

TSR podcast Episode

Live Love Laugh or don’t”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.



Tim Notes:

The world is going a bit mad and I am not sure I want to talk about it…..

I will say the nastiness of the world is effecting my outlook..


I couldn’t make the no prep cash days race (work) but the real issue is I really didn’t care and that made me pretty sad and forced me to evaluate what the heck I am doing here anymore.

Blackballed? It sure seems like it… other podcasts getting promotion, not being included in the conversations…. Maybe its time.

Then I slipped up and posted about it…. Weak move


USPS is dumb and can’t ever seem to get my packages to me.


Installed a new kitchen floor that was a fun learning curve for Timmy


  • News items


Cash days winner (Jack Kloeber 900.00 , 2nd Mark Vyne 225.00)

Next cash day race (Tyler) Saturday June 20th (taco truck)


  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)

Shock Piston

A small plastic, brass or nylon disk that travels up and down inside an oil-filled shock body. It uses a hole or holes to regulate the rate at which the shock compresses and rebounds.

Main Topic:



Main Topic


Todd Solterio in the house, lets talk about the Arrow car.


Where am I and what have I done so far?

Shocks – Springs – Rear arms – stiffeners (nose, rear x2) - Longer wheelie bar - Bodies


Spoke with a few people about this mid motor thing and the dirt oval influence.

Craig Phillips – Greg Bridgewater – James Dibble among others and got some good tips and things to try


Featured Item of the week


Undercover wings: Pick your car and let Greg do the rest. Cost it doesn’t matter its worth no matter what he charges.




Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

May 15th, 2020    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “We all just want to Race”

TSR podcast Episode 116

We all Just Want to Race”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.


Tim Notes:

My Poop Story

Depression and isolation

The laptop finally died and after ten plus years 115 shows, countless live feeds and every dyno and data log call ran through that laptop and now its gone, But we have a new player.

NPRC class was never intended to be a cheap class and honestly what RC class is cheap? None, so please get that out of your head this hobby has never been cheap unless you buy a Tyco and drive it in your living room

  • News items


  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)

Foam Inserts

These inserts are used inside tires to help them retain their shape. Different densities are available for use on different track surfaces.


Main Topic:

Got a new Tekin Gen4 3.5, now what?

So I did a live feed last weekend, how did you like it? Covering the Arrow car.

The Arrow car build, servo, esc, motor fun

Arrow car body? What should we use?

Upset people and the arrow car, so why is it not legal? So many examples of this already out there but all of a sudden something comes out and you cant or don’t want to buy it and that makes it illegal?

Raw Speed Tires, thanks for calling Jason

Texas needs to learn they started nothing and are only poor copies. I have had enough of the pissy attitude that some how that group did anything more then copy what others have done the only difference is their incessant need to monetize every inch of it to form some retirement..

Featured Item of the week

Raw Speed Drag tires, clay, soft, super soft and long wear soft.

Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Tekin racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

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