O2 chip installation on a BA F458 GT3 chassis
A light and well detailed body with a fully tweakable chassis, by its performance the BA 458 GT3 has carved itself a good reputation in the analoge
competitions where ever it ran.
However the architecture of the fully sprung motorpod is a bit of a hindrance when it comes to fitting an O201b1 chip.
There's a central beam running from the motor to the front suspension point..which is exactly in the area where you would want to place your chip.
Installation with an IR lane change led on lead wires
Matt was the first to tackle this problem and chose to mount the chip on top of the central pod beam just behind the front suspension mount.
To get the Lane change IR LED within the 35mm distance of the guide (as advised by Slot.it) he mounted a second IR LED via lead wires.
Drilling a hole between the front bodymount and the front suspension post.
As you can see on the image below left Matt has made it into a neat and compact package with a minimum of wire lenght.
At the motor side of the chip Matt placed a connector in the motor wires to facilitate and easy change of chip/ motor and or between analoge and
digital running. note for a more detailed description of such a connector; check this article
Richard has followed suit (see image below right) but still has some wire trimming to do.
Looks like he kept quite a bit of the IR LED legs, nicely insulated with heat shrink I must admit, as the LED sits right under the (metal) front
But the legs & wires are a bit long which may hinder the pod movement with the chip installed.
note: Slot.it has a set with an IR led and wires (SP32), Surechange guides also sells IR LED's.
Image left courtesey mtucker66, image right courtesey southwestscorer
Height of IR LED above the track
If you use one of the 3mm IR LED's best practice is to glue a 1mm thick round piece of plastic with a 4mm ø on top of the chassis.
Drill the 3mmø hole through the plastic and chassis. This will give you more material to mount your IR LED in.
Chamfer the bottom of the hole to 4mmø and mount the LED flush with or just above the chassis bottom.
I asked Maurizio once what the ideal height above the track would be and he could not give me an exact answer.
The IR led has a conical beam, the lower you go the narrower the beam,meaning the shorter the time the led will shine on the LC sensor.(less time for
The higher you go the wider the beam (longer time for data transfer), but with the increase of distance the power of the beam will become weaker.
Trail and error shows that its best to keep your IR led higher than the Chassis floor cause scratches on the led surface will definately disturb the
Installation with the stock IR lane change led (needs to be tested)
Having the LC led on leads placed well within the 35mm range is the option that will guarantee the best lane changes, but its not the only option.
You could make do with the stock IR LED on the chip with just minor modifications to the F458 chassis.
Pictured below I've mounted the O2 chip in exactly the same position as Matt (just behind the front suspension mount) and drilled a hole in the
chassis for the LED to shine trough.
The distance between the LED and the guide is 37mm, just 2mm outside the advised range.
I you shave 2mm of the suspension cup retainer tab you could move the chip even further forward and be be spot on.
To mount your chip as low as possible you can enlarge the slot in the pod beam so the IR led will fit within.
You can also reduce the thickness of the pod beam to ount the chip even lower, if you do this its best to use some epoxy to glue the two halves of the
Mount the chip on top with some double sided foam tape and you'll regain the rigidity of the beam.
Last but not least, if you add a second IR LED the one on the chip still functions, so there's a 3rd option...use option 1 and 2
To be or not to be (Chip mounted on the pod or on the chassis)
That is the question, and this is not a digital one, but a pure down to earth anologe chassis set-up question.
The O201b1 chip weights ≠ 3,5 gr (depending on the wires you use) so the question is do you want that weight on the pod or on the chassis.
If you were to choose for weight on the chassis here's what you could do. Mount two pieces of foam/ rubber/ plastic on either side of the pod beam to
support the chip
Mount the chip on top with some double sided foam tape. Make sure that there's enough room for the pod to move freely under the chip.
With your chip now fixed to the chassis make sure that your motor wires are flexible enough so they dont limit the pod movement.
note: All the mods decribed above are covered by DiSCA GT3 rule 2.2: Chassis modifications to aid fitment of digital chip and/or light kit are
Hope this is some help in preparing your Black Arrow F458 GT3.