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To celebrate the day of my birth, I ordered in this piece of heavy duty Americana...a DD301


Main role will be to drive at rally events, hence the lack of the traction control knob which I felt would just confuse me in the limited time you get to familiarise yourself with new tracks!

It feels fast just holding it. Can't wait to get some banana plugs on it and give it a go.

Anyone else run a Difalco?

I love puttering with gears
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I've never seen or used a Difalco but a great reputation.  

I use an old Third Eye for Rally, brakes, sensitivity and power adjustments.

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That should last you a lifetime.

I always start with sensitivity/attack at the softest setting and the brakes on full.
Then you can soften the brakes as required and boost attack if necessary.

There are likely more Difalco's in use worldwide than all the other high end controllers combined,...I have used/tried most of the high end controllers over the years, and more often than not, I use my Difalco, will love it.

Chris Walker
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Thanks for all your advice Chris!

For the kind of quick fire racing I do with rally and raid vehicles, I wanted to keep the controls simple, so went for the sensitivity/brake combination of the DD301. That way, there should be less risk of me forgetting to adjust the knobs in the heat of battle and end up running the settings from the previous car! However, this probably won't be the last controller I buy, and the DD304 is right up there on my list of 'desirables' for my circuit based racing.

The good news is that I managed to change the clips on the leads to a three pin UK plug without anything going bang, and I have been running a few different cars to get a feel for it. It feels great in my hand and just fills me with confidence that it is me in control of the car rather than the other way round.

Just need to give the wiper a bit of a clean to get rid of travel grit.

I love puttering with gears
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Hello Jeremy, A bit of contact cleaner/isopropyl alcohol on a cotton bud is perfect for cleaning the wiper and board, followed by a drop of inox/super lube.

I am sure you already know this, but, try to avoid adjusting the knobs under power,......adjust the knobs, try the car, stop/adjust, and try again until you are happy,......the "pots" are quite sensitive, and are susceptible to failure , if adjusted under power.

Chris Walker
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How do people store and transport controllers like this with exposed electronics?

I love puttering with gears
[+] 1 member Likes BARacer's post

A suitably-sized flight case is ideal, with foam cut out to support the controller.

However, a suitably-sized cardboard box and bubble wrap is what I use for my BRP controller…


A rubber band (or two) keeps the box safely closed   Sun
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I wrap mine in a towel with three spare controllers also wrapped and cart them around in a dewalt bag

My spare Synapse has a special foam filled box I repurposed from the local amenity site (I think it was a makeup bag)

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I love my DD302, the first real controller I’ve had in this era. As Chris said, the pots are sensitive. A good starting point on the sensitivity control is adjust it to where the car barely starts to move when the wiper is on the first band. Then adjust to taste.
Jim DiFalco provides top-notch service. The instructions provided with the controller are excellent, but if you’re unclear about something just email him. Mine became erratic on applying power and cleaning the wiper bands didn’t help. Jim assured me that my reading of his instructions was correct, and I just needed to flush the pot with lighter fluid and turn the dial back and forth to clean it.

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