B4zed, I think you are right, TeamLosi has done alot of great things in the industry! Winning world titles is not easy, convincing everyone that composites were ok for chassis material either, Jr and the guys at TL have definately done some good over the years AND lately!
I still like their shocks over any others, just for simplicity, low parts count, ease of duplicating from shock to shock, etc.
But the things that always nagged at me were things like ballcups that are Ridiculous to try and pop on, but pop off all the time. Some ideas are cool to think up, but not practical, since the compromises can outwiegh the benifits.
This seems to be the logic AE uses, not compromising things to the point where the benifits are negated by the sacrifices. There is still room for improvement, without space ship style engineering. Improving what you already sell, until you feel is has reached it's maximum potential(Or your customers decide it has, either one, LOL).
We could say that "safe" leads to copies, also, but imo there has to be a line you don't cross to avoid a huge amount of refab and reengineering, etc.
I'll take an improved version of the 7.5 with better kit included brakes, allen head screws, cnc knuckles, adjustable chassis braces and CNC shock towers Made by AE for $600(OR less) any day!
Lastly, as far as China goes, EVERYTHING is made there! If we(The U.S. and ALOT of the worlds public) didn't scour the globe looking to save just $2 more and U.S made was number one priority maybe it wouldn't be this way?
Don't think for a second that Japan and other countries aren't having ALOT made in China as well.
www.wedjim.com ...Closed down due to heavy gov't regulation? Or something like that.
"Nothing but the best!"