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Old 11-12-2007, 04:34 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Alltapdout View Post
Otherwise, like above, go with the novak if your going to get serious.
This is the only way to do it in my mind!!!!

well guys,

first off thank you all for the good advice.

Chris, I will take you up on that offer. Just let me know when it is good for you. I get off work at 430, so anytime after that would be good for me. I Pmed you my # on Rcccs and i should be in and out of Jays this week.

Novak seems to be a pretty common recomendation across the board.

I kind of like the fact that you can tweak the Mamba to infinate combinations...but that can also get me into some trouble.

I like the sounds of the LRP being so smooth.

What i am trying to accomplish over this winter is smoothing out my heavy finger for nitro. I am a solid C main contender at a regional race here in the Northwest. my goal is to replace that on/off switch in my finger with a reostate. lol

the LRP sounds like its smoothness would help that, but i too have been told to stay away from it for its unreliable nature.

I have been told that Novak is great for plug and play driving and is very good for the newb (me!!)

I can't stop coming back to the Mamba, however, for its infinate adjustability. so here i pose another question:
can you tune the mamba to be smooth like the LRP? and is it going to be reliable and solid once it is set?

As for power i think i am going to go with Chris's sugestion and shop local with MaxAmps. heard great things about their Batts and the people behind them. Plus i love to support the local guy. the only thing (and this may be because of my lack of experiance) is that it is more of an open cell battery. No protection. Like an earlier post, i have seen Orion's lipo hard pack, and thought what a great idea!!

Im not sure if you can buy hard cases for lipo protection or not...but i am also a machinist and work with plastic as well...so i son't think fabin somthing up would be too hard....

anyway thanks for all the response and keep em comin guys!!!!!!!

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Old 11-12-2007, 05:38 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by glassdoctor View Post
Around my area, the B4 is the overwhelming choice of buggy... and the LRP Sphere Comp is the overwhelming speedo of choice.

By far over Novak. Most guys here run a 7.5 in the B4... Reedy, Vector, Orion, or Novak. I'm still running my old Reedy 2 star (7.5)

There's been lots of orange smoke this year at the local track and no blue smoke. Most of the Novak die-hards made the switch after turning their GTB's into puddles of goo. This time last year it used to be 25% LRP and 75% Novak. Now it's 75% LRP and 25% Novak. The best set-up right now seems to be the LRP TC Spec + Orion 7.5. Whoever says that the Novak GTB is more reliable is puffin' on some good orange smoke.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:14 PM   #18
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Novak's customer service is the best in the industry.

ya send it in and get something back that is junk
send it back get back what you sent but they say its another one.
and its still junk.

but i do run a gtb with a 10.5 in my rb-5 and it works good but if something happens to it ill just throw it away and get another.
so i dont waist my time

i like the 07 LRP in 1/12 very nice.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:46 PM   #19
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ditto on Novak service... they have good warranty service and they are reliable... they won't jerk you around and take months to get something fixed/replaced. But other than that... it's just average imo. After 90 days they have a strict "show me the money" policy. You pay good $$ to get service. It's not bad, but I don't see how that earns a status as "the best customer service" in the industry.

I have had much better service from several other companies... who tend to back their product even outside of the standard 30/60/90 day warranty. Example: Mtroniks... they just told me to send it out, no questions asked. Two weeks later (from U.S. to U.K.) I got a new speedo at my door. Total cost: less than $10 to ship it to them. Same goes for others... including Castle Creations and Neu Motors, etc.

End of "rant" or whatever

Can't go wrong with Novak... they make good stuff. Their motors might be the best of the bunch.

But like I said... in my area almost all the fast guys run LRP, even some of the old Novak diehards. (I have run Novak for 15+ years myself)

I love my Mambas too. I would recommend it for almost anything except a 2wd buggy. The MM motors have tremendous torque... so it can be a beast compared to the LRP (with the accel/punch profile set soft). I run the Mamba in my T4 and 4wd buggy, but a LRP in my B4. Best thing I have done to smooth out the Mamba in my T4 (5700 motor) is run it on 5 cells. I also still had to dial out some punch using the raido's EPA and the punch control and exponential on the MM software. It was still very fast... but didn't shred the diff and pull wheelies on accident.

If you are dying to try a Mamba or can't afford the LRP... I suggest the 4600 combo. Gear it tall if you need top end (I ran this @24/81), and play with the software.

The Mambas might be getting better pretty soon. They have a new line of motors coming, so that might totally change the feel/driveablility. If they come out with a motor with a smoother powerband, lookout. Just a heads-up... I have no idea right now how different they will be. But I can't wait to find out.
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I have owned both the gtb and sphere comp. In my opinion they are both very good systems and I am not good enough for their performance differences to really impact me. I will say that if you are going to run brushed and brushless motors, the lrp is a heck of a lot easier to run. The gtb is a pain in the a-- to change back and forth between brushed/brushless.
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