Got out on Sat for the first 4wd race since getting rid of my 44.1 last month.
Kit setup. 6.5 sonic, SXX TC2 with updated mod/stock board, no fan, no boost, no auto brakes.
Stock diffs broke in great.
No issues with stock ball cups while tumbling a few times during a full day of break in, practice, quals and racing.
Instructions did not recommend limiters in the rear shocks. Thought I could hear the dogbone ends in the rear during the air. Then, During a crash while practicing a cva came out. Quick fix: just set the rear shock lowers to the outside.
No ballast needed(for me.) But going from 1.6 to 1.7 rear pistons next.
Never liked chassis protectors other than the lexan type, but AE's version is super tough(like lexan) and scratch free on our smooooth new layout.
Batteries forward with padding(servo tape, one side not exposed) on sides and top straps.
Put a drilled v2 slipper plate in the front of my slipper during build. Slipper never over-slipped(heated up) in the 6 min main and I had it pretty loose to protect my new diffs on a loose indoor track.
Petitrc has this:
That setup addresses the rear shock limiter AND 1.7 rear piston(kit is 1.6) but no mention of ballast.
Over all first impression:
Over the past 3 years I've fallen in love the 44 layout. It's taught me the importance of a meticulous build and routine maintenance.Pitch control during flight is simple. Never heard chassis slap the entire night with the big bores.
Turns sooo steady but way more fun to catch an over steer and dart straight out.
Will go with the full PetitRC setup from here out until the pros have spoken.
For me, it's so good that the 44.2 is worth savoring for races. Because of dis-assembly required for diffs, maintenance, and breakages; my 2wd will continue to be my training vehicle for practice days.