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Old 11-24-2015, 07:45 AM   #16891
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Yes sir, I thought your user name looked familiar. I just saw Arizona and was like naw that's not wildcat.
Same wildcat as on rcfiles
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Lord knows we only need one Wild Kitty. j/k
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anyone know if any of the hobbywing esc's fit in the b5m next to the rx? Anyone have pics?
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anyone know if any of the hobbywing esc's fit in the b5m next to the rx? Anyone have pics?
I have a Hobbywing 120A V3.1 next to a Airtronics RX-461, fits just fine.
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anyone know if any of the hobbywing esc's fit in the b5m next to the rx? Anyone have pics?
the HW fits fine, plus you dont have to mount a switch to the car, which saves space.
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Old 11-24-2015, 08:40 AM   #16896
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Unneeded.
To a point. They can make a difference. The biggest issue with OEM AE gears, cut or not, is that their run out is an absolute joke.

Two ways around it - proper transmission break in, or machined gears. We've already talked about the latter - the former however takes a little time, but can be a noticeable decrease in resistance.

It's all great, until you crash once. Then it's gone.
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Does anyone that has used cut gears in their 17.5 setup have any feedback to give about them? Are there any durability issues? Did it make the buggy noticeably snappier, etc.?

I am thinking about getting a set for the stock 3-gear transmission in my Factory Lite, which runs a D4 17.5 motor. I already switched to the MIP Bi-Metal Pucks, and saw an improvement, and was wondering if I should go ahead and try cut gears. It isn't much money, but I was concerned if there would be any durability issues. The ones I found online are from CB's Custom RC, but if anyone has another set they would recommend, chime in with that too please.
Cut gears just fill a void in the larger part of an equation. No gear that can be bought is worth much. However full ceramic bearings, cut gears, ceramic diff balls and thrust, slipper eliminator with a cut and lightened spur paired with plastic pinions, MIP pucks with drilled outdrives, ceramic hub bearings and titanium axles make for a very, very light drivetrain. Your wallet will be light as well.

I also live by the motto that I don't like to half-ass anything. All or nothing
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Cut gears just fill a void in the larger part of an equation. No gear that can be bought is worth much. However full ceramic bearings, cut gears, ceramic diff balls and thrust, slipper eliminator with a cut and lightened spur paired with plastic pinions, MIP pucks with drilled outdrives, ceramic hub bearings and titanium axles make for a very, very light drivetrain. Your wallet will be light as well.

I also live by the motto that I don't like to half-ass anything. All or nothing

Everyone is entitled to an opinion and in cases like this there is no right or wrong. However, I don't believe that you need most of that stuff. None of the pros that I know use any of it with the exception of good bearings and diff parts. There are those that believe that the edge they get from having all the best stuff is what separates them from their closest competitors and there might be some truth to that. However, if you look at what all the top guys run, a majority of it is pretty basic. I think tire selection, good set up, and basic upgrades are really all you need. From personal experience my laps times are virtually the same between a mostly box stock car that is in good shape and a similar car with $500 in upgrades. I've even given a few friends my stock car to use only to have them lap me anyway. I'm gonna suck with or without cut gears and drilled outdrives.
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Everyone is entitled to an opinion and in cases like this there is no right or wrong. However, I don't believe that you need most of that stuff. None of the pros that I know use any of it with the exception of good bearings and diff parts. There are those that believe that the edge they get from having all the best stuff is what separates them from their closest competitors and there might be some truth to that. However, if you look at what all the top guys run, a majority of it is pretty basic. I think tire selection, good set up, and basic upgrades are really all you need. From personal experience my laps times are virtually the same between a mostly box stock car that is in good shape and a similar car with $500 in upgrades. I've even given a few friends my stock car to use only to have them lap me anyway. I'm gonna suck with or without cut gears and drilled outdrives.
yep, 90% of the crap I buy does not do crap. A few pieces lower motor temps and the rest is bling. The "Lite" comes with pretty much everything I need. I do like pucks and cut gears for 17.5. Mostly for some lower motor temps and more snap. I also prefer the Avid Slipper. I tried to go back to the AE slipper, but it was crappy. I didnt like it at all.

That being said, Rivkin beat everyone at JC stock nats without pucks. Unsure on cut gears, since I could not see in his gear box, lol. And owning tires, is only part of the equation at SRS. I have been aware for a while, but trying to ignore it, but tire prep is everything. I tried to use the stock foams and tires without any prep and it was not great. I keep seeing posts saying, "I bought the same tires the fast guys use...", while that may be true, that is only part of the tire program. I miss outdoor non sugar racing. Good Ole glue and go tires.
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tires is seriously 99% of indoor racing. it's 90% of all racing, but 99% of indoor. I could hand you 4 pairs of Typos that all look similar and all are very different and handle very different. Sucks, but that's the world we live in.
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Doesn't Kinwald race at SRS now?
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Doesn't Kinwald race at SRS now?
yep. I talk to him from time to time. But he is uber "creative" in everything he does in RC. Some of his work bleeds off into the fast guys, then trickles down. I was talking to him recently, and he told me that he makes all of his sway bars. He rarely ever uses the OEM ones, lol. That guy just loves to make stuff. He is ALWAYS trying new stuff, so his tire program changes often. He even makes his own tires sauce. He would create a car from the ground up if he has the resources, I am sure of it.
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Stock parts or not, that you can see. Do you all really think a tranny built out of the box will spin as free as what the Pros run at the Stock Nats? Come on, you know better than that They might not be the big names who end up on the podium anymore but there's some old dogs on the AE team that know how to prep this stuff and free it up.
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Doesn't Kinwald race at SRS now?
Also, Kinwald pits in a very accessible spot at SRS, which makes him very approachable. Very nice guy and always willing to give you tips. Some guys pit like they have a moat and wall to protect them, lol. Rivkin also pits in an accessible spot, but he goes to BK when he needs help. So IMO, just go to the source directly, lol.
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Stock parts or not, that you can see. Do you all really think a tranny built out of the box will spin as free as what the Pros run at the Stock Nats? Come on, you know better than that They might not be the big names who end up on the podium anymore but there's some old dogs on the AE team that know how to prep this stuff and free it up.
yeah, I know what some of the guys are doing. The effort they put into the gear box is no joke. reminds me of the old RC10 6 gear days. Where you really needed to work on the gear box, or you would never make 4 minutes, lol.
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