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Old 09-14-2016, 11:43 AM   #16
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I've never wanted an E 8th scale. This may make me change my mind - why . . . can't tell you. It just looks neat. Must resist getting another car that's effed for part.

Speaking of, is it getting easier to order parts for the other HB cars since the sale of the Company?
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I've never wanted an E 8th scale. This may make me change my mind - why . . . can't tell you. It just looks neat. Must resist getting another car that's effed for part.

Speaking of, is it getting easier to order parts for the other HB cars since the sale of the Company?
That's what stopped me from buying an Hot Bodies is being able to get parts.
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With Neidhart/Orion now owning HB I doubt parts availability will be a problem. They'll right that ship. I wouldn't be shocked to see at least one or two big name drivers jump to HB after the worlds is finished and the silly season begins. They have a complete product line, 8th nitro buggy, truggy and now ebuggy. Plus a full 10th lineup, and a Orion product line backing that up. They have lots to offer now.
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With Neidhart/Orion now owning HB I doubt parts availability will be a problem. They'll right that ship. I wouldn't be shocked to see at least one or two big name drivers jump to HB after the worlds is finished and the silly season begins. They have a complete product line, 8th nitro buggy, truggy and now ebuggy. Plus a full 10th lineup, and a Orion product line backing that up. They have lots to offer now.
I hope so. I don't own any HB stuff, but I hate to see a brand that offers good (and different) products falter because of issues that should be relatively simple to solve with proper management.
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Speaking of, is it getting easier to order parts for the other HB cars since the sale of the Company?
Everything is better now.
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Let me jump in the bandwagon and say I am strongly considering this car.... I need something new.....
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What are the two small things on the edges of the arms near the hinge pin?
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What are the two small things on the edges of the arms near the hinge pin?
I saw that and thought wtf. On closer inspection, I think it's just the other insert pills drawn for reference.
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appealing design here.
only thing that im skeptical about is correct chassis flex, from the initial information it looks like the traditional front and rear braces are gone in favor of an upper deck style brace in the front.
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appealing design here.
only thing that im skeptical about is correct chassis flex, from the initial information it looks like the traditional front and rear braces are gone in favor of an upper deck style brace in the front.
The Tekno conversion only had a front brace (no rear brace) and minor modifications had to be done to it as it got in the way of the front center drive shaft and servo mounting position.

Moving the brace higher up would allow the servo to sit closer inboard to the center-line of the chassis and have the correct steering geometry between the servo arm and upper servo saver arm which appear to be 90 degree angles.

I could be wrong, but I would hazard to say the braces could be used a tuning option for chassis flex
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yeah the motor mount is a bit different
Wow, was not expecting that motor mount design! I do notice the hexagon branding theme in it, nice touch!

Like the Tekno conversion I'm assuming that motor mount will slide across the chassis to adjust mesh.
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The Tekno conversion only had a front brace (no rear brace) and minor modifications had to be done to it as it got in the way of the front center drive shaft and servo mounting position.

Moving the brace higher up would allow the servo to sit closer inboard to the center-line of the chassis and have the correct steering geometry between the servo arm and upper servo saver arm which appear to be 90 degree angles.

I could be wrong, but I would hazard to say the braces could be used a tuning option for chassis flex
this all makes sense and i understand why they might have gone this way, but im not convinced its the best option.

an upper deck makes the chassis incredibly rigid as it essentially becomes a truss, so in this case the front will be inflexible and the relatively short distance behind the centre diff will be responsible for all flex.
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this all makes sense and i understand why they might have gone this way, but im not convinced its the best option.

an upper deck makes the chassis incredibly rigid as it essentially becomes a truss, so in this case the front will be inflexible and the relatively short distance behind the centre diff will be responsible for all flex.
Interesting thoughts. I could be reading too much into the CAD drawing provided, but there appears to be a lower chassis brace directly under the drive shaft more commonly found in 10th scales; the Xray xb4 comes to mind...

I note that the Tekno used a 4mm chassis, while this one would be 3mm...

Area highlighted in yellow in pic attached, what else could it be, a wire guide perhaps
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i also thought xb4 16 when i saw that, just have to wait for more info.

one thing i really like is the battery on the chassis not jacked up 10mm or so.. should lower CG nicely and give nice crisp weight transfer.

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Can't wait. Hooray for universals! I also like that some of the new stuff is backwards compatible with the D815.
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