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Old 12-29-2007, 12:46 AM   #796
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Where is it bent? If you tighten those grub screws too much, I've seen the soft ones bend at that point.
As for adjusting, make sure the tie rods connecting the bar to the sus.arms are the same length. also, make sure that there are no binds anywhere on the suspension. without the shocks, the entire arm/sway assembly should fall effortless and EVENLY from left to right. You can check this by holding the chassis vertically, and gradually tilt it so the arms move.
The are two other points you can check. Like you mentioned, the placement of the ball end is the common set point. Also, make sure that the bar is centered accurately.
I usually just eye the R/L balance, and had no problems at all. Most tweaking I encountered involved a bind somewhere in the suspension...
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Where is it bent? If you tighten those grub screws too much, I've seen the soft ones bend at that point.
As for adjusting, make sure the tie rods connecting the bar to the sus.arms are the same length. also, make sure that there are no binds anywhere on the suspension. without the shocks, the entire arm/sway assembly should fall effortless and EVENLY from left to right. You can check this by holding the chassis vertically, and gradually tilt it so the arms move.
The are two other points you can check. Like you mentioned, the placement of the ball end is the common set point. Also, make sure that the bar is centered accurately.
\_/ <---- Say that's the sway bar. If you press the _ on a flat surface, / will also be flat, but \ is about 2mm off the table. I guess it's more like it's twisted than bent.

The suspension moved freely, and the bar was centered on the mounts. The grub screws were tightened until they touched the bar, and then backed off just enough so it could move freely. The end of the rod connecting to the sway bar was the same distance from the end (3mm in the rear, 1mm in the front) on both sides. I initially made the connecting rods the same length, and still found it was uneven from one side to the next.
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You should set your sway bars so that with the shocks popped off, you have symmetric reaction. Say you push the left wheel up and measure (roughly) how much the right wheel lifts due to the sway bar, then do the same the other way round and make sure you get the same uplift.
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Old 12-29-2007, 05:10 AM   #799
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Try rotating the ball ends on the sway bar like a cam. First start off with both grub screws on the ends of the sway bar are pointing straight up. Now with wheels and shocks off the car, lift one side up and see how far the other side raises. Then lift opposite side to see if it matches. If not, try loosening one grub screw on the sway bar end and rotate it 90. Then tighten down. Lift both sides to see if its even. If not, rotate again 90. Then try again. See if this technique works.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:13 AM   #800
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Could somebody tell me if belt of other brands or other cars could fit 416, please?
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So, as promised from earlier.... Actually, before I get to that, I was a little irrate before I even started. I'd purchased the kit through RC Champ in japan... price is always the cheapest. This time however, I got burned. Firstly, the EMS delivery was not express (5day flight from japan to the uk, wtf?), and then more time was added on due to customs charges (had these before with champ admitidly)... thank fully I'd been tracking the package online, so knew it was at the depot waiting for me, despite having now letter waiting for me when I got back home this afternoon (UK postal system is sh1t). As you can imagine, not too impressed at this point... and then lo and behold, no Blue al/Ti screw kit, as I'd ordered Thankfully, I have quite a few spares in my boxes... and I actually quite like the dark chrome look of the kit screws, so have used them on the underside of the car (also convinced myself by saying that with LiPo, any extra weight that can be added low down is good ).

So, back to the build... I'll run through in terms of the manual.
First off, Chassis prep... the usual really, spent a fair bit of time getting the nice rounded edges, and sorting all of that out.

Have to admit, didn't really see any difference in the bulkheads of my kit in terms of finish, still look blue and shiny to me. I also compared them to my MRE, and the anodising looks pretty darn similar.

Diff; Nice and easy to build (as you'd expect). Swapped out the standard balls for some JAAD ceramic ones, and also went to the JAAD racing ceramic thrust race. Used my usual technique of 600 grit wet and dry on both sides of the diff rings, and then assembled as the instructions. Added on some JAAD covers from the 415 as well, had a slight issue with one side getting stuck to the outdrive and binding the diff, easily solved by putting some diff lube onto the outdrive in the correct region. (Anyone think I like the JAAD stuff... it's good )

Rear Bulkhead; I like the seperate rear bulkhead/motor mount. Also prefering the diff setting method. To help keep an easier eye on the belt tension setting, I used a paint marker on the bearing holder to mark the position.

Centre pulley; Now, this is one part of the car I had an issue with, but purely of my own making... quick hint, make sure you check your using the right sized E-ring when attaching the pulleys (the 3mm one won't fit in the 5mm space). I n terms of spacing, I also added some extras 0.2mm shims on, so in total I have 3 on the left hand side, and 2 on the right (manual only states for 1 either side).

Front bulkhead; Pretty standard fair, all slotted together well, similar to the rear.

Steering system; Thought I'd compare this with my MRE... Tamiya have changed it slightly, as the bell cranks are shorter, although the posts are in the same position (relative to the front suspension blocks). This, I guess, is part of the reason for the increased number of shims used on the ball joints, over the MRE/MSXX. Also like the fact it's now raised slightly, which makes avoiding the belt easier.

Top Deck; Now, this is the one part of the car that I did have issues with fit. As someone on here has already mentioned, the top deck didn't fit too well, effectively being too long, and causing the car to "bow" when fitted together. I removed ~1mm of material from the back edge of the deck, and all is now nice and snug, with no fit issues. This certainly something to pay attention to when building the car, as you'll just put tweak into it if not dealt with.
Slightly unconvinced with the adjustable belt stabiliser, personally would have preferd to make adjustment to it's height simply by adding more spacers underneath (like I did with my MRE), I think the lock nut just looks a bit ugly
I do like the antena mount, nice and low, works well with short spectrum antena I use

Suspension; So, I checked my kit for the arms, and yep, mine have the same fit issue too. Thankfully, as all my running is indoors, I've mounted the car up straight away with the short LWT arms, so no issues there. As previously mentioned on here, this did create a slight issue later on with the driveshaft blade just catching the diff nut (even with X/D on the rear for 2deg toe in, that slightly widens the track of the car) but was solved by filing off a little material from the blade. Other option is too use 42mm driveshafts. The new driveshafts do seem to have a slightly larger diameter bone section than old too... not sure how the aluminium driveshafts will holdup in the front, but I have spare steel ones I can use if required (I'll get hold of some cyclone bones as well to try).

Certainly like the bigger hub bearings. Don't think there is much difference in bearings spacings, so old axles should fit. The axles in the kit are different, look much more like the cyclone ones now.

I had no issue with the fit of the rear hubs in the arms, the spacing was fine. I did try adding an extra 0.1mm to tighten it up, but it bound the hub up, so I left it as kit.

For the front hubs, the revised c-hub arrangement is soo much better, no more losing the top-hat spacers if the lower screw falls out! . It's a little more fiddly to put together, but I'll take that over improved reliability and operation. Just don't tighten the screws up too tight, as it can still bind the steering.

Shocks; They are TRF's... no more need be said As for the towers... the use of countersunk screws is a deffinate improvement, as the towers now a locked into one place as you tighten it down.

Electronics; Next big tip... don't forget to put the upper motor mount screw in place before you put the top deck on, otherwise it's got to come off again.... guess which way I did it

I've made sure the speedo is mounted on the cooling duct, so makes it very easy to swap between brushed and brushless mode. With a low profile servo, and a spectrum reciver, there is plenty of room to make a tidy install

With the servo mount, and the motor mount centre brace, there is a nice in built brace to stop LiPo's sliding into the front belt.

Other; 415 bodyshells do fit The front bumper is much smaller though, not sure about that, may have to invest in a p-dub version.

Overall very impressed. There are plenty of good detailed refinements over the 415... which is a good thing in my eyes... revolution was not required Now to get it on track, have to wait till next weekend

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Old 12-29-2007, 11:45 AM   #802
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Could somebody tell me if belt of other brands or other cars could fit 416, please?
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:47 AM   #803
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My LRP TC Spec glitches like hell when mounted on the cooling duct. Putting it back on the chassis solved the issue entirely. I'm using Futaba FASST with a 9550 servo.
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My LRP TC Spec glitches like hell when mounted on the cooling duct. Putting it back on the chassis solved the issue entirely. I'm using Futaba FASST with a 9550 servo.
Interesting... didn't have a problem with that in my 415, at least I don't think I did... Might try switching it out next time and see if anything changes.

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My LRP TC Spec glitches like hell when mounted on the cooling duct. Putting it back on the chassis solved the issue entirely. I'm using Futaba FASST with a 9550 servo.
Is it doing it only for the LRP? I have the same receiver and servo, but use the VFS-1. Think your batt bars are touching the motor mount or the servo mount? Funny though, it goes away when you put it on the chassis... I put elec tape on the motor and servo mount just in case. Sound almost like the issue the TA05-R had.
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Old 12-29-2007, 06:29 PM   #806
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Is it doing it only for the LRP? I have the same receiver and servo, but use the VFS-1. Think your batt bars are touching the motor mount or the servo mount? Funny though, it goes away when you put it on the chassis... I put elec tape on the motor and servo mount just in case. Sound almost like the issue the TA05-R had.
I'm running LiPo, so no battery bars to worry about. I could trigger the glitch by touching the ESCs heatsink. Not a single glitch when it's on the chassis. I ran two full days without an issue. The car is definitely building up a static charge on the track. It zaps me after a run when I pick it up. I have tungsten weights mounted to my LiPos plastic case that rest against the motor center mount and center mount.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:05 PM   #807
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Let me guess you running on carpet. I wonder if the material that the ESC is sitting on make the difference... Anodized parts does not conduct electricity at the surface... CF does... Maybe the CF chassis is acting as a ground? But then the ESC is separated from everything with foam tape... hmm.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:35 PM   #808
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Check for a loose or broken wire. Maybe the angle of the LRP sitting on the vent forces the wires to be in a position where they then can short-out.

I had a chance to run this car for the past couple days and I have to say that I am impressed so far. I had the fortune of having Corey Whiteman work with me on the car so that was a huge help. After switching from a Cyclone - I wasn't expecting a huge change since the cars are very close in their design, however, the 416 appeared to be a little more stable and carry more corner speed. I also noticed that the car doesn't tweak as easy as the 415 series car did - which was a huge plus as well.

Very happy with the car after the first weekend with it - can't wait to get some more run-time on it.
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:44 PM   #809
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I did not have the chassis bowing issue on mine. I went into the build knowing about this issue. So I did not super glue the ends of the 2 top deck plates. Just the sides. Maybe some are super gluing the ends causing them to be a tad longer? Just curious if other people super glued the whole top deck.
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Old 12-29-2007, 08:06 PM   #810
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jsut to let ppl know, if u want to use the Hotbodies front swig shafts, u have to use the Hotbodies 1 way joints, cause the hotbodies shafts are larger then the tamyia's
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