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Old 01-02-2009, 03:21 PM   #931
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thanks for the tips about the pod. I checked mine out and sure enough, it would bind at the ends. What about up/down slop in the center pivot? I can pull up on the rear body posts and lift the springs off the balls. Its an older crc car.

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Old 01-03-2009, 02:19 AM   #932
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vafactor, thanx for the reply, I have the pod off of the car,and the whole pod assembly together,and it still rocks back and forth,
I start with the bottom plate on on a piece of glass,the bottom plate is flat,than i put the clamp side plate on,and it rocks,it evan rocks when i put the motor side plate on first,the only time i can get it leval is when i leave the 4 screws sightly loose,the min i tighten the screws up,the pod rocks,i even put the top plate on,and it still rocks
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:10 AM   #933
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if the pod won't assemble such that it sits flat on a flat surface, then at least one of the 4 pod pieces is defective. Years ago, I had an IRS pod that had the aluminum drilled slightly off and that caused such a problem. Unfortunately, it's usually necessary to replace the components one by one until you find the one with the misalignment that's causing the twist.

one other thing.......it's worth laying the aluminum side plates alone on the flat surface to verify that they are flat. Sometimes they get bent or twisted(especially the motor side plate) in a heavy crash. That's not unusual. I'd suggest checking the side plates first to make sure they are not twisted.
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:54 AM   #934
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Anyone have difficulty with the shocks??I think theses things are lame,way too hard to build,seems you put in a drop too much oil ,the cap wont thread on fully and stay seated right.I fill it with a couple drops to the line inside put the plastic thing in there and it never comes out right.Anyone use different shocks???Arecee,in the manual it says rock the pod while those screws are loose,which doesnt reaally say,hey guy building this kit,thats adjustable.
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:15 AM   #935
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The shocks were very easy to build. Just take your time. AE's manual isn't very heavy on text but it helps if you've had previous building experience. This isn't very clear to first timers and those new to 1/12.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:36 AM   #936
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Anyone have difficulty with the shocks??I think theses things are lame,way too hard to build,seems you put in a drop too much oil ,the cap wont thread on fully and stay seated right.I fill it with a couple drops to the line inside put the plastic thing in there and it never comes out right.Anyone use different shocks???Arecee,in the manual it says rock the pod while those screws are loose,which doesnt reaally say,hey guy building this kit,thats adjustable.
I thought the same thing as well but once I figured out the technique it was easy. Now I tell all the other guys building the shocks the first time how to build them with no problems. So here's what I do:

1) Starting at step 2 in the manual fill the with oil to just above where the plastic piece goes.
2) insert the piston
3) insert the plastic piece. Tap down with wrench until it seats properly. This will help to bleed off any air and extra oil .
4) Use a towel to soak up most of the residual oil above the plastic piece
5) Insert the "O ring.
6) Here's the important part. You must now "Burp" the O ring. There is some trapped air or oil under the O ring. Take a small wrench and gently push/pull down the O ring next to the shock shaft. The goal is to get the O ring to sit close to flush with the end of the shock body.
7) Once the O ring is flush the shock end should thread on with ease. If it still wants to cross thread then you did not burp the O ring enough.

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Anyone have difficulty with the shocks??I think theses things are lame,way too hard to build,seems you put in a drop too much oil ,the cap wont thread on fully and stay seated right.I fill it with a couple drops to the line inside put the plastic thing in there and it never comes out right.
I agree. They are a PITA, and that's coming from someone who has been in the hobby a long time and built many, many kits. It's very easy to crossthread the long plastic caps on the shock bodies. I, for one would have liked to see aluminum caps. The car is a featherweight as it is, so a bit of aluminum there probably wouldn't have hurt the car. The good news is, like mkdut says, once you do get the air out, the long shock ends thread on straight and the shocks are very durable and work very very well.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:37 AM   #938
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Anyone have difficulty with the shocks??I think theses things are lame,way too hard to build,seems you put in a drop too much oil ,the cap wont thread on fully and stay seated right.I fill it with a couple drops to the line inside put the plastic thing in there and it never comes out right.Anyone use different shocks???Arecee,in the manual it says rock the pod while those screws are loose,which doesnt reaally say,hey guy building this kit,thats adjustable.
I've found them easy to build, just a little messy. If you are rebuilding them, you have to use a new O-ring. After a few weeks, the O-rings expand and make rebuilding them almost impossible to bleed.
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Anyone have difficulty with the shocks??I think theses things are lame,way too hard to build,seems you put in a drop too much oil ,the cap wont thread on fully and stay seated right.I fill it with a couple drops to the line inside put the plastic thing in there and it never comes out right.Anyone use different shocks???Arecee,in the manual it says rock the pod while those screws are loose,which doesn't really say,hey guy building this kit,that's adjustable.
I know how you feel. After the 3rd top that riped off the shock I went ahead and got the Hot Bodies shock. What a difference easy to build and maintain. I also like to way it makes the car handle.
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what bodies do you all run with the r5 on high traction asphalt? the parma speed8 hd or the protoform? thanks for the input
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:47 AM   #941
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what bodies do you all run with the r5 on high traction asphalt? the parma speed8 hd or the protoform? thanks for the input
Protoform Speed 12. The Speed 8 HD has too much downforce. The regular Speed 8 would work as well.
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has anyone noticed a caster problem on this front end. we were looking at my friends car and the caster seems to be way off from left to right
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Yes. I inquired before about someone/company about making aluminum reactive castor blocks.The Castor when I measured it was off 1-2 deg from left to right
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has anyone noticed a caster problem on this front end. we were looking at my friends car and the caster seems to be way off from left to right
I'd check to make sure that the turnbuckle in the upper A arm and pivot ball eyelet is screwed in perfectly straight. I have one car that is dead on....on a 10R5 that someone else built I noticed that one side had more/less caster that the other. Looking at the upper turnbuckle, it looks to be cock-eyed
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thanx i will tell him to look at that
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