While setting up shop, I decided it was time to spoil myself...again
I recently picked up a few Xtreme carbon fiber items for a few of my buddise and was given a great deal to pick up some of his factory seconds. Needless to say, I snatched up a nice batch and took it home to pop em on ebay. Everything was going smoothly, trying not to mix business and pleasure together. However this damn pretty TC3 chassis kit kept peeking out of the pile of carbon and asked me to put it on...and my TC3 was getting anxious...Anyhow...
Here is the kit as it comes in the bags:
The Xtreme SSG kit is a real nice piece of kit. It look fabulous and outdoes my buddies MR4TC SSG in looks I think =)
Here is a top shot:
And here is a bottom shot:
I noticed about the kit....
1) The directions are not for the inexperienced, however cross refrencing between the OEM TC3 manual and the Xtreme instructions helped out.
2) It dosent include screws for the bulkhead braces(minor thing...instructions say to reuse factory screws, but factory ones are not counter sunk)
3) OEM bumper fits, but RPM bumper needs to be shaved down...this is minor as the kit was designed around the factory stuff
4) OEM Factory Team Chassis and parts removed weighs 7.5oz, complete SSG kit ont he scales weighs 8.2oz
Some real nice
points about the kit...
1) Long sidebraces are integrated with the bulkhead braces, creating a extended brace from front to rear..definately increases stiffness. It effectively creates a box/tub style chassis without the weight.
2) SSG Carbon looks great and after assembly is noticably stiffer then the original factory team chassis.
3) One piece chrome alunimum motor mount eliminates the gay cam/clamp down system of the TC3 and it integrated with the drivechaft bearing carrier...however, it is in a tight spot, so removing/installing motors needs a angled allen key to perform the task.
4) Battery slots are moved closer to the centerline. There is still more room to remove material if desired to bring it closer to the line.
5) Chassis is predrilled for use of either the Nitro or Electric TC3 suspension and steering, great flexability of choice here.
6) Chassis is cut with 7 cell slots, not 6 like other aftermarket chassis. Also predrilled to allow battery cups to be installed for use with 6 or 7 cell stick packs.
7) All holes are countersunk, so that helps prevent tweak after a hard crash.
8) Roomier then the factory kit for electronics
Here is a shot of the centerline:
Here is a shot of the side of the chassis:
I took a few minute break from work, so I popped in some electronics and gave it a nice test drive around the block. It definately responds quicker then the original kit. This chassis brought my factory team kit back to life. It is worth the price, in my opinion.
The kit retails for $299 from the Xtreme RC Racing
, but the street price is around $199. It also comes in black carbon for the stealth look. I got a bunch of seconds that i'll blow out cheap too(quick spaming)
I'm satisfied with the fit and finish, especially noting that it is a "factory second"
My problem now is that I dont get to race anymore due to work and family obligations...is there anyone in the Western Mass/Conn area that would like to borrow the car, slap some electronics in it and give it a thrashing, then put a nice detailed write up on the board?
I supply the car, you supply your own electronics, wheels tires and body and a hour of typing.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org