Originally Posted by hacker
I know this has been beaten to death before but im having probs with the search feature on my phone.
Someone please give a short description of the 3 kits available. Looking at another TC for mod.
Thanks in advance
Sorry, I don't do short !
The A700 is the very first product from Awesomatix ( released over a year ago )
The A700 EX and A700 L are the latest models. The EX can be used in the transverse motor configuration as well as longitudinal motor configuration. Whereas the L cannot be used in transverse motor configuration.
The EX and L's bottom deck differs from the original A700 in that it has cuts to allow more flex with the ability to use optional parts to stiffen it up to be similar to the original A700's stiffness. The EX and L also have counter bores for greater adjustment of lower A-arm position ( up to .5mm lower ) for lower roll center. Also, the EX and L can use the optional one piece "floating" servo mount whereas the original A700 cannot.
There are other differences but those are the most dramatic differences between the two new models ( EX and L ) compared to the original A700.
The L version has these main differences from the EX version. Narrower bottom deck , so it does not rub as much as the EX when rolling. Also different flex characteristics because the A700L is narrower and there is no recess for motor clearance because it does not allow transverse motor configuration.
I also believe the L ships with soft springs standard whereas the EX has the original standard springs. I'm actually not 100% sure what the EX ships with. Other than that, I believe there are minor differences.
I'm very happy with the L version. At least for me, so far on carpet , I have not felt the need to use the car in Transverse motor configuration and it costs less than the EX version. I am told that the EX chassis can be easier to drive in Mod ( in LONG motor mode ! ) but I've been running a 4.5 and 5.0 with the L and have been happy so far.
I would consider buying the L and later, if you feel the need, getting the optional EX bottom deck when they become available again.
Only thing I can suggest is to order the standard springs if you order the L version. I've been using them instead of soft springs that come with the L kit. This is in Stock and Mod.
Also consider AM26 and AM06S and AM18-1. They are nice tuning options. Also, if you are running mod, get the optional metal gear diff gears.
(Edit ! I did not notice that Oleg posted above about the very new EXL configuration )
Hope that helps,