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Old 02-26-2009, 10:06 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by B18C Turbo View Post
i doubt the new car will be any fast than the current BD. Can you prove me wrong Ollie?

The current BD is for sure still a great car, and fast too. I just hope that the new car will still use some of the old parts so my 4 years of collecting parts is not useless, LOL

I will be interested, are the cvds, dogbones and axles still the same or are they changed on the new car?
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:16 PM   #47
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Default Is it here yet

Is it here yet

at 58000 YEN on the PDF from link.
current exchange rate is $593.7756 US

so probably/hopefully around $430-$450 sell price. I can live with that....I don't care about the economy, I'll eat turkeyham for a few weeks....time for me to contribute to stimulus spending.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:58 PM   #48
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Good luck Steve!
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:35 AM   #49
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Originally Posted by olhipster1 View Post
time for me to contribute to stimulus spending.
you and me both! now thats what im talking about lets stimulate the economy!!!
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:12 AM   #50
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Originally Posted by kschu View Post
this is the new BD used by Ong San from Malaysia during the TITC 2009...He in stock class A main finalist..
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LEt's see how long before these popuop (watermarked ) on a certain peudo-famous french forum.

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And I have just switched over to a TC5 because I couldn't wait any longer...

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Shucks, 15 posts in and we are already using Xray vocab...
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:37 AM   #53
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Good to her that Steve!! I have seem you many times in person, you're sure a very helpful guy in any track.

I have a different point of view. I believe a business must run by true business man in order to be successful. A business run by a racer is hopeless. Just like a cola lover can't be a Cola CEO. But Steve, you run speedtechrc and you have the heart of rc. You can be successful if you work hard nor play rc car everyday. When you become too rich, make sure you do something good for RC. Not just keep making big money from us. I vote you on this.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:35 AM   #54
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Originally Posted by tc3team View Post
Shucks, 15 posts in and we are already using Xray vocab...
I couldn't help it.

I am just waiting on Steve to give some more details on the BD5 car. Today's cars and cars to be released on the next electric season are going to be LiPo designed. The new Hot Bodies car is LiPo configured, same with the T2'009 and T2R Pro. The Team Magic E4 and Losi Sedans were also built with LiPo in mind, as well as the CRC Gen X 10. So it was only natural for me to ask if the Yokomo BD5 car is designed for LiPo packs. Based on what I see in the pictures, it looks like LiPo CAN fit, but not confirmed. It still looks like you will have to use a LiPo tray or some kind of modification to the car to get LiPo to work. I wanted a different word to use, but "optimized" was the best I could think of!

So what's the word, Steve? Where is the "more info" that you have been teasing us with? Also, what is going to happen with Speedtech R/C?
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Good to see you Back Steve!!........ Yokomo America is a great hands........Good luck with your new venture!!
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:34 AM   #56
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That is great news! Glad to see you are with Yokomo! I was just about to jump ship to another brand until I saw this thread. I love my Yokomo BD but it is getting dated. It is still very competitive though!
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:52 AM   #57
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Default Thanks Everyone!

Wow, Thanks for all the positive response, congrats (welcome backs) and feedback. I'm also surprised to see quite a few old friends posting that I thought wasn't involved with R/C anymore (I guess we never really go away... ) Good see a lot of old friendly faces on here.

Just for the record for some of you wondering, I've sold Speed Tech R/C about 1 1/2 years ago, and the new owner Jeff has been doing a great job continuing the business

For the BD-5, this is the correct PDF file for information:


The Japanese Yen MSRP price is: 58,000 yen, and we are working hard to make sure this kit hits the market in the mid $400s ($459.99 some where around there for those that must have a more "exact" estimate) but of course we are working on lowering the price as much as possible. This depends on a lot of factors that we would not know (or have control over) until the kit is release, for example, exchange rate, air freight cost (this thing will not be coming by a boat. ) and customs fee. We are also working to ensure that we will receive kits around the same time as other dealers overseas (HK and Japan shops) so we eliminate the need for customers to acquire this kit from overseas sources.

For those of you that are a bit sticker shocked at the moment, I hope to ease your trauma with a list of features in a bit

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Old 02-27-2009, 09:41 AM   #58
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Ok Guys, these are the information on the new kit that has been given to me so far (and they might change slightly by the time production unit is completed, but these specs should be pretty solid):

A bit of a background on the car: The reason that I was told that it took so long for Yokomo develop a new car was that they didn't really felt the need over the course of past years that BD-M needed to be replaced (if I recall correctly, Masami was 3rd at the worlds and actually won Japan nats last year) so although Yokomo knew they were overdue for a new car, but the tough challenge for the designers at Yokomo was to develop a new chassis that was going to be convincingly faster than the BD-M. Now that we see the announcement of the BD-5, we can trust that the designers have met their goal, a faster and worthy successor to the BD-M

At a quick glance the car might look very similar to the BD-M, but just about everything on the car is new:

New pulleys (different drive ratio)
New belts (for the new pulleys)
New different geometry front and rear graphite shock towers (3mm thick)
New lower profile aluminum bulkheads front and rear
New 2.0mm upper deck (stretches longer over the bulkhead for less tweak and more strength)
New 2.5mm lower deck
Refinements to the aluminum shocks
Sway bars
New suspension components (A-arms) to work with the new towers
Refinements to the steering
Titanium turnbuckle throughout

and a little more information on how the kit was made:

Graphite are of the highest quality and weave cut right here in the USA and sent back to Japan to package with the kits

All aluminum components are machined in Japan using the best quality aluminum and in the most controlled environment to ensure accuracy and proper tolerance

Titanium turnbuckles are also made in the USA by the well known Lunsford Racing.

Completely new tooling and molds for all injection molded suspension parts for the best fit and finish.

So the components that goes into the new BD-5 will be amazing in quality and finish, and as a regular customer, your BD-5 will be no different in construction, parts components and quality than what is put in the hands of top Yokomo drivers around the world

That is all I have for now, as soon as I receive more information from Japan I will definitely pass it along on here.

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Old 02-27-2009, 11:19 AM   #59
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Thanks for the info...any idea if a Roar spec hard case 5000mh lipo will fit under the top deck?

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will you carry all yokomo parts? i need new parts for the SD...
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