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Old 06-10-2009, 03:46 AM   #616
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use fishing line and lift the car off the ground very accurate way to balance
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:51 AM   #617
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but wouldnt hanging the car compared to balancing the chassis be different.
Balancing from below the chassis to me makes more sense and should be more accurate.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:59 AM   #618
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but wouldnt hanging the car compared to balancing the chassis be different.
Balancing from below the chassis to me makes more sense and should be more accurate.
Yes and no.
Yes you will see more difference.
But it's not more accurate. the result is the same.
When you are balancing from below it's easier to see the very small difference.
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:21 AM   #619
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It seems strange that the kit setup has the ackerman on the hubs in the forward position?

Could the hubs possibly be molded so that the rear hole is the extreme rear hole as used by the old xray hubs? So that the fwd hole is actually equal to the rear hold on other cars.
The shorter position is the same as the long position on the old HPI/HB steering blocks that we used to use (rubber tire). The longer position we used for foam tires here in the US.

Yes, the car is super light - Even with 5-cells at the Reedy Race and the 1425g limit I still had to add 55g to get my car to the legal limit - That's with a box stock kit with only titanium tie-rods added to the car. I did run a small servo but still I would have had to add quite a bit of weight.

As far as balancing, I prefer the holes in the shock towers as you don't need special balancing posts to check your car. You can simply use two xacto blades or even a 1.5mm wrench to lift the car. As long as the table you are checking on is close to level then you can feel very small differences in picking up/setting down the car to balance it (within 5g). I've double checked this with my 4 corner scales and I can get it closer this way than the balancing pins.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:53 AM   #620
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All the pictures I've seen seem to indicate nobody is running a servo saver? Do you guys not blow up servos that way?
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:19 AM   #621
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All the pictures I've seen seem to indicate nobody is running a servo saver? Do you guys not blow up servos that way?
I'm running a servo saver because I need it. I run a Kimbrough black medium.

Josh doesn't but he also doesn't crash.
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I'm running a servo saver because I need it. I run a Kimbrough black medium.

Josh doesn't but he also doesn't crash.
Ah, cool. I was thinking about running the Tamiya one, it seems to feel more direct than the Kimbrough. I just need to get the arm anodized red instead of blue.

I'd be more willing to try no saver if Futaba sold its nylon gears in bulk. $40 for a full gear set it too rich for me.
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Probably by passing a piece of string through the centre of the car under the shock towers, then hang the car from the string which runs through the holes in the shock tower. We'll let E.J. confirm that though
Like Josh said, two exacto blades or 1.5mm wrenches on a relatively flat table. Set your ride height and droop, with your tires on and all electronics in the car including battery. LOL lift the car up and you can feel which side comes up first. You can also ask a friend to look at the tries while you lift.

I've also done it without tires on and just made sure that the chassis is parallel to the table. I think both ways will get the job done.
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One of the guys I was racing with at the weekend was running a Photon and I got a chance to have a good look at it.
I have to say I was even more impressed with it in the flesh than in the pictures.
Im very tempted.
Perhaps next season!
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:15 PM   #625
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We should have 4 or 5 Photon's running at the Much-More UK GP this coming Fri/Sat/Sun. We're trying to get some video established but unsure if it will work until we get to the track on Thursday. Here's the link.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:57 PM   #626
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Unfortunately my order is delayed but good things come to those who wait
The TOP guys are pushing to get orders out and are packing everything as quick as possible.
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Unfortunately my order is delayed but good things come to those who wait
The TOP guys are pushing to get orders out and are packing everything as quick as possible.

this is best case, but delay some days release .
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Hi All,

As Keith says, keep an eye on our live race feed here:

http://www.bbk-online.net/bbkRClive/

or

http://muchmoreracing.com/news/news-...-coverage.html

Potentially the most Photon's ever to race at one event in the world to date.....keep on eye on how the guys get on. There are also several Scythe's competing.

There is also a TOP European forum set-up which contains a Photon thread so keep an eye on it

http://www.top-racing-europe.eu/forum

Looking forward to racing my car again this weekend, it's sitting in front of me on my computer desk and looks raring to go.

Thanks,

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One of the guys I was racing with at the weekend was running a Photon and I got a chance to have a good look at it.
I have to say I was even more impressed with it in the flesh than in the pictures.
Im very tempted.
Perhaps next season!
Hi Kenny,

If there's time at the weekend I'll happily let you have a few laps with the car, I'll have a much neater electrics install this weekend I promise!

I was very happy with the way the car performed right out of the box with the kit setup.

Cheers, see you in a day or so.

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Potentially the most Photon's ever to race at one event in the world to date.....keep on eye on how the guys get on.
Reedy Race there were 5.
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