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Old 12-02-2010, 08:06 AM   #6436
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it looks like to me the shock bottom plastic mount is to long perhaps he used tie rod end on shock bottom instead of the ones specific to the shock
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:08 AM   #6437
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What Sosidge said incorrect spring retainers and i believe the short link/ballcup has to be used.
I got 14 Top Photon shocks here and none of them are giving problems on my Photon and or my Team Magic.
Can get the ride hight down to 1 mm depending on spring tension.

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Old 12-02-2010, 08:12 AM   #6438
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as you can see in this picture I am measuring the stock shock bottom for the photon shocks and it is quite a bit smaller than what you are showing
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:27 AM   #6439
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Can't thank you enough guys, it's the shock bottom. Good support. Now how about some intervention. J/K.
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........ That's why I thank God for Horsham Raceway in PA. Housing the best Drivers in the World. We have just about every TOP driver in the eastcoast duking it out every weekend and you can pick there brains about the TOP product...... Bottom line, Great car, Great place to Race....... Period!!.......
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:42 PM   #6441
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........ That's why I thank God for Horsham Raceway in PA. Housing the best Drivers in the World. We have just about every TOP driver in the eastcoast duking it out every weekend and you can pick there brains about the TOP product...... Bottom line, Great car, Great place to Race....... Period!!.......

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........ That's why I thank God for Horsham Raceway in PA. Housing the best Drivers in the World. We have just about every TOP driver in the eastcoast duking it out every weekend and you can pick there brains about the TOP product...... Bottom line, Great car, Great place to Race....... Period!!.......
I was there 4 years ago, nice track.
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Here we have Lou's Speedway, which I think is our equivalent to Horsham here in the North. We might not have Larry F. and co., but we have Martin C. and several other regulars, including Lou, who are very fast and knowledgeable Photon drivers that help out. Photon is probably the most popular TC chassis at Lou's. I love it.
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I am thinking about getting a new Photon. At Amain it says "T.O.P Racing Products Photon 1/10 USA Spec Int'l "Limited Edition" Touring Car Kit" and in the description it says it comes with extra set of plastic suspension parts. I read somewhere that it also comes with the lipo chassis. Is this true?

Also, what would you suggest to buy as spare parts?

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I am thinking about getting a new Photon. At Amain it says "T.O.P Racing Products Photon 1/10 USA Spec Int'l "Limited Edition" Touring Car Kit" and in the description it says it comes with extra set of plastic suspension parts. I read somewhere that it also comes with the lipo chassis. Is this true?

Also, what would you suggest to buy as spare parts?

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I am thinking about getting a new Photon. At Amain it says "T.O.P Racing Products Photon 1/10 USA Spec Int'l "Limited Edition" Touring Car Kit" and in the description it says it comes with extra set of plastic suspension parts. I read somewhere that it also comes with the lipo chassis. Is this true?

Also, what would you suggest to buy as spare parts?

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You can thank EJ and OD for the extra goodies. only things I'd recommend you get in an Alum Bell Crank(from Kings headz) and the 40* o-rings for the shocks. Other then that maybe some springs to tune it.
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You can thank EJ and OD for the extra goodies. only things I'd recommend you get in an Alum Bell Crank(from Kings headz) and the 40* o-rings for the shocks. Other then that maybe some springs to tune it.
TOP has their own bell crank out now. I'm playing with it this weekend
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Springs for tuning, and get the aluminum spur gear pulleys. Sorry, but the plastic ones in the kit are crap. I would also buy a variety of the small and large pattern spacers/shims, and the cone washers. You will use them for suspension tuning and shimming out the stock battery brace.

Speaking of which, you need 20mm screws for the rear most suspension mounts, and 18mm screws for the rest of the suspension mounts if youre gonna widen the car out to spec. Otherwise you will only have like 1mm of thread in the bulkheads with the stock screws. Thats spells trouble.

It also comes with a ball diff and a spool... so you may need to purchase a separate diff for the front... depending on your use.

For those that dont know... the stock balls for the diffs are NOT carbide or ceramic. If you plan on runnin some power... the stock diff balls wont last. My front diff was gritty after one run with an 8.5.

Im a little picky when it comes to my cars, so i dropped an extra $150 for parts on top of my kit cost. After 2 weeks... im still spending. You can run the car fine without the added expense... but there IS room for improvement out of the box. Conversely, im glad i didnt buy another XRAY.

As far as durability goes... its fairly strong. Its weak points are the rear hubs and the steering rack... as previously mentioned. In the past two weeks i have logged over 600 laps and broken one rear hub and the steering rack.

I have run the car waaay loose and reallly tight... both ends of the spectrum to find its capabilities... so it has hit a few boards, and traction rolled (just came off the track comin into the sweeper) and hit a concrete wall.
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:04 PM   #6450
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get the aluminum diff pulleys. Sorry, but the plastic ones in the kit are crap.
The kit comes with Steel out drives for the spool.
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