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Old 06-29-2009, 03:47 PM   #1111
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In the first batch of kits the spool parts are a touch soft. Try the following when building your version one spool.

When building the spool tap the hole in the center of the spool all the way through both sides before attaching the drive cups. This will help make it easier to feel the stopping point of the screw when attaching the cups.

This should provide a more secure lock of the threads.
syndr0me, this may help with the spool
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Old 06-29-2009, 04:34 PM   #1112
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Any tips on how to prevent the spool screws from backing out? It's kinda put a halt on my testing here.
Seriously ... is anyone using 242 loctite?
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You must of overtightened them and stripped out the spool somewhat the first time you put them in. I just snugged them up the first time and have run about 20 packs through my car with 10.5 and 13.5 and have not had any spool issues.

Go get some screws with a more course thread, a wood type screw with a bigger diameter and try those. Im sure they will work for the time being.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:07 PM   #1115
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You must of overtightened them and stripped out the spool somewhat the first time you put them in. I just snugged them up the first time and have run about 20 packs through my car with 10.5 and 13.5 and have not had any spool issues.

Go get some screws with a more course thread, a wood type screw with a bigger diameter and try those. Im sure they will work for the time being.
I was super careful, and the bolt will still get snug. It just seems like it wants to back out slightly and rub the CVD. I put a counter sunk screw in there that sits deeper in the out drive and it seems okay. I wonder if a long bolt through one side and a nut on the other would work? I may try the wood screw thing too.

Making progress with the setup. The car is so smooth and easy to drive fast. I'm really liking it now.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:29 PM   #1116
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I've got a lot of time on this layout, and spent the last 9 months working on my 416 setup. On the 5th pack through this car, I just matched fast laps with better consistency and a much easier car to drive in general. I'm pretty excited! Anyway, I'll STFU now... just feeling really good now about the decision to try something new. Looking forward to seeing what other people come up with on carpet.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:44 PM   #1117
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Well josh.. It seems you have pleased the great Syndrome. Congrats ..

Sorry Adam.. had to
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:43 PM   #1118
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I had the car out for the first time today and all I can say is Josh you da' man. I must admit I was a bit leary of getting away from a car I had 2.5 years invested in but am now happy I did. I can only hope the car is as good on foam as it is on rubber. Guess I'll find out at IIC.

EJ/Mike,

I need at least 3 more kits at Trains. I could sell that if not more right now.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:49 PM   #1119
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I must admit I was a bit leary of getting away from a car Jason and Larry had 2.5 years invested in but am now happy I did.
You now Offically have a new name "The Follower Goat"
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:55 PM   #1120
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You now Offically have a new name "The Follower Goat"
You must still be mad you were in the D-main while I was in the A-main at snowbirds. Get over it and go run some more sportsman buggy like you've been.
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You must still be mad you were in the D-main while I was in the A-main at snowbirds. Get over it and go run some more sportsman buggy like you've been.
Not mad. I was in Both B's. Not a problem for me. You had a better day. Good job.

As for the Buggy comment, Yep Sportsman for me! Never ran Nitro of any kind and have raced 3 times in 4 months. No need to go be in the fast guys way. I know where I needed to be.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:18 PM   #1122
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Hi Guys,

I've knocked up a quick website to store all the Photon setups, build tips, resources, and anything else useful I come across.

http://www.tchub.info/

p.s. the URL is new so it may not have propogated to the US yet
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:40 PM   #1123
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Hi Guys,

I've knocked up a quick website to store all the Photon setups, build tips, resources, and anything else useful I come across.

http://www.tchub.info/

p.s. the URL is new so it may not have propogated to the US yet
There you go EJ.. Perfect spot for that nats setup lmao.. Just giving yeah crap
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:43 PM   #1124
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Craig, can you publish the build tips doc in pdf format? "PDF Creator" is a free pdf printer that works awesome.

Also, no love for rctech? How about a link back to this thread, home of the Photon.
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A couple of questions for you guys. First what is the parts support like for this car. Locally I have never seen any TOP products at my LHS. As much as I love the design and like what Josh has done to help develop it, I rest uncertain that I would be able to actually race the car. I am just a club racer and as such I am more aquainted with the walls at my local track. I at least need to know that I can get suspension arm and CVD components.

I am currently running an S400 and Im really happy with the car. However parts support has been lacking for it and I am considering moving to something else. I am thinking of sticking with VTA or RCGT. Part of me thinks it would be overkill to get a kit like the Photon for that purpose, but the other part of me just likes nice gear. Any thoughts???
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