I didn't think I asked a basket of questions. I was just wanting some opinions on longer wheelbase vs shorter wheelbase before I start doing some mods.
As for the platform I plan to use, it will be a brushless Z-Car ZMXB-8 Pro version.
Just to let you know (not trying to be snotty, I realize tone is lacking on forums), I am not a noob when it comes to building and modifying rc cars. I have already done a brushless conversion on my buggy with some custom, one-off parts and COTs parts. It didn't look pretty, but it was very functional and durable!
I am not too concerned about fitment for batteries, they will fit nicely (planning for 4S single pack, no plans for dual 2S). I am wondering more on the performance aspect, namely turning ability when on and off power and straight line stability when on and off power.
Seeing that I would like to be able to utilize this vehicle in several different ways (with a few setup changes, eg. off-road rally and on-road drifting) leaves me to ponder/figure out which chassis length would be optimal for what I am trying to achieve.
Currently as my car sits stock, the wheel base is about 324 mm. I could spread that out a little bit without changing the center driveshafts (2 mm tops). I do plan on putting in a spool to replace the center diff. The ofna dm1 spool will be a close drop in fit. I plan on ordering the spool shaft, then getting the spur from rc-monster. This hop up may allow me a few more mm in chassis length when I make a new chassis.
I am planning on experimenting with making a carbon fiber (CF) chassis (when the weather gets warmer). The raw supplies for CF are getting cheaper compared to a few years ago. I have access to a wood working shop to aid in making molds and such. I am rather handy when working with wood. I do realize that CF is not wood, and there are health concerns when working with carbon fiber. From all the research I have done on CF, it doesn't look impossible to do. Even though I don't have access to a CNC machine, I do have other tools that can be used to form/mill the chassis.
I enjoy the challenge of making my own parts and customizing my vehicles. (makes it easier to find if it gets stolen
Thanks for the reply. I was starting to think I killed the thread!