Originally Posted by Andy Redz
I am looking to start back up again and have been looking at the S model as its the only one available in the UK at the moment and the price is amazing
I don't want to spend £360 on a new car
Choices are a second hand 2011 X-Ray or a Sakura S.
I really like the idea of going against the grain as I know most members of the indoor clubs i will be attending are running X-rays
I'm rather worried about getting a good carpet setup
By the sounds of things I will be wanting to go in the 17t blinky class
Whats the first hot-ups and whats the setup advice for a neebie
To add to this I am moving from a stick controller to a Wheel
I got a Sakura Zero S with no hop-ups other than pinions/spurs to adjust the gearing. I'm running it in 17.5T as well, also as a newb.
If I got only one hop-up, it would be better turnbuckles than the kit has. The kit turnbuckles have rounded flats and don't work at all.
The motor mount would be nice, but truthfully, once I got my gearing set, I haven't needed to fiddle with the motor screws at all.
I am using the stock 20t pulleys, and although the belts were tight when I first built the car, they loosened up quickly.
The kit screws strip their heads easily. I would invest in a high quality 2mm hex driver before attempting the build. You may also want to pre-thread the holes with a motor screw (3mm screw, 2.5mm head for more torque) or a tap, and use oil or grease on each screw during assembly.
As for setup: I don't have any recommendations other than spending more time driving than tweaking your setup. If you accurately implement the setup in the manual, the car will handle well enough on carpet for you to spend most of your time improving your driving skills.
I hope this helps,