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Originally posted by TC3
there are a few things i dont like on the cuda:
1. diffrent shock length front and rear..
2. dirt can get into the gears.
3. the gears have to be modified to run smooth.
4. the cvds are not straight from the diff to the hubs (do u know what i mean?)
5.the cassie edges has to be trimmed.
6.the springs are not colored.
7.the battery should be closer to the shaft
i hope i wont find more things like that..
1. Different shocks length front and rear, but the shock shafts are the same length I believe, only the shock bodies are different length, and on all my TCs...I've yet to replace shock bodies, so I don't think it's a huge concern.
2. Dirt theortically can get in the gears (obviously, since it is not sealed 100%) but so far, it hasn't been a problem, because really the opening is so small that only dust might get in there and you can easily blast them out with air
3. the car is actually very smooth out of the box, but for the ultimate smoothness, you might have to shimm it differently, and if you want to go further, sand it down a little. The whole process took me around 10 minutes for front and rear. Another good thing is the gears on the R2 are really durable, so you rarely have to replace them. Guys that runs TC3 do a lot more to get their car to free up (for example, dremeling bulkheads) and they still don't come close to the R2 in free spinning.
4. I think the CVDs are at a slight angle (I have to check again, I didn't notice it the first time) but if anything, it is minimal. And CVDs are designed to be smooth at all angle (that's the whole point behind CVDs) so even if it is at an angle, I don't think you'll have much problem with wear and acceleration. The biggest damage that happens to CVDs are usually from people hitting the boards (I should know
5. I'm not sure what you mean by this one, but the chassis on my R2 are in excellent finish, some of the best graphite I've seen in all my years in this hobby. And of course, with any chassis you should do the sanding/CA procedure, it's a must to prolong the life of any chassis.
6. This I have to check out, I haven't receive the springs yet
7. The batteries on the R2 can not get any closer to the center shaft. Any closer then they would rub.
Guys, I think most of you know me from this message board and you all know my personality some whate. I'm not trying to advertise the car because we are the distributor for the car, but just trying to clear up some issues
To be honest with you guys, the very first time I saw the Barracuda way back last year, the first thing that came to my mind was how do I get this car into my shop. Rarely, I find a car that I believe in so much in the R/C industry (I think it shows
) And the Alex Racing philosophy matches with my personal philosophy, and that is to build the best possible race car with no compromise to the design and the materials used.
For those of you that pre-ordered the car, thank you, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the performance and the built quality of the car. And just a note, we are down to maybe just 3-4 cars before the shipment even arrives. So if you're still thinking about it....time is running out!
Thanks for reading guys,
Speed Tech R/C