Finally got around to complete the Sakura XI this weekend. Haven't put up any runtime yet but car looks solid. Not entirely happy with it though but I'm keeping an open mind until i get an opportunity to put in on a track.
Here's my thoughts on the build process though. Most of the ppl here would have already had the car so this info might be redundant. But for those who might be interested:
-Build quality is top notch (not much play in arms, etc) especially considering the car's price.
-Instruction manual is, similar to the zero, coloured and printed on glossy paper which lasts longer than the usual stuff.
-Easy build, good instructions.
-Finished product looks really solid, seem to have positive features taken from current top flight cars.
-You can see 3racing really listened to customer feedback. Small features such as arrows for marking diff adjustment positions are great.
Cons (most are just my personal preference)
-Steering on full lock will result in tyres rubbing against the shock cups. Will have to either increase off set or limit steering travel. You still get about 24degrees of steering travel after properly adjusting for clearance but it should not have such an obvious issue out of the box.
-Shock shafts do not sit entirely fit in the shock body. Makes it seem like the piston is too small to hold the shock shafts in a straight position.
-Some parts are incorrectly drawn on the instructions. Such as the diff holder, left switched to right side and vice versa. I'm not the only one who got confused by this.
-Weight of shock oil was not listed. Same with shock springs.
-Placement of turnbuckle kingpins (Adjustable via 5 small holes) should have been illustrated. Ended up with turnbuckles that are too short for my liking.
-Comes with 48 pitch spur and no pinion. I'm a 64 pitch fan.
This is all purely based on the building process and looking at the finished product. Will give driving opinions once I put in some laps and set up tweaks.
The only other XI user is saying that the car suffers from understeer and runs hotter than others but the car does look quick on the track. Ps. We run on a dirty outdoor asphalt track.
Anyway here are some pics with my battle hardened Kyosho TF-5.
Fresh off the work bench
Older brother keeping a watchful eye
With electronics installed
All dressed up