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Old 06-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #2911
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Use new plastic shock bottoms cause the X-ray thread is different and larger making them cross thread and loose. Also trim the 1 mm end off the bottom of the shock shaft
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #2912
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hi there.. i was wondering if anybody is using a different brand rear belt, i popped mine in my first race and i can't find a replacement that i can get in less than a week.. if anybody knows what fits please share it!! thank you guys..
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:25 AM   #2913
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hi there.. i was wondering if anybody is using a different brand rear belt, i popped mine in my first race and i can't find a replacement that i can get in less than a week.. if anybody knows what fits please share it!! thank you guys..
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:31 AM   #2914
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hot bodies tcx rear belt fits perfectly too
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:37 AM   #2915
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:51 AM   #2916
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I've been running the TRF shocks with the Tamiya hardware on the top and XRay bottoms, springs, retainers, ball cup. Haven't needed to trim the shock shaft in this configuration, and with the Exotek bits, they look great. I use Tamiya 53599* or 42231** for the ball on the shock tower. You can get away with using the Tamiya hardware on top with the 12's shock towers, it clears just fine. I believe that wasn't the case with the '11 which is why people were trying to use XRay hardware before.

* These parts are gray, not black. The color blends in just fine. They look like this, which incidentally seems to be a new piece I'm not familiar with. It's shorter which might move the shock closer to the tower? I haven't tested it.

** I haven't tested these yet, but I assume they'll work fine. They look HOT.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:27 AM   #2917
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@yukiyu T.O.P. Photon rear belts fit well also.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:17 PM   #2918
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I have tried the tamiya shocks and in my opinion there is no performance difference between them and the xray ALU shocks. If you run the alu shocks you have the benefit of being able to directly apply the pro setup sheets, whereas with the tamiya you have to make slight alterations to your shock oil weights to match up depending on your piston configuration.
Alu shocks are a bit more expensive though.....
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:34 PM   #2919
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I have tried the tamiya shocks and in my opinion there is no performance difference between them and the xray ALU shocks. If you run the alu shocks you have the benefit of being able to directly apply the pro setup sheets, whereas with the tamiya you have to make slight alterations to your shock oil weights to match up depending on your piston configuration.
Alu shocks are a bit more expensive though.....
Alot of people like them because there is a direct rebuild kit for them that you can replace the o-ring and guides in the bottom and makes them smoother and have no slop in them, also, IMO trf's are the easiest shocks to build, however i have not yet got a set of xray alu shocks so i cant comment on them, but i hope to have a set soon.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:53 PM   #2920
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The TRF shocks are just a convenience thing, I wouldn't say the performance is any different. The XRay shocks are fine, there's no reason to change if you're happy with them.
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After fiddling around with both, I now prefer the xray shocks purely because of the bottom bleed system.
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I prefer TC5 shocks.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:36 PM   #2923
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does anyone know if the cso lower suspension holders (tamiya style blocks) work on the xray chassis? how is the cso quality?
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Honestly, I'd take the convenience and consistency of toe blocks over the current style, even if it meant keeping a few more parts around. I already spend a small fortune to field this car, what's a few more bucks?

Hey Exotek, here's an opportunity to create some blocks that replace the existing pieces (on an XRay chassis) but are narrower. This sort of upgrade is right up your alley. Make it so!
Mulled it over for 6 months then decided to go with the current Exotek system. IMHO the Xray system is outdated. Same goes for the AE TC6. When even off road buggies are starting to use bushinged hinge pins/ blocks then you know the Xray style blocks are backwards
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The TRF shocks are just a convenience thing, I wouldn't say the performance is any different. The XRay shocks are fine, there's no reason to change if you're happy with them.
One thing to consider with the plastic body shocks is thermal expansion- the plastic bodies are very susceptible to hot and cold and thus shrinkage and expansion. This can cause you to chase your set up from morning to noon to night as the shock body diameter changes therefore causing different dampening effects.... Alloy bodies are a must be it Xray or Tamiya shocks.
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