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Old 03-01-2012, 01:14 PM   #31
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My concern with coming back to the Photon is the brittle parts like the knuckles and other plastics. My fellow racer breaks knuckles left and right! When I had the original Photon it was that damn steering bell crank that would break all the time! Can anyone comment on these items concerning the new kit? Thanks
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Well the new car doesn't have a bell crank steering setup like the old car so scratch that from your list of concerns

Going by the bits of info around the compatability of suspension parts between the old and new car, I would say keep the knuckles on your list and stock up or stop hitting stuff
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so will EX have newer gear diff? or upro?
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A new TOP racing gear diff is being released soon, I don't know if the EX will have a ball diff or gear diff in the kit. Maybe someone from TOP can confirm ?
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #36
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Looking at the prototype pics it seems to have new gear diff
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How long have you had this car?
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Now that is funny...
Dont worry Larry...you'll be getting a full RED version.

Gotta say I'm digging those arm mounts....all types of Swagness.


The biggest question here...will there be a Fairtrace stealth edition....
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I would like a Stealth version Please.
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Looking at the prototype pics it seems to have new gear diff
Thats the 'old' upro diff. A new stronger one is being developed.
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How long have you had this car?
It's not mine, but it looks a lot like the finished Photon Ex if you ask me.

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that looks like version 1 prototype i think you will find quite a few differences from that on the final production version
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To me, that picture fixes something I did not like in the original prototype pics, which had the Tamiya style mountings, it's gone the way I think of Xray now, keeping it simular to original Photon, but separating the arms from the bulkheads, which I believe is desirable (I hear/read it greatly increases grip).

Swing vs cam steering rack, I think something has always appealed to me about a cam steering system, but I know mine has always been prone to wandering on an uneven surface, and I keep reading the swing racks track better, more true, less sensitive to uneven surfaces?.
Kind of a shame when you hang out the servo more, plus is you free up more deck space, minus more prone to get a big hit maybe, and I'm way used to sticking my transponder on the back of my servo.

As pictured though, I'd rock that new model, good to see it retain a strap option, rear gear diff a huge bonus (though I'd crave two in the kit), sway bar with one alloy retainer big bonus (Serpent style), and I'd be very keen to try the swing rack.
Stuff I'll miss a little, pimp alloy battery mounts (but hey it's just cause they do look super pimp), and cutout with full motor guard.

But bring it on TOP, I'm still basically the lone Photon guy in my state, but pimp red and a lot of the core car features still do it for me.
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You know I was just examining the other picture yesterday, and thought I noticed them using the shock tower as the centering point for the sway bar, thinking it was very clever to do, but it was hard to tell for sure in that picture.
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The CAD images are a bit different than the photos on the site. Which is it?
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