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Old 05-19-2012, 02:24 PM   #31
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I never said it would be cheap. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't have gotten my F104X1. That was a kit that was about $350 for the roller after it was all said and done. (add tires/wheels/body) Oh well, I wanted an F1 really bad at the time though.
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:08 PM   #32
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Just got mine this morning... I'll let you know how it is.

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It's out? Showing nowhere online from the usual hong kong shops I check.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:40 PM   #34
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Just got one this morning at Dynamics Hobbies in Ottawa. Doesn't come with the aluminum front uprights, but it's pretty nice.

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looks good..does it have alloy or composite engine mount?
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Just got one this morning at Dynamics Hobbies in Ottawa. Doesn't come with the aluminum front uprights, but it's pretty nice.

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Is the motor mount alloy or plastic or the reinforced plastic?

Looks great. Waiting for the shops to put it online to order one.
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Motor mount is made from what looks like carbon reinforced plastic. Not quite sure. Definitely not regular plastic, but doesn't look as stiff as the F104 reinforced rear pod parts. I guess that the aluminum motor mount is #1 upgrade on the list.

Other than that, it's pretty complete. Almost all balls are fluorine coated, antd it comes with the low friction ball connectors.

On the down side, the screws are Phillips in place of hex. Not that it matters much to me as I'm building it with Alu and titanium hardware, but I would have expected a kit that price to at least have hex head hardware all round...

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Cheers Martin,
think price will have to come down alot before I committ.
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The motor mount being plastic shouldn't be too bad. The bottom plate being carbon should be enough reinforcement.

I was more concerned with that top mounting part where the shock attaches to being plastic. Think that will definitely have to be swapped for the carbon part.

Be curious how much it weighs compared to a 104 pro/x1/wgp.
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looks like the rear shaft is Graphite... kinda prefer the be steel one.. Cant wait to see how this car performs.. only just got a WGP.. now another car to add to the list..
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Dynamic Hobbies in Ottawa still has 4 left at a great price!!!

save over $$100.00 from Tower Hobbies and get it before many around the world...

Call or email them. www.dynamichobbies.com
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looks like the rear shaft is Graphite... kinda prefer the be steel one.
No, the stock rear shaft is steel, I just built mine using the shaft/diff assembly from my 104 pro... I'm a bit of a Collin Chapman fan: Light light light... And I'd rather place any extra weight exactly where I want it. Extra rotating mass is not quite a favorite of mine.

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No, the stock rear shaft is steel, I just built mine using the shaft/diff assembly from my 104 pro... I'm a bit of a Collin Chapman fan: Light light light... And I'd rather place any extra weight exactly where I want it. Extra rotating mass is not quite a favorite of mine.

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My understanding ,if the rear pod is too light ,you can't put the motor power down ,steel is better give more rear traction.. just my .02 cent
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My understanding ,if the rear pod is too light ,you can't put the motor power down ,steel is better give more rear traction.. just my .02 cent
What the steel shaft does is try make acceleration less abrupt, thus making acceleration smoother/easier to drive. The extra weight does help as well to give more rear traction. For something like a 540 motor or 21.5 blinky the carbon shaft is likely to be better. I think it is more a personal preference part though.

Keep in mind though if you use the steel shaft you have more rotating mass, thus the car will be harder to stop.
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What the steel shaft does is try make acceleration less abrupt, thus making acceleration smoother/easier to drive. The extra weight does help as well to give more rear traction. For something like a 540 motor or 21.5 blinky the carbon shaft is likely to be better. I think it is more a personal preference part though.

Keep in mind though if you use the steel shaft you have more rotating mass, thus the car will be harder to stop.
I think it is all depend.. carbon shaft is great for carpet racing but outdoor with low grip traction steel would be better...
I never worry about stopping lol
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