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Old 09-13-2013, 10:24 AM   #1951
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Thanks guys, -will check out the recommended places for my order.

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You didn't read the whole thread did you?
Sorry, with 130 pages it is a lot of reading to find the specific answer I was looking for. I did try doing a search, but still didn't get what I wanted. ..sorry if I was a bit lazy.

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Note that MOST places that you get Spec-R parts from are in HONG KONG. Nothing wrong with that. But it tends to take a lot longer AND you have to sign for International packages (from most vendors).
I don't mind that so much, but $70 for shipping on a $300 item, that is about 1/4 of the price ..I get why it costs so much, but it is just a lot and makes a $300 car close to a $400 car.

Looks like there are local vendors (local being US) -and Chino isn't too far from me actually. So that is GREAT news for when I need parts.

Thanks for the help, -sorry if my question was redundant.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:29 AM   #1952
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ReflexRacing is also a Spec R dealer and has the R1 pro spec and parts in stock
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:34 AM   #1953
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I was looking at about 3 or 4 different touring cars, ...my only hesitation to going w/ the Spec R, -was apprehension about getting replacement parts. But seems like there are many options out there for getting parts (calms my concerns in that regards). I am sold.
order being placed after next paycheck! -can't wait. (plan on reading this ENTIRE thread in the meantime + getting ready for my build)
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I was looking at about 3 or 4 different touring cars, ...my only hesitation to going w/ the Spec R, -was apprehension about getting replacement parts. But seems like there are many options out there for getting parts (calms my concerns in that regards). I am sold.
order being placed after next paycheck! -can't wait. (plan on reading this ENTIRE thread in the meantime + getting ready for my build)
The only parts I got in addition to the kit (for my initial install) were:

White bushings for layshaft.
Gear diff for the front.
Plastic blades for the driveshafts since the spool doesn't require them.

And yes, you will likely have to stock your own parts inventory. Since I can't get any Spec-R locally, I have to be ready for any eventuality.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:43 AM   #1955
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Which brings up a good point.

Some have suggested that a cheap way to get a entire parts kit may be to buy an S1 kit. You'll get spare belts, spare A arms, steering and rear knuckles, c-hubs, screws and a whole bunch more useful stuff that is on both the S1 and R1.

In fact, next time I'm bored I'll price up all of the parts on the S1 kit that are likely to be used as a spare and see if the kit is cheaper than buying them individually.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:51 AM   #1956
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And yes, you will likely have to stock your own parts inventory. Since I can't get any Spec-R locally, I have to be ready for any eventuality.
HA, I know the drill. I have a large closet in my garage/work space that looks like I am running a small toy shop. (I have 5 other vehicles, and many spares for each).

Thanks for the recommendations on what I should pick up w/ the initial order. I plan on reading over this thread in detail and learning more about the car while I wait for mine to come in.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:03 PM   #1957
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Im a little confused by Sper R's website. Does the R1Pro come with the narrow chassis or a regular width one? The site just seems to show pics of the old car.
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it comes with the wide 2.25mm chassi, curious if anyone has compared that to the thinner option chassi

but the big thing is that they have changed the cf so even if its the wide chassi it should make quite a difference on the car
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:08 PM   #1959
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After much research I think I am going to join the Spec R club.
Am I allowed to ask, -what is a good vendor to get the Spec R (pro spec) from? I notice that the shipping is $70 off of the official website (ships from Hong Kong to US). $70 shipping is waaay too much and kind of kills the great $315 list price. Is there a US vendor that you all recommend?
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you know what.. im sure ill get flamed for this but i prefer tqrcracing to ordering from amain hobbies even.. sure amain has a very streamlined checkout and shopping system but it takes them a few days to track down all the crap and send it out. tq has shipped both my orders so far the same day, and i often splice them together during my lunch time. If they carried more brands id shop there a ton more as their prices are comparable as well.

as for why you should pick the spec r over any other brand.. Its cheap, performs well for its price and is fairly durable. the assembly was pretty straight forward for my s1, but for someone who doesnt know anything about building competition rc cars, the manual could go a step further in a few places.
but this is part of where you save money. not paying people to write that stuff heh.
i like the layshaft. its very smart and im surprised a bigger money car doesn't do it like this. the rest of the car is pretty average with the current trends but nothing wrong with that. my swaybar kit was a mixed bag of enthusiasm.. the plastic keepers arent very sturdy and though the manual made me excited for how the bars mount to the arms, its kinda sloppy out of the box.. little things they can improve or maybe already have. im upgrading a $100 car here lol.

im actually pretty tempted to get rid of the serpent though and get the prospec, but just dropped a set of ceramic bearings in that car.
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you know what.. im sure ill get flamed for this but i prefer tqrcracing to ordering from amain hobbies even..
Nothing wrong with A Main, but TQ is AWESOME.
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Nothing wrong with A Main, but TQ is AWESOME.
I get orders from both in 3 days (order Sunday, package at my door Wednesday), but TQRC will ship same day if you order before noon. That's pretty amazing. Plus, they carry all the brands AMain doesn't. Between those two and Superior Hobbies (in FL), there is never something I can't find.
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I get orders from both in 3 days (order Sunday, package at my door Wednesday), but TQRC will ship same day if you order before noon. That's pretty amazing. Plus, they carry all the brands AMain doesn't. Between those two and Superior Hobbies (in FL), there is never something I can't find.
I will add that I find TQ a lot easier to find exactly what I need, especially if I don't have a part number or an exact description.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:45 PM   #1965
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Does any one know if the battery strap mount holes are spaced the same as Xray battery brackets? I am looking at using the Reflex Racing's battery hold down system and possibly wanted to use Xray brackets.

http://www.reflexracing.net/RSD-Batt...D6_p_1225.html

Anyone ever answer this?
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