Greetings! This is my first post on this forum, so hopefully I don't make too much of a fool of myself. :P
I'm completely new to RC cars, and have only been reading about them for a few days now. I've been into RC combat robotics, RC planes, and have 14 years of Autocross racing experience, as well as 3 years of circletrack racing experience. However, racing real cars is very expensive and time consuming, so last week I decided to get into on-road RC car racing.
After a visit to my local RC car club to see what classes were supported, I've decided to buy/build a Spec-R R1 Pro Spec for the 17.5 stock class. 45% of the local guys run Xrays, 45% run Serpents, and 10% run Tamiya 417. They all insisted that I be like them and buy a high end cars due to them being much more reliable. However, I don't want to invest that much into the car since I'm just getting into the hobby. Buying a radio, tools, and supplies will double the cost. With that said, I was going to buy a Sakura XI Sport and upgrade some of the parts to more reliable aluminum parts from the Ultimate. Then I thought, why don't I just buy an ultimate? It is only $290. Then I started reading about the R1, and read that it is basically a combination of Xray and Tamiya, but for half the price! I hope to order one ASAP. However, I have many questions, and I hope you can help!
What all should I buy with the kit to resolve any issues that it might have? I've read that the S1 needed a pair of 5x8x2.5mm flanged bearings iirc, but I'm unclear on if the R1 suffers from the same problem.
Do I need to order some shim washers to take up play in the steering?
I realize that since I am a complete noob, that I likely won't notice if the car isn't set up perfectly....my lack of driving skill will definitely be the limiting factor, but I just don't want to have to be ordering a bunch of little items every week when I could order most of them at once.
I was going to order the 3racing 52mm SSK's to instal during the build of the car, and keep the kit axles for spares. Should I be ordering anything else to go with them? I have no idea what drive shaft blades are. Are they something that I should keep spares of? I've added a couple of C-hubs to my cart since there is a good chance that I might break some. I've read that some people have had problems with the out drives (I don't even know what those are....I'm such a noob), should I order some upgraded versions of those, too?
I'm also curious what pinion I should buy for the 17.5 stock class. Our track is pretty short and tight...8 second lap times I'm assuming I should aim for a FDR of maybe 5.5ish due to the low speed nature of our track?
Sorry for all of the silly questions! I appreciate any help and guidance you can offer! I'm looking forward to placing the order!