I m halfway in building mine so here are some of my impressions:
- once the transmission is built correctly (waves to sosidge), it s silky smooth. I shimmed it a bit differently than per instructions (all shims on the same side, "opening up" the mesh a bit for the diffs and front oneway.
I did not do a full bearing degrease (partial) but once it frees up, it will definitely be excellent !
- Excellent stock differential.. did not use carbide balls, no sanding of diff rings (i was lazy ok ??
) and yet its really smooth.
- Shocks are *very nice*, very similar to tamiyas but probably a bit lighter.
The tamiya springs do NOT fit (might with some mods) but the HPI fit just fine.
- Overall stiffness is really good, some flex built in but no too much.
- no play or slop in the arms and no filing required.. definitely awesome quality. The nylons inserts for toe in are very cool and definitely a nice cost saving feature.
- red looks killer on the chassis.. Kyosho is quite generous on the alum parts.
- Excellent battery slot..no more filing necessary.
- Why couldnt we have some blades built in ?
I ve grown wary of the metal/plastic or metal/metal contact when blades or SO much nicer and easier on the parts.
- Instructions call for greasing the universals where they meet the diffs, and not for greasing the Ujoint...Strange.
I would have added some anti wear grease "a la" tamiya.. would have been better for wear.
My general impression is that Kyosho really came out with a car with excellent value for money : lots of features, all swaybars, alum stuff galore, premium shocks, choice of spool or oneway.
It s definitely a car you can race out of the box.
Can t wait for the belt version