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Old 03-22-2014, 07:35 AM   #406
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Well, my first touring car build in 10+ years went really well. I'm excited to finally have a TC again, and can't wait to try this car out. Only hiccup I had was with the front axles, getting the pins in. Other than that, car went together extremely well, part fitment was great, and everything is free and smooth. A+ Durango.

What spur are you running???
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What spur are you running???
Modified an Xray gear...
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Modified an Xray gear...
What did you have to modify??
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What did you have to modify??
The stock Durango gear has four holes in which the pulleys snap in to, and it's a perfect cross. The xray gear however has six holes in it, and it looks like a six pointed star. So you have to drill two new holes to make it a perfect +, make sense?
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Yes perfect sense. Thank you for the explanation.
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I think a lot of touring cars are like that. I don't know what is so difficult about having a four and six hole pattern on a spur holder. For that matter, I don't know what is so difficult about making a spur gear with the extra holes so that it will have both patterns. A jig for punching the extra holes shouldn't be to hard to produce either.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:38 PM   #412
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The brands that I know for sure that will work when gearing for 17.5;

HPI/HB Panaracer if you can find them
Serpent
http://www.rcmart.com/serpent-spur-g...Path=1293_1308
Kawada
http://www.rcmart.com/kawada-sr6494-...Path=1293_1308
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I've run both the standard Durango spur gear, or the Panaracer ones. Both fit perfectly and don't require any extra shimming or holes drilled.

I will certainly be sticking with those two option for the foreseeable future.
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First off, the Serpent gears will fit with no modifications needed. You may choose to run them without using the supplied shim but, if used, the c-clip is very tight. Whatever spur you chose to run, make sure you check for clearance on either side of the top deck as its very close.

This isn't my first kick at the can, so I'm going to be brutally honest in this report on my build and on track performance.

I think the simplest way to describe this car, is you get what you pay for. For the price point that this car comes in at, you can see where items are of "lesser" materials over kits that cost more. Now when I say this I mean, items such as spacers, servo mounts, and lower shock caps, made of plastic, where a more expensive car would have alloy parts. Not to be taken wrong, as these things have little if anything to do with the on track capability of the car.

That said, the actual build of the car went without any issues. The inserts are something new to me, but after having played with these a bit, they seem to work quite well, and the type of material that they are made out of makes them realatively pliable, yet strong enough to give good wear without a lot of slop. The extra material around where these inserts goes makes for a good strong platform. I used no glue on any of the inserts, and built the car as noted in the assembly manual. I do have to add that the car assembly did take a little longer than others that I have built, mostly because of the plastic parts, I found I did a lot of extra trimming to get rid of flashing material, more anal on my part than anything. Some of the parts felt like a cheaper plastic, but again has no bearing on the performance of the car.

A few items to watch for when building the car. Make sure the arms and hubs articulate without any binding, this may require some playing around with the suspension mounts, just loosening and tightening the screws, but worth the effort.

On track, from what I've seen and experienced, the car carries good corner speed. All the testing has been done on carpet, and as such, either of the included setups seem to work pretty good, although I built the car as close to the setup that used the most out of the box items as I had no option parts to play with. The car is a nice surprise on the track and has good agility and carries speed quite well. I did end up changing the included shock springs and removed some of the rear toe-in, running 2k rear diff oil, which made the car very nice to drive. It has a feel like it can be pushed hard but doesn't feel like its being overdriven which is a nice thing. My other cars always feel like they are on the edge to get the fast laps out of them, where this car never really had that feel, and still able to produce similar lap times and fast laps.

All in all a surprisingly pleasant car to drive. Don't get hung up on the "cheapness" of some of the materials and you'll really enjoy this car.
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How is the rear diff? i have a bd7 and i can't get it to stop leaking from the o-rings.

How are the shocks? do they need rebuilding often? or are they similar to xray/tamiya shocks? does the shaft move left and right as well like the collar doesn't hold it well?

I'm asking because i'm in the market for a new car, i have a BD7 2014, and i'm looking at this kit or the TC6.2 since they look similar and part support is great in my area
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How is the rear diff? i have a bd7 and i can't get it to stop leaking from the o-rings.

How are the shocks? do they need rebuilding often? or are they similar to xray/tamiya shocks? does the shaft move left and right as well like the collar doesn't hold it well?

I'm asking because i'm in the market for a new car, i have a BD7 2014, and i'm looking at this kit or the TC6.2 since they look similar and part support is great in my area
I'm building one now, after leaving a highly modded TC6.1. Parts are better quality plastic, andmy locals are "outta the box"as fast as they were with their X-rays or AE cars. The car is FANTASTIC.
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How is the rear diff? i have a bd7 and i can't get it to stop leaking from the o-rings.

How are the shocks? do they need rebuilding often? or are they similar to xray/tamiya shocks? does the shaft move left and right as well like the collar doesn't hold it well?

I'm asking because i'm in the market for a new car, i have a BD7 2014, and i'm looking at this kit or the TC6.2 since they look similar and part support is great in my area
The diff is great. I built mine and haven't had any leaking since i built the car towards the end of January. The shocks are the same build style as the Tamyia shocks minus it being a 1 piece cap and I've only redone mine once just to add thicker oil and they have never leaked.
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How is the thread on the shocks for the caps? Is it easy to strip the shock caps? it's been a really long time since i've had plastic shock caps (back in the AE TC3 days!)
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Last question for tonight, where are popular places to get parts online other than Tower and Amain? Looking at tuning options, eg shocks, pistons, sway bars, front and rear hubs (spares, cause you never know!)
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