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Old 01-20-2015, 07:24 AM   #16
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I would save money elsewhere (tools, lipos, chargers, bling stuff etc.) than on radio and servo.

Your radio and servo are your link and feel with your car.

Buying a top TC and installing a discount servo in it just doesn't add up in my view.

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Yeah, I was wondering, why would you throw away all that engineering you paid for by buying a T4/15 by just skimping on the servo. I mean a 9551 (or current versions) is not that much more than 50 pounds if you get it on the internet and a heck of a lot better than the rest of the budget servos. In all likelihood the servo will stay with you for many years after the chassis is obsolete, so it's a long term investment, worth doing it right the first time.
+1 - Tried the Savox route several years ago, then replaced all of my 1251s with Futaba BLS-551s. There's no valid comparison between the two servos, as the Futaba servos feel that much better. This is one of those areas where spending a few extra $$$s makes sense.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:05 AM   #17
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Yeah, I was wondering, why would you throw away all that engineering you paid for by buying a T4/15 by just skimping on the servo. I mean a 9551 (or current versions) is not that much more than 50 pounds if you get it on the internet and a heck of a lot better than the rest of the budget servos. In all likelihood the servo will stay with you for many years after the chassis is obsolete, so it's a long term investment, worth doing it right the first time.
9551 is smooth because it's slow. Low torque too. I've used one before. Recently gave it away to a friend. They aren't bad. They are precise, but they're slow. No getting around that. BLS551 is marginally quicker. Slower servos will be smoother. I prefer faster and stronger. You just have to be smooth with your steering inputs, because they do what you tell them to instantly.

I'm not on some tight budget. I could use any servo I want in my cars. I chose Xpert PI-3401-B because it has the best balance of speed and torque @6V of any low profile servo I've seen so far. They just happen to cost a little less than most of the big name manufacturers. You could give me a BLS551 or a KO RSX One for free and I might keep it for backup, but I would not swap out my Xpert servos for something slower and weaker.
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I sold both my Savox 1251's a long time ago when I got back into TC racing. Even had the race director commented how much more consistent I was when I swapped it out for a Futaba brushless servo. Thought it was an issue with the car but it was the Savox servo the whole time. It doesn't seem like it has the resolution of a higher end Futaba/KO despite otherwise good specs on paper.

My best servo now is my KO RSX one. Just picked up an Xpert brushless servo to try out.
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I totally agree that the electrics need to be as good as possible. Despite running all the KO's for many years, I have recently upgraded to a Sanwa Exzes Z along the BLS v2 low profile. When linked up in SSR mode it's unbelievably quick and responsive.
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I bought the BLSV2 and lasted only two practice runs. Without question, the performance and speed is there, but durability is questionable. I hope the durability issue was just plain bad luck on my part. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it was the case. In a pinch I ended up buying a Sanwa 801 and works like a treat. But, the Futaba, once repaired will be my go to servo in my sedan.

I did own the Savox line of servos for both my 1/12th scale and 1/10th sedan. I just found the accuracy and consistency wasn't there. I still own them, but I don't think I can go back to them.
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In your price range, Sanwa is better quality value than savox!

http://www.rcmart.com/sanwa-ers971-p...Path=1099_1025
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