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Old 01-10-2016, 01:55 PM   #526
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You took the words right out of my mouth wareable84. I stopped waiting for HPI on this car awhile ago and just pleased the car has some aftermarket support finally so I can go drive it for the first time after 6 months.
You really made it 6 months without driving it. Hope it works for you better then it did for me.
This has been Hpi pattern now for 5 years. Going back to the Savage XS. Bought that day it was released in September of 2010. Took till June of 2011 for wheeliebar to become available.
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All the Yeah Racing kits (11) already sold out on ebay.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:42 AM   #528
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The Hobbico acquisition has not been good for the HPI brand...
That pretty much says it all right there. That's when it all started going downhill. They haven't been the same company since.
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Old 01-11-2016, 06:27 PM   #529
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That pretty much says it all right there. That's when it all started going downhill. They haven't been the same company since.
Hpi spent a lot of time explaining that only the U.S. distrubution was sold. Not the company. From what I've read on Big Squid, Hpi Europe runs everything.
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:19 AM   #530
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That pretty much says it all right there. That's when it all started going downhill. They haven't been the same company since.
I was out of rc for a bit but when I entered back into thehobby i opted for the hpi brand over the team associated apex for simple reasoning of the quality of the hpi
rs4's I previously owned.. I like the chassis set up an have potentional to be a decent lil club racer..not compective aspect but just the out there enoying the hobby aspect. but I wish I wouldn't have purchased the two I did just do to the parts availability.. not to mention as well the bodies are very flimsy now an junk
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:22 AM   #531
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I was out of rc for a bit but when I entered back into thehobby i opted for the hpi brand over the team associated apex for simple reasoning of the quality of the hpi
rs4's I previously owned.. I like the chassis set up an have potentional to be a decent lil club racer..not compective aspect but just the out there enoying the hobby aspect. but I wish I wouldn't have purchased the two I did just do to the parts availability.. not to mention as well the bodies are very flimsy now an junk
Excellent point when looking back at HPI's RS4 history and previous models. If you've been in the hobby for awhile the club racing RS4 cars hpi produced in the 90's were some of the best in the business and the hpi challenge series for on-road were at an all time high. For those who participated from that era know what I'm talking about. The key with any older hpi Rs4 product was back then to have the foresight of parts availability ( hpi is zero in todays world with discontinued kit after kit) and start a collection/hoarding of spares as I call it so you can enjoy driving the car worry free of having to replace a rare broken part down the road. The newer models are what they are the hobby has really changed over the past two decades. Excluding Tamiya, I will say HPI produces some of the best looking on road bodies in the hobby is why I still own some of the new models they produce today. Just really sad to see the quality has dropped since the 90's.
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:35 AM   #532
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Excellent point when looking back at HPI's RS4 history and previous models. If you've been in the hobby for awhile the club racing RS4 cars hpi produced in the 90's were some of the best in the business and the hpi challenge series for on-road were at an all time high. For those who participated from that era know what I'm talking about. The key with any older hpi Rs4 product was back then to have the foresight of parts availability ( hpi is zero in todays world with discontinued kit after kit) and start a collection/hoarding of spares as I call it so you can enjoy driving the car worry free of having to replace a rare broken part down the road. The newer models are what they are the hobby has really changed over the past two decades. Excluding Tamiya, I will say HPI produces some of the best looking on road bodies in the hobby is why I still own some of the new models they produce today. Just really sad to see the quality has dropped since the 90's.
ive built several Tamiya kits in fact me an my me an my nephew just built a couple of tt-02 kits an if my parts are not at the hobby shop there is ebay or tower or several other websites.. Tamiya in my opinion has always been a great clubracer.. but yes hpi didn't go down hill they tripped slid there asses down
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I got my upgrade kit yesterday. I did just the front end as the rear seems ok. I did notice they have different sized CVD's for front and rear. Front is 45 mm and rear is 42 mm. After putting it all on, which went quite smooth, I noticed steering would not move. I found when you tighten the screws on the steering cross bar, the bearings won't turn. I fixed this by loosening the screws about 1/2 turn and using loctite to make sure they don't loosen up. I set it up on an integy set-up system with 2 deg. toe in and 2 deg. camber. Tried straight runs and no more wandering. I ran a 4000 Mah 50c battery down to cut off with no problems. Will try on carpet track tomorrow.
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Old 01-15-2016, 11:00 AM   #534
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I got my upgrade kit yesterday. I did just the front end as the rear seems ok. I did notice they have different sized CVD's for front and rear. Front is 45 mm and rear is 42 mm. After putting it all on, which went quite smooth, I noticed steering would not move. I found when you tighten the screws on the steering cross bar, the bearings won't turn. I fixed this by loosening the screws about 1/2 turn and using loctite to make sure they don't loosen up. I set it up on an integy set-up system with 2 deg. toe in and 2 deg. camber. Tried straight runs and no more wandering. I ran a 4000 Mah 50c battery down to cut off with no problems. Will try on carpet track tomorrow.
Thanks for the update blitteer the kit is very nice indeed I'm finishing up the YR conversion as well. I started on the alloy drive line & hub (Exotek) and the ultra lightweight front replacement diff...waiting on the rear diff to arrive tomorrow. The front diff installed very nicely & rotates so much smoother then the stock diff. I have the front lower arms and CVD's installed (The CVD's are sweet)...going to build the matching turnbuckles today and get those installed as well. The front servo ball steering upgraded is done.

I really enjoy how easy this car is to work on.
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Old 01-16-2016, 12:37 PM   #535
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Guys,
I've read the whole thread, 36 pages so far
And got to ask...
I want to purchase a new on-road car 1/10, to drive inside malls parking lots when there's rain or snow.
I also would like to run it on the roads when its not rainy\snow... just for fun.
I've got an awesome off-road RC cars (Thunder tiger MT4, Kyosho MP9 TKI3, Kyosho B-XXL VE).

Should I purchase the HPI RS4 Sport 3 flux? (Porshe model) I don't want to purchase a drift car. light drift as an option will be cool.
Any other car you recommend? I also saw that HPI released a new model 2015 Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5, aka HPI #115126
Is it a drift or Porsche similarity?

I want to purchase an awesome car! that can get to high speeds (60+ m/h) while still can take rounds at 20-30m/h.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-16-2016, 01:33 PM   #536
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Just left track after testing new YR front end. Before you put it all together or even start to put it together, CHECK LOCKING SCREW IN DIFF. END OF CVD'S!!!!! Had one come out after 1 lap. I checked the rest and ALL were loose!! Put green loctite on all of them and ran for two hrs. with no problems! Steering is way better and car doesn't wander at all!!!!
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Just left track after testing new YR front end. Before you put it all together or even start to put it together, CHECK LOCKING SCREW IN DIFF. END OF CVD'S!!!!! Had one come out after 1 lap. I checked the rest and ALL were loose!! Put green loctite on all of them and ran for two hrs. with no problems! Steering is way better and car doesn't wander at all!!!!
Excellent point thanks for the updated feedback. The instructions call this out could be easy to miss since there really small print outs that come with the kit.
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Was hoping Exotek would make the spindle shaft ends also to go with the center shaft. The crown diff gear looks amazing just like the ones from Tamiya TB Evolution IV.
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Does this upgrade come as a complete package? Because I would love to make my rs4 a decent lil club racer!!!
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:50 PM   #540
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All the Yeah Racing kits (11) already sold out on ebay.
I purchased the last one. I think for $85 I was expecting more parts. A motor mount at least and probably adjustable turnbuckles. The chassis has to much flex in the center and begins to bow under stress. That needs fixing.
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