Okay just got back from a TCS race the other night. I think I could have done better, but I won't get into that. Ended up 4th in GT1. Anyways... here are my thoughts on the EVO3 after 2 weeks of owning the car...
Front oneway strips easy. Yeah, it's been said on here. And I done it at my first race last week as well. But I can now see it's in the design of the oneway housing. I now see the obvious design flaw in Tamiya's oneway. Basically put... Tamiya designed the oneway diff gear to be bolted on the wrong side of the diff housing. With their current design, there is nothing but the 4 screws to support the "back" pressure of the main shaft pinion from pushing against the diff gear. This causing warping and stripped gears. A cheap fix is to put a "backing" plate on the diff and screw it on like that. I did that and still stripped the gear. I even did the "diagnal" cutter thing to the shaft gear. Anyway's if you notice the design of the AE/Yokomo oneway units... you'll see how the diff gear bolts on properly. Why would a regular diff not have this problem? Because a regular diff is backed on both sides of the gear by diff rings.
Anyways, just my observation on the Tamiya oneway design.
Another thing mentioned here was the blocks. I bent 2 A blocks! These things are weak! hehe... Did someone say the 414 blocks bolt on? I'd switch to those if I could.
Other than that, the car was just fine. Easy to work on. I had trouble finding a good setup. Especially when I was trying to run a 8x2 mod. Ended up just using a 19 turn. I needed more power. But that's a long story.......
Well the setup was just right for the 19turn. Tons of steering. Just some fine tuning needed. Does anyone know what the kit tires are? Also, anyone find a good servo saver that works on this car. I wasn't using one at all. I think I stripped a gear in my S9550.
Small Kimbroughs don't work. At least not for me. Any other brands?
Gonna head out.. thanks..