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Old 10-04-2016, 10:20 PM   #61
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Looks good daedelus! Glad to hear you got the spur gear working.
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:12 AM   #62
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Did my wiring last night.

Just waiting on the replacement shock shafts, e-clips, and shock shaft pliers to finally finish it up.
Nice job. I'd be wary of the rxr placement though. I don't think they like it between the motor and the speed control, possible noise issues, but it might work.
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I'm happy to report that the Sakura Advance is an extremely durable car.

After attending the worst carpet race I have ever been to, not a single component was broken. The ozite was lumpy -and this was made public after all participants paid and registered, the driver stand was congested to an unsafe degree - one man nearly fell off, and the race director was not able to call the traffic and carnage fast or effective enough. The car was durable enough to not break while getting torpedoed during passing attempts, and after throwing the cars on a setup board while getting sworn at by local kids at this race track, the vehicle was back up and running again. Both cars continued to operate, despite a surprising amount of poundings and limited fix-time, as all the racers were forced to vacate the track by 7pm in order to attend a mandatory dinner at a local chain restaurant.

All these combined factors lead to a very difficult and unsatisfying experience on an unpredictable track.

At least my cars are not destroyed.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:51 PM   #64
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How was the cake Chuck? I am sure RedRC will have a detailed discripition of the frosting.
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All things considered, the cake was not bad. Not the best, but certainly not as unsatisfying as this event.
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:46 PM   #66
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Chuck, thanks for the review. I'd been hearing some if this stuff for the past few days. Glad you survived the locals. They're an angry bunch!
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Old 10-20-2016, 06:15 PM   #67
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Took my car out for it's second time and on my second lap I cliped the wall on the straight away and shattered the outdrive on my front spool.

I think a few guys mentioned the front outdrives were pretty fragile with the lightened aluminum design or maybe I just hit it at a freak angle.

Does anyone know of a suitable steel replacement that might be a bit more robust? I'm not concerned on weight as much as I am with having a reliable, robust car I can turn trouble free laps with.
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TRF 417 out drives will fit.
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Old 10-21-2016, 06:47 AM   #69
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TRF 417 out drives will fit.
Not knowing about the drives. What drives are on the car? Would the older zero aluminum drive fit? By the way I have a tamiya 419x now and it seems like it's just a blue sakura
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Not knowing about the drives. What drives are on the car? Would the older zero aluminum drive fit? By the way I have a tamiya 419x now and it seems like it's just a blue sakura
These are on the car now (http://os.3racing.hk/products.php?products_key=5845) and from the product compatibility at the bottom it would appear the Zero/Zero S parts are all interchangeable.
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Glad to hear from you again Rod!

I sat beside Rob and we were comparing cars, they do look similar.

The 417 steel outdrives are considerably beefier than the current 3Racing ones or the new 419 ones. They add a bit of weight, but the reliability will always be there.
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Just came back from my first 3-day race where the performance of this car could be properly gauged and tested: The "Big Chill", presented by "Overgeared Racing".

A-main'd my 21.5 Scale Spec car in a field of drivers across Canada and USA. Started 7th, finished 7th. Paired with a short stack Reedy 21.5 Mach 3, the car rolled into the corners very well and never felt sluggish or out of place. When the spec Gravity USGT tires were paired with 7mm wheel adapters, the car could be pushed into the turns without fear of traction rolling.

My TC 17.5 did not place as high, but I was very impressed with the results. With the hand-out Orca motor (similar to what was recently done at the IIC), I was fiddling with gearing and timing until my last qualifier. So glad I didn't end up in the F-main, but I was in the middle of the D-main pack. Added more drag brake into my ESC to compensate for the high traction that resulted after 3 days of straight running on a 100'x5' ozite track. Won the D-main free & clear and bumped to the C-main, where I started in the back but ended up finishing 6th or 7th in a field of drivers from across Canada & the USA- I forget the exact position, but I placed higher than where I started. Only significant adjustment I did, was add a little more CA to the front tires and run 5mm hexes in front and 4mm hexes in rear. Again, control handout motor was the new Orca RT 17.5, and the control tires were Sweep QTS - 32.

Overall, I was very impressed with the results of these $200 cars.
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Awesome job man! Stoked to hear the chassis can hold it's own against the big $$$ cars.
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Is an aluminum chassis available for the advance yet?
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I haven't seen one. To compensate so far, I have been adding more CA to the sidewall and up to the outer edge of the front tires.
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