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Old 05-29-2017, 02:52 PM   #1
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Questions?? Servo Savers

Looking through chassis shots of cars from the Reedy Race I notice a few people still run servo savers. I usually don't as just find them big and bulky and servos now days can take more abuse. Do you run a servo saver and why?
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$200 dollar servo, and $13 investment to protect it..........kind of like a seatbelt....glad you have one when you need it
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I've always used one so I don't really know any better. I don't see a downside in using them.
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I run a servo saver (X-ray brand) on most of my cars. Had a few other cars without servo savers too but then a crash broke my $120 servo. Put back on the servo saver.
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I really like the XRAY servo saver, ironically the only time I didn't like it was on my X12 because I was having a hard time getting the bump steer out.
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I run a servo saver (X-ray brand) on most of my cars. Had a few other cars without servo savers too but then a crash broke my $120 servo. Put back on the servo saver.
Same. Only go with xray
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it can save you from a DNF
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:20 PM   #8
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The Xray servo saver is so good - why no one else can make a race worthy saver boggles the mind.
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The Xray servo saver is so good - why no one else can make a race worthy saver boggles the mind.
Kimbrough....Been running one for ages...Just as good at half the cost.
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Tamiya makes a pretty good servo saver as well. ill typically run one indoors with clicktrack and run an arm outdoors.
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My brother-in-law(my wife's brother) doesn't run with a servo-saver. He says it adds unnecessary weight to the chassis.

I always run with a Servo-Saver installed on the chassis.
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My brother-in-law(my wife's brother) doesn't run with a servo-saver. He says it adds unnecessary weight to the chassis.

I always run with a Servo-Saver installed on the chassis.
What are we talking, 8-10 grams? I think as long as the SS is accurate there is not much of any downside to running a saver. I run the medium Kimbrough's for years and have never had an issue with them.

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I run a saver, particularly indoors.
Running without always ends one of two ways (eventually);
1) Broken gearset
2) Slop in the front bearing etc, where the extra load in impacts starts to cause issues with the casing.

Both will prove more expensive/inconvenient than a server saver.
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I have not used the x-ray saver, but ever other one I used made the car wonder a bit more than I liked. I had one from MST that seemed alright but the plastic bit that the spring pushed against broke after only a dozen races. Since I have switched to no servo saver I have only had two incidents that required a replacement set of servo gears in the last 9 months. One was expected as I blew a corner and caught the right front wheel on a 90 corner in a high speed section (No one liked the track layout that night). The other was less violent but similar where one of the steer wheels caught a rail with no other parts of the car to absorb the impact. The servos in question are rated at 100 oz-in @ 6V. In both cases a simple replacement of the damaged gears and the servos are back in use.
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Thanks for all the replies.

In regards to the Kimbrough Servo Savers, does any know if there is a place to see the specs on the hole to hole distance with the small / medium / large servo savers?
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