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Old 10-28-2007, 10:34 PM   #5536
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It sucks if hardened top camber bolt shears off in the aluminum, LOL.
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:37 PM   #5537
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The vertical ball stud as always been available with the aluminum carriers that have been available for some time (part number LOSA1711). This is nothing new. What is new, is one of the team drivers actually running them. Typically they have been running the molded carriers. It does look like there maybe a black washer under vertical linkage mount. I would suspect the change is in caster geometry if there is a change other than what is available, but that is just a guess.

The picture shows Truhe running the new optional adjustable front hinge pin brace as well. It's hard impossible to tell what setting he's running. It also appears like he maybe running the #1 camber link position in the shock tower but very hard to tell from that picture. It could be a shadow playing tricks.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:31 AM   #5538
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Thumbs up It is not new.......

I have been running the alum carriers since they came out. I have never had a problem with them coming loose or otherwise and it has been raced every week and sometimes twice a week.
I did do one thing they did not do. John will understand. I milled off 2mm + the thickness of a lock washer. You know what the lock washer is for. I use the Xray 1mm, 2mm and 3mm alum shims to make roll center adjustments. It really helps to make this quick adjustment and get back on the track. Lowering the outside will decrease your camber gain during suspension compression will keep the wheel more upright giving more side bite and vise versa. Very cool for blue groove tracks and the such. Dial steering traction in or out very quick.
This is old news.

The Losi hingepin braces are very cool. You can really feel the difference when you dial in more or less kick up. I think the Losi really needed it. Good stuff.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:39 AM   #5539
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what effects will
driving a lower or higher kick-up angle have
on the performance of the losi ????
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:48 AM   #5540
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what effects will
driving a lower or higher kick-up angle have
on the performance of the losi ????
My question exactly. I broke a front hinge pin holder and bent a pin Saturday night. I'm trying to decide to "upgrade" or not.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:20 AM   #5541
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Lowering the kickup should give more turn in and a little less middle to exit steering. It'll also make the front end a little less stable through the rough. More kickup should do the opposite. It'll make the car a bit smoother all around and less twitchy going into the corner. It'll rotate more in the middle though and be more stable over the rough.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:18 AM   #5542
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Those aluminum blocks with the verticle ball studs have been out for months.
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I've fitted the adjustable hindge pin braces both front and rear to my buggy.

There very nicely made and offer alot of adjustment.

As a bonus with the inserts being replacable you can quickly tighten up any slop that might develop after a crash or prolonged use ......

At the front you "can" also use the different blocks to make roll center adjustments something i believe is over looked in the manual, admittedly you have to be within a certain kick up range to be able to do it though, I guess thats why its not covered.

Anyway IMO a very worth while investment

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Old 10-29-2007, 02:10 PM   #5544
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When using a 8ight RTR...


I've read in this thread about replacing or adding shoes to the clutch. What does this do and why replace the stock RTR ones?

Sorry...nitro noob and I only know ESCs :P
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I just went and looked at a bunch of the pics from the pre worlds. WOW. talk about a miserable looking couple of days of practice. This just does not look like fun.

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Old 10-29-2007, 02:33 PM   #5546
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The 8ight wears out parts fast?!? This summer I replaced the front center drive shaft twice, and that's it besides clutch shoes and shock boots. This was racing all summer long every weekend
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Matt - Me too. I race and am at the track a ton. Very hard driving. I repinned my front shaft twice, repinned the entire car's drive shafts once, replace a spur gear and rebuilt the shocks about 4 times with all the appropriate parts. That was about $45. This was a full season of hard racing. I do clean and maintain it very well.
Add 3 or four bearings, new clutch shoes and complete new drive shafts for the finals in Nov.
Tires are a little rough. As far as the chassis goes, I'm not complaining! I counted 12 gallons and the thing does not let me down. It has never DNF on broken plastic. I have lost a clutch, but who doesn't in 1/8 racing? I have had drive shaft screws come loose. My fault. It is just attention to detail.

It has stunned me how good and durable it is.
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Old 10-29-2007, 03:15 PM   #5548
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The 8ight wears out parts fast?!? This summer I replaced the front center drive shaft twice, and that's it besides clutch shoes and shock boots. This was racing all summer long every weekend
I THINK so YEAH....... I also think the Buggy's GREAT

This is compared to the Mugen I used to use and the Xray me Dad ran. Now we BOTH use Losi's, I think that says alot.

BUT the quality of the parts on the losi is inferior and they do wear faster. Some things like Diff cups for instance never needed replacing in the time i had my Mugen but my losi's only done a few months (6 meetings tops) and needed the cups replacing. The center FRONT drive shaft is well worn although will last alittle longer yet.The little plastic guides on the ackerman plate allow play very quickly, The plastic tie rod ends get sloopy very fast, but are a cheap fix so i change them out often(but this was NEVER needed on the Mugen).

Maybe I simply like my buggy in a closer to new state than some of you .... I don't like excessive play in things. With over 20years racing RC I know how to maintain my buggy's and I know how to make them work for me on race day.

I haven't said it's not a tough buggy.If you fail to finish a race with it, It's YOUR FAULT, It's tuff as old boots(and also very bendy). But thats not to say it dosen't wear quickly. (to clarify quickly ......a good bit faster than the buggy's I'd use as the bench mark of quality MUGEN and XRAY).

All that said I'll still be racing the LOSI on the weekend cause for me it's the fastest
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yep, you dont have to be fast to be on top with 8th scale racing. you can be a second off the pace and stil place well as long as your stuff stays running and you are a consistant driver.
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Red face Wait a minute.......

I'm all about that! But for me it is more like 3 or 4 seconds off pace...Per lap...every race...every night.
That's it!!
I quit!!
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