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Old 11-27-2009, 07:28 AM   #1
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Default Parts: upgrade to aluminum or stay with plastic?

Recently I broke a caster block (89030) on my RC8B and in researching alternatives I came across a number of aluminum upgrade parts at rcplanet was curious if it was worth the cost to upgrade to aluminum? There are caster blocks, arms, hub carriers, etc. Also, if the weight difference between the plastic and the aluminum would be detrimental.

My goal is to be a serious club and regional racer however durability and reliability are nearly neck-and-neck with my desire for handling and speed consistency. (All driver skill being equal)

Also, I consider myself a very competent car handler/racer and rarely catch pipe, a wall, or another driver. I'm not saying it never happens but the point being is that constantly crashing was not my justification for need of more durable parts. I only want to prevent any more maintenance than is absolutely necessary.

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My opinion is get an aluminum block.
Will cost you less in the long run and will wear out gradually longer than a stock plastic one just my opinion.

And an aluminum block will be slightly heavier than a plastic one but WILL NOT make a difference.
Its not like your weight ratio in the rear wil dramatically increase.
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if you dont break the stock part on a consistant basis then there is no need to change to alum
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Another thing to consider is where its from not all aluminum parts are the same. I am still running plastic parts on my 8t and havent changed anything out from breakage just wearing out.
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Another thing to consider is where its from not all aluminum parts are the same. I am still running plastic parts on my 8t and havent changed anything out from breakage just wearing out.
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:13 AM   #6
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If it's not a re-occuring problem I would say "No".

Remember, when you strengthen one part the next weakest will be in line to break next. Knuckle? A arm? ??
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I know a couple Team Drivers for AE here in the midwest and they all run AE's front and rear Aluminum front and rear uprights. They liked the plastic ones but they like the extra camber link mounting position, gives them a little extra options for tuning. And if your going to be duplicating any of the team drivers setups then you'll need them because I hear they have been using the extra mounting locations more often then not. So to answer your question I would say yes, for durability and tuning options.
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I agree with replace it with alum if it breaks often or makes sense. I run alum top plate, servo saver, servo horns, hinge pin retainers inner and outer and alum spindles on the truggy but not the buggy. The truggy is much harder on parts, IMO. At the last race I had a wheel go flying off my car. I thoght maybe I didn't tighten the nut but the nut was still on the wheel and the axel had snapped in 2. Sometimes parts just break. But thngs like wing mounts are silly to replace with alum it makes the rear much heavier and the wing mounts don't break that often. I have run one before and that thing never broke never never ever but it's not ideal for racing.
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