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Old 07-14-2011, 09:41 AM   #16
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I have owned just about everything out there and I still keep coming back to the losi cars. I love the buggy and truggy and plan to stick it out with them for quite some time. Too bad losi isn't one of your choices........
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sorry bro, but i have to disagree! I have had three serpents and all three have skipped gears under hard braking. I have also read various folks with the same issue. But like i said, you can do some extra modifications (shim the pinion in the tranny) and shim the diffs and for the most part, problem solved. Also, serpent's recommendation on the plastic nuts are a joke as well!

I have put together both 2010 xray and serpent and in my opinion, the xray finish was better. However, the serpent is up to par. The bottom line is how the car drive and i say serpent all the way on all three cars!

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Its not the trans, its the instructions that need modifications. If they put those steps in the instructions we wouldn't be discussing this.
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Its not the trans, its the instructions that need modifications. If they put those steps in the instructions we wouldn't be discussing this.
for me, it's a two step process. when the kit is new, I can't even fit the shim on the pinion. At least i couldn't with the cobra-T. I've only ran it one time, but i'm sure i'll have to go back and insert a shim in the pinion now. I REALLY REALLY tried putting a shim in when i first put it together. It would not fit no matter what.
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for me, it's a two step process. when the kit is new, I can't even fit the shim on the pinion. At least i couldn't with the cobra-T. I've only ran it one time, but i'm sure i'll have to go back and insert a shim in the pinion now. I REALLY REALLY tried putting a shim in when i first put it together. It would not fit no matter what.
I run it about 1-2 races, then re-shim after everything has settled. Let the plastic heat cycle and stretch a little. The Serpent runs some close tolerances like the Xray.
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The 2011 808 diff cases require 0 shims, shimless diffs make make life alot easier, 4 plus gallons on my shimless diffs, and still as smooth as day1, I have both a serpent and xray, my xray is my primary race car and my serpent is my play around whenever im bored car. My suggestions is to go with the 2011xray808. Quality, fit, finish, and durability is the best ive experienced from owning JQ and serpent. Just my 2cents
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I run it about 1-2 races, then re-shim after everything has settled. Let the plastic heat cycle and stretch a little. The Serpent runs some close tolerances like the Xray.
i've got one race on the corbra-T. I guess after my next race, i'll go back and reshim! thanks for the heads up
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