Originally posted by regg151
ok here's my 2 cents take it or leave it
yes the car has a few issues, it's new get over it. If you've ever had any hpi car before all the new cars have issues they will be addresed in time.
I personally have no problem with the plastic although I'd rather see them use the the same stuff they used on the savage's.
I thought i'd have a problem with no shock bladders myself but if you really think about it if your shocks are moving that high and that often you must be driving it offroad? J/K they feel alright to me the way they are.
I'm all for carbon fiber but the aluminum towers are fine for now, got plenty of time till next season to get CF towers.
and I'm all for rubber belts I shreded 2 already and they really need to upgrade em.
all in all I like the R40 it does what I wanted it to do
it takes owning another pro car to be able to criticize this car..
and criticize i will..
own a mugen, and you will know superior plastics when you see them. a good balance between stiffness, and durability is required. it didnt take much for my R40 to collapse, even busting a shock cap open, and please, don't tell me I didn't build it right, because you can come and personally watch me build an R40 up from the bags.
The towers are crap. It's the TRUTH. Ok, stamped aluminum.. still sucks. Theres no way around it. And HPI did this to their car, to reduce cost, common McKinney, give me the reasoning behind this!!! Am I right? Or do you have a clever cover up to make it look as if the towers are sufficient?
Take a look around other sections of the car. Cutting costs everywhere. For a PRO car, meaning to compete and hold its own against other PRO cars, plastic shocks are just plain degrading.
"I thought i'd have a problem with no shock bladders myself but if you really think about it if your shocks are moving that high and that often you must be driving it offroad?"
Please do not insult my intelligence when your assumptions are just false. Shock bladders aren't meant to cusion rebound, because on-road R/C shocks are not MADE to be compressed full volume. Shock bladders have a couple purposes, one being to eliminate AIR stuck at the top when assembling the shock cap assembly to the shock body. A hole in the cap above a shock bladder's seal helps bleed the air out during assembly, and less air equals smoother motion of the shaft.
The reason my shock cap forced out of the shock body was because of a SLIGHT (no exaggerations here..) impact with a T-MAXX.
No, i shouldn't be driving the damn thing in co-horts with a monster truck, but I will be damned before I can believe a car of this nature cannot withstand the impact equivalent to a side-slam from another pro car.
But this isnt about the impact, this is about the crap-tastic shocks that come with this PRO car. Does it make sense that every other pro car comes with alloy shock bodies/caps/bladders, but the R40 does not? And what's up with the steering bushings? HPI is milking the crap out of their PRO.
Any other angles you might want to shoot my way, im all ears, but I wont back down from my stance.
Sure I'll keep the car, and do exactly as HPI wants us to do, which is to buy their *required* hop-ups to stay competitive, but I won't stop believing that they are taking advantage of marketing finesse.