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Old 05-26-2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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Alright so i just recently go into racing and got my self an rb5 and i have had the car for about 2 weeks and i have already broken 3 rear shock towers.

So i have the option of making a rear shock tower out of anything i like.

What would you suggest i was thinking aluminum but i heard that was a bad idea.

Someone else also suggested UHMW but im not sure.

or there is another option to buy this
http://www.diggitydesigns.com/kyosho...er_4mm_DD.html

But i realy have no idea whats best so any help would be much appreciated.

Im a complete noob to the forums bare with me.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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I have used Diggity Designs stuff on my XX4 and after adding it, I did not break anymore shock towers. I recommend their upgrades highly.
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Old 05-26-2008, 01:18 PM   #3
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I would suggest working on your technique, so that you don't land on the rear shock tower so often

that's not a part that should be breaking
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Old 05-26-2008, 03:20 PM   #4
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RB5 shock towers are definately not a part that normally breaks......are you landing upside down alot? 3 towers in 2 weeks You have to be on your lid ALOT to break that many in that short of time. I havent broke one in the two months I've had mine. I know several RB5 drivers (including novice and sportsman drivers) and I havent seen any of them break a tower either. If you just have to replace the tower with someting else, I would recommend the Diggity Designs towers as well.
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Yep...I've had mine for a year...never broken one. That's a really tough part to break, IMO
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agreed.
i've had my rb5 for almost a year now.
i still have the original tower. definitely not a part that breaks.

recently i changed to an Atomic-carbon aftermarket tower just because it allows more options/positions for the shocks.
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ye ill probably get the carbon fiber one

but i forgot to mention i race on an indoor carpet offroad track

so if i overshoot a jump and land upside down its pretty much concrete and they break alot easier

but thanks for all your input
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mind if i ask - which part of the shock tower breaks?
is it always the same spot?

i would've thought u would go through more wings than towers ..
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I've seen a lot of rb5s break rear towers. I've seen one guy break 3 in one day just landing a jump the same way I was landing in my b4.
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I would throw the new Worlds rear end kit on (UMW510). The lower shock tower will be stronger and lower in profile and the wider arms will really help with the crazy traction there (it will take a little bit of the rear grip away and help keep the car from traction rolling). The jumps can be pretty unforgiving if you don't catch the backsides of the jumps. I would just keep an eye on your rear towers, T Plates and Rear Suspension Carriers. I don't find the aftermarket carbon fiber ones to be a cost effective alternative in my opinion

You should come out to www.sidsraceway.com as well for some outdoor dirt action!
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what he said above me.

i have broke 2 stock ones with good reaon though. but the newer ones should be stronger.
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i honestly just started 2 weeks ago and am still learning the track so i dont know if i'm ready for dirt yet



o and about the question were i break them its always at the mounting screws so apparently kyosho reinforced them more around that area and also im trying a carbon composite one so i will see how it turns out.


EDIT: sorry about the title i don't know wtf i did.
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Either the Diggity carbon towers or the Atomic Carbon pieces will work, and your car will be indestructable.
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I think you will be happy with all the parts supplied in the worlds kit. The hubs and shock tower are stronger and again, the new rear arms will help the handling on their unique racing surface. Make sure you pick up the Schumacher tires they have too. You will be amazed with how fast the cars can rail around that track! Hope to see you at the races!

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If Diggity makes 4mm graphite towers that should help. I know since I put on the 4mm towers Diggity makes for the GV2 I have not broken them since. They been great so far and I don't really seeing that ever being a problem for me again.

If Diggity only makes 2mm towers than like some others had said I would run double towers to give you 3 or 4mm thick and problem should be fine.
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