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Old 11-07-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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How long do top guys keep a kit (i.e. 2wd buggy or truck) for racing before starting fresh?

10 races, 20 etc.?
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Old 11-07-2008, 06:18 PM   #2
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My opinion for what it's worth is that you replace so many parts frequently that you kinda are always fresh, atleast if your serious you do upkeep.
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I do normal maintenance such as cleaning and checking stuff out between race weekends.

Usually a full tear down of essential components such as diffs, shocks, bearings, etc. every other race weekend.

Then I sell everything in the fall and buy new for the next year.

Just the way I've always done it.

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Old 11-07-2008, 06:28 PM   #4
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i know a few guys at my track that will try to get a new one once every other season. which is about 72 club races/qualifiers or 24ish club race nights... this is not including going out to the track to practice or the larger races such as the jbrl or reedy truck race etc....But then again these kids work at the hobby shop. so..idk if they get a discount or not.
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My general routine is to tear down the car every week after club racing. I will relube the diff, shocks, and replace parts as they start to get sloppy. Ballcups once a month, and bearings at the first sign of grit. As for buying a new kit, I will do that every 4-6 months depending on the amount of races I put on it. At a big race the car gets rebuilt after every day of practice, and between each qualifier (diffs, shocks, polish hinge pins, etc).
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I find the AE cars wear a little faster than the Losi's and when they do, their performance degrades worse than the losi's. That said, I run a B4. For me, it's faster and I don't run enough to really wear it out that fast. When they do, it's best to sell it off used and buy a new one. Replacing all the plastic and wear items costs about the same as the difference between what you can sell towards a new one.
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Call me crazy. I've owned my B4 since 2003 when it first came out. Of course this was before the Factory Team came out so I ended up doing a full upgrade. I give mine a tear down into sub assemblies and clean once a week. Once a month I disassemble the car down to screws and parts. At this time I check over everything for wear and unseen damage when the car is together. To be completely honest, probably the only original parts from the car are the tranny gears and the CVDs. I just replaced the tub chassis after beating the hell out of the original carbon composite chassis I installed back in 2003.
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The only original thing on my car is the turnbuckles..
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I keep them maintained with no slop with new arms,carriers,bulkheads as needed to keep them slop free,Bt my general rule of thumb is that when screw holes start feeling a little loose, its time to just get a new kit. At that point the old one will be broken down into emergency spare parts.Right now my parts box has enough spares in it to build 2 used chassis, and 1 new one.BUT I do run a car that most hobby stores dont stock parts for, so I am used to carrying all my spares with me since I usually cany buy them.
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