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Old 03-13-2004, 11:52 AM   #46
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Here are the answers to your other questions:

The front CVD's we used at the Worlds were pieced together using Durango bones and Losi axles.

All of the custom aluminum parts will be blue, except for the slipper hubs. The car Ryan raced at SIGP had a mix of production and prototype parts, so not everything was anodized.

The front bulkhead/noseplate has 8 degrees of kick-up. We plan to offer caster blocks with different angles. We are currently using (and the kit will come with) 10 degree caster blocks.

In RC Driver, there is a double nut on the slipper. We thought that would be good for locking the slipper adjustment and that is how we ran the cars at the Worlds. But since neither were locking nuts, the back one had a tendency to spin loose. We've changed to a single, nylon insert locknut since then.

We've already got a lot of the production parts, and we expect to receive the rest over the next few weeks. The first batch of kits should start shipping in early April (hopefully in time for the Losi race). I would expect the following batches to be on about one month intervals.
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Old 03-28-2004, 05:33 PM   #47
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they have some new pic up.
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Old 03-30-2004, 10:02 AM   #48
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HeY!!!

I might have to talk my lhs into getting some and storing so parts and that.
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Old 04-03-2004, 09:38 AM   #49
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I might have to talk my lhs into getting some and storing so parts and that.
Actually, most of the parts are already available, as the majority of 'maintenance' type parts are from kits already available. Most of the custom parts that make-up this car are either billet aluminum, or cf weave.

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Josh, I hung out with Jason and Brad a lot at the worlds, and most of the parts Scotty has on the shelves already. The front and rear arms are standard B4 parts, I think the rear hubs are too, I know they were testing some Losi parts on the front end as well. The driveline is TC3 and NTC3. This car should be very good once they start shipping. I know I can't wait to test one.
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Old 04-04-2004, 07:30 PM   #51
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I was out at Minnreg today racing my B4 and saw Jason there. I saw the car at the worlds, but got a closer look at it today. Very awesome! Too bad the last thing I need is another toy car...
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Old 04-05-2004, 04:17 PM   #52
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Old 04-06-2004, 09:49 AM   #54
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Would it be cheaper to get the parts seperatly, or just get the kit when it comes out, and exactly what are all the parts i'd need if i were to just get the parts seperatly???
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There will be various things that will be custom on this car. One would think that it will be more cost effective to purchase the buggy and replace the parts on an as-needed basis. Its not like it uses a standard off the shelf chassis or shock towers...
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Old 04-06-2004, 10:25 AM   #56
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here it is in action at the 18th anual cactus classic

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Old 04-10-2004, 05:52 PM   #57
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I agree that 4wd is the only electric class worth running offroad. But the reason it's not more popular is because, so far to date, every 4wd buggy that's been made is too fragile. People quickly get tired of not finishing races and having to rebuild their cars. 2wd buggies and trucks are much much more durable.
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were can i find pics like that from the classic?
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I agree with you somewhat on the reason why 4wd is not as popular. Things that break too much suck. Plain fact.

But, part of the reason i think is that the current mind set at most tracks is that if you run 4wd buggy, that is automatically a mod class. I think this has the effect of killing the class as well as the durability issues.

If you have a newbie interested in running offroad and is leaning towards 4wd, once he sees that he has to run some insane motor, insane batteries, just to be competive versus the stock class of 2wd vehicles, he will just go 2wd. All it takes is people going that route instead of 4wd, some drivers stop running 4wd, and thats the end of that class.

I think with the takeoff of 19 turn motors for spec racing, If the official stock class for 4wd begins with these, we may see a significant growth in the class. These motors put out plenty of power but are not something insane like a full blown mod motor. You get your speed fix but at the same time a newbie won't feel overwhelmed.

Part of the low turnout equation is the also cost. The vehicles just cost too much. no offense to the BJ4x4 guys, but if the price point is going to be $500 to get into a BJ4x4, I don't think you will see a big explosion of people driving them other than the die hard 4wd guys already. For $500, I can get a 1/8 scale buggy with motor for club racing ( not competition mind you, but fun club racing ).

Finally, the advertising has to be there. When the XX4 came out, just the advertising alone had me sold. That vehicle got me back into RC.

One vehicle that has my interest and I am picking up info on if the BJ4x4 proves to be too much out of my price range is the Academy SB4 Sport. I may have to check this out if I can get a list of the parts as well as any hop ups they may release including there pro version.
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I partially have to agree with you. However, at most tracks, there has to be enough drivers to support a class for there to be one. I asked a simple question if there were going to be enough drivers with 2wd buggies, and the 4wd class died. Now we only have truck mod and 2wd buggy mod. If any 4wd show up we usually put them in the 2wd buggy races. And all it takes to create a class at my local track is 3 entries. We tell people that if there is a class that they want to race in, put it down and we will try to make a class for them. We rarely ever race stock at a normal club race. Trophy race days, we will pull in a couple of heats for stock classes.

However, you do have to look at the BJ4 as a different class car, it may be in production. That, to me, is a loose term for 'production'. It would be like saying that the original AC Cobra turned out by Carol Shelby was a production car. This buggy will not have a production level price tag until they start producing it in the volumes as other buggies like the xxx4, and the mr4bcs. At quantities of only 500 cars, that is hardly production for a hobby grade toy market. It still falls into the catagory of a custom. I think the buggy will be worth the money for the value of product delivered.
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