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Old 10-05-2013, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by motobigalow View Post
So If I get a new kit for 184 from tamiya usa, is rcmart my most economical place for the the xr chassis kit?
I guess it would depend on shipping. I have not looked into the stuff from overseas personally.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:34 PM
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state side where should I look, tower hobbies seems a little high and tamiya usa is full price for the xr chassis I really don't like buying from overseas and waiting on the shipping. I'm into instant gratification lol
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Originally Posted by Chiefy 707 View Post
Crazy beautiful car! Is the blue gearcase part of the upgrade kit? I was under the impression it was a prototype piece.

Edit. Just looked it up. I see that the XR uses the plastic gearcase and the XM uses the lovely. So now my question is, was Lee Martin's Worlds car a prototype or is it exactly what you have?

Looking into getting a 2wd buggy when I get back to the states. As a Tamiya fan my heart demands I get a 201. Logic tells me to go cheap (V2MR or Cactus). But I'm also eyeballing the Serpent Spyder. For roughly $360 the XM is about $60 more than the Spyder.
Lee's car is definitely different. See RED RC's coverage of the worlds. It describes the differences and has pictures.

Yes this car was crazy expensive for a 2wd to build as it required a new kit the XR conversion, the XM conversion, big bores, aluminium suspension parts, rear hub carriers and titanium screw set. But I'm real happy with the result and I don't expect to see too many more at the tracks.

If you are a TRF fan you'll love the fit and finnish of the parts. If your not a TRF fan, you can buy a TLR 22.2 much cheaper for similar spec.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:50 PM
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Holy crap was I off on my guesstimates! And I thought the RB6's price was ridiculous. I guess I'll just blow kisses at them from a distance. Such a beautiful car though.

Who knows though. If I can spend $700 on my drift car, why not right? lol
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Yeah I was all over it priced stuff out and decided to hold off on shocks because I have an extra set of kyohso big bores I can run. And buy tidbits as I go. Car looks so good though, I had to justify it lol
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You can definitely build the car up over time, especially if you already have a 201 you are willing to convert. XR conversion first up and then XM later. Good thing is the XM comes with a body.

You can then get all the other hop ups later. I just wanted to build a new car with all the fruit from scratch as a project. I bought many of the parts over a period of 3 to 4 months rather than in one big hit.
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I went ahead and bought the kit and xr kit. Going to put hexes on it and upgrade as I go from there. eventually getting the xm. One thing I should have asked about is the quality of the diff. Is it comparable to kyosho?
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Get the hop-up ball diff gear set as a spare (TAM54262). The stock counter gear will eventually get stripped and also damage the main gear.
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Cool thanks
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Originally Posted by motobigalow View Post
I went ahead and bought the kit and xr kit. Going to put hexes on it and upgrade as I go from there. eventually getting the xm. One thing I should have asked about is the quality of the diff. Is it comparable to kyosho?
The XM comes with the reinforced gear set, however, you need to get reinforced gear set as an extra if you want two reinforced idler gears. I don't know what the Kyosho diffs are like. But, as others have suggested, you can replace the standard diff parts with the optional ones. My other 201 needs a diff rebuild and I cannot say it has been used extensively. Thus the standard diff parts aren't great, but they'll do for a while.
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Okay that's basically what I was asking. The kyosho diffs are smooth and durable. So I was hoping for similar. Where I ordered from are out of the reinforced gears so I will wait till rebuild time
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I have had my car since January and rebuilt the diff twice. I use ceramic balls and it is very nice.
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Originally Posted by motobigalow View Post
state side where should I look, tower hobbies seems a little high and tamiya usa is full price for the xr chassis I really don't like buying from overseas and waiting on the shipping. I'm into instant gratification lol
www.speedtechhobbies.com
www.tqrcracing.com


here are a few that stock parts in the us..... but if you can wait 10 days on customs much is the way to go!

www.muchhobby.com
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So what's everyone's experience with tamiya usa's shipping. How many business days should I expect before my order hits a truck?
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I ordered the buggy from Tamiyausa a couple weeks ago and I got it in 5 days to Florida.
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