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Old 12-27-2004, 09:31 PM   #16
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Okay, here's my assessment. Remember, this feedback is limited to only a few tracks.
Yokomo- Not bad, breakage is average, tight and nimble, affected by set ups greatly.
BJ4- Slaps and slides out. Still a little early to really tell, need more testing.
XXX4- Good, but breakage an issue, also slaps a bit on jumps.
XX4- Handles good, a pain to work on, discontinued car, still a little early for me to give appraisal. Haven't driven it much.
X-5 (conversion for XX4)- Expensive conversion, looks good, but company seems a little new and support is low, but expected for such a small company. Good idea, seems to address a lot of issues that faced the XX4.
Academy- Friend had one and had problems, but after several custom mods, seemed to be pretty good. New pro seems to address these problems.
Schumacher- old design. Seems to do well in open track with less jumps; like in Europe. Breakage can be a problem. Shocks are junk.
New Kyosho- I want one.
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Old 12-27-2004, 09:35 PM   #17
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I had a Yokomo MR-4BCS and I'd have to say that durability was better than average...

on dusty tracks the diffs can get gritty in a hurry, but if built using carbide balls then the maintenance onthem wasn't too horrible...

I'm keeping my ear to the ground on a shaft drive Yokomo though...or the Kyosho if they actually support it in the US with parts that don't cost a mint
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Old 12-27-2004, 10:11 PM   #18
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hey ed...which schumacher are you talking about? cat 2000 yes old design...cat 3000 is not that old...and schumacher shocks junk? those shocks and losi threaded shocks are tied in my book for best shocks
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:46 PM   #19
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I was referring to the Cat 3000. I guess its relative, since compared to what's out now, the 3000 is old. As far as shocks, I personally don't think the shocks are that good, then again AE aren't that much better, but Losi seem to work and the Yoks are good too.
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Old 12-27-2004, 11:48 PM   #20
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I guess "junk" was a big word. I'll just say, not the best. lol
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:02 AM   #21
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I am probably in the minority in liking the AE shocks. Haven't had a problem with them. May give losi another try if I ever have a losi vehicle again just to see if they are that good. Last time I had them was with a XX-4 and I can't say they were bad as there was other issues with the vehicle that had my attention.

Either tonite or tomorrow the SB Pro will get mostly built with whatever parts I still need for the Pro Sedan getting set aside.
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:12 PM   #22
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Been running my BJ4 lately and its definately moving up the leader board.
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:07 PM   #23
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Any news on the new Kyosho. I really want one of them. Is it our in Japan yet? If so, I may have a way to get myself one. I really want one, someone has to know something about this buggy, come on, give it up!
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Old 01-07-2005, 07:31 AM   #24
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most info I have seen about the buggy was found on the radiocontrolzone board.

I was told that we may see something early spring or summer this year. not sure how much weight to put into it.

As for pricing, not sure. Expect to pay a pretty penny.
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tamiya gravelhound or rising storm...both 4 wheel drive, extremely durable(no real need for parts support) and you can find tons of hopups on ebay and other vendors cuz its Tamiya.

I used to have a xxx4 g+, and frankly I actually prefer my gravel hound to that break fest of a car. At our local track, I kept up with a gas buggy for several laps with a stock p2k2 and toy tires it comes with in my gravel hound. Oh yeah, did I mention its really really really cheap compared to the others?
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Old 01-15-2005, 01:02 PM   #26
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That new KYOSHO is AMAZZZZZZING

they have somehow managed to make a one-off car out of a tourer and some old parts they had lying around, then somehow cut a mid 90's lazer body to fit REALLY REALLY badly.

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OOPLE- I detect a hint of sarcasm in your post

Just for the record 2 of those ZX5 prototypes made the A-Main at last years Japanese Nationals - so they can't be too bad.
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Old 01-17-2005, 11:12 AM   #28
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just a bit

this isnt exactly the first prototype they made, and even the cars they actually put into production dont get released outside japan... (lazer evo)
i seriously wouldnt hold my breath for a decent buggy from kyosho.
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Old 01-17-2005, 12:34 PM   #29
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I would'nt hold my breath either but they didn't hire Mark Pavidis just to race touing cars...
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The Yokes the best, I got a MR4BCS and within a month there are 4 in our club, all with happy owner drivers, Academy parts hard to get here in uk . You don't need hop ups with the yoke .special
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