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Old 10-23-2012, 02:03 PM
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This truck looks promising but I'll wait to pass judgement till it's been out awhile and if upgraded versions come out. I learned my lesson buying the SC10 4x4 when it's first came out. Now my SC10 4x4 is all hopped up and dialed having tried every incarnation of every mod and dropping a ton of coin into it. And...my RC8.2E SC conversion still spanks its a$$ with no major mods.

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To me, it sounds like AE is kinda re-branding their race vs. entry-level products like HPI/Hot Bodies and Team Losi / TLR have with this Qualifier Series.

Assume if it doesn't say Factory Team in the name, its not intended/marketed to be a competitive race machine. That doesn't mean this kit won't be able to make it around a off-road track, just don't expect team drivers to offer set-up sheets or a ton of AE hop-ups. If there is a market for hop-ups, you know the usual guys (STRC/Integy/RPM/etc....) will offer them.

Everyone seems to be going after a piece of the RTR market this year. Perhaps in part because Traxxas has made the leap into the big box electronics stores.
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prolite listed up on tower:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXCYBG**&P=7

$359.99

not sure if it will go down between now and release, but assuming that is correct, wonder how much value people will place on this versus say the SC10 4x4 RTR with free FT upgrade for $399.99 ? Prolite does include a battery though ...
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Originally Posted by symmetricon View Post
In all honesty, the Losi SCTE is not a race bred truck either, the Ten is no race machine. And I actually dont want to see a 1/8 buggy conversion, I want 1/10 SCT to remain 1/10th. I owned the losi long enough to now how hard it is on electronics, especially batteries, and I dont want to go back there again. The closer 1/10 sct get to 1/8 e buggies, the less a reason to distinguish the two differently.
perhaps not "race bred" but certainly race worthy (although the argument could be made that the ten is just a shrunken 8ight and thus "race bred"). usable shocks. sway bars. 3 diffs.

as far as the 1/10, 1/8 thing, we'll have to agree to disagree. 1/10 4x4's are fragile and they are light weights (B44). to make these things durable for the power we use, there has to be girth to it. $45 nano tech batteries do just fine in SCTE's and the current crop of the commonly used 4x4SC ESC's are more than capable (RX8, SCTPro, R10 pro, etc).
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Originally Posted by RC*PHREAK View Post
first of all, this thing would need a lot of work. new shocks, sway bars, some captured ends (not absolutely necessary, but i would definitely want them). then there is the lack of a center diff. the center diff is a major tuning option. if this truck eventually has a center diff option, i'd reserve judgement.

ProLite
Length: 535mm (21.06in)
Width: 305mm (12.01in)
Wheelbase: 324mm (12.76in)
Weight: 2624g (5.78 lbs)

SC10 4x4
Length: 550mm (21.65in)
Width: 293mm (11.54in)
Wheelbase: 327mm (12.87in)
Weight: 2775g (6.12 lbs)

it also appears to be shorter and wider than the SC10 4x4. with the power these need to be competitive, that makes for a squirrely ride (comparatively).

plus there is the AE guys highlighting words like "sport" all over the place, leads me to believe it's not meant to be a competitive racer. when kinwald and mayfield are wheeling these at major races (if it's even ROAR legal) instead of the SC10 4x4, then i'll change my tune...
According to the ROAR rulebook it is not a legal width.

Overall Width* Minimum 273mm (10.75 in) Maximum 296mm (11.65 in)

Although maybe a set of -5mm offset wheels would cure that issue.
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Does the Pro-Lite truck use B44's transmission? If so, that gear differential would be really neat to try out in the B44...
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Does the Pro-Lite truck use B44's transmission? If so, that gear differential would be really neat to try out in the B44...
I hope so??
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:37 PM
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If this takes off when it hits the ground there will be a ton of aftermarket support if that is what is needed to make it compete well. Look at all the Low CG kits for the slashes for example.

Honestly, I like it, may not be a racers setup, but it is looks solid.
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Originally Posted by Gigasipke View Post
According to the ROAR rulebook it is not a legal width.

Overall Width* Minimum 273mm (10.75 in) Maximum 296mm (11.65 in)

Although maybe a set of -5mm offset wheels would cure that issue.
My guess is that's why AE is using the term "Sport" so frequently. Not meant to race, simply because it can't (illegally wide).
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dangit! now i'll never be able to sell my sc10 4x4!

The truck does look good, and I bet you'll be seeing it at tracks soon.
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Finally a shaft!!! LOL!!! Wished they had that when I ran them. That chassis don't look associated tho. Hmmmmmm. Is there a kit coming out soon? Not an RTR.
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Originally Posted by RC10Nick View Post
dangit! now i'll never be able to sell my sc10 4x4!

The truck does look good, and I bet you'll be seeing it at tracks soon.


lol, just drive it. I'm going back to 1/10 scale electronics in mine. I just need to find a hot motor. Never should have sold my 7.5 with the HT rotor.
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Originally Posted by Cain View Post
prolite listed up on tower:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXCYBG**&P=7

$359.99

not sure if it will go down between now and release, but assuming that is correct, wonder how much value people will place on this versus say the SC10 4x4 RTR with free FT upgrade for $399.99 ? Prolite does include a battery though ...
I saw that too... I was thinking there would be a bigger price difference between the two.

But it's cheaper than a Slash 4x4 and is definitely a better vehicle to get someone into racing. As long as it's somewhat tough I think they have a winner on their hands. Very interested to see how it is once it's out.
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Looks to be based on a Thunder Tiger Sparrowhawk platform...

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