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Old 05-13-2005, 11:12 PM   #16
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What keeps dirt out of the diff. gears?
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SocalSnakeEyes, the diff boxes are shielded with lexan plates (see the reflection on the overview)
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Old 05-14-2005, 12:29 AM   #18
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If you look closer you'll see theres a clear lexan cover, quite decieving to look at but its there.
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Ok, I didn't see it. Any date it will be in the states? EST. $?
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Old 05-14-2005, 03:10 AM   #20
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3-4 GEKKOs will attend serveral races up to the Euros this season to get the buggy work at its best.
After that, it's time to think about production - it won't be a good idea to release a car that still has some flaws in it, though it even happens with big companies.
I'm not saying the car doesn't perform good as it is, but a season of race-testing will for sure bring up some improvements!
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Old 05-15-2005, 11:44 PM   #21
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I am very interested in seeing this car in action. The 4wd class is picking up again adn there are not that many out there to choose from. I am wondering what kind of price tag is this car going to carry. We need some more 4wd choices out there, so I hope the testing turns out good.
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Old 05-17-2005, 06:51 AM   #22
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If this vehicle does well, are there plans to really push this in the USA?
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If this vehicle does well, are there plans to really push this in the USA?
Yes yes. do tell!

I'm sure the plan is to push a production car in Europe first.....is there a time frame for when that might happen?
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Old 05-31-2005, 10:23 AM   #25
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Very cool design. Looks like it has carbon centre shafts...? Looks like it should be expensive, nice though.
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Old 05-31-2005, 11:31 AM   #26
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Looks like a BJ4 with a different battery/motor layout. I wonder what the reasons for using the alloy diff cases are? Probably would've been easier to use the ones from the TC3 (then it would be a BJ4).
Very well executed though.
Btw Cain, the reason for the brolen front arms on the BJ4 is that they pivot at a much lower angle than the B4 that they were designed for. Front arms are protected by suspension action to a much higher degree on 2wd cars because of all the kickup.
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:54 PM   #27
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In a 4wd car, I would far prefer to have alloy bulkheads, as they keep the gear mesh far better aligned in the case of a bump/rough track, plus, the amount of front kickup is easier to optain withough modifying an existing part.

The only thing this car realy has the same as the BJ is parts pulled from the parts bin. I personaly far prefer this design, and actualy it was something the UK Academy team were toying with before the distributor called it a day.
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Old 06-01-2005, 02:05 PM   #28
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As far as production goes, I can only quote myself:
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After that, [racing success] it's time to think about production - it won't be a good idea to release a car that still has some flaws in it, though it even happens with big companies.
So to speak, there are no plans yet - though you can be sure that if everything works out and there's enough interest, the guys behind team GEKKO would try their best to make the car available.

alloy bulkheads: DCM already explained it, besides, a TC3 (or any other GB) would not fit the GEKKOs layout (well perhaps the Academy SB-V2's that is not available yet)

broken B4 arms: the reason, why the arms on the BJ4 break quite easy is the fact that they're mounted "around" an inner alloy bulkhead. That means that an impact load will make the A-arm hit the alloy block with it's front mount.
The GEKKO uses two bulkhead braces that sandwich the arm - which can transfer impact loads with the front and rear mount (or more precise: can absorb some of the impact load with it's inner X-shape)
Additionally, Delrin Pivot balls are used in the rear brace that provide some dampening.
As far as I'm informed, only one A-arm was broken up to now - during a full speed crash into a pipe.
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all sounds good to me mate, remember, if you want some UK testing, I know some good drivers, and me, lol.
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Sounds and looks like a very interesting buggy. Definately help jump-start the 4wd racing with a new design! Let me know if you're interested in having us (www.rcxotic.com) review it.
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