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Old 03-18-2003, 10:44 AM   #226
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I dowloaded the manual too. The car SEEMS quite good so far except for a few "problems" :

1) There is precious little space for the electronics. Notice that even in the Yokomo pics of the prototype, they had to mount the tiny GM Purple esc on the edge of the chassis from the reciever. I believe the fact they turned the motor 90 degrees ard ate into the space reserved normally for the electronics of the belt driven MR4s. The fact that the steering servo is mounted the way it is dun help either.

2)There is no dedicated place to mount a transponder. There is really no space on the main chassis. I would think that a good place to use would be to cut out the hollow foam bumper and use that to mount the transponder.

3)The manual did not mention if the car will come with spare suspension mounting blocks of different heights to tune the roll center. I hope they do, its just a cheap plastic moulding. I dun wish to have to use washers to alter that setting.
I down loaded the manual as well... without seeing the car and my 2 centabos to some of your questions:

1) I don't see a problem with space for the electronics. There is less space than this on my Pro3.5, A pro level car deserve pro level equipment...small Esc and receivers.

2) Possible place to mount the transponder is on top of the upperdeck or the open area in front of the cells.

3) yes you'll probably have to use washers.... only different toe-in blocks are included.
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Old 03-18-2003, 11:43 AM   #227
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The washer method is the same one used on the Tamiya Evo III. It's a pain in the butt but after a few tries and some good balancing on my part, I was able to adjust the roll center without too much hassle.
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Old 03-18-2003, 02:44 PM   #228
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I've had the manual downloaded for a while and forgot about it!

So I just took my first look at it today. Everything looks pretty straight forward to me. I don't see anything that would be a problem.

As for the electronics space, the Mission or STR-4pro doesn't have anymore room than the yokomo, but I managed to fit a XXtra and Tekin G10 on that car. So if I pulled that off, I have no fear of space limitations on any car!
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Old 03-18-2003, 05:20 PM   #229
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If you mount your receiver on top of the servo, there will be plenty of space for any ESC.
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Anyone know for sure when the car will be at the hobby shops?
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Mo, have you gotten any hints or tips about the car? There had to have been a prototype or two...do you think the car will be offered in both the full SSG and the yokomo tube style?

Thanks for any info!

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Old 03-18-2003, 06:26 PM   #232
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Allmost no place for radio gear.



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Old 03-18-2003, 06:30 PM   #233
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Even the picture won't fit.


Well look at the link then.

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Old 03-18-2003, 06:41 PM   #234
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Jeff, all testing of the car was done in Japan, I believe. There have been none run in the U.S. yet. With the tuneability that it has though, it should be great anywhere. We'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully very soon.
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yeah sounds good, Ill have to think about that hey
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just a comment:
the 'unfortunate' thing about shaft driven cars is that no matter how you design it, they all tend to look similar in layout, especially when you use flat graphite plates instead of moulded tubs. hence the mr4 sd, evo3, pro4, barracuda, tc3 (w irs conversion) can, from a distance, only be recognised via the colour of materials used. let's hope for the sake of variety the other manufacturers (eg losi, xray, corally, schumacher, kawada, kyosho, etc) stick with belts or something else.

the great thing that distinguish our hobby from real sized racing such as f1 is that there are no (ok maybe far fewer) rules to limit the design possibilities of a car. hopefully manufacturers can continue to come out with innovative designs and not be pressured into following the current 'fashion'. after the release of the mr4 sd and pro4, i will love to see something different instead.

meanwhile, let us embrace the new sd!
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Jeff- there will be a plastic tub version of the car out in the future, right now it looks like late summer.
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Why am I waiting?
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Man, the new news has really slowed down for the car. I guess with us knowing all the details, having seen all the pics, and even studied the manual already, theres just not much left to do but get the car!

With only a few days till the overseas release date, it would be nice if Yokomo would grant us all a street price for it. I'm interested to see if it will truely sneek in under the Baracuda price. That would be sweet.
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For whatever its worth, Stormerhobbies shows the Sd for 339.95 and as "on order"

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