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Old 11-21-2007, 03:42 PM   #16
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The FK04 is probably still one of the fastest cars, especially on carpet.
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Old 11-21-2007, 03:43 PM   #17
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I really wish i got to run mine on the rug. I always gotta take everyones word on it.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:32 PM   #18
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I still run Pro2's with saddle packs...

I loved that car...I only wish they would NOT have made the chassis SO narrow and hard to fit stuff on. I'd like to have a little excess room...if guys want to CUT down their chassis, so be it..but give the rest of us ROOM for STUFF.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:39 PM   #19
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the cars dont have saddles now cuz the cars with saddles are to wide
a narrow car is faster i was told.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:02 PM   #20
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from a guy who has cut both saddle and stick pack chassis kits, That is not true. The FK04 chassis i made was just as narrow as most of the cars out today.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:06 PM   #21
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The benefit of weight placement of a saddle pack car exceeds the benefit of a slightly more narrow chassis. At most you will find that a stick pack chassis(with little to no room for mounting electronics) is maybe 1/8 of an inch more narrow at best
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:16 PM   #22
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Stick/straight pack cars sell. I have heard that saddle packs are just as good or a better layout, but the straight pack layout sells cars to people who have multiple cars and don't want to change configurations, or purchase extra packs.
I don’t really see the “ease of use” argument here. I have saddle packs that can be used on both my old kawada and my T2.
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:13 PM   #23
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Most saddle pack car's also have lay shafts up above the motor and the motor mounted underneath them. This goes against all the low CG trends out there in car design with top decks just barely higher than the center line of the motor.
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My understanding was that things started to change over in the generation of the MR-4TC, TC3, and XXX-S for two reasons:

Japanese racing rules required the use of stick packs (Yokomo)

The explosion of the RTR/basher market (TC3 and XXX-S)

Who knows why they've stuck with it since then.
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Most saddle pack car's also have lay shafts up above the motor and the motor mounted underneath them. This goes against all the low CG trends out there in car design with top decks just barely higher than the center line of the motor.
That is true but with the given weight of todays layshafts, the effect that it has is very minimal if any. To be honest, The higher layshaft was more of a internal ratio thing. The car needed a huge spur. That can always be adjusted by changing to the IR and spurs we use now.
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I agree with Jason of Xrays FK04, but for a bit of a different reason. With a Hard case Lipo pack on that Car you could run it along one side put your electronics on the other, and have the motor (now the heaviest item in the car) in the middle. With this set up you can acheive balance without adding as much weight as you would on the modern crop of TC's that have the motor sticking way out on the left side.
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What we need is hardcase saddle pack. How pimp would that be.
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my old kawada sv10 alcyon will make a comeback thanks to lipo batteries, no need to add any extra weight! they will balance out just fine!!
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What we need is hardcase saddle pack. How pimp would that be.
I've heard that Orion has a design for one, but hasn't seen the need to produce it yet. Perhaps with the popularity of the 4wd class rising we'll see one soon.

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