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Old 01-21-2009, 08:22 AM   #631
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Markus -

Any idea when the updated (less brittle) front body posts be available?
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Old 01-21-2009, 08:25 AM   #632
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Can some one tell me the size of the front axle lock nuts? The instruction manual shows them as M4 and yet others are calling them 3mm. I'm confused.
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A little bird told me that the front wheel nuts for the 12R5 fit just fine.
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:08 AM   #633
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As a whole, I like it because it's different. To many cars, link or T-bar, are just another car. When I want to drive a car for myself, I want to drive something different, something exciting. I don't even care if it's better. just give me something unique. If it sucks and people like it, it will improve.

I like the car. Few things I would change, and I have opinions on car setup that are unique to myself.

I won't go into how it reacts with my setup and style, as that's unfair. everybody is different. But I like where it's at, for me. You have to find your base and work it. What's loose for my son, is usually tight for me.

What I would change. and this is all "nit-picky" and my own opinion.
You can shim the T-bar, but not the pod. I'd like to see the pod shaved down so that those same shims under the T-bar pivots apply to where the T-bar meets pod for more adjustability.

T-bar needs to be re-designed, it's weak. I haven't broken one yet, but it's coming. I "cringe" in tight traffic, and lot's of other people have commented on how little material is left back there holding the car together.

I have the heaviest center spring on the car, and I think it's still to pre-loaded. Need something a shade heavier, still.

Front end needs either a longer axle, or machined down so a wheel can be shimmed in and out. Not enough thread to get a nut to hang on there with a Jaco wheel. And you don't have enough axle to run a shim on either side of the bearing.

I made a bumper for the car because I was worried about the front end being weak. So far, nothing has broken. It's time for the bumper to come off, and I could use the weight reduction.

I like it. So far, only been run in 17.5 with Tekin. As soon as we get more S120, I'm gonna build another one for myself for mod. Likely with the 2.2 Speedpassion stuff. I'm curious to see how the 2.2 stuff is doing. I'd like to see how it manages heat.

I think the fact that I'm planning on building a second car speaks pretty well of what I think about the car. When somebody asks, "What car should I get, if I really don't have a prefference", we always tell them to find out what the majority of the racers here at Stormer Hobbies are using for cars. We tend to OVERSTOCK parts for those cars that we enjoy, making parts availability EXCELLENT. Buy a car you can get parts for, and you'll be happier.
The new T bar is not counter sunk which adds more material in that area. I have only broken two and since changing to the new T bar, none broken to date. On the new T bar, you now need to use button head screws and enlarge the two holes so the head of the screw does not come in contact with the chassis. I agree on the front axles. All they need to do is make them just a few mm longer. Of course, a 4-40 thread would be nice as you can use a much smaller nut which will not come in contact with the outer race of the bearing.

We had four S120 at our last race. They are gaining in popularity!!!
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He Bob!!
Wow....did not know that you race that good.....way to go!!
Well, we changed the t-bar design and like it is now, I see no point in changing it. Here in europe we hardly see people braking t-bars now.
Ok you can always brake one if you hit something very hard or in the right angle.

As far as the front stubs are concerned, we will solve that with a low profile nut. Working on that. Like it is now it works with all wheels, you simply can not shim for wider front right now. This will change with the new nuts.

Arrrrg....too many people want a bumper....this is so ugly *lol*

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Old 01-21-2009, 11:15 AM   #635
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He Steve!!
Wanna make that open to everybody.
Sure, I remember you from the IIC 2007! Quite a long time ago now.....
Need to meet the "old" mans club again, hehe :-)

Sure, I will help anybody with a S120 at the Snowbirds, simply pass by and have a chat. Thats what a teamguy is also there for.
We will also have spares and kits there, so dont worry!

You can also ask Paul Cicarello for advice, as he will run the car in Modified too. He is also always helpful....

Concerning the question about the more flexible bodyposts....they are working on it, and it will be replaced in the kits as well as spares. As I am not into production status, I cant say exactly when.

Take care guys!
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He Bob!
You know MC Gyver?? *lol* (I only say 1989) hehe
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:26 PM   #637
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You know MC Gyver?? *lol* (I only say 1989) hehe
I "AM" MacGyver!

<---I want my mullet back.

So The newest, non-countersunk T-bars are what Serpent is considering the current fix. Is that accurate? just trying to figure out where we are.

What about machining the pod?
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<---I want my mullet back.

So The newest, non-countersunk T-bars are what Serpent is considering the current fix. Is that accurate? just trying to figure out where we are.

What about machining the pod?
Yep! The fix was to eliminate the counter sinks on the T bar. It actually did make the T bar stronger. If you don't hit much, then the new T bar should be fine. I have clipped a couple of spring boards in a full speed sweeper with the new T bar and lived to complete the run!!
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Congrats Paul Ciccarello for his performance at the Northeast Grand Slam Race # 3

Here is the link for the report:

http://www.serpent.com/news/12631/Pa...0-in-mod-.html
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Interview with Paul Ciccarello

http://www.serpent.com/news/12632/In...o--driver.html
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Does anyone know if there is a bumper for this car?
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Does anyone know if there is a bumper for this car?
The Slapmaster bumper for the BMI DB12R has almost the exact body post centers. You'll have to trim it to fit around the caster blocks, though.
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Just dropping a line to inform that all S-120 parts back in stock and shipped to dealers.

Orange Power Pod and Front end kit in stock!
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..only a few more days for the Birds....you ready Markus??? LOL!!!
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Oh yeah buddy....just packing!! Too much stuff....
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