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Old 01-17-2017, 04:28 PM
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I'll take a look at your FS thread!

Even been seeing a few A800's for sale lately, I wonder whats going on?
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I'm looking at purchasing my first awesomatix, I can't figure out which one to get. A700 evo 2 with floating rear or the A800. If you guys were in the market for a new one, which would you go for?

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That depends on the class you are racing.

For VTA and USGT, the A700 is very good, and used examples are very affordable. The shaft drive seems to be an advantage for low-horsepower classes.

For 17.5 TC, it is difficult to get the A700 balanced side-to-side and still hit the new 1350g minimum weight. The A800 balances better since the motor is hanging off the left side, countering the heavy LiPo.

By the way, you really don't need the floating rear gearbox (or the floating front gearbox, for that matter). I removed the FFG's from all of my cars, and I am quite happy with them.
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I'm just selling mine because I got full rides in nitro buggy and truggy this year. And since Off Road is my specialty I decided to dedicate all of my track time to nitro again this year. To me the 800 is the best all around car. The shaft really shines at slower classes with less motor.
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I worked on the same assumption, as I run 21.5 I figured the A700 would be quicker than the A800 with the shaft drive being an advantage

.....my best lap time in the A700 was 18.9

I set the lap record in the A800 with 18.4

Maybe for VTA and classes with 25.5 it's different but for me (and if you read back I was one of the most reluctant ppl to go to the A800) the A800 is faster.
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Oh hands down it's faster. More consistent, more confidence to be had also in the 800.
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Originally Posted by nexxus View Post
I worked on the same assumption, as I run 21.5 I figured the A700 would be quicker than the A800 with the shaft drive being an advantage

.....my best lap time in the A700 was 18.9

I set the lap record in the A800 with 18.4

Maybe for VTA and classes with 25.5 it's different but for me (and if you read back I was one of the most reluctant ppl to go to the A800) the A800 is faster.
Nexxus, like any 2 different cars one could be faster than the other based on setup. Their are substantial differences between 700 and 800. Track width and wheel base being 2 of them. If you're running the FFG, take that off and go back to straight 700L. Not saying the 800 isn't faster, there's just no reason the 700 shouldn't be as fast.
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Originally Posted by nexxus View Post
I worked on the same assumption, as I run 21.5 I figured the A700 would be quicker than the A800 with the shaft drive being an advantage

.....my best lap time in the A700 was 18.9

I set the lap record in the A800 with 18.4

Maybe for VTA and classes with 25.5 it's different but for me (and if you read back I was one of the most reluctant ppl to go to the A800) the A800 is faster.
I dunno, Tom DeNardis would probably disagree.

I think it's more the a800 is easier to get going faster. Whilst the a700 is a bit harder to setup with probably a narrower window.
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A700 is a gem, and can get faster with a lighter drivetrain....
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A lot of it is personal preference too. Personally with the AUD being weaker and parts orders from overseas taking longer and freight costs escalating I had to look at what had product support locally. It's also why some locally are going from Gizmo to Destiny and other brands, it's no longer cost effective to run a chassis without local support, many US sellers charge $30-$40 freight on a couple of ball studs and caster tools (I know the freight quote I had when buying caster doodles from RSD was $55 US!)

To help with directing people to the right thread I have altered the title of this one to reflect this as the A700 thread as opposed to the other A800 thread.

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Thanks for all the informative replies. I actually will not be racing competitively, just taking laps at the local track at the weekends.

If I was to go the A700 route, can the drivetrain handle a 13.5 brushless motor?
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Yes, just fine. It could handle mod motors too, just a bit more of a handful.

As for people selling A800's, bet most are upgrading to the latest version.
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Yes, just fine. It could handle mod motors too, just a bit more of a handful.

As for people selling A800's, bet most are upgrading to the latest version.
Wouldn't it just be cheaper to buy an upgrade kit rather than a whole new kit?
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It is usually more cost effective to sell your old kit and buy the new one.
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So I think I'm leaning more towards the A700. Any spare parts or hop ups I should get at the time of purchasing the kit?
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So I think I'm leaning more towards the A700. Any spare parts or hop ups I should get at the time of purchasing the kit?
Check out this wiki page Awesomatix USA put together.

http://racerlog.com/wiki/Awesomatix_...2F_Consumables
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