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Old 09-21-2010, 09:28 PM   #121
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The parts they sent for Paul and I to test we were able to bolt on to are T3, but I have no clue how Xray plans on doing it all. I would think that you could update your kit, but like always it seems better to just buy a new one as for getting your best bang for you buck. All your parts will still work from the T3.

Some of the chages are pretty big for Xray. As for shocks I feel that we have some of the best out there. Don't fix wants not broken.

You also have to think how many company's have touring cars these days. The pie is the same size but the pieces of the pie are smaller. At this years IIC Xray had the most cars at the race. Which I think it says alot about the support the team gives at these races. So with buying an Xray you get a great product and great support from team drivers. What other team has a driver like Paul Lemieux that will stop working on his car to help someone out with there's. I don't see guys like Marc or Hara doing things like that."Not sayong that not nice guys"
Or when you call RCAmerica you can talk with guys like Ralph Burch or get intouch with Paul or me.

So with us its more about the whole package. Were racers helping racers. I feel that is a good marketing plan.

Its the little things that makes people want to buy Xray. Right now the market is flooded with cars, and many of them are good. But its the extra things the team does that helps people make there choice.

If you are every at a race and we are there stop by and talk with us. We are the most easiest team to approch and talk with. And I am sure there are a bunch of guys that can tell you that.

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+1, for the most part, the drivers really support each other and for those who just figure something out, they call Ralph, Paul, or Drew directly!!!

You really don't get that with other teams...for the most part, if you don't see "BRAND X" drivers at a race, you have no support from them. The way I see it, you actually get more than you pay for in the box.

Just my .02
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:40 PM   #122
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Two years ago from what saw and heard back at the ROAR nationals in Omaha, NE that was not the case. Xray team sat in their corner and appeared the most unapproachable and to themselves. Many said they didn't want to be bothered. Where as Corally, S.M. were helping people. That's good they changed that perception.
Not attacking you RCknight, but i had a completely different experience.

Last year at the Capital Classic (301 Raceway) I blew my nitro engine. Not only did Drew and Ralph get me one the next morning, they were at the table arguing over the best way to break it in so I could be ready for the first Qual. To top it off, during the warm-ups, my pit man called me in and when I looked down, there was Ralph with my car, temping and tuning. You really can't pay for that kind of support.

This year at the GLC, I sat right across from Drew and Ralph (WCs). I'm by far not one of the best drivers out there, but damn if I didn''t learn a ton from talking and watching. Yeah, they joked about how bad I am , but they also watched me during quals and gave feedback on what I was doing wrong. I tried to not bother them and Ralph even gave me a bit of trouble for not asking for help.

I don't know of any other team that provides that kind of support and for someone like me, it's more important to know I can ask for help than just about anything else.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:43 PM   #123
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:29 AM   #124
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Default Drew pass on that a new Xray color would bring some...

sex appeal to the new car. lol I think a combination of black and gun metal would look nice. Also I got to dig these shocks and color. Come on admit it! lol

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I think the fact of the matter is that there will always be a market for new cars and the reasons for people buying these new kits are not always the same. Some people simply want the latest and greatest. Others are hard on their cars all season long and it is simply easier to buy a new kit than to rebuild/refresh their entire car. Luckily with Xray, Tamiya, AE, and many others, they keep most of the expendable parts the same from year to year so you can maintain a stock of spare parts that aren't obsolete when you upgrade.

As far as the team goes, Xray has some of the top drivers in the world, and especially in the United States. As many have said this is a priceless asset to the car. I have been driving a Tamiya for the last 8 months or so, and while the car is great (and god do I love that blue color), the lack of support can be frustrating, especially trying to buy parts without ordering overseas.

On the subject of friendliness and approachability, Xray's team really shines. I met a lot of their "A-team" at the Snowbirds this year and they are great, friendly guys who would give you the shirt of their back. I hung out in the Xray pit with Drew, EA, Paul, and the rest of the gang and even as a Tamiya guy who wasn't even racing that week, they were super friendly and helpful with my questions on setup, gearing, etc. Drew Ellis even went out of his way to meet me in person through a mutual friend after we had emailed back and forth a few times, which meant a lot to me.

Even their "B-team" on the state level are very willing to share information, loan/give you parts, etc. I race with many of their B-team drivers in the Florida State series, many of which are national champs (Florida has the 2010 Reedy Race 13.5 champion, Reedy Race 17.5 runner up and 3rd place, 2010 Onroad Nationals 17.5 champion, etc. etc., all of which are on the Xray team). These guys are friendly, great racers, and a huge asset to Xray.
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I love the plastic shocks

Last season I ran my RCGT 4 times a month from November to May and NEVER had to rebuild them. They kept the same rebound I put into them on day one and never got air in them.

I'd definitely appreciate a dual-crank steering system.......
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Old 09-24-2010, 02:09 PM   #127
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this one hand made or T3-2011 ?
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this one hand made or T3-2011 ?
Not hand made, it's just one possible version of the T3'11 that Drew ran at the IIC.
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Any idea when they plan to release info on the new car? Perhaps Oct 1st?
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Any idea when they plan to release info on the new car? Perhaps Oct 1st?
On the RCAmerica thread Drew posted part numbers. You could
put the car on back order now and be one of the first people to have one in the states!
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:05 AM   #131
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I really hope they made some changes and went in the direction of the current trends. It's going to be hard decision 417 or the new Xray. I guess we will have to wait and see.

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Not attacking you RCknight, but i had a completely different experience.

Last year at the Capital Classic (301 Raceway) I blew my nitro engine. Not only did Drew and Ralph get me one the next morning, they were at the table arguing over the best way to break it in so I could be ready for the first Qual. To top it off, during the warm-ups, my pit man called me in and when I looked down, there was Ralph with my car, temping and tuning. You really can't pay for that kind of support.

This year at the GLC, I sat right across from Drew and Ralph (WCs). I'm by far not one of the best drivers out there, but damn if I didn''t learn a ton from talking and watching. Yeah, they joked about how bad I am , but they also watched me during quals and gave feedback on what I was doing wrong. I tried to not bother them and Ralph even gave me a bit of trouble for not asking for help.

I don't know of any other team that provides that kind of support and for someone like me, it's more important to know I can ask for help than just about anything else.

At last years Halloween Classic Drew Ellis and Robby Dodge were great. They had no problems helping me what so ever. If I broke a part and didn't have a spare they gave it to me for free even when I offered to pay. Granted they probably get stuff for free, but that isn't the point. They are more than willing to help anybody.
Eric Anderson is another stand-up guy. I didn't even know him when I e-mailed him with questions when I got my T3 Foam edition.
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I really hope they made some changes and went in the direction of the current trends. It's going to be hard decision 417 or the new Xray. I guess we will have to wait and see.

I agree. I hope the changes are in the right direction as well. I love xray cars. I love my T3 Foam car, you couldn't pry it from my cold dead fingers! But since foam is pretty much no longer I bought a T3 rubber spec last race season, it hurts me to say that I didn't like it. I never broke anything on my foam car, but when I would hit a board with the rubber car the dog bones would explode. The pin would shear and everything. And those aren't cheap to replace. The car was so hard to drive for me. I couldn't get the rear end planted. So I bought a Tamiya 416X and love it. But if I can get the T3 2011 to feel like my 416 I'll switch back to Xray in a heart beat. only time will tell. Is there a release date for the 2011 edition T3 yet? It will be a toss up for me too between the new T3 and the 417.
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What up Kevin, how has things been.

Thanks Drew
Good been doin it n the dirt 808E,Xt8E wish i was on the rug tho..
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At last years Halloween Classic Drew Ellis and Robby Dodge were great. They had no problems helping me what so ever. If I broke a part and didn't have a spare they gave it to me for free even when I offered to pay. Granted they probably get stuff for free, but that isn't the point. They are more than willing to help anybody.
Eric Anderson is another stand-up guy. I didn't even know him when I e-mailed him with questions when I got my T3 Foam edition.
Robbie Dodge -psshhh who is that guy???

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