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Old 04-04-2003, 07:57 PM
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Originally posted by JDM_DOHC_SiR
Right service wrong rank
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"what is E-1, Seaman Recruit Alex"
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Old 04-04-2003, 08:27 PM
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Originally posted by JDM_DOHC_SiR
Right service wrong rank
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I think it's getting RANK in here
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Old 04-04-2003, 11:34 PM
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Originally posted by Herminator
surely you can pick up a bargain cheapo one from a local shop, then you'll have a spare when the other one gets a fualt
Hehehe when you've spent as much as I have you'll find that buying even a cheap servo hurts

In any case its not so bad missing out will give me a chance to do more workon the car

Things I've done so far:

1. Sand the edges of the battery cut outs so that the batteries sit lower and more securely. Chamfered the edges at an angle and sealed them with super glue.

2. Dremelled and cut the battery holders so they fit and can be used to secure the strap.

3. Broke in the gears after upgrading to the PAL drive system for a few hours using an old Johnson 540 motor. Best to do this before the next step.

4. Applied dry Teflon lubricant to the gears so that they are more efficient and less noisy. Put a few coatings and left to dry.

This stuff is amazing, I wonder why no one has suggested using it on the gears yet

Make sure you use dry lubricant only for obvious reasons.

You can get it from bike shops. Some people may prefer White Lightning.
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Hey Itchy,
How does your EvoIII compare to the R2? Which drivetrain is smoother? I am planning on getting one to add to the shaft drive stable. Im also thinking about with the Yoke Sd. I still can't decide because of the EvoIII's one-way issue and Yokomo's rep for breaking.
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Old 04-05-2003, 12:14 AM
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The Evo3 is smoother but it has weaker gears. Its all a matter of compromise the Barra is tougher because the gears are pretty big like the TC3 which allows them to survive crashes. The Evo3 gears are very fine and are made of soft plastic.

If you're racing in the modified class the Barra would be a better option than the current Evo3.

What I like about the Barra apart from its looks is the slop free c-hubs compared to the Evo3 which has Tamiya's patented slop
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Wow, you have both, which one is easier to drive?
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Originally posted by forty6
Wow, you have both, which one is easier to drive?
I have not driven the cuda for very long yet. Only about 5 minutes Will let you know tommorow.

As it turns out my KO 2174 servo arrived an hour ago! So it looks like I will be racing after all.
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Originally posted by itchynads
Things I've done so far:

Broke in the gears after upgrading to the PAL drive system for a few hours using an old Johnson 540 motor. Best to do this before the next step.

Applied dry Teflon lubricant to the gears so that they are more efficient and less noisy. Put a few coatings and left to dry.

This stuff is amazing, I wonder why no one has suggested using it on the gears yet

Make sure you use dry lubricant only for obvious reasons.

You can get it from bike shops. Some people may prefer White Lightning.

I use Microlon on the gears rather than dry teflon ...but both work well.....you just have to let them penitrate the gears..also it works better on the 39T gears vice the 16T ones

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Originally posted by JDM_DOHC_SiR
I use Microlon on the sears rather than dry teflon ...but both work well.....you just have to let them penitrate the gears..also it works better on the 39T gears vice the 16T ones

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Do you really need this stuff in your gear case?
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Do you really need this stuff in your gear case?
Heath' it's not required

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Man, I gotta check these threads more often and keep you guys in check!!! Focus people, barracuda talk, and no more dirty talk

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Originally posted by JDM_DOHC_SiR
Steve and all of you guys.... Some good advice here..

All of you guys in the states seem to ba having glitching problems ....but I hav eyet to have one to this day with my Cuda's .... I think that It might have to do with the location of your guys recivers ????? not all of you guys seem to have this problem ...but most do.. Try mounting the reciver on top of the Servo and see what this does for you all .... I'm almost positive it will help some ..almost 90% of the Cuda Owners in Japan do this

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Yeah! I also did that to solve glitch problem: mount the rx on top of servo!
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Steve: I can't wait to drill my pistion holes... May I know your #40wt oil is Asso. or Trinity? Thanks!
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Ok got back from some racing with the 'cuda. Used the time to mostly get a feel of the car and for fine tuning before a club meet next meet.

The speed of the car is right up there with my Evo3.

With a Monster Stock geared at 6.4 the car had plenty of speed on a large track.

The PAL drive system seems to have no negative impact on the car's peformance. I didn't really notice any improvements to the acceleration or top speed as a result of the upgrade so the jury is still out on the benefits of the PAL drive system. But it does look good on the car

I went with 1.5 x 5.25 springs all around and it did seem to make the car more responsive to my input but it did feel very twitchy. The rear end had too much grip which resulted in some understeer. I was also using 50wt oil all around. May need to try some sway bars on the rear.

I was using some square rear alloy hubs which seem to have no toe at all. I measured the rear toe on the setup station to be about -1 degree.

There was some bad luck at the end of the day when a bearing in the front gear box gave way causing some really weird sounds.

Haven't had much luck with bearing in either of my cars. I stuck with the stock bearings and it looks like I may need to try some better quality bearings.

Oh well will see what happens next week I suppose.
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