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Old 06-21-2011, 04:44 AM   #1
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Anyone with one, let us know your results. This car could get alot of newbies into spec touring/VTA/RCGT at the price. The word just needs to get out there. Tell us what you like and dont about it
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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Well lets see....I've been running the Sakura Zero for about a year and a half. Started out running it on carpet but now mostly run on pavement.

Likes:
-Like the chassis width and weight mounting system (narrow and wide chassis)
-Like the way the rear shocks are mounted
-Like the parts quality
-Like the fact that 3Racing makes almost every possible hopup for the car
-Love the new style motor mount

Dislikes:
-Hate the fact that 3Racing doesn't make 6 deg caster blocks (even though x-ray blocks will work)
-Hate that 3Racing makes a 21 and 22 tooth center pullies but not the belts that will allow you to run them
-Hate that 3Racing did not develop the roller ball diff so that it was as good or better than the ball diff
-Hate that the stock out of the box car has zero rear traction!!!!
-Wish the car used bigger diff pulleys to help free up the drive train

Overall I love the car but with no support in the US (US drivers at pro level) makes trying to run the car very hard.
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When i did run the car i had some good results with it down here in Australia. But the car did have A LOT of work done to achieve the results.

TQ, Second Place - ACT State Titles (17.5)
Second Place - South Australia (17.5)
A main finish Australian National Titles (17.5)

The car has potential but i left as 3 racing at the time didn't bother making the appropriate changes the car needed.
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I have the Zero S, and I run it in VTA. I ran my fastest laps on the track the first time I ran my Zero. Then a real experienced racer helped me with set up and it runs even faster laps. On par with all of the fastest cars in our VTA class, albeit not in my hands , Im still a second off the pace per lap of the others. But its a great car. Pretty impressed all around with 3Racing, as I just got the F109 as well and I love it.
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-Hate that the stock out of the box car has zero rear traction!!!!
How'd you give the car more rear traction?

I run a Sakura Zero here in Manila. Ran it's first club race last Saturday, qualified 9th A Main, and finished 7th. That's after a year long break from racing.

I like that the car and parts are affordable, and it responds well to settings changes.
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How'd you give the car more rear traction?

I run a Sakura Zero here in Manila. Ran it's first club race last Saturday, qualified 9th A Main, and finished 7th. That's after a year long break from racing.

I like that the car and parts are affordable, and it responds well to settings changes.
yes the parts are affordable, just need more shops to carry parts. my LHS carrys the normal xray/top parts. worse case some suspension parts will work(from what i'm told) off xray
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At the moment i am driving the car with the TRF416 setup and it works ok.
Parts are good and i have been running the car with the TRF416 rear shock config (this is like the new Sakura)for a few months now.
That and the new suspension arms do improve the car a lot.
Still needs some fine tuning.
Hate the play on the shocks,as this is causing leakages and inconsistant results on the shocks.
Rebuild them using Tamiya and Top Photon parts and are now much better

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yes the parts are affordable, just need more shops to carry parts. my LHS carrys the normal xray/top parts. worse case some suspension parts will work(from what i'm told) off xray
Because the parts are so affordable, I bought all the spares I need when I got the car. Three sets each of all the plastic parts and shock towers! Lol!

The spool outdrives & CVDs are interchangable too with the 416/417 ones.
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What parts on this car brake the easiest? that way i know to maybe upgrade them when i build the car.

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After building a few Tamiyas and my Xray T3 11, I picked up the Sakura Zero S recently just for kicks and all I can say is wow. Pretty impressive chassis from the price. I'm just about done building it and plan on running it this weekend, any tips on hop ups? I figure universals in the rear, but is there anything else I should get? Extra arms/c-hubs?
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What parts on this car brake the easiest? that way i know to maybe upgrade them when i build the car.

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I had a real hard head on crash at full boost last Sat. and these are what broke:

Right Front C hub
Left Front CVD, (swing shaft split in two!)
Left Plastic Spool Outdrive (This is really supposed to give, I think, since I was on a spool.)

I sugguest using the steel swingshafts if you will be running a spool up front.
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The usual parts like arms,c-hubs,cvd's,belts and most of all the vertical motormount with the topdeck to match and the alloy spur gear adaptor 19 teeth pulley's.The last part will give you a IDR of 2 and will free up the drive train a lot..It also eliminates any wobble you have with the plastic spurgear adaptor.
Get a desent set of springs like the short Tamiya's or the Team Magic set as these will eliminate the buy of the 4mm higher shock mounts if you have any problems with getting the car low enough.

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After building a few Tamiyas and my Xray T3 11, I picked up the Sakura Zero S recently just for kicks and all I can say is wow.* Pretty impressive chassis from the price.* I'm just about done building it and plan on running it this weekend, any tips on hop ups?* I figure universals in the rear, but is there anything else I should get?* Extra arms/c-hubs?
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Thanks for the help! I knew that I would need something else for the spur gear, those plastic pieces are pretty bad. So you need a different upper deck with the vertical motor mount?
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You can modify the stock piece but i heard it will snap easely when having a impact/crash.
Go for the new topdeck.
No dremeling needed and stronger
Also get some suspension mounts for the rear so you can alter toe in.
The alloy wheel hexes are also a good upgrade and buy a 4mm set for the rear so you get some more grip.
If you don't like that you can buy the new Sakura X01 and X02 arms so you get a smaller car and more grip.
I got already the "new" rear shocktower setup and the shorter arms on the car.
Hopefully i can test the short arms this weekend if i am not working

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Mark Flores, to answer your question about more rear traction here is what I did...

1) Switched to narrow blocks in the rear (NRF +0, NRR +2)
2) Switched to 4mm hex in the rear (running 5mm up front)
3) Moved rear arms forward 1mm (all shims behind rear arms)
4) Added more rear camber (running 1.5 deg)
5) Switched to narrow chassis (gave the car more overall traction)
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