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Old 02-20-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default Does anybody remember the Associated 1/12 independent front

I was rummaging around in my old stuff a couple of days ago and found a complete Associated 12i with the independent monoshock front suspension. I decided to get it up and running with some modern electronics. Wow what a lot of fun! Too much fun in fact. I smashed it into a wall and ripped out the lower left arm. Now I remember that was the reason we didn't keep using that setup way back then. I wonder if anyone has any arms left over in their old junk pile?
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I was rummaging around in my old stuff a couple of days ago and found a complete Associated 12i with the independent monoshock front suspension. I decided to get it up and running with some modern electronics. Wow what a lot of fun! Too much fun in fact. I smashed it into a wall and ripped out the lower left arm. Now I remember that was the reason we didn't keep using that setup way back then. I wonder if anyone has any arms left over in their old junk pile?
Wasn't it the rules that banned them? Still a fragile piece though and another nice piece of history.

Funny how the mono shock front end came out before rear suspension really took off in 1/12th.
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Was it really the rules? I thought it made the car just a little heavy and was too delicate.
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Thats what I thought, but I could be wrong, may have been the weight deal.

Any idea why they came out with that front end? I think I know, but I'd love to hear others theories on it.
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It was a simple enough thing as they were already making the shock for the RC 500 front end.
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The http://www.rctech.net/forum/electric...ic-1-12th.html section should have a few pics of that car
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Wasn't it the rules that banned them?
Nope, proper independent front ends are perfectly legal in 1/12th, just look at the Yokomo R12. It was replaced because a sliding kingpin gave you the same performance with less weight and much more durability, and a sliding kingpin doesn't get lots of play in it very quickly.
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That front end did really get sloppy fast. But look at the rear end on the original RC10. It had the same design with a ball link for the upper arm.
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