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Old 03-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
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Default Servo Savers: Do we need them?

So, do we need them with the modern metal gear servos? Some of the offroad rigs don't even have them. My Losi 22 comes to mind. I beat the crap out of it and a steering spindle or rack will break before the modern servos.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
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If you're running on a track with berms, you definitely won't need one. Tracks with bender boards, it's probably still a toss up.
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If your new to the hobby yes deffenitely you need.... I prefer not running a servo saver the steering is more precise without it but their is always a risk destroying your servo on a bad wreck...
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ive been racing for years and still run them. kimbrough has some really good servo savers that you cant even feel when driving but will still help you when you get into that random wreck. metal gear doesnt mean all gears are metal just so you know. ive bought 120 dollar "metal gear" servos, only to find that the gear that runs from the servo motor to the gear train is plastic..just as an fyi. my vote is buy one, its cheep insurance, and if your new..its pretty much needed all the time
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:55 AM   #5
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If you want to protect your expensive steering servo....YES!! It is the same when you ask not to use condoms because in your area is no disease
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If you want to protect your expensive steering servo....YES!! It is the same when you ask not to use condoms because in your area is no disease


Use one.
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I've been in chassis snapping crashes and haven't broken a servo yet. *Knock on wood*
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I say like condoms its a personal choice, sometimes I do sometimes I don't, depends on how dangerous of a mood I am. :-)
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I think someone makes break-away servo horns. I think the theory is that they are strong enough to steer the car but will break before a gear strips if you hit hard.

Every time I've ran without a servo saver I've stripped gears in my metal gear servo.

As someone pointed out metal gear generally refers to most of the gears in there, not all of them.
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I almost always run them...it is just insurance. The new xray servo saver is pretty good and does not seem to wear out very fast. The Tamiya works very well, but seems to wear out a bit faster. In the end I think like other have said that it is a personal preference. I have tried it both ways and I always end up running a servo saver in the long run. I think running a servo saver takes a bit of the edge off the speed of the newer generation servos. I say try it both ways and see which one you like better! Most of the modern day servos can handle the stress from an impact, but that does not mean that you wont break something. Most of the pro drivers these days are running metal servo horns in mod, but if you hit stuff this is probably not a great idea.
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A servo saver doesn't just protect the servo.. It takes strain off the tie rods, a-arms, turning knuckles, and even rims. is it really worth not running one? you can save a lot of money in the long run buying a top grade servo saver.
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Your handle is awesome.
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I use alum servo arms with plastic inserts that strip before the metal servo gears, just keep a few spares and hardly every need them
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I've seen several people strip out servo gears on Losi 22 buggies. I think it's stupid to build any car without at least an option to use a servo saver.
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