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Old 01-27-2005, 07:17 AM   #31
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<Sarcasm>Are they trying to piss everyone off? Are they trying to lose any marketshare the gained over the last few years?</Sarcasm>

In any event...the Corally RDX is a sweet car...
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Old 01-27-2005, 07:19 AM   #32
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Everyone keeps pointing out theRDX..and then complaining about Xray pricing being too high....the RDX is even more than the proposed new Xray pricing....

the only difference is..we don'tknow how the FK05 is equipped yet...

People are bitching for the sake of bitching...
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Old 01-27-2005, 07:34 AM   #33
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Wasn't that written into our Declaration of Independence? "...life, liberty and constant bitching."
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Old 01-27-2005, 07:47 AM   #35
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Everyone keeps pointing out theRDX..and then complaining about Xray pricing being too high....the RDX is even more than the proposed new Xray pricing....

the only difference is..we don'tknow how the FK05 is equipped yet...

People are bitching for the sake of bitching...
Xray FK - $ 320.00 to 350.00
Xray pro diff. - 40.00
Carpet tower - 18.00

It adds up, but the RDX has it all included!!

The whole Xray deal is a joke, and the RC America is stuck in the middle of it all...
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Old 01-27-2005, 09:59 AM   #36
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Price rise could have something to do with the astoundingly weak dollar > euro exchange rate too...
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What are your thoughts about the price increase in Far East that in some cases is 100% or more?
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Old 01-27-2005, 10:29 AM   #38
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I loaded up on FK parts from a guy switching rides. Lucky me. I'll probably never use them all, but maybe now I'll be able to "share" them for a little cabbage!

I'm anxious to see how the '05 Xray performs on Carpet with Foams. Given the FK's foam/carpet domination of late I'm suprised at the move to possibly drop the FK.

A little dissappointed in Xray though. My thoughts are... if you have a dominant car thats selling faster than you can produce you may need to allocate some of the R&D resources to advancing production. I know I know... new millenium facility. But when? Mouths are souring by the day, and as you can see here even a wonderful product will be overlooked or set aside when support is lacking.
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Just exactly how long do you think that it takes to build a factory, or build additonal automation to increase production capacity????

Honestly..do you think those guys are sitting back saying 'screw em all!! make em wait!"

They are working hard to continuously develop the product and bring it to market in as timely a manner as possible.

A move sets back production schedules, an increase in demand backlogs production, changes in internation distribution complicate the release schedule of produced items... In order to increase capacity, additional equipment is required...it takes time to order and floorspace to occupy (where will the put it?)

Producing a product for the world market and distributing it is not as easy as you might think
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Not really. The car is manufacturered 99% for the japanese market that runs on high grip asphalt or carpet with RUBBER and not FOAM tires. There is no need for a front diff in that situation. Same reason why Tamiya waited so long to make a saddle pack chassis for the 04...in japan it's mostly stick packs.

Jim, Joel mentioned a front diff below your post. LW arms are coming seperately soon from my understanding. Again, being a carpet racer myself, I'm running the original arms so I haven't seen an issue. But I will admit I just ordered the WC Parts kit with the narrower blocks to try with LW arms with.
You're right Gary...... what was I thinking? A company as "small, and narrowly focused" as Tamiya wouldn't want to have the car be competitive under all conditions. Their limited resources I guess don't allow them to "waste" time and money, on something like a front diff.

Dear God, even Yokomo offers a front diff for their cars. It's not like we're asking for a carpet specific kit, just a diff. There's nothing too difficult about that. Of course, it might draw time away from the R&D being done for the EVO XXV and TRF 4416 or whatever ridiculous numerical sequence they're up to in their constant parade of new TC's.

If they were to create one car and evolve it, rather than building a new car every six months, then maybe we'd get a front diff. But then again, when the market's stupid enough to buy the new cars every six months, why bother working with the existing designs?
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Honestly..do you think those guys are sitting back saying 'screw em all!! make em wait!"
I don't think its a problem of intention nor of effort. I think there was a problem with planning.

And you are correct, competeing in a worldwide market is difficult. Thats why I said mouths were souring by the day. Regardless of the logical justifications beind any delay or other less than ideal circumstance, demand will persist and another company will find ways to meet those demands. An unfortunate situation for Xray.

And trust me... I'm and Xray loyalist. Their products are superior to any others I've tried. I hate to see these things happening. But they are.
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Unfortunately this type of situation is neecssary...

They could have put a bandaidon the situation to fix things for the short term...but inthelong run they'd bein worse shape.

Instead they are focussing on a real solution not just for today..but for the future as well...

That takes care of supply....the pricing issue however is still up for attack lol....a large increase due to a 'forecast' of the US dollar weakening relative to the euro makes no sense....

If that were the case hobby shops in Canada should be selling goods for the same price as in the US because the forecasts are indicating the Canadian dollar strengthening....possibly even matching the US$...

Pricing would be better understood with a smaller increase to account for some of the difference that has happened...followed up at a later date if necessary by another increase to offset the difference created by the soaring Euro.

I know that in Canada steps have been taken to keep the dollar from rising too high and adversely effecting trade with the US. Who is to say that this policy will not also be taken by the Europeans in an effort to keep the large US market more open to their goods.

The moral of the story is: 'Forecast' is a fancy word for 'guess'....nobody really knows what the dollar will look like by summer....remember it wasn't all that long ago that they forecast that we'd be driving flying cars by the year 2000!
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What ever way you look at money,euro, market, factories, it doesn't matter because the bottom line is there are no cars in the U.S. and very little parts for a car that is becoming more and more popular. And racers don't care about excuses they want results.
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You're right Gary...... what was I thinking? A company as "small, and narrowly focused" as Tamiya wouldn't want to have the car be competitive under all conditions. Their limited resources I guess don't allow them to "waste" time and money, on something like a front diff.

If they were to create one car and evolve it, rather than building a new car every six months, then maybe we'd get a front diff. But then again, when the market's stupid enough to buy the new cars every six months, why bother working with the existing designs?
And I guess the 414 was just a 6-month and done kit? and there wasn't the X, M, M2, or M2WCE...And the Evo 3 wasn't a year old before the SL came out....but Tamiya doesn't evolve kits...

To be honest, my comment was more of a swipe at foam than a defense of Tamiya. But they do develop their cars for the Japanese market primarially. Why else would F201 and M01-04 require stick packs?
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Old 01-27-2005, 01:00 PM   #45
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To be honest, my comment was more of a swipe at foam than a defense of Tamiya.
There you go again...
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