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Old 01-31-2018, 12:20 PM
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I purchased my FX18 from gripworksrc.com and will be picking it up this weekend. I can't wait!
Me too, but I'll have to wait a little longer before it arrives
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We just received VBC FX18 kits and parts today, ready to ship.

https://www.tqrcracing.com/shop/prod...?s_maker_id=87



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Originally Posted by Fredp1 View Post
Here is a modification done to the FX to strengthen the upper hinge pins.
The 36mm hinge pins used fitted perfectly.



I reccomend this part if you are trying to improve the durability of the upper pins, just make sure you buy the matching c clips

https://gripworksrc.com/products/fla...-b-02-vbc-1005
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Default VBC FX18 Kits Available now at www.gripworksrc.com

Lightning FX18 kits available now

free shipping in north america




https://gripworksrc.com/collections/...-d-05-vbc-ck32
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Those of you that have raced a FX18 do you have a asphalt setup? What are your opinion and thoughts on the handling and durability? I can't find any information any where about this car.
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My take on thevbc fx18
It continues to be a performer, tons of corner speed and with this super cut out chassis it is extremely light.
The Center pivot using a ball stud so very neat, and offers a very free moving pod.
The only drawbacks I have found so far are the front camber link turnbuckles are a mix from the package some the right size some undersized that being said the outer camber link ball cups have a neat improvement to them where you can use a screw to adjust the play with the upper king pin ball.
How ever the plastic appears to be a little too soft. Or itís possible that the turnbuckles are just no good.
They have also updated the ball cups for the steering how ever they were soft as well so I have upgraded to arc 4.9mm ball cups.

As for the front camber links I will be ordering Lunsford 23mm turnbuckles in hopes I can still use the stock ball cups.
The one other issue is that the pod links mount up to the upper brace and are secured to the body posts. This can be fixed with a small nylock nut. I changed the side body posts to old ones from my IF14.

As always I install tamiya thrust bearing in the diff and install 3 thrust washers to achieve proper diff settings
Use black hard springs front and side.
Tons of brass everywhere to get the car up to 1050

All that being said the car was dialed from the moment it hit the track on black carpet.
Ran gray carpet last sat night and had to do some small work to make it happen.

Two races two different tracks
1 tq and 2 wins
Iíll try to post a setup soon

Fav wings are f60 front and 3racing rear they offer the best balance
I was trying the new montech wing on the front but I fell a lot of wings out there provide too much downforce and upset the handling of the car. It did work but I will have to switch back to std setup to see what is best.
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As for asphalt setups
A good asphalt setup for fx or fxm will also work on this car.
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Build of the new FX18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJn-6Uv_u-A

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Originally Posted by AlexPate View Post
The only drawbacks I have found so far are the front camber link turnbuckles are a mix from the package some the right size some undersized
But they do have the right size in the package?



The one other issue is that the pod links mount up to the upper brace and are secured to the body posts. This can be fixed with a small nylock nut. I changed the side body posts to old ones from my IF14. Can you post a picture of this?

Tons of brass everywhere to get the car up to 1050Are these readily available weights like the VBC mfg or another brand? Also could you post a picture so I could mimic your weight placement

Alex thanks for the reply all help is deeply appreciated
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Originally Posted by vivo quevas View Post
Alex thanks for the reply all help is deeply appreciated
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Hi Brian I will try to get to the pics in the next day or so

My pack of turnbuckles had one where the threads were measuring 3.8 and the other was measuring 3.94
So one turnbuckle would side in the ball cup and out with out cutting threads. I opened a new pack I had on the wall and they were much more even. IMO 20mm is still too short.

For the link mounts it just seems silly to have them secured with plastic. If you look at the manual you can see what I mean.

For the weights. I have the brass front bulkhead.
I had a pack of vbc low mount brass weights on the wall for theff17
One under the steering bell crank
One mounted to the rear wing holder
Then about 30 grams of generic weight in the middle
I also run 4000mah lcg pack
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Pictures of my car.
Fan was a late addition hence the mess of wires.
Montech f17 body
2017 montech wing (Ferrari f60 wing offers best balance so far) montech wing has worked in the past on high grip asphalt. Basically any time your looking for steering.
Battery is reedy zapper 4000 150 grams (orca does not have lcg shorty yet)
Esc orca b32
Motor orca blitreme 21.5
Servo ko grasper (will change with mks when I sell grasper)
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Alex, how many degrees of toe out are you running?
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Originally Posted by vivo quevas View Post
Alex, how many degrees of toe out are you running?
Lots, I never usually measure it. But I believe itís 2-3deg out per side.
Adds tons of straight line stability and turn in.
On Gen one black carpet this needs to be reduced as the long fibres and floaty feeling of the carpet mean the car does not Center properly on the straight.
On Gen 2 black carpet the excessive toe out seems to still work.
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Question for the VBC owners out there.

Instruction manual for the FX18 says to make sure the carbon cross tube support on the rear pod doesn't turn freely. Just got my chassis together and the tube spins easily. What's the trick for tightening that up? I was hoping the tube would be a bit long so I could just sand it down for a snug fit, but I'm not sure the best way to effectively make it longer.
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Question for the VBC owners out there.

Instruction manual for the FX18 says to make sure the carbon cross tube support on the rear pod doesn't turn freely. Just got my chassis together and the tube spins easily. What's the trick for tightening that up? I was hoping the tube would be a bit long so I could just sand it down for a snug fit, but I'm not sure the best way to effectively make it longer.
I haven't built my fx18 but you could but several light coats of CA around the end of the tube to lengthen the tube slightly.
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