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Old 07-17-2009, 05:30 PM   #421
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Well I finished the built last night. It total it took me about 5 hours. I think it will be faster with the instructions. Not sure about most of you guys, but I am the type of racer that does not like building cars. I like the racing part and the rest for me is just done since it is needed. I made a comment last night to my wife and could not believe I said it. I was actually enjoying the built. This was the first car I had ever built that I did not need a reamer or any special sandpaper, etc. It was awesome and looks so cool. The car is completely open and has that sexy look to it. I also noticed that the cars weight is really centered. I have not weighted it yet, as I need to do a body. It has not hit the track yet, but I must say, Salven out did himself this time. Later today I will send pics to someone that can post them here.

Some tips I did;
-the links for the rear sway bar, use the smaller plastic end cups and a tie rod style system, not just set screws.
-use one small and one large plastic end cup for the camber links
-I am starting with 2 hole pistons in the front shocks
-side note: I did not clean the bearing and the drive train is great
-mount the battery with the wire inboard towards the tank and closer to the tank side to avoid the side belt area.
-I used the lipo battery, but it will also take a standard one

If you have any questions I will try to answer.

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thanks... i am a first time serpent user who was sold by the radical design...

however, i have some comments which i hope serpent can take constructively...

1. the manual is not comprehensive enuff... no basic setup sheet included... some guesswork needed for things like positioning of the front roll center plastic bits... few pages of my manual was "stuck" together, ie two pages were joined together because it was not cut properly....

2. the metal parts have threads which are filled with metal flash from the factory threading process... a little extra work for the builder who has to clean up the threads first before screwing in the screws....

3. the machining of some of the parts are a bit poor... one of my diff internal gears had a center hole a wee bit too small to slot the bevel gear shaft in... i needed a small dremel to free things up... i am paying European brand prices so the china factory ought to be best of the lot and make the parts put together flawlessly....

4. the suspension arms and joints seem very stiff... prolly need some running in to get the parts moving smoothly but if the other brands can get it smooth right from the start, serpent ought to get it close....



anyway... hope it runs fast at the track... that could be the saving grace....



these 2 reviews seem contradictory, no?
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:40 PM   #422
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these 2 reviews seem contradictory, no?
yes they are, but I wont know till I get the car and personally assemble it. and besides everyone has a different point of view and are entitled to their own opinion.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:25 PM   #423
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waiting for my 2 babys 733 motorr and all electronics in place for them to arrive
Paolo i give you a call on monday for where to send
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:35 PM   #424
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1720g
good or bad ?
maybe next weekend have titanium screw set !
I think good. If you look at my car it has light weight rim and almost no foam. I am sure with normal rims and foam you can add 20 grams.

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I think good. If you look at my car it has light weight rim and almost no foam. I am sure with normal rims and foam you can add 20 grams.

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Was that with a transponder too?
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:39 PM   #426
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these 2 reviews seem contradictory, no?
You will get different issues or opinions from different people. I just did not have any issues on my build. The shock ends are a tad tight in the cups, but I am leaving them. I do not feel they will be an issue and will free up on the first run.

Good luck to all and give feedback for other to see. It will hopefully help everyone.

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Do the diff drive cups come drilled from the factory?
Yes, they come that way from the factory.

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Was that with a transponder too?

Yes!
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Cool I'm sure you did but just checking since I didn't see it in your build. And thats 8 grams there.
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Cool I'm sure you did but just checking since I didn't see it in your build. And thats 8 grams there.
It is in the build on top of the steering servo the light grey part u see there is a clone transponder.
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It is in the build on top of the steering servo the light grey part u see there is a clone transponder.
duh, i was looking at the fuel tank mount.
Oh i cant wait till monday! i guess i can fix and clean up my '09 to try to hold over...
any news when spares will be available.
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DJ, Almost done with mine.

Art Carbonell built the car (looks awesome). I mounted the body, battery, set radio... Tomorrow morning I'll install the engine and hopefully I can join you at KRaceway in the afternoon.

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DJ, Almost done with mine.

Art Carbonell built the car (looks awesome). I mounted the body, battery, set radio... Tomorrow morning I'll install the engine and hopefully I can join you at KRaceway in the afternoon.

Sounds good.
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hi DJ,

care to share wats the default setup for the 733? specifically, i wish to know the front and rear downstops... it is not stated in the manual... and also where you measure the downstop from for the 733?

also any setup recommendation for a medium track, large high speed track?

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these 2 reviews seem contradictory, no?
well those are my own opinions... currently own an xray now and drove a kyosho previously... build satisfaction i must say the 733 is the lowest for me....

well DJ is a team driver while i pay full retail for my 733... i am sure opinions will differ.....
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