I really enjoyed this review, right up until you did not recommend it. I feel that it's a little harsh to not recommend it when other vehicles made by Team Associated require all their linkages to be replaced by RPM after market parts as well.
I doubt it was necessary to sand and polish the metal balls, that seemed like far more trouble than simply boring out the plastic captured ball ends with a sanding drum on a rotary tool which shouldn't take more than a few seconds per link.
I totally agree this is a design fail, but something that is a zero cost fix as opposed to so many other name brands out there with far more severe design failures which are getting good reviews.
You have recommended quite a few other cars which had many parts break and not a single plastic part broke on this car, what gives?
So it comes with a crappy servo, body, and ball links that need tuning/replacement, seems like a fair trade to me for the initial low price.
This is a rare instance in which I must disagree with you, Bill. I've owned and raced several Associated vehicles (RC12, RC10B, SC10, RC18T/B/MT) and never had an issue with the stock linkages. Some, I had were FT and not the RTR stock ones but the big difference was that the FT were titanium.
A person who typically buys a RedCat wants something cheap and is typically a beginner. If I'm a beginner and I buy this and take it home all excited to run it and it just squirrels around all over the place because the tires won't hook up, it won't steer right and then the servo breaks. I'm not going to be a very happy camper and I'll either put it on a shelf and forget it or sell it on Craigslist and either way forget about the hobby altogether because of my poor experience.
Doesn't seem like a fair trade to me when somebody could've spent a little ($20) more on a Aarma Fury or even a 2WD Slash and been happy and hooked into the hobby.
(Last edited by Driver86 : 7.17.12 at 8:21 am)
I officially have too many vehicles to fit in this sig.
Brands I own: Associated, Duratrax, Exceed, Losi, RedCat, Silverlit, Syma, Tamiya, Tomy, Traxxas, Turnigy, Xmods and several generics