Problems to Fix
During our one month test session, we encountered the following issues with THECar
1. The plastic works ok in warm weather, but in the cold it is brittle and breaks too easily. The parts that break are mainly the fueltank posts, swaybar links, inner steering links and rear hubs. In warm weather, the strength of the plastic is good, like most other cars, but it can be improved. It will withstand normal racing and bashing and crashing, but under extreme impacts, it may break. I used to race Xray, and I know from experience that the Xray doesn't break even in extreme impacts like head on collisions, so that is something to shoot for. So in warm weather THEPlastics are good but can be improved, but in the cold, they definitely need to be improved.
Solution: We will be testing softer plastics for the parts that break, so that at the end of the summer when the weather gets cool again THECar will stay in one piece. For now, a good idea is to boil the plastic parts, arms, hubs, and links, for about 35-45 minutes in order to soften the plastic. The swaybar links seem to break if there are big jumps or burms on the track. If they do, we know that other manufacturers links fit with minor modifications, like for example Mugen and Losi swaybar links. For the steering links, I haven't personally broken them, but I have seen people break them, and I know that Kyosho, Mugen and Losi links fit. For fueltank posts there is an OFNA part that works, # 19074 Post,Fuel Tank. They need to be cut to length, and the pin needs to be removed.
As for me, I only use Mugen swaybar links on the rear in cold weather, otherwise I use everything stock. For any races I will be doing in below 15 degrees celcius I will boil my arms, hubs and links. I am confident enough in THECar even at this stage.
2. The hingepins are too hard, and the front ones break too easily on hard crashes. When the hingepin breaks, it causes the rest of the front end to explode (steering and upper links, and shock cap plastic).
Solution: We are already testing softer hingepins. We also heard that M2C has released a hingepin kit for THECar that should solve it for now. The hingepins seem to break on heavier than average crashes where one crashes directly on one front wheel. The original hingepins simply seem to have been hardened too much.
3. The steering posts break in half, but you can't tell until you take the car apart for a clean and a rebuild.
Solution: This is a problem that you can't really notice on the track. Just when you pull your car apart. The lower hole in the post has been drilled too far, and in heavy head on crashes the posts break. They will still work as long as the screws are tight, so there is no way of telling if they are broken or not without taking it apart. This problem has already been addressed.
4. Fuel Tank Seal leaks on some tanks. I have yet to come across a tank that leaks, even after loosening the screw that holds the plastic part and the seal in place. So always loosen that screw a bit. If the seal still leaks, take the plastic piece out and put an o-ring or a washer under it, to give more room for the seal. This should solve it for now.
Solution: We will modify these parts so all tanks seal better.
Its great to see that JQ is always hard at work testing and working on solutions and enhancements keep up the great work Dude
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