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  1. Waterbok, what I am trying to say is that, for $500, one can buy a huge array of crawlers that will out crawl the CR01 with better durability. So, in answer to the OP's question, " Is the CR01 worth the money", one can only say "No". As for the steering angle, without CV or universal axles, there is no way to get the 45° or so necessary for acceptable performance on the rocks. While you may be more than pleased with the performance of the rig, I'd hesitate to recommend one to a person who was interested in crawling specifically, especially at it's price point. Most people would be happier with a $300-$500 RTR, or with a different $500 kit, like a Cross Demon SG4C. Now, don't think that I dislike the chassis in any way. There's one on my short list of future builds. It is very pleasantly complicated and would make a fun trail (not crawler) rig. There are simply much better choices for less money for a rig to grind on the rocks.
  2. As a crawler, no, the CR01 is absolutely not worth the money. The materials used won't hold up to heavy use on the rocks, the axle housings are far too big, the JIS hardware needs to be replaced during the build, and there's insufficient steering angle available. If you look at it as a 2.2" monster truck, though, I'd say that it falls on the expensive side of reasonable. The CR01 is a beautiful and unique chassis with a lot of interesting features that simply can't be found elsewhere, and is well designed for monster truck use. Just because it would get smoked on the rocks by a $300 RTR crawler doesn't mean that it's a bad kit or even terribly overpriced for what comes in the box; it's just that it isn't a $500 crawler kit, or even really a crawler at all.
  3. A Hilux Monster Racer or a King Cab. All of my money went to Associated in those days, and I could never swing one.
  4. The Amarok lacks personality for me. Bland body and uninspiring chassis. The Blackfoot has a lot of personality, and is plain fun, if a little fragile in stock trim. I'd buy a Blackfoot for myself, but recommend an Amarok to someone who wants a fun reliable runner. I've got two ORVs and two WR02s in the fleet, and the ORVs are more fiddly and entertaining, while the WR02s never seem to need much attention but are still fun with hotter motors.
  5. DE Racing makes bearing front Borrego wheels with 10mm bores. I've got some on my SA. The stock wheels take modern 2.2 rubber, too. I have a set with JConcepts fronts and Pro-Line rears. I used tire bands when gluing up.
  6. Dean's on everything that has connectors, 4mm bullets on the racier stuff. Dean's are nice and small, and easy to get.
  7. All of the long damper XV01 parts that you have will fit a standard XV01. The Long Damper uses 70mm shocks all around, so you can use CC01 option shocks if you like, or any other 70mm long small bore shock, like old buggy shocks and the like.
  8. I got a Tamiya F4D Skyray in 1/48, a stack of cash (new kit or more parts? Hmmmm...), some little supplies I've been wanting, and a radio case for my Futaba 4PX. And my first pair of bifocals.
  9. Man, for 90% of general RC use, rubber shielded is the way to go. Yeah, metal shields can have less friction, and so can Teflon, but I'm not willing to do the extra maintenance on a runner, especially if it's one that gets run hard frequently. Now, on a stock class race car, I can see the benefits of bearing tricks.
  10. Best looking brushed motors have to be LeMans gold motors. The gold aluminum endbell is gorgeous. I was lucky enough to score a very fresh 480G for my Salute. The best performing motors always seemed to be Trinity or at least Epic based for mod. The fast stock motors came from various tuners, often fairly local, although whatever the newest Trinity was was always consistently fast. Kinda off topic, but I found a letter from Mike Reedy to Joe Sullivan submitting open endbell motors for ROAR approval while cleaning out an old hobby shop. Joe runs a local hobby shop still, so I made sure that he got the letter back.
  11. I've got a fairly even mix between crawler/scaler rigs, on-road, and off-road. Each has it's place. I really enjoy the appearance of the various types, so I don't have a particular favorite category, although I usually find myself driving a rally car or trail rig. The trail trucks are nice for long walks in the woods or by the creek, while rally cars are perfect in front of the house where there's short grass, bumpy sidewalk, and smooth concrete street. I run quite a few on-road only cars out front, too. The buggies and fast trucks seem to get run the least, and some haven't been run in a long time. Maybe because they're all pretty fast, maybe because they need more after run maintenance, maybe because they are more fun on a track; I don't know. The vintage buggies get the most mileage of the lot, though. They're more fun to drive than the modern stuff, even though they aren't (objectively) as good. In particular, I enjoy the Super Astute and RC10CE.
  12. I really like to build, so I have a hard time enjoying RTRs. My Slash was the exception; I used to enjoy beating on something out in the yard and just not worrying about breaking it and finding parts. Now, I don't really enjoy running it and usually just use it as a loaner on bash days. My bulldog bit up the body and I haven't even bothered painting a new one.
  13. I'm excited to see what comes of this. I love the G6 chassis, and it would be great to have a more interesting and fun body choice than what's currently offered. The Heavy Dump and Tumbling Bull were such fun bodies.
  14. I'd love a job with weekends off, forty hours a week, normal person hours, and an hour lunch break! Paid vacation on top of that! Bet they have health insurance, too! Sounds dreamy. It really does sound nice to me. I'll bet that it would be incredibly interesting and fulfilling to create complicated and beautiful toys for guys like us to appreciate. If the ad was released in English, I wonder if they might be looking for a Western influence in RC?
  15. I sell kits and ready-to-runs. RTRs dominate because they have better bang for the buck and most people think of the assembly as something they have to do, not get to do. A lot of my customers don't do any maintenance whatsoever; they bring it to me when it breaks or won't drive properly. They keep the light on, but aren't what I'd consider to be hobbiests. Some buy RTRs and hang a bunch of option parts on them.
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