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Hi All,

I’ve just run my re-re Javelin (which is a thing of beauty in my eyes - but…. a complete nightmare to clean!) - and had the tiniest (honest!) of front impacts. It cracked the link arm between the servo saver and steering (part OT203-8) per the attached (circled in red - you can see the crack in the part if you zoom in…). 
 

This seems extremely fragile - and I was wondering whether there’s an upgrade - or was I just (stupid and) unlucky - so just replace with standard if I can source it?

Many thanks!

 

 

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I believe there is metal version for it in option (search for the whole servo saver assembly)

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Thanks. I’ve another look, but can only find metal servo saver assemblies - but they tend to be just the main arms/mechanism. This part is currently a plastic link arm. Might be able to use turn buckles - but strange there's no metal part?

Here’s another shot from the manual. Red encircled item is the plastic part in question - the metal upgrades only seem to be available for the parts I’ve circled in blue….

 

 

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I would consider turn buckles (might be slightly short for turnbuckles), or if you have what is needed to do 3D print, I would be thinking about model it and do 3D printed part (in PETG or ABS)...

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I’ve gone for a few options in the end… 3D printing would probably be best - but a bit beyond me…

Bought another tree of parts, so I have the originality. 
 

Also bought a Jazrider aluminium servo saver assembly - which comes with the connecting rod (the ort which has cracked). 
 

And had a few messages with Antony at Kyosho Spares - and he thinks he has the correct fitment for turn buckles and threaded rod - so might give that a go too - and think that might actually be the best all round solution…
 

I have an optima and turbo optima too - and all have the same design. It’s a bit of an issue I think - as I really didn't smack it hard at all - and if the part breaks then you’re kind of stuffed. 
 

Will report back on the upgrade options…

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Good to know.... I have a Javelin waiting for assembly and a Turbo Optima should come at some point...

Will look forward to your feedback :)

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I've crashed my Javelins pretty hard and entrusted them to the tender mercies of a six year old driver, but none of the plastic parts in the steering are yet to break.

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I believe you, just that, if my experience is typical, I would not worry too much about the long term durability of this particular part.

Now the plastic steering knuckles are a different matter, if my results are anything to go by.

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Well…. Ball connectors don’t fit through the frame/chassis unfortunately. Will report back if the Jaz Rider part is any good. 

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