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Which Chassis and Why

Being a shop that sells R/C Drift exclusively, we get a lot people asking which chassis would be the best for them. Since most of this happens in store, we have the opportunity to break it down for them while taking a few factors into account. It’s a little more difficult when we see this same question posted online due to many factors. There is a lot of great advice out there, and there is a lot of bad advice as well. It’s up to you to decide which is credible and which is not. In fact, you should be asking yourself if I am even credible.

We encounter a few different types of buyers and each come with their own unique needs. What we first tell them is, they really need to be honest with themselves. The decision they make on their first setup can greatly affect the amount they spend in the long run. I believe right from the start, the first thing that should be looked at is what type of person are you? Are you the type that is content with just good enough, or are you the type to want all the good stuff? I fall into the later and ultimately could have saved quite a bit if I made the right choice at the start. If you are the type that will have everything upgraded in the next month or two, you should consider the kits that include some hop-ups already. You will save roughly 30% off your upgrade journey.

Although choosing the right chassis seems like a life decision, keep in mind most people seem to change chassis about once a year. Some keep them longer, some have multiple chassis throughout the year, but on average it seems to cycle around the 1 year mark.

If you are new to R/C Drift, (notice I worded it R/C Drift, NOT just R/C) Most likely even your past R/C knowledge will not be enough to get you where you want to be right away. R/C Drift is a different animal than any other discipline of R/C, so it’s not easy to just start out and be the superstar of the track. The main point I always stress is:

Find out what people are running where you plan to spend most of your time drifting, and go that route. There will be a ton of help and you will spend more time drifting, and less time being frustrated. You Will Need Help.

There is plenty of time to be unique later with the ultra rare chassis, but when you are first starting out, it will benefit you to be able to share tips and setups.

When choosing your first R/C Drift chassis, you will hear a ton of advice. Some good and some really bad. Some of the common, bad ones we often come across are:

1. Any chassis can be good. Yes and No.
YES – If you REALLY know what you are doing, AND you are ok throwing a bunch of money at it.
NO – If both of those statements don’t apply to you. If you’re just starting out, this is a huge NO!

We have seen many people make their initial investment in a difficult chassis, struggle alone since there is nobody familiar with their chassis or how to set it up, and finally just disappear and blow out their full setup on Craigslist.

2. The clones are just as good, just cost less.
NO – We have yet to see a good performing clone, Period.

Just don’t. Maybe later down the line when you are well versed in turning and you know exactly what you are after, then try to tackle a project like this, but for now, focus on a good, solid foundation.

Ready To Run (RTR)
Aimed toward the person who needs an entire setup. They don’t own a remote, electronics, etc. They are also trying to start out on a budget of sub $500.

The only RTR we can recommend at this time is the MST RMX 2.0 RTR.

Things to consider:
This is intended to get you going in R/C Drift. The chassis itself is the same as the regular RMX 2.0, with only a couple small differences that can be changed to be the same for a $50-$100.

It comes pre-built and tested from the factory. This means you don’t need to worry about all the small details of setting it up correctly. you just pull it out of the box and you are good to go. The tires even have a little wear on them from the test run at MST.

It comes pre-built, so you didn’t build it yourself. This means when something goes wrong (and it will), you will need to learn how to fix it. If you built it yourself, you would already be familiar with how the car works and goes together.

The RTR electronics are meant to just get you going. There are a lot of electronics out there that are better quality and more pricy. There is a reason why people are willing the drop the extra cash on them. The electronics included will get you up and going, but you will be upgrading soon. This is a key point.

Reality:
You are not really saving money, you are just able to get started for a lower initial investment. It is the cheapest way to get into the hobby.

Base Kits:
Yokomo YD-2E and YD-2S
MST RMX 2.0s
These chassis kits come in “kit” form. This means you build it yourself. We always recommend this route since knowing how it all goes together is invaluable. You will need to fix it on occasion, so either you become an expert from the start, or you struggle every time something goes wrong. All 3 are mainly plastic and are considered Entry Level. All 3 drive excellent out of the box and all 3 can be fully upgraded. Also note, these are all very capable chassis out of the box. That’s not to say the upgrades aren’t needed or don’t make a difference, because they do. It simply means in the right hands, there is no reason you wouldn’t see these very chassis on the podium at your local comp.

Yokomo YD-2E and YD-2S:
Yokomo is the larger of the 2 companies and as of recent, have really been pushing the development of their YD-2 line. They have been steadily releasing new upgrades. Some feel it’s too often, some like the innovation. The YD-2 line also has a lot of 3rd party support, but keep in mind, not all the 3rd party products are good or even tested. We have seen a lot of “upgrades” actually hurt performance. So buyer beware. If you like constantly changing and upgrading parts, Yokomo is really the clear choice of the two companies I am discussing.

YD-2E:
Based on the original YD-2 design, it has a Low Center of Gravity (LCG) setup, with a standard gearbox and a low mounted motor. It was intended for standard to high-traction conditions.


YD-2S:
It has introduced a tub style chassis and lay-down gearbox. The lay-down gearbox mounts the motor high, High Center of Gravity (HCG) giving it more “Weight Shift” and theoretically more traction for standard to low-traction conditions.

MST (Max Speed Technology) RMX 2.0s:
MST has been a player for a long time and has always put out high quality products. There is not a lot of 3rd party support, but MST always brings upgrades that work really well. They designed the chassis, they design the upgrades, it’s a winning combination. Their upgrades are some of the nicest I’ve seen, but typically come with a price tag to match. If you like upgrading once and sticking with it, MST is the way to go. They typically will release a couple versions of . upgrades, and then they move on. You can count on their upgrades making a difference and also being top quality.

RMX 2.0s:
In my opinion the RMX 2.0s was MST’s answer to Yokomo’s YD-2. The YD-2 S appears to be Yokomo’s answer to the RMX 2.0s. The RMX 2.0s comes with a bevel gear gearbox giving it a more compact design. It also allows you to chose between mounting the motor high or low, giving you a High Center of Gravity (HCG) and a Low Center of Gravity (LCG) setup in one chassis. It’s nice to be able to experiment and find what fits your driving style without having to commit to an entirely different chassis.

Conclusion:
This is based on the many customers who come through our doors here at Super-G. We have worked with many people who have gone about this in so many different ways. We would just like to save you guys the frustration if possible.

For someone just getting into the hobby, the Yokomo YD-2 line and the MST RMX 2.0s are the leading choices. These are the most popular Rear Wheel Drive chassis with the most support and knowledge at the moment. I own both and can recommend them both very highly.

If you stick to these 3 or the upgraded versions, you will be on your way with a solid chassis. What you do from there is up to you, but you can feel confident it’s not your chassis holding you back.
GOOD LUCK!
KEEP DRIFT FUN!

CHECK THEM ALL OUT HERE:
MST RMX 2.0 RTR
MST RMX 2.0 RTR (Bodyless)
MST RMX 2.0s (LCG/HCG)
Yokomo YD-2S (HCG)
Yokomo YD-2E (LCG)
The Full Line Up

FIRST LOOK: Yokomo DX1 Type R Motor (D1 Comparisons)

Super-G finally got their hands on the first batch of DX-1 Series Motors from Yokomo. The Type-R has been shipped out, but the Type-T is still a few weeks away.

A little DX1 history: TYPE-R (HIGH RPM) and TYPE-T (HIGH TORQUE). One should feature more torque, and one has a smoother rev.

We decided to compare the D1 Spec versus the new DX1. Both are 10.5T. So here we go:

The package is the same, they both come with the same sensor cable.

Cosmetically, they’re very similar, the DX1 seems to be more “exposed”. This will most likely benefit cooling properties.

Seems like the both the front and the back of the motor looks almost identical to its old counterparts.

Looking at the etching on the shaft, looks like the old and new share the same specs?

We have a 2gram weight reduction from old to new.

The DX1 features a little chart for you to refer to as a tuning guide.

Our initial testing felt it was slightly smoother. The D1 may have more torque than the DX1? We have to do more testing. One thing is apparent, the DX1 generates more heat. The chart says is essential to use a cooling fan. We will add that and do more testing.

Grab yours today!

Racing Performer DX1 Type-R Type-T Brushless Motor RP [Yokomo] RPM-DX1R RPM-DX1T

YD2 Buyer’s Guide! There are over 14 YD2’s WHICH ONE AND WHY?

A lot of people have asked about which YD2 they should purchase and why? With Yokomo releasing over 14 variations, it can get quite confusing! Especially if you are not certain of what is the same and compatible.

Here’s a brief run down of the models available on the market, and their retail price:

Original YD2 Series (Available at Launch of YD2)
*All the YD2 classics are replaced with the E Line now
DP-YD2
– DRIFT PACKAGE YD-2 – 218.00
DP-YD2G – DRIFT PACKAGE YD-2 with GYRO YG-302 – 255.00
DP-YD2PLS – DRIFT PACKAGE YD-2 PLUS – 429.00
DP-YD-2EX – YD-2 EX Chassis KIT- 600.00
Revised YD2 Series (Features Shorter Front A-Arms and Reduced Rear Toe)
DP-YD2E
– DRIFT PACKAGE YD-2E – 218.00
DP-YD2EG – YD-2E Chassis KIT (with YG-302 gyro) – 255.00
DP-YD2ES – YD-2E Special KIT- 305.00
DP-YD2EPLS
– YD-2E Plus Chassis KIT – 426.00
DP-YD2EX2 – YD-2 EXII Chassis KIT – 600.00
DP-YD2EXF – YD-2 EX Final Version Chassis KIT – 600.00
Newest YD2 S-Series (4 Gear Laydown Transmission & High Motor Mount)
DP-YD2S –  YD-2S Chassis KIT – 218.00
DP-YD2SG – YD-2S Chassis kit with YG-302 Gyro – 255.00
DP-YD2SS – YD-2S SPECIAL KIT – 305.00
DP-YD2S-PL – YD-2S Plus Car KIT (CARBON GRAPHITE) – 405.00
DP-YD2SX
– YD-2SX CHASSIS KIT – 600.00

Different Series:

In a nutshell, the original YD2 series featured the regular length front A-Arms and standard low mounting motor plate. As for the new YD2-E Series, it features the newer revised front end which are low scrub and slight changes like reduced rear toe. The E-Series pretty much replaced the original YD2 series, but they’re very similar. The E Series features LCG (lower center gravity).
E-Series:

S-Series:

The S-Series features the greatest change. They all come with the laydown 4 gear transmission, updated lower arms and reduced toe. This new transmission puts the motor on top. This new configuration really makes the S-Series a high traction setup. This VRM setup lets you position your motor 3 ways right out of the box. An upgraded motor mount is available for more positions. This S-Line stands for SPECIALIZED FOR SLIPPERY SURFACE. The lineup features a hybrid type chassis deck. It has plastic side guards and an optional carbon side plate covers. The entire S-Line can ONLY use shorty sized battery due to this design. The revised 4 gear lay down transmission also delivers extra traction.

A lot of people at Super-G are rocking a YD2-S Line car. Almost 99% of all YD2’s at our track are running the S Series. The higher traction chassis is definite a great choice!

Different Models and Editions:


As usual, Yokomo features a few variations of each YD2 line.  The basic model come as a kit. This is the “ALL PLASTIC/BASE” model. You can get into the car for cheap, but there are no upgrades besides turnbuckles. They offer a GYRO version(since most new chassis customers will require one), They always give you a slight price break when you get the Gyro Version vs buying it a la carte.

Example:
YD2E (YD2E Base Model) $218
YG-302 Gyro $49
TOTAL MSRP $267
Compared to what comes standard:
YD2EG (Base E Kit & Gyro) = MSRP $255 ($12 Savings)

The savings does not just stop there, Yokomo also offers a “PLUS” Version of all their cars. Although it doesn’t come with a Gyro, it comes with a few cool upgrades. The PLUS features upgraded SLF Big Bore shocks(Metal), Aluminum Front Shock Tower, Carbon Rear Shock Tower, and Carbon Fiber Lower Deck.

Example:
YD2S (YD-2S Base) $218.00
Y2-SBBS (SLF Big Bore Shock Set) $79
Y2-017AFE (Front Aluminum Shock Tower for EX/S Series) $45
Y2-018SG (Carbon Graphite Rear Shock Tower for S Series) $25
Y2-002SG (Carbon Main Deck) $120
TOTAL MSRP $487
Compared to what comes standard:
YD2S PLUS Chassis Kit = MSRP $405.00 ($82 Savings)

Now that you see the math, you’ll see why picking a higher tier car is worth while if you can swing it. We’ve recommended people saving a little longer just to move up to the next tier. The YD2SX is definitely the top choice pick. You save a HUGE amount of money in the long run. Everybody ends up upgrading almost everything over time, the YD2-SX comes almost 90% hopped up. There are almost limited edition and special editions which feature various hopups at a savings. These have limited production and are not readily available once they’re sold out.

YD2SX BREAKDOWN:

Here’s the biggest comparison:
YD2S (YD-2S Base) $218.00
Y2-SBBS (SLF Big Bore Shock Set) $79
Y2-017AFE (Front Aluminum Shock Tower for EX/S Series) $45
Y2-018SG (Carbon Graphite Rear Shock Tower for S Series) $25
Y2-002SG (Carbon Main Deck) $120
*******YD2S PLUS*******

Y2-002SB (Carbon Side Plate Covers) $33.50
Y2-302SA
(Aluminum Front Bulk Head Set) $63

Y2-302AM (Front Upper Arm Holder) $21.60
Y4-203A (Aluminum Servo Mounts) $21.50
Y2-301AC (Adjustable Suspension Mount Kit) $63
Y2-202V (Adjustable Steering Kit) $95
Y2-500GSA (Upgraded Gear Diff) $48
Y2-304S (Special Motor Mount Fan Ready) $32
******YD2SX*******
TOTAL MSRP $864.6
Compared to what comes standard:
YD2-SX Chassis Kit = MSRP $600 ($264.60 Savings)

SUMMARY:

If you start with a YD2S and upgrade piece by piece, you will save $82 when you reach the YD2S Plug Level and $264.60 by the time you reach a YD2-SX Level if you had purchased a YD2SX from the beginning.

If you start with a YD2S-Plus and upgrade piece by piece, you will save $182.60 when you reach the YD2SX Level had you purchased a YD2SX from the beginning.

After taking a look at the breakdown, most people can understand why we say the YD2SX is the one. You save $264.60 off buying everything retail(based on the standard model). With the enormous savings, you can purchase the Super-G YD2SX Final Stage kit! It will complete your YD2SX:

YD2SX Final Stage Upgrade Kit (SP Knuckles, Upper/ Short Lower Arms, Adj Rear, Rear Carriers) [Yokomo] YD-2SX

 

You can browse our parts and chassis kits here

http://supergdrift.com/store/product-category/chassis-parts/yokomo-parts/yd2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Yokomo Shorty Lipos (FIRST LOOK) 7/30/18

The wait is over! The 4600mah Shorty just came in and we compared it with the other new 3500 Shorty. These are the newest “affordable” shorty lipo’s Yokomo released this year. They were happy to bring to the market a more affordable shorty sized lipo.

This is probably because their S-Line Yokomo YD2 takes ONLY shorty batteries.

Let’s dive right into it:

Now its time for some detailed looks. We’re going to compare the size, the weight and overall everything.

4600mah

3500mah

The sizing is very similar, just thickness differs. Weight is about 55grams apart.

Looks like the bullet location has changed slightly. The size is the same, but location is different. This might be why Yokomo released a little writeup about bullet connectors and their YD2 battery holders the other day.

You can grab yours today by clicking below, we have both in stock:

YOKOMO Li-po 4600mAh 100C 2S 7.4V Shorty LIPO Battery [Yokomo] YB-V246B

YOKOMO Li-po 3500mAh 100C 2S 7.4V Shorty LIPO Battery [Yokomo] YB-V235B

 

FIRST LOOK: Yokomo HI-TRACTION Racing Performer (INCH DOWN) Wheels! 6/25/18

Yokomo users around the world rejoice! New wheels from our favorite drift brand is here! Their newest “HI-TRACTION” series wheels have a slightly smaller FACE than their popular Racing Performer series. These new wheels are standard size, but feature a smaller face(like the popular Scale Dynamics). These will match up nicely with certain size bodies to achieve the best look! The black trim and smaller face is actually is more different than you would think. Looking in the packaging(above photo) it may not be obvious, but once mounted and on the car, it’s a world of difference.

Lets start it off and check them out:

*The WHITE wheels are the Racing Performer 6 Spokes in 6mm that have been on the market for the last year or two.

The white wheel appears quite a bit bigger. On our body, it even appears like 18/19 inch wheels(white) versus 16/17 inch wheels (titanium).

Theres a definite appearance difference between the two! Let’s get a little bit more technical and see what the subtle differences translate to on paper:

On the scales, they’re quite a bit lighter!

Taking our handy Mitutoyo Calipers shows us some difference in actual face size(the rim is the same, but the face/appearance is different).

Now let’s check out the wheel itself:

We can’t wait to do some testing on the track! We want to see what traction differences there will be! Can’t wait! As of right now, these wheels ONLY come in 6mm offset and 3 color choices. Let’s see if Yokomo will release more colors and offsets. We’re hoping to see some 8mm and perhaps an ALL BLACK or even SILVER Face? Who knows!

You can grab a set today by visiting the link below!

Racing Performer 6 Spoke HIGH TRACTION VINTAGE (Inch Down) – 6mm [Yokomo] RP-6313W6 RP-6313Y6 RP-6313T6

 

Yokomo – The LCAs we have all been wanting!

Yokomo Y2-008FSC

Recently I have been all wrapped up in my Yokomo YD-2 SX. I feel the front end is something magical. The new upgraded steering system and the new KPI knuckles work so well together.

The one point that has been bothering me was the fact the stock LCAs that came on the YD-2SX were big and bulky. Unnecessarily bulky in my opinion. I found myself taking the Dremel to them to get the clearance I needed for my setup. They came out with some short plastic LCAs, but I still needed to take a little off the corners and knock off the first Shock Boss. I have been contemplating buying the Yokomo Aluminum LCAs and using our mill to do some good looking modifications to them,  but then a little bird told me maybe I should wait.

Notice the heavy modification I had to do to get the clearance I needed. Yes, I know I can run thicker hubs and lower offset, but this is how I set up my front end it and works well for me. I’ve seen many others doing the same, so I knew I wasn’t alone.

Yokomo has answered our cries for a better solution! The Y2-008FSC Chamfered Front Lower Short A-Arm Set! Talk about CLEARANCE! I was pleased to find they didn’t change up the location of the arm and for the most part the lower shock position I have been using is just hairs off. I would consider it the same.

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Serious clearance. Now if you are into the massive angle thing, Yokomo has you covered. Notice the index marks to help speed up the adjustment process.

After testing, I realized with my original modified LCAs I was still getting a small amount of rubbing.  Now  the front glides even better. Yes, I was a little shocked. A couple key points: No provisions for Up Stops (People refer to them as Droop Screws), They allow more droop than stock, you will have to get creative if you want to duplicate the lower shock position if you use the inner most mount.

Definitely a worthwhile upgrade for the YD-2 line. Even if you aren’t after massive angle, the adjustability, and solid build alone are worth the price of admission.

In stock now here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena and in our Online Store!

Get them here:

Aluminum Front Lower Short A Arm YD-2 Series [Yokomo] Y2-008FSC

 

 

FIRST LOOK: BN Sport S15 Silvia (Pandora RC) and NEW PART NUMBERS! 5/17/18

This is the one of the “new” Pandora bodies in the new format. They changed their part numbers from 3 numerics to 4.

Example, PAB-123 was the old, now its PAB-2185.

These 4 Digit part numbers will probably be the norm from this point forward. All there existing bodies will have the new numbering system starting tomorrow evening! Along with this change, there will be a price increase with all their bodies. These bodies are going up about 10-15% in price. BUT some of them are coming with more goodies/accessories.

Let’s jump right into the newest BN S15.

Their new tags are a lot better than before. Not only does it feature a thumbnail of the body set, it also lists the width of the front and rear. This is going to make life a lot easier for anyone checking out their bodies. All there new bodies from now on will most likely have this same look.

The body has nice lines and realistic scale. You also get a bunch of extras like a dash, steering wheel, intercooler, and more! Headlight and taillight buckets are also standard issue.

Comes with your standard BN Sport Decal sheet along with their S15 Silvia Decal Sheet and window masks.

We can’t wait to see some of these start showing up painted state side!

Here’s a painted example from the Pandora Factory Painter:

 

Grab yours today:

Nissan S15 Silvia BN-Sports Edition 1/10 Body Set [Pandora] PAB-2185

DLike TE37’s are here! FIRST LOOK! 5/15/18

The new D-Like wheels are here! ALL COLORS, ALL OFFSETS! You can order yours today by scrolling all the way to the bottom of this page. They come in 4 colors now. Black, White, Bronze, and Silver. All colors are available in 5mm or 7mm offset.

Here’s a first look at the new hotness!




Here’s some close ups of the wheel! They have reinforced webbings on the back of the spokes as well as a nice tapered inner lip. That will help for any added steering angle. Also, the center’s are stamped with the offset(no more offset guessing!)

Grab a set today while we still have them in stock! First come first serve:

TE-37SL MS-37SL Rims 5mm / 7mm (White) [D-Like] DL395 DL394

TE-37SL MS-37SL Rims 5mm / 7mm (Bronze) [D-Like] DL397 DL396

TE-37SL MS-37SL Rims 5mm / 7mm (Silver) [D-Like] DL399 DL398

TE-37SL MS-37SL Rims 5mm / 7mm (Matte Black) [D-Like] DL328 DL329

Yokomo YD-2 or MST RMX – Which One Is Better?

Yokomo YD-2 or MST RMX 2.0s? How many times a day does this question get asked? Too many is the answer. There are as many opinions on this as there are people asking the question. People have their reasons for preferring one over the other, and some are misinformed and just keep spreading what one person may or may not have said or meant. I’m lucky to be in a position where I can try different chassis and different upgrades easily, so I want to share a some of my insight.

(All images will be of either the YD-2SX or the RMX 2.0s)

Yokomo YD-2:
A couple years back Yokomo shocked the R/C world when it released the YD-2. Before then, Yokomo was only offering 4WD chassis and RWD Conversion Kits for them. We can all agree they were ok, but less than ideal. The YD-2 came as a basic kit, plastic fantastic, but it was a sub $200 chassis already set up for RWD. Out of the box it was noticeably faster than most other RWD chassis out there. They went to a rear Gearbox design which looked very familiar to all of us who do, or have done off-road buggy. There has been a very loyal following for this chassis.

MST (MaxSpeedTechnology) RMX 2.0s:
About a year ago MST released their answer to the YD-2 with their RMX 2.0s. There was a previous chassis called the RMX which was belt drive and not very closely related to the RMX 2.0s. For this write up I will only be talking about the RMX 2.0s, so I will refer to is as the RMX from this point forward. About 3 months before the release of the RMX, there was a lot of buzz about it. Mainly about how the steering would be superior to the YD-2 and would drive well right out of the box with factory settings. When the time came, the rumors were correct. The RMX had great steering right out of the box and drove really well.  MST went with a rear gearbox as well. The RMX seemed to have a slight speed advantage over the YD-2. This chassis has gained a huge fanbase quickly due to the fact it drives so well with no upgrades. As long as it’s built according to the instructions, it performs very well.

Out of the gate, the YD-2 beat the RMX to the latest style of chassis. I personally did not care for the steering setup that came on the YD-2, but the rest of the car seemed to work really well. I did not want to go to an after-market steering system to make it work better, so I moved on. The RMX worked really well and their steering system seemed to agree with my driving and tuning style more. In addition, MST built into the design, the ability to mount the motor in the high position (Weight-shift). Moving the motor above the gearbox immediately changed the handling characteristics and transformed it to a real winner on low traction surfaces. Sometime after the release of the YD-2, aftermarket high-mount motor plates for the YD-2 started showing up all over, as well as aftermarket steering kits. These 2 additions really closed the gap between these two.

Fast Forward to today.
Yokomo has introduced a good amount of revisions for the YD-2 line. For some this is a negative, others see it as a positive. If you purchased the original YD-2, the YD-2 Plus, YD-2 EX, YD-2S, YD-2S Plus, YD-2E, YD-E Plus, and the YD-2 SX have all been released since then. The YD-2 through YD-2 EX were based on the same design, the EX being the big daddy at about 80% of the upgrades available from Yokomo being included in the kit. The YD-2S introduced the lowered gearbox and high mount motor for low-traction surfaces. The YD2S Plus is the upgraded version of the YD-2S. This year Yokomo introduced the YD-2E to replace the YD-2 and is now coming with a new and improved steering system. The YD-2E Plus is the upgraded version, and the new YD-2SX is the upgraded version with both the new steering system and the high-mount motor. You got that? Of course you do.

MST always does things their way, which is to release something that works well and they continue to build on it. They released the RMX and also the RRX (Rear Mounted Motor) which is basically the RMX with the Rear Motor Conversion included. MST continues to release upgrades for the RMX, all of which are top quality and some of the nicest parts I have seen in R/C.

Upgrades Upgrades Upgrades!!!
Of course we all want upgrades, right? Of course plastic is fantastic, but it’s not as pleasing to the eye. Plus who wants to roll around on their stock hubcaps on their real car? That’s what it’s like rolling the plastic. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing exciting either.

Yokomo produces some really nice upgrades. There is also plenty of companies who make after-market parts as well. Some are good, some are not, so you need to choose wisely. I usually give the manufacturer first shot since they are the ones who designed the chassis. As you can see, Yokomo produces some really nice pieces. I really appreciate their attention to detail.

MST also produces some really nice pieces. In my opinion, some of the nicest. What MST lacks in after-market support, they make up with their own parts. Notice the detail on the shock tower with the markings and slide adjustment. MST also offers the shock towers in matching carbon with the standard hole adjustments.

Yokomo Updated and Upgraded Steering. I have to say I really like this new setup. I will be the first to say I did not like the first round YD-2 steering, but the new steering really agrees with my tuning and driving style. Props to Yokomo for making this change!

MST released an upgraded version of their original plastic steering setup. It has agreed with my driving and tuning from day one. I was glad to see they made it nicer, added more adjustment, but kept it the same. I’ve always  been a firm believer in having the steering system ridged and with as little slop possible. MST has nailed it!

Yokomo YD-2SX!

MST RMX 2.0s!

Both look menacing!

Yokomo – 7 Positions (All High Mount)
MST – 4 Positions (1 Low, 3 High)

Yokomo just introduced their new style Adjustable Toe Blocks. These are my favorite style this side of what D-Like uses on the Re-R. Offset inserts make for quick and precise adjustments. Much better than buying separate Toe Blocks for each adjustment.

MST released their Adjustable Toe Blocks almost at the same time as the RMX. I was glad since Toe is such an important tool.

The Conclusion:
I am only touching on the similarities and differences between the 2 offerings by these top-notch companies. We have had a lot of people come to our shop so confused by the strong opinions from both sides. In the end, it closely parallels with the iOS vs Android battle. Each side has it’s pros and cons. You will have people who really love one over the other,  and hate one over the other for various reasons. You will also find there is a good majority that fall somewhere in the middle and will go with what they like at the time.

Some of the key arguments I hear:
Yokomo has a lot more after-market support, nobody makes anything for MST. 
Partially true – Although there are more companies who produce after-market parts for Yokomo, there are many products which are universal and will work for both. Suspension arms, knuckles, shocks, springs, servo mounts, hubs, wheels, body mounts, etc. Not to mention any custom work can use whatever your imagination can think of.

MST does a lot of research and development, Yokomo just keeps pushing out products and they don’t work well. That’s why you need the after-market support.
Partially true – MST parts tend to work well on the first release, however, Yokomo releases different options, some work better than others, but as long as you can get what works for you, you’re fine.

Presently I have a fully upgraded MST RMX 2.0s and the new Yokomo YD-2SX. They drive very close and I imagine with time they will be even closer. If I had to choose, I would have to flip a coin. The RMX at the moment is slightly easier to drive, meaning more forgiving, but I have had a lot more time with it. At the entry level kit I feel the RMX has a slight edge since the instructions get you a better running chassis. Both seem to be about equal after that.

My personal opinion is, you can’t go wrong with either. So which ever you choose, buy with confidence! We sell both at Super-G and carry the full line of upgrades for both as well. So this is as unbiased as it gets.  Hope this cleared up some questions and concerns some of you may have. See you guys at the track!

Rememeber, keep drifting fun and leave the drama at home!

 

2017 RawFew Team Chassis

For 2017, the Super-G Team, the RawFew has chosen a new chassis!

What and Why
Until now the RawFew have had good luck running all different chassis as a team, but it was clear the members of the team running the same chassis were also very much in sync with each other when it came to holding close proximity, matching speed and angle, and having like transitions. So as a team, the RawFew decided to find a chassis which we all felt would take us to the next level, or at least provide the best platform to accomplish what we are after as a team.

It has been obvious to us for awhile now that the next generation chassis are here. The Yokomo YD2 and the MST RMX 2.0S are both prime examples of this. They both have gone to a rear mounted motor configuration, as well as a gearbox style drivetrain. This configuration with the motor rotation in the correct orientation seem to provide a new level of traction and acceleration while maintaining a very low overall weight.

Being as the YD2 has been out the longest, it was a serious contender, but my personal experience with it had drawn me away from this particular chassis. For some reason, the front end just does not agree with me. There are so many out there who say they love the way the stock YD2 drives, but it just does not work for what I’m looking for. Many say when it’s holding angle it looks as if it’s CS, and I have to agree with this. I gave both the base model YD2 as well as the YD2 EX an honest try, (made it my personal chassis for a good amount of time) and it just did not win me over.

Enter the Wrap-Up Next VX Concept for the YD2:

From the beginning I have always been a huge WrapUp Next (WUN) Fan. This also seemed to be the case with all the teammates in the RawFew. Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to welcome Takayuki Sone (Sone-chi) to the Super-G Family. He spent a good amount of time with us and after seeing our driving style and learning what we were after, Sone-chi had given the recommendation of the WrapUp Next VX Concept for the YD2. He had assured me the VX Dock front end would address my concerns with the YD2 front end. In reality, the WrapUp Next VX Concept for the YD2 only uses the rear end from the YD2. If you fully upgrade, it only uses the gearbox. SIGN ME UP!!!


The heart of the VX Concept Chassis is the Wrap-Up Next VX Dock.
This is a unique design which has always had my attention. Rather than having the steering servo mounted separately from the steering rack and tying it all together with various linkages, levers, ball joints, etc. all which add a small amount of play at each and every joint. WrapUp Next has made the VX Dock all one unit, directly actuating the rack with the servo horn itself. This provides a very tight, slop free steering setup. I was a bit skeptical at first since I had seen a few people who did not have them working properly, but as with everything, setup plays a major role. Now having owned one myself, I am completely sold on this setup.

I decided to go with a Yokomo BL-LHV Zero Servo to compliment the WrapUp Next VX Dock. 0.06 sec/60 and 529 oz of torque sounded too good to pass up. This servo is a beast and is more than up to the task. We also chose to use the WrapUp Next Dual Composite Shock Towers for the front and rear. These have an innovative design using an aluminum center mount and some really thick carbon outers (we’re talking 4mm thick!) to provide mounting for the actual shocks. There are 3 different height positions to choose from, as well as 9 different shock mounts giving 27 different mounting positions for the front, and 11 different shock mounting points on the rear, giving 33 on the rear.

To hold true to form, we also chose the WrapUp Next KONDO Custom Ver. 2 Upper Control Arms, and KONDO Custom Ver. 3 Lower Control Arms, as well as the WrapUp Next GX Ver. 3 Front Knuckles. This ensures everything works well with each other. WrapUp Next definitely delivers in this area. This front end configuration just simply works. I’m usually one to constantly adjust and tune, always looking for that “perfect” setup, not with this one. For some reason, the changes I have made feel different, but just as good as the one before. The WrapUp Next VX Dock is really a work of art.

The Chassis Kit from WrapUp Next is quite impressive. Top quality with a unique carbon weave. It has a lot of mounting options for those of you who like to experiment with different placement for your battery and electronics. It comes with all the necessary brackets and stand-offs, and it all goes together the way any high-end chassis kit does. For reasons unknown, we decided to run with the stock YD2 Rear Suspension setup. I plan to upgrade to the WrapUn Next VX Ver. 3 Lower Rear Suspension Arms in the immediate future, but for now the stock YD2 suspension is doing it’s job and doing it well. The VX Concept Chassis uses the gearbox from the YD2. I have chosen a Yokomo D1 Spec 10.5 Motor to power my personal build.

When it came to shocks, we considered all the various shocks we have used throughout the years. Tamiya TRFs were a strong contender, but once we tried the Yokomo Big Bores, the choice was easy. These have quickly become my favorite shocks. The simplicity of the design, with top notch quality, it’s a no brainer. These things are buttery smooth.

Of course we were obligated to run the WrapUp Next Rear Brace / Fan mount.

And the killer Yokomo Racing Performer Cooling Fan.

The WrapUp Next VX Concept for the YD2 is a definite winner! We feel Takayuki Sone (Sone-chi) hit it perfectly with his recommendation for this chassis. The VX Dock and front end setup addresses the area on the stock YD2 I didn’t care for, but still utilizes the great gearbox and rear end that the YD2 does right. This has to be the best handling chassis I have owned to date. Combine that with the awesome build quality WrapUp Next is known for, and you have yourself a work of art you just want to stare at, but don’t be fooled, you will be itching to drive it every chance you get.

Steve Fujita:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Black
Servo –
Yokomo BL-LHV Zero
ESC / Motor –
Speedpassion Reventon Pro / Yokomo Racing Performer D1 Series 10.5T
Gyro –  D-Like Premium V.2

Joe Tam:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Red
Servo –
Yokomo BL-LHV Zero
ESC / Motor –
Speedpassion Reventon Pro / G-Force Hyper Booster Capacitor / Yokomo Racing Performer D1 Series 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like Premium V.2

Jason Fordyce:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Black
Servo 
– Futaba BLS571SV
ESC / Motor – Accuvance Xarvis /Accutron Photonic Stabilizer /  Electrinic Stabilizer / Chevalier Turbo Capacitor / Accuvance Luxon Agile 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like V.3

Nick Lepisto:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Black
Servo – 
D-Like RWD Servo
ESC / Motor – Accuvance Tachyon Airia / Accuvance Luxon 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like Premium V.3

Mark Santa Cruz:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Silver
Servo – Futaba BLS571SV
ESC / Motor -Speedpassion Reventon R / Speedpassion 3.0 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like Premium V.3