First Chassis - 4. High-end Platform? Decisions Decisions (Part 7)

by admin on Feb 16, 2016 Categories: REVIEW/TECH/HOW-TO
  1. I'm not sure this if for me. I just want to get my feet wet for the smallest investment.
  2. I can't enjoy the activity if I can't be competitive, but let's keep the cost minimal.
  3. I'm the type who believes in investing early on, and saving in the long run.
  4. I'm the type who wants the best of the best. 
At least one of the above statements seems to apply to most of our customers. I would suggest being honest with yourself and at least use this as a guideline. We see people come in all the time and sell themselves short, only to reinvest in the correct equipment within days or weeks of their original purchase. Again, just be honest with yourself and you will save a lot of time and grief. We see it ALL THE TIME. img_5943.jpg This category is basically pick your poison. You know you are going to start modding it, you know you are going to spend money doing it. You know you want the best of the best and you want to end up with something to be proud of. If this is you, then get ready for some fun. There are so many different ways to go about this, there's really no right or wrong approach other than choosing a layout that appeals to you. Once you have your base chassis, you can start adding parts from other vendors which may add a different function or feature the stock kit doesn't provide. Or it may just add some "bling" to your already nice chassis. A few vendors who make quality parts to hop up your chassis are: Overdose, D-Like, Active, Mikuni, MST, Oxygen, Kazama, WrapUpNext, TN Racing, M's, DS Racing, RC Art, and Vertex RC. There are quite a few others, but this is what I can remember off the top of my head at the moment. img_5944.jpgD-Like Upper A-Arm Links, Active Steering End Links. In addition to different control arms, you can also choose different steering knuckles, rear hubs, Bagi suspension, mono-shock setups, shock caps, shock bodies, shock pistons, shock shafts, shock ends, shock mounting plates, ball ends, titanium turnbuckles, steering systems, etc. The list goes on and on. There is also another layer to this. There are companies who sell chassis conversion kits. Basically, the company produces a kit with their key components, but require a donor chassis to complete the kit. For example, you can purchase the Bianca kit, but you also need to purchase a Yokomo Drift Package to complete the kit. From 2 kits, you form one. There is also a kit from Kamikaze for the Yokomo DIB which makes a RWD conversion for the DIB. These kits tend to be nice, but make sure to do your homework. A big thing to consider is parts availability. If you break a component, you can get a replacement? Most people who remain in R/C Drift for any length of time usually end up in this category eventually. It's just a natural progression. Once you find the chassis you really like, you tend to want to jazz it up a bit and start to add new parts here and there. The next thing you know, you have this awesome R/C car that is one of a kind, and it's all your doing.