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Old 08-16-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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Browsing upgrade parts for my truck, which is commonly preferred?
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:07 AM   #2
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Depends on the part in question and how much stress it recieves and what the stress angles are. For normally rigid pieces that dont experience much torsional flex (chassis, shock towers, etc) you can use carbon fiber, for pieces that are expected to endure alot of twisting and impact forces (arms, steering, etc) use a graphite composite.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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Thanks. I picked up a Hyper 10sc with some carbon upgrades and was curious. The carbon upgrades done were shock towers, servo mount, center diff top plate.

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Old 08-17-2010, 01:02 AM   #4
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Thanks. I picked up a Hyper 10sc with some carbon upgrades and was curious. The carbon upgrades done were shock towers, servo mount, center diff top plate.

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With these on the truck I would only be concerned with the rear tower. I haven't seen anyone break one but it will take the most abuse. The other mods that are done are well worth the weight drop. Keep them on and you will have some fast laps.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:19 AM   #5
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Anyone actually put the shocktowers on a scale in both alum and cf and see what the weight savings really is?
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Anyone actually put the shocktowers on a scale in both alum and cf and see what the weight savings really is?

I would bet its probably only a few grams , maybe an ounce at most .

BUT thats like taking off 2 or 300 pounds from your 1:1 car .....
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Anyone actually put the shocktowers on a scale in both alum and cf and see what the weight savings really is?
Yep, I converted my truck to cf and a lightened alloy chassis also added the new toe plates. Here are the results
Chassis - old - 260g
new - 218g
Rear Toe plates - old - 6g
- new - 7g
Front Toe plates - old - 6g
- new - 7g
Fr shock twr - alloy - 16g
- cf - 10g
Rr shock twr - alloy - 21g
- cf - 13g
Servo plate - alloy - 8g
- cf - 5g
Centre diff pl - alloy - 7g
- cf - 4g

Total saving in weight of 60g. Hope that helps.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:10 AM   #8
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WOW 60 grams ! I didnt think it would be that much , thats over 2 ounces which in R/C is a whole lot !

IDK about swapping the toe plates out though as I have cracked the front one on my Hyper 12ST and it uses the same part as the Hyper10SC .

I went full carbon fiber on my 10SC also and all of the parts have held up great !

Too the OP as far as I know nobody is making graphite parts for the Hyper 10SC , graphite parts are made by mixing graphite into the plastic before the parts are molded too make them lighter/stiffer .

Carbon fiber parts are usually made from pressure laminated carbon fiber cloth sheets , and are flat pieces like shock towers , toe plates , ect .
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:12 AM   #9
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Oh, there are graphite pieces being made. Check this out

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Oh, there are graphite pieces being made. Here's my check list from A-Main

Those are all carbon fiber parts (they are listed as graphite but are not) , graphite parts look like regular plastic parts they just have graphite mixed in with the plastic .

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Those are all carbon fiber parts (they are listed as graphite but are not) , ghraphite parts look like regular plastic parts they just have graphite mixed in with the plastic .
Well, thats just stupid of AMAIN. lol

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No problem , people do that all the time in R/C (confuse graphite with C/F)

You wouldnt want graphite anyway cause its very brittle and will crack easier than C/F though its very stiff and light (great for racing) .

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Old 08-21-2010, 12:08 AM   #13
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those dont look like carbon fiber, carbon fiber is weaved. those graphite pieces have dots. i dont know about that
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those dont look like carbon fiber, carbon fiber is weaved. those graphite pieces have dots. i dont know about that

Click on the pics too enlarge them and you can see they are C/F parts and not graphite .

It sucks when even the manufacturers and distributors are mis labeling them , causes a lot of confusion ......
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