Orion Vortex R10.1 Pro ESC review

Orion Vortex R10.1 Pro ESC review

I have been testing the new Orion Vortex R10.1 pro the last few weeks, and I have to tell you I am impressed. My testing is just by feel of a normal weekend racer, but I always like to read real reviews by real drivers that are like me. I have been running the Orion R10 pro up until I got this. At first I was skeptical, because I couldn’t see how they could improve on the esc, but guess what, they did! First off, on looks alone they have a winner. This has to be the sweetest looking ESC on the market by a mile. The blacked out wires just make this speedo look bad ass. The new heatsink design is nothing but a work of art too. It comes with a fan that has a graphite look to it too. I am pretty lucky that Orion team manager Joe Pillars lives in town, so he set the esc up from the start with a base setting using the all new programming box. We will get into that in a bit. From the first pack I noticed that the 10.1 was smoother than the 10 and the braking was even more noticeable! How in the world they made the best better is beyond me, but they did. We had our regions Roar champs this weekend, and with the 97 degree heat I had no issues at all. A couple other drivers with other brands were having speedo issues, but not the R10.1 pro. The programming box works the same as the older version, except now you can check...
If you run an SC10 4×4 you need to get this!

If you run an SC10 4×4 you need to get this!

The center diff from Rcshox.com is by far the biggest game changer upgrade I have ever had! For the older racers, it was like when the hydra drive came out. It just gave you an unfair advantage over those not running it. My friend Cameron Kellogg turned me on to it, and let me tell you i’m thankful for it. The center diff replaces your slipper clutch. At first I was a little skeptical, but I got to the track and ran a pack with the slipper basket on my SC10 4×4 and then put the center diff on and ran a pack. Right off the bat I noticed that it was way smoother. The power just seemed to go to the ground, and I was more hooked up. I really noticed it on the sweeper. I could pull an inside line that I couldn’t with the slipper. This upgrade really is a game changer. I am not a pro racer by any means, but even I could notice the difference right away. If you want to run circles around your competition, then pick up the center diff kit from RCShox.com ! Click here to go to their...
If you run AE you need to get these

If you run AE you need to get these

I just installed my ghea machined shock pistons and I can’t even believe they are AE shocks. I have been running AE for over 25 years, and in all that time I have never seen such an improvement as I have with these little shock pistons. We all know the rap on AE, but I am telling you right now that i could care less when they come out with big bores now. These pistons are a game changer. For about 20 bucks for a set of 4 with shipping, these precision made shock pistons are worth the wait from Sweden. I actually got mine within a week of ordering them, so the wait was worth it. If you run AE, you need to get these and right now! Here is the link to the Ghea site. Don’t be scared away by the looks of the site, they are for real. I also ordered the big bore shock collars too and they are just as nice. If you want to know how to convert the swedish kroner to dollars, here is a good link for that. I have no relationship with these people at all, and they have no idea I am even doing a review. You know what? I don’t care, these things rock and all AE drivers should get a set now!! Just found out they have a US distributor it is Absolute Hobbyz...
RCShox product review

RCShox product review

Recently I was sent a performance package from RCShox of products they offer for the SC10 4×4. The kit comes with Garolite slipper pads, adjustable ackermann steering rack, and dual stage pistons. RCShox designed these products with improving performance, reliability, and your lap times around the track. Let’s start with the ackerman steering rack. This part was one I was excited to see. We have seen AE team drivers testing a steering rack design of their own that is not on the market quite yet. RCShox offers this to you NOW! This part will give you the adjustment of changing the inner tie rod mounting location to make the steering more or less aggressive depending on your driving needs. The new bar comes with one additional hole forward and two back over the stock location. RCShox also upgraded the bar to have bearings on the inner pivot mount. The bearings eliminate slop that the stock bushing can develop and gives the rack smoother operation. Installation is pretty straight forward and the instructions were easy to follow once downloaded from RCShox website. The different locations are easily accessed from the bottom of the truck and can be done quickly at trackside to test locations. On the track I liked the third hole, one back from stock, and noticed immediately that the truck was easier to drive. The SC10 4×4 truck is known for being an aggressive steering truck and the RCShox steering rack helps tune some of that out and makes a truck feel more consistent to steer around the track. One important note we should mention is that if...
X Ray T3 Review

X Ray T3 Review

We were lucky enough to get another great review article from Stephen Coyle. This is on the X Ray T3. This week I received my Xray T3 2012 from RCDisco, the UK distributor for Xray, Hudy, Ko Propo, Tekin and a number of other big brands.  Xray have, in my opinion, always been viewed as the premium kit makers in the R/C world and they always produce a quality product – it was time to see if this comes through in the latest evolution of their 10th touring car, the T3 2012… Compared to previous boxes the box that the T3 2012 arrived in was surprising small. Xray, in the past supplied the chassis with the bulkheads already attached in one part of the box and the rest of the parts for the kit in another part… had this changed? No it hasn’t – they have simply shrunk the box (possibly a nod in the direction of saving the planet with less trees required to make the box?). The parts and the chassis is in one smaller box along with the usual glossy and comprehensive full colour brochure. But enough about the box! What has changed for the 2012 version of Xray’s T3 platform. The list, taken from the Xray site include; New graphite chassis designed for increased overall traction and improved on-power steering New re-designed graphite top deck for increased in/out of the corner steering New front & rear graphite shock towers designed for new upper bulkheads New upper bulkheads with 3 upper linkage mounting positions Quick change linkage length & roll center position by shim addition/removal New...