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ChattavegasSE
2008.04.03, 11:06 PM
I just had to do it, I can't stay away from the cheap touring cars! I just bought a Kyosho PureTen Alpha II EP RTR Ford Focus WRC off eb@y. I'm hoping I'll have it to tear up next Thursday. :D :D :D


Of course, better pics will follow. ;)
http://i23.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/e4/e8/1956_12.JPG

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.04, 06:31 PM
I've done some research; the PureTen Alpha 2 is shaft-driven; and laid out a lot like a TC3. For whatever reason, it's 200mm wide instead of 190mm. So that means no MazdaSpeed 6 body for me, I'll have to settle for a 200mm Mazda 6. :rolleyes: Also, the PTA2's were availible as a rally or street car. I'm pretty sure the one I bought is in street mode. I found some 6-year-old forum archives that showed how-to's on what HPI shocks to use and where to cut the chassis to allow for a lot more ground clearance. This thing is gonna be fun. :cool:

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.05, 07:44 PM
I was searching around on eb@y for parts and stuff. Check out this Kyosho touring chassis: dual carbon fiber side plate chassis, single belt drive, battery down the middle, angled servo a la off-road trucks/buggies. VERY cool chassis. :cool:
http://i14.ebayimg.com/02/i/000/e7/17/926f_12.JPG

http://cgi.*******om/Kyosho-KXOne-KX-One-4wd-touring-JR_W0QQitemZ150233249112QQihZ005QQcategoryZ19167QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.07, 08:25 PM
So I whined and cried enough and the seller upgraded my shipping so I should get it Wednesday! :D

kwellst
2008.04.08, 09:38 PM
cool cant wait to see it

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.09, 09:16 PM
Well you can't, cuz it didn't come today. :(

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.11, 07:52 PM
It came Thursday while we were racing. Pics will follow, but here's the run down:

Gear diffs
Bushings throughout
200mm body/chassis
Body isn't pre-cut, but the wheel circles are cut - bonus!
Solid plate chassis - buggy style
Plastic shocks, no oil - bouncy
Kyosho X-Speed motor, looks like it has an internal fan like a 550 truck motor
1400mAH NiCD battery included
Crazy ground clearance; over an inch!
Rally blocked tires
All KO Propo electronics - in white in white cases
Fixed camber/toe, although a few shock mount choices
Dogbones front and rear; no CV's, although there are some availible I think
Inner dust cover not included :(

The chassis is solid as a rock, and the huge buggy-bumper in the front will hopefully protect the front arms/shocks from damage. I'm going to decal it up and run it as it sits. This isn't a competitive touring racer by any means. For $75, it's a perfect rally basher though. ;)

pinoyboy
2008.04.11, 08:31 PM
It came Thursday while we were racing. Pics will follow, but here's the run down:

Gear diffs
Bushings throughout
200mm body/chassis
Body isn't pre-cut, but the wheel circles are cut - bonus!
Solid plate chassis - buggy style
Plastic shocks, no oil - bouncy
Kyosho X-Speed motor, looks like it has an internal fan like a 550 truck motor
1400mAH NiCD battery included
Crazy ground clearance; over an inch!
Rally blocked tires
All KO Propo electronics - in white in white cases
Fixed camber/toe, although a few shock mount choices
Dogbones front and rear; no CV's, although there are some available I think
Inner dust cover not included :(

The chassis is solid as a rock, and the huge buggy-bumper in the front will hopefully protect the front arms/shocks from damage. I'm going to decal it up and run it as it sits. This isn't a competitive touring racer by any means. For $75, it's a perfect rally basher though. ;)

It looks good! I might have to pick up a 1/10 as I think they're trying to start the vintage Trans Am races here. I was looking at a used cyclone S or maybe a TC4, or basically something pretty cheap used that might keep up. T

his looks like a nice kit, but theres no local shops that carry parts for Kyosho, at least I don't think:(

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.12, 09:06 AM
Nope Hank, nobody really carries Kyosho anymore. Since Kyosho America came on the scene and took their products OUT of hobby stores so you have to order from Kyosho directly. :rolleyes: I'm hoping no to break anything on this car; since I'm not going to be racing single-turn mod motors like I did with my TC4's. ;)

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.12, 04:08 PM
Pics of the body will follow later. I hate Kyosho decals. :(

26mm touring wheel/tire for reference. That's about a 20mm ride height, compared to the 5-6mm height I ran on my FTTC4.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7d2316ce5a900000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7d23602246c00000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7d231dd642800000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig

All touring cars need this much flex!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7d2301d247000000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig

Nothing is adjustable. The steering links have such a huge downward angle, this thing is made for off-road.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7d235c4e50300000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig

That's the biggest pinion gear I've ever had. The car came with a 80T spur as a spare. I'm not sure what the pinion/spur installed is.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7d24b6fe59700000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig


The blue plastic looks pretty cool in the pics, but it might as well be black in real life. The shocks are incredible bouncy. I might have to get some oil shocks to calm it down. I still haven't run it yet; gotta switch to Dean's plugs first. I'm going to use my Airtronics radio for it.

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.13, 12:09 AM
It turned out ok, despite the inflexible decals and bad factory paint job. The window trim covered the rough paint lines, but the rear is all wrong. The blue stripes are supposed to be at more of an angle, so the stripe decals are all messed up. I'm going to tint the windows and bolt on the spoiler tomorrow. Oh well, it's gonna get covered in dirt anyways. ;)
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7de7b1d64ce00000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7de7b10e5f300000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da33b3127cceb7de7b4b649800000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.13, 02:19 PM
Windows tinted, switched to Dean's, set-up radio, and drove around. This thing is awful loud, the dogbones rattle a lot. Plus the tires aren't glued and there's no brakes; but who needs brakes on a rally car anyways? :eek:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8da32b3127cceb7db3994ddaf00000016100AbsnLVy4ZuW Ig


But one nice surpise is the metal bushings instead of plastic. I was going to replace them with bearings, but they're metal instead of plastic, so I'll leave 'em. I'm used to Tamiya plastic bushings that wear out really fast.

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.13, 04:16 PM
This thing is damn fast for a RTR! I thought the huge 32/78 pinion/spur would hurt the torque, but give it a high top speed. Wrong, this motor has all the torque in the world, and the gear ratio gives it a very high top speed for an RTR. It actually handles on road pretty well. Nothing like my FTTC4 set up on foam tires, but a lot better than any of my old Tamiya's.

I can't wait to get it out on the ball field Thursday night. :cool:

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.16, 09:43 PM
Always check the screws on a new RTR! I ran mine around the other day, then I was cleaning it up to put it away. One of the two lower steering rack screws is gone. Musta come loose when I was jumping the sidewalk in my yard. :rolleyes:

ChattavegasSE
2008.04.18, 01:26 PM
After running it on dirt, I need oil shocks and an inner dust cover badly! I replaced the stock servo with a HiTec unit and glued the stock servo saver together and am using a Kimborough servo saver instead. Steering response is much more direct and smooth. :D

I also put the droop screws in the A-arms so I can lower the car for on-road racing, although dirt is where it's at. ;)