Coming from T-Works and made for the Kyosho MP9 TKI4 and TKI3 are front and rear alloy shock towers as well as a front upper suspension mount. The front shock tower is available in a S/High Mount configuration while the rear shock stay is of a standard geometry. The front upper suspension mount is supplied in High Mount configuration to match the front shock tower. All parts are machined from high-grade 7075-T6 aluminium, they come hard-coated for wear and looks, laser-etched for easy identification and they are available separately.
Coming from T-Works and made for the Kyosho MP9 TKI4 and TKI3 series of buggies are aluminium shock stand offs. The parts are machined from aircraft-grade 7075-T6 aluminium and will reduce the overall weight while lowering the centre of gravity. The stand offs come in sets of four including suitable screws.
Japanese business website nikkei.com has reported that long-established manufacturer Kyosho has recently been bought by the Shinsei investment bank. It is understood that the move also means greater internal restructures over at Kyosho, as the company ran into financial difficulties following decreasing domestic sales. Former Kyosho president Akihisa Suzuki is understood to have retired, but will stay on in an advisory role, with Katsumi Watanabe now taking over at the helm. We will bring you more information on the subject as it becomes available.
Kyosho have introduced a new set of aluminium wheel axle shafts for their V-One R4 series of 1/10th 200mm nitro kits. The wheel axles fit the #VZW219 and #VZW401 universal swing shafts and they scrub 14g of weight compared to the standard steel items, reducing both unsprung and rotational mass for improved handling and quicker acceleration. The shafts come as pairs and they are usable with the all R4 series cars including the V-One R4, R4 SP, R4s and R4s II as well as the R4 Evo.
Max Racing Products have introduced a brass B suspension block for the Kyosho MP9 buggy. Made of class 1 JIS AB bronze material the suspension block will add weight to the front end of the car, something that can be beneficial in order to add a touch of front end grip and consistency. The block is a direct replacement and available now.
RC Belgium have introduced several option parts for the Schumacher KC and KD as well as the Kyosho Scorpion series of vintage re-release buggies. First up is a belt pulley for the Schumacher KC buggy. The pulley removes the need for the idler gears resulting in a 30 grams weight gain. Other advantages are less friction, a lower point of inertia and faster disassembly of the transmission. Fitment is secured by two grub screws. Also new is a LiPo strap compatible with the Schumacher KC and KD buggy. The new strap uses the original LiPo stops for a secure fit and for additional flex the side pods are not used. Next up is a steering set designed for the Kyosho re-release Scorpion, Beetle, Tomahawk and Turbo Scorpion. Featuring 2 ball bearings, the steering set replaces the original servo saver for a smoother and more durable steering. Last but not last is a carbon fibre rear shock tower for the Scorpion and all respective cars. It features two additional holes for more settings possibilities.
Coming from Kyosho and made for the Inferno GT3 1/8th on-road kits is an adjustable aluminium front C-hub set. Offering 4 degrees of built-in caster the hubs make use of composite inserts to reduce the caster to 2 degrees or increase it to 6 degrees in order to fine-tune the car’s steering characteristics going in or coming out of a corner. Machined from high-quality aluminium the hubs also allow to adjust the steering knuckle height using shims, and they come in Kyosho’s signature gun metal colour to match the remainder of the car’s option parts.
Japanese company UREE have introduced their new centre pitch damper for some of the most popular electric touring cars. The damper was originally designed for the latest generation of 2WD off-road buggies but now also found its way into modern day touring cars where it acts as a brace between the servo mount and motor mount – a task that is normally carried out by a fixed linkage, metal or carbon fibre brace. The damper however will make for a smoother transition between coasting and acceleration, resulting in improved car control especially when running modified motors. The damper unit is available now in three different length for the Yokomo BD8 2018, Xray T4 and Infinity IF14/Kyosho TF7.7.