First of all, I'm new to RC world. I've been slowly upgrading my Rally car.
Doing a bit of research, I'm wonder - how are the eBay aluminum knock offs?
I was looking at the Team Blue Star shocks for my Rally and saw these:
At first I thought they were TBS... but TBS are not available in blue. I figure, they are the same shocks but sold from under TBS since TBS made the mistake of ordering the manufacturing in China. And that's a common practice: Chinese factory gets specs for manufacturing parts, makes order, delivers order, quietly continues to produce the product and sell through other channels for less (free R'n'D).
I dug deeper and found quite a few parts all over eBay that are identical to brand name components but are sold as "XXX part for XXX car" without any brand name anywhere.
Surely, this is isn't a revelation to you, guys. But I didn't notice any threads on this, so I ask here.
TIA for any info
A lot of that stuff is hit or miss, the aluminum tends to be cheap and the machining not very high quality. But who knows they may be a great find. Give them a shot and let us know
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I don't know if I would trust those shocks. I would get either of these.
Traxxas gone bye bye!
For shocks I'd highly recommend what Sierravmax noted. I run both and they are excellent. For nearly the same amount of money you know you are getting a good shock and can get rebuild kits easily. You usually get what you pay for so saving a buck here and there might cost you more in the end. For alloy parts i'd suggest Traxxas, STRC, and such. Just don't buy anything 'Integy'.
Yes, for bigger vehicles, I wouldnt go with the RC Damper stuff, they make great shocks for VTA/TCs tho.
GTRs and Associated V2 or those SCTE shocks are great choices. and would probably last a lot longer.
Also consider a chassis shroud
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I appreciate all of the suggestions. However, I couldn't pass up the deal for the same shocks as eBay listing but at $15 cheaper. I think it's worth the risk. If they are at least better than stock plastics, I'm ok with that.
Assemble them right and maintain them and they will do you good for f a while.
I would stick with brand name take-offs like the ones sierra posted above. Those no-name shocks will probably leak on the first run and you'll never find parts for them.
My Black & Blue Rally is faster than your color...
It's a roll of the dice... Me, I'd stick with a reputable Mfr over a knock off, at least I know what I'm buying and less chances of having problems....
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