|11-24-2008, 10:21 AM||#1|
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pirced to sell!!!!!!
Hardly ever run. this car is mint. It won the 2005 ROAR nationals in the hands of Greg Hodapp. body is in mind condition. this one comes with the heat sink on the motor.
this is not the squared verson.
This car accepts stick lipos with minimal modifications. (available on many websites)
$200 gets it
Buyer pays for shipping total.
Canada $10 USD, USA $20 USD, International $35USD. Paypal, money order, bank deposit (Canada) accpeted. (paypal add 4%)
email or call for questions email@example.com 416 450 0127
here's a bit of history about the car (thanks oople.com)
Chazz Sinclair, the owner of X Factory and the business brains behind the development of the X-5 writes a short history on the origins of the X-5.
Paul Sinclair, of Whitehouse, Ohio, a small town west of the tip of Lake Erie, began racing at the age of 12 with his first car a xx-4. By 2001 Paul took 6th at the ROAR Stock Motor National Championship. In 2003 Paul finished 3rd at the Stock Nats, this time with a xxx-4, which had only been on the market a short time. As Paul descended the drivers' stand after A-3, he exclaimed to his father, Chazz Sinclair, "Dad, I've never worked so hard in my life! I love my old xx-4 and this thing is so hard to drive."
That summer, at the Hot Rod Hobby Shoot-Out, where Paul finished sixth in the A, they tried an experiment. Paul ran his xxx-4 in H-1 and H-4, his xx-4 in H-2 & 3 with the same motor and gearing. The result was virtually identical lap times and race times, and the idea was born: Could they fuse the straight-line acceleration of the xxx-4 with the handling of the xx-4? And would the result be faster than either?
X Factory R/C Racing Products was really born that day. X Factory is a very small company (Really it's only one man, Chazz.) which for business reasons is a subsidiary of Mr. Sinclair's long-existing dump truck business, Whitehouse Materials L.L.C. The X Factory office is in Chazz's basement and the company's inventory and equipment are in a small shop about 2 miles away where the dump truck business used to be.
Chazz and Paul designed the X - 5, utilizing the skills of a designer at Advantage Mold, a tool & die shop in nearby Toledo, Ohio. Keith Julius produced all the C.A.D. after many hours sitting at his computer with Paul and Chazz. From this C.A.D. the first prototypes were machined from Delrin; after testing and racing, Advantage produced the X - 5 molds, and here we are.
All X Factory parts are produced by sub-contractors in or near Toledo. Josh Cyrul designed the body and makes them in Detroit, about 60 miles away.
The X - 5 debuted when www.4wdrc.com was put up in March of 2004, and sales were steady (But not as brisk as Mrs. Sinclair would like!) until Greg Hodapp joined the X Factory Team in January of 2005 -- instant credibility! When Hodapp took third at the world's warm-up, then won the ROAR Mod Nats in July 2005, sales really took off.
Greg, Paul, and Chazz have all participated in working with Advantage Mold"s Keith Julius to develop the X - 6, which is the result of another simple question, asked this time by Chazz: "Won't buggies handle better if the motor's in front of the rear wheels?"
Massive thanks to Chazz Sinclair for all the help with the review.
X Factory have done an awesome job with the X5, creating a top level car in their first attempt. It retains a lot of the favourable traits of the XX4 and improves things like reliability and maintenance..............
Handling is superb, I have never driven a car with better balance in the air, it seems to go over bumps very well also with quick but predictable steering. The X-5, whilst it shares suspension components with the XX4, seems to feel a little more reactive to the driver where the XX4 felt slightly distant, hard to describe but its a personal feeling of the two cars. There is not much to put down about the X-5, I liked the build, the manual and the quality was good. The loss of a one way (centre, like the xx4) is a shame but adding a front one way to the X-5 makes up for it and X Factory have even teamed up with their UK distributor , Lesro, to offer a heavy duty one way specific for the X-5 which is a direct drop-in and saves a lot of work and time.
The quality of most components is high and a credit to the hard work X Factory have put in, the manual goes almost too far in the detail and extra tips are well documented on the 4wdrc.com website, with photos and long explanations. There is permenant access via the companys forum to the designers and experienced X-5 racers- something a lot of other companys could learn from - support is top notch and most of all friendly.
There are limits to its appeal of course, the cell arrangement, though optimal, wont be to everyones liking. The modifications required to XX4 parts are quite straight forward but take time, and again, will likely put some people off. It would be great if some or all of these 'mods' were done for you but would add to the cost. Some small details could use improvement, the rubber cell strap could look better, the fit of some parts like the rear diff cover could be slightly better also.
Overall I was dying to have another race of the X5.
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