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Exotek has released some new upgrades for the XRAY XB4. The new parts are designed to improve the shocks and will add some style points.
The Exotek Shock Caps for the XB4 are heavy duty and made of alloy. The included bushings snap into the shock cap ensuring great movement. They will come in black or orange at a MSRP $39.95. Check Part# 1407ORG for more details.
Let the upgrades begin, Exotek Racing has released 3 new parts. The upgrades are for the Team Associated 1:10 lineup and include:
A Carbon Fiber ESC tray which is designed for the B4.2, that is lightweight, tough and big enough to mount larger ESC’s.
A Carbon Fiber battery strap that will fit the B4.2 and similar vehicles, it is designed for use with short LiPo packs and it will allow you to use the stock twist nuts or optional Exotek twist nuts.
Finally, they also released a Rear Alloy Hubs set for all of the B4, B44 and SC10 the new hubs feature a vertical ball stud mount hubs for multi-adjustable roll center changes by simply adding shims.
For more details, check out Exotek.com
I have put approximately 20 battery packs through my TLR 22SCT since installing the Exotek Steering Rack Conversion Kit. I run on a series of backyard tracks, with some of the conditions equivalent to that of a bashing pit. Hard Clay, Grass, Gravel, Sand and Water, that will give you and idea of my conditions.
Quality: The kit is made of Aluminum and because of that I have had no problems with durability. It is very strong and gets rid of a lot of the slop found in the stock system. I should mention that the slop in the stock system wasn’t the major problem with it. The stock system will start to bind, especially on dusty tracks.
Handling: The truck handles like a dream and after all of the battery packs I put through it, she still feels like brand new. I didn’t realize how much my stock steering system was binding up.
Value: The price at $69.95 to me seems a little steep, but you must consider the time you will save doing maintenance.
Final Thoughts: When I think everything over carefully, I am very pleased with my purchase. The aluminum dual bell crank setup from Exotek first and foremost does as advertised. As much as I love my TLR 22SCT, I feel this is how the steering system should have been delivered. The stock setup requires too much cleaning and maintenance in order to avoid binding. The Exotek instructions were excellent and the parts went together with no problems. Make no mistake about it, Exotek has delivered a quality piece, that returns your TLR 22 to its cornering glory. Although the price tag takes a little of my joy out of this product, I would have no problem buying another or recommending it to others.
Great Job and Great Product from Exotek.
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Here is my experience installing the Exotek 22 Steering Conversion Kit.
Breaking down the front end was pretty straight forward. This was my first time taking apart my TLR 22SCT and I was impressed with the ease once I had things figured out. After about 20 minutes I was ready to start putting things back together.
Installing the servo horn was easy. The kit will allow you to use an aluminum horn or the stock plastic horn. If your servo has small tabs in between the mounting holes, you will be required to remove them and make this area flush. I used a Dremel Tool to remove the tabs on my servo.
The Exotek servo mounts were next. It was nice to be able to replace the stock plastic with aluminum mounts. I also noticed that the servo is now a little further back, which required me to relocate my receiver a little bit.
I was now required to trim the side rails of my 22SCT. I found it easier to remove them from the truck and use a Dremel and a hand file. The instructions say this area should be 5.5 mm. This required me to use my Digital Caliper to ensure an accurate measurement. This part took me about 20 minutes as I was trying to be extra careful. In the picture, the side rail on the left hasn’t been trimmed and the one on the left was trimmed according to the instructions.
The servo post and the Exotek steering system went together very easy, with the instruction sheet doing a great job. You will be required to use some of the Ball Ends from the stock assembly, so don’t throw it away too fast. My steering link needed to be shortened to 32mm to match the instruction sheet, which required me to do a little filing.
I put all of this on the truck and moved on to shaving the upper bulkhead to allow clearance for the steering link ball cup and the servo horn. This was a slow process and it will be easy to go too far, take your time and frequently check your clearances. After what seemed like an eternity, but was only 10 minutes, I tightened things up and I was done.
In closing I will say the instruction sheet is great. It has big clear pictures, accurate descriptions and even provides you with tips on how to complete a task, or where to add spacers so you can change things such as Bump Steer and Link Angles. The build was made easier with things like the Digital Caliper, Hand Files and the Dremel Tool. You will also use a small amount of black grease along the way.
Exoteck did an excellent job on the fit and finish of the Steering Rack Conversion Kit, everything went together smoothly. The Aluminum looks great and adds some durability.
This project took me about 90 minutes to complete and could easily be done in well under an hour. Keep in mind I was taking notes, pictures and playing Seinfeld reruns in the background. It was a fun build and I experienced no problems. Still to come, my final thoughts after I have a chance to run the new system.
You can read my First Impressions HERE.
UPDATE: Final Thoughts and Review can be found HERE.
I am going to share my initial impressions of the Exotek Steering Rack Conversion Kit for TLR22, 22SCT and 22T.
– To be honest I found the price for this product to be a little steep at $69.95 us, but I have started to get some binding in the steering rack of my TLR 22SCT, so I thought I would take a gamble and see if this fixes the problem once and for all.
– Exotek processed and shipped my order within 1 business day. The kit was shipped from Oceanside California, US on July 1st, it arrived in Sackville Nova Scotia, CA on July 12th, this is pretty good time when you consider it had to get customs clearance and utilize Canada Post for the Canadian leg of the journey.
– Inside there is an instruction sheet which appears to be very clearly laid out and easy to follow. The instructions include 9 different steps. I will tell you that in step 8 you will be required to grind your upper bulkhead in two separate places to allow clearance for the steering link ball cup and the servo horn.
– The parts are CNC machined Aluminum and the package is separated into 4 compartments, this will allow for easy identification of parts during the build.
Stay tuned I will be putting this together soon and I will keep up updated on the process.
UPDATE: Check Out Exotek 22 Conversion Kit: The Build
If you have a TLR 22, 22SCT or a 22T, you may have experienced binding problems with the steering rack. This seems to be a common problem that happens over time as dirt gets into the stock system. Exotek appears to have a solution, which is getting solid reviews. The Exotek 22 Steering Rack Conversion Set 22, 22SCT, 22T, is a kit that will convert your steering rack over to a more tunable and traditional look. It is made of high quality alloy and bolts right into the stock location, with only one small modification required. The price seems a little steep ($69.95), but if it works as advertised, you won’t need to worry about your steering binding up again. We hope to have some hands-on experience with this product soon and we will share our thoughts.
FYI, This seems to be a very popular product, the first batch sold out fast and this is the second offering.
You can click HERE for more details.