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Xpress Pro Mike Swauger edition review by rcracing.com

May 2nd, 2013 rcMart Danny Posted in Xpress No Comments »

Source:  http://www.rcracing.com/Page.cfm?InfoID=839

A few years ago, Xpress came out with their first Sedan. If I remember right, a month or so after the car came out, it dominated it's first big race at Revelation's in LA. I remember everyone was amazed with the car and for a while it was the hottest car around. Xpress can come a ways since their first sedan, let's check out what the newest one has for us! icon wink Xpress Pro Mike Swauger edition review by rcracing.com

 Xpress Pro Mike Swauger edition review by rcracing.comDAY 1 (assembly): I opened up the box to find a car that was already 90% assembled!!! All I had to do the get the car ready to run was build the shocks, and install the electronics. I called Mr. Xpress himself (Mike Swauger) and got the setup from him. The first thing I was to do was take the sway bars off front and rear, he said that he only uses them on carpet. Second thing was change the shock positions, that's easy enough eh? Mike said since the car comes with Diff's (instead of one-ways'), you should set the car up a little stiffer. I decided to go with the 3 hole pistons with 60wt in the front and 50wt in the rear, and Yokomo Orange springs all the way around. According to Mike, if you are to run one-ways, run the 3 hold pistons with 40wt in the front and 30wt in the rear with Picco's short baby blues in the front and the Yokomo TC Yellows in the rear. 

After the shocks were done I started on the electronics. My test equipment was:

LRP V7.1 ESC
KO Propo KR-297FZ receiver (comes with the Mars)
KO Propo Mars 97R Radio
Airtronics 94157 Steering Servo
Orion TOP Chrome 9×2

Installing the electronics was no problem. The only thing that I had to do was file down the top plate just a hair because the Airtronics servo was a little too big to fit in the slot.

 Xpress Pro Mike Swauger edition review by rcracing.comSetting the Xpress up is SUPER easy with the threaded shocks and set-screw down stops. To start off, Mike said to run about 4.5mm of ride height front and rear, with about 2mm of down travel and 1mm in the front. I set the camber to -1 degree all the way around, set the tweak, and I was ready to hit the track! 

The Assembly of the Xpress was extremely painless! During the setup of the car, I noticed that the Pre Built Diff's were as smooth as glass and adjusted PERFECTLY! All the arms dropped freely with a practically no slop anywhere in the car. 

DAY 2 (at the track): Mike and headed up to Speedworld Raceway to run the car during the week. I charged a few packs, threw on Yokomo's 138G, and headed out on the track. After getting the steering straight etc etc. I took a few slow laps just to kinda get used to it. One thing that I could see was the EXTREMELY free driver train, the car had FLAT OUT horseys! For the first battery on the track I was very impressed, the rear end was lacking a little traction coming out of corners. I moved the rear camber link on the shock tower to the lowest hole, threw in another pack and the car was dialed.. The car has quite a bit of steering but the rear end stays planted, it's also very stable under breaking. Even if you are entering a turn a little hot, the car will stay straight if you lightly tap the brakes. 

 Xpress Pro Mike Swauger edition review by rcracing.comAll in all, the Xpress pro is Cheep (around $220.00), 90% pre built, and can be competitive with VERY few hop ups. Looking at Swaugers car, some other small hop-ups include a Kimbrough 96T 48pitch Spur gear, Tamiya white Servo Saver, and the Springs. The Only thing that I could see which required any modifying was the top plate for the Servo (which you only have to do for Airtronics servo's may I add). 

Feel Free to Mail Me if you have any question!

Special Thanks Mike Swauger for all the help with the car, Mr. & Mrs. Mok for the Xpress Pro Kit, and Billy Bowerman from Speedworld for letting us run the car there! THANKS again to you all from RCRacing.com!! =) 

Date: 10/31/2000

 

Source:  http://www.rcracing.com/Page.cfm?InfoID=839

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Photo Gallery of Xpress 1:10 M-Chassis MRR2 Junior RC Car Kit

August 12th, 2012 rcMart Danny Posted in Xpress No Comments »

Photo Gallery of MRR2 Junior KIT

 

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About Xpress
Xpress was established by Sun Sun Model Company in 1996. There were only a few manufacturers of radio control model cars in Hong Kong that could get into the world class model racers market. Xpress series were the only model car series and manufacturer that attained superb achievements in the world model car racing competitions and gained overwhelming successes in Japanese market as well as other worldwide markets. Xpress series include 1:10 and 1:24 touring cars. Its main characteristics are flexible and user friendly for upgrading and advancement to any car model types by interchanging parts and accessories to the racers desire at more affordable price than those imported.

 

Manufacturer:  RC Xpress  
URL :  http://www.rc-xpress.com

Where to Buy :  rcMart.com

URL:  http://www.rcMart.com

 

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Xpress Mini-X 1:24 4WD RC Car – Vintage 2002

June 1st, 2012 rcMart Danny Posted in RC Vintage, Xpress No Comments »

Editor : Patrick/ Ronny @ Jan 2002
All the photos & materials are the properties of dinball.com.
You are NOT allowed to copy anything from this page without our written permission.

 

Introduction:
What is this? A 4WD 1:24th scale! However, I suppose that it is the first time for you to hear about the co-existence of these two words. 4WD is widely employed nowadays in 1:10th scale or any bigger scale model car. Without a doubt, 1:24th scale is the hottest topic in R/C field since the introduction of the Kyosho(r) Mini-Z(tm). Therefore, at this time, we will put our sight to focus on this new dominance The Mini-X(tm)!

 

078b s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 078h s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002  
078e s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 078f s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002  
078a s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 078g s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002  

 

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Some background:
Mini-X(tm) is designed and produced by Sun Sun Model(r) since the March 2001. Needless to say, they have their know-how in engineering by producing the ever-popular Xpress(tm) 1:10th scale since the last decade. In any open racing, it is not unusual to find racer using this brand name product. Their experience and expertise has been proven to be successful, so let's go take a closer look to this hot new dish!

 

Weight:

 

 

080a s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080b s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080c s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002
Body Set Weight (100g) with ESC & Rx (135g) Total Weight (185g)

 

 

 

Overview:
Basically, Mini-X(tm) is categorized into the same class of mini car like the Mini-Z(tm). Obviously, you figured that out from its way cool name Mini-X(tm). However, it does not have a single part from our well-known Mini-Z(tm). If the mini car is a 1:24th scale class category. Then, Sun Sun Model(r) just upped the ante, the Mini-X(tm) is the new benchmark of the 1:24th scale car and it brings this class category to a new level of fun.

Build and Construction:
The Mini-X(tm) is not gas engine power and it will not fly with wings. However, there is no exaggeration that Mini-X(tm) is an innovated mini car with the concept in mind from their Xpress(tm) 1:10th scale model. For its appearance, it is generally the same as a normally 1:10th scale R/C car, but in a 1:24th scale – Plastic chassis, antenna tube and four slick/tread striptires. After removing the plastic chassis, you will find that it is really a great design. All parts are assembled with great care and detail. Four independent suspension arms, slick tires or tread strip tires. The motor is positioned in the center for good balance front and rear. Also, features a front and rear ball differential gear, camber adjustment, 4 AAA battery compartment, floating steering bar, strong mini-servo, power ESC and long distance RF 27MHz radio.

At this moment, can you imagine what the Mini-X(tm) looks like? Let's have a quick look:

 

 

080h s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002   080i s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002
Clamber Structure   Different Tire thread
080k s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002  

080j s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002

Front wheel bearing loc  Mini-X ESC

 

 

 

The provided motor is a 70 (Turns) and comes with a long shaft to link the front and rear gear. The generic ball differential design is similar to all 1:10th scale up, but it is tiny! They are made of 8 (2mm diameter) steel differential balls sandwiched between 2 steel plates and 8 (1.5mm diameter) small pressure balls for the compensation of tightness balancing. Motor and gear (8 pitches) combination is simple and clear because it is direct drive motor to the gear of ball differential (select 34, 35 and 36 pitches) in both front and rear. Very simple and direct layout. Optional one-way ball differential will be available. 4 wheel Independent suspension system: Four points designed with rod bar compensation. The dog-bone transmission allows the free moment of each suspension unit. The degree of hardness of each unit can be adjusted by different combination of spring set. Just like the bigger cars! There are two sub-functions from the front of suspension system which are the degree of camber and 2 cluster modes exchange. A 2 cluster mode coarse tuning effects the response of the steering, allowing a wider steering angle. Believe it or not Mini-X(tm) can make 60cm circles.

All electronics are optionally included. The Radio Receiver is using the standard amplitude modulation at 27 MHz frequency band. There are two channels – steering servo and ESC. The receiving range is up at around 50 ft or 15m. The receiver is able to suppress the unexpected bad signal influence and result from the purpose of protection. The Mini-X(tm) can have a wide operating range from 4.8V to 7.2V and the maximum current is 10A. It is programmable to calibrate with different model of AM Radio system. The calibration procedures are full throttle, full brake and Neutral" and it is performed by the assistance of both LEDs indication and Single touch control. The size of battery should be any AAA type. Mini-X is capable to be powered by 4 batteries or 6 batteries. Currently there are two soft plastic chassis available. They are similar to Toyota supra and Toyota corolla. Therefore, racer can design your own patterns with different paint and provided sticker. Another great feature of Mini-X(tm) is most 1:24th scale model cars can fit with minor modifications. Let your imagination go wild!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

080l s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080m s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002
Front wheel cluster close look 1      Front wheel cluster close look 2
080n s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080o s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002
Front wheel independent
suspension function
Front Wheel Parts Brake down

 

 

 

The down side to the Mini-X(tm) is the top speed gives up a little for mid-range power and acceleration and all the mechanical parts may cause some additional vibration and become the electric equivalent to a power hog. All this means more power consumption and more maintenance for car. The unique front one-way ball differential can get expensive, 6 battery charger is not common for AAA size.

The Mini-X(tm) configuration allows smooth acceleration and great response going in and out of corners with the right amount of torque to all the wheels. What better way to get all that power to the ground than having an independent suspension and 4 wheel drive? And if it is not to your liking you can adjust the pressure screw to your style of driving and or change the springs. Same goes for the steering, it has adjustable camber angle. The Mini-X(tm) – Simple and direct, and it is important that the price is low, and AAA battery can be found from anywhere!

 

Review and Test Drive:
Basically, Mini-X is very different from any mini R/C cars available in the market. The independent suspension system replaces the popular H-plate design to assist the steering condition. Firmness can be achieved by adjusting the hardness of spring instead of hardness of H-plate offering a higher amount of variables in track conditions. The Independent suspension design helps the mini-X run in most surfaces with good performance. No ride height rings are necessary. The height of car body can be adjusted by simply adjusting the screw at the bottom piece of suspension arm. With the integration with front and rear ball differential system, maximum traction of 4WD becomes possible. The front suspension system is not only responsible for its basic function of independent suspension, but the degree of camber and cluster can be adjusted in a very neat way. These two sub-functions can combine to make a wider range of steering response. The center of gravity of the car set is relatively lower than any mini-cars. This can be obvious found from the placement of battery, motor, ESC and Receiver. The factory ESC is powerful enough to drive a wider range of motor without damage. The strong and reliable radio foundation allows Mini-X to be played in any areas.

In other words, Mini-X can run in a high speed in a wider condition.

 

 

 

080p s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080q s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Front wheel shaft Front Wheel Set Disassembly    

080r s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002

080s s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Front wheel suspension            Independent Suspension function    

 

 

 

 

Focus:
Mini-X is really the most innovated design to the 1:24 scale. No matter if you are a beginner in R/C car or a skilled racer, all can find the joy of playing this mini-X without any hassles. Although it is compact design, it consists of full features of 1:10 scale models. Beginner can get start with this R/C kit easily with a lower entry cost. Skilled racer can practice their skills with this portable mini-X at anywhere and anytime. Owing to the factors of its compact size and wide range of running surface, it becomes possible to run Mini-X at home.

 

 

 

080d s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080e s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Adjusted clamber Adjusting Differential pressure    
080f s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080g s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Ball differential bearing loc       
Ball differential dissseembly
   

 

 

 

 

General setup and maintenance procedure:
- A suitable tire should be installed depending on the different surface condition in order to achieve the best traction.
- Bearing should be oiled from time to time.
- Shaft ring should be fitted to fill the gap over 0.5mm in order to achieve the best stability.
- Different strength of spring should be applied depending on different track condition such as angle of corner, number of corner and full speed portion.
- It would be the best to keep the center of gravity down in order to increase the stability in all condition.
- Motor should be cleaned with proper solvent

The inner space between the two front suspension arms on both sides must be increased. This can be done by the following procedures:
- Setup the front wheel with your expected camber angle.
- Mark the position ball head position for the camber purpose.
- Remove the pin.
- Unplug the top A-arm with the ball head.
- Choose a suitable file to rough the surface including hex ball head towards the dog bone.

The abrasion should be stopped if the front independent suspension can move freely through the whole course of the damping range.

 

 

 

080t s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080u s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Larger Clamber angle Long motor shaft n motor    
080v s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080w s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Overview of 2 cluster mode          Rear part    

 

 

 

The ball differential must be setup properly with the following procedures, otherwise, it will result the problem of insufficient steering and slow response turning into a corner.
- Open the front and rear ball differential gear by unscrewing the screw inside.
- Face the front of the mini-x
- Unscrew the pin screws above the ball differential
- Put the ball differential out with the 8mm X 12 mm bearing
- Unscrew the screw on the inside the long tube
- Put grease onto each ball holes, low to medium viscous type are recommended.
- Reassemble it back by screwing in real slow
- Check the tightness from time to time
- Stop screw in when it JUST starts differential when gentle force applied on one side.
- Ball differential slippery is not a concern.

After having finished the front differential, adjust the rear with the similar procedure. However, it should stop screwing in only when it is slight more than JUST starting differential.

Furthermore, mini-x has also taken care to model car collection! It is flexible enough to turn all static models to live because Mini-X is a true 1:24 scale and it can be well fitted with different chassis at minimal modification in a lower price, but more options.

 

 

080x s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 080y s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Rear Suspension Side View        Rear Suspension    
080z s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002 0801 s Xpress Mini X 1:24 4WD RC Car   Vintage 2002    
Rear wheel horizontal view Rear wheel independent
suspension function
   

 

 

 

 

Hop-up:
- Different quality of ESC
- Bearing 3mm x 6mm and 8mm x 12mm
- Option tire with different thread and softness
- Option ball differential gear with different gear ratio
- Option wheel nut for 3mm wheel nut
- Hand wired motor shaft – DIY

Future Hop-up:
- Car body with different axis length
- Different length of dog bone for different car body
- Option spring set with different strengths
- Different size of wheel
- Front one-way differential gear
- 29 MHz and 40MHz

Compatible parts from other manufacturers:
Tires: Slick and spongy tires by Kyosho or GPM
Radio Transmitter: All 27MHz AM transmitter such as EX-11, Futaba MEGA Tech, General Kyosho transmitter

 

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Side view cluster 1 Side view cluster 2 Suspension Spring

 

Editor : Ronny @ Feb 2002

Calibrationg procedures for the Mini-X ESC
Here are the calibrationg procedures for the Mini-X ESC!!!

1 Turn the throttle trim to the neutral/middle of its adjustable range.
2 Switch Tx and Rx on
3 Leave the Tx alone and press and hold the setup switch of the ESC for 2 to 3 secs until both red and green LED turn On.
4 Release the setup button
5 Set the Tx to moving forwards direction and hold the throttle until the RED
6 Set the Tx to moving backwards direction and hold the throttle until the GREEN LED Turn On

 

Mini-X 電變的調較步驟 (Chinese Version)
Here are the calibrationg procedures for the Mini-X ESC!!!

1 先將遙控發射器開啟,再將油門制調至中位
2 Switch Tx and Rx on
3 將開啟了的遙控發射器放在一旁,切記設勿關上電源。按動電變上的 "Setup" 按鈕約兩至三秒鐘, 直至紅燈以及綠燈均亮起。
4 放開 "Setup" 按鈕
5 將遙控發射器把手拉盡 (向前/比盡油),直至電變上紅燈出現。
6 將遙控發射器把手推盡 (後波),直至電變上綠燈出現。
7 設定完成!

 

Where to Buy?
Xpress Mini-X Car Kit : -

http://www.rcmart.com/kits-xpress-c-420_1177.html

Xpress Mini-X Parts:-

http://www.rcmart.com/hopup-parts-xpress-c-595_1075.html

 

 

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Xpress Alum. Rear Suspension Lower Arm Set – New Arrival

August 7th, 2009 rcMart Danny Posted in *New Arrival, Xpress No Comments »

xpress alum r lower arm Xpress Alum. Rear Suspension Lower Arm Set   New Arrival

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The Xpress team was previously produced the enhance version of the plastic rear suspension lower arm to increase the strength of the suspension lower arm and replace the older version. On the other hand, the Xpress team also developed an aluminum version of the rear suspension lower arm for the MRR2 to satisfy what the Xpress owner needs. The aluminum version is obviously stronger the the plastic one to cope with any impact while racing. Furthermore, the red aluminum is a perfect match to the existing red aluminum parts for the MRR2. Why not consider this aluminum rear suspension arm to increase the strength of the MRR2 and make it look outstanding than the others?

Source: Xpress

Where to buy?
http://www.rcmart.com/catalog/rc-mrr2-hopup-patrs-xpress-xp07002rd-aluminum-rear-suspension-lower-p-29279.html

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Xpress Front Upper Arm Set for MRR2 – New Arrival

August 7th, 2009 rcMart Danny Posted in *New Arrival, Xpress No Comments »

aluminum front upper arm new arrival 001 Xpress Front Upper Arm Set for MRR2   New Arrival
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Following up the previous report of the Xpress Front Upper Arm Protoype. The Xpress development team has finished the production and released the new aluminum front upper arm set for their MRR2 Mini. This aluminum front upper Arm provides more specifically basic settings on the front suspension system for rc racer who find the existing plastic front upper arm is hard to adjust.

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Xpress Enhanced Rear Suspension Lower Arm Available Now!

July 9th, 2009 rcMart Danny Posted in *New Arrival, Xpress No Comments »

xpress suspension arm 025 Xpress Enhanced Rear Suspension Lower Arm Available Now!

This new version of the suspension is available NOW @ rcMart.com

Xpress development team always evaluate the products being created and find every possible way to improve it to reach the highest quality. This time, they’ve been working on the Rear Suspension Lower Arm off the MRR2. The ”Border” of the knuckle mount has been re-shape to become thicker, which increases the durability and the strength of the Rear Suspension Lower Arm. The suspension system of the car chassis will be stronger to overcome the non-level road surface or even a hard impact.

Source: Xpress

Where to buy:

http://www.rcmart.com/catalog/rc-mrr2-hopup-patrs-xpress-xp07002v3p-rear-suspension-lower-p-29039.html

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Xpress Front Upper Arm Prototype for MRR2

June 15th, 2009 rcMart Danny Posted in Latest RC Products, RC Community, Xpress No Comments »

xpress upper front arm prototype 01 Xpress Front Upper Arm Prototype for MRR2
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Xpress always concentrating to develop the M-Chassis RC car, and their main characteristics are leading their M-Chassis flexibly and user friendly for upgrading and advancement to any car model types by interchanging parts and accessories to the racers desire at more affordable price than those imported. Obeying the Xpress’s objective, the Xpress development team has created a new aluminum front upper arm prototype for their MRR2 Mini. This aluminum front upper Arm provides more specifically basic settings on the front suspension system for rc racer who find the existing plastic front upper arm is hard to adjust.

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Xpress M-Drift on RCmodels magazine

April 30th, 2009 rcMart Danny Posted in RC Videos, Xpress, 遙控知識中文版 No Comments »

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Kuala Lumpur RC Grand Prix 2009 Result

April 5th, 2009 wing Posted in On Road Car Race News, RC Events, Xpress No Comments »

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Xpress won A main 2nd at Kuala Lumpur By MIZAN

April 3rd, 2009 wing Posted in Latest RC Products, On Road Car Race News, Xpress No Comments »

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