If you remember in my first post, i said something about this car being a RS4 Pro clone and how it was a big mistake. I will start with that point.
|Notice the outer hingepin not in the wheel, very old tech even for 1998.|
It was becuase of this that Kawada had to place the shocks leaning in so much, and the shock towers did not allow you to place the shocks more upright like other cars, becuase you wont get enough traction at all. While the inclined shocks work great for large sweeping tracks where you dont slow down much, for very tight tracks, your car isnt nimble and fast responding enough.
Next was the front body mounts, placed on the shock towers ! By 1999, most cars placed the front body mounts on the bumper, and the bumper has another brace on top to stiffen the bumper. But kawadas bumper is only fixed at the bottom, and the bumper will bend inwards after many collisions. As a consequence of placing the front body mount on the shocks tower, the front shock tower could break in a strong impact. So a lot of owners had to cut the mounts to be as short as possible to give them less leverage.
|Notice how far the inner mounting point is, Kawada could have gained 5mm extra by doing this, thankfully the did on the ALCYON II.|
|Motor Mount built into the vertical upper deck, which can flex.|
Next, the motor mounts directly to the right side VOLT chassis, and becuase of this the motor is offset a bit to the left, by 10mm. Also becuase of this, being mounted on a graphite piece 2mm thick that isnt reinforced, the motor caused the VOLT mount to flex and this cause uneven pinion and spur contact, usually chewing up the spur in some instances, one of the reason i change to 48P at the time.
These next problems i would list are minor ones that i can live without :
No droop screws or holes in the arms, so the only way you can adjust droop is to remove the shocks, readjust its length and place them back.
Clip on shocks Ride Height adjustment. This was very common in 1997 - 2000. But what i find odd is Kawada didnt fixed this by releasing threaded schock bodies, until all the Alcyons were obsolete ! They only released threaded shocks when the Sigma was released in 2003 !
The chassis also had a tendency to tweak after a crash, but it wasnt as bad as the worst tweaking car on the market the Yokomo MR4TC SD SSG. My friend Brian was so frustrated with that car, even a little hit will cause it to tweak.
All these issues were the reason the Alcyon II was released, to fix them.