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Above: Steering components ready for assembly.

Steering on the 410R is built as a complete unit including the servo before being dropped into the car - this makes for easier maintenance. The original 410 used some trick machined alloy parts whilst the 410R uses moulded plastic and pressed steel - more than up to the job, just not as pretty or hideously expensive.

the steering uses twin vertical bell cranks with ain integrated servo saver. A link between them sits barely 1mm - if that - above the servo itself. It's all very well designed and compact. Everything attaches to the steering 'bridge' which itself gets bolted in from below and sandwiched from above by the small top deck plate. Everything that can be is ballraced and there's barely any slop in the action - indeed if I wasn't using an 8-year-old KO servo, there'd probably not have been any slop at all.

 

The servo saver

Clearance for the servo

The nuts need to be put on upside down - the manual for the 410R mentions this, showing they've listened to feedback.

Locating the front gearbox I found a little tricky - it needs to push into the circular locator that sets the angle - I used a driver to lever the gearbox up so it could be pushed into place.

The drive train on the DEX410R is designed to be removed quickly and easily for maintenance and quick setup changes. The front and rear gearboxes slide into their respective bulkheads and the ends locate into plastic rings that set the angle of the gearboxes to raise the driveshaft line up above the battery and electrics.

plastic inserts secure the rear gearbox in place whilst a front cover does the same job at the front of the car.

Rear gerbox installation

The plastic insert keeps the gearbox tightly in place and also connects the main chassis to the bulkhead - a high stress area in a crash.

 

 

 

The drivetrain running across the cells as it does means that cell removal requires the removal of the slipper unit each and every time. This sounds tiresome but the great designers at Team Durango have come up with a nifty solution and removal of the slipper takes a couple of seconds and the removal of a single pin. Awesome.


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