Stock vs Carbon Fiber

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Carbon is...
Stonger
Lighter
Rigid
Expensive
Aluminum is...
Heavier
Semi Rigid (to a point)
Expensive
Looks so cool
GRP (Normal plastic) is...
Light
Flexible
Cheap
Nylon is...
Light
Semi Rigid
Cheap

I raced tenth for over 20 yrs and only used carbon on the pure racecars.
Anything for general or practice use I went back to the GRP parts.
Carbon will survive a big hit but when it goes, it shatters. It will wear at the hinge pins and the advantage of its' precision is negated.
I'd use a carbon chassis in a heartbeat but for arms etc use Nylon.
Carbons' big advantage is in precision setup and lightness, this is rendered moot with 5th scale really.

If you REALLY want to be tough and light, use titanium. :)
 
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IETZR1S

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I noticed you run a few different aluminum parts on your 5b. So I assume acceleration is not affected to much?
Yes I do run some alum. on my 5B turtle clutch is a given. the Turtle Racing shock tower will keep the 5B intact when sh-t goes wrong and the 5B is on its roof. I like TR steering its very smooth and stronger than stock. I don't trust stock rear hubs. The hostile hubs have their purpose as well. I used alum for strength in key spots for my intended use on that build. I am sure I could drop 250+ grams by ditching the alum. I would rather lean on OBR for more power to make my 5B faster.
 
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