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Old 02-02-2004, 01:20 AM
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Default Thinking of Purchasing a CEN MT2 from Ebay?

For $299.00 I think it is a good buy. I plan to purchase it for an everyday truck. I just want to know any issues or precautions to be taken. Also please advise for any immediate upgrades necessary.

Thanks in advance escpecially to mecky (Cen Specialist).
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Old 02-02-2004, 06:33 AM
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When you buy your truck make shure you order extra diff cups.
Are you buying the truck from ToyHaus.com?
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Old 02-02-2004, 08:25 AM
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http://www.ehobbies.com/freeshipping.html

$280 with free shipping

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Old 02-02-2004, 10:22 AM
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Twin, does that auction come with a nitro starter kit? if not, you may want to go through www.ehobbies.com they are selling the MT2 for 280 and the nitro starter set for abouth 30, and as eville pointed out they have free shipping. As far as issues, Spare diff cups are a good idea. Also, loktite anything metal to metal that you take apart. That way you do not lose screws or break anything. Trust me on this, I killed a spur gear because of it. The radio is not a big concern any more, I talked to Cen and they said that they have corrected the problem with the radio. If you do have radio problems, call Cen and they will take care of the radio and any broken parts as a result of the radio failure. Anyway, a shopping list:

Diff Cups
Spur gear (at least a 47t for first)
spare screw set
glow plug
clutch shoes and spring

All of that is pretty much on an "as affordable" basis. As you drive it, you will learn what wears faster or breaks more on your truck. I would also advise using Cen clutch shoes or ones that are very similar in shape. If you have any other questions let me know.
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Old 02-02-2004, 03:05 PM
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Thanks for all replies. The ebay auction I was looking at was from Toyhaus I guess since it comes with a starter kit.

My question is now is it safe to run MC-9 (mccoy) since I have two dozens lying around?

And is it a three clutch shoe set-up?

Lastly, do you have an item number and price for diff cups? Are these for the cvd's or center drives?
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I tried to avoid the question, but I can't help from asking, and this is by no means a bash... Just curiosity, and don't answer if you are uncomfortable TwinMania.

You have a $660 dollar Twin Titan, top of the line, and now you want to by a CEN. You mentioned before you have no job and some kids... How do you support the hobby? Am I missing out on some great opportunity?
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ORIGINAL: Dale Gribble

I tried to avoid the question, but I can't help from asking, and this is by no means a bash... Just curiosity, and don't answer if you are uncomfortable TwinMania.

You have a $660 dollar Twin Titan, top of the line, and now you want to by a CEN. You mentioned before you have no job and some kids... How do you support the hobby? Am I missing out on some great opportunity?
No harm done. I don't mind answering your question.

First of all, like mentioned, I do not have a job. On the contrary, I have two degrees though. Bachelors in Business Management and Associates in Network Systems Administration. It's kinda tough right now especially in the Information Technology field. It would be greatly appreciated if someone can refer or know of an opening even in desktop support. I know it is out of the question but I am in desperately need of a job.

To answer your question regarding purchasing a Cen MT2, I guess the main reason is because it costs too much to run the twin. Consider this, you will be filling two tanks simultaneously for the twin and not to mention the need for spare glow plugs. That is double the cost of consumables. It may seem kind of dumb purchasing another truck without a job but I have not made that decision yet. I was thinking of purchasing another truck to run more frequently than the Twin. Also, I can sell the twin anytime if I really needed the money thru Ebay knowing I can sell it at the price I purchased it. I may be wrong but I based this since only 500 were produced for consumers worldwide.

As of how I support the hobby, Ebay is the answer. I have been making more $$$ than my previous network support position. I know Ebay is only a temporary thing but it will do for now while job hunting. Also, we have a family business in asia which I managed for a while which also gave a bit of savings.

I guess the main answer to your "missing out on some great opportunity" question is Ebay. You should try it. You'll be surprised of how much extra you can make on the side.

Hope I have answered your inquiry.
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Thanks! I actually make pretty decent coin on stuff on Ebay...

I have a lot of Vintage 80's RC cars (Tamiya and Kyosho) that are worth a lot and seem
to be going up and up as the demand increases. I sold a Monster Beetle in near perfect
condition for $280 or so, and a Lunchbox for $200 that was in average shape.

I have a USA-1, Clodbuster, Hi-Rider Vette, Big Brute, and a Blackfoot, all in pretty
amazing shape that I have decided to start selling soon, including spare parts and
original decals and things. I will probably make $800 or so for all of that.

My pops also floats me down old 50's and 60's corvette parts as he finds them,
and I do well on those too.

I am in the technology field too... It is a tough market for sure. Whereabout do you
live and where would you consider commuting to?
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Twin, usually the toyhaus auctions come with a starter set. But since you have the twin you should have everything you need. so that said, going through ehobbies and getting free shipping may be a better deal for you. Then it would be 280 versus 315. I just looked at the MC-9 plug, it may work since it is a cold and has not idle bar. Cen recommends a short cold, so you will have to shim that plug up. And the Cen uses a two shoe clutch, but you could find a fly that is set up for a three shoe. And as far as a job, have you thought about government jobs? I am in the USCG and we have civilian personnel that work at our helpdesk.
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Default RE: Thinking of Purchasing a CEN MT2 from Ebay?

i use an os 8 plug in my mt2 and have never had any problems with it.
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I am in the technology field too... It is a tough market for sure. Whereabout do you
live and where would you consider commuting to?
That's good to hear that you transact and make money at Ebay. That is also a great collection. We seem at the same age bracket since I was up and running with the Tamiya Grasshopper and Hotshot days.

In regards with where I live, I am willing to relocate. I live in San Francisco.

Do you have anything on mind?
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ORIGINAL: mecky33

Twin, usually the toyhaus auctions come with a starter set. But since you have the twin you should have everything you need. so that said, going through ehobbies and getting free shipping may be a better deal for you. Then it would be 280 versus 315. I just looked at the MC-9 plug, it may work since it is a cold and has not idle bar. Cen recommends a short cold, so you will have to shim that plug up. And the Cen uses a two shoe clutch, but you could find a fly that is set up for a three shoe. And as far as a job, have you thought about government jobs? I am in the USCG and we have civilian personnel that work at our helpdesk.
Thanks mecky again.

Since I live in CA, there will tax for my purchase from ehobbies.

Also, the ebay auction will ship for free if you don't need a nitro starter kit. Plus, they will throw in a Venom Failsafe all for $299.00.
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That is a good deal then. You may want to see if they will make you a deal on a venom onboard temp meter to (if you don't have one). I have tried to use the Infrared guns and they are not nearly as consistant as the venom. Good luck with your truck, and let me know if you need any help with it.
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