Suitably sober I decided to delve back into the SV2 box to complete my mission.
I found more familiar parts in the diff bags, including the decent quality Schumacher thrust and diff bearings.
You can then drop it in and install the gearbox assembly. If you want to be able to tune your slipper on the line you will need to trim the gear cover to enable access to the adjusting nut, a cap is supplied to keep out unwanted crud.
Ah the joy of pre-assembled drive shafts. These are similar to those they supercede but feature a longer bone and shorter axle which Schumacher claim provides more traction. They also offer the added benefit of being rebuildable.
It's then a straightforward job to attach the hubs, driveshafts and turnbuckles.
Bolt on the beefy carbon shock tower and wing mount to complete the rear end.
The latest wing mount is the same as that fitted to the SX3 and dispenses with the rubber bands of the older model.
Schumacher have persevered with the big bores on the SV2. I notice a lot of drivers opting for small bores on both their 2 and 4wd buggies lately. I'm not a top driver but I like the big bores, they work well enough for me and they look cool!
They are easy to build. I use a small amount of AE 'Green Slime' on the o-rings. These shocks can weep a little initially but seem to seal up once the o-rings swell a little.
Front shock tower fitted and shocks bolted on.
I have gone with the standard battery configuration, forward mounted saddle packs. Options include a stick pack mounting kit, enabling the use of a centrally mounted full size 7.4v lipo, and a rearward mounting topdeck allowing the saddle pack to be mounted 10mm further back on the chassis. So whatever cells you currently use they can be accommodated in this car.
When you fit the turnbuckle brace to the top deck check the chassis underneath with a straight edge to make sure it's adjusted properly.
So here it is in all its fluorescent pink glory.
A sleek new body shell completes the evolution of SV Pro into SV2.
Different enough to be a step forward but familiar enough to be unintimidating.
This was a really enjoyable build and another really nice car from the guys in Northampton.
I am certain this will be a winner in the right hands. Those hands may not be mine but I think I am going to enjoy getting acquainted with this little cracker and can't wait to hit the track at the earliest opportunity.
That will be at the Mid South Regionals at SHRCCC the report from which can be found HERE.
Come back soon to see how our relationship blossoms.