The Yokomo BD10 LCG Shorty LiPo Graphite Battery Holder Set is an optional carbon fiber battery strap option that allows secure fitment of thinner LCG Shorty type batteries. The holder base utilizes 40 gram front and rear weights, as well as a 20 gram weight on the motor mount side to optimize the left-right balance and reduce the center of gravity as the battery weight becomes lighter. Due to the fixed position of the base, it can also be used with a slightly longer size battery.
This product was added to our catalog on June 11, 2020
Overall, I like it. here are my observations:
- Battery brackets are spaced a bit too far apart for a standard 95mm length shorty so you still have to use the included thing foam spacer. i just stuck some thin foam on the ends of my batteries instead of using the included loose spacer to fall out. I wished it had adjustability so that you didnt need any spacers.
- The center weight sticks to the chassis with double sided tape...that seems a bit ghetto. it also doubles as a battery stop so that the shorty doesn't hit the center pulley but i just moved a chassis post back instead of using this weight. my servo and esc are very light weight so i think it balances just fine without needing the included center weight although i dont have scales yet to verify this, but it seems to drive fine.
- battery hold down. not sure how secure this is - a club member has this too and the thumb screws came loose twice and his battery fell out. So far it's held fine for me for 6 heats, but I will try replacing the thumb screws and strap with simple swing tabs soon if I can figure out how to keep them snug but still moveable - i like the tabs style that a lot of cars have better - much easier and faster to switch batteries than fumbling with 2 thumb screws and a strap.
Knocking a star because it's really expensive and the battery hold down isn't the most efficient setup, but it seems to do the job fine so far. If you want to keep your expensive car pure with the official parts that look great, I'd say go for it. Otherwise, a foam spacer and sticky weights essentially do the same for a small fraction of the cost.