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Old 03-23-2009, 06:16 PM #1
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Why 2 boards

It seems like a terrible idea imop but there has to be a reason they did it .

So why 2 boards in shockers ?
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:40 PM #2
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I'm fairly certain it was due to the lack of space inside the frame. But I wasn't there when they designed it and don't know anyone who was so don't quote me on it. But yes they could do it better these days. Although its probably not cost effective to change it now so they keep it as is.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:38 PM #3
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it might have been, to make it cheaper for people to buy aftermarket boards.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:44 PM #4
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in 2k3, there weren't many aftermarket boards to speak of. like was and morlock are the only i can think of. smartparts had been using the same two-board design in the impulse, and that wasn't for lack of space. they seem to have a talent for creating akward board designs (ion, shocker, nerve all use solenoids soldered to boards. shocker, nerve, impulse, all use two-board setups [ion could be considered here too]. A hesitance to move towards wired eyes also frustrates me...)
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:08 PM #6
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yeah it does.


when i got my shocker and the eyes didnt work i was like **** ribbon eyes when i took it apart and saw the rip. hey they arnt the only ones wdp still uses that design due to space issues (though sp could pull of wired eyes i think).

wow i didnt realize they always did that did the shoebox have 2 boards too?
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nah brick Shockers only had one board. Impulses did too before they added Vision (lol). The reason there's two in Imps was to avoid using a wire harness and allow the frame/circuit housing to be separated from the body without undoing any of the electronics (which it does nicely) unfortunately the board-to-board connector sometimes ran into alignment issues...the only downside.

With Shockers and Nerves it was an issue of keeping the trigger switch attached to the circuit board, while at the same time having an externally-accessible operation button that was also physically attached to the circuit board too. In this case it meant breaking the boards apart and making two of them, one in front of the frame and another in back (err top).

Avoiding wires for the buttons and switches is a good idea, but they really didn't have any way to eliminate ALL the wires in there no matter what they did.

This is actually a major design point in some markers since integrating the boards often requires somewhat large changes to the surrounding parts so everything will go nicely. Not many companies go very far to blend the two together, since it's logistically not possible unless the person doing the mech design understands the board hardware needs, or the electronics person understands the intricacies of machining, or any combo of the two. (wink)
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