I have been down for over a week getting parts. I busted my 9650 gear sets, finding them in stock is like trying to find the missing link. So I got out an order from a hobby shop in Torrance on Monday 6/30 via USPS for 9257 gear sets. I did not get them till Saturday 7/5.
But on Thursday 6/3 of last week, I see a online store in Taipei City Taiwan got some of those hot dog full metal gear sets for the 9650's, so I ordered those and figured I wouldn't put the 9257's in and just sell them off.
So, I got confirmation of shipping on 7/4 so I figured I wouldn't get the metal gear sets till at the very least the end of this week and just prepare myself to not fly this week(after being down for more than a week already it was looking gloomy). Today, I get home from my morning shift, sit down and not a second later the usps guy shows up with the gears in hand. 1 business day shipping, customs and all! Kicker was it only cost a few dollars extra for shipping over the cost from Torrance, CA one state away.
Just installed them, they are saaweettt and only $6 more per gear set. Looks like I'll be flying this week and won't have to worry about busting up nylon gear sets anymore.