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Old 03-23-2015, 02:17 PM   #12571
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My son is moving out of rookie where he has been racing a short course truck. Looking to buy a B5M for him to race in sportsman stock. The latest, greatest lightest buggy won't make much difference until he increases his skills. I am looking for durability.

I am looking at a new B5M Lite or several of the used B5Ms on the sale forms. What upgrades are NEEDED for someone coming out of rookie to become competitive and have durability. A new B5M lite is $280 v some of the used rollers with lots of upgrades for $350+. I just don't know what upgrades are necessary for an intermediate racer. Mainly racing indoor clay with high bite.
The only thing real thing you need is the rear aluminum camber link mount. So if there are no good deals used just get the lite.
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My son is moving out of rookie where he has been racing a short course truck. Looking to buy a B5M for him to race in sportsman stock. The latest, greatest lightest buggy won't make much difference until he increases his skills. I am looking for durability.

I am looking at a new B5M Lite or several of the used B5Ms on the sale forms. What upgrades are NEEDED for someone coming out of rookie to become competitive and have durability. A new B5M lite is $280 v some of the used rollers with lots of upgrades for $350+. I just don't know what upgrades are necessary for an intermediate racer. Mainly racing indoor clay with high bite.
just get the lite car. it has all the basics you want. Plus, you can build the car with him as a project. I helped my daughter build one, and it was a lot of fun for her.
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Old 03-23-2015, 02:26 PM   #12573
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My son is moving out of rookie where he has been racing a short course truck. Looking to buy a B5M for him to race in sportsman stock. The latest, greatest lightest buggy won't make much difference until he increases his skills. I am looking for durability.

I am looking at a new B5M Lite or several of the used B5Ms on the sale forms. What upgrades are NEEDED for someone coming out of rookie to become competitive and have durability. A new B5M lite is $280 v some of the used rollers with lots of upgrades for $350+. I just don't know what upgrades are necessary for an intermediate racer. Mainly racing indoor clay with high bite.
For durability, all you really need is an aluminum rear ball stud mount, titanium turnbuckles (brand of choice), possibly a front aluminum hinge pin brace, and to make sure there aren't any 'hard' plastic parts installed.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:08 PM   #12574
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Front hinge pin brace is just bling.
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You will just need a gear case and two bearings. You can use your motor plate and countersink it on the other side. It should be around 15 bucks. If you buy the 4 gear motor plate it is about $25
Kevin, the top shaft is different as well.
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Kevin, the top shaft is different as well.
True...but once the truck comes out the new 4-gear case will utilize the same top shaft as the 3 gear.
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Front hinge pin brace is just bling.
someone likes his bling...
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I can't speak for smoothunit, but mine did not.
Mine did (used in between bearings) but I lost them when the screws popped out. Locktite seems to have fixed the issue for me.
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I have the MIP transmission. My opinion about bling is well known.
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Need a new chassis and would like to hear the latest regarding milled chassis race results. I run blinky 17.5 class and am at 1548 grams. Tried lighter shorty battery at 1490 grams and car did not handle well. I had dropped the ride height to 22 vs 23.5 (what I normally run). Also run 2.4's as 2.2's make it feel slow. Also battery issues with 2.2's toward the end of a 7 minute main. Wondering if a milled chassis would maintain handling vs lighter battery since weight is being distributed throughout the car vs just the battery compartment. Looking forward to the input. Thanks
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Did you lighten your shock package at all?
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If you're having battery issues after 7 minutes, then I'd say you have a much larger issue than weight.
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Kept the shock oil the same...32.5/30. Springs 1.4 three hole front and 1.6 two hole rear. Grays front and whites in the rear. Current layout has a triple that eats up lots of folks towards the end of a 7 minute main. Eventually, cost me several positions as I had to revert to single/double. Batteries are probably getting tired and need to be replaced but I heard from majority of others that they were feeling it on the triple as well. Anyone who has a milled chassis feel free to chime in. Thanks again.
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Sold the Cougar since my local track is pretty beat up and picked up a new b5m kit since it was on sale. Other then throwing a three year transmission and the aluminum rear camber link, I don't think I will do any more "upgrades" trying to keep it light with a lightweight Orion 17.5 motor in the rear and using The TLR aluminum drive shafts from an old 22 I have. Should I really bother doing anything else?.
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Kept the shock oil the same...32.5/30. Springs 1.4 three hole front and 1.6 two hole rear. Grays front and whites in the rear. Current layout has a triple that eats up lots of folks towards the end of a 7 minute main. Eventually, cost me several positions as I had to revert to single/double. Batteries are probably getting tired and need to be replaced but I heard from majority of others that they were feeling it on the triple as well. Anyone who has a milled chassis feel free to chime in. Thanks again.
SLRC chassis. Best money you will spend on the buggy short of MIP pucks of course if your running stock.
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