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Old 10-23-2015, 08:47 AM   #16216
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I see various post regarding different upgrades for the B5M FL kit. Are there any necessary upgrades? Upgrades that actually improve the car in some way? I am not a guy who necessarily cares for "bling" however, I don't mind spending for things that actually improve the car. Thanks in advance.
The only thing that was super necessary from the team kit was a durability upgrade, and that was the rear aluminum ballstud mount, which comes with the FL. Another good durability upgrade is titanium turnbuckles. Those are probably the weakest parts of the car and the first upgrade that was done. Everything else in my opinion is for looks. Not much is needed for the B5M to be good.
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I see various post regarding different upgrades for the B5M FL kit. Are there any necessary upgrades? Upgrades that actually improve the car in some way? I am not a guy who necessarily cares for "bling" however, I don't mind spending for things that actually improve the car. Thanks in advance.
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I would get the 3x8mm grub screws to reduce slop in the front and rear hubs. The alum rear hubs are definitely not a required item. I have been on my "hard" plastic ones for almost a year.
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I think X rings and a caged thrust bearing are must haves. I also like the aluminum C & D mounts but those are more of a luxury.
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I think X rings and a caged thrust bearing are must haves. I also like the aluminum C & D mounts but those are more of a luxury.
I do like the xrings better than the red orings for sure. Yeah, the Alum C and D are optional and do reduce rear a-arm play. I am on the fence with the caged thrust. I love the simple design, but thrusts do not seem to last as long with them. And the thrust does wear out. I have seen the balls fall out of the cage. I will probably go back to ceramic thrust balls and hard MIP thrust washers.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:19 AM   #16220
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I would get the 3x8mm grub screws to reduce slop in the front and rear hubs. The alum rear hubs are definitely not a required item. I have been on my "hard" plastic ones for almost a year.
Pucks HUGE waste of money, and the stock slipper works just fine.
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Pucks HUGE waste of money, and the stock slipper works just fine.
Yea i'd have to agree, those are the last 2 things I would upgrade.
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I see various post regarding different upgrades for the B5M FL kit. Are there any necessary upgrades? Upgrades that actually improve the car in some way? I am not a guy who necessarily cares for "bling" however, I don't mind spending for things that actually improve the car. Thanks in advance.
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The only thing that was super necessary from the team kit was a durability upgrade, and that was the rear aluminum ballstud mount, which comes with the FL. Another good durability upgrade is titanium turnbuckles. Those are probably the weakest parts of the car and the first upgrade that was done. Everything else in my opinion is for looks. Not much is needed for the B5M to be good.
I agree. The Lite really "needs" nothing out of the box. It already comes with all the options that most people were putting on the original B5m. Aluminum ballstud mount, Ti turnbuckles, and clamping rear hexes. The included aluminum front axles are just a bonus IMO.

The stock 2 pad slipper in the Lite kit, it will work fine for say..87.6% of people . The rest will opt to upgrade to an Avid/Schelle 2/3 pad system or a slipper eliminator, for stock.
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Yea i'd have to agree, those are the last 2 things I would upgrade.
I'm gonna guess you guys don't run stock?
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:35 AM   #16224
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I'm gonna guess you guys don't run stock?
At one point I did, but came back to mod. Never really liked stock racing because of the cheating that goes on in club races. All it takes is a guy to run some esc timing and win the race because he can clear the triple for 7 minutes straight while the rest of the field needs to double single after 3 minutes. Of course nobody wants to call him out on it though because it's just club racing and nobody wants a fight.

But I guess yes pucks are a decent upgrade for stock racing.
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The factory lite kit needs nothing out of the box. I always recommend a machined idler gear, and ceramic bearings, but they aren't mandatory.
I've seen you mention machined idler gears before, but I can't seem to find any info on them. Who makes them and where do they sell them?
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I've seen you mention machined idler gears before, but I can't seem to find any info on them. Who makes them and where do they sell them?
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I wouldn't order anything from that site. I ordered a set a month ago and I haven't received it. No comunication at all. I currently have a claim open through PayPal. Ordered a set from Speedy's Racing products and had them in three days.
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I was thinking he was talking about actual machined gears, not cut stock gears.
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I was thinking he was talking about actual machined gears, not cut stock gears.
He is talking about actual machined gears. He would need to tell you where / from whom he got them. Socket is also the type of person to tell you he has them and not tell you where you can get them.
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I'm gonna guess you guys don't run stock?
I actually have run stock a lot. The pucks improved zero for my racing and did not last as long as the stock parts on the car. I like the Schelle and Avid Slippers just fine but I have had just as good of luck with the stock system. The lite comes with the two pad system which works much better than the associated three pad system. The lite kit is good to go out of the box in my opinion. I dislike the plastic rear hubs with the inserts but people have run them without issue.
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