First, this is not the first kit I've built. Probably more like number 25 or 30.
So, this TA05 IFS-R isn't any harder than other kits I've built.
However, this will be my first time racing in such a tightly controlled event like our local TCS race. The idea of possibly being disqualified because I made an illegal chassis modification/change worries me. The instructions say to widen the opening under the diff pulley to prevent the belts contacting the chassis. Is this a legal modification.
So, I've completed the diffs, belts bulkheads, universals, front and rear A arms and front and rear up rights, and C carriers.
The problem I have so far is with the rear outer hinge points. The instructions (page 7, Step #10) say to use 1 spacer (3 x 0.5mm) on each side of the upright. I did that, but that pivot point is now binding. If I lift the arm up and release it, it falls, but the movement is not free. Is this something that will free up over time or are there thinner spacers available?
The spacers. I've got blue spacers, silver spacers, thin spacers and thick spacers and I'm having a heck of a time differentiating one from another in some cases.
Another thing that's driving me crazy are these philips screws. I'm using a #2 driver, but I'm still stripping the screw heads.
I don't want Ti screws, but TCS legal Hex Head would be nice.
I broke the lip that holds the blue ring that goes on the outer edge of the diff joint. I did this on both the front and rear diffs while trying to remove those blue rings.
Personally, I'd like to get rid of the blue bits. I probably will.
On the bight side, the build is coming along well. The parts seem to fit together quite well, and the quality is pretty decent. I can't wait to finish and get it on the track.