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Old 06-06-2011, 03:03 AM   #15076
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Hard to go past this web site

http://www.rc-mini.net/joomla/index.php

Built my M03 as they said on the site and it is faultless, as i got told the other day, TYRES are everything on a mini, hope this helps.

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Old 06-06-2011, 04:46 AM   #15077
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Thanks for the tip Rhys
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:37 AM   #15078
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IndyHobbies.com,

The lower you can get all of your electronics on the car the better. Most guy's put the reciever and ESC into the rear of there MO3's.

The other thing is to make sure you have the car slammed to the ground. Max ride height of 6mm or lower. I run no more than 5mm most of the time.

Here in Australia the MO3 and MO5's are as fast as each other and comes back to driver preference, car setup and tyres. We do not have to use Tamiya 60D size tyres and the majority of us use 55mm tyres. A good combination is Ride 3035 front and Cross 36 rear. However in the USA to be TCS legal you need to run the Tamiya S grip tyre.

I think you would be better of getting advise from Granpa or other US based mini drivers. Replacing your shocks and springs will also assist with dropping your ride height and making the car handle better. Run 0.5-1mm toe out and be smooth on the steering input.

Just my thoughts. Others will offer more advice. The rc-mini site is very good, but more aligned to what we run here in Australia and suited to our different grip tracks.

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Old 06-06-2011, 07:21 AM   #15079
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I bought a "like new" M-03 on ebay.

I learned that "everyone" uses aluminum steering blocks, so I will get those. Other immediate suggestions for hop ups? It was fun to race! But, the guys with the M-05's and M-06's were faster. No question.
From what I can see in the photo, I would suggest buying the following parts:
54177 (you'll need 51238 for the C-hub to suit), 54178, 54000, 53267, 53597, 54120 with 51000, not sure which servo you have, but a decent one would help. Are you running lipo batteries? if not then buy some, if you have some then consider adding some lead to the front bumper and front half of the chassis - see rc-mini.net article.
Apart from that, if you have ball bearings already, then wheels and tyres are going to make a big difference too, just depends what surface you race on - carpet or tarmac.
With all of that sorted you should be able to take on the M05's and M06's

ps. great to see a Scion body! haven't seen one on any of the tracks in Oz yet.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:26 AM   #15080
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I bought a "like new" M-03 on ebay. Came with everything pictured but the RX, ESC and battery. I raced it last week at RCAR Indy.

I learned that "everyone" uses aluminum steering blocks, so I will get those. Other immediate suggestions for hop ups? It was fun to race! But, the guys with the M-05's and M-06's were faster. No question.

I had fun painting two bodies for it too using Faskolor paints and my airbrush. The Honda Civic R from HPI and HPI's Scion body. The Scion is key lime green with an undercoat of neon green, then white. It really pops!
I really like your Honda Civic-I'm planning on getting the Honda Civic from HPI as well.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:01 AM   #15081
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i have the honda civic shell.. alittle battered as its my practice shell and learning shell but it is pretty stable.
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:32 PM   #15082
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I bought a "like new" M-03 on ebay. Came with everything pictured but the RX, ESC and battery. I raced it last week at RCAR Indy.

I learned that "everyone" uses aluminum steering blocks, so I will get those. Other immediate suggestions for hop ups? It was fun to race! But, the guys with the M-05's and M-06's were faster. No question.

I had fun painting two bodies for it too using Faskolor paints and my airbrush. The Honda Civic R from HPI and HPI's Scion body. The Scion is key lime green with an undercoat of neon green, then white. It really pops!
The M03 is every bit as fast as the M05 on the medium to low grip asphalt tracks. Also the 03 is a little easier to chassis tune and behaves a little more predictably to changes. For most new to Mini racers the M03 is the better choice. you'll be pleased with your choice.

Couple of general suggestions would be to not run the car too low. The 03 likes softer springs and lighter shock oils so you might start with 40wt oil, 3 hole pistons. The stiffest springs would be new reds in front and maybe new yellows in back. A rear sway bar is also very beneficial in smoothing the car out. A softer set up would be old reds up front with new reds in back.

For higher grip tracks like carpet or hi grip asphalt, the lower cg of the 05 can be a big benefit.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:05 AM   #15084
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ABC Gambado (or GRID in the US) electronics mocked up, should hit the track very soon... Its an intriguing car. And yes punters, it comes with an oil-filled gear diff as standard!

Full review as soon as it stops raining!



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Old 06-07-2011, 04:15 AM   #15085
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TFG,

Doing a review soon? Car looks like it has friction shocks and an HPI switch like suspension setup.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:42 AM   #15086
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Hello Guys!

I'm looking tire for my Tamiya GB-01, which uses the same wheel size as Tamiya mini series. (inner 1.5" / 38mm, wide 1" / 25.4mm)

Which tires do u using with the mini series? I want to play on asphalt/concrete, and iam looking for a "long-life" tire.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:39 AM   #15087
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English version of the M05 s-spec video from tamiya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM4uKx6zn5o&
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:44 PM   #15088
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Can anyone give me an idea of a good esc to use when running a silver can in tcs racing....

The rules say you can run any esc but I am not sure what to use???

I would like to use lipo...

I have an old LRP F1 pro reverse (270A - 1sec,100A-30sec,55A-contin.)

Is that to much of an old school esc to use???

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Old 06-08-2011, 04:13 AM   #15089
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What date is the S type due to be released? And does anyone know the part numbers for the new items - shock tower etc?
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:20 AM   #15090
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