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Old 12-16-2012, 03:13 PM   #18001
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Question about putting putty in the diff. Do I need special diff putty, or would pretty much anything work? I have some duct seal which I use for tire balancing. Would that work? Also how much do you put in? Do you fill the diff completely with the stuff?
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:32 PM   #18002
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For those of you that aren't content with $60 m chassis alloy dampers, there are now $100+ m chassis alloy dampers.

Tamiya 84138:
Item 54000 M-Chassis Aluminum Damper Set is a popular Option Part among M-Chassis owners. This upgraded damper set replaces the damper cylinders, piston rods, and O-rings of Item 54000 with higher grade HL (High Lubrication) cylinders, titanium coated piston rods, and X-rings (50 Durometer) respectively. Aluminum spring retainers have been added as well. All of these race-spec components together in one complete package make this set an excellent value for racers looking for the absolute best shock absorber for Tamiya M-chassis car chassis platforms.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:57 PM   #18003
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For those of you that aren't content with $60 m chassis alloy dampers, there are now $100+ m chassis alloy dampers.

Tamiya 84138:
Item 54000 M-Chassis Aluminum Damper Set is a popular Option Part among M-Chassis owners. This upgraded damper set replaces the damper cylinders, piston rods, and O-rings of Item 54000 with higher grade HL (High Lubrication) cylinders, titanium coated piston rods, and X-rings (50 Durometer) respectively. Aluminum spring retainers have been added as well. All of these race-spec components together in one complete package make this set an excellent value for racers looking for the absolute best shock absorber for Tamiya M-chassis car chassis platforms.

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Old 12-16-2012, 11:02 PM   #18004
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A week ago yesterday you seemed a little distracted, at least until I told you how friggin' good your friggin' car handled! Was it birthday "blues"? I know all the boys at Tamiya join me in wishing you the absolute best on your birthday!
Next Saturday is the Xmas party at my friend Jack's shop, the best 356 Porsche get-together all year! So see you in a few weeks.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:49 AM   #18005
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Grandpa-san,
A week ago yesterday you seemed a little distracted, at least until I told you how friggin' good your friggin' car handled! Was it birthday "blues"? I know all the boys at Tamiya join me in wishing you the absolute best on your birthday!
Next Saturday is the Xmas party at my friend Jack's shop, the best 356 Porsche get-together all year! So see you in a few weeks.
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Wasn't the birthday blues at all. I was just thinkin'. Went a little out of the box on the set up I had you try. Yah, I did perk up a bit cause I was getting a little frustrated, till the last combo I tried.

For those who don't know, the Laguna Bozo or Craig Richter, is one of the best test drivers around. He's a very consistent and sensitive driver. I like to have him test the car when I think I'm on to something, both for feedback and so I can closely watch what the car is doing. I'm not nearly the driver he is so appreciate his help.

This leads me to the tip of the day. Have one of the good drivers try your car and get their evaluation. The problem may not be your driving. There are a number of drivers I consistently beat who are much better drivers than I am. People are often too quick to blame their driving.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:11 AM   #18006
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For those of you that aren't content with $60 m chassis alloy dampers, there are now $100+ m chassis alloy dampers.

Tamiya 84138:
Item 54000 M-Chassis Aluminum Damper Set is a popular Option Part among M-Chassis owners. This upgraded damper set replaces the damper cylinders, piston rods, and O-rings of Item 54000 with higher grade HL (High Lubrication) cylinders, titanium coated piston rods, and X-rings (50 Durometer) respectively. Aluminum spring retainers have been added as well. All of these race-spec components together in one complete package make this set an excellent value for racers looking for the absolute best shock absorber for Tamiya M-chassis car chassis platforms.
Odd. No new parts here. Just a good combination of existing, unless they've come up with a new type of coating. I think I've been running the same setup for years, but with regular o-rings. Any advantage to the X-ring version?
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:37 PM   #18007
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Just checked the Tamiya USA website and the #84318 is a coming soon. The #54000 shock is out of stock. Sounds ominous to me.

If the X-ring 50 durometer whatevers are the Blue 0-rings, our experience is that they leak very soon. My best car still has some TRF TC shocks from an Evo1. Maybe it's time to upgrade. My guess is that the street price will not be $100+
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The x-rings have a much smoother feel to them. A lot more consistent. I believe they are urethane as opposed to silicone or rubber. You can make plastics shocks perform like the aluminum ones. The down side is they last a quarter of the time. If you like rebuilding shocks, you'll get a lot more opportunities with the x-rings.
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With our glass smooth track and ride heights in the 2mm range, I'll stick with O-rings.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:08 AM   #18011
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Got some Q:

What are the lightest Tamiya wheels?
Is the M05, M06 sway bar compatible with the M04?
Can I use the Carbon front & rear damper stay on a M04?
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:49 AM   #18012
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"Some" reading here...
Nice thread though.

Just an ordenary M-03 with a Johnson motor and the TEU-101BK ESC.
Tamiya oil filled shocks and LiPO.
Using a Futaba 4PK transmitter and right now I got a PowerHD 120 servo.

Need to fix my differential, but got tips from rc-mini.net on how to do it.
Full ball bearing.
Need to take a look at the upper links to see if I can get some camber.

Love this little car!
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:50 AM   #18013
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"Some" reading here...
Nice thread though.

Just an ordenary M-03 with a Johnson motor and the TEU-101BK ESC.
Tamiya oil filled shocks and LiPO.
Using a Futaba 4PK transmitter and right now I got a PowerHD 120 servo.

Need to fix my differential, but got tips from rc-mini.net on how to do it.
Full ball bearing.
Need to take a look at the upper links to see if I can get some camber.

Love this little car!
Who makes that transponder mount?
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:01 AM   #18014
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The transponder is just taped to the chassi.
I'm not sure what you are talking about.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:13 AM   #18015
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What's the difference betweet 54178 and 54327?
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