I'm a newbie to the forum, but have been in R/C since the original old skool Frog was out in the mid - 80's.
My cousin and I are in our mid 30s now, and he's got a M0-3L BMW mini cooper. He brought it over one day, and we took turns ripping it around my parking lot. It's not stock, w/ full bearings, an ESC, and the aluminum steering knuckles, and a Trinity P2K pro stock motor. The thing rips for its size, and steering a FWD at high speed is challenging yet super fun.
My only gripe is the rear end; it kicks out a little too easy in tight turns. I was thinking of adding some car tire lead weight balancers in the back end inside; I want your guys opinion on that tho.
Well, I had to have my way with it, and played "mechanic" on it. Aside from being a dirt magnet (what Tamiya isn't heh) I totally love this FWD R/C car!!!! Now it's got Xspede wannabe TRF oil shocks, but they're wicked cool and are a direct bolt on fit to this model. I spent about 100 bucks on replacement/ tune up parts for it total (he owes me heh) and it flew like a rocket on its first post-clean-up run.
So, now I just ordered one, and got basically the same hop-ups that my cuzz got, except I maxxed out almost all the hop-ups that I could find for it.
1. titanium turnbuckles for the steering and F/R upper links for the suspension
2. Manta Ray ball diff
3. F/R stab set
4. full bearings
5. blue anodized aluminum chassis connectors (I guess that two-piece part that makes it an "L" series)
6. aluminum steering knuckles
7. blue anodized aluminum wheel nuts
8. blue anodized F/R lower suspension arms
9. blue anodized 1 deg rear hub carriers
10. Tamiya aluminum 12mm hex wheel adapters
11. Tamiya Suzuki Swift wheels; the stock wheels on my cousin's mini got trashes all too easy
12. Tamiya replacement radials; they look similiar to an HPI tread and look like they'll hold the road better than the stock tires
13. blue anodized "C" hubs
14. Tamiya's hardened outdrives
15. Tamiya's clone MIP CVD kit (CVA outdrives?)
16. LRP V10 Spec 14T double motor
17. Dynamite Tazer 12T ESC w/ reverse
18. and for a radio system I use the AE XP3D FM digital radio.
19. Brand name "Hobbysave" oil shock set; pretty much exactly the same as the Xspede shocks I got for my cuzz, except they're matching blue anodized (Xspede is a dark blue).
I think that's it. I saw the carbon hollow shafts for the gears, but I don't know if it's worth it (if it qiuets the tranny down then I'd get 'em). I also saw some blue anodized servo mounts, again not worth it IMHO.
This thing should hork when I get all the parts. My cuzz and I will race in the parking lot at my place, a perfect setup for "danger" figure eight racing; there are two islands at each end and we can get a perfect view from either one, after all this snow melts here. To be fair we'll be running the stock 540s that come w/ the kit. I swear; you can run that motor underwater in the ocean!
It's a ruff tuff cocoa puff, as basic as it is.
I'm also thinking of using some old skool Frog boots to cover both of our CVA sets; the RH side CVA almost lost a pin, and was grinding the inside of the steering knuckle. From looking at the pics of the boot set on the internet, they look easy enuf to mod to get them to fit.
Question - since this model seems to be a wicked dirt magnet, does any1 know if they sell shock socks for this size shock?