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Old 08-26-2010, 08:16 PM   #13036
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Just in case, here's one on Ebay. The seller is in Japan. I've purchased items from him and he usually has quick shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tamiya-Fiat-Abar...5#ht_500wt_896
yeah, that place is great to deal with...plus he's selling 4 rims for $12USD, cheaper then other places are selling 1 pair for
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:31 AM   #13037
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Really cool Beetle - where can you buy that body?

Looks like it could use some more offset on the wheels though - then it would be REALLY cool.

Also a very nice and simple paintjob.

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I got the shell from our local hobby shop.
they have a few more models too. Here's the link
http://www.rctech.net/forum/7790090-post17.html
It's in Singapore. Maybe you can try contacting them if you like any.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:40 AM   #13038
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Thanks for the info and link. I really dig that shell, so I think I will contact them to see if I can get one to Europe

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Old 08-27-2010, 10:56 AM   #13039
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So, a year or so down the line, what's the consensus on parts needed to make an M-05 work right?

I'm looking at getting one for the winter, still quite undecided about which route to take. Either buy a normal M-05 locally, or go crazy with an imported M-05 Pro and a bunch of hop-ups to make the shipping cost and taxes worthwile!

I won't need the kit motor or ESC so the Pro looks tempting, but what to add to the order? Alloy steering? Alloy uprights? UJ driveshafts? TRF shocks?
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So, a year or so down the line, what's the consensus on parts needed to make an M-05 work right?

I'm looking at getting one for the winter, still quite undecided about which route to take. Either buy a normal M-05 locally, or go crazy with an imported M-05 Pro and a bunch of hop-ups to make the shipping cost and taxes worthwile!

I won't need the kit motor or ESC so the Pro looks tempting, but what to add to the order? Alloy steering? Alloy uprights? UJ driveshafts? TRF shocks?
I bought the Alloy steering from 3Racing , 3Racing ball diff with a TRF screw,nut and thrust washer add the motor mount , i gives a better mounting for the motor and you can add the cooling bar from the DF03 for extra cooling , i took the UJ's from my M03 and added the TRF short dampers

The car drives really well and looks cool

all the rest of my shiney bits are for looks only

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Old 08-27-2010, 12:52 PM   #13041
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I won't need the kit motor or ESC so the Pro looks tempting, but what to add to the order? Alloy steering? Alloy uprights? UJ driveshafts? TRF shocks?
That pretty much covers it. I'm not convinced a ball diff is required on this car. Extra shims in the gear diff work pretty well. Also, the CVA Super Mini shocks work well for a fraction of the cost of the TRF shocks. I have alloy uprights but I'm not sure they do much for the performance.
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That pretty much covers it. I'm not convinced a ball diff is required on this car. Extra shims in the gear diff work pretty well. Also, the CVA Super Mini shocks work well for a fraction of the cost of the TRF shocks. I have alloy uprights but I'm not sure they do much for the performance.
agree about the super mini shocks - outstanding performance for fraction of the price, however, you just don't get the 'slick' quick-adjust for ride height oh well

i'd recommend from aluminum knuckles - i had them on my M03 and made a point of getting them on my M05, because i bent 2 on the M03 so I didnt want to take a chance
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:45 PM   #13043
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The Ta03 ball diff works great in these cars. Keeps the traction down. Gear diffs are ok but, they're is significant difference between the two. That, shocks and tires are your tuning options. Everything else just looks good.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:12 PM   #13044
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Careful with the 3R diff they have a tendency of going south
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Careful with the 3R diff they have a tendency of going south
do they ???

i have had no problems with mine ??

they are great and a lot cheaper then the Tamiya ones
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If you know how to properly build and tune diffs they all work the same. Driving style is a different story. I just prefer OEM parts.
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P-lo knows how to build his diff and it has in fact been a nightmare. Possibly an unlucky production run with that diff.
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Thats possible.
I was not referring to anyone specific on building diffs.
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Just switched over to a M05.... Got the regular kit, added shocks, bearings, shims to the steering rack, the motor mount (for cooling), and the front universals (get rid of some of the slop). Threw on a set of sweep tires and went racing. The car ran great out of the box.

The only other thing I really want to get is front knuckles (tamiya, all others bend). May get a steering rack for the bling factor.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:31 PM   #13050
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For those who run Sweep tires. What size are they 55 or 60 and which shure is the best for asphalt? 33's? Also which inserts do you recommend? Thanks. I'm asking because I'm limited to 55's with the Berlina body
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