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Old 02-09-2011, 01:43 AM   #14356
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Granpa,

Good to see you and others posting some great advice for us colonials.

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:20 AM   #14357
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Craig, I'll take your post as a compliment. For those who may not know or know of the Bozo from Laguna, which he calls himself and I don't out of respect, let me introduce you.

Name Craig Richter
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A mentor of mine of sorts. Let me explain the of sorts cause Craig mainly tries to help me with the driving part of the equation. I think part of it is his trying to be helpful and the other part is self preservation. My driving style, let's call it that out of kindness or generosity, is heavily influenced by the "Flyin' Hawaiiian", Danny Ongais. They did not call him Danny On the Gas for nothun. Combine that with 75 year old reflexes, not so good eyesight, and a really fast Mini and you'll figure out where the self preservation comes in.

If Craig decides to share info or an opinion, it'll usually be worthy of consideration.
Craig, I'm going to shake your hand on Saturday...nice write up Granpa.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:52 AM   #14358
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When you guys mention shimming the gear diff to tighten it up where exactly are you shimming it and with what size shims? Thanks much
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Hello, I am running Sweep 33 front and 25 rear on my M05. I'm about buy Sweep 40's for the front and want to order better foam inserts while I'm at it that fill the tyres better. I'm running on a medium traction track in cool to warm conditions.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:24 AM   #14360
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When you guys mention shimming the gear diff to tighten it up where exactly are you shimming it and with what size shims? Thanks much .
you add extra shims into the housing. one on each side of the bigger planetary gear. you should already have one on either side so you add a couple more and see how tight it gets once you screw the top on. its a try and error on how many yours may need.


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Hello, I am running Sweep 33 front and 25 rear on my M05. I'm about buy Sweep 40's for the front and want to order better foams while I'm at it that fill the tyres better. I'm running on a medium traction track in cool to warm conditions.

yeah sweep 40's are good, we have been using this with the cross 36 rear.

sweeps gives good turn in and grip, but does wander a little in the straight due to air gap / rubber movement over the insert.

if you buy foams they will wear id say twice or more faster then rubbers.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:48 AM   #14361
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WildManDriving,

For inserts inside the Sweep 40's, 33's and 25's you can use any of the moulded mini inserts. The sweep variants come in pink (softest), aqua(medium) or green(hardest).

The Ride inserts which are the same size will also fit and they come in yellow, orange and green. (green again the hardest)

The Solaris mini tyre inserts are the same colours and the ride and fit the same. I have not tried a foam insert in a Sweep tyre, so can not give any feedback.

If you purchase the Sweep 40's with rims, tyres and inserts you will find they come with the pink insert. I replace this with the green insert for the front tyres.

Hope that is what you were after.

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I have since found you can purchase these pre-glued and the tyres seem to have a soft insert fitted. I think I would be only trying them on the rear. If fitted to the front I think they would have too much side bite because of the air gap. These were in 25, 33 and 40 configuration.

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Hi could anyone tell me what bodies are available to suit lwb m05??

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Hi could anyone tell me what bodies are available to suit lwb m05??

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Old 02-11-2011, 04:51 PM   #14364
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So basically the Cooper S..cuz the Mito is U G L Y...you ain't got no alibi! You ugly... what what..you ugly!
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Old 02-11-2011, 04:57 PM   #14365
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So basically the Cooper S..cuz the Mito is U G L Y...you ain't got no alibi! You ugly... what what..you ugly!
don't forget the non 'S' Cooper the 'original' LWB mini body
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I got an M-03 in a trade this week. After owning an 05 and an 06, it's a joy to be wrenching on something so ridiculously simple. If only the COG were lower it would never had needed replacing.

I'd better stock up on parts before they disappear.

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So basically the Cooper S..cuz the Mito is U G L Y...you ain't got no alibi! You ugly... what what..you ugly!
The real knock on the Alfa bodies is that they just do not work----at least at the Tamiya track they don't. The old discontinued BMW Mini body seemed to be the best, at least on my cars they did. The Swft seems to be better than the Alfa on the MWB cars also.
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Bob,

I think the newer 2006 LWB Cooper body is better, as it a little lower when mounted on the car. Having said that I use either depending on which shell I have painted.

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Anyone using the Tekin B1 Esc in their minis? I know some of the F1 guys use these with success.
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Anyone using the Tekin B1 Esc in their minis? I know some of the F1 guys use these with success.
it would probably work, since essentially you are using the same motor...however, it may not last since the mini's are heavier and a more 'complex' drive train then an F1

I know the B1's were also used successfully in 12th scale with a 27T stock motor - but, again, its the same exact drivetrain as the F1

so you can try it, but you'd need to double check the temps on the speedo after the run
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