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Old 06-10-2014, 03:17 PM   #10411
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http://www.amain.com/advanced_search...+wheel&x=0&y=0

I think "narrow" wheels are what you want. I haven't tried them but they look similar to the F104 foam wheels.
Has anyone tried them? i would "assume" they are similar to the Tamiya ones and use the same bearings, but can someone confirm?

Edit: i found the manual in japanese, it takes 5x10 bearings, so that's a good start...
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I have an F103, I want to run a shorty lipo (already done BL/esc)... what has worked for people mounting the battery? I considered getting a chassis conversion just for this reason.

Also... If i decide to not go that route... I've been eyeballing the FGX with IFS conversion... why doesn't everyone want one of these? ... it's RWD with independent pushrod suspension.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:05 PM   #10413
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I have an F103, I want to run a shorty lipo (already done BL/esc)... what has worked for people mounting the battery? I considered getting a chassis conversion just for this reason.

Also... If i decide to not go that route... I've been eyeballing the FGX with IFS conversion... why doesn't everyone want one of these? ... it's RWD with independent pushrod suspension.
Shorty battery taped lengthwise of the battery to the upper deck works. 2 layers of strapping tape and rounding off all sharp edges Is what I do. it hasn't moved in a crash. You can also put a couple tabs of tape on the lower chassis to keep the battery off the T-bar.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:09 PM   #10414
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The fgx gearing and rear suspension eats too much of the 21.5t motor strength. Direct drive chassis will pass you easily on every straight. The time you loose there won't be gained back in the infield...
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I have an F103, I want to run a shorty lipo (already done BL/esc)... what has worked for people mounting the battery? I considered getting a chassis conversion just for this reason.

Also... If i decide to not go that route... I've been eyeballing the FGX with IFS conversion... why doesn't everyone want one of these? ... it's RWD with independent pushrod suspension.
Like wtcc said, it's not competitive. I have 2 and tried to justify upgrade after upgrade and just couldn't any more. With that being said, the FGX almost won at nationals finishing second. It was in the hands of a very skilled driver and had a custom McKune CF chassis under it. Take a 100g off of it and reduce the gear drag and it would be a winning car.
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:52 PM   #10416
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Like wtcc said, it's not competitive. I have 2 and tried to justify upgrade after upgrade and just couldn't any more. ..Take a 100g off of it and reduce the gear drag and it would be a winning car.
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The fgx gearing and rear suspension eats too much of the 21.5t motor strength. Direct drive chassis will pass you easily on every straight. The time you loose there won't be gained back in the infield...
Interesting, I had no idea the losses of that little belt were so pronounced. And I hear you about the weight... it just looks heavy. Not that Exotek couldn't sell you something to fix that.

Perhaps I'm better off getting an F103/F104 CF kit (i see the Yeah Racing Transformula has plummeted in price).

Thoughts on the Yeah Racing Transformula?

Also... F103 turnbuckles... same as F103RM? I have the stock tamiya rods... they bend often.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:06 PM   #10417
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Interesting, I had no idea the losses of that little belt were so pronounced. And I hear you about the weight... it just looks heavy. Not that Exotek couldn't sell you something to fix that.

Perhaps I'm better off getting an F103/F104 CF kit (i see the Yeah Racing Transformula has plummeted in price).

Thoughts on the Yeah Racing Transformula?

Also... F103 turnbuckles... same as F103RM? I have the stock tamiya rods... they bend often.
The FGX doesn't use a belt...it has a gear transmission. A few people have converted it to belt and it does help...but it is still not as free as direct drive and still considerably heavier.

One of our local racers picked up the transformula kit...we couldn't get it to run well. If Exotek still makes their F103 conversion you are probably better off getting one of them. I'm not sure if you can get them anymore though.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:54 AM   #10418
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I have a transformula and it is awesome on carpet. You must do some changes to make it work with f104 bodies and tires.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:52 AM   #10419
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Anybody experience this issue with ride tires and tunning haus wheels ? There is a gap in the middle of the front tires kind of suck in. Is it going to get flat after a few runs?
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@Condor Speed: It looks like there is no insert in use or the wheel is to wide...

Another question: Did someone here do the Exotek F1R2 conversion to his F104 and can give some feedback about his experience/ the performance on track?
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Anybody experience this issue with ride tires and tunning haus wheels ? There is a gap in the middle of the front tires kind of suck in. Is it going to get flat after a few runs?
Pretty sure the ride tires have to be used on ride rims. At least that's the assumption I have always been under and that's what it says on tqrcracing.com website under the ride tire
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[QUOTE=wtcc;13333591]@Condor Speed: It looks like there is no insert in use or the wheel is to wide...

I use the foam insert that came with the tire and the wheel is correct "front wheel F1 tunning haus for rubber tire"
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The Tamiya rubber tire and the Ride rubber tires are different and can not mount on the same rim. The new Tamiya tire is the same as a Pit Shimizu tire and mounts to the foam rims. The old Tamiya tire mounted to a rubber tire rim but the diameter of the inside sidewall of the tire is larger than the outside sidewall where the Ride tires have the same diameter on both sides. So if the Tuning Haus rims are made for Tamiya rubber tires of either sort...they will not work with the Ride tires.
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It almost looks like a front wheel with a rear tire.
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@Condor Speed: It looks like there is no insert in use or the wheel is to wide...

I use the foam insert that came with the tire and the wheel is correct "front wheel F1 tunning haus for rubber tire"
The ride wheels are smaller than the 104 wheels, so when you stretch the smaller ride tires onto the 104 size wheel this will happen, you must use the ride tires with the ride wheels.
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