Originally Posted by <TAMIYA_TRF>
is the only difference between the MRE msx and the regular MSX the steering set up?? i know that it comes with the Mazda 6 and Marcs signature on the motor mount. but is there any thing that much better?
Steering setup, very similar to the Evo5, but with a vertical ball stud on the cross beam. Also means different chassis plate (with holes cut for a cooling bracket, and other suspension block holes), and top plate.
Different pulley setup. Similar to the TA05, except the pulleys have every other teeth removed, and are a slightly different pitch to the standard TA05 ones. Also there is a protective lip on the diff pulley (unlike on the 415/05 ones which are open)
Centre pulley. Now uses alloy brackets, which allow up and down adjustment of the spur gear (allowing bigger spur). Also the centre mount is one-piece, with no seperate layshaft. Much lighter than before.
Rear Alloy top brace. Heat sink design.
Rear hubs. Less play, and 0.5mm lower. I didn't notice this until someone (ta Mr Maddison) pointed it out, but the rear hubs are different. easy to spot as they are marked H0.
All in all, a fair few changes, and with the new steering setup, highly unlikely to be a conversion kit.
And on the Belt thing... I run mine seemingly quite loose. Never have a problem with skipping though, which is what I've always been told. Run them as loose as possible without skipping. Anything thats tight will wear faster than something thats loose... simple fact.
When I push down on the front belt just behind the front pulley, I can touch the top deck easily, and the rear is similarly loose.
That was with the old white belts. Not done enough running on the new setup to tell how these fair.