So it's been a while since I've done anything with the car besides run it a few times. I did try and convert it into the RS4 Rally but that didn't work out, needed more pieces.
Some things have changed that prompted me to mess with it again. The field I fly at received a new parking lot all the way down one side so I now have about 1/4mi of parking lot to run in, divided into different sections. Brushless motors and escs are now cheap. My son now 2yrs old has taken a liking to r/c. He got one of those Ridemakerz build your own r/c car at Downtown Disney and has been bouncing it off everything inside and outside since. He spied my car body in the closet and wanted to know what that was. I told him "oh, you don't even know!". I put the car together and ran it for him in the street and he was so excited, he wanted to try so I let him steer while I worked the throttle. We went to our first r/c race today at one of the nearby clubs, Camarillo Roadrunners to watch and see what goes on. He loved it but was so disappointed because he thought he was going to get to race. He is far cry from being able to operate an r/c under any kind of planned control but he likes to help me at the bench "mess with stuff".
I have to say the racing looked pretty cool today and I think I'm going to try the novice class, not sure if my pro will be competitive (or if I will) but I wouldn't mind picking up something used that could race.
This car was built in 97 and has not been touched since. Other than some gearing changes, Porsche body and the optional belt tensioner added, no maintenance has been performed. I am planning a bolt by bolt tear down, cleaning and rebuild. I have started with the shocks and they seem to be in good shape. They all still have their oil and are just getting cleaned up and refilled with 50wt AE silicon shock oil, recommended by one of the racers that works at the lhs. The diffs are next and will be re-lubed or re-built depending on what I find. I have been piecing together parts to bring the car into this millennium. Where I'm at so far; new body, replacement drive train belts. new rubber tires, drift tires, rims, 2s lipo batteries and Castle Creations Sidewinder V2 4600kv esc/motor combo.
fitting new tires and rims, black hpi works emotion xc8 26mm 6mm offset with hpi v-groove super radial super compound. much wider than stock.
hpi recommended 6mm offset to use a 200mm body on a 190mm chassis but the wheels still look sunk in. 9mm offset looks much better.
Don't worry, I'm cutting the body posts.
my one concession to bling so far, my drift wheel set. chrome/gold hpi work xsa 02c 26mm 9mm offset and hpi advan neova ad07 t-drift 26mm tire.
the tires were a bit of a pain to get on the rim, I used boiling water in a cup to help things along. careful with painted/chrome rims, the paint is easy to mess up and once it starts flaking off it only gets worse. at least if all the paint comes off it looks like it's chrome underneath. bit of a size difference here with the rubber tires.
the 9mm offset fills the wheel well nicely. not to worry, I bought a circle cutter to do the wheel cutouts on the next body.
the new body. hpi 200mm nissan r35 gtr. going to be silver, using the light buckets, thinking of doing led lights.
turnigy 2s 4000mAh 30c. bought two to start with. I mostly fly hobby king batteries in my planes. I really like the flightmax and turnigy packs, great value.
relief cuts made in the stock nicad holders to accommodate the lipos.
the lipo pack is a few mm longer than the nicads so it fits snug in the holders. the height and width are 1-2mm smaller so it clears the belt with a little more room to spare. the smaller size, the increase from 1700 to 4000mAh, able to hold stable voltge and a weight savings of around 100 grams make the lipos a very nice upgrade.