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Old 01-11-2013, 05:22 AM   #9106
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Thanks for all the input. I'm thinking of cutting the top deck. If I do cut it after the foremost posts, do I need to leave a little horseshoe shape piece at the front, attached to the rear of the front arm supports. (If that makes sense, where the standard top deck finishes now.)
I did, wasn't sure about structural integrity.
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Thanks for all the input. I'm thinking of cutting the top deck. If I do cut it after the foremost posts, do I need to leave a little horseshoe shape piece at the front, attached to the rear of the front arm supports. (If that makes sense, where the standard top deck finishes now.)
If you leave the front of the top deck on the car it supports the two rear upper wishbone mounts to tie them together. If you do remove it you will want to add spacers under the balls to lift the wishbone up to the same height as lowering the rear pivot ball will affect the suspension geometry.
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Excellent, thanks guys.
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I assume that's the theory behind Tamiya's aftermarket Split Upper Deck:
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:03 PM   #9110
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The long upper deck will take away some steering in some situations, like with rubber tires. On foam on carpet its pretty essential, but for asphalt the short deck is usually better.

Basically the stiffer the car, the less it likes to rotate mid corner on rubbers. The posts actually do make a difference as well. If your car is working well already. post placement will make the car feel different. Again, as the car twists more it seems to have more mid corner/rotation type steering. Stiffening it up tends to make it feel calmer.

At one point at the Tamiya track for the TCS nats a couple years I put a graphite lower plate on my F104X1 to help calm the car down without going to the long upper deck. The track was only being blown off and it was the old Tamiya tires, so it was a "You can't launch a cannon from a canoe" situation...
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:47 PM   #9111
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Well broke my tamiya high traction tplate. Luckily I had some 3 racing plates, but noticed the 3 racing 1.5 was stiffer than the tamiya one, so I removed the middle screw and it felt the same again.

Are the 3 racing or tamiya plates more durable? Figure I better stock up, what with my flipping the car a few times a night
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That is the one i am running on my F104W Pro

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Old 01-13-2013, 01:19 AM   #9113
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F104 Pro getting ready. Kit body with decals from F1 Paintlab via TQ Racing. Thanks TQ for your speedy delivery. Was about to put some Pirelli decals on the tyres until I realised I needed Bridgestone. Oh well, another order placed with TQ. As most decals are genric, I decided to paint the black bits associated with the Jordan:


Also painted the wing end plates. Interestin o see how that holds up. Nearly complete, with exception of the tyre decals:

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:11 PM   #9114
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I'm going to be ordering a low profile servo to replace the slow 3305 I have now, and was wanting to know if I needed to get the exotek bolt in servo mounts to be compatible with the exotek adjustable front arms.

Also, do the reedy short packs fit between the chassis posts?
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Anyone got a part number for some black aluminum/titanium steering turnbuckles? All I can find are steel ones. If not, where can you get the blue replacements besides the tamiya website? Will also need some ball cups, anyone know what other sizes fit besides the tamiya 4.4mm?
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Anyone got a part number for some black aluminum/titanium steering turnbuckles? All I can find are steel ones. If not, where can you get the blue replacements besides the tamiya website? Will also need some ball cups, anyone know what other sizes fit besides the tamiya 4.4mm?
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Well, looks like I wont be getting Titanium turnbuckles, cant justify paying that!

The 3x32s are sold out too Guess I will just get some steel ones. I wanted to get black ones anyway.
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Anyone know of anything that will work for the friction damper spring? The stock ones are sold out everywhere and I lost one last night.
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I don't have a friction damper car with me but will the side pod springs from f104v2 work?
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Anyone know of anything that will work for the friction damper spring? The stock ones are sold out everywhere and I lost one last night.
I have a boatload of them let me know how many you want
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