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Old 01-04-2011, 08:12 AM   #1741
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In reality, the kit is a simple build and all of the plastic parts are of a softer plastic so the Philips screws aren't that much of an issue. There are a few though that I did replace with stainless ones I had in my pit box. The rest were fine.
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In reality, the kit is a simple build and all of the plastic parts are of a softer plastic so the Philips screws aren't that much of an issue. There are a few though that I did replace with stainless ones I had in my pit box. The rest were fine.
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I just ordered a screw kit from ewippler. It a blue anodized 7075 aluminum kit
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Thanks for heads up Steve

I just ordered a screw kit from ewippler. It a blue anodized 7075 aluminum kit
I fear that the aluminum is even softer than the kit stock Philips screws which is why I went to stainless. I've used aluminum screws in some TC3 sedans in the past and they were too easy to strip.

Being a FWD car the maintenance is greatly reduced compared to a 4wd sedan. The key maintenance area for me has been the transmission and diff. The good news is that the entire tranny can be removed intact from the chassis by removing only 6 screws. I'd recommend you consider stainless for these screws at the very least.
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I fear that the aluminum is even softer than the kit stock Philips screws which is why I went to stainless. I've used aluminum screws in some TC3 sedans in the past and they were too easy to strip.

Being a FWD car the maintenance is greatly reduced compared to a 4wd sedan. The key maintenance area for me has been the transmission and diff. The good news is that the entire tranny can be removed intact from the chassis by removing only 6 screws. I'd recommend you consider stainless for these screws at the very least.
you think they'd be easy to strip being there 7075 aluminum......
I think that the same material they make cooling heads from.
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what swing shaft/universals fit the ff03???
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what swing shaft/universals fit the ff03???
With the stock plastic outdrives I've been told that 46mm work, but with the aluminum outdrives you need 44mm
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With the stock plastic outdrives I've been told that 46mm work, but with the aluminum outdrives you need 44mm
I have alu diff outdrives and i do run with the 46mm swing shafts
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Just make sure you pre-thread all the screws with a steel screw first. Ive always used aluminum/titanium screws for my Tamiyas...just pre-thread and be careful. I believe Eric gets his screws from www.Fastener-Express.com and they are decent screws...just take your time and it should be fine.
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With the stock plastic outdrives I've been told that 46mm work, but with the aluminum outdrives you need 44mm
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I have alu diff outdrives and i do run with the 46mm swing shafts

I'm running 46mm shafts too and no problems
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Pardon the interruption but I have an awsome FF03 Pro for sale here
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Preparing to pick up a new FF03 in the coming weeks, any weak spots that you guys have found so far? It looks like a stout ride and I'm excited to get back into FWD racing, but I figured I'd check.
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I'm running 46mm shafts too and no problems
The length of the universals is also dependent on the width of your suspension blocks. The "A" blocks are narrower than the" D" blocks so the wider your stance the longer The shafts you use.
Just my 2$
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Preparing to pick up a new FF03 in the coming weeks, any weak spots that you guys have found so far? It looks like a stout ride and I'm excited to get back into FWD racing, but I figured I'd check.
#1 Don't let your diff slip whether you use plastic or aluminum outdrives. Check it often when new and tighten gently, it'll last a long time.

#2 Get the updated or an aftermarket idler gear, the original will last pretty well (if you follow #1) but the new ones are the ticket


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The length of the universals is also dependent on the width of your suspension blocks. The "A" blocks are narrower than the" D" blocks so the wider your stance the longer The shafts you use.
Just my 2$
Yes that would make a diffrence. I should have stated that I'm using the kit ones.
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