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Old 06-22-2010, 08:48 AM   #451
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i did some searching by myself and rcmart sells em.

I got my ff03 last night but havent started building it yet. Didnt know it did not come with tires I gotta goto the shop and buy a set now.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:10 AM   #452
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Got my kit last night too. Some things I have noticed.

1. The new ball diff is smooth. But still uses no D-ring and tells you to glue it on to the outdrives. I can't understand why their diff rings are not D-cut in this day and age.

2. The transmission is smooth too. I had to add some shims on the diff and the top shaft. The top shaft had excessive play so I added a .2 mm shim. I think it was .3 for the diff.

3. The steering is different from the old TA/TB style, but closer to the 416 style if you know what I mean.

4. I am using hex screws where ever I can. Fine threaded Phillips are not friendly screwing into plastic. There are some high stress points that you should use steel screws instead of Al or even Ti.

5. Some brushless motors may not fit properly! That structural beam that runs above the endbell gets in the way of the solder tabs. This is with a trinity DUO motor style. I was able to get it to fit after hacking the A tab...

Other than that, the build is nice. Hope to get it running in a few days.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:36 AM   #453
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I wonder why Tamiya did away with self tapping screws? Everything is machine screws now.
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5. Some brushless motors may not fit properly! That structural beam that runs above the endbell gets in the way of the solder tabs. This is with a trinity DUO motor style. I was able to get it to fit after hacking the A tab...

Other than that, the build is nice. Hope to get it running in a few days.
I noticed the same thing.. LRP X11 motors fit with no modification needed.. SpeedPassions would be a nice choice.. plugs are on endbell..

Ballistic nope, ORION close but nope..
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:42 PM   #455
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I should be getting my kit tomorrow.

what have you guys been doing as far as setup?

springs, oil, pistons?

I was planning on reverting back to my old days setups with my TA02 FWD but since people have been running these new cars already.... what seems to work?

Ideally, I can build it with an already decent setup instead of the box stock setup (which usually is good to begin with).
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I noticed the same thing.. LRP X11 motors fit with no modification needed.. SpeedPassions would be a nice choice.. plugs are on endbell..

Ballistic nope, ORION close but nope..
I assume the new cirtix stock spec motor won't too then.
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I assume the new cirtix stock spec motor won't too then.
One of my buddy have the citrix stock spec combo. The motor fits. I have not seen it yet but I guess the mounting holes on the pressed sheet metal can is different on the aluminium caned motors.

I have a Team Powers 17.5T and I have to re-drill and tap new holes on the front motor end bell to fit the queer FF03 motor bay.

I am getting my citrix combo today and lets see how it goes.
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Thanks again -- just ordered one. Do you know what wheelbase to build the chassis to for this body? Any other considerations?
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Thanks again -- just ordered one. Do you know what wheelbase to build the chassis to for this body? Any other considerations?
257mm - Long wheel base
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FF-03 Pros back in stock at Speedtech!
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mine arrived in England yesterday, was posted Friday, so very good service
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Built the gearbox assembly last night. My Tekin brushless motors won't fit without modification either. The part of the solder tabs that bends forward will have to be ground off so you solder to the remaining vertical part. Not a huge deal, but I'm kind of baffled that Tamiya could create a clean-slate chassis design in 2010 and not accommodate brushless motors.
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Built the gearbox assembly last night. My Tekin brushless motors won't fit without modification either. The part of the solder tabs that bends forward will have to be ground off so you solder to the remaining vertical part. Not a huge deal, but I'm kind of baffled that Tamiya could create a clean-slate chassis design in 2010 and not accommodate brushless motors.

it accomodates TAMIYAs brushless motor..
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Built the gearbox assembly last night. My Tekin brushless motors won't fit without modification either. The part of the solder tabs that bends forward will have to be ground off so you solder to the remaining vertical part. Not a huge deal, but I'm kind of baffled that Tamiya could create a clean-slate chassis design in 2010 and not accommodate brushless motors.
tamiya still accomodates nimhs too.
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