Originally Posted by Turbonium
fyi.... if anyone besides me tries to build a metal front diff from the ZX parts, be sure to order the diff rings for it... they are different than the rings for the composite one.
and did anyone notice the hingepins seemed too short to engage the toe block bushings completely?
Well I guess I'm not the only one who tried to swap parts from the ZX to the TF.
However, I was able to use the steel diff because mine was a complete unit built from ZX parts. I also stole the oneway diff out of the ZX.
I was in a hurry to get my car together to run with 5thscale who wound up being a no show.
I tried parting out my ZX in an effort to save time and I found that it was a bad idea.
Like I said to Sosidge, there are not many parts that are compatible with the ZX. The front uses the bottom rear bulkhead from the ZX so swapping completed bulkheads from the ZX was not possible. Also the pinion sub-assemblies was different on the rear due to no slipper clutch and on the front a drive cup for the shaft rather than a hex for the center oneway on the ZX. The steering carrier was the same but the posts are not so swapping that meant I had to swap out the posts.
With that being said, there are a few other tricky things that are not typical. For one, there is a different drive shaft for the front and rear. Its always been the same for most other TCs but on this one its different. Next, the springs are the same color with the exception of a small mark on the edge, look for it! There is a red one and a blue one. Lastly for all the old Kyosho TC fans, the hubs are different. Despite it looking similar the new hubs are different but I was still able to use the 2deg toe-in rear hub from my KX parts bin.
Here's a tip - Not all cars will build the same so rather than shimming the car as the instructions tell you to do, it is best to just build it first without the shimming and then go back and shim it accordingly. On some instances where I shimmed according to the intructions, it made for situations such that the parts did not fit properly.
Finally, I found in the end that I have to move the steering servo forward by almost 5mm to make room for the antenea holder to sit on the hole they provided for on the chassis. Why couldn't they put the hole on the topdeck? Oh well Dremel anyone? Nah, I'll just move the servo.
Now I am left with a ZX that needs a whole new front end.
Should I work on that or start collecting hop-ups for my DI? The madness is un-ending.