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Old 07-12-2007, 08:58 PM   #4441
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Regarding the rear outer hingepins,

Some guys in my area have been using 1/8inch drill blanks cut down to size with collars on each side to hold them in place and they have been working very well.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:36 AM   #4442
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hi all has anybody fitted / used the losi alloy spindles and spindle carriers? r there any issues with them and most importantly r there and advantages with them
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:54 AM   #4443
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Regarding the rear outer hingepins,

Some guys in my area have been using 1/8inch drill blanks cut down to size with collars on each side to hold them in place and they have been working very well.
I was thinking of doing this but this morning I went into the machine shop (I'm at work) & our machinist gave me some nice stainless steel 1/8 rod scraps. I'll try this first (it's free). Thanks for the input guys. Oh, for the record the Mugen outer rear hinge pins are 3mm and way too small (I wounder why they never bent.)
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they never bent because Mugen uses quality materials....
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:04 PM   #4445
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I had a rear-outer hing pin break (not bend) on my MBX5 without damaging the arm or plastic hub. No car is unbreakable.
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I had a rear-outer hing pin break (not bend) on my MBX5 without damaging the arm or plastic hub. No car is unbreakable.

Agreed, I broke many front (inner) hinge pins on the Mugen. The thing that bothers me about the original Losi outer rear hinge pins is they ussually bend just slightly enough that it is hard to even tell they are bent but you sure feel it in the handling. I think I would rather have them just break, then you know exactly what is going on.
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Agreed, I broke many front (inner) hinge pins on the Mugen. The thing that bothers me about the original Losi outer rear hinge pins is they ussually bend just slightly enough that it is hard to even tell they are bent but you sure feel it in the handling. I think I would rather have them just break, then you know exactly what is going on.
Use some carbide then, that will break.

Stainless steel rod will bend also.


Shock shaft would be perfect for hinge pins, they;re hardened and ti-n coated.
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:31 PM   #4448
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:24 PM   #4449
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Mike - If it breaks, you don't finish!
Ya I know Aaron but this time I spent most of 2 practice days messing with my set-up because the rear end was bouncing all over the place and I had missed the slight bend that was causing the issue when I inspected the pins the first time (my fault). The bend is so slight but impact to the rear setup is HUGE. The way the car was handling the last 2 weeks I could have never seen the A main anyway. This is the 3rd or 4th pair of pins for me. Please understand, I like this buggy and it is a great first effort for Losi and no matter how tough you make it, I will find a way to break it. While we are on the subject I have a question. Is there any official path to take with Losi for customers make suggestions for changes on up comming versions of the 8? I work in manufacturing & test (electronics). One thing I've learned over the years is as a manufacturer you can never test for & find every problem that customers will encounter. The customers can often point out problems or weeknesses that you would never dream of or forsee at test & development.
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"and no matter how tough you make it, I will find a way to break it."

That might be the best line I've ever heard, haha. I know exactly what you mean. And having the opportunity to see the development of a car, I totally understand the point of not being able to account for everything a customer can do to abuse these cars, LOL.

I don't know of an official avenue for that kind of feedback but you can e-mail Losi personnel (contact information is on the website) and of course, talk to team drivers that post all over the internet.

I do agree that even a small bend in the rear hinge pins can make a difference, and I would suggest to everyone to make it a regular habit to check them for straightness. Roll the pins on a piece of glass and check for any wobble.
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do these building and setup tips apply to the losi 8 Truggy.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:53 PM   #4452
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[QUOTE=Aaron Waldron;3482541

Roll the pins on a piece of glass and check for any wobble.

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Yes, a lumpy wood pit table is not flat enough to detect the bends I've had.

Thank you very much for listening and the reply (again). A big part of the reason I'm running Losi now is because of the support like this from you (and others) working for Losi.
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"I would suggest to everyone to make it a regular habit to check them for straightness."

Checking people for straightness is what "Gaydar" is for!

I'm gonna check my pins as soon as I get home.
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The best way to check the rear outer hinge pins I know of is to keep them on the car and take a hex wrench to the pin. Turn it slowly while watching the hub carrier. If it wobbles back and forth, then it is bent.
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"I would suggest to everyone to make it a regular habit to check them for straightness."

Checking people for straightness is what "Gaydar" is for!

I'm gonna check my pins as soon as I get home.
'Gaydar'.... That is funny
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