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Old 06-01-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
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Gday all.

I am about to buy a factory team b4. And wondered where I can take some extra weight out of it from.

I heard that people mill out there chassis. What are your thoughts and has any body done it.

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Old 06-01-2004, 10:53 PM   #2
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2wd off-road buggies really handle a little better with a bit of weight in them, which is why team guys don't have a problem with running a few aluminum parts here and there.

Milling out the chassis does almost nothing in the way of removing weight, but it does lower the weight that sits in the chassis.

The easiest way to remove weight is to put it on a hardware diet; replace all the stock steel screws with titanium and aluminum.
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Old 06-01-2004, 11:08 PM   #3
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Is lunsford the best person to buy screws etc from.

I know that you have to be a certain weight but if you can put the weight where you want to it would be more balanced.
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Lunsford is a great place to get screws.

It's not weight balance that I'm referring to..simply a heavier car. Weight slows down the reaction of the car to driver input and track variables.
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You are better off with a heavy car....that way when Glen hits you it will not break
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Old 06-02-2004, 12:54 AM   #6
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Yeah I didn't think of that.

But if it was lighter he wouldn't catch me.
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Old 06-02-2004, 07:51 AM   #7
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I race my buggy in the stock class, so every advantage is crucial. I love the blue stuff...so I've got

-Trinity Blue aluminum screws throughout (except on the shocks)
-Lunsford titanium hinge-pins (instead of the steel ones)
-Robinson Racing aluminum pinion gears
-Trinity lightened slipper plates

I don't have any of the arm mounts or carriers in aluminum, thats just added weight. If you are going to mill a little out of your chassis, do it around the outermost edges. Physyics says that if you take the weight out of the outside and either remove it or bring it to the center, the object (in this case your car) will rotate quicker. Basically, mount your electronics closer to the battery tray. If you add weight, a good place to do it would be right under the servo horn....yes, it'll fit. It could also fit on the battery strap (keep the weight in the center). Losing weight is all in the little things.
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If you can find anyone manufacturing lightened parts for the drivetrain that would be a good place to concentrate.
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OK I just ordered a full set of titanium screws and hinge pins from lunsford. I have A quantim 2 speedo and lightened slipper pads.

I tried to find a lightened top shaft but can't find anybody that makes them.

Where else can I save weight.
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a full set of titanium ball studs, aluminium CVDs, plastic servo mounts and front brace instead of the aluminium pieces, a lightweight servo, then if u really want to get serious a very simple body with as little paint as possible and no stickers...
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Thats right....I forgot, I also have the losi aluminum universals and depending on the track layout (if its got lots of jumps and stuff) I'll run plastic outdrives which feel like a feather compared to the steel ones.
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Do the plastic out drives stand up to the task.

I thought that maybe they would break
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It depends on the track layout. I always run stock, so its not as bit a deal. But I wouldn't trust them in mod. Generally, they'll be fine and do hold up to a lot more than you'd think. If your track has a massive drop off (jump to flat landing) and lots of really technical "hard on the car" kind of layout....then stay with the steel ones. If your track is realitevly smooth and flowing, then plastic is the way to go. Ryan Cavaleri runs plastic outdrives but with the savers and he can get away with it in mod buggy and such.
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I think mafiaracers is talking about the losi buggy, I dont know of any plastic outdrives for the rc10b4, the factory team kit comes with lightweight metal ones anyway
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here are the molded lightweight outdrives: Lightweight Outdrives

You may also wanna get the milled motor mount too.
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