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Old 06-28-2007, 11:15 PM   #46
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If it keeps the internal gears meshed properly.....yes.........sorry.
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Hey guys doing some service on the M04 and I found a crack in one of the guides for the shafts for the internal gears in the transmission. Do you all think I should worry about it?
the rear gear box is something I make a point to change often. Because the plastic is soft the car will lose rear toe-in over time as the molding around the hinge pins begins to wear. (fresh gear box equals more forward bit off the corner....for me)
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the rear gear box is something I make a point to change often. Because the plastic is soft the car will lose rear toe-in over time as the molding around the hinge pins begins to wear. (fresh gear box equals more forward bit off the corner....for me)
I prefer fresh boxes too
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I prefer fresh boxes too

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I prefer fresh boxes too
fresh is good
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:36 AM   #51
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Got it, will get it, I agree fresh is good!
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:23 PM   #52
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Hi,

Shell was from a JADA toy rc car... but did a lot of cutting, sanding, epoxy...

its not a shelf queen, it does run and drift...

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Old 06-30-2007, 06:36 AM   #53
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anyone see the honda s2ooo on rctv?
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Old 06-30-2007, 04:15 PM   #54
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Haven't seen it, how do I get a look?
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it was on www.rctvlive.com
but it is an old show i guess. I wish they had more mini stuff on the new show. it was under clasasic shows the newest one posted.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:06 PM   #56
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Well, I just posted this in the mini cooper thread, might as well share it with this one too.. a little more appropriate..

M-04M Carpet Setup

Front:
TRF Short White springs
TRF Shocks, 85 wt oil, 2-hole pistons, 2 o-rings, no rebound
S-Grips, moulded insert (hard to find), 1/3 traction compound on inside
Sway bar
0-1 degree toe out, depends on how you like your steering.
Rear holes on the steering uprights (mine gets stuck on the chassis when it's on the front holes)

Rear:
Short Fluorescent Red springs (53333 set)
TRF Shocks, 60 wt oil, 2-hole pistons, 3 o-rings, no rebound
Type A's, firm foam insert strip, full traction compound

5-6mm ride height all around

It's a very stiff setup in the front, and runs like a touring car.. no body roll for quick transitions, and at the same time I can run through the whole track full-throttle without flipping. If you need more steering, widen the strip of compound in the front.

Get the 2-degree rear uprights if you can, or just upgrade to the lightweight "M03M" set, it has 2 degrees already, and is very nimble.

Put the receiver and speedo on the sides like saddlebags, keeps the COG way low.

I use the Alfa body for TCS, and the HPI Miata for the other races.. love the rear wing..

That's the basis of the setup, the rest is optional.. aluminum hexes, rear universals, carbon gearshafts, TA03 Ball Diff w/ lightweight plates, aluminum screws with a few Ti in spots, but it's not that necessary.

This setup handles great, and the fl. red springs will keep your rear tires planted. If the rear tires are jumping in the rear when you turn, swap to stiffer springs until they stop, but still grip. Also make sure to put 1-2mm extra preload on the rear left shock because of the motor, keeps the car straighter when accelerating.

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I'll see you at TCS, although I will most likely be racing an M03 this weekend (did you race the TA fun race on the 23rd?)
didn't race the mo4 on the 23rd. raced the ta05. shaking down the new car.

at the TCS 7/1, had steerting problems all day, the car was slow. Every time someone bumped me it would start pulling the opposite direction.
I was frustrated. the car cornered well, just had straigh line issues. I learned a lot about the mini, shared all I know with my pit mate, his his car improved from 2 dnf's to finally lapping me in the main. at least I know what I'm talking about.

I will race the ta05 at the finals. and will retire the mo4, I am ashamed to say.

I will wait until next year and see where the TCS races will be. If they stay local I will go to a shortwheel base mo3.
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:56 PM   #58
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This is my M04L"R"

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OKay so I tried running my M04L. Well it was a handful to say the least. I've only got oil shocks to play with. Not sure if I want to spend any money on this. It just keeps spinning out like no tomorrow. Any suggestion?
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My M04 Alfa has driven like a dream since day one. I actually like driving it more than my Mini's. Only non-standard item on it is bearings. Other than that it's friction shocks, etc.

Things to watch for:

Make SURE you got the S-grips on the rear and the M-grips on the front. Seems obvious, but I know they get reversed sometimes. Similarly, make sure the "softer" springs got installed on the back.

If you use a tire treatment ONLY treat the rear tires. If you don't use tire treatment try some on the rear tires. I've used Niftech and TQ orange. I've wanted to get some TQ blue as it is specifically for rubber tires.

Remember these aren't TC's--they only have rear drive. I've got cars that are far more "finnicky", but you DO have to excercise some throttle control. If you just pin it off a slow(er) curve they'll spin.
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