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Old 12-27-2007, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Tamiya M-04L 540 to 380 Motor??

Hey guys, I need some info if you can help me out. I just got the M-04L Tamiya Volkswagen for Christmas. I want to build it in true scale fashion as a "tribute" to the first full-size new car I ever bought - a 1967 dark green VW "Bug".

The kit comes with a 540 motor and I would like to replace it with a 380 for longer run times since I'm not interested in speed with this model. If I remember correctly, the 380 is a physically smaller motor than the 540 so my questions are:

1. Can I successfully replace the 540 motor with a 380?
2. Are there additional parts I will need if this can be done?
3. Do you know what those parts are?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!

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Old 12-27-2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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buy a silvercan and see theyre about 2 if i remember right...
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you can get a 55turn lathe motor used for crawling...
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Here is a sweet 540 to 380 aluminum adaptor plate.

It's fairly thin, plenty of holes to choose from (in case one gets stripped), perfect machined quality, motor won't slip out of position, and transfers heat much better than just using a 1 screw method. I haven't tried it with brushless yet, but I did try it with a 380 Mini-Quake motor, and it worked perfectly.

BK-Electronics from Germany makes the adaptor. The USA distributor is finedesignrc.com. You'll have to call finedesignrc and ask them to get it. They call it a 'Distance mounting plate for 15er LMT motors'.
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Follow-up:
I just went to BK-electronics site and noticed they had a news announcement that said:
"2007 no Support 0r Sale from LMT Motors or Parts !!!"
I also could not find the adaptor plate on their site anymore
finedesignrc.com may still have some in stock though.
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Just use the motor that came with it. Not really that fast to begin with. If it is too fast just dial out the throttle to 50% or something.
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