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Old 10-30-2012, 02:14 PM
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Have any of you tried the 3Racing (3RAC/SHAMU) servo saver in your mini? Tried one last weekend. It's like the worst features of the stock and the heavy duty Tamiya servo savers, all in one package. Lot's of slop and a PITA to assemble.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:45 AM
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Has anyone race with the Alfa Mito body? How's the handling? I realize it's a long wheelbase 239mm, probably most of racers don't run the long wheelbase setup.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:16 PM
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Has anyone race with the Alfa Mito body? How's the handling? I realize it's a long wheelbase 239mm, probably most of racers don't run the long wheelbase setup.
I tried it and did not like it for the M05. Never used it on a M03 cause the BMW or the Cooper 2006 work so well.

Actually gave it to another racer and after a short time it was retired.
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You like the 2006 Cooper? Good, because I just got a few of them cheap. I really like the mwb Swift, but can't justify spending full pop on Tamiya bodies. Looking forward to lwb M03 goodness!
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:37 PM
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I was surprised running the RX7, I used my M05 in LWB setup. I thought it wouldnt rotate as fast as say either a SWB or MWB. But to my surprise there wasnt any noticable difference. On a tight track, getting the car to rotate quick is really important, so u should enjoy the LWB Jim. I still feel more confident in the rear end grip also.
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I've used the Mito body and it works really well about the same as the 06 cooper
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Originally Posted by superspeed
Has anyone race with the Alfa Mito body? How's the handling? I realize it's a long wheelbase 239mm, probably most of racers don't run the long wheelbase setup.
I have raced with the Alfa Romeo Mito body and like it.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:38 PM
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Hi guys,

Anyone try dying Tamiya rims a different color other than white (I ordered a bunch of Tamiya #51237 Swift rims).

If so what product did you use?

Thanks Greg G
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Swampracer
Hi guys,

Anyone try dying Tamiya rims a different color other than white (I ordered a bunch of Tamiya #51237 Swift rims).

If so what product did you use?

Thanks Greg G
i've dyed proline and aka rims with rit dye in boiling water.
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The Tamiya wheels will not dye. The plastic is different than the rest of the wheels that you can dye.
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have just finished dying some wheels orange today , not Tamiya though , i used a dye used for fabric called ¨Rit¨ works best when its hot , only need a minute or so and its done , longer means darker so its a trial and error thing really , i managed to get the dye onto , HPi mini rims , Cross and Sweep mini rims as well as a set of Proline dish buggy rims , and for an experiment i also dyed the stock diff part from a mini which didnt take the dye as well but its definately a nice shade of orange now ..

the dye is made in the USA so if i could get it here in australia you shouldnt have any issues finding it , i would be very surprised if the swift rims dont take the dye , and as i said hotter is better , i tried to do some with near cold water and it hardly worked at all , also keep the dye its reuseable , i have an old electric kettle which i reheat it in and its working fine a few times over
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Thanks guys,

I was just looking to turn the white rims into black. So I'm not worried about shade.

I'm off to the drug store to get some RIT!!
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It will not work. If you try the boil method the rims will deform. The only way you can get them black is with paint.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:46 PM
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Default assy. Tamiya Tires

I've put a fair few sets together over the years with indifferent results, some stay fairly flat, others seem to balloon in the middle. I went back to the build manual today and noticed a footnote stating too "secure inner sponge to tire using synthetic rubber cement". This is something I have never done, I just put the sponge in the tire and then CA the rubber to the wheel.

Does this help keep the tire tread flater? what type of cement does a guy use that does not make the rubber rock hard?
Thanks, Terry
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:50 PM
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How much do your race m05 minis chassis weigh with out battery ?
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