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Old 12-07-2012, 04:10 PM
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$120.. but they're really hard to come by.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jha07
How much are they?
I know people run them at our track, and while I like brushless, I don't like the idea of spending a ton of money only to have it go the same speed as a silvercan.

These are the WICS Rules for the mini
Motor/ESC - Spec Orca Q combo only, set to zero timing/boost (blinky mode must be active) or sealed Johnson/Mabuchi 27t silver can kit type motor. Open brushed ESC. No modifications to motors or ESCs permitted. Silver cans will not be permitted to advance beyond the C main.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:45 PM
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Orca spark combo is well worth it!
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:17 PM
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Keep your eyes on muchhobby.com or contact aboutrcracing directly. I heard there's a new batch coming in this month. (Orca Spark 2200kv combo) runs the same speed as a regular silver can, with way more torque and they're dead reliable.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:36 PM
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There's also a bunch locally in Vancouver too!
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Granpa
The motor that comes in many of the kits, I believe is a 540SH type motor. Now that is a 540 sized, sealed end bell motor with a silver motor can, but is not a Silvercan. It is not legal in the TCS races. To refer to anything other than the #53689 540J as a Silvercan, is an error.
I checked mine and it is a RS-540SH. There are numbers under that "TN047Y06"
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by jjjheimer
^ check rc-mini.net for building hints and tips.
Nothing really on that site, I read part of this thread and it says to do some mods to the stock diff. This car will be a basher with some carpet track action. what mos should i do// buy before I start building it? I read about the shims but can't find the for sale anywhere in the US?
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by jha07
I checked mine and it is a RS-540SH. There are numbers under that "TN047Y06"
That's a production code/number. Doesn't mean too much. Stamped on in blue ink, right?

Originally Posted by Slash4x4mike
Nothing really on that site, I read part of this thread and it says to do some mods to the stock diff. This car will be a basher with some carpet track action. what mos should i do// buy before I start building it? I read about the shims but can't find the for sale anywhere in the US?
You kidding? That site is the mini gospel! Build the M05 as per instructions. The bearings you bought are a good start. Proper shocks are generally next, along with steering linkage upgrades. The steering will be the first thing to go sloppy.

The general wisdom for tuning is harder tires springs at the front, softer at the rear. That will get you controllable under steer. Much preferable to oversteer in a mini! After that its all personal preference.

Keep asking questions. We've got answers.

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Old 12-08-2012, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Slash4x4mike
Nothing really on that site,
You're joking right? Did you even look?

This article (HERE) was written by the guy who has pretty much won every single Mini event in Australia for the past 3 years! Its a complete guide to M05 setup!
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by BumFacedGoat
You're joking right? Did you even look?

This article (HERE) was written by the guy who has pretty much won every single Mini event in Australia for the past 3 years! Its a complete guide to M05 setup!
I read that article, LOADS of info! I'm glad it was posted, thanks guys.
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yes I did awesome info thanx. one question that that i could not find. What can I do if I want to run stock diff but have it perform better than building it to oem specs?
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You can always add a few extra shims. I've got 3 per side in mine, since I can't run the 3Racing diff in my M03. I glued one shim per side to the diff case, and added the other 2 as usual. A little anti-wear grease on everything will keep it going. You can use the case screws to adjust tension. I drilled a tiny hole on the outside of my chassis to allow access with a screwdriver.

If you can't run extra shims, you can always throw some putty into the diff to lock it up and create a spool.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:37 PM
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Jim, it doesn't fit in the M03?
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Nope. If you look at the manual, the bearing holder for the M05 is a seperate piece whereas on the M03 it's molded into the chassis halves.

The outdrive on the 3Racing gear diff doesn't let it fit through.

You'll have to do some fancy drilling to make it fit.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by c-lyon
Jim, it doesn't fit in the M03?
Colin, my friend, if it did, I wouldn't be messing around with shims in a stock diff.

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Nope. If you look at the manual, the bearing holder for the M05 is a seperate piece whereas on the M03 it's molded into the chassis halves.

The outdrive on the 3Racing gear diff doesn't let it fit through.

You'll have to do some fancy drilling to make it fit.
Fancy drilling, glue, prayers, luck...they'd all be part of the tool kit.
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