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Old 01-23-2013, 06:46 AM
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I just noticed that Mini Pro is no longer listed for 2012 only. Looks like a permenent class now running 21.5 brushless. Also, what LiPo are you guys using? I've picked up a few that are "rounded" but apparently not nearly enough, at least to fit my M03.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
Lowers are the from M03 to M06.

I got a set that did that last year, but I ended up really liking the tiny bit of extra angle.
By lowers, do you mean the arm itself?
If that's the case, are all aftermarket arms going to be a bit longer than my stock one?
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:43 AM
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Yes. Lower arms are all the same. I couldn't say if all aftermarket arms were longer, though its safe to say it would be foolish if they were, given that they're supposed to be compatible parts.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
Yes. Lower arms are all the same. I couldn't say if all aftermarket arms were longer, though its safe to say it would be foolish if they were, given that they're supposed to be compatible parts.
So one down (3racing), what brand should I try next? I really hate buying parts just to see if I can use them.
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Why are you changing lower arms anyway? I've never broken one in over 10 years of running Minis.....
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Originally Posted by tony gray
Why are you changing lower arms anyway? I've never broken one in over 10 years of running Minis.....
I didn't care for the stock 2 piece arm and thought it would be smart to have spares just in-case.
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Weird little problem: When trying to fit a 2002 Mini shell to either an M03 or 04 chassis, I find the rear tires always rub, unless the body is jacked up like a 4x4. My next idea was to try some 4mm wheel hexes to tuck the rear tires in a bit. Somehow, they allow the centers of the wheels to move inwards enough that they bind on the bit of the rear upright that surrounds the bearing. I'm using some old TL01/M03 rear toe in uprights.

So, I'm trying to figure out how you guys have dealt with this situation. Can the body be made to fit easily over the wheels? I've heard about heating it up to massage the shape, but I've wrecked a body trying it. Can 4mm hexes be made to work in this situation? Maybe with a different set of uprights?

And...go!
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Weird little problem: When trying to fit a 2002 Mini shell to either an M03 or 04 chassis, I find the rear tires always rub, unless the body is jacked up like a 4x4. My next idea was to try some 4mm wheel hexes to tuck the rear tires in a bit. Somehow, they allow the centers of the wheels to move inwards enough that they bind on the bit of the rear upright that surrounds the bearing. I'm using some old TL01/M03 rear toe in uprights.

So, I'm trying to figure out how you guys have dealt with this situation. Can the body be made to fit easily over the wheels? I've heard about heating it up to massage the shape, but I've wrecked a body trying it. Can 4mm hexes be made to work in this situation? Maybe with a different set of uprights?

And...go!
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Has anyone used the TBG bodies? Which one fits the M06 best? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
Weird little problem: When trying to fit a 2002 Mini shell to either an M03 or 04 chassis, I find the rear tires always rub, unless the body is jacked up like a 4x4. My next idea was to try some 4mm wheel hexes to tuck the rear tires in a bit. Somehow, they allow the centers of the wheels to move inwards enough that they bind on the bit of the rear upright that surrounds the bearing. I'm using some old TL01/M03 rear toe in uprights.

So, I'm trying to figure out how you guys have dealt with this situation. Can the body be made to fit easily over the wheels? I've heard about heating it up to massage the shape, but I've wrecked a body trying it. Can 4mm hexes be made to work in this situation? Maybe with a different set of uprights?

And...go!
Had the same problem. 4mm hexes caused the wheel to rub the upright. I ended up using 4mm hexes with .5mm spacers to get rid of the rub. Once the wheels/tires get a little closer to "done" I'm going to try to grind down the hex on the wheel a little and see if I can make it work with just the 4mm hex.
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Has anyone used the TBG bodies? Which one fits the M06 best? Thanks.
I got the Audi tt body that is featured in the rc-mini review and the fit is very good on the M-06. The quality of the body is quite good, but I was disappointed to find that it did not come with window masks or stickers.
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Originally Posted by rcnickv
I got the Audi tt body that is featured in the rc-mini review and the fit is very good on the M-06. The quality of the body is quite good, but I was disappointed to find that it did not come with window masks or stickers.
Thanks.
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Got my M04 handling and driving like a dream today. Too bad my driving sucks.
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Tamiya Blog have photos of the new (or old) M05 VW Golf in the Kamei colour scheme.

And also the new M05 carbon fibre rear damper stay part no. 54475

If it's anything like the front damper stay, everyone will try every setting possible, and then discover that the setting closest to the M03 geometry works the best
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Originally Posted by Tim K
Tamiya Blog have photos of the new (or old) M05 VW Golf in the Kamei colour scheme.

And also the new M05 carbon fibre rear damper stay part no. 54475

If it's anything like the front damper stay, everyone will try every setting possible, and then discover that the setting closest to the M03 geometry works the best
Which makes you realize how great the M03 really is.
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