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Old 10-24-2013, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by howardcano
Okay, my mistake. Since I bought my car used, I didn't even know that the "arches" on either side of the servo were separate pieces, or could be removed without compromising the structural integrity of the chassis.

Is it allowable to leave the arches off under TCS rules? (Not that I have any idea if those are the rules your club uses. But I'm curious now, since my car needs to be TCS legal.)

EDIT: Found the answer to my question: TCS Rules General "1. All chassis platforms must be built per the instruction manual. Altering their basic structure and design is prohibited."
For TCS, the "hoops" need to be in place. That's TCS in the USA. Some will not tighten the rear screws. Theoretically, loosening the screws should allow the chassis to flex more, but for a driver of my limited capabilities, there doesn't seem to be much difference. Removing them seems to be more of a lightening procedure rather than something that will make a huge difference in rear end grip.

They have been allowing you to leave the esc and receiver platforms off tho. A lot of the guys do that and just "sticky tape" them in place.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by howardcano
Okay, my mistake. Since I bought my car used, I didn't even know that the "arches" on either side of the servo were separate pieces, or could be removed without compromising the structural integrity of the chassis.

Is it allowable to leave the arches off under TCS rules? (Not that I have any idea if those are the rules your club uses. But I'm curious now, since my car needs to be TCS legal.)

EDIT: Found the answer to my question: TCS Rules General "1. All chassis platforms must be built per the instruction manual. Altering their basic structure and design is prohibited."
Yep we allow non required components to be left off, including the little radio trays on the M05.

Jim I dont run them on mine, only because it looks cleaner. I found zero recognisable difference on the track, since i removed them.
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:05 AM
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Originally Posted by caltek1
The MO6 suspension shaft with ball is used on the new MO5 Pro gold edition, so I can not understand how it would not be legal. That would make it Tamiya supplied part.
They are not the same part, the is a difference in length, the M05GE being 1mm longer than the M06PRO, and they are easily identifiable as the M05GE has a groove cut into the cylinder portion of the pillow ball end.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:15 AM
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I'm just building a m05, and am wondering on these parts. Do I need both or just one? I'm guessing 54121 is the better one?

Tamiya (#51000) Servo Saver High Torque Type (black)

Tamiya (#54121) HT Servo Saver
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:24 AM
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There may be different part #s, but my M06 ball-end suspension shafts measure 36mm long, and fit M05 just fine. In fact, they are about 1mm too long on M05, and about 2mm too long on M06. Seem to work fine on either, whether shimmed or not...
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Franjo
I'm just building a m05, and am wondering on these parts. Do I need both or just one? I'm guessing 54121 is the better one?

Tamiya (#51000) Servo Saver High Torque Type (black)

Tamiya (#54121) HT Servo Saver
The mid-sized Kimbrough may be a better option.
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Got bored this evening, so I built a set of Super Mini CVA dampers and every other damper in my hobby room began to leak sympathetically. Wow, those things are weepy!

Any thoughts on sealing them up?
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
Got bored this evening, so I built a set of Super Mini CVA dampers and every other damper in my hobby room began to leak sympathetically. Wow, those things are weepy!

Any thoughts on sealing them up?
What o rings did you use?
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:46 PM
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Used the clear ones they came with. Those are actually okay - it was the tops that we're letting all the good stuff out. Problems seems to have resolved itself. They were dry this morning. (Must be empty!)

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So Cal Mini locals - what wheel / tire combo do you recommend for (trying) to run an M03 at TQ.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 10-27-2013, 01:32 AM
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Hi all,

Apart from the later Mini shells, what else is there that would fit an M05 with the 54236 front shock mount?

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Old 10-27-2013, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by madjack
So Cal Mini locals - what wheel / tire combo do you recommend for (trying) to run an M03 at TQ.

Thanks in advance,

John
For club races at TQ, sweep 40 in the front and 33 or 25 in the rear. Light coat of CA on the front tires. I usually put the front tire on the rear hub so it spins freely and apply the CA with q-tip.

For TCS races, Old S grips all around with light CA on the first tread on the front tires. If car is still traction rolling CA the shoulder of the front tire.
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I was wondering if an aftermarket M05 diff will fit a M03?

Are the only diff options for a M03 the 3racing ball diff and TA03 ball diff? Does anybody make a sealed gear diff?

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Old 10-27-2013, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Laguna Bozo
There may be different part #s, but my M06 ball-end suspension shafts measure 36mm long, and fit M05 just fine. In fact, they are about 1mm too long on M05, and about 2mm too long on M06. Seem to work fine on either, whether shimmed or not...
Unless it is the longer, grooved version that comes only from the M05GE then Tamiya will rule it as ineligible for their race series.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by jha07
I was wondering if an aftermarket M05 diff will fit a M03?

Are the only diff options for a M03 the 3racing ball diff and TA03 ball diff? Does anybody make a sealed gear diff?
The standard M03 setup is a planetary diff. I've built a few using the reinforced gear sets, and they're ranther strong for what's in them. The gearing is different on the M05 from the M03. Supposedly the gears for the M04 fit an M03, but as I only have the M03, I can't comment.
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