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Old 01-18-2014, 09:14 PM
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Carlton, Bro you are insane!!! There is no way in hades I would attempt that as I would be the one to get the ticket.

Glad to hear the racing was killer. I look forward to getting back in on the action. The mini is almost ready to hit the track again but am waiting on 2 more parts I found broken when I opened her up. Man this poor car was neglected . But your times sound about right for what I can do when really in it. Last weekend I think I put down 1 sub 19 sec time but don't remember. I know most of them were consistently in the 19.1-19.3 range though. The fastest I ever put down was a 18.7 last summer when running at night.

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Old 01-18-2014, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by fresnojay
Carlton, Bro you are insane!!! There is no way in hades I would attempt that as I would be the one to get the ticket.
I told Daniel I'd come run mini with him the day before somebody told me that Madera Hobbies had a once in NEVER Saturday race. Since I'm the TCRC Spec Slash Tech official, and this was the first race we'd tried to run, I kind of needed to be in two places at once.

I set my pit table up at Hobbytown and left my charger at MH. Kind of bummed I had to use tools to put my I laps transponder in the slash - first time in like five hours of track time I've had to use tools over the past ten days. Other than charging and sauce (mini only) all it did was drive. And drive. And drive some more.

The guy with the MO6 brought his buddy over who wants to start racing, but on a kind of extreme budget. I told him to find a expert built RTR mini and jump in. He thought he'd have one in a couple of weeks.

I hate to say it, but you need to evangelize for the spec classes because they aren't sexy. But $350 to race a competitive spec slash (w lipo and transponder and a real charger) looks downright appetizing to racers and non racers alike. You could do the same thing with a M03 for even less.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:42 AM
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Carlton, my M05 started as a pro built and just grew from there. With the crew we had when I started mini I was competitive from jump. Even with the stock cheap Tamiya radio. So you could easily get started into mini onroad for around $50 less or so than the slash class. Its why I got started in it. Since I already flew rc planes I already had a good charger so it was even cheaper for me.

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Old 01-19-2014, 03:37 PM
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I am building new M-05 for carpet club.

I am wondering if I run Aluminum Steering Link #54192,
Do I need Tamiya #54191 M-05 Aluminium Racing Steering Set to work with above #54192 ? as I recall kit plastic are pretty strong.

Also there is 3 Racing Tamiya M05 Graphite Steering Plate... is that better than alum ones ? (lowering the COG of mini)

I cant wait build mine... It has been while!
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Personally, other than the DCJ's (that Tamiya doesn't offer) I wouldn't run non Tamiya parts. Their quality is so much better than everything else....

IMO the M05 needs:

- Bearings
-CV driveshafts
- the aluminum steering rack
- oil filled shocks (any of them are okay)
- proper tires

And have at it!
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:37 PM
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i never bothered with the alum steering parts on my M05... car works fine with the kit plastic ones, IMHO...
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by CraigMBA
Personally, other than the DCJ's (that Tamiya doesn't offer) I wouldn't run non Tamiya parts. Their quality is so much better than everything else....

IMO the M05 needs:

- Bearings
-CV driveshafts
- the aluminum steering rack
- oil filled shocks (any of them are okay)
- proper tires

And have at it!
When I had a Tamiya M-05 Pro it had everything on this list and then some. Mine also had aluminum front and rear up rights as well. It was a TANK...... once I worked out all the little bugs. Wished I never traded it for an Associated SC10. However, I am currently working out a deal for a Tamiya TA-05 and Tamiya M-05. Already have the TA-05 locked in a deal, still working out the details for the M-05.

Trying to get setup for the TCS event coming in March.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:36 AM
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Hi all,

I've been hopping up my M03 and am at the point of getting some alloy rear uprights. Do I need any variation in degree as I believe the kit plastic ones are 0?

I'm on carpet by the way.

Oh, and I'm giving myself that age old experiment of seeing which car I'm quicker with, my sorted M05 or my new built swb M03. Not much in it thus far I'd say!
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:09 AM
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The usual 1.5 hubs should do the trick. They were originally produced for the 03.
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
The usual 1.5 hubs should do the trick. They were originally produced for the 03.
You have a parts number for that? I couldn't find it.

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Old 01-20-2014, 09:17 AM
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Tamiya 54178.
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Been playing with my M03 on an asphalt road course while in AZ for the Winter. It started out as a LWB with a Johnson motor a Tekin ESC, SGrips and oil shocks.

Lots of fun but was getting beat by a box stock M05 being driven by a very good driver. Put a 21.5 Hacker BL motor in and ran blinky. It was a little faster but not fast enough. Put a 17.5 in with some boost and the thing is now stupid fast and hasn't eaten a gearbox YET.

Not too many mini's running so I get stuck in with Spec 21.5 TC's a lot. They hurt when they hit you but I pull them on the straights.

I'm told there are a group of Mini's in the Flagstaff area that run 17.5 but haven't seen any down here in Gilbert yet.

I know there is nothing TCS legal about this setup but sure is fun.
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Anybody using the 3Racing M05 fan? Also, any issues regarding TCS?





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Old 01-20-2014, 09:59 AM
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Those are just fine. It's a neat bracket, but the fans are a little weak. You might consider swapping to a different fan. R1 is a good substitute.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:19 AM
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Can someone tell me what is the min ride height for TCS rules.
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