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Old 11-12-2014, 10:24 PM
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I have a question about springs.

I have the short white springs that come with the trf kit. The ones with a red, yellow or blue dot on them. Are these different to the all red, yellow or blue? What other springs are there, if any?

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Originally Posted by filippimini View Post
I have a question about springs.

I have the short white springs that come with the trf kit. The ones with a red, yellow or blue dot on them. Are these different to the all red, yellow or blue? What other springs are there, if any?

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The rule of thumb with Tamiya springs is

red = soft,
yellow = medium,
blue = hard.

They've made springs that are white with dots of colour, black with dots of color, or solidly coloured. Generally, the springs that are shorter, like the ones you have. are about the same and very good quality.

Tamiya also made a slightly longer, fluorescent coloured set of springs for the mini. They are always on the softer side compared to the other sets.
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Old 11-13-2014, 04:46 AM
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So to clarify;
White with a yellow dot would be the same as black with a yellow dot which would be the same as solid yellow?

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Originally Posted by filippimini View Post
So to clarify;
White with a yellow dot would be the same as black with a yellow dot which would be the same as solid yellow?

Ryan
So long as the springs are the same height, the short White with dot, short black with dot, are the same as the fluorescent short.

The idea behind the White with dot etc is to make it harder for your competition to know what you're running.
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I thought each type was a different compression rate all together? I have seen many say that white w/dot then followed solid color then by black w/dot. I can say by looking at the white w/dot and black w/dot that the wire thicknesses are different which would in all my other hobby experiences means different compressing rates.

So this sound right or no?

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Originally Posted by fresnojay View Post
I thought each type was a different compression rate all together? I have seen many say that white w/dot then followed solid color then by black w/dot. I can say by looking at the white w/dot and black w/dot that the wire thicknesses are different which would in all my other hobby experiences means different compressing rates.

So this sound right or no?

Jason
Keep in mind the White with dot and fluorescent have paint on them, where as the 42168 black with dot seem to be anodised. That will change the thickness of the wire. Also the black 42168 are slightly longer than the other short springs. They're labelled short touring springs.

I don't know of any other black short springs with dot. If you do, please post part number
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Guys. Here is what I've found. There is quite a difference.
Hope it's useful
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The 42168 are the ones I am referring to. The ones I have appear to be painted just like the others. Here is a side by side pic of all 3 types of red springs. The Flouro red came with my 54000 shocks and the white/red came with my v2 pro.
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3 Tamiya red springs. 3 different lengths. 3 different compression rates. Gotta love Mini racing!
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Spring rate comparison chart.

http://www.petitrc.com/reglages/1-10...ingChartv2.pdf
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Ride also make M chassis size springs which are black with red, yellow and blue dots similar to the Tamiya springs with a different compression rate.
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HA, -this has frustrated me in the past too.
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Originally Posted by fresnojay View Post
The 42168 are the ones I am referring to. The ones I have appear to be painted just like the others. Here is a side by side pic of all 3 types of red springs. The Flouro red came with my 54000 shocks and the white/red came with my v2 pro.
The 42168 are labelled short TC springs. As you can see they are slightly taller than the mini springs and shorter than standard tc springs.

The flourescent red in your picture appears to be a standard tc length spring. I own the flourescent red shorts, and theyre the same height as the White with dot
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It is the same size as the blacks. They came with the Ted 54000 mini shocks. I also have a set of the white with red dot the same length that also came on those shocks.

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Thanks guys, so we agree that they are all different, but we still don't seem to be any clearer on how they compare. I wish tamiya had this info available.
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