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Old 01-04-2015, 03:59 PM
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Made a post a while back about a t-shirt...
Sorry i couldn't get in on this. Had a few post-Xmas expenses pop up. M-05 remains cheap, but my buggy needed some love!
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Old 01-05-2015, 11:27 AM
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Has anyone come up with Ver.II setups involving droop yet? I've started adjusting things blindly. It's working so far.
I'm running with 3.5mm droop front and rear at the moment.
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I'm running with 3.5mm droop front and rear at the moment.
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Hi guys. Havent posted for a while but thought I would ask here.

Really enjoyed our first year racing the M05's. Considering me and my lad hadn't even used an RC car before we were chuffed to end the year in 4th and 5th respectively for the local league outdoor.

Anyhow we seem to have dropped right off the pace indoors. Our cars were fast outdoors but all we seem to be doing is fighting them indoors. I have raised the ride height on both cars. We have fitted mini pins which seems to be the choice tyre (Polished floor, village hall type thing).

I think I know the problem but want advice on the solution. I fitted 3 racing geared diffs to the 2 cars in the summer. Mine even got thicker oil to make it stiffer but in comparison to the stock diff our cars are way stiffer. This isn't going to be very good indoors.

So do I put thinner oil in both diffs? If so how thin?

Or do I just put the kit diff back in. It seems to work well enough last year.

Any other suggestions appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Thelittlesthobo View Post
Hi guys. Havent posted for a while but thought I would ask here.

Really enjoyed our first year racing the M05's. Considering me and my lad hadn't even used an RC car before we were chuffed to end the year in 4th and 5th respectively for the local league outdoor.

Anyhow we seem to have dropped right off the pace indoors. Our cars were fast outdoors but all we seem to be doing is fighting them indoors. I have raised the ride height on both cars. We have fitted mini pins which seems to be the choice tyre (Polished floor, village hall type thing).

I think I know the problem but want advice on the solution. I fitted 3 racing geared diffs to the 2 cars in the summer. Mine even got thicker oil to make it stiffer but in comparison to the stock diff our cars are way stiffer. This isn't going to be very good indoors.

So do I put thinner oil in both diffs? If so how thin?

Or do I just put the kit diff back in. It seems to work well enough last year.

Any other suggestions appreciated.
How are you fighting them? Sounds like a serious lack of traction to me... polished floors?

My MINI racing experience is all on indoor high grip carpet. The initial struggle on this surface is a car with too much entry steering and traction rolling issues. Eliminating rear droop and ensuring zero bump steer solves most guys initial issues. Never forget to CA your front tires side walls too.

As far as your diffs... I have run open diffs all the way to very thick oil filled.
In your situation I would think it 'safer' to run the stock open diff. With a lack of traction a thick oil filled diff could make your car a handful.

And also, ask the fast guys what they are doing. I should hope they would be very helpful getting you up to pace.

I hope that helps.
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:43 AM
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How are you fighting them? Sounds like a serious lack of traction to me... polished floors?

My MINI racing experience is all on indoor high grip carpet. The initial struggle on this surface is a car with too much entry steering and traction rolling issues. Eliminating rear droop and ensuring zero bump steer solves most guys initial issues. Never forget to CA your front tires side walls too.

As far as your diffs... I have run open diffs all the way to very thick oil filled.
In your situation I would think it 'safer' to run the stock open diff. With a lack of traction a thick oil filled diff could make your car a handful.

And also, ask the fast guys what they are doing. I should hope they would be very helpful getting you up to pace.

I hope that helps.


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It does sound like a traction problem,
Are you spinning out ???
As for putting thinner oil in, I really wouldn't do it for an indoor track
you'll be stuck cleaning up the floor, big time!
I really would grab the ear of one or more of the faster drivers
and ask them test drive your car and ask them for suggestions
to improving its performance
Keep us informed & Good Luck
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That just gives the car more character

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Happy face outside, evil inside. I think I may have clipped the boards and/or the competition a few times.

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After running two packs at the Floyd Bennett Field track on the coldest day this year (-6) I slammed into the boards and managed to shatter both front Tamiya re-inforced wheels.

I am sure the cold played a part in the brittleness of the plastic. So can anyone recommend a stronger wheel set. What does everyone race with?
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The 11 spoke Swift wheels are tough as nails. At -6, however, it's still a gamble.
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing View Post
The 11 spoke Swift wheels are tough as nails. At -6, however, it's still a gamble.
Thank you, ordering now! I was looking at some spice wheels.
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Dude that's cold! We race indoors in the winter for a reason! I'm cold just thinking about it.
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Dude that's cold! We race indoors in the winter for a reason! I'm cold just thinking about it.
It was ridiculous, but fun. This was my first day driving after a 25 year hiatus.

The track is on park property, so I can only assume free to use. Though someone really takes good care of it and I am sure it isn't the parks dept. Its also the only tack both indoors and outdoors that i can find in Brooklyn/New York.
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Neils, check out the Brownies racing thread on here, the shop is over here in SI just a short hop
Over the Vz and he stocks everything for Tamiya and if he doesn't have it he can get it
We also race right on the beach at Midland Park during the summer
As well as go to a couple of tracks over in Jersey and just over the boarder in Pa
Pm me if you need any more info/help
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These rims are the best, but you'll need lots of CA glue on the sidewalks to make them slide on the walls rather than catching and breaking... FbF boards are also unforgiving......
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After running two packs at the Floyd Bennett Field track on the coldest day this year (-6) I slammed into the boards and managed to shatter both front Tamiya re-inforced wheels.

I am sure the cold played a part in the brittleness of the plastic. So can anyone recommend a stronger wheel set. What does everyone race with?
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