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Old 02-22-2015, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Tire Chunker
Ta03 diff which side does the nut go on the driver side (left as viewed from behind the car) or passenger side (right)?
It makes no difference, but I tend to put the adjuster side on the left while assembling the car.

Originally Posted by sakadachi
For me, I've never encountered loosing that pin while running the grub screws and thread locker.
Give it time. One of them will work loose and carve out the inside of the upright! Pretty sure all mine have the groove carved in them. No huge damage, though.

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Old 02-22-2015, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing


Give it time. One of them will work loose and carve out the inside of the upright! Pretty sure all mine have the groove carved in them. No huge damage, though.
Ouch! Will keep it part of my inspection from time to time!
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:09 PM
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Thanks! Finally tossed these together so no more stock bones :0)

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Old 02-22-2015, 07:35 PM
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Looks good, Des!
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:55 PM
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First off I would like to thank all of you guys for sharing your vast knowledge on these minis. I used to own and race a M-03R a long time ago. I enjoyed running it, but the class died here. Recently there has been a resurgence for the minis. I am purchasing a M-05 Pro Ver.ii and I know I need a few hop-ups that the kit doesn't come with.

My long list of planned hop-ups are as follows:

Tamiya M-05 Ball Diff
Tamiya Graphite front Shock Tower
Tamiya Graphite Rear Shock Tower
Tamiya Hollow Shaft Set
Tamiya Reinforced Gear Set
Tamiya Reinforced Freewheel Axle Set
Tamiya Titanium Screw Kit
Tamiya Low Friction King Pin set
Tamiya Sway Bar Kit
Tamiya Aluminum M Chassis Damper Set
Tamiya Light Weight Battery Mounts
Tamiya TiNi coated Hinge Pins
3Racing Graphite Body post stiffener set
3Racing Graphite Rear Suspension Pin stiffener
3Racing Aluminum Rear Lower Suspension Mount
3Racing Aluminum Turnbuckle Set
Ride BRZ Body
Yeah Racing Aluminum Steering Set
Yeah Racing Aluminum 2* rear uprights
Yeah Racing Aluminum Front Steering knuckles
Yeah Racing Aluminum Ball Bearing C-Hubs
Yeah Racing Aluminum 6mm Clamping Hexes.

I know I want to get CVDs, but, I am knot sure if I want Tamiya CVDs or Arrowmax DCJ CVDs. Does anyone know if the DCJ CVDs are worth getting or should I just stick to standard CVDs? Also, Are there any other hop ups that I have not listed that are a must have for the M-05?

Please keep in mind that I am trying to make this car tuneable and bullet proof. We run the M-Chassis cars with 17.5t Blinky set ups with no weight or ride height restrictions. I know wheels and Tires are also important, but they are dependant on the track I will be running on and I can look to see what the local fast guys are using.

Thanks for all of your help in this matter.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Terra Rover
First off I would like to thank all of you guys for sharing your vast knowledge on these minis.
No problem. We're all happy to help. If i can offer a suggestion or two further...

Tamiya Reinforced Gear Set: Unless you crash a lot, they're not necessary. They don't hurt, but they don't help, either.

Tamiya Titanium Screw Kit: If you're REALLY serious about shedding weight, sure.

Tamiya TiNi coated Hinge Pins: Again, not sure if they're needed, given you only have a tiny bit of suspension movement.

3Racing Graphite Body post stiffener set: Given the body you've chosen, I'm not sure they'll fit. I had a set of these and I couldn't fit them into a Blitz hatchback shell.

3Racing Graphite Rear Suspension Pin stiffener: Stop! This is definite crap and I doubt it will work with the V.II anyway. Tried one on my V.I and it did nothing useful.

3Racing Aluminum Turnbuckle Set: If they have a titanium option, get it instead.

I know I want to get CVDs: I've heard the the double jointed ones work well, but are weak link.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Terra Rover

My long list of planned hop-ups are as follows:

Tamiya M-05 Ball Diff
Tamiya Graphite front Shock Tower
Tamiya Graphite Rear Shock Tower
Tamiya Hollow Shaft Set
Tamiya Reinforced Gear Set
Tamiya Reinforced Freewheel Axle Set
Tamiya Titanium Screw Kit
Tamiya Low Friction King Pin set
Tamiya Sway Bar Kit
Tamiya Aluminum M Chassis Damper Set
Tamiya Light Weight Battery Mounts
Tamiya TiNi coated Hinge Pins
3Racing Graphite Body post stiffener set
3Racing Graphite Rear Suspension Pin stiffener
3Racing Aluminum Rear Lower Suspension Mount
3Racing Aluminum Turnbuckle Set
Ride BRZ Body
Yeah Racing Aluminum Steering Set
Yeah Racing Aluminum 2* rear uprights
Yeah Racing Aluminum Front Steering knuckles
Yeah Racing Aluminum Ball Bearing C-Hubs
Yeah Racing Aluminum 6mm Clamping Hexes.
I wouldn't bother with any of the 3Racing or Yeah parts listed, spend that money on the rest of the Tamiya alloy steering parts and a set of the Tamiya alloy hexes.

With the BRZ shell both front and rear lower body mount pins go in the second hole from the bottom so no stiffener needed.

The carbon suspension pin stiffener is unnecessary, if you want to upgrade in this area then go for the steel suspension pins instead but standard kit screws are fine.

Alloy lower suspension mount is just bling.

Don't see anywhere that you will be able to fit a turnbuckle on an M05, there just isn't the space between the cup joints/ball ends.

As for the Yeah parts, rear alloy uprights, kit plastic are plenty good and ball bearing C hubs are of no benefit.

In my opinion the Tamiya alloy steering parts are better and stronger than the Yeah, the Tamiya Hexes have sharper angles to them and will fit better into both Tamiya and aftermarket wheels.

These are my thoughts, others may disagree .
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Terra- For me, the V2 is pretty much complete from the getgo. I bought a fast Futaba servo for it along with the Tamiya ball diffs, CVD's, running old HPI or Yokomo aftermarket pistons inside the factory clear CVA Super Mini's and TRF x-rings.

Before getting all the hopups you noted, I suggest you just run the car as-is. It will tell you what you really need instead of all the aluminum bling. Unless of course, aluminum bling is your thing which is not a bad thing either!

As for my M05, I noticed it was running excessive and unnecessary rear negative camber so made a custom camber rod with turnbuckles to dial it out.

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Old 02-23-2015, 06:57 AM
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Where is everyone getting the RiDE BRZ body in the US?
I want to give that a try!
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Originally Posted by DesJardins
Where is everyone getting the RiDE BRZ body in the US?
I want to give that a try!
I don't know, Des. BRZ is RWD... you sure you want at FWD BRZ? hee hee
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Which leads me to my next project in the Fall. Getting my first Lipo's, Lipo charger, and that Tamiya TA05 M-Four.. perhaps a BRZ body might be okay?

I updated from PCM to 2.4GHz, recently since the hiatus, but not yet on the batteries side..
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I feel so old and misplaced...
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Originally Posted by sakadachi
I don't know, Des. BRZ is RWD... you sure you want at FWD BRZ? hee hee

I don't mind being different!
lol
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Originally Posted by DesJardins
I don't mind being different!
lol


I only run Rover Mini bodies.
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:04 PM
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Thanks for your input guys. I will reconsider what I will be ordering.
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