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Old 06-03-2015, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by sakadachi
.. So, going back to my question, can the Tamiya Rover Mini body be mounted on the 4WD Sabre? I know with fiddling around I can make it fit; I don't feel like dealing with that right now. Yes, I am lazy.

The FWD Sabre appears to have the stock post locations for the Rover Mini bodies...
I wouldn't see why not. I made one fit my Genetic without much body post fabrication.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:48 PM
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Isn't this a 'Tamiya' Mini Cooper thread?
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Rodarbal
I wouldn't see why not. I made one fit my Genetic without much body post fabrication.
When I recently put my Cup Racer back together at least HPI includes the body posts that fit the Tamiya Rover Mini bodies perfectly. No adjustment needed besides just height.


Originally Posted by AngryRog
Isn't this a 'Tamiya' Mini Cooper thread?
Yes, I only run Tamiya Rover Mini bodies. The chassis is whatever I feel like running that day.

I painted my 3rd body today. Will post pictures when done.
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Suggest to stay on topic...
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by AngryRog
Isn't this a 'Tamiya' Mini Cooper thread?
Yeah, it is Roger, but it's sorta fun to talk about the other Minis once in awhile. I can remember when Tony had a segment of his thread devoted to the weird and wonderful. The other point that should assuage your irritation somewhat is that most of these 4WD Minis have their own threads and guys will naturally move to those for info on their particular kits.

I've noticed too that only a few guys are interested in these kits and the posts on these types of cars fade away. They have never built up a substantial following for a number of obvious reasons and never have made significant inroads into the "Mini Crowd".

Going out this Saturday, really reaffirmed a position I've been taking the last few years. Which has led me to not posting set ups and just giving something as a starting point. The Tamiya track has changed considerably in the last year and my set up which was "dialed" needs a bit of work. My best time Saturday was over a second off normal and I was really "working' to run that time. Some of it was just rustiness, but not all. You know, diff was a little loose, shock oil was too soft on one end and too stiff on the other,may even need to go to two hole pistons. Won't have time to even begin to do everything. Sure glad that I have some extra shocks cause nothing is a bigger PITA than rebuilding shocks at the track.
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Old 06-03-2015, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Granpa
Going out this Saturday, really reaffirmed a position I've been taking the last few years. Which has led me to not posting set ups and just giving something as a starting point. The Tamiya track has changed considerably in the last year and my set up which was "dialed" needs a bit of work. My best time Saturday was over a second off normal and I was really "working' to run that time. Some of it was just rustiness, but not all. You know, diff was a little loose, shock oil was too soft on one end and too stiff on the other,may even need to go to two hole pistons. Won't have time to even begin to do everything. Sure glad that I have some extra shocks cause nothing is a bigger PITA than rebuilding shocks at the track.
You've been away for quite awhile. Your driving and setup will come back around quickly. The track, not so much. It has really been breaking down a fair amount lately, and the driving line has narrowed in spots imo.

Now I hear there is an M05v2 setup that actually works. Guess I'll be chasing that one now. lol
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I'm really surprised you guys find differences in things like shock oils. Our setups tend to be more "general" as track conditions can change drastically over the course of a few heats, or if someone opens the door for a few seconds - a blast of -30 air will screw things up on the carpet. But, we've still got some very fast guys, who I'd guess could give you a run for your money.
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Originally Posted by AngryRog
Isn't this a 'Tamiya' Mini Cooper thread?
LOL

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Old 06-03-2015, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
I'm really surprised you guys find differences in things like shock oils. Our setups tend to be more "general" as track conditions can change drastically over the course of a few heats, or if someone opens the door for a few seconds - a blast of -30 air will screw things up on the carpet. But, we've still got some very fast guys, who I'd guess could give you a run for your money.
There's a huge difference between your situation and ours. These are a couple. Outdoor asphalt and low grip versus indoor carpet. Open tire rules versus a Spec tire. Well, actually several Spec tires, but only one that works.

A number of years ago, we didn't do much with the cars, but did a lot of tuning with tires. When you can't change tires, you have to change the car set up. I can't prove this, I feel the less grip you have the more small changes will exacerbate themselves. I've had the experience of picking up 0.5 sec on my lap time with a 1/4 turn adjustment on the steering rods on an M03. Also. we'll change the set up a bit from morning to afternoon sometimes. I was away for a year and I'm lost.

It goes w/out dispute that you have some very fast guys who could give me a run for my money. Geez, Jim, I'm just a few months short of my 80th birthday. I'd be absolutely humiliated if I couldn't kick some 80 year old geezers ass.

Just kidding Jim. They should come down and race though. After all, the big prize is a Trip to Japan to race in the Worlds. Gordie Tam came down one year and won the trip and he told me that there were a couple of guys who could beat him where he raced. Although I could have misheard him.
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Old 06-04-2015, 12:09 AM
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I've noticed too that only a few guys are interested in these kits and the posts on these types of cars fade away. They have never built up a substantial following for a number of obvious reasons and never have made significant inroads into the "Mini Crowd".
The only obvious reasons (to me at least) are (a) that most mini racing series donīt accept other cars than Tamiya M-Chassis, and (b) the fact, that you can get a M-Chassis literally everywhere.

The reason why threads about other m-sized cars dry out might has something to do with people beeing just happy with their cars after the one or two existing problems with them are sorted out.
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Originally Posted by AngryRog
Suggest to stay on topic...
I dont have a problem with the digression. There's only so much that can be said about Tamiya cars, I always saw this more as an m-chassis thread as opposed to 100% Tamiya.
I like to read about chassis ocassionally.
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Granpa
They should come down and race though. After all, the big prize is a Trip to Japan to race in the Worlds. Gordie Tam came down one year and won the trip and he told me that there were a couple of guys who could beat him where he raced. Although I could have misheard him.
A lot of us would love to GP, would we still be eligible with no local TCS?
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Originally Posted by axle182
A lot of us would love to GP, would we still be eligible with no local TCS?
AJ, I did a quick skim of the rules and did not see anything that rules your participation out. You do have to have a TCS Drivers license, but I have a feeling that's a formality taken care of upon entry to a Regional TCS event. You could probably find one closer to you than the ones in Southern Calif.

I'm not the most knowledgeable on this segment of the rules, but I believe that you have to run a Regional before you can enter the Finals. It's probably a good idea anyway as navigating thru tech can be "tricky" even for a veteran. I had to rebuild the whole front end of my car a few years ago, even tho the car had gone thru tech the year before. I preferred to call it "creative engineering" rather than illegal modifications.

I, for one, would love to see a Canadian contingent participate. Especially one that didn't resemble a factory sponsored team. I used to wonder why the Canadian Tamiya guy would hover over the Canadian racers. Didn't know he was paying for their trip. I'm sort of oblivious to this sort of thing.

The best route would be to communicate with them directly.
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Old 06-04-2015, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by BumFacedGoat
I dont have a problem with the digression. There's only so much that can be said about Tamiya cars, I always saw this more as an m-chassis thread as opposed to 100% Tamiya.
I like to read about chassis ocassionally.
Yeah, me too.

It's fun to read about what others did with their cars (setups, mods or just plain talk), spark some ideas for my own projects, etc. I think it's okay to include other chassis talk as long as they are m-chassis size. I wouldn't talk about my new Mini-Z's here.

I'm wondering how that new Suzuki Jimny build is coming a long?
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by axle182
Now that's a fun drivers class. I wish Karz had a FWD TC class instead of the TT-01 class they had back in the day. I bet the FWD TC would have been successful. Maybe with a cheap BL combo to run it? hmmm lol
AJ - At a few club nights I was running my silver can FF03 evo against the 21.5 CTA cars and was reasonably competitive (TQ against the regulars) - until Cal showed up. His car was 2 to 3 tenths faster than mine, which over 30 laps is about 3/4 of the track... I was driving super tight too.

Definitely a smooth and easy car to drive; like an open diff mini that tracks straight. A heat of them would make for some close (read "fun") racing.

I really miss that old TT-01 class.

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