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Old 12-06-2015, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by marcos graveyar
He won't be able to use a Lipo with the kit ESC, NiMh or LiFe only.
I use 2S lipo's on the TBLE02S kit ESC all the time..or is he limited to non-lipo's you mean? I use lipo, NiCD, Nimh no issue.

I recommend getting a cheap low voltage alarm for use with Lipo.
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Originally Posted by 1969camaro
I'm looking at getting back into RC after a lengthy break . My local indoor club runs a box stock mini class with no mods allowed at all . They only allow base model kits as well , pro kits are not allowed . The rules are simple in that if it didn't come in the kit then you can't use it . Has anyone else raced under these rules ? Does anyone have a base set up that they want to share ? Any tips anyone ?
Not even bearings? What manner of barbarism is this? You can run lipo, just get a low voltage alarm or be very conscious of when your battery runs. Generally, after a 5 minute race, it'll need charging.

Are you allowed to modify any of the kit parts? Cutting a coil off the springs would do wonders for ride height. Be sure to sauce the tires, especially if they're kit provided.
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Originally Posted by marcos graveyar
Drilling the pistons is not allowed, it's specifically referred to in the Tamiya Grand Prix vehicle rules Additional Details 2015 under Suspension.
do you have a copy of that for the 2015 Tamiya World Championships?
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Originally Posted by marcos graveyar
He won't be able to use a Lipo with the kit ESC, NiMh or LiFe only.
I think some of the newer esc's allow you to use both.
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I used Lipo's on the older kit ESC TEU-104BK and TEU-105BK. Both worked fine with 2S Lipo's.

I think the issue is the low voltage alarm you want to get for Lipo's.
Just use something like this.

http://www.amazon.com/Integy-C23212-...age+alarm+lipo
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Originally Posted by MD
I think some of the newer esc's allow you to use both.
Both of my RTR Mini Cooper kits came w/ the Tamiya ESC that has LVC (for lipo cutoff) and can run brushed or brushless
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Originally Posted by hispeedguy
Both of my RTR Mini Cooper kits came w/ the Tamiya ESC that has LVC (for lipo cutoff) and can run brushed or brushless
Tamiya's low voltage cutoffs are usually setup for LiFePo4 cells, for some silly, backwards ass reason. I guess they figured we'd all be running slower, with less voltage in the future. Of course, they made their LiFe batteries very scarce anywhere but Asia.
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So much truth to that, take my M-Four for example. I can't even think about running some wimpy LiFe pack with a brushed 380 on it per their instructions. The chassis can handle so much more, and I have proof running 2800kV brushless with a 2S Lipo. Thing is fast.
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Originally Posted by OSherman
do you have a copy of that for the 2015 Tamiya World Championships?
Rules for Tamiya Grand Prix vehicles are at

http://www.tamiya.com/japan/cms/tamiyagpregulation/591
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English translation would be nice.

Also are those for the Tamiya World Finals or just their regular Tamiya Grand Prix Series rules? There could be a difference.

after a quick GOOGLE Translate, those rules are for the regular Tamiya Series leading up to the World Finals..

Not the World Finals rules.

Interesting read nevertheless..

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Originally Posted by OSherman
English translation would be nice.

Also are those for the Tamiya World Finals or just their regular Tamiya Grand Prix Series rules? There could be a difference.
If google translated it correctly, its for the world finals
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Drilling of the V components? The Caps?

Says nothing about the pistons, that i can see.
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and i suspect if you use these (which there is no mention of you can not) then i would suspect that you can drill pistons...

http://www.tqrcracing.com/shop/produ....asp?p_id=1358




as opposed to the 'V-Parts that they are talkling about...

http://www.tqrcracing.com/shop/produ...w.asp?p_id=589
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OSherman,

I have a question for you ...you mentioned that several of the drivers at the TCS championships had multiple batteries someone even loaned one to you (I believe you mentioned).

Can I ask what type of batteries were the top guys using? What do you recommed? I have a M05 VII and have been running a square pack ...its a "Team Orion" 4500mah 100c battery that I've been using.
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Originally Posted by eR1c
OSherman,

I have a question for you ...you mentioned that several of the drivers at the TCS championships had multiple batteries someone even loaned one to you (I believe you mentioned).

Can I ask what type of batteries were the top guys using? What do you recommed? I have a M05 VII and have been running a square pack ...its a "Team Orion" 4500mah 90c battery that I've been using.
from what I saw throughout the entire week, we all were using the 1600SP Tamiya NiCad.

World Final Rules called out that the 'max limit' for capacity was 1600mah..

For your local club racing I would just use whatever gives you good voltage. Within club rule, of course...

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