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Old 03-20-2016, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
Shorter and slightly wider than a standard M. I wonder if they'll do a longer chassis plate, though. The width isn't as much of an issue with aftermarket shells and this could essentially be a carbon M04, since it's mid motor.

EDIT: Spoke too soon. Looks like M Versions and full size version are in the works.
Cool. I wouldn't mind having another RoadRunner. Thing was a blast to drive and we ran open class back then for m-chassis, so stupid fast.
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Old 03-20-2016, 05:27 PM
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Huh, it would be kinda funny to run the Suzuki Jimny bodies on it.
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
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Oh wow I like it!

But needs to be 4WD..
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4WD? ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz.
170mm wb and RWD makes it interesting...
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
Originally Posted by tony gray
4WD? ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz.
170mm wb and RWD makes it interesting...


That short wheel base and RWD will not be too fun unless super grippy track.
Unless someone wants to get one and see how it runs on asphalt. It's basically no different than taking off the front belt off a 4WD and claiming it RWD. That car is going to be too light imho and too short of a wheel base?
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Almost 2 months had passed, but I finally finished the twin blue body today for my Sabre4WD Mini.
Even drove the SabreFD Mini today. I used the NiMh I charged back in mid-Jan. Still had some decent charge in there.

Sabre4WD Mini on the left, SabreFD Mini on the right..
Your mini's look great! -I may have to copy you and get my Sabre 4WD setup like that. Hmm, maybe i'll go for the traditional Monte Carlo look?? ...you've inspired me!
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:14 PM
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Hi there. I've just fitted cva shocks at 55mm to my m05. With the ride height at 5mm I've got tons of droop and very little downward movement. That is with the 53333 springs, with 2mm spacers at the back and 4mm front. Is this normal? Reading some of the info on here I think not.
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The CVA are the stock plastic "friction" stocks, right?

Because the mini's chassis is not even underneath its difficult to tell if we are all measuring from the same area and what our ride height is. I measure mine on a setup station ...but I believe my ride height is about 6mm in front and 5.5mm in rear. W/ that setup I have very little up/down shock travel movement. I get much more movement side to side ...if you were to turn the front wheels one direction then gently push the car outward it will roll and get more shock travel than if I just pushed on it up to down. --does that make sense?

When I first started racing I was running about 7 or 8mm ride height, my body was kind of sitting high and I had what seemed like good up / down shock travel. Problem is my car would roll over ...like upside down on hard turns and high grip. Lowering my car, its body and minimizing that shock travel I have not rolled my car like two seasons. I can literally whip it around a hairpin turn and it will take it like its on rails.

But take what I say w/ a grain of salt, I believe there are many ways to get a correct mini setup, ...this just happens to work really well for me.
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i'll post some photos of my setup and ride height ...
but it does look pretty close to this (found on google search).

https://fiveeight0sixsix.files.wordp...m05_2012_6.jpg


You can see that there really isn't much room for up/down shock travel. You push on it from the top and it will only move a few mm's before it bottoms out. That is how mine is setup. I race on pretty flat surface though ...
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I see that RCMart has the new M05IIr in stock ...$175 (not sure what shipping is).
thinking i'll have one in my near future.

Hey, by the way, I noticed that the chassis arms are improved for better handling (so it says) ....anyone know how? AND if so, would be great if that were offered as an option part ...would love to update my M05 which became an M05VII to a M05VIIr
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Originally Posted by eR1c
I see that RCMart has the new M05IIr in stock ...$175 (not sure what shipping is).
thinking i'll have one in my near future.

Hey, by the way, I noticed that the chassis arms are improved for better handling (so it says) ....anyone know how? AND if so, would be great if that were offered as an option part ...would love to update my M05 which became an M05VII to a M05VIIr
They're listing the standard 54606 arms on the spec sheet. Seems they're still blowing their horns about them being vastly superior to the old 2 piece versions. They're supplying stainless pins and low friction step screws. Those might help.

What I'm actually more impressed by is that RC Mart still has complete M03 kits for sale for $85. That is awesome. The black bling on the new car is nice too, I suppose.
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Originally Posted by eR1c
Your mini's look great! -I may have to copy you and get my Sabre 4WD setup like that. Hmm, maybe i'll go for the traditional Monte Carlo look?? ...you've inspired me!
Thanks, eR1c! That would be cool if you do a MonteCarlo Mini on the Sabre

I have a red painted (not decaled yet) MonteCarlo Mini body that I'm thinking about mounting on my M-Four. I think I'm going to do the street look though. Kind of like the red Mini the girl from Italian Job drove in the remake.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:42 AM
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Thanks guys. The CVA shocks are the cheapest oil filled ones that Tamiya do in a 55mm length.(part 53619). Regarding ride height we have a 5mm minimum which is measured by placing a 5mm bar under the car and checking it doesn't hit. I replicated that with a 5mm allen key.

I had the car setup without a battery which was silly so started again today with the picture as a reference and have got pretty close to it. I would post a pic but I've not got rights to do so on the forum yet.

So from levelish arms (running 3mm of spacers on Tamiya blue springs) I get something like 10mm of droop (I can raise the chassis 10mm further off the deck and the tyres stay touching).

Seems like a lot.
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antlockyer- Instead of the ones you have, I use these on my M05. I dont think there was that much droop on mine.. I know my M03 had a lot of droop even with these super mini's but not my M05.. (sorry, been away from my RC for like 6-7 weeks so kind of forgot )

https://www.tamiyausa.com/product/it...oduct-id=50746
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