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Old 12-26-2016, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by rccartips
This little tidbit could've saved us all a bunch of money over the past few years. Dang!

Also...I was reading some of Jilles Groskamp's old setup stuff last night and he mentioned that he drilled tiny holes in his damper caps to achieve zero rebound. He was doing this at all races, including Tamiya ones. This is interesting, because Bob (Grandpa, RIP) used this trick, but was told by TCS officials it was an illegal mod. So, totally kosher for golden boy, but not for the rest?

Anyway, just found this interesting. My Trump rage has subsided. Needed something new.

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@rccartips: nice post on the TB04
Diff!

Wha do you guys run? Hollow carbon shaft (53390) or the hollow aluminium (54319)?
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I am not surprised that the tiny holes were tcs illegal: I guess they were not drilled with Tamiya drill bits and Tamiya drills + electricity etc...
So many rules can only kill this class......
Originally Posted by monkeyracing
This little tidbit could've saved us all a bunch of money over the past few years. Dang!

Also...I was reading some of Jilles Groskamp's old setup stuff last night and he mentioned that he drilled tiny holes in his damper caps to achieve zero rebound. He was doing this at all races, including Tamiya ones. This is interesting, because Bob (Grandpa, RIP) used this trick, but was told by TCS officials it was an illegal mod. So, totally kosher for golden boy, but not for the rest?

Anyway, just found this interesting. My Trump rage has subsided. Needed something new.
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Old 12-26-2016, 03:56 PM
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2009 I saw Jilles build his first M05 at the Tamiya Asia Cup regional race in Thailand. Me in a demonstration race with him (video starting at 40sec mark), next to his right side (left if looking straight at the video).

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ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.


Wow our radios had tv antennas back then
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M05 almost ready for testing. Electronics calibrated. Need to Centre steering and paint new mini rover body as Tamiya calls it on box.
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Old 12-27-2016, 03:50 PM
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Rover is accurate. The Mini was built by the Rover Group from 1986 to 2000. Before that it was built by British Leyland and BMC. It was marketed by Austin, Innocenti, Leyland, Morris, Riley, Wolseley and Rover.

I'd like to see one of the rebodied versions De Tomaso designed and Innocenti built. Those were cool little lunchboxes.

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Old 12-27-2016, 04:10 PM
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So what are people using to seal the stock gear diff to keep fluid from coming out. I put 2.5 mil in mine and it lasted for abou 2 race days and needs to be refilled. And the can't seem to locate an aftermarket gear diff anywhere online. EBay nope, TQ nope, google nope.
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Old 12-27-2016, 04:54 PM
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What bodies are legal in TCS races for long wheelbase? I ordered a Mazda rx7. Looking for a different one but it has to be legal at TCS
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Originally Posted by theproffesor
So what are people using to seal the stock gear diff to keep fluid from coming out. I put 2.5 mil in mine and it lasted for abou 2 race days and needs to be refilled. And the can't seem to locate an aftermarket gear diff anywhere online. EBay nope, TQ nope, google nope.
You don't. If you want to use the stock one, use AW grease, and some extra 9mm washers. Otherwise get the TA03 ball diff, or 3 Racing oil filled diff. Should be available from rcmart.
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Originally Posted by theproffesor
So what are people using to seal the stock gear diff to keep fluid from coming out. I put 2.5 mil in mine and it lasted for abou 2 race days and needs to be refilled. And the can't seem to locate an aftermarket gear diff anywhere online. EBay nope, TQ nope, google nope.
You can't really seal the stock diff. Even using putty, it oozes out of the centre in short order.

It's weird there's a diff shortage. How about that weird one that someone highlighted a few posts up. All the parts are available through TQ. The main gear looks suspiciously like the one from theTA03 ball diff, too.
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
It's weird there's a diff shortage. How about that weird one that someone highlighted a few posts up. All the parts are available through TQ. The main gear looks suspiciously like the one from theTA03 ball diff, too.
Hummm, A conspiracy??? Sounds very disturbing to me, maybe we should investigate this abit more?
Maybe Call Out the makers at Tamiya and see what they have to say!!!
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:20 AM
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Yeah. Conspiracy. Let's run with that.

Nah, I'm usually good at finding stuff and there ain't much to be had. Must be a Christmas thing. (Or aliens. Maybe the Freemasons.)
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Originally Posted by monkeyracing
You can't really seal the stock diff. Even using putty, it oozes out of the centre in short order.

It's weird there's a diff shortage. How about that weird one that someone highlighted a few posts up. All the parts are available through TQ. The main gear looks suspiciously like the one from theTA03 ball diff, too.
It's definitely a TA03 diff gear, with holes drilled for the screws. That would take some accurate drilling.
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Originally Posted by theproffesor
So what are people using to seal the stock gear diff to keep fluid from coming out. I put 2.5 mil in mine and it lasted for abou 2 race days and needs to be refilled. And the can't seem to locate an aftermarket gear diff anywhere online. EBay nope, TQ nope, google nope.
You can try this!

http://www.rctech.net/forum/14779388-post28470.html
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Hmmm very interesting. I have most of those parts... just need to get the TB03 gears
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