Go Back  R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric On-Road
Tamiya mini cooper >

Tamiya mini cooper

Like Tree288Likes

Tamiya mini cooper

Old 04-04-2007, 04:09 PM
  #3766  
Tech Regular
 
Tim K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 297
Default

Cool!

Bet you can't wait to build it ... I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the M03R, build quality, likes/dislikes, etc ... keep us posted!


Looks like you have the limited edition white handled box! or I have the limited black handle edition
Tim K is offline  
Old 04-04-2007, 06:27 PM
  #3767  
Tech Fanatic
 
muahdib4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Raymore
Posts: 863
Default

Originally Posted by Tim K
Cool!

Bet you can't wait to build it ... I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the M03R, build quality, likes/dislikes, etc ... keep us posted!


Looks like you have the limited edition white handled box! or I have the limited black handle edition
Now I just have to decide if I want to build it with the kit screws..the stainless hex screws I have, the blue aluminum screws or the titanium...hmmm. Problem is...I still need to finish the build of my M03M that's still only 70% complete. Well...I'm off work Friday so maybe I'll get them both done then...
muahdib4 is offline  
Old 04-04-2007, 08:34 PM
  #3768  
Tech Master
iTrader: (15)
 
sim600's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,630
Trader Rating: 15 (100%+)
Default

Or you can just build the M-03M with the R version rear hubs, turnbuckles, steering uprights and heatsink.
sim600 is offline  
Old 04-04-2007, 10:55 PM
  #3769  
Tech Fanatic
 
muahdib4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Raymore
Posts: 863
Default

Originally Posted by sim600
Or you can just build the M-03M with the R version rear hubs, turnbuckles, steering uprights and heatsink.
True enough...but I need a shelf queen...here's pics...no electronics yet...details tomorrow.
Attached Thumbnails Tamiya mini cooper-m03r-006.jpg   Tamiya mini cooper-m03r-010.jpg   Tamiya mini cooper-m03r-009.jpg  
muahdib4 is offline  
Old 04-04-2007, 11:12 PM
  #3770  
Tech Champion
iTrader: (261)
 
Scottrik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 6,380
Trader Rating: 261 (100%+)
Default

Nah--that's the beauty of shelf-queens, they don't need expensive electronics.

Those 'R' kits look plenty bling, but I'm thinking I'll pass. For the same money I'll get a car that has more "go fast" than "looks trick". And has a body, etc...

Nice looking piece though.

Scottrik
Scottrik is offline  
Old 04-05-2007, 06:49 AM
  #3771  
Tech Fanatic
 
muahdib4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Raymore
Posts: 863
Default

Alrighty, my review of the M03R so far...

About the smoked-chrome...messy. Like someone else has already said, little chrome flakes will be everywhere.

Shocks, wow. I had never used the Super Mini CVA shocks so I didn't know what to expect. I've always used the TRF shocks. Though the material is way to brittle to take more then a few good hits on the boards, they look great and feel good too. The action is nice, easy to bleed with no leaks and they went together quick and easy. If I didn't love my TRF shocks, these shocks would have me using the Super Mini CVA's as an alternative on a budget. They just look trick...they even have internal spacers and pistons that are clear blue..really great looking.

New Blue Hub Carriers...I LOVE THESE. They look nice and once I get a set of them for my other 2 Mini's I'll actually try them out and see how the 1.5 degree rear hubs work.

The rear camber adjustment...I like it but wish it was on the front too. It's not that I really would want more ways to adjust the car because part of the fun in Mini is not having to adjust everything...but it allow for just popping the end off a ball-stud rather then using a screw driver or hex-wrench. It would make it much quicker to change front end parts or get to the axles and driveshafts.

Fit and Finish: Everything went together fine. Just like every Mini...quick and easy. It looks GREAT.

Complaints: No Universals, and that's really about it. I like the gear diffs so I don't need a ball diff, there isn't that much difference anyway. All it needs are Universals and I'd LOVE this car..right now, I only love this car. Also a more durable finish and shocks ends that aren't so brittle.

Now for the big question...would I recommend it??? The honest answer to that is...it would depend. If you want maximum bling right out of the box...then yes. If you want something durable that you can race every weekend...then no. The M03M with a few select hop-ups would be the better choice. Don't get me wrong, I love this for the 'bling' but it really isn't a true racer. It's far to pretty with brittle shock-ends and the smoked-chrome finish that would flake off every time you smack a board. It is the best looking car I own though and I'll play with it a little on the carpet...but it'll never see asphalt.
muahdib4 is offline  
Old 04-05-2007, 05:21 PM
  #3772  
Tech Adept
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: DC
Posts: 110
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default fiat abarth wheels

Anyone out there with a source or set of the old campagnola wheels from the tamiya kit? Building a high detail abarthTC1000 and wheels do matter !
thanks
catcars is offline  
Old 04-07-2007, 09:35 PM
  #3773  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (8)
 
K_Spec_RC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Powder Springs, Ga
Posts: 2,734
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Default

I'm pretty new to Mini and setups all together... So I have a question or two to ask. I'm getting a lot of wheel hop in the rear of my Mini... Any idea what I can do fix it? Also, would a fiberglass roll over antenna be worth looking into? I know they work well for a 1/12th scale car.

thanks,

Keith
K_Spec_RC is offline  
Old 04-07-2007, 09:44 PM
  #3774  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (7)
 
tony gray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia. Home of rc-mini.net
Posts: 3,549
Trader Rating: 7 (100%+)
Default

Lower ride height is your first port of call, 3-4mm is good.

A large part of it is from tyres, more grip brings more hop. Less grip and you'll get slide, too much grip - traction roll! You need to find that balance between excessive slide and hop.

Dumping the car right down is your first move and then start to play with the tyres.
If you're running an internal spacer inside the shock, taking that out (what we call super-droop) may stop the hopping but you HAVE to run the short spring set for this to work.

I think you'll find most tracks dont allow roll-over antennas any more... They certainly dont here where we run. Not necessary on a Mini anyway.
tony gray is offline  
Old 04-07-2007, 11:28 PM
  #3775  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (2)
 
BoneCrusher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Posts: 2,254
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default Newbie needs help

Hi All,

Read countless pages in this post, learned a lot, but still gonna ask a very long question.
I want a MINI! I was planning to buy the M03R but after doing some research, I realize that the M03M may be the better choice for me because:
1. The M03R is more for looks and the M03M is built to run
2. The M03M comes with ESC and a Swift Body and is a better value
3. I’m a beginner and I’m bound to crash A LOT and wreck that beautiful faux chrome

Okay, I’m looking to order everything (hop-ups/spare parts/bling) I need from either Rainbow10 or RC-Champ, please tell me if I
a. NEED IT
b. WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE IT
c. BUY IT IF I GOT EXTRA CASH
d. WASTE OF MONEY

· 58368 M-03M SUZUKI SWIFT SUPER 1600 x1
· 50793 M03 C Parts (Sus. Arm) (C1-c22) x1
-just incase I break them
· 53341 Black Wheels (2 pcs) x8
· 50683 M-Chassis 60D Radial Tires (2 pcs) x2
· 50684 M-Chassis 60D M-Grip Radial Tires (2 pcs) x2
· 53254 M-Chassis 60D Super Grip Radial Tires (2 pcs) x2
· 53340 M-Chassis 60D Reinforced Tires Type-A (2 pcs) x2
-full range of tires for all road conditions
· 53255 M-Chassis 60D Inner Sponge, Hard (4 pcs) x1
· 50686 M-Chassis 60D Inner Sponge Set (4 pcs) x3
- okay, I don’t know the difference and I want to make 4 set of tires
· 50354 16T, 17T AV Pinion Gear Set x1
· 50355 18T, 19T AV Pinion Gear Set
· 50746 CVA Super Mini Shock Unit Set (2 pcs) OR 53155 Low Friction Aluminum Damper Set (2 pcs) x2
- I think the aluminum ones are stronger and look better
· 53008 1150 Sealed Ball Bearing Set (4 pcs) x1
· 53030 850 Sealed Ball Bearing Set (4 pcs) x1
· 53015 3x8mm Titanium Tapping Screw (10 pcs) x1
· 53017 3x15mm Titanium Tapping Screw (10 pcs) x1
· 53095 3x10mm Titanium Tapping Screw (10 pcs) x1
- do these make the car stronger? Or lighter?
· 53056 Pin Type Wheel Adapter x1
· 53132 R/C Fluorescent Color Antenna Pipes (4 pcs) x1
· 53163 On-Road Tuned Spring Set OR 53333 Touring Car Tuned Spring (short) x1
· 53205 M-Chassis Universal Shaft Set [CAN NOT FIND FROM RAINBOW10] x1
· 53267 TA03 Ball Differential [CAN NOT FIND FROM RAINBOW10] x1
· 53218 1/10 Touring Car Hard Joint Cup Set (for Gear Diff.) x1
- do I need one for a Ball Diff?
· 53301 TL01 Stainless Steel Suspension Shaft Set x1
· 53339 CA Cement (for rubber tires) x1
· 53346 Quick Release Battery Holder x1
- I think I read that I shouldn’t get this
· 53390 Hollow Carbon Gear Shaft x1
· 53417 Rubber Tire Application Primer x1
· 53439 Anti-Wear Grease x1
· 53448 4mm Hard Lock-Nut & Spacer Set x1
· 53596 TA04 Aluminum Servo Stay Short x1
· 53344 M03 Aluminum Heat Sink x1

All this at Rainbow 10 is a little over $400 Canadian (around $350 US), I think shipping should be around $50 and then there’s the STUPID Canadian duty tax I’m guessing will be gouging me about another $50…and I haven’t gotten a quite from RC-Champ yet. I think all this is still way cheaper than getting this at the local hobby store.

Can’t find on Rainbow 10 but how about these parts:
· 53379 Light weight differential balls
· 53343 Sway bars
- OIL weights for front and rear shocks?
· Any Aluminum parts: Front and Rear C Hubs, Knuckles, or Arms??? and if so, any generic parts recommendations? Are the Standard ones fairly strong enough for a lot of crashes and pretty cheap to replace?
· Which servo should I get?…how much approx?
· What Batteries…How much?
· Bumper plate/foam…part number please?
· Aluminum 4mm Ball connectors….part number and for looks only?
· HPI Honda Civic Body #7024…..I love this body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and motors...I got 27T and 19T...can I run these in my Mini?

I don’t mind buying the M03R…If someone recommends me do so, what parts do I NOT need?

I just want to race for fun. On road in the summer (when the snow melts here in Canada hopefully soon!!!) and on carpet indoor in the Winter. I’m bound to break things…I did a lot of that on my X-Ray T2R, but at least had lots of fun doing it!

I got the radio and receiver…Am I missing anything? I appreciate everyone's advice in advance!

Ivan
BoneCrusher is offline  
Old 04-08-2007, 12:07 AM
  #3776  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (8)
 
K_Spec_RC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Powder Springs, Ga
Posts: 2,734
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Default

even though I am quite new to Mini's, I have done alot of research on them. I can tell you now that you probably will not neeed half the stuff listed there. You can only use Tamiya pinions with the minis. You can only use the Tamiya motors (should come with the kit) 53390 Hollow Carbon Gear Shaft x1 (from RC mini) "you dont need them" I have read that you can just run the gear diff and be just as competitive as with the ball dif. I'm not sure about your black wheels, but again, you can only use Tamiya wheels. There are a few choices there (Rover, BMW Cooper, and the stock swift ones) I dont know about the Titainium screws, but I imagine they would not make a big diference. These are just my thoughts. but I could be wrong... Anyone wanna back me up?
K_Spec_RC is offline  
Old 04-08-2007, 12:17 AM
  #3777  
Tech Fanatic
 
muahdib4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Raymore
Posts: 863
Default

Originally Posted by BoneCrusher
Hi All,

Read countless pages in this post, learned a lot, but still gonna ask a very long question.
I want a MINI! I was planning to buy the M03R but after doing some research, I realize that the M03M may be the better choice for me because:
1. The M03R is more for looks and the M03M is built to run
2. The M03M comes with ESC and a Swift Body and is a better value
3. I’m a beginner and I’m bound to crash A LOT and wreck that beautiful faux chrome

Okay, I’m looking to order everything (hop-ups/spare parts/bling) I need from either Rainbow10 or RC-Champ, please tell me if I
a. NEED IT
b. WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE IT
c. BUY IT IF I GOT EXTRA CASH
d. WASTE OF MONEY

· 58368 M-03M SUZUKI SWIFT SUPER 1600 x1
· 50793 M03 C Parts (Sus. Arm) (C1-c22) x1
-just incase I break them
· 53341 Black Wheels (2 pcs) x8
· 50683 M-Chassis 60D Radial Tires (2 pcs) x2
· 50684 M-Chassis 60D M-Grip Radial Tires (2 pcs) x2
· 53254 M-Chassis 60D Super Grip Radial Tires (2 pcs) x2
· 53340 M-Chassis 60D Reinforced Tires Type-A (2 pcs) x2
-full range of tires for all road conditions
· 53255 M-Chassis 60D Inner Sponge, Hard (4 pcs) x1
· 50686 M-Chassis 60D Inner Sponge Set (4 pcs) x3
- okay, I don’t know the difference and I want to make 4 set of tires
· 50354 16T, 17T AV Pinion Gear Set x1
· 50355 18T, 19T AV Pinion Gear Set
· 50746 CVA Super Mini Shock Unit Set (2 pcs) OR 53155 Low Friction Aluminum Damper Set (2 pcs) x2
- I think the aluminum ones are stronger and look better
· 53008 1150 Sealed Ball Bearing Set (4 pcs) x1
· 53030 850 Sealed Ball Bearing Set (4 pcs) x1
· 53015 3x8mm Titanium Tapping Screw (10 pcs) x1
· 53017 3x15mm Titanium Tapping Screw (10 pcs) x1
· 53095 3x10mm Titanium Tapping Screw (10 pcs) x1
- do these make the car stronger? Or lighter?
· 53056 Pin Type Wheel Adapter x1
· 53132 R/C Fluorescent Color Antenna Pipes (4 pcs) x1
· 53163 On-Road Tuned Spring Set OR 53333 Touring Car Tuned Spring (short) x1
· 53205 M-Chassis Universal Shaft Set [CAN NOT FIND FROM RAINBOW10] x1
· 53267 TA03 Ball Differential [CAN NOT FIND FROM RAINBOW10] x1
· 53218 1/10 Touring Car Hard Joint Cup Set (for Gear Diff.) x1
- do I need one for a Ball Diff?
· 53301 TL01 Stainless Steel Suspension Shaft Set x1
· 53339 CA Cement (for rubber tires) x1
· 53346 Quick Release Battery Holder x1
- I think I read that I shouldn’t get this
· 53390 Hollow Carbon Gear Shaft x1
· 53417 Rubber Tire Application Primer x1
· 53439 Anti-Wear Grease x1
· 53448 4mm Hard Lock-Nut & Spacer Set x1
· 53596 TA04 Aluminum Servo Stay Short x1
· 53344 M03 Aluminum Heat Sink x1

All this at Rainbow 10 is a little over $400 Canadian (around $350 US), I think shipping should be around $50 and then there’s the STUPID Canadian duty tax I’m guessing will be gouging me about another $50…and I haven’t gotten a quite from RC-Champ yet. I think all this is still way cheaper than getting this at the local hobby store.

Can’t find on Rainbow 10 but how about these parts:
· 53379 Light weight differential balls
· 53343 Sway bars
- OIL weights for front and rear shocks?
· Any Aluminum parts: Front and Rear C Hubs, Knuckles, or Arms??? and if so, any generic parts recommendations? Are the Standard ones fairly strong enough for a lot of crashes and pretty cheap to replace?
· Which servo should I get?…how much approx?
· What Batteries…How much?
· Bumper plate/foam…part number please?
· Aluminum 4mm Ball connectors….part number and for looks only?
· HPI Honda Civic Body #7024…..I love this body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and motors...I got 27T and 19T...can I run these in my Mini?

I don’t mind buying the M03R…If someone recommends me do so, what parts do I NOT need?

I just want to race for fun. On road in the summer (when the snow melts here in Canada hopefully soon!!!) and on carpet indoor in the Winter. I’m bound to break things…I did a lot of that on my X-Ray T2R, but at least had lots of fun doing it!

I got the radio and receiver…Am I missing anything? I appreciate everyone's advice in advance!

Ivan
The only things I would say you "NEED" is nothing...the Mini's will run good right out of the box. Things you will "WANT" are going to be: Oil-Filled Shocks (CVA Super Mini's or TRF Special Dampers if you want bling), Universal shaft set, Short tuned springs (the ones you buy in sets of two only), an assortment of tires (skip the standard radials), and "MAYBE" the swaybars. Beyond that...the rest isn't that useful. They can all be stuff to play with later but stick with the essentials. You won't be running 27T or 19T with the Mini...they're both really to much motor and aren't allowed in most Mini classes. You'll be using either your stock Silvercan that comes with the kit or maybe the Sport-Tuned motors. You really need to just check out Tony's site.... www.rc-mini.net .... that will answer a lot of your questions, if not all of them.
muahdib4 is offline  
Old 04-08-2007, 12:38 AM
  #3778  
NT
Tech Elite
iTrader: (21)
 
NT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,507
Trader Rating: 21 (100%+)
Default

Have a good read over RC MINI and then you'll realise that other than buying the mini kit, some different tyres (60D's would be my suggestion) maybe a ball diff (but not really needed) and a 2 pair of Mini CVA Oil Shocks - i wouldn't worry about all the other stuff!

Definately read the website though - from top to bottom - and see how you go after that There are huge amounts of hop-ups available, but honestly, not many of them have much of an impact on the general handling of the car!
NT is offline  
Old 04-08-2007, 12:43 AM
  #3779  
Tech Addict
iTrader: (6)
 
808TXT1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: HAWAII
Posts: 633
Trader Rating: 6 (100%+)
Default

The mini's are making a comback...

Where online can I get another body other than the MINI COOPER for the M03 chassis???

thanks
808TXT1 is offline  
Old 04-08-2007, 04:34 AM
  #3780  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (7)
 
tony gray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia. Home of rc-mini.net
Posts: 3,549
Trader Rating: 7 (100%+)
Default

SWB, MWB or LWB?

Check our site for a list of what fits what...
tony gray is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.