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Old 06-27-2007, 12:01 AM
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My bad. I got all excited as the last couple of posts I read were about the M03R. (Logs of PC quietly, very embarrassed, and gets on with his work)
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Anyone got a M04 chassis extension (M-L) to sell me?

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I may have one in my parts box.. I'll have to check at home this evening to make sure.
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Just picked up a M03, what ESC and servo and motor would go well??

Besides club race, also want to get into TCS. Any recommendations?
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For TCS, motor choice isn't much of an issue, silver can all the way

I'd take any of the quantum comp ESC's for their lightness and small size, but even GTX'es will fit well inside the body. Just set them to regular stock racing mode. You can find these pretty cheap in the used forum, every ESC I own (Quantum Comp 1, GTX, Rapida Pro) I had bought used, and they all still work great. I don't even bother with capacitors or diodes for the most part, it's only a silver can motor..

Serious racers will get the ESC with the lowest on-resistance, the new Tekins look promising.. my main one is a Rapida Pro for my M-04M, the power-limiter is priceless for traction. It's a bit heavier than the Quantums, though, but the on-resistance is crazy low, is fully programmable, and I can set the frequency waaay down..

For a servo, anything like .12s or faster have always worked for me.. I keep it lightweight by using a plastic geared JR 4750. Torque really doesn't matter too much with these cars..
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What's your setup for carpet on the M04M Jam-ehz
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Just sharing. M03m swift and M04m (adjusted) Trueno AE86. Thanks.





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Do you guys know if there are pre-mounted wheels/tires for the M03?

If not, which rims/tires/inserts do you buy for TCS or club race?


Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by MACH55
Do you guys know if there are pre-mounted wheels/tires for the M03?

If not, which rims/tires/inserts do you buy for TCS or club race?


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Nope, you just gotta roll yer own..

For fronts I like S-grips for asphalt, M-grips for carpet if it has a lotta traction. Use the firmer dark grey foam inserts, or try a double-stuff (TC insert cut to fit around the rim, and the foam insert around that) for maximum rollout..

For rears Type A's for clean asphalt and carpet, S-grips for parking lots and looser conditions. Use the same grey inserts.

The light blue ones that come with kits are just way too soft for anything.

I like the silver-plated Monte Carlo wheels myself.. The carbon reinforced rims may seem nice and solid, but have little give if you really hit something hard and may crack.

Whatever you do, make sure the foam doesn't bunch up in spots.. if you find a bump, roll the tire in between the length of your hands, concentrating on that spot and it will eventually "massage" out.
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Your cars looks awesome! Nice job. Did anyone catch the Honda S2000 on www.rctvlive.com ? It is under classics it is the newest one. Not a bad little car.
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Sometimes I think my paintjobs are just getting siller and siller.... Or maybe its just the customers who ask me for them are getting siller?

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Originally Posted by Bodywerx
What's your setup for carpet on the M04M Jam-ehz
Yup! Got one for you.. posted it a while back, took a while to fish it out.. let's see..

M-04M Carpet Setup

Front:
TRF Short White springs
TRF Shocks, 85 wt oil, 2-hole pistons, 2 o-rings, no rebound
S-Grips, moulded insert (hard to find), 1/3 traction compound on inside
Sway bar
0-1 degree toe out, depends on how you like your steering.
Rear holes on the steering uprights (mine gets stuck on the chassis when it's on the inside holes)

Rear:
Short Fluorescent Red springs (53333 set)
TRF Shocks, 60 wt oil, 2-hole pistons, 3 o-rings, no rebound
Type A's, firm foam insert strip, full traction compound

5-6mm ride height all around

It's a very stiff setup in the front, and runs like a touring car.. no body roll for quick transitions, and at the same time I can run through the whole track full-throttle without flipping. If you need more steering, widen the strip of compound in the front.

Get the 2-degree rear uprights if you can, or just upgrade to the lightweight "M03M" set, it has 2 degrees already, and is very nimble.

Put the receiver and speedo on the sides like saddlebags, keeps the COG way low.

I use the Alfa body for TCS, and the HPI Miata for the other races.. love the rear wing..

That's the basis of the setup, the rest is optional.. aluminum hexes, rear universals, carbon gearshafts, TA03 Ball Diff w/ lightweight plates, aluminum screws with a few Ti in spots, but it's not that necessary.

This setup handles great, and the fl. red springs will keep your rear tires planted. Just make sure to put 1-2mm extra preload on the rear left shock because of the motor, keeps the car straighter when accelerating.
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Sometimes I think my paintjobs are just getting siller and siller.... Or maybe its just the customers who ask me for them are getting siller?
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