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Old 07-09-2007, 11:23 AM
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Okay, i see now - thanks.
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Old 07-11-2007, 06:40 AM
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Ran my M03-M Swift for the first time last night. I'm running the black tin Tamiya Sports motor and TA03 ball diff in it and had a great time. The car has a bit of bump steer, which I'll fix with a different servo horn. Loved the way the car went, drove it like how I drive my 415, and seem to go pretty well, but you have to be really sensitive with throttle movement in corners. With mine the rear end will step out if you get off the throttle too quickly. Plus need to shoe-goo my screw in the diff, damn thing kept coming loose.

Great little car, can't wait to race it more.
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Old 07-11-2007, 06:48 AM
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Burlap
With mine the rear end will step out if you get off the throttle too quickly.
Great little car, can't wait to race it more.

UMMMM - I think that is every M03!!!!!
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:54 AM
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Yeah...I think it even has a part number. Comes in one of the bags...
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Old 07-11-2007, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Burlap
Ran my M03-M Swift for the first time last night. I'm running the black tin Tamiya Sports motor and TA03 ball diff in it and had a great time. The car has a bit of bump steer, which I'll fix with a different servo horn. Loved the way the car went, drove it like how I drive my 415, and seem to go pretty well, but you have to be really sensitive with throttle movement in corners. With mine the rear end will step out if you get off the throttle too quickly. Plus need to shoe-goo my screw in the diff, damn thing kept coming loose.

Great little car, can't wait to race it more.
Probably part of the reason it's stepping out is because you shouldn't drive it like a sedan. You need to be more linear in the corners. The name of the game in mini is corner speed. And to keep all the speed you can you need to be smoother in the corners.

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UMMMM - I think that is every M03!!!!!
Mine has only ever stepped out if I have the wrong tires on the car. Otherwise if anything the car pushes a little off power and just pulls through the corner on power. No sign of stepping out.
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Old 07-11-2007, 02:32 PM
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On the front arms of the M03 FWD....if I move the ball stud from the back position to the front...what effect will that have on the handling of the car?
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Old 07-11-2007, 02:40 PM
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I am assuming you mean the 2 options on the front steering knuckles? Using the back holes will make the steering smooth and linear. The forward holes will make the car mor aggressive and have much better turn in. I always use the forward holes.
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Old 07-11-2007, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Core Creations
I am assuming you mean the 2 options on the front steering knuckles? Using the back holes will make the steering smooth and linear. The forward holes will make the car mor aggressive and have much better turn in. I always use the forward holes.
you assumptions are correct..thanks for the help.
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Old 07-11-2007, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Core Creations
Probably part of the reason it's stepping out is because you shouldn't drive it like a sedan. You need to be more linear in the corners. The name of the game in mini is corner speed. And to keep all the speed you can you need to be smoother in the corners.
Thanks for the tip. I did notice that, still learning. Far easier to drive than the crappy F103GT I had.

Can't wait to run the Mini/Swift again
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Old 07-11-2007, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by HACHIROKU13BT
Please let me know. What is the benefit of placing the 5~6 shims inside the gear diff?
Where in the diff do you put the shims - any photos????
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Old 07-11-2007, 04:59 PM
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When your assembling the stock gear diff...the shims you use next to the output bevel gears as your assembling it. I personally use 2 on each side instead of the 1 described in the instructions. Here is a pic of the parts. The washer looking pieces are the shims.

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Old 07-12-2007, 04:28 AM
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new parts
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:23 AM
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For all you guys running the Aluminum knuckles on the M03...what size bearing are required for use?
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Originally Posted by rcarmchl
For all you guys running the Aluminum knuckles on the M03...what size bearing are required for use?
I've got Tamiya and 3-Racing aluminum knuckles...both take the standard 1150 (11 X 5 mm) bearings.
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