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Old 04-23-2008, 04:45 PM
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hey guys. is there a handling difference with the orion 3200 lipo pack and is it necessary to add weight to compensate. want to run lipo at tcs this year but my mini is so dialed with the nimh
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You need to run about 120gms of weight or the thing'll just tip over....
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Besercoe
Are there any other Lipo packs besides the Orion 3200 that fit into the stick pack mini?
It's probably not race legal but MaxAmps 7.4 4000 is a direct fit.
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by xtrememadness
hey guys. is there a handling difference with the orion 3200 lipo pack and is it necessary to add weight to compensate. want to run lipo at tcs this year but my mini is so dialed with the nimh
You'll have to add a ton. Lipo won SIR TCS nimh took second. If it works why mess with it?
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Tony, where do you get nice slim weights that weigh like 120gms. Any recommendations?
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:46 AM
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Hi Kail,

You can get lead weights from a place that balances wheels for real cars, usually they have 7 and 15 gram weights with sticky tape on the back ... hpi also do slim weights in different sizes.

I squeeze 20 - 30 grams inside the front and rear bumpers, then 15 grams per side above the battery (between the battery clip and the chassis), and then another 30 - 50 grams goes inside the chassis just behind the battery.
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Here's a tip for you li-po fans, instead of lead you can use tungsten weight (props to rcarmchl). Tungsten weighs 1.8 times more then lead. It is usually found in the Pinewood Derby car section at your hobby shop. Available in strips, small cubes, and also as a putty (made by Pinewood Extreme). Small enough to put anywhere just attach using Shoe-Goo. The one draw back is it is expensive, $10.00 for 2 ounces (about 56 grams).
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Tungsten, putty eh? Hmmm. Lipo with the right weight would be cool.
Lipo with a slammed nimh setup is horrendous when the tires heat up.

Too ad lipo doesnt pass tcs rules here.
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Originally Posted by Three
Here's a tip for you li-po fans, instead of lead you can use tungsten weight (props to rcarmchl). Tungsten weighs 1.8 times more then lead. It is usually found in the Pinewood Derby car section at your hobby shop. Available in strips, small cubes, and also as a putty (made by Pinewood Extreme). Small enough to put anywhere just attach using Shoe-Goo. The one draw back is it is expensive, $10.00 for 2 ounces (about 56 grams).
YO BOZO - don't be giving all my tricks away!!!!
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I live in Singapore, hence there is no pinewood derby or shops offering that. I am desperate for tungsten now haha...
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Hummm. Who secrets WERE they?
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Originally Posted by westerdude42
You'll have to add a ton. Lipo won SIR TCS nimh took second. If it works why mess with it?
Why mess with it? How do you know unless you try? My mini is a lead sled with the 4600 NiMh. I myself wonder if the results at SIR would have been different had I not been driving around 1470 grams.
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Here's a Mini I just finished painting for our good mate Andy 'Cookie' Cooke to be run at this weekends Harris Classic event in Bendigo Australia.

I think the themes pretty obvious...

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Originally Posted by ICEMAN
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