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Old 09-24-2009, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Super Steve
How come people dont mention the M04?
They are not as popular as mo3 or mo5?
Could they be raced competitively by a beginner against other tamiya minis?
m04 is a challenge, it's RWD and a real handful, but on the right day will beat m03s and prolly m05s, you can put a bigger pinion in.

That being said, most mini events m04s aren't allowed.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by mcdogboy
m04 is a challenge, it's RWD and a real handful, but on the right day will beat m03s and prolly m05s, you can put a bigger pinion in.

That being said, most mini events m04s aren't allowed.
Hmmm...
I am contemplating now... Should I get a used M04 locally? or should i save up for a m05 kit?
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:31 PM
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I bought one, it's been relegated to "toy" status, has no real place on the track.

I'd grab an m05 or an 03 if you wanna race.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mcdogboy
m04 is a challenge, it's RWD and a real handful, but on the right day will beat m03s and prolly m05s, you can put a bigger pinion in.

That being said, most mini events m04s aren't allowed.
Been there, done that.

My M04 put 2nd place 2 laps down one race and the next i was way off the pace without changing anything on it and ended a distant 4th....
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Once you get the setup right on your M-04, it can dominate. Setup is very similar to the M-03. On a tight track it will fall behind the FWD cars, but on a track with a good straight and a few sweepers...whoooo!

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Originally Posted by mcdogboy
I bought one, it's been relegated to "toy" status, has no real place on the track.

I'd grab an m05 or an 03 if you wanna race.
Is it because your local tracks dont allow the m04 to run with others?

The tracks here allows m04's to run with m05's


would you say M04 is for the more experienced racers with better throttle control? and it is just as competitive against FWD minis?
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Yeah, that's why.

If they're legal, with some set up you should have a lot of fun, beware though, a slight change in track conditions and your'e back to square one.

Did have a ball running it against TCs though, put some TC wheels on and widen the track with a wider hex and it's like a slot car.
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:08 AM
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Thanks - thats all Tower had when I wanted to order, fortunately. Someone else also subsequently confirmed same.

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Originally Posted by caltek1
iti20090,

Normal rims used on the Tamiya mini are zero degree off set. Regards,

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Originally Posted by Super Steve
Is it because your local tracks dont allow the m04 to run with others?

The tracks here allows m04's to run with m05's

would you say M04 is for the more experienced racers with better throttle control? and it is just as competitive against FWD minis?
Throttle control is key when using it outdoors, but on carpet you can hammer the throttle all you want with the right springs and tires in the back.

I'll be racing my M04 at Fastcats, it's a bullet at the starting line. I can usually pass 4 guys to the first turn by the time their FWD wheels stop spinning. By the looks of the new track they put out (long straights, 180-deg turns), plus the fact we can use 21T pinions now, it'll be a very competitive car to race.. just be careful with the chassis, it's getting harder to find a replacement chassis.. looking for one myself, as the front joints going to the bulkhead can crack easily after a few hits..

I keep the M04 strictly for indoors, and have an M-03 dialed for outdoors. My M-05 is still in testing, I'll see where it fits in down the road.. I'm thinking carpet since it has a much lower CoG..
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Core Creations
Looks like the new M05 ball diff is coming http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/ite...oduct-id=54194
Found this on a HK forum, it could it!!

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Originally Posted by Jam-ehz
just be careful with the chassis, it's getting harder to find a replacement chassis.. looking for one myself, as the front joints going to the bulkhead can crack easily after a few hits..
http://www.muchhobby.com/shopping/pr...oducts_id=1373
They have them in stock in richmond hill.

If I do end up buying a mini, I would most likely buy it to take it to fastcats also.
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hi all need a bit of help what servo are you boys using in your mo3?

Cheers Ginge
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Originally Posted by jonest
Found this on a HK forum, it could it!!

Looked on 3racing website, their diff looks alot like this.
Only they use 2.4mm ball and probably a crap thrustwasher like on the M03 diff.
Tested the M03 diff from them and it was the best diff i have ever used for 2 batterypacks, that's how long the thrustbearing lasted. Got a new thrustbearing sent from 3racing, refitted it and tested again. Same story, 2 batterypacks and the car sounded like it had vario-matic transmission. Then i tested with a thrustbearing from TA05MS, and it was no more problem with thrustbearing. Now the diff carrier melted.
So, my advise is not to get any gear parts from 3racing.

But in my eager to get a non TA03 diff to test i have gone and ordered the 3racing one.

Will post back as soon as i know how it's like.... My guess is it's as bad as the M03 one.
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Originally Posted by G-mini
hi all need a bit of help what servo are you boys using in your mo3?

Cheers Ginge
If you can get them, the Kimbrough large servo savers are fantastic and last loads longer then the Tamiya high torque models.

I've found that it's best to shave a little off the corners and drill two new holes for the ballstuds. Build one of these and you're good for a long time.

Pic attached.

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Old 09-25-2009, 07:49 PM
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I am going to buy a mini but which one the M-03 or M-05. I know that the m-03 is a proven winner but is the new chassis all that? I know not to many have the m-05/pro but I was just curious about them both. I'm torn
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