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Old 11-07-2010, 11:16 AM
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Interestingly enough, the reason Tim, myself and Tony P started rc-mini.net in the first place was because we were constantly being asked about our 'setups' and 'tricks' etc.
In the end it got too much, so we did the website so that it was all available on there.

I think the problem is that many people are looking for some universal quick/easy solution and it just doesn't work like that.
We publish everything that we do on our cars, no secrets at all (apart from Tims April Fool ones) and the biggest problem we have is that no-one believes us!

They've convinced we're holding stuff back....
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:04 PM
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Default Tamiya short springs too low!!

I spent hours reading this thread and one of the common top recommended mods appeared to be to put these springs on so i got some. I have put them on the standard friction shocks and the car is now about 1mm off of the floor! Surely this is too low? We run it indoors on carpet.
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scoop,

On the friction shocks with the short springs fitted you need to use spacers to adjust the ride height. This will get you back up to 3-5mm front and rear. These should be a "c" clip type plastic spacer that come in different thickness and are easily added or subtracted to alter the ride height.

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Calvin, thanks for your quick reply. Would you know which make and model i should get that will fit the mini shock?
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Old 11-07-2010, 02:01 PM
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Coming front a lot of TC and now Wgt, the biggest trick I find to going fast is just driving the damn thing. It's very different and requires a different method of driving. All the mods in the world mean nothing if you can't get it in and out of the corner with both front tires digging. Practice, practice, and practice a little more.
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scoop,

The plastic c clips come with the Tamiya super mini cva shocks PNo 50746. If you follow the attached link it should assist with building your shocks and overall MO3/MO5 setup. Same rules apply with regards to ride height and shock setup.

http://www.rc-mini.net/joomla/index....d=44&Itemid=60

Thanks to the guy's at rc mini net.

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sportpak,

You are correct, practicing is the biggest thing with mini, however you do require a car that is working first before you can practice.

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Old 11-07-2010, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by sportpak
Coming front a lot of TC and now Wgt, the biggest trick I find to going fast is just driving the damn thing. It's very different and requires a different method of driving. All the mods in the world mean nothing if you can't get it in and out of the corner with both front tires digging. Practice, practice, and practice a little more.
So true, but it's really impressive in how much ones driving improves when the car is set up right. Practice with an ill handling car does very little to improve ones driving ability. All it does is lead to frustration and the loss of someone to the hobby. Frankly, and I'm not saying this is true of you, whenever I hear this advice , it's coming from someone who's not willing to give some poor guy who's struggling a hand.

Generally, better advice might be to seek out someone like Calvin and get him to help you on your setup or even to have him drive it and get his input. By the way, glad you made it back Calvin. At my track, there are very few guys that won't give someone a hand and I'm sure this is true at most tracks.

Please don't take this the wrong way, but this practice, practice and more practice crap just gives me a pain. You're just one of too many who spout this drivel. Thank God that Kevin, Craig, Mark ,Devin, Micheal, Chuck, Brandon, Steve, Dennis and others at the track and Pms from Calvin, Ray K and others didn't just tell me to go practice with the pieces of junk I was trying to make go fast.

Sorry, nothing personal, but I'd just heard that line one time too many.
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Has anyone had any luck setting up a standard M03M/L or M05 as an off road rally car ?
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Sorry I have never tried mini in the off road scene.

Bob,

Its good to be back home and playing with my cars again. I sure don't miss where I was, although I do miss that special bond you make with your mates when you experience the same stuff.

I hope to pass on some more advice when I finish doing some testing.

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Originally Posted by Firefox
Has anyone had any luck setting up a standard M03M/L or M05 as an off road rally car ?
Ummm....yes... HERE
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Originally Posted by tony gray
Ummm....yes... HERE
Thanks

I like it...
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Are the new Tamiya offroad rally cars as reliable as the modded M-03's?
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Originally Posted by tony gray
Ummm....yes... HERE

That was a funny day that, however the mini with the 4.5 brushless (I think it was) destroyed the gearbox although it was fast while it lasted.
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Originally Posted by Firefox
Has anyone had any luck setting up a standard M03M/L or M05 as an off road rally car ?
yep.

http://www.tamiyaclub.com/forum/inde...=39844&hl=jwrc

Or you can buy the m05ra
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