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Old 12-22-2010, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by haywood
Is using rubber cement the correct method for glueing the foam inserts together on the stock mini tires?
Yes. Elmers rubber cement will work.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by haywood
Is using rubber cement the correct method for glueing the foam inserts together on the stock mini tires?
Yep, rubber cement the ends together, it sure can't hurt. That's what I did with mine and Wiita's when I built them.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:26 PM
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You can also buy the Sweeps inserts.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:31 PM
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You can also buy the Sweeps inserts.
No he can't, not if it's against the rules where he races!
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:38 PM
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I'm pretty sure TCS rules say any brand inserts.

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Old 12-22-2010, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by pyro18t
I'm pretty sure TCS rules say any brand inserts.

Jay
TCS races have a spec tire. Basically it's the S-Grip with the hard foam insert on the 11 spoke Swift type rim. They are also available as premounts and the last time I looked, Speedtech had them for less than the price of the separate components.


Also, try contact cement to glue the foam inserts. Easier to work with.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Granpa
TCS races have a spec tire. Basically it's the S-Grip with the hard foam insert on the 11 spoke Swift type rim. They are also available as premounts and the last time I looked, Speedtech had them for less than the price of the separate components.
Careful -- for 2011 TCS you must use the premounts only.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:04 PM
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[QUOTE=pyro18t;8379608]I'm pretty sure TCS rules say any brand inserts.

Jay[/QUOTE

Even if they were TCS legal not everyone runs TCS rules.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:20 PM
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Haywood,

Like Granpa said, use Contact Cement. This is the stuff I used, got it at Menards.



Works great, put it on the ends and wait 10
minutes and stick them together, done.
Its about time you got a mini, now get that thing done for the New Years Rumble.
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Yep, I will have it at the rumble! Can't wait! I will send you a Pm.
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hi. I'm brand new to these minis and will be getting 2 today for x-mas for my son and I. ( used m03 and new mo5)

I read back 10 or so pages and had a couple ?'s

wich is better for racing 3 or the 5?

is there any main parts I have to have on hand, weak link? not planning on going crazy, just want to make sure I finish a race day.

this will be a part time, 2cd winter class for us. we will have 5 now at the local track and rules are not set in stone. it is a 70x30 ozite carpet track so some setup advice would be apreciated also.
thanks
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Originally Posted by offtraxx
hi. I'm brand new to these minis and will be getting 2 today for x-mas for my son and I. ( used m03 and new mo5)

I read back 10 or so pages and had a couple ?'s

wich is better for racing 3 or the 5?

is there any main parts I have to have on hand, weak link? not planning on going crazy, just want to make sure I finish a race day.

this will be a part time, 2cd winter class for us. we will have 5 now at the local track and rules are not set in stone. it is a 70x30 ozite carpet track so some setup advice would be apreciated also.
thanks
Seems to me that both the M-03 and M-05 can be competitive on the track.

It also seems to me that the M-03 works a bit better out of the box, and the M-05 needs a few more parts on it (mainly around the steering) to get it running equally well.

Assuming the cars have full bearings and oil shocks, there isn't much more you need to worry about to get the cars running consistently. The cars aren't as tough as a race-spec touring car but as long as you keep out of the boards you shouldn't have any major reliability problems.

Setup wise, shocks and springs don't make as big a difference as they do on the touring cars. The biggest setup effects are from tyres and diff settings. I prefer a medium-tight diff, some people are happy with a completely open diff, some will run as close to a locked diff as they can get away with.
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:23 AM
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offtraxx,

I would suggest you visit this site and have a read. You will find lots of information about both the MO3 and MO5. However there might not be a heap for setup on carpet, however there is alot of information regarding how to setup your cars.

http://www.rc-mini.net/joomla/index.php

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Old 12-23-2010, 04:41 AM
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thanks. that site does look like it will help. I'll definatly use it when I have more time.

its going to be a slow prosses. we are short coarse racers all the way and need to retrain ourselfs not to use speed and bumpers, but more driving.
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Try to get your setup good before you drive. Minis can be absolutely horrid and no fun if you dont have a decent setup.

Tyres and shocks are probably the most important thing. You need to build the shocks to limit the droop. You may need to put o-rings in the shock body to do that (but dont use silicone o-rings because they swell up) some of the mini shocks already have a shorter shock body to limit the travel.

Also get the mini low to the ground.

Good Luck, and dont worry minis are more than happy to jump over things (they just dont always look the most co-ordinated doing it), and if you are with friends.... over each other
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