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Old 01-08-2011, 03:38 PM
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If I recall, a lot of guys are using the diff designed for the TA03 and having good results.
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Old 01-08-2011, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by caltek1 View Post
I would love to run my mini like that, however since the roll cage is an integral part of the car and not listed as an optional part, has to be built as per instructions.

You see alot of pictures of the MO5 in Asia run and built that way. All of last years TCS winning MO5's look nothing like what we run.

I still might try it out and see if I like it or not. It is the way to go if you run mini at TITC.

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Thanks for the response Calvin, I m definitely going to give it a go now, just because.
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:52 PM
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Also, I've got a spare Hitec servo that I want to put into this car. What servo savers are you guys all using? In the kit Tamiya only provide 23 and 25 spline attachments, but to my understanding Hitec is 24 spline?

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Old 01-09-2011, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by rnd_tang View Post
Also, I've got a spare Hitec servo that I want to put into this car. What servo savers are you guys all using? In the kit Tamiya only provide 23 and 25 spline attachments, but to my understanding Hitec is 24 spline?

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Hitec usually throw in a red servo saver adaptor that fits some Tamiya servo horns.

You might be able to adapt a Kimbrough servo saver to suit your car.

Personally I would find a Futaba or Sanwa servo to run in the car.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:33 AM
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I have found the TAO3 ball diff to work in the MO3, MO4, MO5 and MO6. Just in the rear wheel cars I haven't tightened it like I do for my FWD cars.

To me the MO5 ball diff is of higher maintenance if you want to crank it tight as you have to use different Tamiya bits, so that it stays tight. If built correctly these work very well, especially with the hardened diff outdrives from the MO5Ra.

The 3Racing ball diff can also be made to work well and be durable.

Some others prefer the gear diff with a couple of extra washers and or special building techniques which make these tight. The new hardened gear diff being released mid January and that comes with the MO6 Pro is a bit tighter when built than the old white gear diff. This will come with hardened gearbox gears. I am currently using in a MO5 that I have started building.

For servo's, I have previously used Hitec in my mini, but found them toc ause me problems and have since moved to Futaba digital servo's which I now prefer, so I agree with sosidge on this point. On my Mo5 Pro and MO6 Pro I have used the provided Tamiya servo saver with no problems. If I had issues I would use a small Kimborough servo saver.

Just my opinion.

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Will these batteries fit in the mini? http://www.hobbypartz.com/83p-5000mah-2s1p-74-20c.html
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Will these batteries fit in the mini? http://www.hobbypartz.com/83p-5000mah-2s1p-74-20c.html
I doubt that battery would fit. It looks a little wide.

Moreover, the Tamiya Mini is one of the few vehicles where I would insist on using hard case lipos due to the position of the battery.

Yeah Racing and ACEpower make a lovely little 2S 3200mah 20c Lipo that is very inexpensive and does a fine job.

Intellect make a nice 2S 4000mah 20c and for a few dollars more a 2S 4200mah 40c.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by tdunster View Post
I doubt that battery would fit. It looks a little wide.

Moreover, the Tamiya Mini is one of the few vehicles where I would insist on using hard case lipos due to the position of the battery.

Yeah Racing and ACEpower make a lovely little 2S 3200mah 20c Lipo that is very inexpensive and does a fine job.

Intellect make a nice 2S 4000mah 20c and for a few dollars more a 2S 4200mah 40c.
Do you have a link to these batteries? I've searched and came up with nothing.
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Originally Posted by jmhub1979 View Post
Will these batteries fit in the mini? http://www.hobbypartz.com/83p-5000mah-2s1p-74-20c.html
you're best bet is going after one of the hard packs that have rounded sides - not the squared-off ones

orion makes a few that are fairly cheap and much better then the one in the link
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Originally Posted by jmhub1979 View Post
Will these batteries fit in the mini? http://www.hobbypartz.com/83p-5000mah-2s1p-74-20c.html
You're looking form something shaped like this. If you end up racing, this is the only style (hard cased, shaped like a stick pack) that you'll likely be allowed to use.
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Here are some rounded or stick pack lipos. Venom makes some also. Reedy, Orion and others make hard case stick pack lipos.

http://www.hobbypartz.com/gens.html

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...acks&search=Go
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Originally Posted by AudioStylz View Post
Do you have a link to these batteries? I've searched and came up with nothing.
http://www.rc-battery.com/app/menu.p...product&id=388



http://www.yeahracing.com/catalog/lp...ah-p-2018.html

I think Team Epic handle the Intellect batteries in the US.

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Hi first post on here..

Been out of rc for a while untill i bought my nephew a m05 for xmas, now he has pushed me to remove the dust from my minis, an return to the sport.

I have set his car up the same as my two m03l's, ta03 ball diff,oil shocks, but now looking for some handy hints for m05l set up as i have noticed lots of things have changed since i last raced..Motor combos,batteries,dsm2!!! WOW!! Where have i been!!

So is this 13t ezrun brushless option the way to go in sydney for racing/reliability an to keep cost down??An lipos batteries? As i have never used these before just, sport tuned motors an nimh batteries..


Hope someone can give us some advice so i can get my nephew an myself back to the track an have fast reliable cars to race..

Great to see this sport is headed in the right direction.
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Just a question, are the older jhonson 540 4 vent motors legal, not the rs black can ones but just the normal silver can 4 vent? I have one and eveyone is saying they are faster..I dont think they are any faster just wondering, cause it doesnt say anywhere in the tcs rules you cant run one thanks.
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Originally Posted by Blitzrockey View Post
Just a question, are the older jhonson 540 4 vent motors legal, not the rs black can ones but just the normal silver can 4 vent? I have one and eveyone is saying they are faster..I dont think they are any faster just wondering, cause it doesnt say anywhere in the tcs rules you cant run one thanks.
Aaaaaarrggghh!!! Here we go with the Silver can stuff again!!
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