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Old 05-05-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default wheel spacers for tamiya

in my old ff01, inside the wheels, there where thin 1/8th inch (ish) octagons that went inside the wheel lug and then onto the hub of car.
it helped prop the wheel out just a smidge away from the car.
where do i find these? and what are they actually called?

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i see on ebay, all i can find is circular spacers..
which i suppose would work.. its just these original plastic ones fit so nicely inside the molded wheel
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I'm not sure I've ever seen these but take a look at the manual....it should have a part number. The only hexes that I know of are the actual hex hubs that go with the car. They're slotted on the back for the axle pin. These hubs were the same on many Tamiya kits but they're not necessary. You can buy alloy hex hubs in various thicknesses that have a small set screw rather than just sliding on the axle. Ebay always has a few. Try looking up "tamiya hex".
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i actually did google the ff01 parts manual and was looking at the part trees.

im actually thinking that the spacers came with the aftermarket wheels i bought.. not with the car
ill just have to figure something else out...
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If I recall properly...I believe the old HPI rims came with those spacers.
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Gadgt is right...some of the older HPI wheels came with spacers in the 12mm hex shape to place inside the wheel as a spacer. Some even came with a tree that had "thin" and "thick" spacers.

Tamiya also has wheel spacers in 0.5mm thickness (#53646 - Blue) and 1.0mm thickness (#53647 - Red). These aren't in the hex shape, but are a round 12mm washer that fits into the hex of the wheel.

If you don't wanna bother with the washers, you can also get the Tamiya drive hexes in varying widths: 4mm - #53570, 5mm - #53823, 6mm - #53569.

Some other aftermarket companies (i.e., 3Racing, etc.) have the drive hexes in varying widths too.
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yah good call guys.. they were old chrome hpi wheels...
ill take a gander around and see what i can find

the round tamiya ones fit inside the hex? if so, that should be a simple solution
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they work ok

IF your wheels hex is deep enough , i lost count of the number of wheels i had come loose and round the hex off due to running a 1mm spacer in the front wheels and there was only 2-3mm of hex in the wheel

this was fixed by buying the 5mm and 6mm wheel hex's from Tamiya
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Honestly you'd be much better off with something like this.
http://cgi.ebay.com/GPM-Alloy-Wheel-...item1c12328862

I went to ebay and used "tamiya hex" as my search words. Multiple listings in different widths. And much more secure than the stock tamiya plastic hubs.
Good Luck

If you need or want to stay all Tamiya, they have some also.
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