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Old 08-03-2011, 01:35 PM   #1
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I have recently purchased the RTR version and by my readings I have gotten the wheel bearings and I got oil filled shocks. I raced it yesterday and all that it kept doing was traction rolling. What should I do to make it stop traction rolling and what other upgrades are recommended to make this car better. Thanks for the help in advance
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Old 08-03-2011, 01:49 PM   #2
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There is a long thread called "Tamiya Mini Cooper" which is a great reference.

Brief answer... Tyres and shock settings.

Oil shocks - should be fitted with short Tamiya springs and set to have a tiny amount of droop (if you lift the car up, the tyres should stay on the ground for 1mm or so before lifting off the ground). With kit shock lengths that would be a ride height of just arms level or just below.

Tyres - quick fix is superglue on the sidewalls of the fronts to take the unwanted bite away. Or try some different ones that better suit the track.
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Limiting droop
Stiffer springs/oil
Tires

And most important, throttle control. With an M0-3 you need to watch the entry speed on corners or you roll over. That's the nature of the beast. Drivers with good trigger control make the car look fast in the turns but ham fist it and it's traction roll.
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pretty much the only site you need for info on minis.

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

read up on the M03 section and "mini for dummies". tells you pretty much everything.
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Hello everyone,

I have recently purchased the RTR version and by my readings I have gotten the wheel bearings and I got oil filled shocks. I raced it yesterday and all that it kept doing was traction rolling. What should I do to make it stop traction rolling and what other upgrades are recommended to make this car better. Thanks for the help in advance
If you're running the Mini races at WCR, talk to Bensi Lopez cause he has his car pretty much dialed. WCR is trying to figure out the right tire combinations first, then ger the springs and shocks right second. If memory serves me correctly, it was Sweep 40s all around, 40wt oil and 3hole pistons . BL is a smooth driver and could just be making his set up work.
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Hello everyone,

I have recently purchased the RTR version and by my readings I have gotten the wheel bearings and I got oil filled shocks. I raced it yesterday and all that it kept doing was traction rolling. What should I do to make it stop traction rolling and what other upgrades are recommended to make this car better. Thanks for the help in advance
a more experienced racer told me that when you are having traction rolling problems and you don't have something that you can change at the moment you just need to not take the turn as fast and as aggressively but other than that listen to granpa's advice!
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If you're running the Mini races at WCR, talk to Bensi Lopez cause he has his car pretty much dialed. WCR is trying to figure out the right tire combinations first, then ger the springs and shocks right second. If memory serves me correctly, it was Sweep 40s all around, 40wt oil and 3hole pistons . BL is a smooth driver and could just be making his set up work.
Thank you Granpa. I do race at WCRC and this past Tuesday it was my first time driving and racing my Mini. I talked to Bensi and he helped me a lot and was very kind and helpful. Il try changing all of that and then I'l work on my driving.

Thank you all for all of your help.
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CA glue trick time!
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Doesn't help too much with mini tires. They're not foams.
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Doesn't help too much with mini tires. They're not foams.
Works for rubber tires much the same. Saved me at Snowbirds in 17.5TC.
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Works for rubber tires much the same. Saved me at Snowbirds in 17.5TC.
So just the outsides of the front tires or the rear tires also?
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So just the outsides of the front tires or the rear tires also?
just the outside of the front tire
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just the outside of the front tire
Thanks!

Any other help anyone else can offer? I checked out that website and it helped a lot.
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Is it the whole side of the tire or just where the rim and tire meet.

Any other help?
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