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Old 04-16-2013, 08:16 AM   #1
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Put a post in the tc5 forum but it seems to be that nobody looks in there any more. From my research some uses a losi 3344 P/N but it appears to do this i need the caster/steering blocks, bearings, hexes, etc. Pretty much the whole outboard front suspension. Is this true and are their better alternatives?

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Since the lack of response I went ahead and just started to play around. I ended up w/ something that works very well and I have zero chatter lock to lock. I had to use losi steering knuckles and I had to open up the caster block hole a tad for the larger OD of the LCD. You can open it up w/ a dremel, exacto, etc. Alternately you can used the losi JRX-S caster blocks that came w/ the steering knuckles but you'll have to ream the hinge pin hole a few thousandths. I also used a different drive hex to keep the front track at the same width. The OD of the JRX-S axles where the hex will sit is a bit larger than that of the tc5 so if you wanted to use the stock tc5 hex you'd need to open it up w/ a drill bit a bit (I did try this but the track is about 1mm wider per side so you could use them as a tuning option). I ended up using a hex I had in my pit box which was about 4.5mm thick. I had to open it up a tad w/ a drill bit as well. You could also buy some JRX-S hexes if you don't want to drill anything. I may get some clamping type hexes after I lose a few axle pins when the plastic hex comes off w/ the wheel one too many times. The last change I made was to keep bump steer the same. The steering knuckle ball stud is a bit higher than that of the tc5 so I just added a 1mm shim under the inner ball stud on the steering bellcrank. I confirmed exact bump steer when compared to stock tc5 components.

The parts I used:
LOSA3344 LCD Driveshafts $14.87 on ebay
LOSA6365 bearing spacer $5.09 on amain
LOSA9762 steering block and 4 deg caster blocks $10.49 on amain
3/16x3/8" bearing (4) $1.35 ea. on ebay
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http://www.reflexracing.net/RSD-AE-T...r-_p_1120.html

Reflex DCJs and add 5x10x3 bearings to the stock front end parts.
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They're out of stock of the V2 for at least a month but they are $44.99, you still need to modify the caster block, buy hexes, tc6 steering blocks and bearings which is pretty much the same thing involved w/ this way just quite a bit more expensive.

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I did all this, way back in the day when I had a TC5. What you will most likely find, is that the losi lcd's are not very durable at all. The pin hole on the barrel will get ripped open very easily, and the heatshrink is prone to damage which can lead to the driveshaft falling apart.

Having had a TC6 and the reflex driveshafts, they are 1000x better than the LCDs. The tc5 steering blocks/chubs are the same as the 6 (different than the 6.1 though), so you just need the 5x10x3 bearings (avid for $1/per). RSD also has hexes for $5/pair. IMO its well worth the extra $ for the driveshafts to be able to know you can hit stuff and still finish a race
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Unfortunately information was not forthcoming when I asked. I now have no chatter and the car ran great at the races yesterday. Time will tell how they last.

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