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  1. ThunderDragonCy

    Modified/custom grasshoppers

    Apart from being a fun project the main reason I did Ultra G is because I find the solid axle cars handling really annoying. I know plenty of people like the charm, but I like my buggies to handle at least vaguely adequately, but I love the GH2 shell. Ultra G actually handles really well. Moves so nicely on track. I say give it a go and do a build thread. I can really easily modify the anchor part for wishbone front suspension so let me know if you want one for touring car arms. The ones on my Shapeways store are only for buggy arms.
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    Modified/custom grasshoppers

    Expensive but will definitely work option would the the AMPRO Superfly2 conversion. Meant for a Hornet but should work on a grasshopper. Mine uses a whole Thundershot rear end with my front end conversion using either Thundershot or DT03 arms.
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    Modified/custom grasshoppers

    Those are all touring car arms by the look of it.
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    Thunder Dragon - Ongoing Chassis Development - now with TRF suspension

    Been running for the last few weeks with the DT03 uprights and it's been ace. However today I got Version 2 of my rear uprights to correct the ride height. Here bottom right with some other goodies, including a hopefully improved bearing steering set. More of that another time. Here's the DT03 upright And with the new one Changed from threaded in ball screws which failed at the track to through bolted ball nuts. Retained a bit of adjustability for roll centre with three height and two arm length options. Even this highest, shortest arm setting is lower and further out than the DT03. Had to dig out some longer 45mm turnbuckles out of the spares box. Lower and longer arms gives a lower rear roll centre, so more roll, more grip, less steering. Had a pack charged so got a long run in just before dark Small but noticeable improvement. Rear ride height more sensible so I could back off the preload and just more rear grip and cleaner on the power out of turns. Very nice. Made my lovely buggy even more lovely. Steering mods and a couple of other things up my sleeve soon.
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    Modified/custom grasshoppers

    Yeah, sticking with those awful astral dish wheels just because they are tamiya isn't great. Some DF03 rears and maybe some cut down TRF201 fronts would have been nice.
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    Modified/custom grasshoppers

    I am fairly sure you are thinking of the Grahoo hopper. So, so nice. Inspired me with Ultra G which is my Grasshopper 2 with all round independent suspension Search Ultra G and the build thread will pop up.
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    The "postman Brought Me" Thread

    Shapeways delivery! Version 2 of the 3 deg toe in rear uprights for my Thunder Dragon to work better with the TRF arms. Hopefully improved version of the bearing steering set, also for the Thunder Dragon, and a protype 3 gear layback gearcase for the TRF211. Moves the motor rearward compared to the laydown I have. Hopefully give the car a bit more rear end.
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    So, What Have You Done Today?

    Day off, so between doing stuff with the family, got the steering rack installed in the RR-03Ra, got a delivery from shapeways and managed to install a couple of the bits on the Thunder Dragon before giving it a run in the last of the light. Nice.
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    Project RR-03Ra - Converting a TRF201 into a rally car

    A little more today. Some steering parts have come up which has moved the front end along a bit. Base plate and 630 bearings installed L parts with 730 bearings installed. Fairly short distance to the steering arms. At least to me being used to buggies Ball to all distance is roughly 40mm The steering arms are a lot lower than the rack so a fair amount of spacing will be needed to prevent bump steer But of trial and error, but got there. M3 x 16 screws in the steering arms with a 3mm cva shock spacer then a ball nut. 3 x 23mm turnbuckles from the TT02B set. Had to cut the ball joints down by around 5mm each to be able to make them short enough. Turned out to be more like 43mm centres once everything was squared up. Bump steer appears minimal and there definitely seems to be some ackerman effect too. Fingers crossed
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    Rally car - TB01 or TT02 Type S?

    Yeah, I was thinking you'd trim the nose and tail off the buggy shell and velcro to the sides of the tub.
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    Rally car - TB01 or TT02 Type S?

    Could you pop a neo scorcher shell on the tub to seal it underneath a TC shell?
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    Rally car - TB01 or TT02 Type S?

    TB01 has a full cover as well though?
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    Rally car - TB01 or TT02 Type S?

    So if "IN THEORY" I was looking for a shaft drive TC which would you go for? Everyone seems to rave about the TB01 as a rally car, but the tt02 type s is more modern with decent suspension. I don't want an xv01. I just have a massive crush on that RS200 shell that just come out and I don't think it will fit my RR03 thing.
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    The Buggy Damper Thread.

    Yes, sounds like they will fit then. Plenty of options there, and they look true to the originals too.
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    DB01 Questions/New Here

    Hi Jon. I can't help with the body, but I know the chassis definitely is shaped for stick packs. I had a DB01R until recently and I had to use the Core RC stick shaped Lipo. You can dremel off the battery shaping to allow square lipos though, or buy a RR tub 54537. My R was just lovely and easily handled 8.5 with the gear diffs installed. Might be worth getting the slipper clutch, but with 13.5 might be ok. Only other thing might be worth checking once it's running is front driveshafts binding at full steering lock. My R had a lot of steering angle but had univeral shafts. Other than that, build and enjoy. They are great.