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  1. smirk-racing

    favorite wet-weather model?

    Thanks for all the great vids pics and tips!! Fun stuff. I need to give my lunchbox a wet weather treatment like some of you have done.
  2. smirk-racing

    favorite wet-weather model?

    I don't see a pic.... Unless you mean to say you don't like driving anything at all in the rain.
  3. smirk-racing

    favorite wet-weather model?

    Well, the weather is atrocious, so I'm curious what people like to drive in the rain. What's your favorite model for wet-weather use (rain, more than snow) and why? I never thought I'd say this, but wet weather might be a good reason to favor those plastic bushings over bearings... less to clean and maintain. Also: what preparation to undertake for wet weather driving, and what maintenance do you perform afterwards? Note: my ideal maintenance requirement is "leave it in the trunk ('boot', I guess) of the car for 24 hours" but I know that's not realistic
  4. Hi all, I'm looking to get my first-ever on-road vehicle (which, to hedge my bets, will be a dual-use vehicle that can still go off-road a little). Anyone looking to move a Tamiya XV-01 out of their collection to make room for something new? Other than the overall chassis and components being in decent shape, I'm pretty flexible on anything from a roller with no electronics all the way to an ARR with everything but radio (probably not worth buying/selling a radio). Let me know if you're located in the US and might want to sell off an XV-01. Thanks!
  5. smirk-racing

    Kyosho Turbo Optima Re-Release!

    What is the difference between this and the Optima?
  6. smirk-racing

    Kyosho Big Boss

    No way. Really enjoying this. These were the unobtainable icons of childhood. I saved for *years* to get my first RC (ended up being a kyosho optima mid). Please do continue to share. I love seeing these trucks and I also get to learn from your repair and restoration techniques. Thank you!!
  7. I have both and I have run both extremely hard (as in, totally unreasonably hard - jumps and crashes and so forth). I have destroyed Ampro arms but the crash that did the damage also broke the chassis and crushed the front of the ABS body. There is not much doubt in my mind that the CRP arms are somewhat stronger. However, the Ampro arms are more than strong enough for me even on 6s with a 1000 watt motor. I prefer the Ampro arms. They fit better and work better in my opinion. Alberto has a new option which is “filled in” and has way more material in the arms. I have those, but can’t say I have stress tested them.
  8. smirk-racing

    Any off-road tamiya models with a center diff?

    Cool! Thanks for that. Wouldn’t have recognized that as a center diff just from the pic. Can that little propeller shaft handle mild brushless power? Are these models decent bashers or are they too complex and meant for racing?
  9. Just curious... are there any off-road tamiya models with a center diff?
  10. I think sway bars up front will make a difference (should cause more traction at the rear, which is nice to help reduce diffing out). Modding a lunchbox to the hilt (while preserving its character and charm) is a lot of fun... It can go crazy on 6s and perform really well on sand: Or go really fast on flat ground:
  11. Two updates: 1. Open to other models, if you care to offer. I run mostly on thick grass in the backyard (so smaller 2wd drive vehicles struggle) or on the street out front (which is 'normal'). If you have some nice models you'd like to trade for a Slash, let me know. 2. I can make this full RTR with Traxxas radio + receiver, Castle motor, and Castle receiver, if you like (or in-between, depending on what extra gear you have lying around).
  12. I thought my 4-link Lunchbox was cool but this is awesome!! Can you let us know how it drives? Might need this....
  13. Hi all, I have a modded and built-up Monster Traxxas Slash 4x4. Open to sales or trades anywhere in the US. This truck started out as a Stampede, and I lated added a Slash conversion kit. Everything in the middle of the truck is brand new and has never been used. The components that came over from the Stampede (gearboxes, driveshafts, etc) are upgraded. I have $900 in the truck, and would look for $350 if someone wanted to purchase, and anywhere between $350-$450 equivalent value for a trade (obviously that's much fuzzier, and I'm open to offers). I snapped pics before everything was installed, so ignore the fact a few electronics are missing (will try to add some pics later). In terms of what I'm looking for in a trade, I'm keen on an XV-01 that is in good shape and has been thoughtfully upgraded. Open to roller, ARTR, or RTR (prefer roller). Happy to add cash from my side or accept the same from your side to make the trade fair, if we go that route. Body: Monster Beetle body, unmounted (Can swap this for a nearly brand new pick-up body if you like) Drivetrain - upgraded throughout - Tekno CVDs and driveshafts - Heavy duty diffs - Tekno Big Bone center driveshaft Power (lots of it) - Castle brushless motor Chassis Components - Base components, suspension, driveline, & other from Stampede - Slash LCG conversion kit - Monster truck tires or 1/8 buggy tires (can discuss with buyer) - Traxxas stock shocks with aluminum caps and TiN hardened shafts (these are NOT the ones pictured) Radio Gear (TSM enabled) - Traxxas Radio with TSM (traction stability management) - Traxxas Receiver, TSM capable