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  1. Now that the TRX-4 is coming out as a kit, it might be time to build a solid axle MT based on a traxxas platform. There are portal delete kits from SSD available and single speed kits which would help with durability and simplicity. I would also get rid of the lockable diffs to minimize complexity. A bit of oil, if the diffs are sealed or sealable, would probably be perfect. Lack of diff tuning options is the number one problem I have with my mod clod. For chassis, some options would be: -custom fab with the included traxxas chassis - it just needs an extension for the lower link mounts. RCBros made such an extension to convert the scx10 to a solid axle MT, so that could serve as a template -aftermarket chassis - there are plenty from about $100 up to $250. The ACRC chassis is very simple and strong -smt10 plastic chassis - this is one of the better parts from the smt10 I like the idea of a well-supported platform with plentiful parts as the base for a solid axle MT.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
  5. 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!
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    Kyosho Turbo Optima Re-Release!

    What is the difference between this and the Optima?
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    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!!
  8. 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.
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    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?
  10. Just curious... are there any off-road tamiya models with a center diff?
  11. 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:
  12. 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).
  13. I thought my 4-link Lunchbox was cool but this is awesome!! Can you let us know how it drives? Might need this....