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  1. I’ve got a soft spot for the Hornet as it was my first 1/10 RC car back in 1988. PS22 appears to be dark enough for the yellow/orange stickers to still pop. I’m interested in seeing how it turns out!
  2. Another few runs this weekend without issues. Only breakage was shearing off one of the two clip pin holders for the body after it rolled a few times on the asphalt. I ordered new shapeways pins a while ago and will install them now. The outdrives sure get chewed up with the higher torque BZ motor which the hardened ones will cure. Took a few pictures on one of the runs with one showing the rear end squat under acceleration.
  3. My next purchase will be the hardened diff joints. Thanks for the kit #. Took it out for a spin tonight with a new set of shoes!
  4. Thanks and I think you’re right. The extra torque of the BZ is causing additional stress on the outdrives. Is there such a thing as hardened outdrives? And ThunderDragonCy your reason as to why totally makes sense!
  5. Had a few good rips around the neighbourhood today. I noticed it was a little noisy at some points but it wasn’t a constant noise so didn’t think much of it. After washing it down and looking closer at things I noticed unusual wear (?) on the rear gear box joints, very noticeable on the right (motor) side. I plugged in the battery and ran it noticing quite a clatter from the drive train. It was coming from the rear end and when I compressed the rear suspension a little, the noise disappeared and it ran smothly. So it only makes the noise when the rear suspension is at the bottom of its travel. Before I take apart the entire rear end, any advice on why it’s jamming which is causing the dog bones to chew away at the gear box joints?
  6. Thanks for the tip on the 3mm spacers. I’ll do that.
  7. I don’t have any suggestions for a model but I’m digging the ‘68 Charger cornering. Can’t say I’m a fan of plum crazy purple, especially when it didnt come out until 1970. It reminds me of the 400+ miles I put on a Hellcat at a race track except it didn’t have the same body roll as it’s older cousin!
  8. I’ve had several more runs without breaking anything. I also pulled the trigger on a 5,000nmh battery so I’m not as limited on run times each day. With the BZ motor I can’t help but notice how much more wear the tires have, especially the front ones. The extra torque and speed of the BZ sure has the suspension squatting much more under load. I’ll check if I’m running hard or soft oil in the shocks but would that really help reduce the squat or should I get stiffer springs? Or upgrade the 3 shocks?
  9. Nice MG’s! My brother is in the process of restoring our Dad’s TD.
  10. These are great photos! Keep them coming!
  11. I decided to upgrade the silver can with a Super Stock BZ which arrived from Japan a lot quicker than I expected (considering shipping was free). After installing it with the RR pinion, I took it out for a rip today and the thing almost flies now! And depending on the surface I was on, if I cornered too hard, it would roll over. I can see burning through tries pretty quickly now. I’m not sure if I should go with the 2.2” tires/wheels or the retro 2” Hotshot oval knob tires/wheels? If I do go for the 2” wheels/tires, should I run Hotshot rear tires on the front as well or the skinny Hotshot front tires?
  12. The new steel pinion I ordered was delivered today. I decided to split the difference between 13t and 15t and went with a 14t pinion. I’ll be upgrading the 540 motor with something soon which is another reason I wanted to upgrade from the aluminum pinion it came with. It looks like the original pinion has some wear on it....
  13. My last two runs haven’t resulted in any parts breaking. Aside from tearing it down after sleeping for 28 years, upgrading to full bearings, installing a couple of Shapeways parts (after breaking orignal parts), an ESC and a nimh battery everything else is original. When I opened the dampers last month the oil was clean so its running with vintage oil. Future upgrades I’m thinking about are proper universal joints for the front, maybe for the rear too along with an upgraded motor and steel pinion. Its aged well since I built it back in 1990.
  14. Thanks for the tips and advice as I got this car rolling again. What are the major differences between the 17 turn black and gold motors you refer to compared to a 23 turn super stock bz/tz? When I upgrade the pinion with a steel one should I stick with a 15t or go with a 13t or 14t?
  15. Took it out to the track this afternoon and had a full run without breaking anything. It tracks straight without needing to adjust the trim tabs too. Thinking I might need to upgrade the stock 540 with something a little more exciting now....
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