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  1. I've been looking at the DF-03 Alloy Damper Set the last few days. Expensive. But I do believe it's probably the best option for this buggie. Just trying to convince myself that it's ok to spend that money on an entry-level car. Never considered the GMade offerings. I'll have to check them out. Cheers!
  2. Hi all, I'm looking for damper suggestions for my DT-03 Racing Fighter build. The Racing Fighter kit I have came with the CVA dampers and I also have the Tamiya Spring Set Hop-Up option #53832. However, I'd like to upgrade the plastic CVAs with alloy dampers instead. I tend to prefer using genuine Tamiya hop-up options (or TRF if budget allows) however I haven't found any direct replacements for the CVAs that came with this kit. As such, I've been looking at either going with a set of GPM dampers or a set from Yeah Racing. But before I pull the trigger on either of those, I wanted to ask here if anyone here has any suggestions for dampers. Thanks in advance for any help. Cheers!
  3. That's exactly what I was afraid of. Crap. I guess I'll have to order the correct Tamiya Hop Up item. The good news is I didn't have to wait for the GPM part to arrive to find this out. Thanks for letting me know and thanks for confirming. I appreciate it. Cheers!
  4. Just so I'm clear, you're saying the GPM Steel CVD kit #DT3264SC will NOT work with the DT-02 ball differential drive cups? I did recently notice the ball diff instructions mention to use Tamiya Hop-Up DF-02 Universal Shaft Assembly #53791. I'm just hoping the GPM steel CVD kit is a direct replacement/equivalent for the Tamiya DF-02 Hop-Up kit.
  5. Fantastic! Thanks for replying and for verifying. Now I just have to wait for it to arrive.
  6. Hi all, I've recently started my DT-03 Racing Fighter build, and I'm incorporating a number a Tamiya and after-market Hop-Up options (as one does). One such upgrade is the Tamiya DT-02 Ball Differential Set (#53863); despite being designated for a DT-02, this is listed as a upgrade for the DT-03 chassis. After assembling the diff itself and installing it into the gearbox assembly, I noticed the drive cups that came with the ball diff set were considerably smaller than the kit supplied drive cups. I've attached a photo below to illustrate this. The trouble is, this make it impossible to use the kit supplied dog bones (they simply won't fit in the small drive cups), and I can't swap the larger kit supplied drive cups as the interface to the differential itself is completely different. Now, I do have on order a set if steel alloy CVD drive shafts from GPM (part number DT3264SC), which I purchased prior to starting this build. The reason is because I will be running a 10.5T brushless motor with a 2S LiPo in this car and it's my understanding the stock plastic drive cups and dog bones become a weak point when power goes up. However, in light of this recent discovery, my question is will the GPM CVD drive shaft set work with the smaller drive cups of this ball differential? If not, what CVDs do I need to source that will fit these smaller drive cups? Should I be looking to replace the small drive cups with something larger instead? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Cheers! Michael
  7. Thank you again for the info. The search now begins for a correct heat sink, and carb. Cheers!
  8. Thanks so much for the link! Very valuable information there. Cheers!
  9. Thank you very much good sir! At least this gives me something to go on in order to hunt down a carb and appropriate heatsink. Cheers! BTW - any ideas what engine the heatsink is from? It certainly looks like a Tamiya unit and not some aftermarket one.
  10. Since this is the case, do you think you can you help me identify this Tamiya nitro engine? I bought it off eBay not too long ago, and it arrived today. It was cheap so I figured what's the harm? The seller had it listed as a vx .16 engine, which I believe is a mistake. Obviously it's missing a carb, and there's no glow plug and the pull-starter isn't a genuine Tamiya unit (like hens teeth those things). But it spins freely when I pull the pull-start cord so I won't have to deal with the pain of getting it spinning. But I'd really like to know what engine this is. That way I can spend MORE money to find a car to put it in. You know, the a$$-backwards way?
  11. Hi All, Just curious if any of you here have ditched the 4 "AA" 6V battery holders used to power the servos and receiver on Nitro cars in favor of running a small, comparably sized LiPo pack? If so, what brand/spec/size/etc... do you use? I'm partial to Venom Power batteries, but not married to them if there are better/less expensive options that are a direct fit. And do you also use a LiPo alarm to avoid dropping below 3.5V or is that not much of an issue given the small power draw? Michael
  12. And I'm completely fine with this potential problem...LOL!!
  13. That's very good to know. I honestly know very little about the M-chassis cars from Tamiya, other than they're very popular as a race category. This particular one was a great deal - $50 shipped, so honestly I can't complain one way or the other. I don't know if the vehicle has bearings, or any other hidden treats the previous owner may have included (it does have red anodized wheel nuts, so that's nice), but the price it can't be beat.
  14. Hello all, Well, the postal delivery folks brought me another eBay purchase today. I picked up what was advertised as a Tamiya M-05 chassis. It's a brand new roller chassis that's never been run, but completely assembled save for a steering servo, ESC, receiver, and tires. Not sure what I plan to do with this vehicle yet, but it was cheap so I snapped it up. However, after doing a bit of searching online (as you do) I've discovered that the wheels on the model itself look to be from the Tamiya 2006 Mini Cooper S (kit #58400), which used an M-03L chassis. Now, it's very likely the seller may have simply installed a spare set of wheels they had left from a different build, but it's now raised the question: how can I identify whether the chassis I've purchased is an M-03L or an M-05? Thanks in advance. Cheers! Michael
  15. Hi all, I'm just curious - is there a Tamiya nitro engines identification guide out there that someone knows about? There seems to have been so many different variants that all looks extremely similar to the untrained eye - FS12SS, FS12LT, FS12FT, etc... that it would be nice to have a definitive guide to help identify an engine at first glance.
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