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  1. Thats a great idea! Do you have any pics?
  2. Yes sir, I redid it. Snipped the end and started fresh. I'll show w the next update.
  3. Ive always been a big fan of 1/8 Nitro. When I was a little kid I was infatuated with the Burns and Turbo Burns. When I got back into RC my first entry into modern RC was a TMAXX and then a Revo 3.3. Once I ran out of upgrade parts for the REVO to alow me to keep up with the growing 1/8 Truggy Class the TRF 801XT was hitting its stride, and I got one. I fell in love with it and purchased the 801X here a few years latter from Tamiya USA's scrath and dent site. Powered by a budget LRP .28 and set up based on build articles that were on the Tamiya USA site the 801x and T were competitive right out of the box. Ive since converted the XT to Brushless, the 801X is and wil remain nitro, I love having both and I dont want to get rid of one of its signature aspects, the tilted engine mount As you all know Tamiya has ceased development of the 801s, a shame they were REALLY GOOD and rugged, a little over built and complicated (gearboxes for one, accessing the diffeentials are a chore). Tamiya spares are hard to come by, some day Ill want to maybe shelf this ( I am still running my childhood RCs, now with my son so unlikely) so because of that Ive been on the hunt to find spare to upgrade/modernize the car in order to keep it cometitive and save the hard to find Tamiya parts. Here is as it sits, the body is for a MP8 by biddy designs, pre-painted. Onroad tires for culdesac duty via ebay. Box of goodies via Amain Hobbies.............mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.................... So whats in there?? A new Throttle servo because I pirated its twin that was serving duty as a steering servo for my black special Clod, Kyosho MP9 front and rear arms (the rear arms feature more tuning options to boot), lossi 15mm shock blatters, and a new Force Painted Biddy body meant for, you guessed it a MP9. Here are how the Kyosho hard MP9 front arms compare to the Tamiyas. The kyosho arms feel like Nylon compared to the Tamiya Carbon reinforced ones. The Tamiya ones are fine, and give good steering, just wanted to see what I could do. First glance they are near 1:1. Kyosho offers different leveles of hardness, so opens up more tuning options and the ability to use Kyosho knuckels, CVD, etc.....if they work. A little massaging is all thats needed to make these arms fit. The area where the Tamiya Hub drops needs to machined a little in order to alow full droop, same for the area next to the screw that controls droop in order to get the same droop as the factory set up. The other areas circled are for the sway bar mount and shock attatchment point, a little massaging is all thats needed. After about 5 minutes, vola drop in new arms that open up more tuning potential. There is alot more to come, stay tuned!
  4. Track was closed today! Test run next week, Ive got a parts order in with Tamiya USA At a stand still until then, hopefully I get a base line in for phase one. Shoot my new body for it hasnt arrived yet either. Heres how it stands right now: Hobby wing 3750 Brushless system, Fibrelyte 2.5mm graphite chassis, and shock towers. Using DT03 ball cups and turn buckles on all ends (these are amazing eliminated all the slop in the suspension) except for the front rods for camber (a part of Tamiya order). Also looking for a way to mount a lipo saddle pack, anyone got ideas? Maybe the TRF5XX set up will fit.Ive got enough parts left over for a stock Top Force Build...hmmmmmmm. Yes I lnow I need work on my soddering skills!
  5. Next up, EVO diff upgrade! I got (2) of these at the local HS I mentioned, look at thr date 1998!!!!! 22 years old, they are old enough to buy Alcohol here in America WOW these are soooooooooooo much lighter, I forgot how light the evo differentials are, love the (1) piece thrust bearing. Man I need to crank down on the resolution, you all are going to think Ill of me! The diff gear in reality isnt that dirty! Darn Pixel Camera is too good! Lubed up and ready to go!
  6. Yikes guys sorry the pics are sooooooooooo big.
  7. RC Caraction is still around. Not sure of it's circulation outside of America .
  8. You are speaking my language! The Top Force Rere shocks are a drop in. Same for the Big Bore Buggy dampers rear you will need 2 sets. Traxxas big bores for too. Looking for about 92mm in length. Any truggy wheel with a hex will fit.
  9. Time for the one way, I picked this up at my new local HS ( I moved) they had tons of vintage parts. This being one of many. Look at the date! Time to open the gear box, yikes, these are the orginal 1992 gears, they deserve a rest now. Already to drop in!!!! Ugh forgot to get the pic installed :/
  10. Made my self some EVO 2.0 wheels. Orange Dye, plus 2.2 Tamiya White wheels with soft Tamiya Bow Ties which should work ok for clay.
  11. Wife and little ones went to see the grandparents. Might be able to finish part one of this build and TEST it this weekend. Built and took these apart three times to get the length correct. These things look amazing and feel great!!!!! Please forgive the dirt, this isnt a retoration. This buggy gets used! ALOT! More shortl!
  12. Great minds think alike!!! I just ordered DB01 arms for my rebuild as I'm attempting to do the same thing!
  13. Yep I agree! They are great. I still have my Hilux that I got the Christmas it came out sporting period Hicaps and the stealth trans conversion as you can't find spares anymore.
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