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  1. That is my favourite Subaru of all time! Looking great.
  2. Awesome, pulled the trigger. Got it with 2023's budget (it won't be the first time I travel in time!)
  3. @alvinlwh my shopping list is a combination of PlazaJapan and AsiaTees. Stargek would be almost two times the cost. I believe there are other RC stores locally that I understand stock many brands, but not really sure. I only shop online and at Stargek just very few specific things.
  4. Considering pulling the trigger with this list and get an entry into the build-off: Tamiya 58667 TT-02 Audi Quattro 114.90 FlySky GR3E Receiver 6.62 JX DC6015 Servo 10.49 Tamiya 54249 3x32mm Turnbuckle 2.91 Tamiya 54247 3x23mm Turnbuckle 2.91 Tamiya 54247 3x18mm Turnbuckle 2.91 Tamiya 50875 5mm Ball Connector 1.59 3Racing Heatsink 3.33 Tamiya 54491 Rally Cockpit 13.31 Tamiya 22023 TT02 Chassis Cover Set 14.96 Bearings 9.99 HC Pinion 4.50 Tamiya 53156 Hard Inner Sponge Touring 2.19 3Racing High-Torque Servo Saver (3RAC-SHAMU) 2.59 Clairon Audi Quattro Stickers 15.67 Tamiya 54753 CVA Super Mini Shocks 21.88 Total: 230.74 USD That would be just under 200 pounds (last week conversion rate) or 218.08 pounds by today's rate... ...I hope this doesn't mean I'm overbudget
  5. I've been thinking about a better way to evaluate the parking-lot racing cars. Ranking lap-times could be a method, but I'm worried my driving is not consistent enough! One option could be to get an accelerometer, attach it to the chassis and measure similar performance parameters used in real cars: Straight-line acceleration Skid-pad lateral G Braking distance Could be a fun project. The thing is that I already have too many ongoing projects! It could also be a way to connect my earlier project (not much progress unfortunately):
  6. For my XV-01 I use a JX-PDI-4409MG low-profile digital metal-gear servo. Its claimed specs @6V are 9.2 Kg-cm and 0.11 sec/60deg. I think in reality it's a bit slower. For ~$15 USD it's a good option.
  7. @Pylon80 and @Honza thanks for the responses! Based on the above, I'm thinking to keep the stock 70T and then for spares use the more versatile 64T & 68T. It is great that plenty of cars use these standard spurs: XV-01, XV-02, FF-03, TC-01, TT-02 (with high-speed gear set).
  8. Running Impressions: Finally got a chance to run the car yesterday. A good afternoon of parking lot racing where I compared my earlier Nissan R390 TT-02 with the Ferrari F12 TT-02R build. To set the baseline, the two cars tested were: TT-02R Ferrari F12 TDF (current build): Super-Stock TZ motor with 6.16 FDR Medium-Narrow Racing Radial Tires (51023) 3deg Rear Toe Hard lower deck TT-02 Nissan R390, very similar build compared to the above, except: Super-Stock TZ motor with 5.74 FDR Racing Radial Tires (50419) (less grip) Stock Rear Toe (0 deg as explained by @Pylon80) Stock lower deck Effectively there is little difference between these two builds except for the tires, rear toe and the hard lower deck. Both have a mildly stiff front diff. The TT-02R was a lot more stable and easier to keep on a straight line than the TT-02. I believe this is the effect of the 3deg rear toe, since both cars have very little steering play (both have the same shimming and front stabilizer). I could not feel any difference in responsiveness because of the hard deck, my thought would be that a grippier surface is needed to feel a difference. The TT-02R's grippier tires resulted in a bit more corner exit power understeer (mostly because of the mildly stiff front diff) and a bit more entry corner speed. Was the TT-02R worth it? Absolutely. In fact, the cost was about the same of the TT-02 once you add oil shocks, bearings and high-speed gear set. The only difference is that the TT-02R does not come with a body, but it comes with many aluminum bits, especially those great 3deg rear uprights.
  9. A few more details on the small tweaks done on the build: As in my previous builds, washer protectors to prevent the shock's bottom connector from getting chewed-up by road pebbles: The space for the battery is too wide for a NiMh pack. To prevent the NiMh rattling and to bring it a bit closer to the car's center, the dense foam tape that comes with Tamiya's cockpit sets was used as a filler on the outside edge of the lower deck: Another simple tweak was to add an oring at each end of the aluminum propeller shaft. Without them, the shaft had enormous axial play.
  10. The best way to enjoy a TT-02 is to fully realize that it is a low-cost, cannon-fodder chassis. It will lend itself to do stuff with it that you wouldn't risk to do on a more expensive chassis. Once you realize this, you will drive it with a more care-free attitude which is what this chassis is all about. I really enjoy my cannon-fodder TT-02 (and TT-01E) that I use to do gymkhana-type maneuvers which I would never attempt with my FF-03. The chassis is tough, hard to break, and when it does it will be cheap/easy to get parts. As far as hop-ups: For parking-lot (level ground) bashing I would only consider CVA Super-Mini shocks (to avoid bounce), steel or hard-coated pinion (reliability) and bearings (reliability). Everything else I think is money not well spent on a TT-02 and better saved towards a different chassis. The kits do not come with foam inserts for the tires, which is a low-cost upgrade I would also add. If you want increased speed, then add a Sport-Tuned or Super-Stock TZ, plus heat-sink (and potentially a fan). For some dirt bashing, then I would add the TT-02 cover 22023 for reliability. For rougher bashing, perhaps upgrade the front shock tower and front uprights to aluminum, as these are the parts that generally break.
  11. Classic chrome built some years ago, 1958 Impala: and a bit of fantasy painting for good measure :
  12. Similar to the ongoing XV-01 thread, now XV-02 flavor! I noticed that the XV-02 calls for a dedicated 06Mod 70T spur part (that also includes two small plastic bits, which I don't know where they go). Part 51694: Tamiya already has a 06Mod 70T spur with standard mount, part 51215. If you are interested in a spare, would the more readily available 51215 work? Another question, the XV-02 stock kit gearing of 70T spur + 19T pinion for a 9.58 FDR seems rather slow. I was thinking an FDR around 8.0 for a silvercan would be best. The XV-01 in fact, calls for 8.04 stock (68T spur + 22T pinion). What are your thoughts? Thanks for any info! ...and yes I'm already planning my 2023 budget!
  13. Tamiya also offers fluorine-coated pinions (26,27,28 and 29T if memory serves right). Is the durability of these similar to the hard-coated aluminum? They are of a darker color, similar to other fluorine-coated parts such as bushings, step-screws, etc.
  14. @Juhunio Thanks for the idea! Just checked eBay and similar nitrile black tubes are readily available. I was running out of the white silicone tube and was about to purchase some more. I'll now switch to the black nitrile. Indeed that TA04 looks quite neat! I've been thinking a bit of ways to add torsion rods to the M-06 and M-05, similar to the ones you show on the TA04. One option could be attaching above the kingpin axis. Haven't really thought it through yet.
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