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  1. One question for the Tamiya experts here. The Super Avante comes with clear Tamiya shock oil and I understand this to be rated #900 oil. My question is whether this roughly translates to 900cst? I want to try some heavier oil so knowing the stock setting would save me some time (and oil...) :D
  2. Hey there, thanks for sharing your experience. I removed the 2 screws holding the gear cover on and tried to wiggle the cover off the assembled car but found it was obstructed by different parts of the chassis. I found it easier just to first loosen up the screws holding on the bottom rear assembly (the part that includes the lower half of the rear gearbox. Did you manage to remove the gear cover by only removing the 2 screws? I may just have to try harder. lol I couldn't fit a scorpion motor as there was no way to position the tabs to fit. I ended up putting in an old Tekin motor I had - but even that only went in one way and with the tightest of margins so I don't think I can even alter the gearing with this motor. I saw some pics of the Hobbywing motors being used. I may pick one up down the road. :)
  3. Recently finished my build... And what a fun build it was. Unlike typical competition buggies you never really know how it goes together so each step feels like a small reveal. Everything goes together really well. Some thoughts: - I had issues with some brushless motors fitting, so choose a suitable motor. - plastics are nice. I think it will hold up well. - I think working on this car isn't going to be the easiest thing... For example, I've found it a bit complex just to get the great cover off to adjust the pinion mesh. - ball diffs are quality! - battery access isn't that bad. Getting the body clip on the link that goes to the bellcranks is probably the most fiddly part. I used a paint marker to mark the direction of the hole to make it easier. - shock setup is surprisingly decent out of the box. I think a slightly heavier oil would be nice for the track though. Sharing some pics of my boring boxart paint...
  4. Hey Saito2, thanks for posting a comment. Doing a video about FF buggies has been something I've thought about... glad I finally did something.
  5. I built this FF buggy back in 2010 but recently took it out of storage to see how it would work on our astroturf track in the rainy season. Decided to put together a little video to capture some info about this buggy that has a special place in my collection.
  6. I had similar thoughts after reading about these axles as well. Admittedly, I haven't really given them a hard bash, but so far they "feel" very nice to run in that they are really smooth. The steering angles and smaller gearboxes are also a plus. I bought these axles years ago (Boyer requires the axles sent to him to build the frame)... one plus I find working on them now is that they have become incredibly popular and as such there is a nice aftermarket for them now - so there are many options and some priced quite reasonably, so this is a project that is easier to find parts for. Case in point, I read that the stock axles needed stuff like beef tubes and when I searched they were out of stock everywhere until I found a version made in China. Cost me $10 to outfit the whole truck with these. Well... I'll post any updates on these axles as I go along.
  7. It's a tad messy here in this pic but all the components look stout. I'm really hoping the drive shafts hold up.
  8. I haven't even opened the other axle but I took apart the front one to locktite all the screws and then test fit the axial diff which was a drop in fit. Took a bit of time to mate the axle to my truck's setup but got it all together! Took it for a quick spin and so far everything seems to work great! The fit of the parts is really good and there is very little play in all the joints. The upper support of this axle is different from stock and incorporates additional mounting points for the shocks. This meant I couldn't use the custom mounts that were on the truck previously... but everything still fit. I like the red accents on the axle now. The plan is to give this a bit of runtime to see how everything holds up and then put the back axle on as well.
  9. These nice axles showed up in the mail today. I snapped some pics of the front one as I haven't had time to open the rear one yet. lol. I actually took a long time to decide if I would order these because there seemed to be a variety of options available for "budget" metal AR60-compatible axles. I've had my own poor experiences with blingy aluminum hop-ups from "brandless" sources, so I tried my best to find out what I could but the available information was limited at best. So I slowly eliminated some of the options and ended up buying these axles from a manufacturer called "KYX". As opposed to other designs that seemed to be sold under different brands, KYX seemed to do these themselves and there were some pretty decent reviews about their products. I haven't run these, but the first impression is pretty good. the axles seem very well made and the tolerances and finishing are very good. So I'm happy that they don't look or feel cheap straight out of the box. The front axle comes with universals and the CV joint is beefy - looks beefier than the stock axial ones. It looks like the bearings are larger too. The whole assembly feels smooth but dry (gonna need some grease in the axles). So the design and finish are great, the only question is whether the metal used is up to spec for such a high-stress part. The mount on top of the axle is anodized red and the finish is smooth and looks solid. The tubes and steering assemblies look anodized too. All that is good stuff. The servo mount consists a carbon fiber plate with aluminum mounts. The center pumpkin is the only part that doesn't look anodized. It looks like it could be powder coated but I'm not sure how to tell. Maybe when I disassemble it I might get some clues. Inside is a spool which I hope to change out for an Axial diff. All the link mounts are machined aluminum pieces. The finishing is very good and I have no complaints. So the first impressions of this axle are very good. For a complete axle of this quality for $70+ I really can't complain. My USA-1 isn't going to be a hard basher, but I will put it through jumps and some bashing and will see if these hold up. So far I'm super happy. Will post some pics of the rear axle later.
  10. Wow. That's day and night! Shows how carefully selected mods can really make a difference!
  11. Worked on a flag mount for the truck. It clamps on to the tube frame and uses an antennae tube as a staff. The USA flag was unused from my Tamiya Bullhead. It's just perfect timing for the US presidential elections coming up soon. lol. Tried to find a neutral spot to take some pics which don't give away the scale.
  12. The jconcept wheels come with center hub covers but I decided it'd be easy to print some. While I was at it, I customized it with some initials. Lol. I also didn't enjoy removing 6 screws to access the wheel nut... So my covers have 3 fake screw heads.
  13. I agree with you that something looks a bit off with the way the hilift looked. Yours looks awesome. Nice work.
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