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Just thought I'd share how I've upgraded my TT02 after saying I want to keep it as close to stock as possible 😅

Ok, so in order, this is what ive put on it...

1. Bearings

2. Hobbypark Aluminum heatsink

3. YR Aluminum shocks - Awesome set of shocks, so many ways to customize how you want them to run - 

4. Robinson racing 22t steel pinion gear

5. Tamiya high speed gear set

6. Kimbrough medium servo saver 

So in the end, did I spend more money than I had initially wanted? Yes. Was it fun putting all the new parts on and seeing how the car improved? Yes. Overall, was it worth buying upgrades? Yes. Does that mean I am not going to buy any more upgrades as long as nothing breaks? Well...maybe, maybe not. Is my wallet happy? No, but I am 😂

Im surprised how much all the upgrades Ive made improve every aspect of the car, the way it handles, steers, and frankly, the way it looks too. Ive spent a little over $300 (US) on this and I love the car. Sort of wanting to look into a steering bridge too lol

What have you spent on your TT02? Are you happy with the upgrades? And what do you think are really great upgrades that probably arent necessary (maybe what you might consider a stage 2 car instead of a stage 1 TT02 with just bearings.) 

Note: I just ran this on some dusty street, so its not as clean as it was yesterday.

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I think you hit a reasonable spot with your upgrades.

To me, "Stage 1" is just doing "the big 3" things, "Stage 2" would be the high speed gear set, aluminum motor mount, and a better servo saver.

Stage 3 is just pure "bling", which is most of the other hop-ups for the TT-02.

I run the plastic fantastic dogbones/steering on my TT02D, they're perfectly fine for driving out in the street 

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I never bothered to count how much I’ve spent on upgrading my TT-02 cars. But to answer your question, yes I am happy with all the upgrades, even the ones that are just for “bling” like the aluminum servo mount - I already had the TB-03 aluminum servo mounts but I changed them to the newer, nicer but heavier TT-02 specific one just for the looks. I’d say the most important parts to upgrade (aside from the obvious bearings) are the steering arms and linkage, servo saver, replace the front dogbones with CVD’s and upgrade to oil dampers. Those are the parts I would upgrade first because they are upgrades that you can feel instantly. 
 

Yes I must have spent a small fortune on these entry level cars, and could have bought nicer, more competitive higher tier cars. Well I have those too. But I also like upgrading cars to my liking. Cheers!
 

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7 hours ago, Kowalski86 said:

I think you hit a reasonable spot with your upgrades.

To me, "Stage 1" is just doing "the big 3" things, "Stage 2" would be the high speed gear set, aluminum motor mount, and a better servo saver.

Stage 3 is just pure "bling", which is most of the other hop-ups for the TT-02.

I run the plastic fantastic dogbones/steering on my TT02D, they're perfectly fine for driving out in the street 

I like that a lot 🤣

"Plastic fantastic dogbones/steering"

I also notice that basically all drift wheels/tires are a lot smaller in diameter compared to touring wheels. Are TT02D drift wheels about the same size as most other drift wheels? And does the way the wheel wells are cut out on the body match those wheels? 

I have a set of Amazon drift tires and have fun ripping it around, but I cant get over how tiny they look compared to the body. 

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1 hour ago, one_hit said:

I never bothered to count how much I’ve spent on upgrading my TT-02 cars. But to answer your question, yes I am happy with all the upgrades, even the ones that are just for “bling” like the aluminum servo mount - I already had the TB-03 aluminum servo mounts but I changed them to the newer, nicer but heavier TT-02 specific one just for the looks. I’d say the most important parts to upgrade (aside from the obvious bearings) are the steering arms and linkage, servo saver, replace the front dogbones with CVD’s and upgrade to oil dampers. Those are the parts I would upgrade first because they are upgrades that you can feel instantly. 
 

Yes I must have spent a small fortune on these entry level cars, and could have bought nicer, more competitive higher tier cars. Well I have those too. But I also like upgrading cars to my liking. Cheers!
 

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That is a pretty sweet collection of TT02s there! I almost didnt recognize the first one as a TT02. Theyve all got quite the upgrades! 

Two questions....

How did you get the adjustable tie rod things to fit as an upper arm? I like the idea of being able to get some camber/toe-in/out dialed in but dont quite know where to start other than the turnbuckle tie rod set. 

And also, what sort of runtimes do you have on your TT02s? I have a really small 1600mah 2s lipo I use with mine which gives me about 15 mins of runtime. But I have 6 of them so Im personally not too concerned with that😅 

I cant read what the mah rating is on your batteries (and probably what most other people run too.)

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One other random question, for anyone who can answer. Is it worth converting a TT02 to brushless? And which motors would work with the stock esc? I just feel like a little more top end speed might be nice. And also probably wouldnt spend too much on that either 😅

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9 hours ago, EmJayeX said:

One other random question, for anyone who can answer. Is it worth converting a TT02 to brushless? And which motors would work with the stock esc? I just feel like a little more top end speed might be nice. And also probably wouldnt spend too much on that either 😅

It depends on how powerful you go, if you have a Hobbywing 1060 you'll need a different esc to run brushless.

An easier upgrade for more speed would be the high speed gearing hop up and a bigger pinion gear. You'll want that anyway if you go brushless.

 

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1 hour ago, EmJayeX said:

That is a pretty sweet collection of TT02s there! I almost didnt recognize the first one as a TT02. Theyve all got quite the upgrades! 

Two questions....

How did you get the adjustable tie rod things to fit as an upper arm? I like the idea of being able to get some camber/toe-in/out dialed in but dont quite know where to start other than the turnbuckle tie rod set. 

And also, what sort of runtimes do you have on your TT02s? I have a really small 1600mah 2s lipo I use with mine which gives me about 15 mins of runtime. But I have 6 of them so Im personally not too concerned with that😅 

I cant read what the mah rating is on your batteries (and probably what most other people run too.)

Two of them are Type S and one is a buggy, both of these variants use different arms and shock towers which use adjustable upper arms. If you want to be able to adjust camber on a base TT-02, you can get the adjustable upper arms (54874). 
 

I’m using Sunpadow 7100mah 70C lipos, they are actually cheap at about US$22 locally. I only run them 10 minutes at a time at the track and when I hook them up to the charger they are still over 8 volts. I only limit them to 10 minutes because my hands are tired by then. 

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Im not for a second saying its economically sensible, but hopping up TT-02s is fun. 

Heres my SRX Shelfer, its cost me far too much but hey. 

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I also have a TT02R I use as much as possible. 
 

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On 6/19/2023 at 8:13 AM, Kowalski86 said:

It depends on how powerful you go, if you have a Hobbywing 1060 you'll need a different esc to run brushless.

An easier upgrade for more speed would be the high speed gearing hop up and a bigger pinion gear. You'll want that anyway if you go brushless.

 

With the high speed gear set, whats the biggest pinion youd be able to use without frying everything? 

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10 minutes ago, EmJayeX said:

With the high speed gear set, whats the biggest pinion youd be able to use without frying everything? 

This really depends on the motor. I find that the silver can best speed is at a FDR of 1:5ish but that is on M chassis wheels, so around 1:6ish for TC wheels. Its brushes melted after about 10 packs of 2S.

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