Wooders28

2 into 1 Ninja

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I've had 2 Ninja's for a while with the intention of getting a runner and one for the shelf.

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First job, wheels off. Not a good sign when the hex's just fall off 😔

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Next job, get the old electrics out. Actually not too bad!?!

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Well,turned out the resistor in one was badly damaged and just collapsed.

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Unfortunately, 75mhz is illegal in the UK, it's for military use, (maybe not the people to mess with!) So this is destined for the bin.

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Not sure if anyone has seen this before, all the suspension mounts have been removed from wishbones and they'd used a spacer behind the shock eyelet!?! For what reason, I've no idea!

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The shock spring retainer has also had some butchering, ended up using these, as it did fit better!

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So, after stripping the shocks and replacing the oil (looked like engine oil, is that what mauri's shock oil looks like??) ,finding that the roughest looking of the 2, is actually the better one. I'm needing to order bearings, plastic bushes have had their day.

Doesn't look too bad though 

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Next, gearbox and modern elecs 🙄

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The ninja is one of my favourite cars from BITD.  I never owned one at the time, but did manage to purchase one a couple of years ago that appears in pretty good shape, though I haven't stripped it down yet!

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Having now felt the quality of the plastic and the state of the hex's  (may have to try and make some?) I think I'll just be sticking with the silver can!

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Well the bearings arrived so a bit more done.

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Just a bit of play in the plastic bushes.

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Couldn't get the gear off the spines,a bit of creaking plastic, didn't want to break it and with an E ring holding the shaft, couldn't pull from the other side.

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So made a wee puller, which worked quite well.

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Think they needed changed!!

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Turned out the 4wd shaft was bent, but of tweek and it was fine.

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These defo needed changed

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New modern elecs in and the chassis looks empty!

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All done, 2S lipo and 2.4 gear.

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Only thing I want to do is change the colour of the motor wiring to black and red , and a black aerial.

She ran really well for the couple of mins i ran it, needs the shocks, cambers and toe in setting up, (major toe out on full shock compression?), but really happy 😁

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Great stuff! Or perhaps, curse you! as I ended up buying a couple of ninjas inspired by this thread. 

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1 hour ago, Robert5000 said:

Great stuff! Or perhaps, curse you! as I ended up buying a couple of ninjas inspired by this thread. 

Sorry! 🙄😁

Amazed you managed to find one for sale, never mind a couple! 

 

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Yeah, well -they leave a lot to be desired to be honest. They're both missing the battery lids, and one of them might be a shogun or at least attempting to be. So there's quite a few bits and bobs that needs to be sourced, but from a distance they don't look half bad so for now I'm not going nearer than 5 metres. If they, or at least one of them, end up half as good as yours I'll be chuffed! @Wooders28

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6 minutes ago, Robert5000 said:

Yeah, well -they leave a lot to be desired to be honest. They're both missing the battery lids, and one of them might be a shogun or at least attempting to be. So there's quite a few bits and bobs that needs to be sourced, but from a distance they don't look half bad so for now I'm not going nearer than 5 metres. If they, or at least one of them, end up half as good as yours I'll be chuffed! @Wooders28

Cheers!

I don't think Marui did that many different chassis, I've a Coors thunderbird too, and I'm thinking most of the parts would swap over.

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3 minutes ago, Wooders28 said:

Cheers!

I don't think Marui did that many different chassis, I've a Coors thunderbird too, and I'm thinking most of the parts would swap over.

Oh! That was a really good piece of information, as the guy I bought them from said he had a Coors thunderbird he'd part with if I wanted. I might take him up on that once I've made list of what I need and thrown it at ebay. 

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I'll dig it out and have a check, but pics on Google, looks likely! 

Coors thunderbird 

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Shotgun

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Colour is obviously a factor though.

 

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Coors Thunderbird, Shogun and Ninja did indeed all share a basic chassis. I always liked the Ninja BitD. My best mate had one and it although it didn't have much on it that you could change, it always seemed pretty sorted off-road, although the lack of dialability meant it suffered on tarmac a little. It was also very well packaged, although bulky 80s electronics meant that it was sometimes a tight squeeze in that slimline chassis.

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I've not driven it as hard as some of my others, (lack of parts availability!) but seems ok off road 👍

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Bit of a speed run.

Castle 3800kv motor

Castle Sidewinder 3 esc

 3s lipo

 

 

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Great looking car, the Ninja. Everything about it sits just so. Even the stock wheels and tyres look great.

Except the holes for the rear shock towers. Never, ever cut square holes in Lexan car bodies. It does not end well. And I know that they tell you to do it that way, too, as my friend's pale blue example had the same square holes and he showed me the instruction manual when I asked him about it.

Not surprised you had to mount the GPS unit on the roof, though, as there isn't much room in a Ninja at the best of times.

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17 hours ago, Yalson said:

Except the holes for the rear shock towers. Never, ever cut square holes in Lexan car bodies.

Circles are much stronger, without the corner weak spots, but it came like that! 😂

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The other wheels aren't the best, flat spots, or split and flat spotted! 

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