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Another Top Force Build

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Srsly, what is up with the image upload thing, they always face the wrong way!!! 
 

anyway, at that time when prep can begin in earnest, picking up a tap set tomorrow and some wet and dry paper. First stages will be to tap the holes to take m3 hex screws, then sand the FRP edges and the diff rings. Then I can start building.

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So it begins, and as with many things it begins with tedious prep work. Such glamour.

as I’m sure we’re all aware by now, the frp parts seem to be pressed out rather than milled so they have the snap line. I know it’s not important but it also kinda is, the snap line is fugly and has to go, so out come the tiny files.

heres the before shot, FUGLY!!!

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And after, much better!!

(alright it’s a tiny difference but it matters to me.)

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Next up, finishing the edges.

ill either wax or use superglue, but I’ve also  sharpied a section to see how it looks. Gonna think on it.

Ive also started thinking about a paint job, I kinda want to keep it metallic but change the colour, thinking a deep red/maroon. A bit of research threw up PS 89919, Metallic Wine Red.  This is of course no longer available... sigh....unless...it’s actually available as PS Evolution Red from a random eBay site in Italy. :)

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You could try the PS clear red followed by a backing of PS gun metal. Looks stunning.

Scroll down on the first page....

 

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2 minutes ago, Superluminal said:

You could try the PS clear red followed by a backing of PS gun metal. Looks stunning.

Scroll down on the first page....

 

Wow... that is delightful.

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Looks good doesnt it. The only issue would be the colours of the top force decals might clash a bit. But as that colour looks so nice it would be a shame to cover over it.

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18 minutes ago, Superluminal said:

Looks good doesnt it. The only issue would be the colours of the top force decals might clash a bit. But as that colour looks so nice it would be a shame to cover over it.

Yeah, this has crossed my mind.

this is the Evo Red, on an actual evo.

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I kinda enjoy the little prep jobs, they give a satisfying look to every part of the finished article. I say Sharpie the edges, but that's just my OCD kicking in!

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Fun night with the sharpie, a little light headed at the end but happy with the result.


Tried a little bit of superglue on the edges in an unobtrusive place, not feeling it, think i’ll stick to the sharpied edges

 

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Diff prep tonight. Little work with the wet and dry to level our the thrust plates and add a little texture for the balls to grip.

hopefully result in more effcient and longer lasting diffs.

 

 

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Guess who forgot to order enough turnbuckles.... this guy!

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12 hours ago, matisse said:

Guess who forgot to order enough turnbuckles.... this guy!

Hate it when that happens. For me that would mean a 2 week wait for them too. Which ones did you forget?

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2 minutes ago, Jonathon Gillham said:
6 minutes ago, Jonathon Gillham said:

Hate it when that happens. For me that would mean a 2 week wait for them too. Which ones did you forget?

Just the one a for the steering link and servo, so not vital, but it’ll complete the look.

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The rear shock tower mounting wqs bothering me, and I'd seen a few braces fashioned after @kontemax on builds in the showroom. Whilst i dont want to go that far yet, i did hunt for some countersunk washers and screws to spread the load out a little more. 
 

They turned up today as well as some bolts to clamp down the gear box tops. if they work im gonna have a few sets spare....

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TA03 ball diffs built, not built a diff in 8/9 years but its like riding a bike, you never forget it seems.

Documented the process but finished they look pretty good tbh.

I'd upload a photo but for the life of me I can't figure this out, they always, always display 90deg rotated, Whats that all about then? 

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26 minutes ago, Superluminal said:

Whats the difference between the ta03 and the kit ball diffs?

Aluminum differential halves, mimic what the EVO had.  The TA03 diffs are slightly narrower but its reported from others here that it doesnt effect functionality.  

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I thought the kit standard ones were aluminium too - they are castings of some sort.

Is there a performance difference that makes them worth upgrading to or is it more in recreating the evo spec?

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4 hours ago, Superluminal said:

I thought the kit standard ones were aluminium too - they are castings of some sort.

Is there a performance difference that makes them worth upgrading to or is it more in recreating the evo spec?

Rotational mass is reduced.  If you are going after that last 100th of a second it'll count. But you should have all the other evo stuff then too: Graphite chassis, titanium screw, lightly weight kingpins etc. The TF can still give modern machinery a hard time at the local level, especially here in the states on clay indoor tracks. 

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3 hours ago, GTodd said:

Rotational mass is reduced.  If you are going after that last 100th of a second it'll count. But you should have all the other evo stuff then too: Graphite chassis, titanium screw, lightly weight kingpins etc. The TF can still give modern machinery a hard time at the local level, especially here in the states on clay indoor tracks. 

They also came as standard with the thrust ball races , which i was going to buy anyway.  This way i get the races ans have two spare ball diffs. 

 

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