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Thanks for the information and heads up chaps, this is beginning to look more and more like another chassis purchase to achieve as Tamiya don't make Minis anymore then.  I am guessing that as we don't have any racing tracks near me I will be looking the M05ra version for the extra ride height to get started and leave the door open for updating later.  

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On 2/9/2021 at 5:01 PM, DayRider said:

Has anybody tried using hub waight on the m06. On the rear and would this be worthwhile?

Tamiya themself used them. They were on the M06 R version, together with aluminum hubs and a special lower shock mount for even more outboard shock connection. I still have mine, and use the weights on some low traction conditions. Unfortunately, Tamiya never sold the special "R" version parts as spare parts, so it is very hard to come by. Not even a complete car. Seems everyone, who bought an M06 R is keeping it.;)

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1 hour ago, ruebiracer said:

Tamiya themself used them. They were on the M06 R version, together with aluminum hubs and a special lower shock mount for even more outboard shock connection. I still have mine, and use the weights on some low traction conditions. Unfortunately, Tamiya never sold the special "R" version parts as spare parts, so it is very hard to come by. Not even a complete car. Seems everyone, who bought an M06 R is keeping it.;)

I have got hold of some 5g weights for alloy wheels for 1/1 scale, they are made from led and can be made to fit the hubs

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Does anybody know this?

 

according to manual and boxart the M02 58158 comes with rims like on the kamtec VW golf mk1, but here on this ebay add and also a buddy of mine had a abarth kit m02 and it had rims like this in the ebay add. Rims like the honda s800

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273942029467

a bit confused.

 

also this M02 chassis in the ebay add has the middle chassis section the wrong way around and the chassis is green.... never seen that.

 

edit: its build to a M01, never mind, probably was a Mini Rover once

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3 hours ago, Fabia130vRS said:

Does anybody know this?

 

according to manual and boxart the M02 58158 comes with rims like on the kamtec VW golf mk1, but here on this ebay add and also a buddy of mine had a abarth kit m02 and it had rims like this in the ebay add. Rims like the honda s800

https://www.ebay.com/itm/273942029467

a bit confused.

 

also this M02 chassis in the ebay add has the middle chassis section the wrong way around and the chassis is green.... never seen that.

 

edit: its build to a M01, never mind, probably was a Mini Rover once

Yes someone has built it as a M01.

Yes those are the Honda S800 wheels.

The chassis kit it a coloured Tamiya hop up. Moss green. Cool, in a sort of military/agricultural kind of way.

Not sure who makes the Bridgestone tyres, those are cool.

I am guessing the chassis was acquired first and the body set added to try to make a more complete car. 

 

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Another possibly daft question but when I see the M05 V2 reinforced suspension arms most page state some modification is required to fit them on a standard chassis.  I can't find any clue as to what sort of modding is required prior to fitting although I have noted they have droop screw holes to allow changes to set up.  If considered worth it for fun build because I would like to move out of bashing and try fun level racing so has anyone done this swap or can link me to something that shows what needs to be done?

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I find the rise of the M Chassis in popularity quite interesting. I got back Ito the hobby 3 very expensive years ago because I wanted a Mini Cooper. At the time I didn’t realise that they are like hens teeth especially as I wanted nib!!!! Then the M chassis was a bit of a toy, or so it seemed from a lot of the comments. The all of a sudden, and I believe the MF01-X especially the Jimny and the beetle really added impetus to this little chassis’s popularity. Then as different more race orientated versions have come along it it has come on leaps and bounds. In my personal collection the addition of the Escort mk2 has just been the icing on the cake 🍰. Some pictures of my little collection 8C18B888-365C-4879-B457-28B1DB86CC4A.jpeg.4ef19d03ca7923b470e5fa4c940b000b.jpeg

my First was the rally beetle in Herbie livery 79556F29-F46E-4DFD-94DC-1EFEA41B6585.jpeg.8ebde92f5dae3c870b92cb089de7df75.jpeg

then the Pumpkin. This started out as an off-road truck on the MF01-X chassis but I decided to drop it int the weeds. Problem is that chassis has a transverse battery holder and Pumpkin  body is to narrow so I bought a previously owned M06  and fitted it with TT02-S wheels9595AC3B-6EDC-4E2E-B2D8-2A8681E43555.jpeg.63c979469ba8ff4a7dccfd405b167ff4.jpeg

this is the original beetle MF01-X chassis from the beetle ( it is chassisless at the moment) shortened to medium length with some really expensive wheels and tyres .Rc4wd if I remember correctly. About £100 for the set. It runs locked diffs and a 35t motor. Makes a great little tow truck.0133F57C-6F3F-47A6-A527-03B5C4EA5AB3.jpeg.2fa72def20a1798ae83025f3f7e48187.jpeg

ah so this technically isn’t an M chassis but the wheels are. Also I think if you took all the body spacers out of an MF01X and custom build an extra short prop shaft as @JennyMo has done it might just fit. Just an idea. DA9B652A-4F58-4920-8A53-ED55C391387C.jpeg.9110a72c4c5f13a90d664b1affdd91ce.jpeg
and now the icing on the 🧁 

And that’s just the MF01-X ( the pumpkin started on it) so with all the other versions out there the M Chassis is a force to be reckoned with.

ps I still haven’t got the Mini Cooper 😞

 

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Let's keep this thread alive...

Post pics, projects, parts, personal stories... anything m-chassis related. 🙂

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On 2/17/2021 at 9:46 AM, Kyrotek said:

Another possibly daft question but when I see the M05 V2 reinforced suspension arms most page state some modification is required to fit them on a standard chassis.  I can't find any clue as to what sort of modding is required prior to fitting although I have noted they have droop screw holes to allow changes to set up.  If considered worth it for fun build because I would like to move out of bashing and try fun level racing so has anyone done this swap or can link me to something that shows what needs to be done?

No modification needed to fit on a standard chassis. If you want to use the droop screws, you also need the v2 chassis parts. But shock length is still the best way of setting droop on an M-05.

I don't think they are worth fitting, they are exactly the same as the kit arms in practice.

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Heres my M07 R project I’m working on (slowly) at the moment. Few hop ups on the chassis in addition to the kit parts. waiting for the servo to arrive to move the chassis on further...
 

Yaris body which I’m going to paint in ps44 translucent green backed in silver when time and weather permits.

 

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I posted pics early in this thread, but after realizing how enjoyable it is to read everyone’s stories behind their cars, I’ll offer up my M chassis history.
 

Just before the CCP virus lockdowns, two of my buddies and I were sitting around sayin’ we should all get one of the three Vee-Dubs from Tamiya.  I love classic sports cars of the two seat variety so I started looking at the Ghia.  The M06 chassis wasn’t very impressive with its short A-arms, thus a M08 was selected.  I got carried away with hop-ups and it became a shelf queen.  
The paint was originally intended to be root beer metallic brown, but it turned out horribly.  As an effort to save the shell I wet-sanded the inside and gave it a coat of blue to give the illusion of “patina”.  Then I came across a photo of a 1:1 Ron John Ghia and remembered that there were spares from a High Lift in my parts bin. The surfboard and Yakima rack from Shapeways were mated to the roof for a California surf wagon theme. I still have yet to apply the headlight and tail light decals.
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I saw the M07R on Tamiya’s website and had to have the carbon battery mounts for the M08 Ghia.  Admittedly, I only purchased it for those carbon fiber battery mounts.  The remaining chassis was also a good repository for the numerous hop-up spares from the M08.  I took it to the local school parking lot and after one drive, it was immediately recognized as the most fun touring car I have ever driven.  The last race-spec touring car I had was an AE TC5, preceded by NTC3’s, TC4’s, HPI nitro cars and a few TA02’s and a TL01. I’m not sure what it is but, I find the M07R to be more fun than any of the afore mentioned touring cars.  This one sports a 17.5 TBLM, a perfect balance of speed and grip. It grips the asphalt so well, slides are predictable, I know just when to blip the throttle to kick the rear out...stunning little ride that has won my heart time and time again.

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If the M07R is great, why not get a runner M08?  M chassis cars are small and indicative of imports. After some reading about import racing history, a Brock racing 510 shell was selected to suit a short wheelbase and RWD chassis.  I was disappointed with the loose rear end of the car even with a 21.5 TBLM. It reminds me of an ill-behaved child.

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The loose rear end of the M08 lead me to a 4WD 3Racing M4 (the Tamiya M4 is obsolete and too pricey for a runner).  I immediately crashed this into the neighbors trash can and busted up the left front suspension and drivetrain.  After acquiring a number of aluminum hop-ups it has proven to be a robust chassis with reasonably good handling.  The M4 Sport was selected over the Pro model for its flexible FRP chassis. It’s the only one without a TBLM; I figure a Chinese car deserves a Chinese Hobbywing. It has YR adjustable dampers with light oil but I think it needs softer springs to increase grip.

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Here’s the M family.  All of them have brushless motors, lots of hop-ups, and Tenergy NiMH batteries. Tenergy batteries are wrapped in blue, so it just makes sense, right?

My M chassis history began only one year ago.  I always saw them as “an odd niche of 1/10 that would soon die off”.  That was way off base. They’re an absolutely joyous bunch of cars!

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During the lockdowns, my buddies and I passed time by racing in the local school parking lot.  We painted some PVC pipe bright orange and pieced together a makeshift track.  They run 1/10 touring cars and I run the M07R or the 3Racing M4 with their “big” cars.  We’re all pretty lousy drivers so we get our FitBit step quota by frequently replacing the pipes we knock around with the cars.

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Here’s the bus belonging to one of my buddies.  The other still has yet to acquire his Bug.

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@SupraChrgd82 really nice cars and story behind them.

 

M02 Fiat Abarth Berlina Corsa, a original Berlina Corsa 58158 M02 chassis and reproduction 51424 Body set. Brushed Silver Can 18T pinion

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M05 ver.2 Fiat 500, a original Fiat 500 M05 Chassis hopped up to ver.2 spec and Fiat 500 51363 Body set (take out at moment, 10T Carson Dragster SL BL combo on 2s LiPo.) With 20T pinion and 33T speed gear instead of optinal 35T and stock 37T

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M05RA Škoda Fabia WRC 2006, the resto parts from the two builds above, lots of new parts installed and it made a stock M05RA. with some hop ups. Brushed 13T motor and 20T pinion with 35T speed gear. instead of 37T.

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Sorry about the lighting.   Here is my M01 for starters.  I will take pictures of my other m-chassis later.  

 

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Fabia130vRS - I have another M01 NIB just in case, so this one I hopped up to try to extract its potential while comparing to my other m-chassis.. 

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Sorry for the mixed temperature lighting.  These days my M38's have taken the spot light for me so my usual photo spot is taken..

 Here is my M03 for today.  

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