Model: 58211: Rover Mini Cooper Racing
Status: Extra info
Date: 5-Feb-2014
Comments: 4
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Way too long since my last post, Upcoming race season shortens my time for the classic Tamiyas. But as today my Mini body arrived, I had to do some updates on my M03 resto. Cut the body out and test fitted. As I want to built this for speed and some fun on the race track, I used TL01 rear uprights with more toe in. But this incline let the tire almost scrup the body. So I got the idea to extend the wheelbase to get a good stance. Fix was rather easy after the idea of spacers came up. So this one has now 213 mm wheelbase! Dampers are overhault CVA super Mini that were a donation from a race collegue, who didn´t need them anymore. Got some new O-Rings from REvolution racing, TRF guiding and Teflon pistons. Result is real smooth damping now. As this is my first M03, the only M-chassis I never owned, it deserves some special treatment to make my peace with this one. As the Mini is such a Tamiya Classic, I can live with the Mini body, although being a big VW Beetle fan...
Body will get a period paint job, probably Jägermeister, white black roof, black hoods and the typical white Mini stripes. I´m really trying to speed this project up beneath Racing, as I´m keen on finding a good setup and get the best driveout with the gear diff setup. Will start with 3k oil and probably moving on to 300k oil like on some 'modern' Mini racers. Hope you like the project, over and out for tonight!

Chassis going together Body arrived, but wheelbase seems short! Detail shot, toe in shortens wheel base. Problem fixed! Simple solution, 3mm spacers. Adjustable upper arm from rests box.

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
How to have oil filled gear diff in a M03

Comments

TongueTied

5-Feb-2014

That solution is great. I just finished my Mini Cooper body for my M05S last night and found the same issue. I'll fit those spacers this evening when I get home. Thanks for the solution.

ruebiracer

5-Feb-2014

Interesting, that you had the same problem on the M05! Great that I could help you with this fix!

Crash Cramer

6-Feb-2014

Thanks for this tip, I have some of those adjustable arms from the TL01 too, will have to work on getting some more M chassis, I don't have an M06 yet.

ruebiracer

6-Feb-2014

Hi Crash, the arms are the orignal M03 ones,
I think TL01 ones should be longer? The rear upright is an option part for the TL01 (TA 53345) to get more toe in (2°). This is causing probably the problems on the M05, too, which has 2° toe in out of the box. So the wheelbase Tamiya designed for the M01 is slightly off...


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