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Epicberry
2012.12.22, 02:40 AM
Hey everyone,

Just want to say hi! Been lurking on this site after my sudden interest in mini z's. I was so obsessed that I looked at everything for a week straight and I finally got my beloved MR03! It's got ball bearings, team orion batts, titanium screws and r246 ce28 alum. wheels, gold lock nuts. I think I need a bigger offset in the rear so it doesn't look tucked in! I plan on converting my old xmod RSX body to use with the chassis, I don't mind the weight for now as I am in Canada and there really isn't anywhere to play with these guys. I didn't think they were that much faster than an xmod but they are which means I can barely get the damn thing to drive straight on my hard wood floors..actually, not at all. I guess this now turned into an ASC collection instead of me being able to play with it too much. I have a few questions below, feel free to answer any of them if you like. I'll drop some pictures of it below! Enjoy!

1) Are there any super sticky tires I can use to run on hardwood floors?
2) What are the must have hop ups, for performance and reliability - something about a servo gear?
3) Do they all make jittery servo noises?
4) Why do I have to tweek the steering every time I play with it, somethings it's straight and sometimes it's not.
5) What are the basic battery maintenance methods for pre/post play
6) I have the kt18 remote, sometimes when I try to quickly make the car go in reverse, it's not responsive.. is that normal?

I'll drop some pictures of it below! Enjoy!

http://i.imgur.com/3ShXi.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3MpM9.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BV6Dc.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/hrbg4.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/1LUiT.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/gHBWV.jpg?1
Yup that's a the TRP Renault, anyone want to buy it?

Gowkaizer
2012.12.29, 11:46 AM
Welcome! Looks Awesome!! Just got into myself and the only question i'm familiar with is the reverse, you have to double tap it to make it go reverse. there is a way to eliminate that, but idk how. Someone or somewhere in these forums there should tell you how to. Have fun!

cowboysir
2012.12.29, 12:06 PM
What part of Canada? There are some quality racing leagues I know of in Toronto and here in Vancouver.

You'll get a more responsive reverse with the kt18 if you set your forward/reverse end points correctly. Read the manual...

Tires on hardwood is tricky. Find some foams or keep the rubber as clean as possible...good luck with it.

Hop ups aren't really needed unless you're tuning for racing. Race it stock and progress with hopups as you get more comfortable racing.

Rune
2012.12.29, 02:46 PM
1) Not really. Most soft rubber tires works ok as long as the surface are dust free.
2) T-bars, rear damper of some kind, and a ball diff. That should keep you covered for a while. The servo gear can break, but on some cars they last forever. Only really needed if you are racing, but I know upgrading are fun:)
3) Yes
4) The KT-18 trim settings changes when the voltage drops.
5) Charge and go:) Just dont drain the batteries completely.
6) Trim settings as other has stated, but it can also be that your chassis has reverse delay activated.

LED
2012.12.29, 07:15 PM
Hi and welcome

1) I agree partially with Rune. The floor needs to be clean and dust free. But I dont agree with the soft. I run sometimes at home on laminate and I find hard tires work the best because they pickup less dirt and keep more grip then soft tires. They quickly get saturated with dus and losse all grip.

Rune
2012.12.30, 04:52 AM
Hi and welcome

1) I agree partially with Rune. The floor needs to be clean and dust free. But I dont agree with the soft. I run sometimes at home on laminate and I find hard tires work the best because they pickup less dirt and keep more grip then soft tires. They quickly get saturated with dus and losse all grip.

Good point LED.
The last time I ran on painted concrete and hardwood floors I used GPM 25 shore tires. They are actually hard compared to the soft RCP tires we use today.

Sinister_Y
2012.12.30, 09:18 PM
Hi...if you're close to Toronto (Mississauga area) then drop by the track sometime. Link to the my shop/track is in my signature.

We welcome and encourage new racers.

Cheers,

Shawn

monkeyZ
2013.01.02, 06:40 PM
I think a ball diff is probably the next best bang for the buck upgrade you can do.

The KT-18 has reverse lock out so you have to "double tap" reverse. On the first push it is braking and then on a the second push it is reverse. If you look in your KT-18 manual on page 15 there is an explanation of how this feature works. Basically if you aren't on the throttle for 0.2 seconds then you can use reverse.

Also with the KT-18 you might want to adjust the steering range using the procedure on page 18.

Epicberry
2013.01.04, 08:50 PM
Thanks for all the welcomes and answers! I meant I tried the first time to double tap reverse but I guess I was using bad old batteries and the remote isn't responsive. I am researching into the steering not centering. I think someone said somewhere a fourth gear metal replacement would be a good investment?

Yes I am in Toronto but the closest shop is Mini-Car Club in Mississauga, I'm more towards the east end.