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Old 2003.12.04, 11:25 AM   #1
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Starting from scratch - Complete beginner

I have only looked into the Mini Z Racer stuff today but already have my mind set on getting an Overland model. I was hoping for some beginner tips on what to buy and the possible upgrades I can make.

Please not, I am not familiar with a lot of the terms and do not understand what each upgrade is called, where it goes and how it will improve the vehicle.
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Old 2003.12.04, 11:38 AM   #2
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Here is my best advice. The OL is a very good choice. It is the more versital of the Mini Z's. IF I were you, I would not worry about the hopups for performace until you learn about what the Ol can do stock. Things that you really need are rechargable batteries for the car and charger. You can get by with alkalines for the TX. Then get some spare knuckles because they are easy to break. The shock towers are also prone to breakage (what the shocks attach too for the chassis). Don't worry about the X speed or FET upgrades till you learn more about this. Best way to learn is to read the forum. it will take some time, but there is alot of useful (and some not so useful) information. It is up to you to decide what you like and how you plan on running your OL. There is a gear between the motor pinion nad the differencial spur called an idler gear. You will want a spare one of these also. They have titanium ones you can get. If you plan on racing in the Mini Z cup, you will want to keep everything kyosho. If not, get the alloy replacement parts. May be a little more money but once replaced, you don'thave to worry about it again. Welcome to the Forum and to the money pit.
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Old 2003.12.04, 12:51 PM   #3
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lol, I can see why it's called a money pit. I will look around for the spare parts online, I am not immediately worried about improving the performance in regard to top speed and acceleration. I am in the U.K. so don't think I will be entering any races soon.

Could you just answer me this, can I get a MR-02 Overland chassis and use the same thing to chop and change parts to use it as both an Overland and the more common Saloons like the Audi etc?

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Old 2003.12.04, 12:54 PM   #4
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mr01 and mr02 and overland are all separate chassis cant mix and match..
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Old 2003.12.04, 12:55 PM   #5
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read my post in your other thread....overland and racers do not mix. the 02 is a racer and has nothing to do with overlands
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Old 2003.12.04, 01:59 PM   #6
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OK I missed your last post before writing this.

So what parts usually break and what spares would you recommend buying? Also could you point out a few of the more common faults and problems I may encounter through use and how to rectify them, please! I read another thread where two guys experience problems with front knuckles not entirely sure what they do but think I had better buy some spares if I were to get an Overland.



Thank you both for your help.

PS: Arch2b your albums in the gallery are awesome, nice work!

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Old 2003.12.04, 02:25 PM   #7
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parts: alloy knuckles, alloy shock mounts, GPM titanium gear, alloy wheel nuts,alloy wheels, bearings are always good.... those are some of the things i would buy for starting out.
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Old 2003.12.04, 03:43 PM   #8
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parts: alloy knuckles, alloy shock mounts, GPM titanium gear, alloy wheel nuts,alloy wheels, bearings are always good.... those are some of the things i would buy for starting out.
Amen to that but add the x-speed right be4 the wheel nuts, id go for knuckles shot mounts and titanium/delrin gear. all which can be ordered from the shop here or d******
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Old 2003.12.04, 03:46 PM   #9
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Yeah the X-speed is a great upgrade!
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Old 2003.12.04, 03:56 PM   #10
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is there another name for the alloy front shock mount...is it also called the "front damper mount"?????????????
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is there another name for the alloy front shock mount...is it also called the "front damper mount"?????????????
yes
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Old 2003.12.04, 04:15 PM   #12
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ok...thats what i thought...what is so good about having it alloy...does the stock one crack becasue you usually hit things in the front???
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all alloy is all show the use of alloy in certain areas will keep you overland running through lots of jumps, bangs, drops etc.
the useful alloy are main/idler gear, knuckles, wide wheels, damper mounts, lock nuts and in some case gearboxes.
the show stuff are battery clips, tie rod, steering set (servo saver), underguard, roof rack, brush guard, ladder and in some cases gearboxes.

the gearboxes are a touchy subject as some like them or hate them. the pillowball mounts on the gearboxes are rather easy to crack. it's only a matter of time really. these are the most expensive parts so many just replace them with stock parts.

derlin swing arms are a waste of money, i've never hurt mine.

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Old 2003.12.04, 04:35 PM   #14
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thanks Arch...i think i will get the GPM titanium main gear, the GPM alloy knuckels, GPM front under guard, GPM brush guard, your roof rack, your light bar, GPM alloy lock nuts, andGPM alloy motor heat sink mount (pretty much just 4 the heat sink) and also some inch ups...all good choices?????
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I am gonna have to list all these things down and try to sort out some kind of order of importance, or more likely an order of cost. Does the Parts DB here explain what the use of each part is? If not is there anywhere else I can go to find this information?
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