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Highmark
06-04-2005, 07:03 PM
http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05332.jpg

http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05334.jpg

Front wheel drive goodness :rolling:
http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05356.jpg

The box said "rally" but I'm not having any luck :lol:
http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05361.jpg

Nothing really special going on-it's 100% stock. Gets great run times with a 3300 pack and the stock motor aswell.

Tamiya did a good job making sure my first on-road experience was a good one :lol:

Jugg2Driver
06-04-2005, 09:07 PM
I've always wanted to get my hands on one of those fwd cars!

ScalecrawlerJapan
06-05-2005, 04:20 AM
do the bearings and stick a 23T motor in it and you will be surprised by the speed!
mine is pretty quick with that config.

Spoon37
06-05-2005, 06:46 AM
hehehe....cool :chug:

not many Tamiya cars will handle grass well....the only one I have that can is the TB01 lancer evo VII....even then it gets stuck form time to time...

:banana:

Highmark
06-05-2005, 08:37 PM
Many thanks guys-

Scale, I have a nastly little 17t double I can put in it if I ever get bored :lol:

Spoon, actualy I wasn't trying to drive it through the grass-with my expert driving skills I mannaged to slide back on the pavement and I was just trying to get back on :rolling:

Pro-4x4
06-06-2005, 02:44 AM
They look bloody neat the old Mini don't they..........for me the most likely road car to get.

Nice HighMark :chug:

MrB
06-07-2005, 04:15 AM
cool, nicely done shell too, I like the rally theme, too many people don't use the decals IMO!

TLT Boy
06-12-2005, 01:26 PM
Nice, how much is that Mini? I wanted to get one a while back but couldn't! :chug:

minijosh
06-12-2005, 02:33 PM
I have an original Tamiya Mini and I'm working on a 1979 Mini with a 1275GT motor. Oh baby. Pound for pound, these cars are the best at everything except comfort. They are nothing but go karts with headlights.

TLT Boy
06-12-2005, 04:58 PM
Yup, you got that right!!! :banana:

Old Busted Hotness
06-13-2005, 07:27 AM
every day i wish i still had my Mk. 1. a 1960 model ,one of the first ones in the states. on the drive home, her exhaust fell off, the oil press went down to 5, temp went up to 240 and the right front brake locked up. after 10 miles i was in love regardless. i learned to weld by putting new floorpans in her. then my life got complicated and she had to go.... sod it anyway.

Rikpal
06-13-2005, 08:48 AM
Loving her (as always talking about mini) :)

Insomniac
06-13-2005, 04:27 PM
Gotta love the M- chassis. I raced mine for the first time in ages last week. and finished third overall for the night (we run a league system) despite being beaten off the line by many quicker 4wd cars.

TLT Boy
06-14-2005, 07:16 AM
Oh well, the Mini is unique and it is cool that it is front wheel drive!! I love Mini's!! :banana: Racing is fun with them!!! :chug: :banana:

Zillon
06-16-2005, 08:30 PM
Now you need to come out east and race me.

Of all the things I have raced thus far, the Mini is the one that I have the most fun with. Minimal wrenching, maximum fun.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y99/Zillon2/TCS2005/tcs059.jpg

Jugg2Driver
06-16-2005, 08:44 PM
Killer paint job! You do that yourself!

Highmark
06-18-2005, 10:47 PM
Thanks guys-I appreciate the complements!

Z-any chance you could let me in on what mods you do to your M chassie's to make them race worthy?

Zillon
06-19-2005, 03:26 AM
Originally posted by Jugg2Driver@Jun 16 2005, 09:44 PM
Killer paint job! You do that yourself!
Aye Matt. Thanks,

As for you Highmark... naaaaah. That's a secret. I can't let other people win! :lol:

If you run by TCS rules, you must keep the stock silvercan. Anything else made by Tamiya for the car is fair game as long as it's intended for the car. Electronics can be made by anyone.

MY car:
- Tamiya Blue TRF Fluorine coated shock units. Smoothest shocks out there, and some of the most expensive, but I think they're worth it. 60wt front, 40wt rear.
- Tamiya aluminum front knuckles. The stock units bend like cheese left to sit in the sun on a hot summer day.
- TL01/M03 2 rear uprights. Help to decrease your steering radius, but also detract from your top speed just a bit.
- Tamiya aluminum servo standoffs. Reduce flex in the steering, making the overall movement more effective in translating to performance.
- Tamiya M-chassis front and rear stabilizer kit. Simply anti-roll bars. I use the black one in the rear, and nothing on the front.
- Tamiya short spring kit. I use the yellows out back and the blues up front.
- Tamiya reinforced M-chassis wheels. In order to be TCS legal, you must run Tamiya wheels, although they're significantly weaker than the HPI 5-spoke units. I run HPI wheels for any racing other than the TCS.
- Tamiya type-A reinforced slicks. Stock grey insert in the rear (#53255), and 53255's up front as well as the molded foam insert for the M-chassis to 'double-stuff' the front tires in order to gain rollout.
- Tamiya Universals (#53597). The dogbones aren't as efficient.
- Tamiya Hollow carbon gear shaft set(#53390)
- Tamiya bearings (don't have to use Tamiya bearings, but they last the longest for me)
- Futaba MC330CR ESC. I also hardwire all my connections, so I redid all the wiring on the ESC with 12ga Deans wire.
- Novak XXL Reciever
- Futaba RPMTFS radio system
- Futaba S3003 servo. It works, it's reliable, and it's cheap.
- GP3300 batteries. Nothing below this unless you want to be spanked.

And if you want your car to be REALLY fast, you need the lightweight blue aluminum locknuts for the wheels. :lol:

Slyp Dawg
06-24-2005, 07:38 AM
Originally posted by Highmark@Jun 4 2005, 07:03 PM
http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05332.jpg

http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05334.jpg

Front wheel drive goodness :rolling:
http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05356.jpg

The box said "rally" but I'm not having any luck :lol:
http://www.elsomething.com/MiniCooper/DSC05361.jpg

Nothing really special going on-it's 100% stock. Gets great run times with a 3300 pack and the stock motor aswell.

Tamiya did a good job making sure my first on-road experience was a good one :lol:
hows it handle? I have a driveway that slants down and has roots growing in it, plus my srteet is curved a lot, so no low ridin' TC's for me! I am intriuged by this, this, pure Monte genious!

Highmark
06-24-2005, 09:30 PM
Thanks Z, I'll ponder on those upgrades :nice:


Dawg, she handles really good, it wants to "push" alot and it gets a ton of wheel hop in stock form but it doesn't bother me. Adds caracter :lol:

Mine sets pretty short so I don't know if you'll have much of an advantage over a touring car. But there are some dudes that use these little guys for rally-ing.

http://www.tam.ne.jp/nic/minirally/rally_e.html

Spoon37
06-25-2005, 05:21 PM
slyp dawg - a good rally car should handle no probs - provided the underside is smooth and you use rally tyres most sedan cars and even this style of mini can be suitably used semi offroad....

I use the term semi off road, as I am more used to monster trucks where their min ground clearance would be taller than most rally tyres..... :lol:

:banana: