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    RC Turnbuckle Jr. Jimmie Neutron's Avatar
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    Should I tape these??





    It is my wife's car... she has only driven it a few times though. Once she saw how the MERV ran with its brushless power system she told me to get her one. lol It is on the way... so while we wait I suggested that the hard slicks are not going to allow her to use any of the brushless power and that she should get some tires and rims. I found a few for her to choose from and she decided on these!

    They are 31mm HPI Vintage sets... very sticky! Hope they last longer than a few runs! lol
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    I wouldn't think it's necessary on 2s and below.

    How do those not rub when you turn?
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    I need to do some body trimming... not much, but some.

    The most I will run is a 45 tooth spur with a 28 tooth pinion on 3S with a 4300Kv motor.
    Those would be for speed runs only... normal bashing would be a 50/23 combo on 2S.
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    I think your be safe not taping them. Ive only ever had my xpatterns balloon when they are at the very end of thier life
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    Got it trimmed out today:




    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    well i know what my next set of wheels are going to be..... that looks great!
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    Those wheels look great. Do they only look like aluminum or are they?
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    They look exactly like aluminum... but they are plastic.
    The machined lip, the "cast" centers... the detail is amazing!


    Rim: 3820
    Tire: 102994

    FYI: if you are running on a Boss, the tires are 1-2mm wider than the body on each side.
    I have not ran it to find out if this is going to be an issue or not...
    I do not have a motor or speed control for it yet. lol
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    I run xpatterns on mine, 3 offset up front and 6 in the rear, and i have to raise the body posts to keep them from rubbing, i could add camber to stop it, but i dont like the way it handles that way. so what i'm saying is if you raise that body a bit you should be fine
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    I hope you can run them without much ballooning. Looking at the room you have, I have my doubts.

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    I love those wheels!
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    I hope they perform as good as they look! lol

    Waiting on the "power" shipment to get here.
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    I had a set of those on a Nitro RS4 I had a while back and they ballooned pretty bad. They are soft and have alot of sidewall. IMO, if your using them for speed runs it might just be worth while to tape them just in case. Ive never found soft tires to hold their shape very well...
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    I ended up strapping them... rather be safe than sorry.

    EDIT:
    Here is the actual height of the sidewall:

    The outside of the tire has a flap that makes it look like it has a taller sidewall.
    This flap also makes it a bear to glue up. lol
    Last edited by Jimmie Neutron; 03-20-2012 at 05:18 PM.
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    Hmmm... mine were the same tread pattern but didn't have a flap... they were just literally that thick. Weird.
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    These are a part of the "vintage" series... wonder if that makes a difference.

    I threw in a pair 3.85v/cell LiPo's and the motor/ESC from my MERV with 23/50 gearing to see if the tires swell any...
    from what I can tell, they don't.

    I am going to have her run it tomorrow before she goes to work... I'll see then how it handles.
    (since it is her car, I figured she should get to be the one that breaks in these new tires)
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    I love them!!
    But they are going to wear FAST.

    Great traction slides, very predictable.
    Much better than the stock rubber/plastic. lol

    Ran it on 23/50 with 2S... 21mph
    next step will be 28/50 on 2S... 26mph
    then 28/45 on 2S... 29mph
    then I will repeat the process on 3S when the packs come in.
    (32mph, 41mph, & 44mph respectively)
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    Are you running 31mm on the front and rear or 31mm on the rear and 26mm on the front?

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    31mm all around.
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    Ok kool thanks!! Looks great!!

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    Any update on these Jimmie? I have been considering buying something similar but with the 4511 wheel which I can't find a wheel for? The 4511 has the super compound.

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    Even though they are nearly slicks... they wore pretty fast in my opinion... they still perform very well.

    HPI has the 4511 tire listed at 31mm wide... and Tower has it at 1.25" (31.75mm) wide.
    IF I remember right, the "Vintage" series has the standard bead... so those rims should work; except for the extra lip on the side of the rim for the Vintage series tire flap to make it look more scale.

    (makes me wish I took some better pictures of the naked rim)
    Here is a Google pic:
    http://www.conrad-uk.com/medias/glob...B.EPS_1000.jpg


    Maybe these will work??
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXYJW5&P=7
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXYJV0&P=7
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXYJV3&P=7
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXYJW2&P=7
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXYJX8&P=7
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXYJW8&P=7
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    Thanks a bunch. We are considering buying a mustang, but wanted to first see if the technology of 1/16Traxxas could handle some real speed at cornering,etc. We've set up the Slash with shocks/springs as if it were a stock Mustang(hopefully better-LOL). The Slash tires are awful above about 30--we've had all of them come apart and they don't grip much of anything. That Slash can be very fast. So, I will probably buy some tires this or next week for a few good test runs. If things work out, I'll buy a 3rd 1/16 scale vehicle!! BTW, I've blown 2 driveshafts

    If I get the Mustang I'm kind of hoping to see somewhere around 60 with some mods. I would definitely put in sway bars. I've also got some GH knuckles on order after your recommendation

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    I am actually still running stock knuckles on the Boss... lol
    There is a little more slop than I like, but the driver (my wife) doesn't really notice it. The body protects the corners well enough to keep them from breaking.

    To get 60 out of a Boss would take 31/45 gearing, 3S voltage, and a minimum of 5100kv.
    This speed might be obtainable with stock NiMh in series with a 4000kv motor...
    if the batteries can keep up.

    I would most definitely run foams for those speed runs.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    I am actually still running stock knuckles on the Boss... lol
    There is a little more slop than I like, but the driver (my wife) doesn't really notice it. The body protects the corners well enough to keep them from breaking.

    To get 60 out of a Boss would take 31/45 gearing, 3S voltage, and a minimum of 5100kv.
    This speed might be obtainable with stock NiMh in series with a 4000kv motor...
    if the batteries can keep up.

    I would most definitely run foams for those speed runs.
    I checked out the links above and HPI told me that the LPI tires won't work. But I'm thinking about trying the vintage wheel--I really like that style and look.

    But, you're right foams would be better for high speed. I'm running 14.4 V with 31/50 gearing and blowing the tires off of the Slash--LOL--Calcs and eye test say about 50(doesn't the box say you can go that fast???--lol). I just don't like the looks of foams. Calcs show I could get about 55 with 31/45 gearing, but that's assuming I don't really over rev the motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post




    It is my wife's car... she has only driven it a few times though. Once she saw how the MERV ran with its brushless power system she told me to get her one. lol It is on the way... so while we wait I suggested that the hard slicks are not going to allow her to use any of the brushless power and that she should get some tires and rims. I found a few for her to choose from and she decided on these!

    They are 31mm HPI Vintage sets... very sticky! Hope they last longer than a few runs! lol
    What are the different tires you had to choose from ?

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    All were from the HPI Vintage line...
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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