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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 05-11-2008, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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has any one raced the losi mini late model yet? if so how did it work and what hop ups can be done to make it a top runner on the dirt tracks
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works great leave them alone and race them as stock, maybe just put the associated 280 motor in it more reliable with brushes that way
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On our local indoor dirt oval (190' racing line, smooth enough to run slicks), my best with a Slider (stock esc/motor) was 43 laps -- first night with the Mini-LateModel, I ran 49 (also with stock esc/motor)... The longer wheelbase and the body aero package seems to really work well...

Now I've popped a Mamba 6800kv combo in, and I ran 51 laps with much more "out there", I just have to get the handling to catch up to the extra power.

FWIW, my best in 10th scale 19t truck is only 51 laps (track record is single 52 lap run), so... WOW!

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cant wait to get mine also wondering will there be a mini stocker from losi
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Got mine today...Man it's too cool! There looks to be all kinds of potential for hop ups. How about a McAllister Racing Milwaukee ASA stock car body for this jewel. This would also make a very good spec racer.
There are a few minor quirks I noticed like the excessive play in the steering and suspension but overall I am very happy with it and I havent even driven it yet.
I plan on "binding" it to my DX3R. They say it can be done. We'll see.
Friday night is race night so I'll try it out in practice for a few laps. YEE HAW!
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Don't need Losi to come out with a mini stocker, just make your own. Call up McAllister and get yourself a 1/12 cup car body. I can't believe Losi still wants to call this car 1/18 when it's bigger than my 1/12 scale!

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Hey Tom, what tires have you been using? We have tried different tires on the back.
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Hey Tom, what tires have you been using? We have tried different tires on the back.
The Mini LM rear tires were too hard for the local dirt oval and didn't work at all for me. Our 10th scales run slicks, so I first tried Slider 'street meats' on the rear, and they worked quite well with stock motor/ESC setup.

When I upgraded to Mamba 25/6800kv, I converted some LOSI step pins into "slicks", which worked very well, although they needed stiffer foam.

Front tires vary -- the Mini LM tires worked OK, but using 'Street Meats' gives more steering. From what I've seen the front and rear Mini LM tires are both the same rubber (??) but with stiffer foam in the fronts. I wish the rears were made in the same rubber as the 'Street Meats', because I think their tread pattern would really work well in the softer rubber...

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mini

I agree these cars are great but they are not 1/18th scale. the late model is 1/12th about and the slider is actually about 1/10th. the so called 1/10th scale sprints that custom works has been coming out with for years is about the size of my 1/10th scale truck how can that be. these companies dont know what they're talking about when it comes to the scale of an r/c.
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is ne 1 running a side air dam ?if so what size air dam are you running
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Take a look here -- very good pictures of one racers Mini LM with side air dam...:

http://www.dirtoval.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=65

I'm still not running one, but it may be worth a try...

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at my track it is realy sandy and the mini late model is nothing but trouble and i need help. i have tried alot of things but i am not that good with this, i am used to a car that is already set up. I got a 18t with a 9200 brushless and it is the fastest thing out there and it is killing me that the mini late model does not handle at all. please help Dale
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it is killing me that the mini late model does not handle at all. please help Dale
What is the Mini LM doing...? Spinning out? Pushing/plowing the front end? Traction rolling?

To help, we need to know what the "problem" is....

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it is spinning out, you can not thottle it at all
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Classic "fixes" for loose handling...

Start with tires -- if the track is high bite, change the rears for "Street Meats" -- if the track is sandy/loose dirt, the LOSI Step Pins are good (they roll under if the bite comes up - go to LOSI Taper Pins then)... On the front, one "trick" is to use a tire with less bite on the RF -- in the extreme example, the Associated 18b pin tires are made of a harder rubber (sort of "plasticy" feel), and they can make the RF not grab as much...

Corner speed needs left side weight -- I run the battery to the left, and I've added almost an ounce of lead behind the battery on the chassis.

Make SURE the shocks have been properly filled. On a high bite track, I run 100 wt all the way around with the stock shocks -- if the track is slick/loose, I'd drop the rears to 40 or 50 wt, but keep the front stiff... (softer springs on the rear can help too) reduce the spring preload on the RR, and add preload to the RF to "jack" chassis weight onto the LR to hook it up...

Make sure you do NOT have toe out at the front -- if anything, you want zero toe or a small amount of toe in...

Check the rear camber -- you want to get as good a "footprint" as you can...

That's a real quickie list, but maybe it gives you something to start with....?

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