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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by XLR8 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:43 pm

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I am going to build a rare Optima Mid Short Wheelbase Custom Special CVD Type RBZ5.4 edition.
Cool! I know a little about Custom Special but what is "type RBZ5"? I googled but really didn't find anything. Will you do a build thread and post it here on the forums?
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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by RCveteran » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:49 pm

It was a joke, a bad one apparently. :mrgreen:

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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by XLR8 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:19 pm

Oh :oops:
Sorry, I reckon I'm a Kyosho noob.
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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by XLR8 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:40 am

So I now have this awesome extended wheelbase chassis set from Jeff to lengthen the car and hopefully make it a little less twitchy.
However, I've been giving this some more thought. I still have this other SE in pieces that I'd planned to restore and sell. Rather than dismantling the Mid and effectively bench it while waiting for the long belt covers and body to arrive, I think I'll use the new chassis and the SE parts to build a another runner - a Special? (or "TOMS", I think that's what they were called). My only issue is the SE's Platinum shocks; I'm a bit reluctant to use them for a backyard runner since I believe they were made exclusively for the SE so they might be kinda rare. Also, they'll certainly need to be rebuilt and likely will require special seals that could be very hard to find. BTW, could someone please provide a link where I can download an English language manual for the Special? The only one I've found is in Japanese. I'd sorta like to compare part numbers to identify all the differences. thanks.
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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by RadioFlyer » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:45 am

Coelacanth wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:05 pm
It's too bad 3Racing no longer sells CVDs for the Lazer; I bought a few sets that worked perfectly (for my modded width cars) at the 68mm length. They were under $20 for a pair. I believe the fronts were ZX5-19/HD and 68mm, the rears were ZX5-20/HD and 65mm.

https://www.3racing-parts.com/kyosho-la ... 01431.html

They also sold a 4-piece shock set that was a great fit for the Optima series, needing only minor modifications to fit. I bought a set, I wish I bought more, though.

http://os.3racing.hk/products.php?products_key=2607
http://www.hksrc.com/store/index.php?ro ... ct_id=2699

http://www.topgunrchobbies.com.au/index ... &Itemid=54

I found them here with some Google-Fu, I never shopped at either place. Just FYI.
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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by XLR8 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:48 am

Awesome! Thanks Sean.
Also, I was at JC Racing looking at wheels and noticed they also have (or had) CVA's for Optimas.
http://www.jcracingproducts.co.uk/index ... uct_id=427
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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by Wahrsuul » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:05 pm

The TOMS (Turbo Optima Mid Special) was a "special" version of the extended Optima Mid. It came with bearings, no motor/speed control and carbon Fiber chassis/top plate. And a few other things I can't recall.

IIRC, The Optima Mid Custom Special was pretty much the same thing with the aluminum parts. It was also the one with a different body style.

The Optima Mid Custom was the "stock" stretched mid model.

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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by XLR8 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:38 pm

Wahrsuul wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:05 pm
The TOMS (Turbo Optima Mid Special) was a "special" version of the extended Optima Mid. It came with bearings, no motor/speed control and carbon Fiber chassis/top plate. And a few other things I can't recall.

IIRC, The Optima Mid Custom Special was pretty much the same thing with the aluminum parts. It was also the one with a different body style.

The Optima Mid Custom was the "stock" stretched mid model.
Thanks! That pretty much squares with information I've been able to find. Also, I think there were some differences with wheel styles and/or colors among the different versions.
It's interesting that Kyosho flipped back and forth between fiber and aluminum with the chassis plates. I've not been able see the logic in their materials changes. Maybe it's just being different for difference sake (milking the basic OM while completing development on the next major platform release).
Anyway, do you know if perhaps the TOMS was offered to Asian markets exclusively so this is why I haven't been able to find an English manual for that model?
Also, how many different bodies were made for the various Optima Mids (swb and lwb)?
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Re: Optima Mid Runner Budget Build

Post by Wahrsuul » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:41 pm

I only know of 2 body styles from Kyosho for the stretched mids. The one with the Custom Special and the one that looked like the original mid. I have both, but never got around to using the CS body. it's still in my box of parts.

I couldn't say about the TOMS availability. I picked mine up while in japan along with most of my cars. I had heard from the shop owner that they were considering a "limited" release of all the stretched mids because the Lazer ZX was due out.

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