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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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Modified the chassis to fit the LED system, used the Tamiya round file.
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Magnetic connector.
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Connector on body shell.
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Going to blue the conversion kit rear axle nuts and washers next.
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Still need to find a way to adapt the front Tamiya 5-star wheels, to the smaller Kyosho front axles.

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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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11X8 bearing adapters and 4X8 bearings should do it.
Always looking for new and interesting ways to waste money.

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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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juicedcoupe wrote: Thu May 09, 2024 3:11 am 11X8 bearing adapters and 4X8 bearings should do it.
Can you recommend a place that sells these?

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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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Always looking for new and interesting ways to waste money.

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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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Thanks for the adapter link! Ordering now.

It looks like the right ID/OD sleeve over the smaller Kyosho front axle, might make the stock size Tamiya bearings work also.
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Got the rear adapter nuts/washers cold blued, they're soaking in olive oil until tomorrow.
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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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The blue process came out really even, with good color.
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Need to grind 1.65mm from each axle nut, so that the wheel tightens up on the axle. These adapters were made to put the Blackfoot wheels on an Optima Mid, so the offset needs to be ground down to fit the SRB wheels. Going to use a Dremel and the stone bits.
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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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Got the front bearing adapters recommended by @juicedcoupe, thanks again! They work perfectly to adapt the smaller Kyosho axle and bearing to the larger Tamiya wheel hub. Will paint the adapters flat black, like the VW brake drums were.
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The rear axles are going to need to have sleeves made for the axle shafts, I have brass tubing coming with 1mm thick walls, 5mm OD and 4mm ID. The rear wheels snug up and spin without the sleeve, but I want it to be solid.

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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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Painted the front bearing adapters semi gloss X-18, like the rear hubs.
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Got the 5mm OD/4mm ID brass sleeves made for the axles, put them inside the Tamiya rims in the rear.
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Rear wheels lock up on the friction drives with no problems, no slipping. Offset and backspacing corrected now too.
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Going to decide on the tire writing for the Kyosho, leaning towards yes.
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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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I think I may have finally lost it, I don't know what a Tamiyosho is, but this is starting to look correct to me somehow, it can't be. Blitzer Beetle/Kyosho Beetle.
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Not sure if I'm going to be able to stop going down this path, really like the scale look these days, and that Blitzer body on the Kyosho won't leave me alone.

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Re: 2014 Kyosho Beetle

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GreenBar0n wrote: Sun May 26, 2024 6:03 pm Going to decide on the tire writing for the Kyosho, leaning towards yes.
At first I was thinking no, I wouldn't...

...but it makes a really impressive difference with the tires painted:

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Though... 1/10th Goodyear decals/waterslides would look soooo good:

Kyosho Goodyear Tires.jpg

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