The Mugen shocks are great with the standard parts, but you can get them smoother with a simple mod.
Here are the parts that are needed for the mod:
- TLR5074 – Team Losi Racing Low Friction Shock Shaft O-Rings (8)
- JQP-R-0010 – JQ Products 3.5x7x1.5mm Shock Bushing (8)
- 5 x 7 x 0.1mm or 5 x 7 x 0.2mm shims (optional)
What you basically do is change out the Mugen O-rings with the Losi low friction ones and the middle Mugen spacer with the 1.5mm JQ spacer.
This is what it will look from top to bottom:
- Losi low friction o-ring
- JQ 1.5mm spacer
- Losi low friction o-ring
- Stock Mugen spacer (the flanged one)
The Losi o-rings aren’t always 100% leak free.But it’s easy to solve that. First you could try to submerge the o-rings for a few days (3-5 days) in shock oil so they swell up. If they still leak, you can fit 1 or more 5 x 7 x 0.1mm shims over the flanged Mugen spacer to squeeze the o-rings a little more.
It’s important that you don’t use any bigger shims, because the o-rings won’t get squeezed if the shim is bigger than the plastic spacer. (thicker shims are allowed, but none that are bigger in diameter)
Now turn the bottom cap down, fill them and enjoy your leak free super smooth Mugen shocks 😉
Here are a few pictures of what you need to get rid of the leaking if it occurs. Try to use as little shims as possible, because more shims add more resistance. Just enough until they stop leaking.
I’m back from Utrecht and I had a great time over there with my mates and my Mugen!
Too keep it short: The track was very bumpy and I saw a lot of racers (including myself) struggling with finding a good setup that suits the bumpy astroturf track. On Saturday afternoon, my car was going quite well to be honest after a few setup changes. My setup was far off from what I usually run on astroturf tracks. But my car was going well with the Tourex X300 tires. They were very forgiving, but they gave my just enough grip to go fast.
Unfortunately, it was raining on Sunday morning, although the weather forecast looked good. I decided to make a few setup changes and I choose the AKA supersoft tires for the first qualification. Luckily, it stopped raining just before drivers briefing. In the first round of the qualifications, my car was extremely good in the damp conditions. I took the 8th spot at the end of round 1. In the second qualification, the track started to dry so I switch to the soft compound Cross Braces and a ticker front swaybar. Unfortunately, that combo wasn’t really working for me. The track was too dry and my car was extremely nervous in every corner and under breaking. Even the jumps were difficult to land. I drove worse then in Q1, while the track conditions were better. I switched to the Tourex X300 syntrack tires for Q3 and my car was dialed! I qualified as 9th at the end of the qualifications so I could start on P5 in the semi A final.
My car was very good in the final after 1 more change, but I overdrive the car a little and made too many mistakes. I finished 6th, but only the first 5 guys of each semi were driving the main final. But that’s not too bad knowing that I just started my second year of racing. I ended up as 11th overall and as 2nd in the hobbyclass. I’m very happy that my car worked so well on the bumpy track.
Here’s the setup that I used in the semi final: Setup buggycup Raco 2000 15/04/12 mbx6r
It’s the first 1/8 buggy race of the year tomorrow. The weather forecast looks good at the moment, 10°C and no rain. Lets hope it stays that way.
If you’re intressested in the event, here’s some more information about it:
A race report will follow after the weekend!
I found a teaser on NeoBuggy.net that mentions that there will be a US MBX6R version available in the future. Other than that, there aren’t any details available yet.
This is Battle’s winning setup from last weekend in France!
Mugen announced the EU spec version of the MBX6R at the Toy Fair in Nurnberg.
The MBX6R EU Spec should feature the following options:
- A +5mm chassis, which is 2mm extended in the back and 3mm in the front. Which means more mass in the rear compared to the old +5mm chassis.
- Overdrive gears in both gear boxes (42/12)
- A new rear shocktower. Probably with more upper link locations.
- A new rear wing
There’s probably more to add, but this is what I gathered from the interwebz.
Here’s a video that I found on youtube from the Toy Fair in Nurnberg:
This is Battle’s machine! The chassis on the right is the new +5mm chassis (if you have good eyes, you can EU-SPEC on the chassis). The driveshaft is probably a 3mm extended shaft to compensate with the longer front end.
Credits to Mugen Seiki and RCSpecial.com for the pictures!
Mugen Seiki has released a new set of pistons. The size of the holes are the same size as on the normal white pistons, but the new pistons have tapered holes. This means that they should give a faster rebound while maintaining the same damping characteristics.