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Old 05-09-2013, 08:38 AM
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Hello everyone. New here but have been reading for the past few months and decided to join

Do you guys know if wheels from a CC01 or TA02T fit the Blackfoot Extreme ? Looking for something a little more scale looking if possible.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:32 AM
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Few pictures of a Blackfoot (?)  picked up at a yard sale.









Transmission feels rough and shocks are pretty sticky. May try and make a runner out of it
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:22 AM
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well im just about to hit buy on a Blackfoot 3 which is going to get BEETLED.
I plan to make a "monster beetle extreme" using a scorcher shell on the BF3 chassis, Rit dye the tamiya chrome wheels gold and finally make a custom aluminum chassis to shorten the wheelbase to near the measurements of the original blackfoot and monster beetle.i may even fit an original Monster beetle front bumper to a modified skid plate.

i'll keep ya posted on progress
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:54 AM
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just picked up my blackfoot 3 for $125.
cant wait to start modding it.
edit....
78mm ansmann shocks arrived today and they are a perfect fit on the stock shock towers.probably the most travel youll get on the stock towers. the max travel of the shock is juuuuuust short of the max travel of the arm when no shock is connected. Now just have to start on the shortened chassis

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How did you find the spring rate and shock oil in the ansmann dampers?

I have the 75mm versions to go on, just waiting for a few extra bits to come through...

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Long story, but blackfoot almost finished (not my fault, out of my control...) and I think I can answer my own question...

From a few drop tests of a non-running but almost fully equipped (everything except a steering servo) blackfoot with 75mm Ansmann dampers, they feel pretty much spot-on!
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Long story, but blackfoot almost finished (not my fault, out of my control...) and I think I can answer my own question...

From a few drop tests of a non-running but almost fully equipped (everything except a steering servo) blackfoot with 75mm Ansmann dampers, they feel pretty much spot-on!
Steering servo in, driven round house, body to do tomorrow...
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Well chuffed after first run
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Hi
my 6 year old kid just got my 20 year old tamiya bush devil... after some mods

i know its not a blackfoot.. but they are very similar.

i was first going for just getting it running, but it escalated.
im going to upload a bunch of images, and ebay links

first, the mechanical esc was yeat again dead.
second, i wanted more power
third, 5y old nimh 7,2V 3600mAh

so, ebay time....
*LEOPARD SKYRC 3930KV 10T Brushless Motor & 60A ESC Speed Controller Combo
*2CH Radio Model RC Transmitter & Receiver Car Boat FS-GT2
*2pc
Mystery 7.4V 2S 5000MAH 30C Rc LIPO Battery Akku
*iMAX B6-AC B6AC Lipo NiMH 3S RC Battery Balance Charger
*
20pcs Rubber Sealed Ball Bearing Miniature Bearing MR115-2RS 5 x 11 x 4mm mah (bush devil needs 12pc)

this was fantastic, bashing about with out any control. poping wheelies, roll, bounce, oversteer and understeer.
30km/h full frontal in a pile of rocks resulted in a snapped damper.

back to ebay
*2pc 76003 HSP Centre Rear Dogbone ( 90 mm)
*4pc RC Model Car Aluminum 88mm R/C Hobby Oil Shock Damper
*Kimbrough Mid-Size Servo Saver


and a scrap piece of aluminium.

goal: wider track with 30 degree caster and ZERO bumpsteer. normal ride height with control arms level. more grip and control
and still a strong, lightweight basher....




















front upper control arm is from the rear.
its about 4cm wider in total


zero bumpsteer: control arms and steering rod has the same angle and length.






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Hi, to whoever is out there?
Thought I would send you a photo of my original Blackfoot/Monster Beetle I recently restored from original parts.
It started life as a Monster Beetle and I bought it back in the day with my mum (I was 10yrs) when they were first released. Then in the late 80’s I went back to the original store in South Australia where I got if from and bought the Blackfoot body kit for $50 AUD back then and change it over.
The chassis is all-original and so are the rims (new tyres but). The body you see on it now came from the US for an awesome price and is totally original so are the decals however I did buy a reproduction decal sheet as it was missing the licence plate decal.
I still have the original body I got back in the day and it's in relatively good condition. I was thinking of selling it but I just can’t let go. However, I do miss my MB shell, it got lost over time.
The only thing I still need are the original servo horns and then leaving it as a showpiece. I will eventually post some more photos.

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Hello fellow blackfoot lovers! I have just built a new super blackfoot 3. I went ahead and did the 4x4 conversion. Also added all ball bearings throughout. Bought the dual engine esc that tamiya sells with the super clod buster. Anyways at this point I am waiting for my oil filled shocks, new battery and charger..... the motors that come with the super blackfoot are the common RS 540. I want to upgrade and immediately. I am willing to buy a set of brushless engines but want to make sure they will work with my existing esc. Otherwise I don't mind using a set of brushed engines. Changing out brushes and springs, really isn't that big a deal. Basically I want this super blackfoot 3 to be as fast as I can and I am looking for advice on what motors to use. I want lots of torque or low end power with a mid range at high speed..... want this tamiya to fly!! Please let me know what motors you would run! Note, motors must be the same.
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Hey guys, got a hold of this. Don't know what it is other than a Tamiya Blackfoot. It appears it's all there. It's just dusty. Is it worth restoring?





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It would be a shame not to restore this beauty.....appears in good shape with all pieces. Keep us updated as you restore it.
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I got my Super Blackfoot 3 recently and have really enjoyed this build. I decided to do the 4x4 conversion right away. Knowing the plastic bushings are garbage I went ahead and replaced all the bushings with ball bearings.

This is where it all began....


Ball bearings throughout...


Here's a cut away of how the blackfoot sits now...


Upgraded the crap friction shocks to these oil filled 86 mm ones..



Added a led kit for headlight and tails...





Tails...


Also upgraded the stock 540 motors for the Sport Tuned 540's. Big difference.

Before..

and after..


Still waiting for the drive shafts for the front..(Missing in the mail) until then I only have the one motor hooked up. But I can tell you this little truck scoots along pretty fast with just the one motor. Splurged and picked up a metal geared servo for the truck as well, makes a noticeable difference in the steering.

Here is the Heavy Duty metal geared servo I picked up...


Also picked up a set of aluminum servo mounts to help with the heavy duty servo...


And replaced the stock servo saver with a Kimbrough 124 servo saver.


The Blackfoot steering should now be strong enough to handle what ever I throw at it.

Waiting on my drive shaft to arrive.....still lost in the mail.

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I have a dilemma. I have restored my MB with a BF shell parts like I had it back in the day, all 100% original parts. The new BF shell is mint but has poorly applied original decals that are not to my liking/standard. I have some really good quality reproduction decals but I am not sure if I should take off the originals and replace them with the repro's...

It has taken me over a year to get all the original unused parts needed (at somewhat a reasonable price) and about 70% of it is all mine from 87'.
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Hi guys...I have a BFX that is stock except for steel bearings that replaced the bushings, and a sport-tuned 540 motor. Want to upgrade the shocks to a set of oil-filled ones. Can anyone recommend which to use? I have been looking at a GPM 85mm long set. Any ideas?
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N-1 I found these decals on ebay. They are the original style of sticker for the original BF,however I believe the decal set is aftermarket......not bad for $18
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-FOOT-C...item3a9d96d69b
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Bobbert,


These oil filled shocks are a direct fit for your BFX and are a bargain.... http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALUMINUM-EXT...item2a2f5ec512
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Thanks Shaughnny. I already have the extended shock towers but don't want the truck to be too tall. Do you know what the length of the shocks are? I checked the link but it doesn't say how long they are. Thanks again.
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What size thread do I need for this ball stud? Busted it today
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My best guess, since it's aluminum, a M3 thread. I like blue "bling" a lot, but I wonder if the stock arms and knuckles would be a better option in the front suspension area.

Any idea of the manufacturer?
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Rcdamper is where I got them, I broke the plastic all the time so I went aluminum
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Rcdamper is where I got them, I broke the plastic all the time so I went aluminum
That's what I thought was possibly the reason for the switch. Some plastics are more pliable than others. Some companies in the RC industry get the plastic formulation just right, and IMO some of the lower end brands "cheap out" with parts which keeps those same companies on the "bottom shelf" in people's minds. I wish every RC model could be outfitted with RPM suspension components, but I know that's not gonna happen.
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If I remember correctly, Tamiya's kits (I had The Frog when it first came out) used/are using ABS type of plastic in their chassis' and suspension arms which won't handle the stress like nylon does.
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A little pricey, but look at Lunsford Racing Ball Studs . If them ball studs are as good as their turnbuckles (I never broke one) possibly a solution for you .
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