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Old 12-09-2017, 03:48 AM
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Default 2001 Subaru Impreza Rally

Thanks to Hostile, i was able to get a hold of an Australian made in China "Eztec" brand Corded-remote control 1/15 scale - - 2001 Monte Carlo Group A Rally Car Subaru Impreza!





I started by gutting the stock steering garbage. After playing with a couple ideas i settled on flipping the stock steering Drag Link over so the pin faces up, cross drilled the base of the pin with micro drill, and slid a sewing straight pin in. I stuck a spectrum spms401 micro servo on the steering top plate with double-side tape. A little slop, though less than at the wheels/knuckles, also the straight pin is a cheap easily replaced fuse to save my servo.

I flipped the motor so the contacts are up, 3 gear trans already has lube. Steering motor is the same as drive, so i can smoke 2 of these before i have to buy one. Alright. Lets drop an esc that was already prepped for the fiero in there, and grab the radio off my VW Bus.



Dropped a 1500 mah 2/3A pack into it, and this thing is pretty quick. Also it has just hard enough tires it can do donuts and hopefully with practice drift nicely on my hardwood floors. Yeah!

This is a hardbody pan car, 4 screws every time to change the battery will suck!
Run the 4 body mount screws to full depth. File lower side of chassis hole until a rare-earth magnet fits, Goop/ShoeGoo magnet into chassis.
If i wanted a lowered car, i could trim the body screw posts and fine tune the height with tighter/looser screws without changing anything else.
It's a Rally car. I like Special Stages. So let's bring the rear up a little more.

Against the wall.


I *can* do a fast build of something new and clean.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:22 AM
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Default Re: 2001 Subaru Impreza Rally

Nicely done, on a SUPER fast conversion. Did you upgrade the motor, or is that stock. Since I haven't opened mine......yet, I've no idea what's inside it. Did you have to add any resistors/transistors to it, to prevent frying the motor? other then the steering mod, is the rest stock? I know LOTS of questions. I'm just a curious guy, ESPECIALLY since I will eventually be converting mines.
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:53 AM
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Yeah, way less than 12 hrs between box open, and posting it's a runner. All my electronics were already setup, but even so... These are a GOOD base to convert!

Steering knuckle kingpin to draglink centers are 1cm, so use the servo horn hole closest to 1 cm centers.

I only added a 20amp reversable esc with brake option to the stock motor. It already had a Cap board on the motor between both poles and to the can. IF i smoke the stock motor, i can swap in the steering motor, and hopefully have a good one ready to drop in when i smoke that one. These motors look cheap, but we'll see how they do.

If you pull the trans, make sure the axle braces go back as Short wheelbase.

It's all stock except: a straight pin, some double side tape, a servo, an esc, radio, battery, 1 screw for the on/off switch mount, 4 magnets, and whatever battery hold-down i come up with.

I might decide to put in a few brass bushings to tighten up steering.
Maybe swap some longer screws / add some springs.
Maybe get crazy and brush plastidip/liquid latex on the tires for stickys, but i love the tread pattern look even though it's stiff.
Might even find some white vinyl and change the meatballs to a new number.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:29 PM
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Awesome! Thanks fir the info
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Old 12-13-2017, 07:18 PM
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Awesome work as usual Frizz! Love how you've done such a quick conversion on it. Need a video of it doing doughnuts on the floor mate! As to the battery maybe you can cut the central section and hinge it for ease of access?
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Old 12-14-2017, 02:13 AM
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Thanks, i absolutely couldn't have done it without you!

Battery access was taken care of with the 4 magnets set into the bottom of the chassis, they hold onto the 4 original body mount screws. They hold nicely, but release without a fight.



Aluminum speed-tape skidpans and diff guard. It looked too naked for rally.

So now i can change the ride height by adjusting the screws. Which means i lifted it to here.

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Bottom rear pic since i was asked about towing to help setup a sling
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:09 PM
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I also pulled the steer axle apart and increased my steering throw even more. Getting more lock really helps it recover from going sideways.

Anybody up for some Ice / Snow racing...







Didn't go too well, but the pics look pretty good. Hot tires kept just melting into the snow, and really didn't hook up for anything.
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