Nissan Skyline R34 Nismo Z-Tune……ready for track drifting session

This bodyshell is work in progress, as I’m trying various things out on it to apply to much newer and shiny bodyshells.

The idea is to create a bodyshell that looks like a Street Drifter has taken his car to a track, where you usually see some taped up headlights and different wheels that they use just for drifting.  At some organised events numbers are applied if they enter an amateur event.

After applying a complete real metal mesh grill to the front, I bought a set of Speedway Slidemaster wheels to get the look I wanted, which now on the car look great.  I then applied some BBS stickers from a set that was lying around (I know they are Volk design but hey……they were the only ones I had!)

Here’s the results……..hope you like it!

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3Racing Swing Shaft with +5mm Offset

After being frustrated with adding washers to push the wheels out to fill the rims….and it still not being quite enough, I decided to go for these 3Racing Swing Shaft with +5mm Offset.  I intend to use them with some dress up disc brakes and some 0mm or 2mm offset wheels to get a decent drift look.

I’ll also post some pics experimenting with 190mm and 200mm bodies to see just how far you can push the rims out with these swing shafts.

In theory, up to 15mm is possible with these and +10mm offset wheels!!  maybe a little much……….

I’ve ordered them from eBay seller ToyEast whose shop is here

The 3Racing Swing Shaft with +5mm Offset are here

Pictures below show the shaft, and also a metal collar that will no doubt go between the wheel and suspension arm.
3Racing Swing Shaft +5mm Offset

3Racing’s website is here and the +5mm off set swing shafts on their website are here

Budget Drift Tires! TurboHobby DC-3 and DS-F2 Drift Tire Sets

Whilst hunting around on eBay I found these REALLY cheap drift tires, full review as you read on……..

Click here for eBay seller details and shop

This eBay seller is a really genuine and nice guy, these prices are amazing considering the tires themselves are actually very good compared against Tamiya drifting tires, which I find rather frustrating because they are expensive and slow compared with these TurboHobby versions. In fact, they’re so good I’ve just ordered more! The ultra high speed tires are on their way as I type so I look forward to testing them.

Full Description;
Turbo Hobby DC-3 Drift Tire Set
DC-3 compound is for Medium speed drift.
DS-F2 compound is for medium/high speed drift
Made from injection mold.
Rounded & polished edges for better drift on corners.
No glue require to install.
Compatible with 24mm width wheel

Fitting;
Both types mentioned are easily put on the rims, but I found that some ‘encouragement’ was needed. They are such a tight fit that it meant leaning my whole body on them but they went on in the end – so that’s what the ‘no glue’ bit was about……! Also, I noticed some trimming maybe necessary on the inside of the tires just to get a flush fit but this is not an issue, especially at this price.

Driving;
I tried both the DC-3 and DS-F2 on a TT-01 with a 15T motor and another one with a Brushless motor that’s equal to a 5T. Both gave very predictable handling on tarmac, and the different compounds suited each car meaning the Brushless TT-01 was drifting in huge arcs, and the 15T TT-01 was great for tighter corners. It’s great the multiple compounds are available from the same manufacturer as it will make it easy choosing which tire you need for different surfaces.

Incidentally, both were tried on carpet and given the space I was in they were WAY more controllable than the Tamiya drift tires, so bear that in mind if you drift indoors!

On the car the they look great, and I’ve added some pics below to show what they look like on the cars, along with wheels you can get from the same eBay seller here.