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Monday, March 04, 2019

Mini-Z Tips: Rear Suspension Plate (T-Plates)

This is the first in a series of posts (hopefully) about Kyosho Mini-Z racing. Specifically the MR-03 2WD cars that come with the KT-531P Transmitter. The Sports or Sports 2 series are more about drifting which is fun but not the goal here. There isn't a lot of updated information available in English that I've found. Even the manufacturers have terrible information and don't explain how to use the products.

In this post I'm going to talk about T-Plates, the rear spring at the bottom of the car. This is only one half of the rear suspension, the other half is the damper on the top but I'll talk about those in another post.
Installation of T-Plate
So far the Carbon Fiber T-Plates seem to be the most popular. A good mix of traction and durability. There are fiberglass plates which can work well but are fragile. The same goes for PN Racing T-plates, I like the Kyosho plates instead. The Kyosho plates don't have as much cut out in the middle and that makes them more durable.

Kyosho KYOMZW403 T-Plate Set
T-Plates come in varying widths and this allows us to change the handling. A softer T-plate promotes rear grip and will allow the car body to roll more. Go softer if you want more Oversteer.

A stiffer plate will make the car have more Understeer but can help with traction rolling. You want to run the softest plate you can get away with generally.


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