17 Oct 2008

Need spare shoes for your Optima?




Well... Some optimaniacs don't want to ruin their expensive shoes (OT-30, OT-66) on running, so a wise workaround is to fit Tamiya Wide Stud #5305 or oval block #50268/50269 on original Turbo Optima or Optima Mid wheels.

But even these wheels tend to become rare and I can understand that some people don't want to scuff these. Of course you can use adequate adapters to fit Tamiya hotshot wheels on Kyosho Hex hubs, but they are rarer these days as well.

So again Tamiya's modern stuff being easier to find, I've been using their 5-spoke 2-piece wide wheels #50673 and Thundershot tires #50344. Yes, it gives a Tamiya-ish touch on your optima but I'm not concerned by keeping Kyoshomania by all means... :D

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have been restoring an Optima Mid for a few months now. It will never be an original - a bit of a hybrid. It's a part time runner (nothing to scary to hurt it though!). Have used the Tamiya tires that fit the old rims but now have put on some HPI superstar wheels and am going to use 2.2" tires. Tracked down a spare spur gear but now all I need are new kingpins (OT4?). Am down to one and three modified screws! Do new ZX-5 or any other kingpins fit the old mid?

David (Australia)

optimaforever said...

I confirm that the kingpins of the ZX-5 are NOT compatible with the OT-4.

Anonymous said...

Great customer wheel idea. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Found some kingpins that work with the optima mid - Kyosho AE54 King Pin. It has a philips head, not a hex head but still seems to work OK.

Anonymous said...

Very nice idea for using Tamiya tires. I have an Original Optima runner and I want to use the original (Javelin/Optima) "twisted star" 2-piece wheels. Does Tamiya also have a tire size that is compatible with the older style original Kyosho Optima wheels? Thanks.

optimaforever said...

The Tamiya Superchamp/Frog/Hornet/Grasshopper tires are compatible.

hndaman198 said...

where do you find these rims/tires @ i cannot find them anywhere?

optimaforever said...

Mainly on ebay but you can try rcmart or hobbyjapan.

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