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May 25, 2019, 01:03 PM
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Mini-Review

Mini-Q TRQ1 Video Review & Photos


Here’s the video.
[Review] Mini-Q TRQ1 - 1/28 4WD Drift Car (10 min 26 sec)


Mod & Upgrades
Mini-Q TRQ1 | How To Build Ultimate Budget RC Drift (17 min 20 sec)


Photos: (click to open large photo)
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Body





Thank you banggood.com ever so much for sending me this car knowing it'd torture it.
Considering my previous reviews that tank the sell and leave those cars on the shelf indefinitely this is very generous of them.

Specs:
- 1/28 Scale
- 94mm Wheelbase non-adjustable
- King-pin strut suspension, non-adjustable camber, toe, etc...
- Runs on 4x AAA battery or 1S Lipo
- On-board gyro
- 5g 5 wires servo
- Solid axle (locked diff)
- Equipped with drift tyres
- 130 Brushed motor

Mini-Z Compatibility:
- Wheels & Tyres
- Swing shaft (drive shaft)
- Spring damper
- Differential

The Good:
- Cheap, right now it’s $32 (about $34 after shipping)
- RTR or rather RTD; Ready To Drift because it’s equipped with drift tyres and solid axle.
- Good Handling
- Good gear mesh
- Good centering servo, relatively precise but a bit jerky at times
- Has gyro (if you’re new to drifting, this helps a lot)
- Compatible with Mini-Z AWD parts

The Bad
- A bit noisy
- Servo is not very precise
- Tragic looking body but colour is nice
- Dodgy quality control. My receiver can’t be turned off. I have to eject the battery tray instead. My circuit board fried after 2:30 hours.

Conclusions
It's a good chassis but the electronics are weak. Putting better electronics in and it drives really well. After all it's Mini-Q TRQ6 with non-adjustable wheelbase but this is much lighter.
The body isn't good looking so I don't feel sorry when I crash. That's a plus.
With Mini-Z compatibility gives it decent headroom to upgrade.
At $32.99 it's the best budget drift car you can buy right now.

Some affiliate links.
TRQ1 Drift Car: http://bit.ly/2HjQFQC
Cross Wrench to remove the wheels: http://bit.ly/2EmCA2R
Front One Way: http://bit.ly/2YFi1Y7 (You'll need to buy 6x8mm shims because they won't give you anymore)
Metal Swing Shaft: http://bit.ly/2Qoac54 (Actually, don't buy this. The size at the intercut is wrong and you'll need loads of shims to make it work.)
Aluminium Wheels: http://bit.ly/2Ii8D7R
Treaded Tyres: http://bit.ly/2v5ulTT
Ball Differential: http://bit.ly/2Wm6puF

Some additional parts you might need. Not affiliate but they are what I use.
6x8mm shims for diff: http://www.miracle-mart.com/store/in...oducts_id=6103
M3 shims for swing shaft (drive shaft): http://www.miracle-mart.com/store/in...ducts_id=13815
Better swing shafts from 3Racing: https://www.3racing-parts.com/kyosho...-10002168.html
Better swing shafts from Eagle Racing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/MA20VE-10S-.../253151171525?
Mini-Z AWD spring damper: https://www.3racing-parts.com/kyosho...-10002182.html
Eagle Racing Mini-Z AWD ball differential (need shims): https://www.ebay.com/itm/MA20VE-12-A.../253618039380?
Eagle Racing Mini-Z AWD solid axle (need shims): https://www.ebay.com/itm/MA20VE-13-A.../253336924294?
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May 25, 2019, 01:30 PM
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Can you tell us just how wide it is in stock form? Front same as rear?
May 25, 2019, 02:20 PM
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Can you tell us just how wide it is in stock form? Front same as rear?
With wheels
Front: 68.5mm.
Rear: 69mm because rear toe make it sticks out but tracking is the same.

Without wheels: 55.5mm
May 26, 2019, 04:34 AM
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Would the mini z knuckles fit
May 26, 2019, 04:50 AM
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Would the mini z knuckles fit
No, they won't. The king-pin poles on Mini-Q are smaller but the knuckle overall is bigger.

edit: As far as compatibility goes Firelap IW04M is better. At least Mini-Z knuckles fit so I have a bit more adjustability. But the plastic on that car is unbearable soft, fragile and pron to strip. It's now at the point that I wanted to try using Mini-Z swing shafts again but I'm afraid I'd break the car.
This Q1 though, I've just re-shot the disassemble again for next video without a care in the world.
Last edited by Beaver_XT; May 26, 2019 at 04:58 AM.
May 26, 2019, 10:47 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Beaver_XT
With wheels
Front: 68.5mm.
Rear: 69mm because rear toe make it sticks out but tracking is the same.

Without wheels: 55.5mm
Thanks .
May 27, 2019, 02:00 AM
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So what metal swing shafts are the best ones, To be honest the plastic ones are working fine but would like to try some.
May 27, 2019, 10:35 AM
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So what metal swing shafts are the best ones, To be honest the plastic ones are working fine but would like to try some.
I've tried 3Racing and it's perfect fit. However you might have to file down the slot at the rear diff a bit to make it rotate perfectly at any position.

Here. But you have to do it only a bit though. About 0.5mm will do.
Last edited by Beaver_XT; May 27, 2019 at 12:20 PM.
Jun 01, 2019, 08:23 AM
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Trying out the electronics.
Mini-Q TRQ1 Electronics Upgrade Test Fit (8 min 27 sec)
Jun 07, 2019, 07:17 AM
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Dam Banggood are out of stock will wait to order so it helps Beaver.......But I will start ordering parts from now any suggestions what to go for first, which brushless setup and if there is any metal knuckles that are compatible...... Beaver can I ask when your second video is coming for the trq1? Thanks
Jun 08, 2019, 12:27 AM
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Seems like the rear knuckles for Q3 will fit for both front and rear but they've been out of stock for years now.

First mod for drifting is front one way and metal swing shaft upgrades.

For brushless I've tried Surpass Hobby 1410 and it fits.
Lately I did some experiment in my QQ with Surpass Hobby 1410 7500KV motor + Hobbywing EZrun 18A and it seems like a good combination for touring. No doubt it'll be good for drifting too.

As for the video, I'm trying to finish it this weekend.
It'll be the most comprehensive guide to build a car I've ever done covering everything from how to build the car to how to setup electronics, transmitter and gyro.
Please look forward to it.


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The video is live! Updated in the first post.
Last edited by Beaver_XT; Jun 09, 2019 at 02:18 AM.
Jun 10, 2019, 03:04 PM
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Hey guys, so ordered parts as Beaver has advised so need to wait, still not sure if it's worth going brushless.....
What kv would be best I wonder? Any thoughts would be much appreciated.....
Jun 11, 2019, 11:29 AM
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You'll have faster car and longer runtime. Worthy or not is quite debatable because this chassis can't fine tune camber and toe to make use of all the power. But longer run time and lighter car are still appealing.

Keep it 7500KV and below so you can still drive it.
Jun 16, 2019, 12:18 PM
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You'll have faster car and longer runtime. Worthy or not is quite debatable because this chassis can't fine tune camber and toe to make use of all the power. But longer run time and lighter car are still appealing.

Keep it 7500KV and below so you can still drive it.
Thank you beaver, I'm deciding to stick with the brushed setup at the moment like I said iv ordered everything you mentioned and currently waiting....I really enjoy your budget builds maybe in same videos you could have budget builds and also non budget build.....just a thought not trying to be annoying.....Thanks
Jun 16, 2019, 01:24 PM
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Non budget build will be a separated video.


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