Tamiya’s TT-01 is one of the most popular touring cars for sale today, and with a few simple modifications it can be transformed into a decent drifting machine. The most important mod required to get your sideways drift on, is to lock your TT-01’s rear differential. Carry on reading for our detailed step by step how to.
There’s a number of ways to lock a gear driven differential like the TT-01’s. In the past we’ve tried blu-tac, rubber bands and paper clips. It seems anything that restricts the movement of the inner spider gears seems to work. The problem with these methods is that they are likely to become looser over time.
Hot Glue – The Best Method
Using hot glue from a glue gun is the best method we’ve tried and is why we suggest you use hot glue. Hot glue restricts the movement of the spider gears, and best of all it can be removed when you’ve had enough of going sideways.
How to lock TT-01 diff using hot glue
Follow our step by step guide below and you’ll be drifting better than ever before in no time.
Remove your rear wheels first, using a hex wrench. Make sure to take off the wheel hex and drive pin as well.
Flip your TT-01s chassis over and remove the 5 screws holding the skid plate on.
Turn the chassis back over, and find the 2 screws that located between the shock tower.
When you have removed the 7 screws from the previous steps, gently pull apart from the rear suspension assembly from the rest of the chassis. You should be looking at something near identical to the picture below.
Remove the differential from the gearbox housing by taking the dogbone driveshafts out. The diff will fall right out. Then once the diff is in your hands, pull the drive cups and bearings from either side of the differential.
Using a small philips screwdriver, remove the 3 M2 screws that hold the diff together. Be careful not to strip the threads when you reassembly this part.
When all 3 screws are undone, gently pry the diff apart to reveal the inner spider and ring gears.
Warm up you’re glue gun up until the glue runs smoothly when the trigger is pulled. Your aiming to glue in between the spider gears down onto the lower ring gear. Do not get glue on the top surfaces of the spider gears or the central piece, as this will prevent the other ring gear from sitting properly when you reassemble.
If all has gone to plan, you will be left with a diff that looks similar to the one below. All that’s left to do is reassemble everything in reverse order. You will be drifting far more consistently and most of the dreaded TT-01 understeer will be gone.
Now the next time you decide to drift, you should see a massive increase in general consistency when you’re sliding sideways.