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07-04-2012, 09:26 AM
Was going to continue in the original Camaro thread but I'm still not giving up on the funny car project.
After years of fighting the wide Cyclone chassis and finding sorta fitting wheels and tires to set under the back I'm moving. Moving to the 190mm setups so I can wedge nicer tires under these drag projects.
I ripped the shaft and front gear set out of my DF03 and measured it up with a few of my new favorite budget wheels... the Street Jam series.


I know these are a 4 bolt pattern but we could fix that but at a glance I think they're felling just right. They're the closest thing to a GM Rally Wheel that I think we can get! Rear's are a 10mm offset that will be widened by one bead in the back, fronts are 6mm offset that will be narrowed by 8-10mm. Also trying out a few sets of the new ABC wheel nuts on a few of the cars, with a little trimming of the axles to make them flush they'd look pretty fantastic


I still need to narrow the fronts but this should give a pretty good idea of the car's more modern stance. I may play around with spacing and lift it a touch but this setup is way better as far as realistic options.


More on the way

Ugly Duck
07-04-2012, 10:08 AM

07-04-2012, 10:39 AM
Those wheels and nuts = :bowdown: This is gonna look amazing, Kev!

07-04-2012, 12:01 PM
do you think the df03 will hold up to the power?

07-04-2012, 02:12 PM
I've run VXLs through them fine, they were not locked in the back end with slicks and hot pavement.
I've beat many Tamiya gears and they're surprisingly strong so we'll see ;)

07-04-2012, 02:14 PM

Those wheels and nuts = :bowdown: This is gonna look amazing, Kev!
I think they make the car, almost considering having this as both a drag car and maybe have it so I can do a little autocross style afternoon for fun. Gotta dig out some good shocks for this today.

07-05-2012, 09:01 AM
That look fantastic!

Those wheels are 1.9 correct?

07-06-2012, 11:43 AM
Awesome.... :popcorn:

07-07-2012, 05:05 AM
Where did you get those rims? The cars looking good too!

07-07-2012, 07:46 AM
That look fantastic!

Those wheels are 1.9 correct?
Yep 1.9s

Awesome.... :popcorn:
Thanks Joe

Where did you get those rims? The cars looking good too!
They're available through GenkiDoriDori, Street Jam brand

07-08-2012, 07:54 PM
Ahh, I'll have to look em up then. I'd kinda like to see how they look on a truck. Thanks for the info! Wolf~

07-13-2012, 06:49 AM
Can't wait to see this one finished. Subscribed.....

08-29-2012, 11:43 AM
I've been waiting patiently (not really) for these wheels to come back into stock. Not because I need a second set but I knew looking at the fronts I had to cut into them to modify. I didn't want to risk ruining the matching set if I coulden't get anymore. Happy news yesterday, there's more so I dug in.

My issue was with the sidewalls being to high using a similar setup (HPI Vintage tire with the sidewall sitting over the edge of the wheel) as the rear... On the left below. I needed to create a wheel with the center similar to a Vette/Camaro rally wheel that would allow me to mount a smaller sidewall Cup Racer tire on it.
This is what I figured out... On the Right below
For the record I'd never run a short sidewall on the front of a regular street or onroad car but the drag look's a little more forgiving.

So now the fronts will almost look like they have the trim rings on and the rears without


Each wheel requires two, one Street Jams wheel and one HPI Cup Racer wheel (3mm offset)


The front and rear beads glued into place


08-29-2012, 05:28 PM
I've been waiting to blast some color on, lunch was good to me!


08-29-2012, 06:25 PM
Nice colour. :biggthumpup:

...and wow, those wheels look hot.

09-08-2012, 02:27 PM
Thanks Rick, the color was originally intended to be a lighter factory Camaro color... Paint stock in the shop wasn't what I thought it to be (some jack hole mixed the caps up) :paranoid:

09-08-2012, 02:31 PM
Had to flip back to the Cyclone chassis.
If this body was proportionate the tubed look would have worked. It's just to darn wide so it's going up and in order to do that the rear wheels will need the correct spacing to look right. The DF03's a 190mm car, the Cyclone's a 200 so the spacing's right... not to mention way outperforms the other.
With the spacing and change of stance comes a wheel and tire change.


09-09-2012, 07:46 PM
Lovely color. Why do you guys cut off the back panels?

09-10-2012, 06:18 AM
Thanks... we don't cut them off. Many of the HPI bodys are formed in separate parts so they come out right. The rear panel just isn't on yet.

09-10-2012, 06:50 AM
Do you have any more pictures of the wheel process? And what did you use to cut them up? Lathe?

09-10-2012, 08:28 AM
That's all there is
Not as fancy as a lathe... a drill, some special attachments, goggles, a harp hobby knife and a dream

09-10-2012, 08:41 AM
Upon closer looking. I see what you've done. I also didn't realize that the rears are un-modified.

I really like the look. I'm running VTA this winter and plan on using the Camaro. These wheels suit it well!

09-10-2012, 08:28 PM
Thanks... we don't cut them off. Many of the HPI bodys are formed in separate parts so they come out right. The rear panel just isn't on yet.

Ohhhh, that makes scence! Thank you. I cant afford a chassis that I can mount one of these body sizes on yet so I wouldn't know.

09-12-2012, 12:47 PM
the wheel and tire combo really top it off

09-13-2012, 08:49 PM
Nice! Lovin' the jacked rear!

09-15-2012, 05:21 AM
That is beautiful Kev!

I've always loved that body & model year. You seem to have a way of crafting and choosing options that really work well together. I'm really enjoying watching this one come to life.

Drag racing brings back fond memories for me. My Dad was a big fan & took me to races in the late 60's to mid 70's. At one time or another I saw Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen race. I was just a kid though... didn't know I was watching legends.