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Tamiya Honda RC166 problem

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    January 2011
Tamiya Honda RC166 problem
Posted by Zeke on Monday, April 20, 2020 7:50 AM

Has anyone built the Tamiya Honda RC166 kit? This is one amazing model, I'm halfway through the build but ran into an issue at step 10 when attaching the rear swingarm to the frame with the shock absorbers. It all goes together well but because the swingarm can still swing free the top half of the shock separates from the bottom half and won't stay together. Just wondering if this is normal and you just have to wait until the exhaust is installed to add another link to hold itall together?? There's a great youtube video of this build but he doesn't seem to have any issues with it. Interested on others out there and their experiences with this model too, I don't think I've found a more well made model than this one. 

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    January 2005
  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:32 AM

i've not built the kit, but it sounds like the assembly should stay together as one piece with the two halves of the shocks stopping at a point before coming apart.

Looking at the instruction sheet, i can't see what stops the shock coming apart (if anything). is there a nub on the shaft at all?

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Posted by Zeke on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:50 PM

No, there's no nub or stop at all, it's a smooth metal shaft on one half of the shock going into a hole in the other half with of course a spring, I'd say the shaft is less than 1/2" in length and there's nothing at all to stop them from coming apart. This link shows him putting the shocks on right near the end of the video, around the 58 minute mark... 

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    October 2015
Posted by TomZ on Friday, September 11, 2020 8:17 PM


I built the RC166 with Tamiya's extra transkits and it is the pride my collection. I encountered the same issue with the rear shocks. I don't really care if the features work or not, so I just glued them.

I hope that you are adding the extra kit modules. The wheels are absolute jewels and the clutch/intake stack set looks great. I built the chain kit also but messed it up in a few places, so it's there but not as pretty as I could wish. I will say that the wheel and chain jigs are spot on and work great.

This is an AMAZING kit, well worth the price! Best birthday present I ever got for myself.



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