Drift Mission has finally gotten our hands on the Max Speed Technology FS-01D. This is our first exclusive look at the new MST FS-01D Front Motor RC drift chassis. The first production run for this chassis has already been sold out, and we were lucky enough to be one of the first to receive this new chassis. The front motor design of the FS-01D challenges the current ‘Drift Spec’ mid-ship motor design with a greater weight bias in the forward position. Another benefit of the FS-01D chassis is the utilization of new ‘High-Traction’ chassis design criteria. The new main chassis and top deck is now a 2.0mm thickness to better utilize mechanical traction. Combining a front motor positioning for greater front end traction, and better mid-section chassis flex for mechanical traction. This chassis looks to be a big contender in the RC Drift community. Check out the full post for more pictures and details about the new FS-01D
The MST FS-01D came in a shiny new box sealed from the MST Factory. The new MST packaging is very nice and is a big improvement over the MS-01D box. Goes to show that MST is always improving their products, even the packaging got an upgrade.
The FS-01D chassis comes fully assembled from the factory. The instructions included are just the exploded diagrams. No assembly instructions, as there is no assembly required.
The package contained:
Assembled MST FS-01D
Extra heatsink cooling bars
A set of MST wheels and tires
Servo saver parts
Bag of misc parts
Tools, Damper oil and grease
Bonus set of MST wheels and tires, very impressive new packaging by MST. The wheels are also very detailed with good finish.
No assembly required does not mean that you can put in electronics and drive it. There are still several components that you need to build yourself. Here is a small list things you need to do before running the FS-01D.
Dampers are built, but does not contain any damper oil. At the very least you will need to make sure all parts are fastened tightly. Then fill with dampers with the damper oil provided. Be sure to remove all air bubbles or allow sufficient time for air bubbles to be dissipated from the oil. Tighten and ensure a good seal. Take your time building dampers, it will make sure they last longer and work properly.
The universal drive shafts are not packed with grease, they are very clean and freshly assembled. Be sure to take these apart and use the grease provided with the FS-01D kit. This will ensure that your universal drive shafts function properly without chatter. The grease will also help reduce the wear caused by metal to metal contact. Be sure to use sufficient amount of grease, it will help prolong the life cycle of your drive-shafts and improve their function.
Adjust the belt tension! Always check to ensure that the belts are not too tight or too loose. There is a happy medium when it comes to how tight it should be, most of this will come from experience. If the belt is too tight, it will impede the free movement of the drive system. It can also cause the chassis to be tweaked, especially on throttle. The belt will stretch or worse, break. If the belt is too loose, it will not drive properly, the belt teeth will slip off the pulley teeth and your car will not drive properly. For a first time belt drive user, you will want approximately 3mm to 5mm of movement after the belt is tightened.
One of the major questions asked about this chassis is the maximum out of box steering angle. So we took the liberty of taking some measurements before proceeding. I mounted on some 6mm offset wheels and used a protractor to approximately measure the steering angle. It turned out to be approximately 35 degrees of parallel steering angle out of the box (10 degrees caster setting). The chassis is capable of more if the steering limiters are removed, but not much before it runs into the dampers.
Well we leave you with some pictures of the FS-01D. Look for a full chassis review, coming soon in the next few weeks on Driftmission.com. If anyone has any questions, just comment below this post and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks for reading 🙂