Today if you go to your hobby shop, you can’t order a B5 or a B5M Factory Team kit like we were used to with the previous B4.x. Why? The answer is quite simple, Team Associated doesn’t offer a Factory Team kit. Instead, Team Associated offers the B5 and B5M in what they call a “Team Kit”.
The reason is also quite simple, Team Associated wants to give to their customers the best product for the best price. Also, a high percentage of those B5 and B5M are mainly raced by sponsored racers, there is no real reason to include in the kit parts that will be replaced anyway by parts made by the racers’ sponsors. Okay, this doesn’t explain why there is a body and wheels in the kit but this is another story.
To make a long story short, I wanted to convert my B5M Team Kit into a Factory Kit, just like if Team Associated has made it for me. I’ve ordered all the Team Associated parts that I thought it would be included in a FT kit at the exception of the rear clamping hexs because they were out of stock…. L
I also took the time to weight all the FT and stock parts to compare their weights. All option parts are not made to save weight. Some of them are made to add durability, some other to keep things cool and others to reduce weight. But as you will see in the chart, the FT turnbuckles and the aluminum screw kit are the most significant options to reduce weight. If you race a stock class, they should be on the top of your list!
So here is my Team Associated B5M Factory Team…