This episode we’re going to take a look at the kyosho optima mid, which is an iconic rc, since it was kyosho’s first mid motor belt driven four wheel, drive vehicle now, kyosho put out a few other four wheel drive vehicles before this. That was the optima, the javelin, the salute and the optima pro, but those had the motors in the rear and were all chain linked, whereas this was their first mid motor belt driven four wheel drive now it is highly sought after and they are rather expensive, online And we’re all hoping that they are going to re release this soon, at least we all hope right and uh. But in the meantime i wanted to get my hands on our original one, but very pricey, and then one popped up on ebay about a year ago. Uh, the seller happened to be a few towns over for me, so i went and picked it up, which was great because i was able to haggle the price a little bit and um. My overall goal was to get this restored as close to mint as possible. However, just like any other rc that i have that i plan on um, you know restoring and making a shelf queen. I got to get it on the track, at least once right have a day of fun with it, and so basically, a whole year went by, as i was gathering parts uh to restore this, because parts are kind of hard to come by for this.
And finally, after a year i said to myself, you know it’s about time. I restore it. So had some nice weather about a week ago, uh ripped out the old electronics in here threw in a very basic setup. I kept in the kyosho mega motor. It was a pink label, i think it’s 22 turns i threw in a hobby wing 1060 esc, and i took it over to the port royale raceway and ran three batteries through it about an hour and a half of track time had a lot of fun got Some cool action footage which you’re about to see later on and then brought it home, tore it apart and it was time to restore it. So let me just tell you a little bit about the parts i went and was able to find and the parts that i weren’t able to find how i restored them so, starting from the front end of the of the buggy. This is not a 3d printed. Bumper, this is an actual um original, never used uh bumper, that has the kyosho logo on the front of it. This came all the way from spain. The front and the rear shocks came with the buggy, and this is what pretty much attracted me to it. They were in awesome condition, no nicks or scratches whatsoever and to get a set like this on ebay costs about 75 each also. The tie rods on here were all scratched up and rusted.
I found a seller on ebay who had brand new ones with the ball ends, so i swapped those out as well as brand new dog bones uh for the front and the rear as well. So those are nice and shiny, no scuff scratches or anything like that. All right, as far as the bottom, the chassis you see here, i also sourced online, no scratches whatsoever. It was a little dull when i got it, but i used auto soul on it, which i don’t think you can get in the united states. I got this through amazon and it came from overseas there’s. Probably some bad stuff in here i don’t know, but it does work wonders and i don’t even have to use a dremel uh to polish. I just little elbow grease goes a long way and look how shiny that is right and let’s see here is another reason why i changed. The chassis is because you can see this is bent now, i’m sure many of you were saying: oh, you can just bend it back and polish it up. I could have done that it’s kind of scratched up and on the other side over here i have the sticky residue and you know what like i said, i was collecting parts over the course of a year and when that chassis came up online, i just couldn’t Pass it up and i will eventually bend this one back shine. It up, get this residue off the sticky stuff and and sell it and get some money back, but in the meantime, went with this one.
Also this was the original uh top chassis, the frp plate. That went on top um. Not only did it have. The double sided. Stick tape on there from the belt cover on here, but there was also a glue that was used so again when i first got this, and i saw that to cover all bases and make sure um that i had one just in case. I couldn’t get this uh glue off. I found a new brand new one, never used so put that one on there as well. Um let’s see what else. Okay, so the mechanical speed, control and the resistor and the cover were included with the buggy. They were not on the buggy when i got it, but i figured since i’m gon na get this as much as possible to original mint condition. I put it i’m gon na put it on there, and you know what i don’t even think these were ever used. It’S, nice and shiny – and i shined up the resistor cover over here. It looks great on here, uh belt cover on the top, and the bottom, like i said, had some of that sticky residue, but also and had that glue. The sticky residue came off. As for the glue, i let it soak in goo gone for about an hour to about an hour and a half periodically checking on it, and then i was able to scratch off and scrape off the glue.
So i really wanted to keep this as much as close to original, because you know these tinted gear covers well, i say gear cover because there is one over the gear cover, and that was fine. I didn’t have to do anything to that, but the belt covers that were tinted. They are really hard to find and again backup plan. I found a reproduction one online and i figured if i couldn’t get these as clean as i wanted them. I could just spray this with some of that um ps forgot the number but it’s the the tamiya spray paint that smoke like you know the window tint kind of – and i can just do it on here and use that, but fortunately i was able to get All that glue off so i’m very happy, so the top belt cover and the uh bottom belt cover are fine. Just that there’s a little dent in here and i really couldn’t – get that out, but not a big deal, um the wheels and tires those are in excellent condition: uh there’s a little yellowing of the wheels, but hey that comes with age. I know some people will use like let’s, say bleach or even um, hydrogen peroxide, like they do for the rc tens. I just put them in the ultrasonic, cleaner and scrubbed them. And yes, these are the same wheels and tires. I used on the dirt track. The tires were like brand new when i got them and you probably think i’m crazy for doing that, but running it on dirt.
Doesn’T really wear down the tread on the tire as quickly as running it on like asphalt or concrete and that’s. Definitely not what i did. I gave it one good run on the port royal raceway, and then i cleaned up these tires. I scrubbed them and you could you can’t even tell that they were used and as for the wheels, i did happen to source a new set of wheels but believe it or not, even though they’re new and they were never used, they are actually more yellow than These so i decided just to stick with these, gave them a good cleaning and they look awesome, there’s, no scratches or anything around the outer part of them. So fine i’ll just take the other wheels and and post them up on a facebook group, and hopefully someone buys them back okay for me, and i get my money back right. Okay, now anything else on here that i replaced no, i replaced a good majority of this with original parts. So all right, i think, that’s it now. As for the body that was probably the most challenging and annoying part of this restoration uh, this is a reproduction body. Cutting it out. It you know, is a little tedious because, especially when you’re cutting out this area of the car over um the gear cover, you know the manual just kind of tells you hey cut this part out and just gives you one picture.
So it was a lot of putting it on taking it off, cutting putting it back on cutting and keep going back and forth to fit it on there. The right way – and also i i hate it when you have a front end of a body that you have to cut out little slits in and they wrap around um the front shock tower it’s annoying taking off and putting it back on like that. But it is what it is, and so finally i got the body fitted and all cut out ready to go and that’s. When i decided that you know what let me put the mechanical speed control on with the resistor, and at that point i had to go back to the body and now cut out this area over here, so the resistor can come through. So you know a little a little annoying but hey you know very worth it in the end, because it looks that much better with the uh the resistor cover coming through gives it that more vintage look. I mean it’s a vintage rc, but you know i just didn’t want to have this covered up, you know and then you know just take it off. I got ta. I had to put the mechanical speed control on. There just gives it that look so i’m sure some of you know what i’m talking about all right and then, as for the stickers, i was able to source uh original stickers.
It was a partial, decal or sticker sheet for forty dollars. So i originally put these two, these two stickers on the main stickers on either side. One of them went on flawlessly. The other one was a complete disaster: uh it creased it spider, webbed it creased in another area. When i say spiderweb, it was weird because it wasn’t just like a crease, it was like almost like a shattered piece of glass. I guess, because i lifted it back up, put it back down, i don’t know so then i got this bright idea. Well, since i have these two rows of stickers going across the bottom already, which are partially overlapping onto this sticker, let me take the optima mid which isn’t on the box art, so i decided to get a little crazy at that point and i was like let Me just put it over and cover up those those creases and for the most part it did, and i looked at it and i’m like. Ah you know what maybe i’ll just rip them off and i’ll do the reproduction ones. But then i was like what happens if i do the reproduction ones on here and i get the same thing with the creases on it and so at the end of the night. I just left it here on the workbench and i went to bed and sure enough. In the morning i come down to the basement. I sit down my coffee and i’m looking at it and i just said screw it and i just ripped them off didn’t, even give it another thought ripped off both sides, and so this sticker over here and this sticker over here, our reproduction.
This one in the front is original and every sticker you see here on the wing is original, okay, so all original and all these stickers – you see going down the middle of the car here. These are all original. These are original the most important sticker on the car. My favorite is, i love hooker Laughter, just kidding still a funny sticker right, all right, anyways. These are these are originals and what is reproduction like? I said these two stickers here and um the stickers that you see running um the western sticker and then all of these are reproduction, because when i ripped off the original one it took off these – and i don’t know how people get these to fit on. Here. All these stickers, because i looked at uh optima house, i went on youtube and looked at people who restored these images on google, the box art and these stickers, which i have in the exact same spot. That overlap go up to a certain point and then you’re supposed to have enough room over here. To put these two rows of stickers underneath impossible, doesn’t fit. I don’t know, and the reproduction stickers are the same as the originals, because i cut out the originals and i put them over the reproduction and this sticker right here is the exact same size as the original and the ones with the with the words over here. Um are all the same size as well: it’s, not like it’s in a different.
You know, point font, they’re, all the exact same size. I don’t know how people get them on there and i even compared it to original body over here. Thinking maybe you know this is a little bit longer and it’s, not it’s the exact same dimension, so i don’t know either way it’s a little busy over here, but i think it looks good and when it gets on the buggy itself, it definitely looks sharp and I’M happy with it that’s the most important thing, all right so before restoring this, i got it out on the racetrack. Had some fun with it here is that footage, and hopefully, hopefully, fingers crossed kyosho soon re releases, the optima mid, because there are a lot of people out there who would love to see one of these uh in their in their grasps? I know i would like to get one of them, so i can build it and have fun with it and run it and then have this on my shelf and then i won’t feel so guilty about having a shelf queen. I know how many of you have your feelings about shelf queens, but hey listen. I have some self queens and i have others that are runners, so it’s an even mix on my channel. Alright anyways, thanks for your support, enjoy the running footage and i will see you all in my next video take care: Music, Music, Music Applause.