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Blake Lirette with a New Recipe for His B5M

Sausage Fingers

Have you ever looked at your hands and said to yourself, “Man, I would really love to wrap those Grandi sized sausage fingers of mine with eggs and cheese and eat them”? Instead of eating them, I’d have mine prepared in a skillet well done by Max who cooks at The Factory. I decided to order some parts from Lunsford, Schelle, and PSM to pare down the fat and get me some lady fingers.


In my first installment with the gracious help from Speedy’s, Avid, and MIP the object of my consternation was rotating weight; this time I am turning a burning desire to sprung weight.

Lunsford Racing- Barb and Kelly offer up just about anything Ti you could want to slim down the B5M and what I grabbed were four 10mm and two 6mm Ti ball studs that attach to the front and rear hubs. With that two M3x5mm screws were needed for the front axles, six M3x12 for the rear shock bottoms and steering arms, and lastly two M3x22 for the front shock bottoms. A nice touch outside of their beauty is that the screws are just a touch smaller at the tip which allows for easier insertion. Lets not bother to say that titanium is stronger because I never wreck or need turn marshaled. No, doesn’t happen. Coming from Oregon it behooves me to mention they did lose to Ohio State recently in a game that a lot of people felt mattered.


Schelle Racing- Kurt made up some beautiful steering bushings that offer three different positions for the steering arms. Up high and the steering is more aggressive, middle is neutral, and low equals out to greater stability in the bumps and easier to drive. They also are aluminum and that is lighter than steel the last time I checked. An added side benefit I found after assembling the bushings with the Ti screws was the arms didn’t feel bound up anymore. Lighter and smoother, weird.

PSM- Based in Germany, if you can find that information on the mobile website I’ll give you a dollar, they make some luscious looking axles that were seductive enough for me to try out. Some may question using aluminum front axles and I myself have sheered off one in my early days but these are much thicker than what was on my well abused B4. This is also a rotating weight reduction but this time it is not driven rotating weight. I also like the fact that they are not anodized, just aluminum that is as beautiful as Halle Berry.


So, what is the weight loss? Seeing how some of the parts on their own are very small I placed everything on the scale at once and viola, 15 grams have disappeared. Add in the aluminum wheel nuts ganked off my Pro-Line PRO-2 and we are at 17.

I know a lot of people are going more in-depth than I am about losing weight on their buggies but I feel using the two methods I’ve written about will get you all the weight loss needed.


With my Pro-Line 2.4″ Wheels and Tires, which are lighter, I am at 1500 grams. Was it expensive? That depends on what you consider pricey versus worth it.