Originally Posted by lolleskates
can someone tell me the difference between the f103 kits out there?
i'm looking to get into f1 but i don't know what's the best one.
or is it just a difference in the shells?
i know the f103r is coming out soon might hold out for that
The only difference between the M & T body kits are the body. The M body is a mid 90s high nose design with a smaller front wing and a more adjustable taller rear wing, overall it looks to be less down force at both ends and the better choice for most conditions. The T body is an early 90s low nose with a very large but lower rear wing and good sized front wing. In general the low nose design should hold up better because the nosecone is is filled by the front wing strengthening it.
The L body kit coming out is also a low nose early 90s shell (lotus 107B) with a larger front wing than the T body and a rear wing sized between the M & T bodies.
The R looks to be a full hop-up kit w/o body. Given that only a few hop-ups really improve the car I would suggesting getting one of the std kits along with select upgrades.
For hop-up I would recommend the trf shock, aluminum motor mount, spur gear set, front spring set and either the graphite chassis or a long upper deck. The turnbuckle set is a nice convince but not necessary.