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Old 01-29-2012, 08:31 PM   #3841
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hate to sound dumb, but what's the rabbit conversion?
It is a graphite chassis and upper deck conversion for the fgx. The fgx suffers from weak front arms and a weak upper deck. This conversion allows the use of the tougher f104 f103 or f109 front arms while allowing you to keep the independent rear suspension. The only fgx parts left are the shocks rear suspension rear differential and the rear wing. If you can forgive my quickly installed and not necessarily neat electronics I will post pics of the chassis tomorrow. I had to do an emergency motor and esc change to make yesterdays race and have not had a chance to clean it up. I did finish first last night after an extremely fast f104 broke so the swap was worth the effort.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:36 PM   #3842
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It is a graphite chassis and upper deck conversion for the fgx. The fgx suffers from weak front arms and a weak upper deck. This conversion allows the use of the tougher f104 f103 or f109 front arms while allowing you to keep the independent rear suspension. The only fgx parts left are the shocks rear suspension rear differential and the rear wing. If you can forgive my quickly installed and not necessarily neat electronics I will post pics of the chassis tomorrow. I had to do an emergency motor and esc change to make yesterdays race and have not had a chance to clean it up. I did finish first last night after an extremely fast f104 broke so the swap was worth the effort.
sure, i won't mind I like the looks of this car - but if there's a way to fit a tamiya front end on it, I'd be happier and then buy one

I saw on TQ Racing, they list parts to do a tamiya-like front end, but it sounds like the rabbit uses a REAL tamiya front? am I mistaken?
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:41 PM   #3843
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I saw on TQ Racing, they list parts to do a tamiya-like front end, but it sounds like the rabbit uses a REAL tamiya front? am I mistaken?
Yep, F104 or F103. I'm on the fence on getting one of these. The only thing that kept me from pulling the trigger already was that I wanted to use the FGX High nose front end. But since the alleged front end breaks when you look at it wrong, no sense in sweating that detail. Still, that McKune conversion looks so promising.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #3844
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As promised. Pics of the rabbit and the body to shock interference. Its hard to see but if you look at the sides of the rear fin you can see the ball ends for the shocks laying right next to the body.
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Sorry for the messy electronics.
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Sorry for the bad comment.

It really looks like a F1 in shirt mini skirt.
And more like a mix breed than a F1.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #3847
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As promised. Pics of the rabbit and the body to shock interference. Its hard to see but if you look at the sides of the rear fin you can see the ball ends for the shocks laying right next to the body.
have you mounted the shimzu groove tire onto tamiya 104 front wheel?
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have you mounted the shimzu groove tire onto tamiya 104 front wheel?
Yes the tires are mounted. They actually fit really well and the traction was very good on indoor carpet.
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Sorry for the bad comment.

It really looks like a F1 in shirt mini skirt.
And more like a mix breed than a F1.
Well it is a mixed breed but how is that any different then using an exotek chassis and tamiya parts? Or using any of the yeah racing or 3 racing on any other chassis? If you think about it any upgraded car that wasn't built completely with that manufacturers parts is a mix breed.

To be honest it is the independent suspension and gear diff that got me back into the f1 cars. I ran an old f102 years ago and had a blast but I'm glad to see that something besides the solid axle and the ball diff has moved into the f1 class. So far it is taking a lot of experimenting and tuning to get this car to run right and its still being worked on but it has tons of potential. I love the tuning aspect of the hobby so I'm having a lot of fun with it. Don't get me wrong, I love the straight axle cars and I am about to start a f103 group c project but the fgx just really intrigued me.

As far as the mini skirt.....I think you are referring to the rear body work. I will agree I wish I didn't have to trim it but I think it came out ok. Besides this is a race car and not a concours show car. I have definitely done worse to keep a car on the track.

I appreciate the honest comment though. The fgx definitely isn't for everyone especially when you start building a full blown conversion. Yes of has its shortcomings just like any other car but the fun is in overcoming and performing just as well as the more traditional cars. So far I'm only .2 seconds off of the record lap and the car had a medium push that night. Made some chassis adjustments tonight to hopefully get rid of the push.

I can't say enough good things about the rabbit though. Tough as nails and comes back for more. I will also have to give credit to the f104 front arms. Very durable.
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Here's a set of 3 videos from last Saturday's F1 races at Mike's Hobby Shop in Carrollton, Texas. Home of the 2012 ROAR Carpet Nats coming in March 16 - 18.
F1 1st Qualifier --> http://youtu.be/MBl6dtEaMUI
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F1 3rd Qualifier --> http://youtu.be/6y5rd9O54zg
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Luosi, is that a FGX body underneath that beautiful Red Bull scheme you did? If so, that is the best looking FGX body I have seen yet. I generally don't like the FGX body as much as the Tamiya F1 bodies, but yours is nice!
Thanks. Yes, it is the FGX body
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The 2012 F1 launches have started, I just happened to go to the Mclaren website right as they were about to do the live online launch press conference.

and then found a pretty cool teaser video for the Lotus E20
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That video is awesome! SRV and F1 rule!
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Killer Vid. My blood is boiling already. The season can't start soon enough!
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Killer Vid. My blood is boiling already. The season can't start soon enough!
Im the same way, my DVR is full of last years GPs, been watching Canada and Monaco over and over this week with some Spa mixed in.
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