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Old 09-14-2016, 08:11 AM   #3346
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The TA05 MFour is far superior than the CR and it's a Tamiya.

It's one of my favorites for its uniqueness.
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...I love seeing the CR thread whenever it comes up to the top on these forums. The CR was a special car ...only produced for about 3 years. I had 3 at one point, -raced one of them for 1 season. It was a fun car and a wonderful kit.
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...I love seeing the CR thread whenever it comes up to the top on these forums. The CR was a special car ...only produced for about 3 years. I had 3 at one point, -raced one of them for 1 season. It was a fun car and a wonderful kit.
I never knew about this car til I got back in the hobby about 6 months ago. I was out from around 2002-2003 til earlier this year. Have always been a Tamiya and HPI fan!! My first F1 was an HPI Super F1 (which I still have, along with the original RS4) and had various kits over the years. My favorite was probably the HPI RoadStar - 1/10 scale pan car. Loved it!

I used to race an HPI Mini RS4 and really missed that car when I got rid of it, started looking around the inter-webs to see if I could find a shelf queen when I happened across the Cup Racer. Finally found one, and has the Exotek chassis conversion, no less, along with the stock chassis.

I'm gonna try and find a Mini Cooper body - getting hard to find though. Thanks for the help CR fans, really appreciate it!!
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The TA05 MFour is far superior than the CR and it's a Tamiya.

It's one of my favorites for its uniqueness.
Ah but you have to run a 380 motor, thus limiting your power in no small way.

I think it's the perfect platform for an MX-5 Miata body. Front engine M-chassis with RWD capability? yep.

I do like the TA05 MFour... but it's always like double the cost I think it should be. And only 210mm wheelbase right?

Can you flip the rear suspension for 220mm like the M.Rage?
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I run brushless on my MFour, it is fast. Much faster than any M05 or the other Tamiya m-chassis I have.

You can buy directly from TamiyaUSA for a decent price. No idea about flipping the rear arms as I only run 210mm wheel base on all my m-chassis.
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Not to put down the CR, but as far as shaft drive goes, I found that the BSR MRage is a better car than the CR as far as handling and just overall consistent driving. The CR can handle much more power though unlike the cheap junk parts used on the MRage.
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You can buy directly from TamiyaUSA for a decent price. No idea about flipping the rear arms as I only run 210mm wheel base on all my m-chassis.

The CR can handle much more power though unlike the cheap junk parts used on the MRage.
Thanks, interesting to know, I've been debating what to do for my potential Miata build. I don't feel like wasting my out-of-production CR on a Miata. And I do know that the M.Rage can be made ~220mm wheelbase by arm flipping.

For now I'm all about my upcoming M06 build.
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I bought 2 MRage kits making one a spare. The diff axle cups wear out pretty fast so I suggest you get a bunch of those. I have a handful in my parts bin.
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Old 09-15-2016, 10:12 AM   #3354
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I bought 2 MRage kits making one a spare. The diff axle cups wear out pretty fast so I suggest you get a bunch of those. I have a handful in my parts bin.
you can upgrade to steel out drives from the Exceed DriftKing which is another rebrand from Nanda who is the OEM for both HobbyKing and Exceed, more info here:
http://www.ultimaterc.com/forums/sho....php?p=1936289

If you decide to go with the front spool option, then I highly recommend upgrading the metal bevel gear too:
http://www.ultimaterc.com/forums/sho....php?p=2262710

Note they also offer an optional gear diff too

For the price, you can't beat the Nanda NRX-12 (aka M.Rage), it blows away anything that Tamiya has to offer when you take into account of all the upgrade/tuning options that are available, but yeah, in stock form, I can see anyone's frustration with some of the M.Rage drive line parts, they clearly had to cut a few corners to keep the cost as low as it is.

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Nice find!!
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you can upgrade to steel out drives from the Exceed DriftKing which is another rebrand from Nanda who is the OEM for both HobbyKing and Exceed, more info here:
http://www.ultimaterc.com/forums/sho....php?p=1936289

If you decide to go with the front spool option, then I highly recommend upgrading the metal bevel gear too:
http://www.ultimaterc.com/forums/sho....php?p=2262710

Note they also offer an optional gear diff too
Thanks Bill, I'll be doing that when I get to building an M.Rage.
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Any ideas where to get the Tamiya Mini Cooper body?? The old one, not the new Mini Cooper. Thanks!

My cup racer should be here today, I'll try and get a pic of it up too.
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...you can get that body on eBay ...but it will cost you.
However you can get the entire M05 kit w// the body for about the same price as the body is selling for on eBay. If your willing to pay $100 you can get the M05 (original) mini cooper set from Tower (assuming you use a $20off coupon + get the free shipping).

otherwise yeah, ...
Tamiya also discontinued the JCW mini cooper body -fortunately I caught wind of that and snapped up 3 extra JCW bodies for $29 each. I don't have any spare original bodies though. -never thought they'd discontinue that one.
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Any ideas where to get the Tamiya Mini Cooper body?? The old one, not the new Mini Cooper. Thanks!

My cup racer should be here today, I'll try and get a pic of it up too.
check eBay for the seller by the name of TeamBlueGroove, not sure if he's still making bodies, but he used to specialize in recreating dozens of discontinued bodies on a custom order basis, I think my order took about 3 weeks to arrive IIRC for my Xpress MRR2:
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Any ideas where to get the Tamiya Mini Cooper body?? The old one, not the new Mini Cooper. Thanks!

My cup racer should be here today, I'll try and get a pic of it up too.
Sorry I bought them all before they were discontinued. Lol


Hi ER1c! Be sure to buy matching wheels too!
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