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Old 08-12-2011, 05:08 PM   #6001
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Anyone running a F104W? I recently bought one. I was little disappointed with some of the parts. Didn't come with true turnbuckles, and despite what the description of car said, it did NOT come with a full set of ball bearings. The diff has cheap bushings instead of bearings and the front wheels use overgrown "washers" as bearings. You have to lube up the axles to use them. Very disappointing. I heard that the wide stance makes it handle better than the narrow PRO models. So, I'm slowly turning it into a F104W "PRO". After driving though, I have to say that I really like it.
odd, mine has real ball bearings on the rear, but the bushings in the front and the cheapo turnbucles too. Which one did you get? I have the mp4/6
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Mine came with the rear axle bearings but the diff came with bushings as did the front wheels.

The F104W is not a pro kit so as with any Tamiya kit it doesn't come with full bearings and uses z bend wires for steering links. That is normal for a Tamiya car.
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Mine came with the rear axle bearings but the diff came with bushings as did the front wheels.

The F104W is not a pro kit so as with any Tamiya kit it doesn't come with full bearings and uses z bend wires for steering links. That is normal for a Tamiya car.
Ah, okay. I'm kinda new to the Tamiya scene. Tower has a mistake in the description and it says it comes with a full "set" of bearings. I totally didn't like the z bend wires. Lots of slop. Mine did come with axle bearings, but that was it.
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Doesn't surprise me...Tower has a lot of stuff in inventory so it isn't surprising there is some incorrect write ups here and there.

Bushings are usually the first thing to go in a Tamiya kit. That and get a oil filled shock instead of the stock one and you'll have a fine kit. An aluminum motor mount would be good but not necessary. Also you'll probably want to find a softer t-plate.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:16 PM   #6005
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Doesn't surprise me...Tower has a lot of stuff in inventory so it isn't surprising there is some incorrect write ups here and there.

Bushings are usually the first thing to go in a Tamiya kit. That and get a oil filled shock instead of the stock one and you'll have a fine kit. An aluminum motor mount would be good but not necessary. Also you'll probably want to find a softer t-plate.
We're on the same page. I did exactly that. Got the 3Racing Damper and t-plate set. Also picked up the turnbuckle set, Alum diff housing and put REAL ball bearings all around.
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:26 AM   #6006
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So I removed my steering bump. Futaba 9550 and a modified servo mount.
Now the steering axles completely horizontal

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Old 08-14-2011, 03:39 AM   #6007
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So I removed my steering bump. Futaba 9550 and a modified servo mount.
Now the steering axles completely horizontal
Did you notice much change in the way the car behaved?
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Yes the car become very calm on the track
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Any one knows if the F104W bodies will be sold seperately?
Looking for one as i just recieved my F104Pro today.
Or are there other bodies out there that have the looks of the "old" F1 cars like the Mclaren MP4/6?

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Old 08-14-2011, 06:50 PM   #6010
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i have been doing some testing and making minor changes to f104 pro yesterday i was surprised just how hooked up it was and i run a 13.5 in it, i think its time for 10.5.

i was quiet surprised just making a .5 to 1mm adjustment in the rear of the chassi the difference it was made.
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I'm fitting a spare TRF tc shock to my 104W. Wondering if someone could give me a starting point for overall length ??
I will be using rubber tyres , outdoors , mid size , low traction surface.

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Thanks
Send him a e-mail.
Now have to wait for answer

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Every time I take my F104 out I enjoy it more and more. Just wish there were more around me to race with.

Here is a short video from the last few days of driving.
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I do need to play with my setup some more but I end up just wanting to turn laps. The car pushes a little more than I would like entering and through the middle of the turns. Although I can say my setup is not holding back my laps times. I need to work on getting my line a little tighter. The current setup is more than capable of the tighter line it is the driver that needs work.
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Awesome camera shots! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:27 AM   #6015
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nice vid

what camera you using im keen to put one on my car while turning the laps to
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