the 04r uses the 414x suspension geometry, which gives you 5 degs of caster instead of the 8 degs from the pro ,04, and 04s. Also the casterblocks use torque rods that help the remain at 5 degs. instead of flexing from 3-7 degs. during hard cornering. The 04r is soooo easy to drive it as if Tamiya set it up just for me!!!!!! I also feel the rear end stays planted a whole lot better without pushing, which means I can dial in alot more steering without the car becoming soo loose it donuts on every turn (like my TC3 did).... And with my first race out of the box, I qualified 4th, ended up dead last and one lap down after the first 2 lap "incedents" over the next 14 laps I reeled in 2nd and firmly finished ther by 1 1/4 laps over third by the 5min. mark!!! This was running the 540 mambuchi in the Tamiya class, and my average lap time was just .2 under the "fast guys" in the stock class!!!!! Then I let my dad and brother drive the car and both of them said the car felt perfect, excellent concidering all 3 of us have totally different driving styles and tastes in set-ups!!!!
So when i get my money in January i will be getting another 04r so that i can race both Tamiya and stock on the same night.....
G's RC Raceway- Best off-road track on the east coast...period!!!
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