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Old 11-29-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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Default F1 help please.

I have an old Tamiya F102. Just wondering what I can do to it to update it. I noticed that there are some new conversion kits for the F103. Would those same conversions work for the F102? What are my options for upgrades?
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:10 AM   #2
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I can't help you but there is a f103 and 104 thread you might be better of posting in there and ask the question or search in that thread
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:13 AM   #3
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i wouldnt mess with that car at all, its very rare! you can get a used 103 for under 100 and you would spend that much upgrading the 201 IF you can even find parts.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:34 AM   #4
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Marcus is correct--the older 201 is a 4 wheel drive car. I've got one just for fun, but I don't try to compete with it. Parts are not available ---if you want to RACE, then pick up a used F 103--they are the best/ easiest to setup and will be very competitive on any surface--carpet or asphalt--rubber or foam tired!! Marcus knows---he bought his F-103 from ME!!

OKAY---editing for F 102!!! The older F 102 will work fine. Not a lot of parts for it--but it's a simple setup- front springs should interchange with the Associated pan cars--or CRC pan cars. You may be able to find parts for it in Hong Kong--RC Direct? It's not the 4wd 201-- I got dislexic on the numbers.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:57 PM   #5
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If you have the f102 (not the 4x4 201) you can make it work.
Check out the 103 threads.Alot of the stuff there applies to your car.
Just think about that front end (it's fairly rare).
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:04 PM   #6
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Compare your car (F102) to the manuals for the F103/F104 and see if there is any parts in common. If you can't find commonality between the parts, and don't own and operate a machine shop, save your time, money, and effort.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:12 PM   #7
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Given the age and relative rarity of the F-102 chassis, i believe you'd be better off buying a 2nd hand F-103 kit and go nuts with the modifications since there are still a lot of hopups for the 103.

just clean up the old F-102 and give it a good looking body to top it off and keep it as a shelf queen.
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I had an F102, won the Winter championship at Bedworth last year (beating F103s, F109s and F104s). Of course, my F102 had a few mods

The F103 parts that fit are:
- Wheels and tyres
- Front hubs, kingpins and springs
- Centre shock absorber
- Rear wings
- Bodyshells
- Spur gears
- Diff balls and plates

However it's not ideal as the motor is much too far to the right; I had to add about 80g of lead to the left of the motor pod to balance it. Also there is no roll damping, and the o-ring mounting of the t-plate isn't very consistent (I added some tweak screws to help fix this). And the servo is off-centre giving uneven ackerman.

To be honest unless you really know car setup you'll be better off with a 3racing F109, there are a lot more parts available and a lot more information around.
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