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Old 01-06-2014, 09:13 AM   #1576
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Calm down I was in your position about a year ago. I went for the F104v2 and didn't regret it. Is it for fun or do you want to race it? For 180mm width it is a good car. For 190mm you would need to make a small conversation. For 200mm you should go for the F104w. For needed hot ups you should check the Tamiya America website. I for myself upgraded my F104v2pro with everything except for the aluminum servo mount.

You should check 3racing FGX or F113 or the TRG-line of F1 cars also. Like touring car most F1 cars have a similar speed level. A speed difference makes the width and a dampened front axle (F113).
LOL> thank you :-). I will be racing and fun. mostly fun but I like a dialed in car of course and being competitive with lap time etc
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HELP!!!!!!!. Never done F1. raced TC and have Tamiya 417. Obviously I like the best stuff etc. Any recommendations what to get? 104v2 kit? what extras etc. Thanks guys.
I preordered the V2 when it was announced. Car is awesome. Upgrades, IMHO, Shock, roll tube, TRF Roll Spring Holder, Thrust Bearing. Steering knuckles are nice and make tuning easier but do not need until later on.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:01 PM   #1578
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HELP!!!!!!!. Never done F1. raced TC and have Tamiya 417. Obviously I like the best stuff etc. Any recommendations what to get? 104v2 kit? what extras etc. Thanks guys.
You can't go wrong with the F104v2 Pro kit. If you get that kit, definitely get upgraded aluminum motor mounts ASAP. See this video I made that shows what parts you need and the problems I had before the upgrade:

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If you want to get the top of the line Tamiya F1 car, go for the TRF-101, that thing is awesome and you don't need any upgrades.
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:23 AM   #1579
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Seems common philosophy is to mount battery forward with esc in back. Why not more conventional battery in rear esc in front?
I have been wondering about this forward battery placement as well. It seems to me that Tamiya intended the shorty packs to be mounted toward the rear. As the holes to move the front battery stay back are predrilled from factory. They just have to be counter sunk by the end user. This was posted way back about page 55 of this thread.

I dunno. I am new to F1 and RC racing in general. Though I have been building for years. LOL, F1 is probably not the best choice to cut my teeth racing as a new racer as the learning curve seem rather steep. But, Oooo well.
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:28 AM   #1580
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I am not sure how much of a weight difference (f/r) it makes, but I guess most people prefer a clean look without having the esc cables going all the way back from the front to the motor...
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:36 PM   #1581
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THANK YOU GUYS - for all the feedback getting into F1. Didn't know 21.5 could be so fast.
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:35 PM   #1582
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I preordered the V2 when it was announced. Car is awesome. Upgrades, IMHO, Shock, roll tube, TRF Roll Spring Holder, Thrust Bearing. Steering knuckles are nice and make tuning easier but do not need until later on.
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Hi Cadman is there still a dedicated F1 group in Quebec? my buddies and I were curious..thinking about doing some out of town running..
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New F104 V3 on the way?

http://www.rcformula1.com.au/index.p...104-v3-or-f105
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How competitive is the f104 V2 vs. all other F1's available today?
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:33 AM   #1586
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Honestly, the car is very compeditive, just needs some small upgrades to make it great.
Mainly the motor mount in aluminum is a must, and some tweaks to help control traction rolls.
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Yeah
He means the one piece thrust bearing you put in the dif instead of the original ballbearing.
It gives you a way smoother diff.
Don't forget the put the springwashers like this---> )( instead of what manuals says -----> ()
The one piece trustbearing was or better yet is a hopup for the f103 rearaxle and wurth the investment.

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How competitive is the f104 V2 vs. all other F1's available today?
We are running uf1 rules at our track so there is a good mix of chassis. The 104 is just as good as the other cars. I have the exotek front on my ride.. I won't say it's a must have...but it's pretty darn good and definitely an advantage. I took tq and win this weekend at a large annual race we have.Car was super dialed.
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Honestly, the car is very compeditive, just needs some small upgrades to make it great.
Mainly the motor mount in aluminum is a must, and some tweaks to help control traction rolls.
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Can you explain wich tweaks must have to do to avoid traction rolls?

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Can you explain wich tweaks must have to do to avoid traction rolls?

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I moved my rear links out, like the Exotek 2.5mm flex chassis kit. It helped calm the car a little. I also made some top arms like the exotek kit that are adjustable so i can add camber to the front.
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