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Old 09-10-2013, 02:27 PM   #1426
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I had another race this weekend, went to Ottawa, and i was struggling with the car's handling all morning when it was cold with the Pits 571/572. Other drivers had similar issues with the car, i'm wondering if adding weight will help the car handle...

I will add castor, move the shorty pack towards the back more now, it was pushed all the way forward, i had the steer drive shaft in the rear. Any more tips? i'm trying to stick to tamiya parts.
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I would try 575 instead of 572 in the morning.
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Harder tires when it's cold? How does that work?
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Harder tires when it's cold? How does that work?
575 are softer than 572.
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575->572->R1 premounted. is the order I use as the track gets warmer.
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Just added rsector widening kit, get this if you can run it. Best upgrade I have gotten for my V2
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My V2 is still getting faster, Drove the car with some pretty good prototype rear tires from Ride, but i guess they can provide more grip with more run time on them or with using some tire warmers.
But the best/fastest tire combo for our carpet track is still 571&575.
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Looking to make a street drag truck out of an F104 and need to know where I can get the body post and 10th scale drag wheels and tires for it?
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:20 PM   #1434
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The Tamiya TRF101 has been discontinued which once again makes the v2 Tamiya's premier F1 kit.

We speak with Fred Medel, Marketing Manager Tamiya USA, to try to answer your questions about the TRF 101 being discontinued.

Link to interview on RCformula1.com.au
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Thanks for the link.

If the f1 kits were offered with v2 chassis, wouldn't that be nice? Why did tamiya offer f2012 in the old chassis style when v2 had been released already? Tamiya should sell new kits with v2 chassis with higher MSRP.
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Why did tamiya offer f2012 in the old chassis style when v2 had been released already? Tamiya should sell new kits with v2 chassis with higher MSRP.
If Tamiya sold the F2012 on the v2 chassis all that would happen is that Tamiya would sell very few F2012s. The only people who would buy them are people who specifically wanted a v2 chassis with the F2012 shell, and that's got to be a very small market.

Most of the people buying the McLaren MP4/6 and MP4-25, Wolf, Tyrrell P34, Ferrari 643 and F2012 cars are buying them because of what they look like and that it's a scale F1, not because of the performance of the chassis or whether they are race legal. They are even making them in RTR versions.
The standard F104 chassis with the F103 diff in it is easy to assemble, virtually impossible to put together wrong and durable enough to take most hits off solid objects in the parking lot. Most buyers are full size F1 fans, not r/c racers. The kit 540 motor is plenty fast enough for them, and overall the amount of F1s in the world running the kit 540 will be many times greater than those running brushless. Most of them will never see a race track.

Selling the F2012 for another $150 more (v2 with body, wings, rubbish kit tyres and 540 motor) isn't going to help sell them to general F1 fans, and racers aren't going to buy them as you are paying extra for the kit tyres and motor that you will never use. The only way racers would but it instead of the chassis kit and body set is if Tamiya stopped selling the chassis kit.
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I see your point.
I would have bought another v2 kit with f2012 body.
And another with 2013 Ferrari body. And 2014... You get the point.


The v2 kits can be made cheaper with FRP instead of the carbon pieces. Therefore, the kit price would not have to be more expensive. F104v2 kit with a newer style body would be more attractive deal than what tamiya provides now. What we call f104v2 is actually f104v2 pro. A Pro kit is more expensive because of the carbon pieces and aluminum pieces.

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Default Standard 04 module gears

Looking at keeping the standard 04 module gearing on my V2. The V2 manual has listed a 29T pinion as the largest pinion for the 93T spur gear. Has anyone used larger 04 module pinion gears successfully? Also, are there any smaller 04 module spur gears that suit the F104 V2?(saw something somewhere were someone used a 72T or something)
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I use 64pitch pinion gears with 0.4 spur gear and vice versa with no problems.
Available at TQ RC racing.

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Looking at keeping the standard 04 module gearing on my V2. The V2 manual has listed a 29T pinion as the largest pinion for the 93T spur gear. Has anyone used larger 04 module pinion gears successfully? Also, are there any smaller 04 module spur gears that suit the F104 V2?(saw something somewhere were someone used a 72T or something)
As edhchoe mentioned 64 pitch pinions are interchangeable with 04 module gearing.

For more info check out the F1 A-Z of Gearing
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