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Old 02-24-2014, 08:11 PM   #631
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anyone know when new stock is expected at most stores?

good pricing *was* between $475and $550, but those that seem to have stock are sitting around the $599-$699 price point.

trying to decide whether to just suck it up and go to speedtech at $599 or wait for somewhere like Banzai to get stock again - $100 buy quite a few spares and bits!
I contacted banzai a couple of weeks ago and they told me they're not sure when stock will be back up so I picked one up from superior. I'm glad I did because it was the 1st edition with spares. It's a great car and I'm glad to own one.
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:11 AM   #632
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Not a pure TRF418, but Tamiya are releasing a TA06 with TRF418 suspension parts http://tamiyablog.com/2014/02/tamiya...operation-set/

PS on the topic of the handling issues I was having a couple of pages back, I ran the car on a different track last night, much tighter with higher grip, and the rear end was TOO planted! Just goes to show how much difference the track can make.
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Tyres and grip is always 95% of the issue in racing

What set-up are you using btw? Stock? HPI spings Pink and Silver
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:38 AM   #634
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Basically stock except for #2000 in the rear diff and ARC springs, last night I went up to White/Yellow which is equivalent to HPI Pink/Silver and the car was better (it was three-wheeling on power with the softer Green/Blue springs), Yellow all round would have probably got the car where I wanted it. I'm not racing often at the moment and not practising at all so I haven't had the chance to try many things.
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Nice result at gran canaria ets for the new 418.
If they used the old trf417 raceberry they would have gone better.
good job tamiya
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:06 PM   #636
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Nice result at gran canaria ets for the new 418.
If they used the old trf417 raceberry they would have gone better.
good job tamiya
Maybe but it seems to me that their star driver hasn't either shown a good attitude lately. All the time complaining. Maybe someone need to put in some more effort because all the others seems to be improving all the time. It isn't getting any easier. More work needed.
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So are you saying the 417 works better then the new 418?
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:58 PM   #638
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Do you think the new style sway bar set for the 418 will work differently if I put on the sway bar set from the TA06? I have two TA06 sway bar set from when I had my 417.
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Maybe but it seems to me that their star driver hasn't either shown a good attitude lately. All the time complaining. Maybe someone need to put in some more effort because all the others seems to be improving all the time. It isn't getting any easier. More work needed.
Is that the view from the cheap seats?
Are you saying Viktor and Marc enjoy getting beaten?

Or is it more so that Volker has Umino at every race meeting he attends?
Maybe if Kiyo attended as well then the drivers can be less concerned with setup, wrenching, and just have to drive like Ronald.

Just say'n....
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Maybe they FB each other for setup advice...
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Maybe but it seems to me that their star driver hasn't either shown a good attitude lately. All the time complaining. Maybe someone need to put in some more effort because all the others seems to be improving all the time. It isn't getting any easier. More work needed.
Seems more like a 'chicken and egg' situation where his attitude has become worse out of frustration with Tamiya etc, I seem to recall that HE paid for a lot of the work Raceberry did on the last car.
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I have also seen the results from the ETS race in Gran Canaria.

I'm very disappointed and can not believe that the TRF 418 running well. Why the Yokomo's so good or Xray? All have the same requirements ...

Sounds almost after unsuccessful development of the TRF 417V5 with Raceberry Kit
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Or is it more so that Volker has Umino at every race meeting he attends?
Maybe if Kiyo attended as well then the drivers can be less concerned with setup, wrenching, and just have to drive like Ronald.
It didn't seem to help having Kiyo and Satoshi at TITC.

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I have also seen the results from the ETS race in Gran Canaria.

I'm very disappointed and can not believe that the TRF 418 running well. Why the Yokomo's so good or Xray? All have the same requirements ...

Sounds almost after unsuccessful development of the TRF 417V5 with Raceberry Kit
The 418 is definitely better than the 417v5 raceberry. However, that being said, the raceberry lower deck(hard) is significantly flexier than the 418 lower deck which means that the raceberry was a hell of a lot easier to get working on lower grip tracks like gran canaria. That alone puts the 418 at a disadvantage and would need a drastic setup to get it to work, which obviously can't be achieved without the help of the Tamiya mechanics, which Tamiya AREN'T sending to the ETS with Marc and Viktor.

Yokomo sends the lead designer of the BD7 as a mechanic for Volker. For that reason, Volkers car will always be well set up for whatever track he is racing on, because he ALWAYS has a mechanic.
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The 418 is definitely better than the 417v5 raceberry. However, that being said, the raceberry lower deck(hard) is significantly flexier than the 418 lower deck which means that the raceberry was a hell of a lot easier to get working on lower grip tracks like gran canaria. That alone puts the 418 at a disadvantage and would need a drastic setup to get it to work, which obviously can't be achieved without the help of the Tamiya mechanics, which Tamiya AREN'T sending to the ETS with Marc and Viktor.

Yokomo sends the lead designer of the BD7 as a mechanic for Volker. For that reason, Volkers car will always be well set up for whatever track he is racing on, because he ALWAYS has a mechanic.
If I'm not wrong, at titc there were high grip and we saw jilles resulting 11 overall when last year the same driver finished 3th (I don't remember exactly)
I think the has not been properly developed. I think that a 417 raceberry ( not quite different from the 418 imo) with new suspension would be better.
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