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Old 03-18-2007, 08:43 PM   #1
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I've just ordered a Dark Impact. This will be my first car. Any helpful hints? Any things to watch out for during assembly? Thanks in advance.
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One local racer has one (I don't)...

His impressed me with it's speed and handling, and the shaft drive really seems low maintenance.

That's the good news. The bad news is that he broke a part (I believe it was a bulkhead or diff cover?) -- that was three weeks ago, and he is still waiting on parts...
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:28 AM   #3
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Dark impact & keen Hawk 4wd DF03 buggy is one of the best buggy tamiya has ever built. With full ball bearing, front & rear high traction ball differential, shaft driven full time 4wd. After assembling my df03 I test it at QCRCC i was amaze at the speed & handling. using only all the stocks equipment like silver can motor & cva oil shock, & stocks pinion gear.
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Its nice how the pack is down the center of the chassis. I know someone who will be running one at the track I will be racing at, he is looking to come by this weekend so I can check it out.
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How was the assembly of the Dark Impact? Was it pretty easy? Im just looking into driving it around the yard, not looking into racing it just yet.
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How was the assembly of the Dark Impact? Was it pretty easy? Im just looking into driving it around the yard, not looking into racing it just yet.
Pretty straightforward, a friend of mine has never assembled a kit before but he managed to put one together without any complaints. Great buggy, the only thing it needs is new shocks and a slipper clutch assembly and it'll run with any other 4WD buggy out there. Also pretty tough, his Dark Impact got hit in the back in a heat race, spun out, and I was two cars behind him and ran into him head-on with a Lazer ZX-5. He broke a steering knuckle, my Lazer's upper gearbox assembly got sheared off.

I may get one too when they release the kit with the Avante Mk. II body.
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I've been wanting a Dark impact before I got my 4wd buggy. I think it's really nice, and I've read a lot of good reviews about it. But haven't heard much about it at the racing scene. Anyway, it's definitely a good basher I think. And if you ever want to check something else out, give the Academy Sb a try. They are indestructible. Mine got ran over by a van, and suprisingly only the top deck was snapped. I'd expect the shaft to be too, but apparently somehow not. Anyway, there's some auctions right now in the sale/trade forum. You should give it a look. ^_^
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Old 03-24-2007, 11:45 AM   #8
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A young guy brought one out to our club and ran it with the 2wd stadium trucks. He has a mamba max motor in it. I thought someone had fired a rocket down the straightaway. Unfortunately tended to keep going in a straight line into the boards. Amazingly he didn't break, but it did seem to get jambed up with mud and rocks, a problem that seems to plague all the 4wd electrics at our track.
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does anyone know if you can fit side by side battery packs in the buggy, or only stick packs,

or if it is hard to mod to get them to fit?
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i built a tamiya DF03 about a month and a half ago. i love it. assembly took a few hours at the most. i finished it the day i got it. very easy to work on, little maintenance, and great at the track and at the house. i have heard of problems with parts breaking, but i think a lot of it depends on how you drive. i tend to drive mine like its a MT though and still havent broken anything. so im not sure where it comes from. all-in-all its a great buggy. good for beginners and racers both.
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LOSI123 : do you mean a saddle pack like used in 1/12 pan cars? if so, then yes i think you can. a side by side by side pack as in 6 cells in line only they are sideways instead of 3 on each side like a wrapped pack. yes i think you can fit those too. if you mean a saddle pack, than there is a chassis conversion to fit them if they dont fit the stock chassis. its a KM-RC Type-r conversion kit. heres the link

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LOSI123,
Side-by-side packs fit in there, but not if you have Corally tubes directly soldered onto the end cells. You have to get a little creative with some L-shaped battery bars to fit Corally tubes or just use Dean plugs. If you use Dean plugs with very thick wires (like 12 gauge), it might be too tight a fit and might make the bottom cover bulge. That's what happened with mine. 14 gauge wires should fit much better I think.

Some people cut holes into the chassis to fit corally tubes, but I've also read somewhere on the forums about people fitting corally tubes without chassis mods.
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Just to share my DF03. Anyone still interested in this kit? Seems like this thread is a little out of date..

Running the 82 pitch using 13T mod Yok motor.

Feels like really tight in the motor mount area though. And not to mention loud too.
Oh well, this is a basher for sure.

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Before paint job.


Quite crampy space.


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Both kits (DF-03 & TT-01) with stripes!
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Just to share my DF03. Anyone still interested in this kit? Seems like this thread is a little out of date..

Running the 82 pitch using 13T mod Yok motor.

Feels like really tight in the motor mount area though. And not to mention loud too.
Oh well, this is a basher for sure.
The DF-03 never really caught on here, since this forum is heavily racing-oriented. I'm guessing you're using a 48 pitch pinion gear with the stock spur, that's why it's loud. The DF-03 comes with 0.6 Metric Pitch gears, which is very close to the standard 48 pitch, but not the same. You can modify B4/T4 spurs to fit on the DF-03. The release of the more racer-friendly Durga and Baldre (DB-01 chassis) doesn't help out with this buggy's popularity either.
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i agree with Thai... its a great buggy though. i love mine. you need to do a 48pitch spur conversion(b4/t4). get the slipper set and do that. makes a huge difference
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