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Old 07-08-2012, 04:11 PM
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Well, the aeration dampers are Tamiya's best offering at the moment - but I've read some top level racers use them with X Springs, which I think are Kyosho big bore sized. I've added TLR big bores to my DB01R and I love the way it handles!

The cf reinforced plastic chassis are nice for off road - a little flex/traction built into the chassis!
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:05 PM
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Agreed. Still nowhere near the Kyosho big bores or even the Kyosho standard bore velvets. I don't think it's an issue with the springs, though big bore springs are pretty popular nowadays. Kyosho, Avid, Losi, but I haven't heard of X Springs. Will check them out. I'm looking forward to trying the Losi big bores on my XX-4.

As for the chassis, I've got the CF reinforced chassis with the battery slots on now. Can't wait to try the updated High Traction chassis that comes with the DB-01R. No battery slots, and they replaced the CF fill with fiberglass for more flex. I don't know of many that run carbon/graphite reinforced plastic chassis on anything other than turf. For dirt, everyone has replaced all the high-dollar, factory team option carbon/graphite plastic with the stock stuff. The new AE +8 chassis doesn't even come in carbon/graphite, and I think even the new WC kits from a variety of manufacturers sticks with the more flexible (some sometimes beefier) "stock" plastic.
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This buggy seems to have the potential, I can imagine it with the same composite tub but narrower for saddles in the back rather than stick, big bores, ti-turnbuckles, etc...
But the price is up there to say the least . I would consider it but for the price of this mid level kit you could add a lil more coin and pick up a ft b44 . IMO
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E-Dog, Well, the DB02 is around $240, the B44.1 is around $370, that's a fair bit of difference for most people - but add in some upgrades to bring up it's level of competitiveness and you're right, they're closer in cost. I suppose a selling feature is the Tamiya brand and perhaps low initial price to get into 4WD - and the use of the more plentiful and inexpensive sport lipo stick packs. Saddle packs, cf, BB's etc - that sounds like a 502 already!

Ruf - hey, what can I say, Kyosho are the gold standard for shocks nowadays! I'd have bought a pair if the springs weren't $22 a set! Meant to say that the X springs are Kyosho's apparently. Check out the oople website Tamiya thread on them. I currently run the cf reinforced chassis as well - but that was for indoor carpet - I'm thinking about going back to the stock R chassis for outdoor/covered, hard packed clay.
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E-Dog, Well, the DB02 is around $240, the B44.1 is around $370, that's a fair bit of difference for most people - but add in some upgrades to bring up it's level of competitiveness and you're right, they're closer in cost. I suppose a selling feature is the Tamiya brand and perhaps low initial price to get into 4WD - and the use of the more plentiful and inexpensive sport lipo stick packs. Saddle packs, cf, BB's etc - that sounds like a 502 already!

Ruf - hey, what can I say, Kyosho are the gold standard for shocks nowadays! I'd have bought a pair if the springs weren't $22 a set! Meant to say that the X springs are Kyosho's apparently. Check out the oople website Tamiya thread on them. I currently run the cf reinforced chassis as well - but that was for indoor carpet - I'm thinking about going back to the stock R chassis for outdoor/covered, hard packed clay.
Ohh, ok is that everywhere I looked it was around $330
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So does anyone have one yet? My whole life I've always wanted a Tamiya 4wd buggy and never did! Thinking about getting this or a DB01R as a brushless plaything not to race.
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The "X Springs" in question are made by Japanese company "X-Gear". They are (and have been) making springs for Kyosho but also for the aftermarket.

I am a TRF driver and I am looking forward to campaigning a DB02 for the 2013 season. Until I have one in my hands I can only say that it will get the TRF shocks that come with the 201 and will be built with the Ti screw kit as well as the slipper clutch. I will initially run the stock plastics to see what holds up and what does not.

My entry is currently in at the Reedy Race of Champions and if I make it through the lottery draw to compete I will do so with a DB02 (and 201).
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Chiefy 707 View Post
So does anyone have one yet? My whole life I've always wanted a Tamiya 4wd buggy and never did! Thinking about getting this or a DB01R as a brushless plaything not to race.
I have a DB02 on the way. I will be blogging about it on the www.TeamTRF.com site not only through the build but also track testing it bone stock and adding a hop up part at a time here and there and continuing my blogs clear on through January where I will be racing it in Pro competition at the Reedy Race of Champions.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:08 AM
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Hello,

I have a newbie question about the DB02. I searched for general guidance on this and didn't have much luck.

I haven't built a car for over twenty years, but I had a Tamiya Subaru Brat as a teenager and loved it. I've picked up a DB02 kit to build with my kids. I got a Tamiya BZ Super Stock 23T Motor to put in it, but I'm worried that I may need a slipper clutch to keep from burning up transmission parts.

I will just be goofing around in the yard, street, and fields - jumping some. Do I need a slipper clutch with this motor?

Thanks for your help.
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Originally Posted by pej View Post
Hello,

I have a newbie question about the DB02. I searched for general guidance on this and didn't have much luck.

I haven't built a car for over twenty years, but I had a Tamiya Subaru Brat as a teenager and loved it. I've picked up a DB02 kit to build with my kids. I got a Tamiya BZ Super Stock 23T Motor to put in it, but I'm worried that I may need a slipper clutch to keep from burning up transmission parts.

I will just be goofing around in the yard, street, and fields - jumping some. Do I need a slipper clutch with this motor?

Thanks for your help.
Mah, a 23T motor is not a lot of power, so you'd probably be ok, but a slipper is only $20 - a worth while upgrade, even for bashing around the back yard - your drivetrain will be happier for it.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:36 AM
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TRF Blog about the DB02 as a serious race buggy starts here:

http://www.teamtrf.com/index.php/my-...ce-proven.html
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Any updates on this buggy? planning on getting one of these.
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I'd still get a DB01R vs. this kit. Aside from Racecrafter above, who has done a nice job modifying the box kit to race spec (and spent some good money doing it) I have never seen one in a parking lot nevermind racing this kit - the DB02 is not currently offered in a TRF version, so you'll be spending your money on universals, shocks, slipper, alum suspension upgrades, upgraded plastics & a hex screw kit - all to make it "raceable" - at that point you may as well either get a DB01R for $250 or for similar money, a used B44.1 or Durango, if you've set your heart to run 4WD.

Side note - if you simply want to run it around your house, or "bash", as they say, I'd still skip it and get either the DB01R or an SC truck!

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I'd still get the DB02. Not a big fan of a belt car basher. You care right though, a DB01R is a better value for racing.
That said I'm curious how much more racing has Racecrafter put in with his DB02 and if he's still getting impressive results.
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So I have a DB02 that ive been messing around with and I am not sure I am getting the gearing right. the manual is pretty vague with the ratios and Ive gotten the car to feel pretty good but I feel im off on gearing. I am running the stock 77t spur with a 7.5 but have been thinking of switching to a 6.5
If anyone could recommend a starting pinion for either of these Id appreciate it. Right now I have a 19 in there but the esc is coming off a bit hot, and it seems a bit slow. im just wondering if that is more due to the weight of the car however.
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