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Old 02-15-2007, 07:05 AM   #1
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Default Protoform DNA vs Parma Mohawk

Hi guys,

I race stock foam and i want to know what body is better, or what is the handling difference between those.

Protoform DNA and Parma Mohawk

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Old 02-15-2007, 07:43 AM   #2
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I think it will be mainly a preference as both have a more planted feeling then say a parma alfa. I tried both out and my take is the mohawk is a little smoother and more stable where the dna seems twitchier and turns in a bit harder.
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Based on results and personal experience I would have to say that the Parma Mohawk is the body of choice for stock foam. TQ and the win at the Novak race and TQ and the win at the snowbirds. Also I may add that 9 out of 10 bodies in the stock a-main at the snowbirds where Parma Mohawks. This body provides you with the best of everything. It is very balanced, provides a lot of grip via downfoce while providing plenty of sterring too.

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I like the Parma too. The DNA does turn in better as Mike said but does not feel as stable.
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Thanks guys.

I suppose that everyone use the lightweight?
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I don't run for either company, and here's my take:

Mohawk: Better for stock and 19turn racing. Car is more 'free' with this body, and the Mohawk plants the car just a little bit better than the Alfa did.

DNA: This body is for Mod racing. Some guys will race it in 19turn, but more often it's because they're also racing Mod. This body plants the car very well, something needed when you're trying to control all that hp. Keep in mind this body was developed under extensive testing by Paul Lemieux on a modified X-Ray.

I'll occasionally throw the DNA back on my car just to re-confirm my thoughts on the above statements. If I were to go to a track with some very old, low-bite carpet...I'd give the DNA a shot in stock racing. Otherwise the Alfa/Mohawk stays on my car.

As for lightweight bodies....unless you can run for 5 minutes and not touch a board or another car, stay away from it.
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I found the mowhawk to feel better all the way around. I have tried the dna a few times out of curiousity(hate the look of it) and found it did nothing better than my mowhawk. The mowhawk is more stable and smoother but also has enough steering. At the snowbirds last week many many guys that were previously running the dna switched to the mowhawk.
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I would tend to believe what Larry says because:
1) He won at the Birds
2) more importantly than that is, he has nice facial hair,LOL

Joking aside, this is coming from a slow guy. The Mohawk felt better than the DNA and provided plenty of steering. I noticed the difference right away from on qualifier to the other.

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Yeah,

I was to shy to ask directly Larry, he was pretty busy this week.

Good job at the Birds Larry, way to go !!!

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The DNA is the ugliest body I've ever seen, that alone would be reason enough to not run it...

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I like the lightweight because it deforms a bit under speed and provides a bit more steering than the standard. Closer feel to the DNA but with more stabilty. I even like the lightweight alpha. I ran it at magma and it was very good.

I would like to try the Lightweight DNA but it is hard to get since they are not producing them.
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In my opinion, the dna rotate more from the front which make it a little hard to drive on my car. I think both are great bodies both I like the Mohawk better because it makes my car easier to drive and still have enough steering and it feels more balanced too. But once again, it is a drivers preference.
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I have used both bodies and they both work well, they both provide good steering however on the Losi car the DNA feels more twitchy around center. The past few races I have prefered the Mowhawk because it feels more stable and is easier to drive on high traction.
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I agree with all you guys. The Mohawk is the better body for stock and 19t. Definitely plenty of rear bite and smooth transition feel in high speed switch backs.

As far as needing a lightweight, I don't think you do. I TQed and Finished 2nd behind Larry running a regular weight Mohawk. The only reason Larry ran a light weight was cuz he messed up his 2 regular weights he was painting before he left for the Birds and only had light weights left to spray up.
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