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Old 12-16-2001, 04:14 AM   #1
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Smile Tamiya TA04 Stock Tips

Hey guys!

I'm looking for some tips on how I can get my TA04 going faster in the stock class. The restrictions are 90/30 gearing on a Johnson/Mabuchi 540 and no speed tuned gears or flat chissis' (tubs only). I don't have alot to spend on hopping it up so what are some general tuning tips and all that I can do which will really help me get ahead of the pack?

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Old 12-16-2001, 08:25 AM   #2
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With these restrictions, I would say that other than tuning the suspension, the best hop-up will come relatively cheap....... practice. Also are tires limited in any way? What type of surface do you race on? Maybe we can help you get your car dialed in for the track. Also are you allowed to make modifications to the chassy?
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Old 12-16-2001, 05:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply IMPACTPLAYR!

There's no limit on tyres, I'm currently running the stock ones which came with the kit. Most people at our club recomend Take Off's CS-27's. I've got a set of them but I havn't tried 'em.

The surface is very smooth ashphelt (sp?) and it's nice and clean.

We're only allowed the plastic tub chassis, but i guess I'm allowed to 'modify it' but not update it to a graphite or whatever.

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Old 12-16-2001, 05:34 PM   #4
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I guess you are running the 04S chassis. Lighten the car as much as possible will help too. Get aluminium screws or if you are allowed, you can try lightening the chassis by cutting a motor slot and battery slots.
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Damn, I just found out that you can't 'modify' the chassis at all.

Any more tips please guys?
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I could be wrong but running 2 x 540 Johnson cans, one broken in and one not broken in, the broken in (via water) runs much faster.

YMMV.

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Uh oh yeah I don't know if this affects performance but by putting in 3 x 104 capacitors I get significantly reduced arcing.
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Lite weight electronic components, plastic gear servos instead of metal gears, remove the case from your reciever and shrink wrap it (find an airplain guy to help), Small/light esc w/ removeable heat sinks (removed), 1700-1800 mah packs (yes, these are the lightest cells and will make runtime much easier), unless you run high voltage matched cells, use as short of motor/battery wires as possible. Get a set of ball diffs, and plastic outdrives, those geardiffs are heavy!! Mono-color body with light coats of paint, just enough to "color" the body.
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Old 12-17-2001, 05:26 PM   #9
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Hmmm.. will those things help alot do you think?

I have an old LRP F1 bullet, it'd pretty huge. I want to get a smaller one but I'm not sure what to get.

Will the plastic outdrives break easily? They'd probably make the car a bit faster huh? Because they make the drivetrain lighter? Is that the same with the ball diffs? They sound expensive, if I buy them one at a time, should I put it in the front first or the rear?

I don't think I'll bother with that body suggestion, unless you think it's going to help dramatically.

Thanks for all that help, any more tips?

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use the ball diffs in the rear ......they help keep the rear of the car stuck if u do not have a smooth stearing finger
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replace any bushings with ball bearings.
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I do not have any experience with TA04 at all, but I've learned from racing my TT01, that right choice of tires is EVERYTHING! Most people at local clubs use 'Take Off CS27'. I gave it a try and it made a 100% increase in corner performance.
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Still a good car
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