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Old 12-24-2001, 02:10 AM   #1
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Going to get a FUN car to drive around the track in bad conditions. I'm looking at 3 classes - Tamiya's M chassis, F10X or a 1/10 scale Pan Car (no races in singapore, afaik).

Could anyone tell me what kind of body shells can fit on a M-04 chassis? Can regular Mini style shells fit? On google I noticed some regulations "allow" the M-04L chassis to be shortened. What does this mean?

I prefer something RWD.

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If you go by TCS rules, then only two current Tamiya bodies fit the M04L, the Z3 and the Honda S-2000. You can shorten the M04 chassis by removing an included chassis spacer. The only Tamiya body that will fit is the Miata and it is no longer being produced, I believe.

Otherwise, measure the wheelbse length and check HPI's mini bodies to see if they fit. I think the Honda Civic mini shell will fit.

We run an M03 and the only non-Tamiya body we use is an HPI Concept I VW Beetle. It's a nice one and more aero than the boxy Mini Cooper.

BTW, everyone I know who owns an M04 says they are difficult to set up for racing. Tire combos are critical.
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thanks man! Not too concerned about tcs since afaik there is no such race class in singapore.

Do you happen to have a M04 picture? Does it use independant suspension or the single horizontal shock? I am thinking since it's newer i should be able to get better parts support for it.
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if you want a "FUN" car to drive, why not think about the HPI micro...

I have one right and its great....can't get my radio off my hand..

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the mo4 has independent suspension with 4 shocks. the stock kit has friction shocks but most oil-filled shocks will fit. i think the main chassis layout is similar to the FF02 series, but the FF02 is longer and wider.
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plus, the FF02 has the motor in front (FWD) while the MO4 (BMW body) is rear motor and rear wheel drive
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Thanks dudes! Now going to do some research on Pan cars and F1s.

TFR: Love too, but it's too small to run on the track I play at

Marvi: Thanks! The 04 chassis looks good, if I get it I'll have 2 "04" chassis! A M and TA
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