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Old 07-13-2003, 06:08 AM   #1
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And just when you thought the TA-04 TRF was the last version of the TA-04 family, Tamiya are releasing the above version.

According to the Rainbowten website, the newest version will have the following:

TA04-R WITH TUNED HOP-UPS. SSG CARBON PARTS, TRF DAMPER & SHORT SPRINGS, RACING STABILIZERS + TYPE RR MOTOR
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Old 07-13-2003, 07:28 PM   #2
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Just what the world needs..another version of the TA04

As much as I have to give propps to the TA04R do we really need another version to add to the list..

04
04S
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04R
04Pro
04R TRF Version
04 Tuned Chassis Version???????????

Whats next

TA04 Super Duper Model
TA04SSSR TRF Pro Tuned Chassis Version
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I tried looking it up on the Tamiya website but I couldn't find anything about it, I looked in the Tamiya America site and in the english version of the japanese site, Nothing. How much does Rainbowten list it for?
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26,800 yen. Due out on 28 August.
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Old 07-13-2003, 10:56 PM   #5
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Don't be surprised if the marketing boys at Tamiya repackage the 414 m2 as a super duper TA-04 kit (because in reality, that is what the 414 m2 is). LOL

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Just what the world needs..another version of the TA04

As much as I have to give propps to the TA04R do we really need another version to add to the list..

04
04S
04SS
04R
04Pro
04R TRF Version
04 Tuned Chassis Version???????????

Whats next

TA04 Super Duper Model
TA04SSSR TRF Pro Tuned Chassis Version

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Old 07-13-2003, 11:46 PM   #6
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Don't be surprised if the marketing boys at Tamiya repackage the 414 m2 as a super duper TA-04 kit (because in realty, that is what the 414 m2 is). LOL
Doubt it. I would love to be able to buy a 414 as a Tamiya Catalog item, but there is just too much difference in parts between two. eg:

-chassis plates, upper & lower
-bulkheads
-rear belt
-shock towers
-hingepin mounting
-bumper mounting
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Don't be surprised if the marketing boys at Tamiya repackage the 414 m2 as a super duper TA-04 kit (because in realty, that is what the 414 m2 is). LOL
You are right there.
Although there are differences there are also many similarities.. Changing a few screw holes and the way things are mounted doesn't constitute a new design as far as I'm concerned.
The TA04 TRF is more similar to the 414 than it is not as far as I'm concerned..
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Personally, 6 mths ago I was wondering why Tamiya didn't go market a TRF 414 "SD"... instead of calling it Evo III.

Making it part of the TB Evo line is a bit strange, considering the thing shares 50% of its bits with the 414... and none with the TB Evo II.
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Personally, 6 mths ago I was wondering why Tamiya didn't go market a TRF 414 "SD"... instead of calling it Evo III.

Making it part of the TB Evo line is a bit strange, considering the thing shares 50% of its bits with the 414... and none with the TB Evo II.
Its simple...Its part of the Evo series because its shaft drive like its predecessors and as I have Both the EvoII and the EvoIII once again their basic design is the same even though there are a few differences....
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Haha, I was at the track on Sat and met up with a friend who's
got 2 Evo IIs... he compared my Evo III with his car and there's
really nothing interchangeable between the 2 cars.

But compared to a TA04 & 414... heehee, I used to tell ppl it was
a "shaftdrive 414". Put it next to a 04 or 414 and it's believable.

And that's the only reason I went Evo III - parts sharing.
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Haha, I was at the track on Sat and met up with a friend who's
got 2 Evo IIs... he compared my Evo III with his car and there's
really nothing interchangeable between the 2 cars.

But compared to a TA04 & 414... heehee, I used to tell ppl it was
a "shaftdrive 414". Put it next to a 04 or 414 and it's believable.

And that's the only reason I went Evo III - parts sharing.
No thats correct there is not really anything interchangeable between the Evo II and EvoIII but the basic design is the same and at a glance they look the same as is the case with the Ta04 and the 414. The designs are basically the same and thats how I look at a chassis and compare.
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Just what the world needs..another version of the TA04

As much as I have to give propps to the TA04R do we really need another version to add to the list..

04
04S
04SS
04R
04Pro
04R TRF Version
04 Tuned Chassis Version???????????

Whats next

TA04 Super Duper Model
TA04SSSR TRF Pro Tuned Chassis Version
You forgot to list the 04 pro blue collection (it was only brought to the U.S. through mailorder.)
Hey, you never know Tamiya may be thinking of making it a nice round 10 different editions. This has got to be some kinda record
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Saw this on the Tamiya site finally ...

http://www.tamiya.com/english/news/news/news1.htm#49297

TA04-R Tuned Chassis Kit

Overall length=355mm
R/C Items (Limited Edition)

- A race oriented 2-belt drive full time 4WD chassis has been modified for maximum performance.
- The combination of light-weight carbon lower deck and SSG carbon upper deck saves weight and creates chassis stability.
- SSG carbon is also adopted on damper stays.
- Fluorine coated TRF dampers feature aluminum retainer and short spring for lighter and lower chassis setting.
- Front/rear ball differentials and reinforced tire with molded inserts promise superior road holding performance.
- Comes with high revolution type Super Stock Motor Type-R.

Wonder if it's still better off getting a Raybrig 2002 or TRF.
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To be honest I would suggest, for less money than the "TA04R race tuned version", get an Xray T1R and use the difference to get some good tyres and Inserts and whatever else you can get with the change.
I personally think the T1R represents better value for money and gives you top end performance...

Just what I believe anyway..
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I completely agree with you Steevo, it just seems that once you buy Tamiya you get hooked and become like a junkie, and you gotta have more and more, no matter what the cost Maybe is something they put inside the bags.
I myself am trying to go to rehab and break the expensive habit, wish me luck
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