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Old 08-02-2004, 10:49 PM   #1
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I was wanting to get som opinions on what would be better to do mod club racing. I was looking at adding som hop-ups to the TB-02 chassis, but by the time I do it is not much more to step up to the Evo4 considering how much extra you get. I am not a pro racer, just trying to step up to the mod class. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Out of those two I would go with EVO 4
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well duh, performance.

If you simply want to drive your car around for fun and the novice based races, then the TB02 is perfect for that. Its designed for that sort of use.

The Evo 4 is a PRO kit. Its designed with World Champions like Surikarn in mind. It is the top of the range car with all carbon fiber and anodized aluminium coming out of any orifus possible.

A fully hopped TB02 would still be miles slower then a Stock Std Evo IV.

It all just depends what you want in a car. Do you want leisure or do you want performance??? I'm a performance man so I bought the Evo IV, didn't even contemplate the TB02 as its just an entry level car to replace the TB01.
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Whilst I agree the EVO4 is a PRO kit, that doesn't make it miles faster than a hopped up TB-02. The TB-02 in stock form offers many of the fine adjustments available in the EVOIII which makes it a pretty damn good car in the right hands. I think it is more correct to describe the TB-02 as an economical version of the EVO3 rather than an entry level replacement for the TB-01.

Whilst I don't have the EVO4 yet, I have tried running a TB-02 vs. the EVO3 (both with various degrees of hop ups) and can say that they perform on par with the correct set up.

IMO both are easier to set up and drive when compared to the TRF414M - which as everyone knows was the world champion ride in 2002/3.

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well duh, performance.

If you simply want to drive your car around for fun and the novice based races, then the TB02 is perfect for that. Its designed for that sort of use.

The Evo 4 is a PRO kit. Its designed with World Champions like Surikarn in mind. It is the top of the range car with all carbon fiber and anodized aluminium coming out of any orifus possible.

A fully hopped TB02 would still be miles slower then a Stock Std Evo IV.

It all just depends what you want in a car. Do you want leisure or do you want performance??? I'm a performance man so I bought the Evo IV, didn't even contemplate the TB02 as its just an entry level car to replace the TB01.
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TB-02 is a fantastic design, I like it.
(Its probably better than a TA04S even... more adjustable.)

But if you're going to hop it up with all the TB-02 options, you're
probably better off buying a good used TB Evo III instead.

My TB-02 has the alloy steering, alloy motor plate, SSG strip
and alloy spacers on the hingepins... and it runs on par with
my EvoIII and EvoIIISL - impossible to tell difference on track.
Ideally you'd upgrade the TB-02 shocks to TRFs and the diffs
to the EvoIII black ones too, plus EvoIII oneway front.

Once you do all that... just get an EvoIII.


EvoIV looks very nice, but the stock kit is far from complete.
The screws are steel, not every part is carbon fibre etc.
It is very expensive for what you get in the IV pizzabox
+ Tamiya just wants your $$ spent on options.


I'm still running EvoIIIs and am not tempted to go IV / 415.
Built correctly, my cars haven't stripped a oneway gear again,
especially with the update longer shafts & Tech 3-piece shaft.
Solid chassis but not overweight... imho best car from Tamiya.
They are easy to setup & they handle great on our tarmac.

I'd buy a good EvoIII Surikarn Ltd over a similarly priced EvoIV...
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