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Old 07-23-2011, 08:32 PM   #16
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So I have a TA03F Pro, thats fairly abused as well as some of the metals being weathered. The car was considered trash until I remembered it and asked about it. It was sitting outside in a box of my LHS owners house in the "to be taken to the dump" pile. So he gave it to me, for free!

I've been out of the hobby the past 2 years but want to get back in it, only this time I want to drift. I've been on eBay everyday with TA03F as a saved search. Does anyone know the quality of the non-Tamiya alloy parts listed for the TA03?

Should I get this old beast running again? I've actually already spent about $200 in bling and bits for the rebuild. This car will not be an occasionally drifted shelf queen but an everyday battleaxe. So the rarity of parts worries me.

I am thinking about just going with a VDF or the newer VDS since I figure bling in the box always costs less than bling over time.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:19 AM   #17
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if you want some nice 3rd party alloy try looking at asiatees.com you might be able to get yours to look like mine
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Originally Posted by Chiefy 707 View Post
... Does anyone know the quality of the non-Tamiya alloy parts listed for the TA03?
Tamiya hopups are the gold standard.

There were many TA03 aftermarket makers back in the day like
Kose, Cross, Square etc but you'll be fighting to find new-oldstock.
These Japanese mobs make good stuff.

GPM is cheap... & i'm not just talking price.
You may have to do some work to get them to fit.
But they've restarted production so they're easy to find.

Apart from rear hubs, there's no huge advantage over alloy vs plastics on a TA03.
Graphite chassis sets aren't noticeably stiffer than tubs, lighter maybe.

TA03 stock plastic parts aren't hard to find if you've got a grey car,
slightly rarer if you've got black plastics & a pain in the butt buying online
as they aren't differentiated via part number, they're both same #.
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