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Old 02-02-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default What is best choice for F1 chassis tamiya trf101 or yokomo yrf 001w

want to buy a Formula 1 chassis but do not know what a good choice
tamiya trf101 or the Yokomo yrf 001w
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trf101. why? because I just got one and then there will be two at the MACH ;-)
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:32 PM   #3
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There are two at our local club (TRF101) they seem to take the top 2 places just about every week
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I thought the trf101 had ride height issues? is it resolved now?
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I am biased, yokomo is the better car

its funny i have yet to see a trf101 be dialed down here is Aus,

reality is its 99% driver no mater what F1 you buy.
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reality is its 99% driver no mater what F1 you buy.
i agree. im driving a bone stock f104 1st gen. even with the friction damper and doing quite well with it. raced twice with it since i got it and i run with the fast guys no problem.

im by no means the fastest guy but i can at least hang with the fast guys. my car has 0 upgrades. some upgrades are coming down the development line soon.
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What about the Serpent F110? It's doing really well at the moment.
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Pick one you like, and be done with it. I've raced a F103 RM, fast as hell. I'm running a Yokomo YRF fast as hell too. I choose the Yokomo for it's unique design and parts support.
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Go for best local parts support. If you really want the best F1, get the Exotek F1R2 kit and a used F014V2 for parts. Hands down the best F1.
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Does the Exotek F1R2 work with the TRF101?
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Does the Exotek F1R2 work with the TRF101?
Anyone have info on this?
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Anyone have info on this?
Short answer, yes the F1R2 conversion works with the TRF101.

Long answer, I don't think the F1R2 conversion is available anymore, unless you are referring to the F1R3 which is their Exotek's latest conversion kit. So the R3 conversion will work with the TRF101. But to purchase a 101 and then convert it to R3 is expensive and, well, I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish.

It would be better to start with the R3 conversion and add what you want from the TRF101. The highlight of the R2/R3 conversion is the moving of the side links outwards. On the R3, wide enough to get a short battery sideways. The unique feature of the 101 vs the TRF102, TRF101W, is the carbon front arms. The 102 has the unique rear suspension pivot.

The front suspension of choice (IMO) for any of the chassis I mentioned above is still Exotek's adjustable upper arm set. I have not tired the Exotek IFS set yet so I can't comment on that. But either of those will work on any of the above chassis and will be an improvement on the F104/TRF front suspension.

I'd say parts support should be your first deciding factor.
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Short answer, yes the F1R2 conversion works with the TRF101.

Long answer, I don't think the F1R2 conversion is available anymore, unless you are referring to the F1R3 which is their Exotek's latest conversion kit. So the R3 conversion will work with the TRF101. But to purchase a 101 and then convert it to R3 is expensive and, well, I'm not sure what you're trying to accomplish.

It would be better to start with the R3 conversion and add what you want from the TRF101. The highlight of the R2/R3 conversion is the moving of the side links outwards. On the R3, wide enough to get a short battery sideways. The unique feature of the 101 vs the TRF102, TRF101W, is the carbon front arms. The 102 has the unique rear suspension pivot.

The front suspension of choice (IMO) for any of the chassis I mentioned above is still Exotek's adjustable upper arm set. I have not tired the Exotek IFS set yet so I can't comment on that. But either of those will work on any of the above chassis and will be an improvement on the F104/TRF front suspension.

I'd say parts support should be your first deciding factor.


cool this is very good info... I'm considering buying a used but mint cond trf101 to race on asphalt/ rubber on a small twisty track (I'm new to F1 and rc in general).. Some comments i've seen regarding the TRF101 front end have been very positive and others comments i've seen say they can't get it to work (although most of these comments where from some time ago).

I therefore was thinking if i got the 101, should i consider bolting on a different front end or the R3 kit overall as you mentioned. It sounds like from your expereinced the R3 based off a 101 would be a big improvement over a stock 101 (which i understand is meant to be Tamiya's premire F1 kit).


thanks again for your feedback and taking the time
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cool this is very good info... I'm considering buying a used but mint cond trf101 to race on asphalt/ rubber on a small twisty track (I'm new to F1 and rc in general).. Some comments i've seen regarding the TRF101 front end have been very positive and others comments i've seen say they can't get it to work (although most of these comments where from some time ago).

I therefore was thinking if i got the 101, should i consider bolting on a different front end or the R3 kit overall as you mentioned. It sounds like from your expereinced the R3 based off a 101 would be a big improvement over a stock 101 (which i understand is meant to be Tamiya's premire F1 kit).


thanks again for your feedback and taking the time
If you are running on asphalt then I would try and locate a used Trf102 instead of the older 101. The 102 has a flex plate rear pod which is better suited for asphalt track on rubber tires. The 102 has naturally more rear grip than the 101 which then means you can drive harder into the corners for more corner speed

The 102 can also be upgraded to the F1R3 down the road if you ever feel the urge.
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If you are running on asphalt then I would try and locate a used Trf102 instead of the older 101. The 102 has a flex plate rear pod which is better suited for asphalt track on rubber tires. The 102 has naturally more rear grip than the 101 which then means you can drive harder into the corners for more corner speed

The 102 can also be upgraded to the F1R3 down the road if you ever feel the urge.

Would you recommend a f104x1 over a trf102 (there's one also in my area brand new in kit form)? The other option is the trf101 which I guess I liked as I assumed it was the top dog however from reading more it sounds slightly outdated (even though cool with its cf arms)
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