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Old 12-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default Setup info needed for Kyosho KF01 nitro f1

I just got a new kf01 kit and I am looking for any info on setups and needed options. Most of my running will be on asphalt surfaces (medium traction). Also what nitro level is best for the 0.9 motor?
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Where did you find a new kit? Been looking for one for two years. Please PM the info of where you got your kit.

As far as nitro, try not to use more than 20% nitro in it. Those small engines heat very quickly and can burn up really quick if you try to use higher than 20%. If you can find some 16% nitro, you will be just fine.
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Thanks for the info on the nitro percentages. I will try the 16% fuel.
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I just got a new kf01 kit and I am looking for any info on setups and needed options. Most of my running will be on asphalt surfaces (medium traction). Also what nitro level is best for the 0.9 motor?
Thanks,
I've been running my kf01 for a year on 25% fuel with no issues. As far as setup, here are some recommended upgrades:

Ride height spacers (allows for tire change adjustments, foams or rubber)
2speed gear set
Ball diff set (better rear grip adjustability)
Stainless kingpin set(smoother suspension travel)
Springs front and rear (allows adjustment for different surfaces)
Cooling head(allows for conventional glow plugs)
Aluminum bulkhead replacement parts(durability)
Aluminum rear bearing holder(durability)
Graphite chassis and stiffener( better cornering lighter rolling weight)

Tuning tips:
Use ABS if your remote has the function
Lengthen your fuel tubing (extends run time, a lap or two)
High grip track:
0deg camber setting foam or rubber tires
front, hard springs, hard-med foam, 1.5mm spacers. If rubber, hard compound, hard springs, 1.0mm spacers
Rear, soft-med foam, med springs, 2.0mm spacers. If rubber, soft compound, soft springs.

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions...
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I've been running my kf01 for a year on 25% fuel with no issues. As far as setup, here are some recommended upgrades:

Ride height spacers (allows for tire change adjustments, foams or rubber)
2speed gear set
Ball diff set (better rear grip adjustability)
Stainless kingpin set(smoother suspension travel)
Springs front and rear (allows adjustment for different surfaces)
Cooling head(allows for conventional glow plugs)
Aluminum bulkhead replacement parts(durability)
Aluminum rear bearing holder(durability)
Graphite chassis and stiffener( better cornering lighter rolling weight)

Tuning tips:
Use ABS if your remote has the function
Lengthen your fuel tubing (extends run time, a lap or two)
High grip track:
0deg camber setting foam or rubber tires
front, hard springs, hard-med foam, 1.5mm spacers. If rubber, hard compound, hard springs, 1.0mm spacers
Rear, soft-med foam, med springs, 2.0mm spacers. If rubber, soft compound, soft springs.

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions...

Thanks! It is great to find at least one other person that has the kit.

I do have a few additional questions.
1). How are you damping the front and rear suspension? Are you applying some sort of sticky grease to the pivots on the rear?

2). Where can you get the upgrade rear bulkheads?

3). I can not find the ball diff (kfw006) anywhere. Will a f103 rear axle and diff work instead?

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Thanks! It is great to find at least one other person that has the kit.

I do have a few additional questions.
1). How are you damping the front and rear suspension? Are you applying some sort of sticky grease to the pivots on the rear?

2). Where can you get the upgrade rear bulkheads?

3). I can not find the ball diff (kfw006) anywhere. Will a f103 rear axle and diff work instead?

Thanks
-Rich
For dampening, the front and rear spring sets available from kyosho do nicely. For the front, try getting hard stainless kingpin set, makes a world of difference. The travel is small, the spring tension is enough dampening. The car responds to setup changes. Like in real cars, tires are your best friend, here is what I use:
Indoor asphalt track, JP Raceway, Philippines: Exceed RC foams for F103, hard front, soft back.

Outdoor running: Ride rubber tires for F103, med front, med-soft rear

Kyosho just released new tires for the plazma F1, according to kyosho they will be good for the kf01 as well. They also have tires specific for the Kf01, worth a look. I'm waiting to try a set. Let you know when I do. I tried the exceeds and they work, so I haven't tried others(I get my exceeds from Hong Kong, cheaper shipping).

On the axle off the tamiya, I couldn't answer you cause I haven't tried, I found the original ball diff on eBay and haven't looked back.

I get my parts from Banzai hobbies in Japan, or some eBay stores have them. Rear bulkheads are similar to the Spada09 so you might find aftermarket parts through that avenue.

You can also order from:
http://www.the-border.com/Kyosho-KF01/
They are quite complete, but pricy, I stopped ordering from them cause I'm in the Philippines and banzai can source everything direct from kyosho. The-border Hobby shop is in the Netherlands.

Let me know if I can help you more
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For dampening, the front and rear spring sets available from kyosho do nicely. For the front, try getting hard stainless kingpin set, makes a world of difference. The travel is small, the spring tension is enough dampening. The car responds to setup changes. Like in real cars, tires are your best friend, here is what I use:
Indoor asphalt track, JP Raceway, Philippines: Exceed RC foams for F103, hard front, soft back.

Outdoor running: Ride rubber tires for F103, med front, med-soft rear

Kyosho just released new tires for the plazma F1, according to kyosho they will be good for the kf01 as well. They also have tires specific for the Kf01, worth a look. I'm waiting to try a set. Let you know when I do. I tried the exceeds and they work, so I haven't tried others(I get my exceeds from Hong Kong, cheaper shipping).

On the axle off the tamiya, I couldn't answer you cause I haven't tried, I found the original ball diff on eBay and haven't looked back.

I get my parts from Banzai hobbies in Japan, or some eBay stores have them. Rear bulkheads are similar to the Spada09 so you might find aftermarket parts through that avenue.

You can also (had to remove link).
They are quite complete, but pricy, I stopped ordering from them cause I'm in the Philippines and banzai can source everything direct from kyosho. The-border Hobby shop is in the Netherlands.

Let me know if I can help you more
-Marty

I will try Banzai email and see if they can get a ball diff for me.
I looked at the f103 rear axle ball diff and it is a close fit but the diff ring holder and the 39 tooth pulley do not fit together as well as the wheel offsets do not match either.
Have you tried the Pit shumi tires? They are one of the favorites being used here in the U.S. in the UF1 series (rubber tires, 21.5 non-ramping esc).


Thanks,
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I will try Banzai email and see if they can get a ball diff for me.
I looked at the f103 rear axle ball diff and it is a close fit but the diff ring holder and the 39 tooth pulley do not fit together as well as the wheel offsets do not match either.
Have you tried the Pit shumi tires? They are one of the favorites being used here in the U.S. in the UF1 series (rubber tires, 21.5 non-ramping esc).


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I don't see anything wrong with them and if the local guys are using them successfully, then 'when in Rome.'
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I don't see anything wrong with them and if the local guys are using them successfully, then 'when in Rome.'
Thanks for all your help! I need to break in the engine now and finish the body.
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Thanks for all your help! I need to break in the engine now and finish the body.
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Hi Rich,
I can confirm that Banzai Hobbies have the Ball diffs available for order as well as the Two speed tranny... A friend just purchased a set
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Hi Rich,
I can confirm that Banzai Hobbies have the Ball diffs available for order as well as the Two speed tranny... A friend just purchased a set
Great thanks, I will order a ball diff set from them today. I was breaking-in my kf01 at the local race track and several racers now want one as well. My local hobby store is going to try and get 4 kf01 kits for them. We are going to try and get a race class going here in Northern California.
Thanks again for all of for your help!
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Looks great. Nice to know that F103 tires will work. Was wondering about parts availability. Wonder is Great Planes, Horizon, or one of the smaller US distributors is going to carry these cars.

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