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  1. In case you haven't seen, Tamiya have just announced a re-re Terra Scorcher so no doubt there will be plenty of kits split and sold on ebay once they are available. You will be able to get a genuine body set easily.
  2. You are always going to have one left over because it doesn't need 8. On my non-evo Top Force I did 32 rear, 28 front, 42 for the steering and it leaves you with a 38 for the middle steering linkage if you want to bother (you can never get a spanner on it to adjust it anyway so it's almost pointless but the EVO does have an adjustable one). (I personally used my spare pair of 38's as steering linkages on another bathtub chassis DF01 I have) The difference is that the standard Top Force manual tells you to use the outer holes on the front shock mounts and the middle hole on the rear for the tie rods where as the EVO manual tells you to use the inner most rear hole and the top middle front hole, therefore the EVO tie rods can be that bit longer. If you want it close to EVO spec I would put the 42's on the steering, then use the 38's in the rear and 32's in the front whilst moving the ball connectors inboard, then just stick the 28's in your tool box.
  3. Suede your truck looks really good, I have never been a fan of these because of the narrow track width but with the wider a-arms it looks awesome. Could you post a few more chassis pictures please? I'm assuming you have just used DF01 parts to widen the track? Do these use the short chassis tub? I'm interested in building one myself now. Thanks.
  4. I went to deans years ago after constantly melting the tamiya connectors together, I bought a massive bulk pack of them so just put them on everything.... I have only just started to run out but probably won't change now. They are easy to solder on and the newer ones with the 'grip' part are easy to use.
  5. Nice, now's the time to grab some hi-caps whilst they are easy to get if your budget allows.
  6. For those that haven't seen, there are a couple of photos of these on the official Tamiya Blog page. I have to say they don't look that impressive, it's also interesting that the turnbuckles are different from the original Evo ones and the ball connectors are still just the standard 5mm ones where as from the original picture posted in this thread I expected a full set of 6mm ones...
  7. I honestly don't know if they ever sold a set with evolution written on it separately but it doesn't really make sense to ever sell it like that unless you can buy every other evo part separately as well (including the body sets and wheels which I don't think they ever sold). I have a re-release top force with everything 'evolution' on it except titanium screws and the correct diffs, it even has orange wheels and a replica evo shell, (I built it so I could have an 'evo runner' without feeling guilty about using it), most people would assume it's a real evo at first glance but, although I'm excited to get the carbon chassiis set for it, I still don't want it to say evolution on the top deck because it's not a proper one. I have to admit it's interesting to me that they have now released most of the Evo parts for the re-re Top Force but in limited numbers. We can effectively build a replica evolution from brand new parts but only if you've been lucky enough to snag all the bits when they came around. It would have made more sense to me to have put all those parts into a limited run of 'evolution spec' top force kits so the original Evo owners are happy that their models keep their value and the people who want an Evo re-release get mostly what they want instead of being dissapointed when they manage to get a couple of the parts but miss out on the others. Here's a pic of my replica next to my original one,
  8. I actually prefer it this way as it stops people trying to sell off re-re evo replicas as original evos. It's still a genuine Tamiya carbon chassis set and it wouldn't be right to stick an evolution branded top deck on a car that doesn't have all the other evo parts anyway.
  9. The df03 is a great buggy and spares are still easily available although aftermarket parts tend to be quite expensive for some reason. I would recommend universal shafts for it and the slipper clutch but the clutch alone is about 50 quid if you can find one. - fortunately the base kit tends to be quite cheap so it balances out. The downside to it is that the chassis tub is very small so putting modern electronics such as brushless systems and lipo batteries can be a bit of a pain to get them to fit. In terms of bashing it's a perfect chassis really, its got good ground clearance if you want to run it off road but it can be setup for hard surfaces easily enough as well. I've never owned or driven the a DB01 but I did look at getting one for a while, spares seem to be a bit less easy to get hold of and if you are just gonna be bashing it about then belts aren't always a good idea as they tend to need more maintenance than having a propshaft. Whatever you decide to buy, If you put decent electronics in it, it will easily keep up with a rustler, the 4wd alone gives you an advantage if you are on loose surfaces. I sold my old DF03 MS to my brother and he has put a 5.5t brushless system and even used a 3cell lipo in it and it flys with no problems.
  10. Haha yeh, too right, although for £150 quid I would expect them to come on a silver platter. I was hoping that the hi-caps and now the chassis plates were still being produced but kept back possibly for an evo re-release, and releasing them to be sold separately was a bit of an after thought so they just bagged them up and made a few sets available but you never know these days with Tamiya.
  11. Yep probably going to be same as the re-re hi-caps (I wish I had bought more sets when I had the chance) I've emailed Tony through ebay earlier so just going to wait and see what happens, I want to know the full price first before committing as I don't really need them, but it's just nice to have proper tamiya bits.
  12. I'd like one of these for my re-re evo replica, its got everything on it so far except the proper evo diffs and titanium screws, I have a 3rd party carbon chassis atm but this would finish it off nicely. I just hope they make a decent amount and that they don't all get poached and marked up.
  13. The spire spike tyres were discontinued a while ago and have been superseded by the square spike ones. I don't know why they would be any better really as they are almost identical but the squares do seem slightly more wear resistant compared to the spires and under heavy load I can imagine the spires probably 'bend' more where as the squares are more sturdy so they probably offer better grip. I've personally spent months looking for a new set of spire spikes for my original evo and have only managed to find a half decent used set. I do have a brand new set of fronts I bought ages ago but the rears very rarely come up for sale and when they do people ask silly money.
  14. Is the ta03 diff gear a smaller diameter than the original one or is it just an illusion in those pictures?
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