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GF-01 - A few questions

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Hi everyone,

just ordered a new GF-01 Landcruiser which I will be building over christmas. Realy excited and hope to get the kit in the next days.

I was planning to use the Landcruiser Body and also paint a Jimny Body for it down the road. I will also add some tuning. So my first purchase was:

- 58589 GF-01 Land Cruiser Kit

- 2 x 54394 Universal Shaft

- 2 x 53218 Hard Coint Cup Set

I am about to release the next purchase and was planning to get:

- Tamiya GT Tuned Motor

- 54734 FRP Battery Mount

- 54924 Full set ball bearings

- 53509 HFC coated 20T pinion (was thinking to go one higher since the 25T GT Tuned has some nice torque)

- 2 x 54586 Light Gearshaft

- 2 x 9805619 Wild Willy Rear Tires
 

I am not sure about:

- 53571 TRF Aluminium Damper Set. These are the silver ones of the blue anodized 42102 Dampers. I would prefer to have a silver look on the dampers and get some colour from the spring set 53440. However, it appears that these dampers are longer than the recommended set 54640 for the WR02 and GF01. Does anyone have the 53571 in use or know if thats a good fit.

- 54796 Aluminium Guard. I understand that i cannot mount the spring loaded front damper when i use the guard set. Only mounting it without the springs. Would you recommend going this way? It will be a basher so hard use for sure. 

Any other concerns or recommendations about the upgrade parts? Would really appreciate your thoughts!

 

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I own a handful of GF01’s.  It’s a great chassis for trucking around tight space. 

But I only do oil dampers, wheels/tires (l like the bigger wheels and tires in this car), bearings, 1060, moderate performance servo with high torque servo saver. It doesn’t really need anything else.  Turnbuckles if you have a couple of them laying around.

GL with your build and have fun!  

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I took the same journey as you @CKU87 as I started with a LandCruiser but also have a Jimny body ordered for the second chassis I purchased. I’ve also got a couple of other Land Cruiser shells to play with other paint designs.

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The LandCruiser has been pretty heavily hopped-up with Yeah Racing parts. Not to everyone’s taste of course but we’ve gone with a “more is more” approach on this one ;) 

I’ve got the YR suspension shock wheelie bar still to add and a chrome front bumper with spot lamps and winch kit. 

It’s only my second build and the first (a rere egress) was built straight from the box so it’s been fun to see what can be done with all the add-ons that are available.

The Jimny build will be more standard; just bearings, pinion and and a couple of other bits. For now… ;)

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I love my GF01

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I have gone for

20t stainless pinion

Full ball bearings

Stainless suspension shaft set

And that's it. Shocks are still stock friction style  but seem to work fine. 

Mine is a modified heavy dump, but either way I think the larger wheels look best. The Toyota with 115 mm wheels is the model they should have released IMHO.

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Thanks everyone for your replies. Yes I agree, not much is needed here probably so I will be skipping the skid guard and safe some money. 

Would you recommend tire foams for the spiked tires of the dump truck? I read that they are softer than the wild willy tires, so was wondering….

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I don’t use foam in my spiked tires.  The car likes soft tires with the factory damper springs.   I keep them on stands while not driven to prevent any flat spots.  

Have fun!  

 

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Thanks a lot. 

One more thing as I am also building up a WR02 for my girlfriend. On which WR02 chassis was the Jimny released back then? 

I get confused with all the different types WR02, WR02C, WR02G then the CB….

I do notice slight differences in the manuals, e.g. in some models there is a spacer mounted between the wheely bar and the chassis and in other manuals the front is entirely different, e.g. Wild Willy Front vs Honda City Turbo Front.

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17 hours ago, CKU87 said:

Thanks a lot. 

One more thing as I am also building up a WR02 for my girlfriend. On which WR02 chassis was the Jimny released back then? 

I get confused with all the different types WR02, WR02C, WR02G then the CB….

I do notice slight differences in the manuals, e.g. in some models there is a spacer mounted between the wheely bar and the chassis and in other manuals the front is entirely different, e.g. Wild Willy Front vs Honda City Turbo Front.

You're very welcome!

I checked the instructions manual and the Jimny is a standard WR02.  

I have several other pictures of my GF01 and GF01TR in my profile page if interested.  My Beetles are all GF01/GF01TR  based, less Sand Scorcher.

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😅 Oh my god, these cars are awesome! Really impressive, nice and clean build cars! Thanks for the pictures and will check your page immediatelly! 

Did you paint your rims by yourself? At least I can see three coulours, black, like a gun metal grey and the original silver!?

Good to know regarding the chassis, thanks! Then I can go ahead and buy the Wild Willy set as this is a stock WR02.

Yes I have seen the WR02C is more the onroad Version for the Honda City Turbo only it seems. The WR02G has the smaller front tires and the Comcial Variants of the WR02 and the GF01 are a different anyway.

Anyone doing the WR02C front axle upgrade on the stock WR02? At least to me the B9 looks more robust than the screwed E6 and E2 part. But then the front tires of wild willy wont probably fit I assume as they go on the ball bearing instead of the axle pin like with the Honda?

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@CKU87 Thanks, yes I did paint the wheels.  The Jimny's wheels are running Tamiya's TS38 Gunmetal, and the LandCruiser pickup wheels are TS29 Semi-Gloss Black.   

As for the front axle upgrade on the WR02, I just run the factory wheels and the soft spike tires on mine.  Yes, the front wheels are running bearings on the hub.  

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