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This isn’t a thread turning over the obvious differences between chassis 

More, if you had to pick one, and maybe hop it, which would it be, why and which hop ups ?

I know the answer depends a lot of entry class, racing restrictions and budget but treat this as a blank canvas !

If we could race whatever we wanted, however we liked which TRF would we start from then (inevitably) tweak ?

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I like my 201's. Simple and fun chassis. Still seems like a buggy. I have a 501x which is great, but it seems more like a piece of machinery than a car.

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I know nothing about them so will be following this thread. For me it would be one of the 4wd buggies but not sure which one,  probably the shaft drive since they are the most common in buggies.

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If you are talking about a bit of development, the TRF211 is my favourite. Slightly biased because i have onr, but with my laydown transmission upgrade (you can buy it on Shapeways) it is right up there with the modern kits. TRF211 are thin on the ground and very expensive, so you could pick up a 201 and convert from there with an aftermarket chassis plate. It's a lot of fun putting all the parts togethet (in my opinion). I am sure the 4wd buggies are incredibly effective with minimal fiddling though. A couple of guys on TRF Off Road on facebook regularly race TRF511 and TRF503s. 

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The only shaft driven buggy by TRF was the 502.
Not sure hiw good they were, but my understanding is that the geometry on the steering rack was all wrong, so many would substitute in one of the steering assemblies from the 501, 511 buggies.

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I believe Tamiya gave the trf502x to it's team to race at euro and worlds level. This was the last 4wd for the team before tamiya gave up. 

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The TRF503 was developed by Lee Martin. It's a brilliant 4wd chassis.

 

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