Status: How To Guide
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I regularly had trouble telling the difference between the TA 01 and TA 02 chassis, so I thought I would take a few pics to show the obvious differences.
I have also started adding info on parts like dogbones and bearings that are shared with other chassis like TA03, TA04. This may help those looking for parts for their old chassis.
The main one is the chassis tub. the TA 02 has a shorter tub. This means the prop-shaft is shorter, and the rear suspension arms and dogbones are angled backwards to maintain the same wheelbase as the TA 01. The rear body mounts have an offset as well. This means both chassis will fit the same bodies.
The 01 has the radio switch mounting on the left and the 02 has the switch mounting on the right.
The 02 tub has holes under the battery compartment and is closed on the side opposite the battery access hole. The 01 tub has an opening at both ends of the battery, and has the distinctive 'honeycomb' pattern on the inside.
The suspension arms have different strengthening ribs. The 02s are characterised by a diagonal rib and the rear arms are swept backward, the 01 by an X pattern at the rear and Y pattern at the front. The 01 front arms are shorter than the 02s, and consequentlly the 01 uprights are longer than the 02s to maintain the front track.
The 02 front uprights/axles use different size bearings to the 01 and the others. The 02 fronts use 1 x 1510 and 1 x 1260 bearing (these are the same as all 4 hubs used on the TA03). The 02 rears use 2 x 1150s, and the others use 1150s all round.
The 01 dogbones are 45mm lenght overall. They have plastic ends
The 02 front dogbones are 5.5mm longer than the rears (50.5mm), and have metal ball-ends. The 02 rears are the same as the 01 bones, and have the plastic ball-end.
All 4 of the Hummer bones are the same as the 02 fronts - 50.5mm with metal ends (also used on the TA03).
Update: TA04 dogbones are 45mm long and can be used in place of the TA01 bones. They have metal ball-ends.
Now things get a little complicated when these chassis are used on the trucks and buggies. The Terra Conqueror and Blazing Star ( and Manta Ray) use the TA 01 chassis tub with long arms and TA01 uprights. However, there is a slight difference in the front end of the tub. It has been narrowed to meet the gearbox more accurately. The example I have is a Blazing star, so I don't know if this applies to the Manta Ray.
The 'Trophy Trucks' Ford F150, Chevy S 10 and Toyota Prerunner use the TA 02 chassis, but they have TA 01 suspension arms and uprights with the rear arms being flipped around relative to the TA01 cars. They use the 45mm dogbones from the TA01.
These cars are, or have been runners. Consequently there are some screws and small parts like rear bumpers missing.
I have just added some pics of the Hummer front and rear suspension. The arms are different from any of the others, and the steering rods connect to the upper side of the upright, which induces lots of bump steer. Probably better to install the ball on the underside of the upright arm same as all the others.
The Hummer uses the Blazing Star - TA01 type chassis tub and TA01 uprights. The dogbones are 5mm longer than the Stadium truck bones.
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