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I bought the Rookie Rabbit quite cheaply from ebay. Just had to see what the DT01 was all about and why not do it with one of the rarest examples. It came completely ready to run, even had batteries in the transmitter. The previous owner did not believe in lubrication at all. This is the first time I've ever seen a bevel gear star shaft worn completely through.
They must've had some really good drugs at Tamiya the day they designed this one and approved it for release. What a shocker!
The standard equipment lasted one run, then the MSC was thrown where it belongs. The pogo stick suspension was replaced with plastic CVA oil dampers, TA02 tourer on the front and DF03 rear on the back. Alloy 17T pinion replaced with a Robinson Steel
17T 32dp. Then it was back out to try again... It still stank! Next was to reposition the steering servo, move the steering boss backward and reshape the plastic steering links. This took care of the nasty bumpsteer. Back out to try again. It handled ok now, but was just not very fast.
Time for more power... After counting all the teeth and doing some quick math I found the FDR to be 9.33:1... 4600Kv will work with that. :P In went the MM4600Kv and the 7.4v IP4000 pack. Woohoo!! Not a rookie anymore... Now it's a Rabid Rabbit!
I have some more mods planned. Double wishbone the front suspension using Bear Hawk parts and some turnbuckles, a swaybar on the rear. Then of course hit the body with some bright yellow paint and detail it up nicely. I think some Super Astute wheels and tyres would go nicely too and give it a bit of much needed traction.
Big thanks to my wife Bronwyn for the action photography. Movie action of it going crazy when I get time to edit the footage into something presentable.
Comments welcome as always, thanks for looking.
**EDIT: Some have asked about the yellow wheels. These are not the wheels it came with. The ones it came with were cracked and not usable.
Spaceship if ever there was one.
Too much power??... Never!!
Oops... showered her in rocks.