Model: (Click to see more) 88887: Any Tamiya RC Model not listed.
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Date: 23-Jul-2009
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The FWD Buggy Tamiya never Released? Seems like it to me!

So how did I come to this idea? Well, a few months ago it suddenly came to me: 'Can you make a FWD buggy by using DF01 suspension on an FF01 chassis?' Well, my next thought was: 'Why not try it out!?'

The modifications are amazingly enough not much more than that. I only needed an FF01 chassis, a full DF01 suspension set (which I got for free from TC forum member IrenL - Thanks again for the parts), DF03 upper arms, some small parts and some twitching with the shock length and setup. I fitted the wheels temporarily, but it does give the look I'm after, and therefor I might keep these wheels. The body is from a Dirt Thrasher, and will need some modification to fit over the spur gear, hence why it's not on the car yet.

What I achieved with just fitting some other parts is quite amazing to me. I now got a buggy, despite the small shock towers the front has got about the same suspension travel as a DF03 has on the front. The rear has pretty poor suspension travel for a buggy, but considering the weight is mostly on the front and I won't drive on the limits of this car, it should do fine. Plus, I with some more setting up on the rear shocks I can get more travel out of them.

Before I can test drive it, I only need to change the gearing to make it a little easier for the motor, add tie-rods and electronics, that's it! :)

PS: This car has been sold.

Does this give you an idea of the looks? Low! :) I quite like the looks of it! So why didn't Tamiya release this, just for fun? Top view showing the front end's muscle! The beefy front and light rear end... This could be the box art (If it had a body on it) Half suspension compression on the front... ...Full compression on the rear! One last picture of the project...

Comments

mymonsterbeetleisbroken

23-Jul-2009

Cool idea, keep up the good work

mini_mad_matt&son

23-Jul-2009

You'll have to let us know how she drives!

Chain Driven

23-Jul-2009

What a fantastic idea !

def4x4

23-Jul-2009

If you have finished this, like to see some action shots of that great buggy!

Origineelreclamebord

23-Jul-2009

Good to hear the positive response on it I wasn't really motivated to do much work on it because I have other RC projects as well, but when I started work on it yesterday I actually found the progress pretty satisfying. And now I see the response on it so far, I think I'll order the necessary parts tonight and get this baby running!

technical.burP

23-Jul-2009

I wonder how this will look with that body on from the side and front. Anyhow, a nice idea. Great competitor for the Kyosho Maxxum or Nishimo FF.

Tizer

23-Jul-2009

can't you use the shocktowers and dampers of an TopForce/Mantaray/Dirttrasher etc. etc.?

I like the idea, might try this myself!

amigamad

23-Jul-2009

i look forward to see and hearing how well it runs .

boogyloop

23-Jul-2009

looks like it could be well balanced with the motor up front and the batt at the rear.

Crash Cramer

24-Jul-2009

I am racking my brain wondering if there is a body that will work on this chassis monster you have devised. I think it is an interesting take on the chassis mix. Let's see more when you have it.

flux density

24-Jul-2009

Great idea ... I think you have to add a bumper to protect the front gearcase.
Makes sense to put the wider tires on the front where the traction is . Really love to see the running pics

Origineelreclamebord

24-Jul-2009

@Tizer: I tried to use these shock towers, but the similarities between the FF01 and TA01/02/DF01 are less than they first might seem. It would take drilling and modifying the chassis parts (either the DF01 and/or FF01), and that's something I'd like to avoid for this project. As it is now it's a plus on the looks (imo) and the front travel wouldn't improve much more, the rear is something I can improve by removing the spacers inside the shock bodies in the rear shocks.

Origineelreclamebord

24-Jul-2009

@Flux density: I might make a bumper for it, a little wider and further forward, maybe a modded TA02 bumper? Anyway, as it is now it would run fine, I just must avoid crashing it!

Origineelreclamebord

24-Jul-2009

Thanks for the nice comments Well, testing might be today, since I will use the tie rods of my DF03 temporarily on this car. I already changed the gearing (It happened to be that I had the right pinion lying about)! Only slight setback is, I don't have another driver or photographer to help me, and running a car whilst making pictures of it with a DSLR camera can become a challenge. I could give it a try though!

Origineelreclamebord

24-Jul-2009

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There's the forum thread, if you people are interested in following the progress


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