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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby tamiya » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:27 pm

TA03s feel like they generate less mechanical grip compared to newer cars running the exact same tyres, weight etc

Past week been playing about with Eagle F31 & D3CS,
definitely brings back memories of how TA03F can handle.
Tempted to pull that off the shelf to compare...

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:59 pm

So they feel like they make less traction? I would love to see a comparison between your R31 and 03F
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby FunkRenegade » Sun Sep 23, 2012 3:58 am

You really can't compare ta03f to modern chassis. It's so apparent and obvious as soon as you drive it.

It was designed for heavy nimh batteries. Lipos weighing 200 grams lighter will affect the balance.

Suspension geometry is pretty wacky and unadjustable. Short short upper and lower arms. Upper arm design allows too much camber gain. High roll center(high lower hinge pins)=less roll= less mechanical grip. It has built in pro-dive and anti-squat. Couple that with front weight bias, and you have loose rear end.

I tried tuning it for touring and it boggles my mind how david jun won races with this thing.

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:51 am

Last time I checked I wasn't trying to race.
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby FunkRenegade » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:07 pm

chiefy707 wrote:Last time I checked I wasn't trying to race.

That has nothing to do with ta03f's shortcomings. Same physics apply for drifting.

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby tamiya » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:46 am

FunkRenegade wrote:...boggles my mind how david jun won races with this thing.


I raced TA03s when they were new and it was very competitive at club level :up:
Contemporary competition was Kyosho TF2, HPI RS4, Yokomo YR4, Tamiya TA01/2s.

Best cells we had were Sanyo 2000 SCRC as 2400s weren't out yet & NiMH weren't (voltage)competitive yet
and the fanciest controller was KO's EX1 MARS; Novak's Cyclone & Atom were top choice.
Belted rubber tyres (HPI X-pattern!) were just appearing and made a big difference to grip
or we ran superskinny tyres of 22mm so the car put more weight on the contact patch.

TA03F was slightly different to drive than other tourers which took a smooth racing line.
With the front weight you could actually just point the nose at the next apex and gun it,
just before reaching the corner you'd steer in then floor it coming out - 03F pulled out solid.
If there was another car ahead of you coming in from wide, just use him as your brakes
as the 03F had so much front traction midcorner it didn't change line no matter what you hit.

Yeah we broke a fair few front bumpers & motor shifting on impact was not uncommon for DNF. :Think:


muhaha... just got some parts in, might have to get 03 running again :)

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby dencio1976 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:09 am



i find the FOW on the TA03/TL01 limiting. it tends to slip on one joint if the other joint is using the oneway bearing. or is my FOW defective? or has anyone else experienced this?

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:58 am

Sounds like a cracked cage, have you inspected the bearing? Also, I've had bad experience using regular lube on my one ways in the past and been using Hudy one way lube ever since.

Off topic question bro, my parents have a house in Alabang. Any good hobby shops in the area?
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby dencio1976 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:20 pm

chiefy707 wrote:Sounds like a cracked cage, have you inspected the bearing? Also, I've had bad experience using regular lube on my one ways in the past and been using Hudy one way lube ever since.

Off topic question bro, my parents have a house in Alabang. Any good hobby shops in the area?


i inspected everything down to a millimeter. could possibly be a worn down joint cover but it's got no trace of wear. even tried swapping it. or a worn down oneway bearing which i cant really inspect much.

closest hobby shop to alabang is either at carmona or makati. had no idea you're filipino. hehe

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:04 pm

Yeah but I was born and raised in the states and can barely understand let alone speak Tagalog or any other dialect :oops:

I might head over there next summer. Hopefully I'll be able to bring some of my RC's.
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby dharvin » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:28 pm

just ordered some MST 11/12/13t pulleys. Will let ya'll know how it goes

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby slikbimm 04 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:13 pm

So anyone know if there is an 18t pulley made for the TA03F ?? here's the 10t that I bought and a few pics of my Rally car that I built still looking to mod a couple of parts to aluminun but still is beautiful lol and yes she gets ran in the dirt and mud :wtf: :o :shock: :lol:
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby dharvin » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:53 pm

just got my order of MST 11,12,13t pulleys. They seem to fit straight on. Will let ya'll know how the fitting goes.

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby $1d3w4y$ » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:39 am

I have just read this whole thread, found some interesting stuff.

I have been running my TA03F using the MST plastic 11,12,13t pulleys for some time and they fit perfectly when also using the Armid fibre belts. I run the 16t front and 12t MST on the rear, I also have the Xray 20t that can be modified to fit on the front but still yet to do it.

I was also running locked G gears in the rear and a oneway bearing in the front for some time but I found that the switch in direction was to aggressive for me on smooth concrete using the oneway. I have just installed a lock front diff as well and it has helped with more controllable steering/directional change on smoother surfaces.

I found that without a locked rear or tight ball diff in my TA03F it would understeer badly but other than this it is one of my favourite drifters.

I enjoyed the TA03F layout so much that I also have a EagleRacing R31 -16FM chassis as it has a simular chassis layout but a bit more modern :Shifty:
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby td-civ » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:02 pm

man i wish i still had my TA03
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby slikbimm 04 » Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:20 pm

Anyone know the length of the drive belt for the TA03F found a website that does belts for all apps so gonna order a couple of different belts they charge $4.00 a belt plus shipping
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby slikbimm 04 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:44 pm

Does anyone know where i can get the Xray T2 20t pulley ? and how they are modified to fit ? what all is needs to be done so it works Also does anyone know if the pulleys for the TA03 RS model fit the TA03F ?
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby tamiya » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:13 pm

TA03RS has exact same pulleys as TA03F/R/FS/RS... the shorties only have a shorter belt

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby dencio1976 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:52 am



Just sharing my TA03. It's in R configuration though. :mrgreen:

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:48 am

Wow, once upon a time this thread was busy. Actually got around last night to finally assemble my 03F! Wow, talk about blast from the past. Fiber-less plastic, e-clips, phillips head screws! I knew the car had these things but as I assembled the car I started wondering whether or not I made a wise purchasing decision sticking with the old school! Haven't ran it yet as it's only about 90% done. Debating if I should run the Castle 5700kv setup or splurge another $170 on a Hobbywing BL system.

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby FunkRenegade » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:58 am

That mamba will chew up the soft .4 mod spur gear in no time. Find a 48p spur or at least .6 module gears.

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:26 pm

Right on for the info. Any idea if there's a difference in strength between the black gears and the cream gears?

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby FunkRenegade » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:55 pm

black gears(.6 mod) are much stronger.

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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:12 am

Thats good to know. I actually have extra sets of the black gears.
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Re: Ta03F CS

Postby chiefy707 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:05 pm

Is NW Drift still around? I'm sure he'd want to see these...

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