Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

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Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:24 am

To make the story short I've decided to come back into the RC car hobby after a long haitus. I picked up a Tamiya TA05 VDF II kit last year and I'm slowly building it up. There's a few more stuff that I needed for this to start running. But for now I have decided to get a couple of hop-up and parts upgrade for it. Since I've been absent in the RC car scene for awhile I had a hard time looking for local hobby shops that stock drift parts. I usually go to Pegasus Hobbies near my place as that's where I use to get my RC Heli parts. When I went there they didn't have alot of drift parts to offer and some o them have to be specially ordered. I also check with my other shop called Tony's Hobbies and it's the same thing. Not alot of drift parts except for some older stocked Yokomo wheels and tires. Otherwise he mostly have touring and off-road cars and parts.

I've began searching the internet until I found a RC car hooby shop just a few miles where I live. The good part is that they have a website. When I checked it out, I was glad that they have tons of drift parts and upgrades. Not just that, but they also support a number of parts for all Tamiya chassis. Looks like I hit a jackpot on this one. I went ahead and ordered a couple of things to upgrade my little TA05 VDF II.

Here's what I bought: (Tamiya front and rear shock towers and Integy 7mm wheel hub).

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This is the stock set up of the shock towers both front and rear.

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Took out the plastic shock tower and replaced it with the carbon fiber.

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Did the same thing to the rear. (Here's the rear shock tower)

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Prepping to remove the plastic rear shock tower.

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CF rear shock tower installed.

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Installed the Integy 7mm wheel hub to bring out the wheel some more and close the gap on the fender.

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My brushless motor and ESC are on the way. I also ordered a couple of stuff from Broadtech. Thanks to some members here who pionted out that site.

I will be updating this thread once I get the other parts.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby chiefy707 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:57 am

Awesome! I felt my car looked a whole lot better once I swapped out my shock towers on my VDF. Your car looks great! Now how about that bumper support ^_^

I didn't know Integy had 7mm hex hubs, i thought they only went up to 5mm. That's something I can really use on my TA03 since that car is way too narrow
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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:16 pm

Awesome! I felt my car looked a whole lot better once I swapped out my shock towers on my VDF. Your car looks great! Now how about that bumper support ^_^

I didn't know Integy had 7mm hex hubs, i thought they only went up to 5mm. That's something I can really use on my TA03 since that car is way too narrow.


Thanks chiefy707 for the compliment. I still have several more upgrade parts that will be coming in. The front bumper support is also one of them.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:34 pm

Alright! The new body and additional parts came in today.

Besides the Yokomo RSR Supra that I already have for this chassis I also picked up this one.

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I also have love 4-door sedans specially the JZX100 Toyota Mark II. The reason I bought the7mm hub is to bring out the wheel more close to the fender.

Also I picked up this brushless motor ans ESC combo from Tamiya. I'd like to keep the brand the same for this project.

The Overdose Work VS F wheels are awesome! The details on this thing like the rivets are stunning. There's even a Work brand mark on one of the spoke. These set are a 7mm offset.

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Tomorrow I'm going to begin cutting up the HPI Toyota Mark II body and ream out the holes for the mounts. I'll also start installing the motor/ESC to the chassis.

Once the Eagle parts from Broadtech comes in, I will be updating this thread along with the status of my TA05 VDF II chassis.

Thanks for looking.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:43 pm

Additional Updates:

Today I took the time to install the Tamiya brushless motor. I also finished cutting up the edges of the Toyota Mark II body. The body is all lined up with the mounts and got to ream it out.

Finally installed the brushless motor. Tested the gear meshings and snaked up the wires.

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Here's the body. It's kind of hard to see as it's still clear. I have yet to visit my local hobby shop to buy a can of paint to paint this thing.

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more updates to come! :D

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby ridinvintage » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:47 pm

Very nice so far, can't wait to see what is in store.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby chiefy707 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:55 pm

Looks great! Have you considered the Tamiya Drift Susupension 84296?
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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:38 am

Very nice so far, can't wait to see what is in store.


Thanks ridinvintage! I will update this thread once I get the other parts.

Looks great! Have you considered the Tamiya Drift Susupension 84296?


Thanks chiefy707. I opted for the Eagle Racing counter steer front suspension set. I also bought the 44mm high angle universal shaft. Just waiting for the shipment to come.
Once the arrives I will slowly begin installing it.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby chiefy707 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:26 pm

Did you order from Broadtech? Post the build, before and after!
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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:16 pm

OK, here's more updates. I took this weekend (Sat. and Sun.) to finish working on the chassis. On this update I will be combining two days worth of info and work so it's going to be one long post.

Removing and installing is so cumbersome. There's like a gazillions of things that needs to be done, not to mention all my tools and parts are scattered around. SO here's what I have done so far:

(Saturday)

Here's the front in its stock form:

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Slowly taking the rear apart:

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Prepping up the replacement parts for the rear:

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Stock parts:
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It's all clean:
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Prepping and slowing putting together the bulk heads:

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Installed the rear arms and SUS mount 1D:
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Here's the Tamiya aluminum rear upright along with its stock plastic cousin:

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Here's the finished rear section:

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********************************Family time and rest*************************************************************************

(Sunday)

Finished attending church and had a family brunch at Ranch House Grill....

So continuing from yesterday........

Here's the front in it's stock form:

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Here's the Eagle Racing counter steer steering and suspension set:

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Taking out the plastic bulk head and most of it's parts:

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Here's the Eagle Racing bulk head:

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Also bought a 44mm universal high angle drive shaft:

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Top shaft is Tamiya and the bottom is Eagle Racing: Note that the Eagle Racing has a higher angle that the stock one:

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I did a shortcut by not shooting the process of putting all the parts together. So here is it's near completed look. By the way, I didn't use the Eagle Racing bell cranks for the steering as I opted for the stock Tamiya ones.

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Here's the finished look for the front. I'm still waiting on for the Overdose front aluminum bumper holder from an online hobbyshop.

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Here's the whole chassis with the aftermarket parts on it, My chassis is now called TOE (Tamiya, Overdose, Eagle) TA-05 VDF II.

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One thing to note: I have to play around with the steering settings and possibly find the best geometry to get a good counter-steer steering angle. Using the parts provided for the steering set, it's hard to get a high angle because once you max out, it gets stuck. Using a ruler and some math I figured that I would need an 8mm long extension for the knuckle arm. I'm aware that Eagle Racing is selling an extension arm, however that will hold me off from finishing the chassis for another week or two. So I went over to my box of RC helicopter parts and found a servo mount that is exactly 8mm long and the plus side is that it had holes on both ends. I had to enlarge to holes and attached the servo mount to the knuckle arms. That brought out the ball link. I attached the steering links again and checked. I was happy with the results.

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The next update will be the HPI Toyota Mark II body.

Pheewww! Now I need to relax and loaf around the living room.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby ridinvintage » Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:58 pm

looking good, you could check out the mod that model garage did on their vdf v1 for more angle.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:36 pm

Finally, body is done too!

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I put more photos in the Pics/RC Drift Bodies section of this forum.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby ridinvintage » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:54 pm

Very nice work! The body turned out really well. Did you consider getting the hpi light bucket kit for it, they are very detailed and come with lenses with the lines in them.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Sanbyaku Rokuju » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:25 am

Thanks ridinvintage. I saw that too from banzai hobby. Almost ordered it, but decided not to. The Toyota Mark II body I have now will be my secondary drift body besides my Yokomo RSR Supra. So far I like the HPI Toyota Mark IIs, so may be next time when I make another body I will consider blinging it out and get those kits. Now I'm just waiting on my radio to arrive so I can put it on and start practicing.

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby A1rwav3 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:04 pm

You should use the hole closest to the pivot on the front spindles... You will automatically gain about 10°!

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Re: Upgrade mods for my Tamiya TA05 VDF II

Postby Stalwart » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:25 pm

A1rwav3 wrote:You should use the hole closest to the pivot on the front spindles... You will automatically gain about 10°!

And lose rigidity. It's better to be left as is.


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