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Tamiya 1/10 TRF419 4WD Competition Touring Chassis Kit EP #42285
In pursuit of Tamiya's 6th IFMAR World Championship title in the Touring Car class, the Tamiya Racing Factory designers have been hard at work. Their latest creation is the TRF419. The TRF419 is the successor to the TRF418, but it has been heavily tweaked and optimized to give Tamiya's top drivers the best chance in securing the 2014 World Title.
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TRF418 VS. TRF419 differences:
Inherits the new TRF418 suspension parts.
Aside from the suspension parts, the rest of the chassis features a whole range of updates and new parts.
Carbon fiber upper and lower decks have been redesigned for optimum chassis balance and to maximize the potential of the new drivetrain parts.
Oil-filled Dampers follow a new design, and combined with new carbon fiber stays will provide excellent traction on a range of track surface conditions.
The new aluminum motor mount ensures that the chassis' supreme flexibility is fed back more efficiently. The motor position is altered to optimize weight distribution.
Features newly-designed bulkheads, motor mount, dampers and gear differential unit.
Newly Designed parts include:
Carbon Lower Deck
Carbon Upper Deck
Carbon Front/Rear Damper Stays
Aluminum Motor Mount
Aluminum F/R Lower Bulkheads
Aluminum F/R Upper Bulkheads
Steel Center Pulley Shaft
Aluminum Servo Mount
Front/Rear Drive Belts
Gear Differential Unit Front Direct Coupling
Aluminum Suspension Mounts
Construction type: Assembly kit
Terrain use: On-road
Drive type: Belt
Drive line: Universal
Differential type: Sealed oil filled gear and Spool
Suspension: Fully independent double wishbone
Steering mechanism: Bell-crank
Shock damper: Oil-filled damper
Shock damper material: Aluminum
Chassis material: Carbon fiber plate
Bearings: Sealed ball bearing
Adjustable camber: Yes
Adjustable toe angles: Front and rear
Adjustable ground clearance: Yes
Adjustable gear ratio: Yes
Adjustable wheelbase: Yes
Adjustable track width: Yes
Adjustable shock angle: Yes
Special feature 1: TRF418 suspension parts.
Special feature 2: New design aluminum dampers
Special feature 3: New motor mount
Special feature 4: New oil filled differential unit
Special feature 5: Aluminum bulkheads
Special feature 6: Carbon fiber lower and upper chassis plates
Special feature 7: New front and rear drive belts
Special feature 8: Steel center pulley shaft
Special feature 9: Front and rear carbon fiber damper stays
This is the 2015 flagship touring car kit from TAMIYA which basically is almost fully Hop-Up out from the box except for some titanium and aluminum screws for cosmetic and weight improvements.
Some of my favorite improvements for TRF419:
1. The new gear diff works like a charm, includes 2 different O-rings for race and normal run, improved designed and runs much smoother than older version.
2. Complete Titanium coated suspension arm shafts and new big bore damper.
3. Double Cardan Drive Shafts standard in kit
4. 5 pieces Carbon Fiber: Chassis, upper deck, front & rear damper stay, bumper brace.
5. Full aluminum steering rack and 1 piece floating servo mount
6. Race ready Fluorine Sealed Ball Bearings
7. New motor mount with different flex setting via additional screws on chassis
This kit would be perfect if some Bonus Parts were included:
1. Additional damper springs (H, M, S)
2. Additional stabilizer bars for front and rear
3. Where are those TAMIYA wheels? Not included anymore :(
TRF419 is one of the top racing kit available today, TAMIYA option and replacement parts are relatively affordable and with the new improved design could really make TRF419 a highly competitive car out of the box.
Looking forward to the aluminum chassis which for sure will be release in near future. Overall I am pleased with the new kit and time to have some serious touring fun!