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What kind of car do i have here?

Old 07-16-2015, 05:34 AM
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I have had r/c vehicles, boats, helicopters, etc for all of my life. I would typically drive them into the ground and sell them at a garage sale or something. I havent really been into r/c in about 10 years honestly but managed to hang onto my favorite car. Now after this long i have no idea what i have. I bought it at a hobby shop in 2000-2002 for around $250. I got it with a Lexus GS400 body and it was a full kit that needed assembly. it is 4WD and runs off of 7.2 v battery. I did some research but have found nothing concrete. The only Lexus GS kit i have found is a Tamiya but am not certain. There is no markings on it that show anything specific. Any ideas would be helpful. I want to get it running again but am not sure where to find parts. Thank you for any guidance you may have.

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Old 07-16-2015, 08:22 AM
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Tamiya TL-01


Manual http://www.tamiya.com/english/rc/rcmanual/tl01.pdf

here is a list of parts tower has
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...FVSEARCH=tl+01
tamiyausa might have more parts, or you might have to order from Asia as Tamiyas is way bigger over there

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Thank you for the help. I now live on a lot of property and was hoping to mod it to handle dirt, hills, etc. I have seen some pretty interesting things done after some quick research. It does seem that most parts are only available from Japan. I am finding that the long arm extension kit is the way to get more clearance and bigger tires but those were basically discontinued 10 years ago. Any other thoughts on making it capable on light offroad situations? It doesnt need to be fancy. just functional.
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Find a used tamiya Baja king or Baja champ. Both were off road buggies that used the same chassis. You can use the parts to build yourself a pretty decent off-road buggy for very cheap. There's even a knock off version that you can buy on eBay with arms and shafts that are a direct fit.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-e...hamp-king.html
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Thats a good idea. Any idea what the knock off version is called?
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Is this what i need to be looking for?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Tami...item28034ed295
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That car you linked too is what I'm talking about.

The knock off is called a 6528 Bonzer. The dog bone on the knock off many many times stronger tan the factory Tamiya pieces.



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I ended up winning the buggy on ebay for $26. It came with new gears, new motor, and everything i would need to convert my tl 01. Only thing missing is the front dogbones. Gonna try out 2wd and see how it does before i get some. great thought on getting the roller instead of buying parts that would have to come from all over the world and end up at least $100. I just need new batteries and i can get it going. Am i looking at nimh batteries for the tl 01? I dont want to change out the esc or plug setup. yet. I may go with lipo eventually but for now i just want it to run and nimh batteries are $10 each with a 2 hr charger only $8. So with the roller chassis having all of the parts i need except front dog bones, then i get 2 batts and a charger i am only in it for $60 total. Not too bad really. Thanks for all of the help. Forums are great.
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You can run 2S and it should be ok. 3S might kill the motor. Since you're not using a brushless motor, the gears should be fine. If you go brushless and 2S, you'll have to be very careful. One big bleep of the throttle and you'll be splitting the chassis in half to put new gears in. Their all plastic except the pinion and diff internals...
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I'd get he front dogbones asap as running 4wd vehicles with only RWD is not advisable One thing is it puts more stress on the rear drive components, and another (from the few I've tried) they generally handle like complete crap as the weight is not distributed for rwd.
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I agree with Syco on this. I have a Baja Champ and I snapped one of the front dog bones when running on a sticky track. I thought the same way you are thinking. I puled the other front dog bone and ran it in 2WD. While the drivetrain is more than strong enough to handle 2S and 3S setups, the car handled like total crap in rear drive only.

One the subject of 3S. My Baja Champ has been running a MM4600 on 3S for a long time without any issues other than the dog bones snapping. Everything else is up tot he task. To fix the Dog bone problems I got the drive shafts off of one of the Knock off models wheich are considerably stronger than the tamiya pieces with the white plastic balls on the end. If you're have the white plastic balls you will break then on 2S. You'll also need to hack up the battery slot to allow for a modern 3S Lipo pack.
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I appreciate the thoughts. The damn dog bones are more than the whole car i just bought. Any insight to a cheaper place? Found them on ebay for $22 but they come from japan.
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Took me a second to find them but here you go: http://www.ebay.com/itm/TAMIYA-BLACK...item542139af4b

These should fit the TL-01 chassis no problem. They look a little different, but they're the right size and length. They work well on my TL-01 knock off and have proven to be quite strong.
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I appreciate the thoughts. The damn dog bones are more than the whole car i just bought. Any insight to a cheaper place? Found them on ebay for $22 but they come from japan.

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Old 07-31-2015, 07:49 AM
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It looks a bit ridiculous but this is the start to my buggy lexus. I stole the body mounts from the road worthy tl01 and cut the wheel wells to allow for the bigger tires. Def a new look for this GS. I want to plastic dip the rims and body for a new look once i know it runs. Once i received the roller chassis from the ebay seller i found it was actually in better shape than mine. I went ahead and stole the electronics from mine and some parts that were missing on the new one. Just waiting on the batteries and front dogbones now. Hopefully all of the electronics and receiver work. Should know by Tuesday. I havent ran this thing in 12 years. No matter how fast it is, it will be fun!
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