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Old 09-20-2018, 08:27 AM   #1
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Has anyone built one of these for rally use? Thinking about pulling the trigger on one......
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Old 09-29-2018, 11:02 AM   #2
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I believe I have seen few, of course with some modifications...
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Old 10-05-2018, 08:51 AM   #3
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I have the jimny version that I Locke the diffs on for crawling . But I want to unlock them and put the Suzuki Swift body on it for rally
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Old 10-05-2018, 02:36 PM   #4
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I have the jimny version that I Locke the diffs on for crawling . But I want to unlock them and put the Suzuki Swift body on it for rally
Is it a fun build? Love the look of the Beetle Rally. Don't think I'll go crazy with power I'll probably use the stock Tamiya motor and the ESC it comes with. First thing I'll get is better shocks.
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Old 10-06-2018, 08:29 AM   #5
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I started with a Jimny, then converted it to on road. It's much more at home on pavement imo. Imagine the Beetle rally would be a blast. Pavement and light gravel only though, there's not a ton of ground clearance.


It's like a short TL01 with reversed rear gearbox and a Tamiya mini suspension grafted on.
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Old 10-06-2018, 08:32 AM   #6
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Can it handle brushless? I've got an old Tekin Redline 13.5.....
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:39 PM   #7
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I had mine setup for crawling and it did well for what it was but the 55 turn motor would be smokin in 30 minutes trying to spin rc4wd 1.55 mtz’s. I had to take those tires off because the motor burnt my son when he picked it up.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:55 PM   #8
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Can it handle brushless? I've got an old Tekin Redline 13.5.....
Should be no problem. It has big wide gears that can hold up to a 1/10 scale buggy. Way overkill for a mini
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Old 06-18-2020, 12:26 PM   #9
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What shocks? The kit comes with friction shocks and Iím not seeing any hop ups that I can buy in USA. Is there a Tamiya shock that fits?


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Old 06-19-2020, 07:27 AM   #10
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Tamiya CVA super mini shocks. There's a set for the TT02 that fits perfectly and is a bit cheaper for some reason than the standard super mini pack. Horizon has them in stock.
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:57 AM   #11
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Tamiya CVA super mini shocks. There's a set for the TT02 that fits perfectly and is a bit cheaper for some reason than the standard super mini pack. Horizon has them in stock.

Thanks man. Funny I just bought a set of those for a TT02 Iím getting ready to build. Thanks for the info.


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Old 10-29-2020, 04:32 AM   #12
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Not to hijack and resurrect this thread, but I love how interchangeable Tamiya's stuff is. Sometimes its a little frankenstien-y, but that just adds to the charm. I'm just getting back into RC after a decade long break, and I recognize all sorts of parts on it from other kits.
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Old 10-29-2020, 07:38 AM   #13
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Tamiya is sometimes like the Lego of the RC world. The G601, GF01, TL01, MF01, TB01, M03, M04, M05, and a few others can all swap suspensions and a few other parts. Makes for some fun setups!

Portals on the MF01? Sure! Wide track mini? No problem! Narrow track TL? Go for it! Buggy arms on an M04? Sure!

Portaled TL, wide track MF01X, and a Rally Beetle which is what kicked off the thread.




Steve Hipsley, did you ever build one up?
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Old 10-29-2020, 12:38 PM   #14
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Niiice. Yeah, I very much agree with the lego analogy!
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Old 06-14-2021, 01:04 PM   #15
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Tamiya is sometimes like the Lego of the RC world. The G601, GF01, TL01, MF01, TB01, M03, M04, M05, and a few others can all swap suspensions and a few other parts. Makes for some fun setups!

Portals on the MF01? Sure! Wide track mini? No problem! Narrow track TL? Go for it! Buggy arms on an M04? Sure!

Portaled TL, wide track MF01X, and a Rally Beetle which is what kicked off the thread.




Steve Hipsley, did you ever build one up?

I actually just ordered one! Tower has them on sale right now so I went for it. $121 shipped. I have two TT02ís Iím building then this will be next. Canít wait to get started.


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I actually just ordered one! Tower has them on sale right now so I went for it. $121 shipped. I have two TT02ís Iím building then this will be next. Canít wait to get started.


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I've got one of the MF-01x Jimny's that now has the GF-01Tr portals on it, then took that GF-01 I sourced those from and built it with the WR-02 Wild Willy body on it, even was able to use the WR-02 kit to supply some of the parts needed to complete the GF-01 "non-Tr" conversion and plan on keeping it for the parts, since they share so many parts for being so different......I'm pretty sure there are parts on these that will fit my M-03 Mini Cooper too.......
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I've got one of the MF-01x Jimny's that now has the GF-01Tr portals on it, then took that GF-01 I sourced those from and built it with the WR-02 Wild Willy body on it, even was able to use the WR-02 kit to supply some of the parts needed to complete the GF-01 "non-Tr" conversion and plan on keeping it for the parts, since they share so many parts for being so different......I'm pretty sure there are parts on these that will fit my M-03 Mini Cooper too.......
Cool! Got any pics? Would love to see it. I'm tempted to buy the Tamiya MF-01X Beetle as well. Portals on it might be interesting.
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Old 06-18-2021, 05:48 PM   #18
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Tower has them on sale right now so I went for it. $121 shipped.
Thanks for the sale alert. Just had mine delivered yesterday from Tower! Should be a cool project. Not sure when I'll get to it but I couldn't pass up that price. Got a set of bearings from Amain for the build as well.

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Old 06-18-2021, 06:18 PM   #19
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Cool! Got any pics? Would love to see it. I'm tempted to buy the Tamiya MF-01X Beetle as well. Portals on it might be interesting.

Better yer, I have a whole thread
Tamiya MF-01x Revision


Still haven't posted completion pics yet (shooting those tomorrow), but I also have a thread on what I did with the Monster Beetle GF-01 that I used to kit bash the portals from and the Wild Willy parts to


New Project GF-01 Wild Willy 2!
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Old 06-18-2021, 06:40 PM   #20
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Excellent! Thank you sir!
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