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Tamiya Rising Storm

tamiya rising storm df-02


  • Model #: 58334
  • Gallery: View
  • Released: 2004
  • Prebuilt: No
  • Category: Buggies
  • Chassis: DF-02
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Use: Offroad
  • Style: 4WD buggy
  • Config: MA
  • Driveline: Shaft
  • Body: Polycarbonate
  • Finished body: No
  • Susp. front: Wishbone & link
  • Susp. rear: Wishbone & link

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JANG's Impressions

I had this kit just sitting in its factory box in storage for 4 years, and from the time it was first released still 2 years earlier, I wanted to drive it. I loved the idea that it was cheap and simple, yet it looked absolutely amazing in pictures to me. It's low-slung and sleek, and though most of the components are pretty cheap plastic, it does at least come with true oil-filled dampers and 2.2" wheels that will accept standard tires. It just took me forever to push it up high enough on my ever-changing, over-stressed "to do" list to actually bring it to the workshop and break the shrink wrap.

The build was mostly uneventful, as expected, and I was very happy to find that this was one of those kits where you use hardware from parts bag A, then move on to bag B, and so forth, instead of Tamiya's norm of asking you to open every single bag within the first 2 pages of the manual. The TT01-based diffs are toughened up with cast metal ring gears. The diff outputs are unfortunately the oversized plastic parts from the sedan, but the dogbones are more conventional all-steel units. Back on the disappointment side, though, an original plastic TT01 center "propeller shaft" is used, and with as much excessive flex as that item experienced in the sedan, I don't even want to know how rubbery it will behave in a vehicle with significantly more rotating mass and larger-diameter wheels & tires!

The completed vehicle is very handsome, to be sure. However, the ride height is extremely low, and making matters worse, there's little to no downtravel or "droop" available from the kit-specified suspension setup. You can help improve this only slightly with a change of mounting points. The oil-filled dampers go together well and have nice deep volume-compensating bladders, but the spring and damping rates are all manner of wrong. The car bounces terribly. The stock tires will work on astroturf, but that's about it.

In all, this is a great-looking vehicle, but its beauty is definitely skin-deep, and I don't regret that Tamiya only made a couple of body variants on this chassis.

Build & Tips

See the overview of the build process in the Tamiya Rising Storm build thread on the forums.

  • Try running no spring preloads at first, so that you will have a chance fo getting some usable downtravel out of the suspension.
  • Speaking of downtravel, consider using the innermost shock mounting points on the a-arms.
  • To compensate for the overly stiff springs and avoid a toyishly bouncy ride, use the 1-hole pistons for all 4 shocks.