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Tamiya M-06 PRO Chassis

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Summary

  • Model #: 58460
  • Gallery: View
  • Released: 2010
  • Prebuilt: No
  • Category: Cars
  • Chassis: M-06
  • Scale: 1/10
  • Use: Onroad
  • Style: Touring car
  • Config: RR
  • Driveline: Gearbox
  • Body: Polycarbonate
  • Finished body:No
  • Susp. front: Wishbone
  • Susp. rear: Wishbone

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JANG's Impressions

Used in this build:

  • HobbyWing EZRun 35A ESC
  • HobbyWing EZRun 3000kV 13T motor
  • Airtronics MX3-FG radio system
  • Savox SC-0352 servo
  • Gens Ace 5000mAh 40C 2S LiPo

It's hard to go wrong with a Tamiya M-chassis. However, many would say that they did go quite wrong with the M-04, a car that's very difficult to drive near its limits. The M-06 follows an entirely different formula from its predecessors, pushing the motor all the way to the back and laying the battery down the middle in a configuration most commonly seen on off-road buggies. This layout allows a lot of weight to hang over the rear tires for more grip, while keeping the whole shebang narrow to improve agility through the turns.

A great beauty of the M-06 kit is the ability to build it in 210, 225, or 239mm wheelbase lengths at your lesiure thanks to the inclusion of two sets of chassis extenders (use none for the shortest setup). The Pro kit in particular comes with a host of upgraded parts, though personally I didn't find them to be that helpful -- they're more for nice looks than actual performance or tuning options. The inclusion of three pairs of springs, all in different levels of stiffness, was much appreciated, though, as it allowed me to try a number of very different setups without spending another dime.

Soft S-Grip compound tires are used at the rear for maximum forward traction and to fight oversteer, with the standard M compound used up front. I initially set my car up with rearward weight bias (the 225mm WB option gives you two battery mounting positions) and the stiffest front springs, but this resulted in the most understeer I've ever encountered in an onroad car. Moving the battery forward, stiffening the rear and softening the front barely reduced this at all. It appears they may have gone too far in their quest to keep the rear glued to the ground! The poor front tires experienced surprisingly fast wear on even a forgiving, sealed asphalt surface, due to scrub. The only place oversteer comes into play is under braking, and oh, does it. Except on the most tacky driving surfaces, expect to turn your brakes down to the 20% range, or just enable some drag brake to help the M-06 move its front end in the desired direction after a blast down a straight stretch. In the end, the M-06 is much better-behaved than its prececessor, but still won't supplant its trusty FWD cousins on most tracks.

Build & Tips

See the assembly photos & writeup in the Tamiya M-06 Pro Chassis Kit build thread on the forum.

Use the hard springs on the rear and soft up front, and mount your battery forward if you use the M or L wheelbase options to maximize traction up front. Many connection points throughout the suspension felt extraordinarily loose when I built the car, but on the track I surprisingly didn't feel this slop at all, so I can't guarantee that taking the effort to swap in better joints and shim everything up will improve the car's handling.