Tamiya TT01-D Drift Build

One of my hobbies is playing with RC Cars; in particular Drift Style RC racing. One of the best beginner’s drift car chassis to work on is the Tamiya TT-01 body which has a high level of customisation and upgrade kits available. I started out with an off the shelf Tamiya Nismo S15 Coppermix which has the TT-01D body with a lower chassis and a set of drift tyres.

 

Stock Body with Battery Installed
Stock Body with Battery Installed

 

To make it a better drift car I will upgrade most of the drive and steering components to improve the performance and responsiveness. Parts were order online from RC Mart. Parts used in this upgrade are:

Parts

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Tamiya (#54026) TT-01 Alu.Prop.Joint Shaft - The Aluminium drive shaft provides more power, durability and less flex compared to the stock plastic shaft.Tamiya (#54026) TT-01 Alu.Prop.Joint Shaft
Tamiya (#53672) Carbon Upper Frame For TT01 - Increases the rigidity of the frame, improving the control during a driftTamiya (#53672) Carbon Upper Frame For TT01
Yeah Racing (TT02-006BU) Aluminum Front Knuckle Arm - Increase the durability of the wheel frameYeah Racing (TT02-006BU) Aluminum Front Knuckle Arm
Yeah Racing Alloy Bearing Steering Set - Reduces friction along the drive shaftsYeah Racing Alloy Bearing Steering Set
3Racing (TT01-26/LB AL) Front One Way Tube - Installed in the front diff it prevents the front wheels rolling backwards and acts like hand brake causing the rear to fly out when acceleration is removed3Racing (TT01-26LB AL) Front One Way Tube
3Racing (TT01-01/V2) Swing Shaft - Long steering swing shafts increase the front turning angles and allows sharper turns3Racing (TT01-01V2) Swing Shaft
Eagle Racing (3579-LBL) Aluminium Shock Set 55mm Springs - More durable shocks than the stock plastic with softer springs to ride lower Eagle Racing (3579-LBL) Aluminium Shock Set 55mm Springs
Tamiya (TLU-02) LED Light Control Unit - Purely Cosmetic LED brake and indicator light linked to the radio controller commandsamiya (TLU-02) LED Light Control Unit

Started out with the Drive Shaft upgrade ensuring the props line up with the bearings on the ends.

Aluminium Drive Shaft installed
Aluminium Drive Shaft installed

Next step was to replaced the entire front diff with the Front One Way Tube. For the rear diff I opened it up and filled it with Blu-Tack to completely lock it up. This way the rear tires won’t be able to spin independently and will cause the back to slide instead of turn.

Locking the rear diffs with Blu-Tack
Locking the rear diffs with Blu-Tack

Adding the Carbon Fibre Upper Frame greatly increased the rigidity of the frame from flexing (and bouncing) when the drive shaft is running at full power.

Carbon Fiber Upper Frame Added
Carbon Fiber Upper Frame Added

The steering set, swing swing shafts and front knuckles were upgraded all in one go to increase durability from small rocks and sticks catching with the mechanics. Additional turning angle was increased to allow sharper turning.

Steering and Knuckles added to the Chasis
Steering and Knuckles added to the Chassis

Finally the shocks were upgraded and filled with low wt damper oil. The original Tamiya springs were reused on this as it provided a better suspension resistance when drifting compared to the ones supplied with the shocks.

Upgraded Aluminium Shocks
Upgraded Aluminium Shocks

With the internals done the final component was adding in the LED Light Controller to the shell of the car. The wiring required some carefully placed electrical tape and cabling to fix within the body.

Wiring the LED Lighting Controller
Wiring the LED Lighting Controller

The build is completed. For drifting the best surfaces are usually flat smoother surfaces such as car park concrete, tile or wooden floors. Try to avoid areas with a lot of small debris as i will gunk up your gears and wreck your internals.

Completed Build with LEDs active
Completed Build with LEDs active

For more info on Drift RC racing check out Drift Mission.