Build a scale from a Tamiya 58397 Toyota Hilux Hight Lift – Part 1 : The chassis

In 2007 Tamiya release a brand new chassis with 3 speed transmission. A great model for the fans, but instead of putting ugly decals and four ridiculous wheels to create the High-Lift, they should have looked to the past and be inspired by the toyota mountaineer.

That why the first life of my  kit was a replica of the Toyota Mountaineer 58111.

 

 

Hilux

My High Lift, the Tamiya Mountaineer tribute

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

 

Here it is in video:

After driving and appreciated an Axial Jeep Rubicon as a “Scale”, I wanted to modified this Toyota as a real 4×4 truck.
This is how I did !

Start of operations

The front drivetrain:

Original

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

 

Fist of all I reduce the height by removing the shims between the leaf spring. I buy Super Lift damper which they are 20mm longer. They are also screwed at lower place

The front shock stay are also longer. The steering knuckle are reversed and the steering servo put at the front.

 

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

 

The gearbox and motor:

Original

chassis

 

My modifications :

The body is to high due to the transmission and motor. I changed the location with an home made plate cut in carbon fiber.

 

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

 




I stand back the transmission, put a 48dp spur gear with only 75 teeth to minimize the height of body

 

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

 

Attach the servo on the rear of gearbox.

chassis
chassis

 

The rear drivetrain

Original

tamiya-high-lift-chassis

 

My modifications :

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111

58397 Tamiya Toyota Hilux High Lift Scale Mountaineer 58111