Getting started late in 2017.
A few months ago I received my buggies for the 2017 race season. To this late start is no fault of anyone but me. The automotive industry here in southern California is fickle and the job market even worse. Scheduling time to go racing and to commit to events that you commit to sponsors is hard to do because of this. However, a few new things have changed within these past few months (of which will be announced soon) and have led to me being able not only to build and dial in my new 211XM and 503 but have had time to go race a few local series events.
The TRF 503 as I have written before is by far the best modern 4wd buggy for all conditions. It's nearly as tough as an 1/8th buggy, light weight and agile. Easy to maintain and more so easy to drive and drive fast. This chassis takes well to and responds to changes that are immediately noticeable without the use of aftermarket parts. In the past I have run the 503 out of the box but this year I have made some changes that I will show case below. Albeit this 503 is kit stock other than the Ti turnbuckles (#42120) for the camber links, Aluminum rear uprights (#54254, 54245 or 54246) and the Aluminum front caster hubs (#54063 or 53961) all of which are used for a bit of extra durability and/or adjustability in set up preferences. The biggest change you will see is the single sided battery utilizing a "shorty" pack. In the game of "light is right" this helped me to further balance the 503 left to right, and allowed me to lighten up the rear to allow it to rotate quicker, use lighter shock fluid and springs which aids in traction and tuning.