King Cab

King Cab is named after the first model released for sale using this chassis:

– King Cab, model number 58081 put on sale in 1989 and available on the market until 1995,
– Toyota Hi-lux Monster Racer, model number 58086 released for sale in 1990 and available on the market until 1995,

This chassis represents Tamiya’s attempt to exploit economies of scale: the 2-wheel drive system is the same as that installed on the Astute released in the same year as the King Cab. The transmission box retains the metal plate that will later be changed by the plastic one on the Madcap chassis.

The King Cab chassis also shares the rear ball differential with the Astute. The differential is adjustable through the insertion of shims marked ‘SE7’ (highlighted in red in the picture). The differential is undersized in relation to the size and weight of the wheels. In spite of this King Cad and Toyota HiLux are two successful models characterised by a low centre of gravity that makes for excellent drivability. To solve some of the problems that can occur with the differential Tamiya has made the TTC traction control, which stands for Tamiya Torque Control, available as after-market accessory number 53087.

The main features of this model are:

– rear-wheel drive,
– four independent adjustable suspension with CVA series shock absorbers
– chassis consisting of a plastic tub with a shape to better protect electronics and lower the centre of gravity,
– easy access to the gearbox to change gear ratios or carry out maintenance. The lower window at the height of the gearbox allows the gears to be inspected without removing the gearbox from the gearbox.

Let’s see what the main differences of these two models are in comparison:

– the bodies are different, on the left the body of the King Can, which is certainly the more detailed one, and on the right the body of the Toyota Hi-Lux

– the different body shape results in a different configuration of the front body supports, on the left the towers of the King Can and on the right the towers of the Toyota Hi-Lux

– the different body shape results in a different configuration of the rear body supports, on the left the towers of the King Can and on the right the towers of the Toyota Hi-Lux

– the King Cab front tyres have the same pattern as the rear wheels; the front tyres of the Toyota Hi-Lux (left in the picture) have a different tread from the rear tyres, which in turn are the same as the King Cab tyres

– the rims are white in the King Cab and are red in the Toyota Hi-Lux

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