Figured I’d post up some notes on the OTHER options for geometry options specifically related to shock towers/front upper mounts etc.
All parts fit the TKI4 and older popular versions like TKI3 etc.
A year ago (Apr 2015) Kyosho released a longer front shock and taller front tower:
- IF484 50mm MS Shock Kit
- IF485 MS Hard Front Shock Stay
You should also use the longer 78mm Springs with the longer 50mm shock:
- IFW457-8514 – Orange 78mm
- IFW457-814 – Blue 78mm
(NOTE: You can use the 78mm Springs with (stock) Short shocks and in fact on the MP9e I prefer the 78mm shock as the extra weight of the E-buggy makes the front end seem a little soft or saggy).
There isn’t a ton of information about when to use the longer shocks or peoples experiences but some posts on rctech indicate they are suited to rough tracks for increased shock travel.
In September 2016 they also released additional Front Towers and Upper Suspension mount as follows (descriptions from Kyosho Website):
IFW464 – New S type front high mount shock tower for the MP9. Mount holes are set 2mm higher allowing faster corner speed. S type is suitable for high grip surfaces. Use with IFW466.
UPDATE 11/22 – Tebo stated in his TKI4 Build videos on Facebook that he ran the above tower at the worlds, with Stock Front Shocks. Track was beyond rough so like he aluded to on the video, this is more of a preference/option rather than them specifically working for specific track conditions.
IFW465 – New MS type front high mount shock tower for the MP9. Mount holes are set 2mm higher allowing faster corner speed. MS is a taller shock tower type suitable for low grip rough surfaces. Use with IFW466 and Longer Front Shock IF484.
IFW466 – Rear high mount shock tower for the MP9. Mount holes are set 2mm higher allowing faster corner speed. Use with the IFW464 or IFW465.
So pick your combo of tower/mount.
A great way to keep up with Kyosho NEW parts is this link on Kyosho’s Corp webpage. You can scroll by month to see what new products became available.