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For the Team C nation–our Katana body for Kyosho RB5 Team C TC02 Evo is what you need. Thanks to Team FTW’s Kristopher Bolin for illustrating how it works.

 
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Question: Which Night Fox fits the B4.1 with +8mm chassis, or the B4.2?

Answer: Night Fox for B4.1, part number FTW00002

It’s not as perfect a fit as we would like, but if you’re using Velcro in lieu of body clips to attach it you will be hard-pressed to notice. Check out the pics.

You might be wondering if the Night Fox XL is a better choice. In short, its not. Designed for a B4.1 with a T4.1 chassis, its limousine-esque 19mm stretch makes it way too long to fit the +8mm chassis-equipped cars.

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If you’re one of those people that loves everything about his/her Serpent 811 except that fact it cannot be taken to the next level of awesomeness with an FTW body shell, listen up. Somebody took a Night Fox intended for a Mugen MBX6 and jammed it onto an 811. Other than some creative trimming up front, it appears to have been a simple operation. So order up part number FTW00025 and get awesome.

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Among close observers of these things, it has become common knowledge that the Hot Bodies aficionado is not out of luck if he wants to top his D8 or Ve8 with a ridiculously stylish and functional FTW body–despite the fact that FTW does not offer a tailor-fit body for either. FTW team driver Brian “Smiley” Henn, who also happens to be a team driver for Hot Bodies, can be credited with discovering that FTW’s Night Fox body for Mugen’s MBX6R is a reasonably good fit for the D8, and that the Exabyte body for the Tekno V4-converted D8 (FTW00027A) is almost a perfect fit for the Ve8.

Recently, Smiley discovered an even better choice for the D8–the Night Fox for XRAY’s 808 (FTW00010). Unlike the Mugen body, this one even has a clearance hump for the throttle linkage. By moving the rear body post to the top mounting position and doing a little custom trimming he found it to be an excellent fit. Check out the photos and you’ll agree.

It was just brought to our attention by an anonymous source that FTW00031 Night Fox for Agama A8 fits Tekno V4 conversions rather nicely.

Considering that A) before FTW changed the game with the purpose-built Exabyte body, Tekno V4 owners used Losi bodies that were too wide, and B) Agama A8 bodies are similar similar to Team Losi 8ight bodies but narrower, this makes sense.

The chassis shot, which shows how well the body fits to the V4 mud guards, is unfortunately all we have at this point. Though we don’t have any more detail from the photos, there are a some observations we should make based on our experience with all the components under discussion here. The Exabyte has greater clearance for big LiPos than the Night Fox body in question, so if you are using a monster pack Night Fox probably won’t fit. Also, the Exabyte bodies for Tekno V4 conversions (FTW00027A & FTW00027B) were designed to clear the large profile of the big ‘ol Castle ESCs. If you are still running a monstrous ESC, Night Fox may not clear it. We are told the car in the photo is running a Tekin RX8 and it fits fine. Also, as the photo car is apparently an RC8.2, we can say this works with that conversion, and should also match up to the body mounts of a Team Losi 8ight V4 conversion. The body mounts on other cars may not match up as well, so you may have to go with the Velcro solution.

We’ve been asked that more than a few times since we introduced the Night Fox for Mugen MBX6R last week. We got a new ECO roller yesterday so we could answer that question. We used a pair of SMC 2S 6000mAh 60C packs stood on end in the staggered configuration for this exercise. The case measures 47mm wide, so that is the height you can use to compare with your preferred battery.

We first mounted the stock body to set the baseline for comparison. As you can see in the pictures, the stock body does not fit perfectly. It sits just a little higher on the battery side. The pictures below illustrate this.

Having set the baseline, we then mounted the FTW Night Fox body for MBX6R. We basically have the same situation, but a little more pronounced, as you can see in the picture below.

In an effort to try to gain some more clearance, we next inserted a 3mm spacer below the front body mount. A lot of people use this technique to achieve optimum fitment when mounting our Night Fox for RC8B on the RC8.2e Actually, if you know what the front body mount looks like on the Mugen, you know a regular spacer or washer will not fit, since the mount has an indexing tab molded in. We whacked a notch in our spacer and the problem was solved.

So we mounted the Night Fox again.

Its still a wee bit sideways. But then so is the stock body. So its your call. We hope that helps you come to a conclusion on whether to go for it.