I'm seriously thinking about "offing" this thing.
First off...I don't really have any issue with the way it's designed or the way it handles. I just don't think it works for me...at least not at this time.
I'm a novice racer. I hit things. Stuff breaks. There's a really good reason I would never own a Barracuda or some other exotic...you can't get parts where you live. I'm starting to feel the same way about this thing. I live near a bunch of pretty decent hobby shops...Ultimate, Hobbytown Corona, 3 or 4 Hobby People stores, SoCal....Speedtech is a bit out of the way, but not too far...Steve's about the only place that has parts...
One of the biggest reasons I stuck with HPI (I have a Sport 2, Pro 3 and an EMT) is that they have decent cars, fair prices and you can get parts EVERYWHERE. Aside from the
"bevel gear breaking thing" (really lame) -- and the "shock thing" (cut two of the shock bodies down a little) -- I suppose it holds up pretty well...
I smack the board (not too hard) yesterday...the LR upper ballcup pops off (no biggie...)...just where am I gonna get the diff rings? Special order? (who knows how long...)...I smack the pipes and break a C-hub...10 BUCKS FOR TWO!?!?
Oh yeah...two for ten bucks if you can mail order them from somewhere. Busted another bevel gear yesterday (my only spare) and had to run the car sounding like a coffee grinder all day...looping out every other turn. I've been trying to find spare bevel gears for weeks...scored one set at Hobby People a couple weeks ago.
It's B.S....if you made the car, you can make parts. If Ultimate doesn't have parts...something is wrong. Those guys have just about every part for everything...they have stuff they don't even know they have.
Anyways...I just want to do this for fun. I could care less if I ever get out of Novice...I have no desire to do anything beside go out every once in a while when I can get away from the "big" racecar (see avatar) and try and finish a race or two...maybe (heaven forbid) win a race once. I can't do that if I have to race a 2WD car because I blew (another) bevel gear...or make it a full-time occupation to scour the 'net looking for parts.
I've sick of the drama with this car...maybe acquiring parts is a sport for some of you, but I just wanna go out with it and have a good time (trying to) race.
I really like HPI...and feel like I'm a loyal customer. It makes me shudder just thinking about running a Tc3...but at least I could get parts for it when it breaks.
For now, it's stripped, back in the box, broken and it's going out in the garage to "sleep" with my e-Rustler. Maybe I'll take it out of the attic in a year or so when (and if) they start making spares for it.
The weekend wasn't all bad...I had a blast running my Mini Cooper.