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Old 09-11-2002, 06:16 PM   #2476
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Dingus..........Where are ya'll racing in Austin....Atomic Ron and Joor still racing.
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Old 09-11-2002, 06:24 PM   #2477
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Too bad about the carpet track. It was nice while it lasted. I've been doing some off road in Georgetown and Killeen and a little asphault.

There are rumors about a new parking lot track and Georgetown is building a new offroad track at their new location.

I've seen Atomic a few times with an 1/8th scale. Haven't seen Dave in a while, but I heard he won the Region 9 race.
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:17 AM   #2478
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Hi Guys. Greetings from Malta.

SPAZ. I did the same as Boomer. Just removed all the balls, washed everything out dry, and assembled it all tight.

I actually used titanium diff halves, mainly because they are stronger and at least as light as the plastic ones.

However, on our fast sweeping track it didn't seem to give any advantage, so i'm back with normal plastic diffs...with balls!

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Old 09-12-2002, 10:39 AM   #2479
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Default HELP! I'm back and slower than ever.

What's up to all in the drivers seats of TC3's around the world.

You can call me BC if you like, but BendingCorners is what I do.

I'm in the Fast Cali and I'm just getting back to R/C after 10months of saving, struggling, and the purchase of a New House(to me) and a new truck.

I went to SoCal Tuesday night, ready to shake the rust off and I got my BUTT get by everyone, even a few novice during practice.

I AM NOW OFFICIAL BACK TO R/C AND READY TO REGAIN MY SPOT.

I know Tony P (good guy) Brad G (Good guy) Torrance (good guy) and a few others, but I need an update on what is what.

First: explain to me the benefit of this "lock diff thang", I'm lost.

Many, many more questions to follow.

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Old 09-12-2002, 11:11 AM   #2480
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I was wondering if I'd ever see it again....

Wassup??? Hey, you heading to the Camarillo race this weekend???
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:47 PM   #2481
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Hello!!!


I just finished building my FT-TC3!!!
My race is on Saurday (its friday 3:30am here)
My LHS ran out of springs for the TC3!!!
The silver and gold springs are to stiff.
I have nothing else to use, except Tamiya's Yellow in Front
and Red in the Rear.

Has any body here experimented with any other springs aside form associated?

or

Has somebody here used Tamiya Springs on a TC3?


lastly?

the kit is a bit noisy, I am using 48p 72t and 25t pinion.


Thanks and sory for my ignoramous questions.
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Old 09-12-2002, 01:39 PM   #2482
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First: explain to me the benefit of this "lock diff thang", I'm lost.
Well, this mostly comes from Tony -

A locked diff gives you many of the bene's of a one-way - tons of steering while on power (just like a one-way) with the tolerance of a diff (you have brakes, you're not limited to one line. . .)

I find it easier to drive, more fun and just more solid.
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Old 09-12-2002, 01:51 PM   #2483
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I took out the balls, I actually took out the thrust bearing (the 6 tiny balls and the two washers) and the spring, I added some spacers between the little white nut piece (so it wouldn't bust its ears) and then just tightened everything down tight.

It didn't damage anything and I can re-assemble it back to normal in just a few minutes.
ok thanks boomer that exactly what i was looking for. im building a whole extra diff with steel outdrives so i will just not assemble a thrust bearing or anything like that. thanks
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Old 09-12-2002, 04:30 PM   #2484
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ok thanks boomer that exactly what i was looking for. im building a whole extra diff with steel outdrives so i will just not assemble a thrust bearing or anything like that. thanks
That's what I did too. . .it's nice just being able to pop in a one-way, pop in a locked or pop in a regular diff!
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Old 09-12-2002, 05:16 PM   #2485
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Default stering knucles

i emailed associated about the stering knucles striping ive been racing 2 tc3 since they first come out and envolved in r/c racing for
20 years this is the slap in the face they sent me in reply

i just built my third tc3 and it has the same problem the other 2 that we
> raced the last two seasons had the stering knuckles keep stripping out the
> new kit striped while building i have about 2 dozen striped knuckles in my
> parts box
> is there a fix for this problem they are getting expensive at16.99 a pair
> canadian
> other wise me and my 2 boys love the tc3 and plan to keep racing them if
> there is a soulution for this problem
>
>
> You are not giving enough information on the problem. When this happens
> what are you or the car doing? If you over tighten the screws you can
strip
> out the composite or carbon composite material. You can add either
plumbers
> tape or a very small amount of thread lock to help secure the screws into
> the material.
>
> Regards,
> Team Associated
> 3585 Cadillac Ave.
> Costa Mesa, CA 92626
>

dont get me wrong i still love my tc3s but now if i would buy another if they have this kind of suport
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Old 09-12-2002, 05:55 PM   #2486
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lem2: i used tamiya springs on my tc3, blue (stiff) front and red (soft) rear. for a higher grip track, i use white (stiffest) front and yellow (medium) rear.
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Old 09-13-2002, 12:07 AM   #2487
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Redneck -

I understand your problem. I also understand the other side of it, being in the support side of another industry.

The people at Associated are pretty much just general guys, like you or me, who are racers as well (most of them) so they do know (again, most).

But they aren't mind readers and many aren't even that intuitive. So, when they ask for more information, or say that you didn't give enough information, what they are saying is that the scenario you have given is too broad for any specific solution.

ie - you didn't give enough information, or in English that they could understand.

I have mine strip out fairly regularly as well. It is a weak point in the design because of the amount of force that is applied to the ball stud, especially when you hit something.

Try using a little CA when assembling it (the thick kind so you can get the stud in it. . .)

If it's stripping when you assemble it, you're doing something wrong.
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lem: the springs should work fine for this saturday's race. they arnt too stiff coz the track is fairly smooth. dont be misguided by the fact that we use the silver-blue combo coz those are used when we run at IVO or Capitol which are bumpy tracks. in fact in capitol you can still get away with using the gold springs. its not as stiff as you think. i might go stiffer myself (that dint come out to well did it? ) for this weekend's race.
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Old 09-13-2002, 07:51 AM   #2489
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Originally posted by redneck
i emailed associated about the stering knucles striping ive been racing 2 tc3 since they first come out and envolved in r/c racing for
20 years this is the slap in the face they sent me in reply

i just built my third tc3 and it has the same problem the other 2 that we
> raced the last two seasons had the stering knuckles keep stripping out the
> new kit striped while building i have about 2 dozen striped knuckles in my
> parts box
> is there a fix for this problem they are getting expensive at16.99 a pair
> canadian
> other wise me and my 2 boys love the tc3 and plan to keep racing them if
> there is a soulution for this problem
>
>
> You are not giving enough information on the problem. When this happens
> what are you or the car doing? If you over tighten the screws you can
strip
> out the composite or carbon composite material. You can add either
plumbers
> tape or a very small amount of thread lock to help secure the screws into
> the material.
>
> Regards,
> Team Associated
> 3585 Cadillac Ave.
> Costa Mesa, CA 92626
>

dont get me wrong i still love my tc3s but now if i would buy another if they have this kind of suport
I've had the same problem too, it's just a weak point in the design of the car. I've been running my tc3 for over 2 yrs now and i've given up on the original tc3 steering knuckles, try using the metal steering knuckles by GPM, they work well and seem to hold up. TC3 still the best!!!
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:08 AM   #2490
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Are you guys using the correct screws????

I've had my share of TC3's and RARELY had this problem. You don't need to tighten them down until they bottom out. Snug is fine. These screws are not made as spindles....merely to hold the parts together. They don't need alot of torque put on them.

You could try threadlock or CA, but I don't think I know anyone (personally) that has had this problem.

But that's just me....
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