We had a guy run a TL01 stock by us in our sportsman class, which basically is a stock class except for the motor and the battery choice. He did ok, though he did have to get ball bearings and oil filled shocks to be competitive.
I haven't checked out your auction listings, but if what you bought was brand new, you probably should sell it brand new. Things on Ebay god down significantly in price as soon as that "New" label can't be applied. You would be suprised how much a 1 day used FT TC3 will go for versus a new FT TC3 ( I have seen them go as low as 120 bucks , considering new its like $270 ).
That said, being you raced motorcycles, you probably will want to race this. i know people still do bashing, but with touring cars, I think people are more inclined to race it than offroad vehicles.
I would probably do the following:
1. Sell the TL01 if it is brand new, try to get your money back basically. If not new, hold on to if for now.
2. Find your closest hobby shop that races touring cars and check out a race and see what classes they run. If you are lucky and have more than one shop close to you, check them all out and see what you think. Also see if they have a class specifically for beginners and the requirements to qualify for that class.
3. After decided on a shop, buy your gear to go with the rules at the track. If they have only a stock and modified class, go with stock. Avoid modified for now.
If you are going to run a traditional stock class, you probably want to get the following:
1. 3 sets of racing quality battery packs, 2 practice packs
- I would recommend either Promatch or ZXRacing Batteries.
I have had both and have had good luck with each. ZXRacing
is the cheaper of the two. For starting out, the 1.15 volt
matched packs or 1.16 are plenty for sport racing. With
promatch they will assemble the cells for you, ZX Racing
might too. Get Side by side configuration if you get a new
2. Get good connectors. The white connectors that come with your battery pack, charger, and ESC ( discussed later ) are junk. they will melt on you. pick up either deans connectors or powerpoles. You will need to put these on yourself or get the hobby shop to do it for you. I personally like powerpoles as they are easier to assemble, though deans are great too.
3. Get a good charger. This probably will be one of the best buys you can make IMHO. Don't skimp here, You don't need the turbo 35 $400 charger, but don't get a timed one either. Integy makes realy good stuff as well as associated. I personally like the Integy 16x4 charger, or 16x3 pro v2.5 charger. Either will do a pretty good job. For a better Charger with more features, the Reedy Quasar Pro, my current charger is one of the best out there.
4. Get a radio that at a minimum allows you to control how much steering throw you have. You don't need one with all the bells and wistles. You probably can get one that will do the job for under %50 bucks that has that feature, without it, it will get very frustrating when you drive.
5. Get a good stock motor. I personally run only Reedy Motors after too many issues with Trinity stuff, but others have success so you can give them a try. If you do get say a Reedy MVP stock motor, make sure to order from big jim racing ( www.bigjimracing.com
) the narrow 766 brushes and put those on. For trinity I hear the P2k2 Pro is a good motor.
6. ESC selection. Here, there are many choices. For sport guys, I see that the duratrax streak ESC actually performs quite well and is very cheap. Only thing I don't like about the ESC is that it doesn't do 6V BEC. but for the money, you can't go wrong there. if you much have reverse, there are various ESCs out there that will do the job. Futaba makes a pretty good esc called the MC330CR ( not the MC230CR ). can take a low turn motor eventually, has 6V BEC, and is very small, I think it also has reverse if you want.
There probably are other things to get as well, but alot of that is tool selection, tires, etc. Mainly what you find out about at the track.
If you do go with another vehicle, the TC3 is really nice and very similar in the various versions they have to the FTTC3, theyre race model. The Losi XXX-S is good too, though I think the TC3 in its cheap form is more competitive.
Most of all have fun with whatever you choose. Don't get overally concerned with how you start out driving, You will hit stuff and if other people in your class can't accept that its their problem not yours since you are the new guy. Besides, if they are so great, they should be in another class.