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Old 05-18-2006, 08:16 AM   #8506
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For the bones w/blades here's what you can do.

1. Get a set of IRS pin cushions and some schumacher blades
2. Cut each of the pin cushions plastic bits in half
3. Install the pin with the half bit of plastic in each drive shaft (add a drop of CA to make sure it stays put)
4. Put the schumacher blade on and re-install on the car

It's not difficult to do though the pins have a tendency to slide out a bit if you don't CA them in.
I've try it but the blade touch the T-nut and the suspension travel is not free.

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Save yourself all the headaches and get these.. They are pricey but after buying parts here and there to make something work you would have spent a bundle already.

http://www.speedtechrc.com/store/eb...p?catmainid=326
I've the speedway-pal diff but the blades cost to much. And i don't like it because i've broken the diff bolt twice. I suppose the aluminium grade is to soft.

And speedway-pal is hard to find in France. So i wish team Associated will do diff with blades. I prefere to change those little blades more often than the steel diffs. And i think it's better for the transmission.

Thanks for you answers.
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:00 PM   #8507
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Ummm, please excuse my naivety, but what are "blades" and what do they do. I checked out the link but can't work it out. The blue outdrives look nice...
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:07 PM   #8508
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If you look at that link again, the blades are the little white things next to the outdrive. They fit on the pins of the dogbones to give more surface area contact when you slide them inside the slots in the outdrives. That results in less wear on the outdrives and more torque
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:08 AM   #8509
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A little thick/no-fling grease on the dogbone pins and outdrives goes a long way to prolonging their life...
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:32 AM   #8510
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Tamiya anti-wear grease is bound to help...Its REALLY thick, so you only really want to use it on the CVD's.
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:46 AM   #8511
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Yes... but blades + grease would me even better, especially with an aluminium diff .
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:26 PM   #8512
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"Probably because most of AE's design team and team drivers went to Xray, which would also explain how long it takes AE to develop anything."

Will the X-Ray T3 shaft car come out before the AE TC5 belt car?
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Old 05-21-2006, 01:04 AM   #8513
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Hi all,

I wanted to ask a question and hope to get a bit of help...

I recently bought a near new TC4, but it was missing the battery hold-down mounts (just the posts), see pics, and I have had real difficulty in finding out the part name so I can try and get them. I have tried the AE site parts list and the towerhobbies sites but cant find anything that would suit.

Any assistance greatly appreciated...

Or if anyone is willing to sell me the part, or knows where to get it that would be great.

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Old 05-21-2006, 02:29 AM   #8514
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"Probably because most of AE's design team and team drivers went to Xray, which would also explain how long it takes AE to develop anything."

Will the X-Ray T3 shaft car come out before the AE TC5 belt car?
Don't normally comment in here but I'm gonna on this statement.

NONE of AE's design team has left the company. In fact, we've added a few more. And yes, we are working on new stuff. And yes, it DOES take some time to get stuff out only because we ARE AE. It needs to be the best it can be before it is produced. (flame suit on). The TC4 was a, ummm, problem child from the beginning (even in the TC3 days). We did the best we could with what we had.

The basic 'problem' is this. Back in the TC3 days there were only a few car cars that were good...the TC3 just happened to be good enough to win. Now everyone else has stepped up and created purpose-built racers...not RTR/Race cars. The TC4, unfortunatley, was designed as a RTR/Race car....compromising a full blown race car to fit the RTR needs. We understand, in this now full-blown-race-car-world, that that is not the way we need to do business. Things will change.

On your other note, drivers have left. In most business', you have your up times and your down times. In the on-road division, this is our down time....but the drivers won't/can't stand being in that position, so they leave. Good thing and bad thing, IMO. We'll be in the up time again....

PeteB: You weren't 'missing' the battery straps...they are a separate purchase. Part #31126. As the FT TC4 was an attempt at a full-blown race car, we left the battery straps out in favor of tape slots (as most full-blown race cars have shifted to).
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Old 05-21-2006, 03:20 AM   #8515
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Kind of annoying that I have brought AE cars throughout my many years of racing and have enjoyed most. So when I have brought a FT tc4 that will never be any good kind of disappointing really. Itís really not on the pace of the others what ever I have tried.

Will I have to wait along time for a new AE car or am I going to change to enough chassis so I can start to enjoy my racing again. I think Team Associated should let us know itís the least they can do since there are so many followers of the company. Please...
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Old 05-21-2006, 03:25 AM   #8516
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I must admit, I beleive the AE lads are making progress. I watched a video of the latest mod national here the other day, and Craig Drescher running the TC4 (with ITF kit i beleive) just romped away at the start, I was quite amazed at just how much speed he had, and the nice thing is he did this from the latest generation of belt based cars (Teemu's Mi2EC and Chris Graingers BD), which says alot.
I can't talk to loudly as I know I changed from the TC4 to a 415, but seeing the preformance Craig got for the TC4, I'm definately tempted to try it again.

Keep up the good work,
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Old 05-21-2006, 05:34 AM   #8517
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the only reason i did not get a TC4 was b/c the crapy Radio, if they had a decent radio in there, i would have been sold (Rtr wise)
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the only reason i did not get a TC4 was b/c the crapy Radio, if they had a decent radio in there, i would have been sold (Rtr wise)
That seems like an odd demand, considering who RTR cars are made for. Since when has anyone sold RTR cars (at a similar price to AE ones) with anything other than a base model AM radio in the box?

I'm not dissing you, just saying that sounded like an odd demand to me. RTR cars typically come with bargain radios, bargain shocks, lots of bargain parts. The idea, I've always thought, is to be "one step up" from the "toy" cars and, through modularity, upgradable should one "get bitten by the bug" so to speak and want to ante up to real race cars.
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Old 05-21-2006, 10:14 AM   #8519
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well, compare the radio to Losi's XRi 2's, thats what i have stock on my car, b/c i cant afford a radio
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Old 05-21-2006, 01:08 PM   #8520
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"Probably because most of AE's design team and team drivers went to Xray, which would also explain how long it takes AE to develop anything."

Will the X-Ray T3 shaft car come out before the AE TC5 belt car?
I was running a TC3FT in the french championship and made few A main with it, it was more difficult for me with the TC4 but since I have the FT and the ITF chassis, the car is fastest and I made a A main for the first race of the 2006 french championship.

TC4 was available end of 2004, FT in august 2005, ITF chassis in february 2006, I think it's really fast answers.

I was to the world warm up race, all AE drivers give help to us with a big smile.

Oh... and i don't like to change my car every 8-12 month like other brand.

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