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Old 01-04-2015, 05:39 PM   #8386
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I don't really have a budget, just would like to start with something cheaper due to not knowing if I will like it since I'm pretty competent with off-road. I was just curious if I should spend the extra cash to get a TC5, because maybe the belt drive is worth it.

I read belt drive isn't the best on asphalt because of rocks and debris, and 50% of my racing would be outdoors during the summer at car shows where they hold racing.

So maybe a TC4 chassis would be appropriate. Are there any problems with the TC4? I think I read something about the drive shafts breaking..
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The plastic half-shafts aren't good for the front, especially if you're running a spool. Some folks have had problems with breaking steering racks. Other than that, I think the car is pretty durable. You'll want to get threaded shock bodies as well. If you're buying the TC4 new, it doesn't come pre-assembled (as far as I know).
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I think there are better options than a TC4 for those who are budget minded. Prime example: http://www.tqrcracing.com/shop/produ....asp?p_id=7718

TC4 is outdated, with the S2 you get a modern touring car design. Just my $0.02
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:21 PM   #8389
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The only concern I have is parts support. That's why I'm limiting myself to an Associated chassis. There is a NIB TC4 with HD CVDs and threaded shocks in the FS section on here, contemplating scooping that up.
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"Pre-built "race roller" chassis ready to accept most 1:10 scale touring car electronics, bodies, wheels and tires" - That is just what Associated's website says.

I would actually probably rather have to build it myself, just so I know more about it. My knowledge of these things don't compare to off-road.
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The only concern I have is parts support. That's why I'm limiting myself to an Associated chassis. There is a NIB TC4 with HD CVDs and threaded shocks in the FS section on here, contemplating scooping that up.
Appleton is in the U.S., right? TQRC ships hella fast, like clockwork. I ran a Spec-R for a while and had no problems with parts support, you just have to have some spares on hand. The only fragile pieces are the front caster blocks and steering blocks, get a few spares and you'll be golden.
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Yes, Wisconsin to be specific. Man, you're really tempting me to get this. Do you remember if it's set up pretty well out of the box?
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The TC4 is plenty capable in USVTA. There are lots of set-ups out there to help you to get started. Parts wilk be around forever and there are even peoeple out there working on new stuff to bring the car up to date.
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Could someone list the more common VTA chassis'? I researched some, but there are so many! I just want to know some common ones so I know I have help when I get one.

What about gearing? I seen a FDR of 4.0 is ideal, and the trans ratio of a TC4 is 2.5 I believe. What is a good spur and pinion to start at? 20/32?
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FDR will be dependent on the track. On the one closest to me the norm is 3.6 - 3.7.
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FDR will be dependent on the track. On the one closest to me the norm is 3.6 - 3.7.
What gearing do you use?
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I run a Robinson Racing 60 tooth spur and have an assortment of pinions from 31-45, but usually run around a 36 or 37 on our smallish track. Regarding the question of most common USVTA chassis, ANY of them will work. I finished 2nd to an Xray 2014 yesterday with a TC4 equipped like the one you describe. You mentioned running outdoors and being concerned about the belts. Seems like a reasonable concern to me, but I run a TC4 and haven't had any issues.
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Thanks for helping me. I will probably just get the TC4 to keep it simple and readily available. Probably pick that one up on here that has the necessary upgrades.

Do you recommend a certain speed servo, or a certain servo?

I use a Savox 1258tg and AE DS1015 for off-road. Just don't know if that would be an overkill, or too fast, or powerful.
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Could someone list the more common VTA chassis'? I researched some, but there are so many! I just want to know some common ones so I know I have help when I get one.

What about gearing? I seen a FDR of 4.0 is ideal, and the trans ratio of a TC4 is 2.5 I believe. What is a good spur and pinion to start at? 20/32?
Our "VTA" class has a regular showing of ARC, Xray, VBC, Yokomo, TC6.2, and even 3 Awesomatix. There are a couple older chassis as well, but those are the ones at the top of the field each race day. I have an Xray 2015 set up for VTA tires, so... you never know what you'll be up against

It depends on the track and your transmission. I run around a 3.5 with the timing maxed out (or more), but I put a lot of work into freeing up my drivetrain. Start around 4 and check your temperatures, you can push the Novak to 160 no problem, but it will fade over time (read: months).
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Any recommendations for a servo?
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