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Old 02-07-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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Just did my first indoor (carpet) race and my 2wd buggy was nice, but thought it would be fun to check out the touring car class. Looking for a inexpensive kit that can be competitive and somewhat durable. parts availability is important obviously. I am close to the USA warehouse here in Oregon which is nice.
I was checking out the blaze r2, the td10 v2 was also checking out the old TC4 on A-main hobbies. I would like to keep under the $150 price point and put some of my own electronics in it.
Would love to hear some thoughts on this kit (and others that I may be overlooking).
Wondering if anyone can explain the advantages of the Shaft vs. belt drives as well.
thanks for the thoughts.
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The Blaze R2 is pretty new so you're not likely to get any first hand experience advice just yet. Your main options in this price range that have been reviewed well would be the TC4 or the BSR BT-4. The Blaze R2 looks like it'll be competitive but build quality, durability and parts availability is unknown at this point. At that price though I'd buy a second kit to use as spares.

Shaft vs belt. There's been a lot of debate over this. Belt drives are usually better for mod classes, and the premiere chassis tend to be designed for mod drivers. Belts are allegedly more efficient at the higher speeds, and the power delivery is a bit smoother due to belt flex. Shaft drive is arguably slightly more efficient at lower speeds, and it's easier to make a sealed gearbox to keep debris out of the drivetrain. Shaft also feels like it has sharper acceleration which many people like in the slower classes.
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As I mentioned in another thread I just finished my TD10 V2's last upgrades, and then the Blaze R2 was released. If I was starting now, I'd start with the Blaze. It seems like a better value because it comes with aluminum shock bodies as well as a body. The plastic shock bodies in the TD10 V2 can cause annoyances, so the alu bodies were my last upgrade for it. I'm not sure if the Blaze's body is a race-legal body, that would depend on the class etc I guess, but works for practice driving if nothing else.

As gigaplex mentioned with these cheap kits spare parts availability tends to be an issue. For the TD10 V2 you can use 3racing Sakura XI Sport parts, if someone near you carries them. The Blaze is based on the MTS-T2 car, but what it can possibly share with that is as of yet unknown. I went the "buy a whole second kit" route with the TD10 as it was the most cost effective, giving you another set of tires (and for the Blaze, another body) in the process too. I even managed to snatch the second kit at a discount, which helped.
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Old 02-08-2018, 04:26 PM   #4
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I did see your post in the other thread on that. I also read in some of the reviews on the HK website for the TD10 that other folks were having issues with the shocks. and the caps popping off. I think I am going to strike it off the list. As the blaze r2 already has the upgraded shocks and a body and those are added costs with the td10.
that is also part of the appeal of the Blaze R2 is the body and tires come with (not sure how good they are) ,but those would also be extra costs for the TC4 as well in addition to the $150

thought this was a useful video review on the TD10 V2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRJ5R8sYK8Y

When you click on the parts list available for the BR2 a whole bunch of basher r-4 parts come up. I guess there is an interchange there.. not sure if they are good or better? I don't know anything about and never heard of a basher RZ-4.
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Is that the same basic car sold by Team C ?
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Is that the same basic car sold by Team C ?
No, the BSR BT-4 is the rebrand of the Team C TR10
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Combination of parts from two cars as mentioned in another thread, Credit Airwave:


"The Blaze is clearly based on RGT R2... Cheap touring car chassis coming also from Race-Opt but not in the MTS product line.

By the way the two cars (MTS T2 and RGT R2) share a lot of common parts, R2 being more conventional (so less interesting) than the T2 with Flex-bars and CVS...

So same same but different..."
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I think the rebranded Team c is a better car
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I think the rebranded Team c is a better car
The BSR BT-4 seems discontinued though. And of course it was three times the cost of the Blaze so it SHOULD be better, or otherwise shame on them.
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The BSR BT-4 seems discontinued though. And of course it was three times the cost of the Blaze so it SHOULD be better, or otherwise shame on them.
3 times? It's only about 50% more.
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Oops, I was accidentally looking at the RTR version's price.
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The sakura xi is a good buy and competitive car. $109 from a-main. Upgrade from the TD10, which was a sakura zero initially.
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Didn't see the Sukura xi on A-main. Did a search. Am i missing something?
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It is not really a new car it is simply the latest version of RGT R2 chassis. cheap chinese chassis, dimensions are Xrays.
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It is not really a new car it is simply the latest version of RGT R2 chassis. cheap chinese chassis, dimensions are Xrays.
saw Blaze R2 on weekend, had same part number engraving on suspension blocks as supplied with MTS T2
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