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Old 02-28-2006, 10:02 PM   #31
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Here a few links that may help you catch up a little.
http://www.teamcheckpoint.com/
http://www.teamorion.com/products/motors_v2.asp
http://www.smc-racing.com/
http://www.hotbodiesonline.net/cyclone.html
http://www.yokomousa.com/
http://www.futaba-rc.com/radios/futj32.html
http://www.precisionrc.com/nv/car/home/index.is
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:08 PM   #32
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DSM is also known as Spektrum. What they have done is replaced frequency crystals with a 2 way communication link. Now they even have telemetry from teh car, motor temp etc. You can get a DSM a couple different ways, you can get a higher end radio like an M8, KO Helios or MARs, Futaba 3PK and replace the module that would use crystals or you can buy the radio that already has the module built into the radio. As far as conflicts are concerned I have not seen anyone have an issue, I think there can be about 80ish working at once... And if you lose communication, the car will default into a "fail-safe" mode (you set this when you link the module and receiver) so you won't have a runaway. I would say it is one of the biggest changes in the last year or so.... The bad part in your case is I don't think you can get one for the Caliber...
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:10 PM   #33
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Another place to see what some of the new products are is http://www.speedtechrc.com/
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Old 03-01-2006, 06:27 AM   #34
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I've got a BC112a from when they first came out, still on the original software. It charges IB3800s fine, just put it on the PF setting, i.e. linear charging, not PF 1, 2 or 3 which are the reflex modes.

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Old 03-01-2006, 06:53 AM   #35
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Ok I am gonna take some flack for this but.......
90% of the opinions here seem to be pretty bias except fo this one.

RS4 pro yes, but good to practice on and get a feel for racing again
Airtronics caliber no, not really its a good radio
Reedy Tri Sonic modifieds unless the comm is so old and brushes are so old
Novak Cyclone esc nope.. works good. a bit bigger.. but it works good
2000 cells i would replace, cells are pretty cheap now
Tekin bc12 charger get it updated and you're good to go


The only two suggestions I would make is.....The RS4 is pretty old and you may have a hard time finding parts. I would go with what ever your local hobby shop supports IE: Losi, AE, X-ray, ect.

As far as the cells.....If it aint broke dont fix it! Wait till you get some track time then upgrade.
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Old 03-01-2006, 06:54 AM   #36
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Are you serious with that one? And not a flame, serious question. At my local track I consider it a *great* thing if more than half of the 1/12's that start a race finish it. They seem to be extraordinarily brittle compared to the TC's, on carpet at least. My 1/12 experience has been watching <x> number of cars start a race, and then watching one or two guys running the last five minutes on their own.
To hear this is rather amuzing! I have been racing 12 scale cars since 1986. Even back in the day when the parts werent great ,they were and are one of the toughest cars out there. There were some issues of poor materials being used for awhile there on the front suspension. But ask any expierianced rc racer and they will tell you they are as tough as nails. If your local racers are breaking that bad then you guys have pinned throttle syndrome. Your supposed to lift of the throttle when the wall is in your way! LOL!
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:07 AM   #37
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I wonder what Tekin would charge to do a re-flash to my charger?
its actually fairly reasonable...significanly less than the price of a new charger

the ice charger listed is probably the best bang for your buck right now...I love mine but I also love my Tekin charger...
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:16 AM   #38
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how about the drivers int he last 8 years........

most our older guys from 1998 are still whippin ass and still world champs!!!!!!!
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:06 AM   #39
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its actually fairly reasonable...significanly less than the price of a new charger

the ice charger listed is probably the best bang for your buck right now...I love mine but I also love my Tekin charger...

Couldn't I just do this to get linear charging out of my current Tekin-

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I've got a BC112a from when they first came out, still on the original software. It charges IB3800s fine, just put it on the PF setting, i.e. linear charging, not PF 1, 2 or 3 which are the reflex modes.

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Old 03-01-2006, 10:25 AM   #40
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Couldn't I just do this to get linear charging out of my current Tekin-
As long as you watch their temperature. The old software has a much higher peak threshold and too much heat will quickly destroy the new breed of cells.
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And if you don't feel like assembling new packs if you buy some, check out Fusion's packs. They use a patented soldering method that puts as little heat into the cells as possible, which is where a lot of people ruin their batteries. I've been running their stuff just because I'm lazy/pressed for time and the performance has been good as well. http://www.fusionbatteries.com/
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:26 PM   #42
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I also im returning to racing . I looked at using my old pro2 car for a start, but with the lack of support with aftermarket parts , I decided to just wait a little longer and buy all new stuff..I will just sell my pro2 to someone who wants to race on the street.

so far here is what I have purchased...

airtronics m11
spectrum dsm
much more ctx charger
looking to get a cyclone when more are in stock...

not sure on batteries,and motor yet ..

will be racing on aspalt at so cal ...

not tryn to jack this thread but didnt want to start another of same type ..
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1 more thing to add... With Rc and the internet it now seems that everyone is trying to get one company or another to sponsor them and give them discounts or free stuff.... There will be a lot of people here trying to push products on you because they are sponsored by that company.

I remember back in the day when we all raced for fun, timed chargers and sayno batteries....
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Old 03-01-2006, 02:38 PM   #44
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Everybody is trying to jock some company. Just look at what cars are being driven fast locally, and what they have a good parts supply for. Ask guys what they think of different products. Be careful of the dudes who tell you to buy all new stuff, or how it will cost 1000s to get back in. You sound like you have half the stuff to get started already, minus a car.
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I also im returning to racing . I looked at using my old pro2 car for a start, but with the lack of support with aftermarket parts , I decided to just wait a little longer and buy all new stuff..I will just sell my pro2 to someone who wants to race on the street.

so far here is what I have purchased...

airtronics m11
spectrum dsm
much more ctx charger
looking to get a cyclone when more are in stock...

not sure on batteries,and motor yet ..

will be racing on aspalt at so cal ...

not tryn to jack this thread but didnt want to start another of same type ..
The guy that won the HPI Challenge last year in Dayton (stock class) used a Pro2. He came in second in the mod class. He beat a bunch of Pro3's and Pro4's.
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