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Old 05-01-2006, 12:37 AM   #1
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hi does it help if you have a top end brand or equipment during racing... just wondering...

EX: let put it this way if im gonna race and i only got a gt7 esc and a hobbico servo with 102. oz that just cost $30..... and my opponent has a qc2 esc and a ko propo digital servo that cost $100+

we both have the same skills..(just equipment wise, does having a top of the line stuff helps?)
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yes it does help, but don't get me wrong it won't turn anyone into and overnight Rheinhard or Hara. but good equipment coupled with lots of wheel time will take you to the top.
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Old 05-01-2006, 12:48 AM   #3
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As far as esc's go your gt7 used to be Novak's top of the line esc. I have owned several and I currently have several Ko Propo VSF-1 pro's. The gt7 is just as competitive as the KO. The ko is more adjustable and seems to have fewer breakdowns in my experience.

Your servo has enough power for onroad touring but I wonder about the speed. If the servo has the speed and power you need then it will be fine.
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DOESNT HAVE THAT MUCH SPEED...JUST ENOUGHT,,, NOT AS SMOOTH AS THE KO PROPO ONE.. THAT WHEN U TURN THE WHEELS YOU CANT HEAR THE GEARS GRINDING..WHILE ON MY SERVO YOU CAN HEAR IT ...
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I WAS JUST WONDERING CAUSE IM IN THE TRACK ONE TIME RUNNING WITH THIS GUY..WE WERE BOTH AT THE SAME SKILLS BUY THERES COUPLE OF TIMES HE OUT RUN ME ..JUST ONCE IN A WHILE THEN HE WHEN ON MY PIT TABLE AND SOME ME HIS CAR..WITH THOSE GOODIES ON IT.
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Top of the line equipment can only help you so far.
If you were to make simply one mistake in your race you wouldn't be beating people running same setups and mid range electronics.

Top of the line equipment does help you out but it isn't that much. The quickest way to be fast around a track is just practice and more practice, and having clean runs consistantly
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You need to set the equipment up right too.

At the last race meeting I had to help out one racer who had a top-end computer radio and a top-end servo, but had the radio set up completely wrong.

As a result the servo was straining in every corner and reaching full lock far too quickly, making the car super-twitchy.

I occasionally have to use my backup equipment (standard servo, cheaper ESC, standard radio), and although the car feels a little different on the track (mainly the slower steering) I can still get it around at pretty much the same speed as before.

Top of the range radio equipment is worth a few fractions of a second a lap at most. Good driving and careful preparation is worth a lot more.
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hi does it help if you have a top end brand or equipment during racing... just wondering...

EX: let put it this way if im gonna race and i only got a gt7 esc and a hobbico servo with 102. oz that just cost $30..... and my opponent has a qc2 esc and a ko propo digital servo that cost $100+

we both have the same skills..(just equipment wise, does having a top of the line stuff helps?)
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i can spend money but i just cant but $$$$$$$ equipment while i can just buy a standard
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hi does it help if you have a top end brand or equipment during racing... just wondering...

EX: let put it this way if im gonna race and i only got a gt7 esc and a hobbico servo with 102. oz that just cost $30..... and my opponent has a qc2 esc and a ko propo digital servo that cost $100+

we both have the same skills..(just equipment wise, does having a top of the line stuff helps?)
The GT7 is a fine speedo, and for TC, 102.oz is plenty of torque. I don't know what the speed of the servo is, but you shouldn't feel bad about your equip.

Top of the line equipment might have the bling, but by and large I don't think it makes that much of a difference most of the time. When it comes to lathes, truers, motors, and batteries (in stock, not mod), then the game changes a bit.

Practice is the best equipment there is, and it's usually dirt cheap.
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car and setup make more of a difference i have a tc4 with a gt7 and a 97 tork hitec servo and the spectrum 3 channel radio and i did ok i put the same electronics in my cyclone and blew the competition away. so id say car and setup make the most difference
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Top of the line equipment might have the bling, but by and large I don't think it makes that much of a difference most of the time. When it comes to lathes, truers, motors, and batteries (in stock, not mod), then the game changes a bit.
i got nice lathe ,batteries...charge is just standard with 6.5 amps charge... i focus my budget on those stuff
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hi does it help if you have a top end brand or equipment during racing... just wondering...

EX: let put it this way if im gonna race and i only got a gt7 esc and a hobbico servo with 102. oz that just cost $30..... and my opponent has a qc2 esc and a ko propo digital servo that cost $100+

we both have the same skills..(just equipment wise, does having a top of the line stuff helps?)
Top end equipment helps top end drivers. For most drivers, I would say equipment 20%, driving skill 80%. Your GT7 is terrific, and still very competitive. If your servo has a speed of .13 or faster, that's plenty to drive fast. Where I race, some of the long-time drivers have not updated their equipment for years, and are very competitive because they know how to drive. For anyone new to the sport, I would recommmend they spend more time practicing, and if you are going to spend money, spend it on tires. Trust me, you will know when your equipment is holding you back. IMHO
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You can be competitive with less than top of the line equipment. However, if you're running things like the standard $12 servo that come with an entry level radio, a stock motor that's in dire need of a cut and new brushes, old worn out tires, etc... you won't be able to run with anyone. The GT7 is a very good ESC. I used them for a long time and still have one in my 4wd buggy and my T4. You don't have to have the best of everything but you don't want to be running junk either.
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