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Old 01-28-2007, 04:06 AM   #1
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Default Cheap touring car for carpet/foam.

Yes I know, another "Which touring car" thread.

Unfortunately I am having a difficult choice selecting a touring car for about $100-$200 range to use for practice and racing with amateur drivers. I already have a good car, a TRF415, that I would like to keep for "serious" racing, and get a cheap chassis to use for casual racing. I have owned a TA-05 before that I was extremely satisfied with, but back then the hobby shop track was asphault based, and it was changed to carpet shortly after I got rid of the car. I have narrow it down to the Hot Bodies Cyclone S and the Tamiya TA-05, if anyone can give their opinion or advice on how these cars handle on carpet with foam tires, I'd greatly appreciate it.
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Old 01-28-2007, 05:47 AM   #2
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t2r if ya can find one
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Old 01-28-2007, 07:25 AM   #3
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TA05 hands down. I could have bought any chassis available and I still chose the TA05. It handles great and a few guys at our track beat the pants off guys with XRays and Corallys week after week with these "cheap" cars.
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Its still hard not to say just pick up a used FT TC3......I run a HB Cyclone but on occasion slap the TC3 on the track for fun and sometimes get better laps with it. Its just soo hard to beat it and parts are easy to get ya know
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:13 AM   #5
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Pick up a used T2,
Or get a T2r for about 200
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Pick up a used T2,
Or get a T2r for about 200
x2 or pick up that good ole Ft TC3
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Old 01-28-2007, 05:55 PM   #7
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Thank you for the inputs. I was considering the T2R as well, but it seems like it is hard to find online so I don't even bother considering it. I'm starting to avoid buying 'eBay' chassis because I've been screwed over a few times (Stripped differentials, missing parts, wrong screws used, etc.), and rather pay a bit more for a new one that I can build and be sure it is done correctly. I see someone recommended the TA-05, and that I'm leaning that way since I had one before, just do not know how well it does on carpet with foam tires. Keep it coming guys, and it would be great if someone knows a U.S. based retailer that carries the T2R.
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Nevermind, found a place that 'supposedly' had the T2R in stock. Let's see how that goes.
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My local track has a T2R in stock.
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Thank you for the inputs. I was considering the T2R as well, but it seems like it is hard to find online so I don't even bother considering it. I'm starting to avoid buying 'eBay' chassis because I've been screwed over a few times (Stripped differentials, missing parts, wrong screws used, etc.), and rather pay a bit more for a new one that I can build and be sure it is done correctly. I see someone recommended the TA-05, and that I'm leaning that way since I had one before, just do not know how well it does on carpet with foam tires. Keep it coming guys, and it would be great if someone knows a U.S. based retailer that carries the T2R.
There's nothing wrong with the Xray and just as an FYI...the guys at our track are running carpet/foams with 4300 brushless motors and LIPO and are tearing it up with the TA05. It's a very underrated chassis.
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You cannot beat a t2r for 200 bucks, best value outthere for someone who is just thinking about getting into racing.
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I have a tc3 and a ta05, both are very good cars for the cash.

Even though I have had the tc3 since its release I would sway towards the ta05, for its build quality and ease of building it up.

If you wanted a car that is very repsonsive on the throttle and only for 27t racing I would sway for the tc3ft, as it probably isnt much (if any) slower than a similar condition/weight tc4 with the same equipment. That probably is a bold and a little unfair statement to make though.

You might even find a tc4 for the cash youve got in mind.
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go with tc3 cheap & durable
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I'd go with the Ta05 simply because you already have a 415 and the things that you are likely to break in an accident are the same which means you can carry spares for one car instead of two completely different cars.
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