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Old 03-03-2007, 07:45 PM   #1
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Hi all, I recently got back into RC after taking a break for 5 years. I quit before because I had no money to start racing, and had no time because of school. Now that I finally have time i really want to get started into racing, probably stock or 19t for now, at a carpet track nearby. However, I do have some questions before I get started.

The car i want to use is my old MR4-TC that I bought back in 1999. I know this car is very old, anybody have an idea how well it would hold up against more modern cars?

I already upgraded the esc to a novak gts and bought a new co27 pro at the recomendation of my LHS. They recomended me a set of Team Orion 3900 Rocket Packs, but I've seen that packs now go as high as 4200 so I was wondering if these packs would put me off at a disadvantage.

Please keep in mind I still am a student and on a budget, thanks in advance to anyone that can give me and help or advice
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:37 PM   #2
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I don't know much on the MR4. Sounds like your off to a pretty good start at getting back in. From the stuff you mention you'll be OK. You can work your way back up on performance equipment from this point.
You running indoors or out? And how big is the track? Speedo and batteries your good, I'm not sure on the car. Welcome Back! Are you running foam or rubber?
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:11 AM   #3
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We used to run one back in the day. Hey if you have one why not start your comeback with it? I am sure it will work good enough that you can have fun and work on your driving... you can always update if or when you feel the car is holding you back
I would buy some 4200 or 4300's... you can find them anywhere in various price ranges and they are more competive than the 3900 packs I see Brood is blowing out 4200 SHV's for $26 a pack
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We used to run one back in the day. Hey if you have one why not start your comeback with it? I am sure it will work good enough that you can have fun and work on your driving... you can always update if or when you feel the car is holding you back
I would buy some 4200 or 4300's... you can find them anywhere in various price ranges and they are more competive than the 3900 packs I see Brood is blowing out 4200 SHV's for $26 a pack
They're not matched though.
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Why does everyone bang on about matched, their pointless IMO.
Those unmatched packs are a great price for $26.00
Better than paying $45 plus for matched which are overrated IMO
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:53 AM   #6
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They're not matched though.
But I am sure that your car will move, right. You can pick up about 4 of these packs for practice and you will never know the difference. Maybe 2 or 3 packs of matached for big races, not that weekend club stuff just use the matched packs for the main.

I have about 9 packs right now and have never experienced my cells just dump totally during a five minute race. The packs run strong during the first 3.5 to 4 min and slowly start dumping, I find this to be true in my matched packs and my unmatched cells .

Hey some peolpe sware by stuff simply because its what the Pros do, not from personal experience.
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March 2005 I got back into 19turn electric racing with one of the Mr4TC pro's. The field was packed with Xrays but guess what, the car held up pretty well. Needless to say it didnt take long before I bought an Xray simply becuase you couldnt get parts for the Yokomo anywhere.

I'm currently running the T2. Why dont you pick up an Xray FK04 and some of Broods 3800 cells? It seems that the FK04 is kinda making a comeback anyway.


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Old 03-04-2007, 09:42 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the advice guys, all this is really getting me excited to get out and race .

4200s for 26 bucks definitely sounds like a good deal, I'll be sure to get on that . I looked on the brood website and it seems the cells come with the matching stickers, so I can at least match up the cells myself to some extent right?

As for my car, unfortunately I just simply cant afford another kit unless someone sells me theirs for like 50 bucks lol. I still have tuition to pay, this poor student is still working on his engineering degree, hehe.
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Thanks for all the advice guys, all this is really getting me excited to get out and race .

4200s for 26 bucks definitely sounds like a good deal, I'll be sure to get on that . I looked on the brood website and it seems the cells come with the matching stickers, so I can at least match up the cells myself to some extent right?

As for my car, unfortunately I just simply cant afford another kit unless someone sells me theirs for like 50 bucks lol. I still have tuition to pay, this poor student is still working on his engineering degree, hehe.
Exactly, when you buy three or so packs you can actually try to match the packs a little closer yourself.
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Used T2s are going for under $200 everyday here, actually my buudy has one fs if your interested, but aren't FK04 parts getting hard to find as well? I know one guy at my track that was complaining about that. As far as batteries, I bought some unmatched but gauranteed over 1.2v and a set of matched with low numbers and both sets of packs perform the same, both cost me around $100 for 3 packs. I can get away with just 3 packs on a race day, even as few as 2 if you don't want to practice in between rounds or test your setup.
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Xray T1FK04 parts are very easy to get hold of you just have to know hwere to look. I would recommend the Xray T1FK04 as a race car coz they are fairly cheap to buy nowadays and are an almost unstoppable car. Where I race everyone runs alot of later model cars and still the Xray T1 leaves them for dead but it does come down to who is driving the car so a second hand car and beat a brand new kit which Ive found out there is nothing wrong with old and second hand cars.
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For batteries I would run whatever gets you around the track without dumping but be cautious about some of the "great" deals on some of the 4200's out there. They turned out to be a little more volitile than expected.

For your car most racers may overlook the idea that running what your LHS supports (parts wise) is a great way to go. If you need a part you can pick it up, and you would be helping to support the shop/track so you have a place to run.

It sounds like your well on your way though, so go fast and have fun!
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