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Old 07-19-2007, 09:03 PM   #1
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Default Whats the benefits and drawbacks of aluminum, Titanium and composite parts?

Can someone explain these for me? And can someone suggest what parts i should get for each one.
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What car? Aluminum is soft and Ti is spensive.

Most fast guys just run the stock composite.
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Aluminum can bend and you don't realize it, therefore messing up you set-up. The advantage of course being that it doesn't really break, so that's why it's used by bashers mostly.

The reason why most racers use the stock composite parts is that they don't bend, they break, so you don't have to figure out what bent aluminum part is causing tweak for example; you just swap the broken part with a new one.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:03 AM   #5
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Oops i forgot graphite too. This is for a tc3. But parts like the aluminum vs graphite vs composite battery strap for instance. which one is lighter? do i want strength with that part or can i go light? basically i would like to know which one of these is the lightest and which one is the stongest.
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Parts sold by RC car manufacturers and hop-up specialists will always do the job. You pick the one you want by using Keith Bontrager's (MTB pioneer and bike designer) motto...

Strong, light, cheap - pick two.

...which will make every engineer on here smile, and say "how true."

Decide which two you want, and buy accordingly. As long as the part is made by someone who says it will do the job, it will do the job.

Aluminum - light and cheap
Titanium - strong and light
Composite - can be strong and cheap (glass fibre), or strong and light (carbon fibre)
Steel - strong and cheap

See what Keith means?!!!

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Old 07-22-2007, 08:21 PM   #7
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Im looking for suggestions on what i parts i should get aluminum. Parts i should get graphite. Parts that i should get titanium or parts i should just leave composite. Im looking for light for parts that don't need to be strong and strength for parts that need it and so on. Example is the battery strap should i get Aluminum, Graphite, Or should i leave it composite?
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Just leave everything on the car the way it was designed. An aluminum battery strap would hold tweak, so a graphite or composite one would probably be better. On a TC3, the parts are molded graphite composites, and probably shouldn't be changed to any aluminum parts.
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