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Old 10-10-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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I need some help on what I need to get for racing. It has been about 10 years since I seriously raced and getting back into it with a TC5. I have basic tools and a nice set of allens from AE but I would like to get a nice setup that will get me by for quite some time but at the same time not break my bank like the Much More stuff. I don't want the cheapest but would like it to be effective and reliable. I plan on running brushless so i wont need motor lathes but what is good or a must have now?
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:21 AM   #2
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Forgot to mention I'm looking at spending under $500 on getting my pit fully operational to race equipment wise.
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:39 AM   #3
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Tweak [email protected]$40
Work light.....??? mine was a Ott knock off for $13
piece of lexan for a pit board $20
Hako sodering iron $100
folding kitchen racks...(walmart $8)
camber gauge RPM...$14
ride hieght guage.....??
Caliper...try harbor freight @$20
Bath towel....Ramada donates one once in a while
Battery accessories..discharger/EQ
car stand...$20

Other than the Sodering iron most of the stuff is fairly reasonable to afford...
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Instead of buying a setup board, ride height gauge, camber, and toe gauges, you should look into an inexpensive setup station such as the integy. I put my car on the setup station after every run. This is an extremely valuble tool if you plan on racing. This looks like it will be a nice one when it is released http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXLYV5&P=7. A dremel tool is very handy to have around aswell as shoo goo.
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You probably don't -have- to buy a $100 soldering iron when first getting started.
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You probably don't -have- to buy a $100 soldering iron when first getting started.
What soldering equipment would you reccomend? I bought a weller station a while ago but I can't get it hot enough to solder my battery bars on. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, I don't know. Latley I've been considering that Hakko station. I use one at the local track and it's very nice.
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I've been using a Weller SP40L for years now without any trouble, even for soldering batteries. I'm not saying the Hakko isn't by far superior, but for someone on a budget, it seems like a luxury item. He didn't mention what kind of batteries or motors he'll be using. That can make a difference in how much you solder. I don't even bring mine to the track anymore.
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I have an 80w weller that I have never had an issue soldering packs with. I use a 25w weller for my smaller wires on circuit stuff. Also already got the allens for my kit along with the dremel. I think I just need some advice on chargers, dischargers, equalizers, and setup stations unless I'm forgetting something. Oh yeah a light as well.
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I'm biased due to me still working on other things that require a good iron...very true the high dollar Hako is "not needed" . A $7 weller will work
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I paid around $30 for my 80w weller
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I've had a few differnt irons... I've had the Hakko for a year now.. And I regret wasting time on anything else!
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