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Old 10-22-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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I am considering picking up a budget carpet racing setup for the winter for some every - other - weekend racing.

I don't need or want to get the latest and greatest so I can break the bank, just something that can still pass a few in the stock or 19T class.

Right now I am looking at the following vehicles since they can be had cheap and I am thinking they are still competitive at the club level:

1. Associated TC3
2. Associated TC4
3. Losi XXX-S G+ (not really sure on this one)
4. HPI Pro 4 (discontinued now I guess)
5. Xray whatever (older models)

I am leaning towards a TC3 since parts are still plentiful as well as upgrades, and having one previously I kind of know what to expect. Not sure how much of a difference there is between the TC3 and TC4.

I may also pickup a beater vehicle for my daughter to run too if I have her with for races.

Thoughts?
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:42 PM   #2
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From that list I would suggest the XXS G+ from losi. It has good steering pretty durable and handles great.

Another car to consider would be the HB cyclone S. It pretty much has the same suspension as the Standard HB with a tub chasis.
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Honestly, I think your best bet would to buy used. You can pick up a RDX or T2 in the for sale section fairly cheap. The cars you listed are fine but some what dated. Just scan through the sale thread and look for clean cars from members with lots of positive feedback.
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:31 PM   #4
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Alot of guys seam to like the TC4 ,TC3 or xxxs Graphite All 3 have tons of parts available online.
Go to the local track and see what others in your situation are doing.
That way if you break a part that you don't have maybe the other guy will have it.
Because most likely the local hobby store will be stocking tc5 and type R parts.
which some items are interchangeable from generation to gen.
baised on your sig you are a offroad gas guy looking to have some fun for the winter?
I would suggest going brushless it is less maintance and the maintance schedule of a brushed motor maybe overwhelming for you. check with your local track that you will be running at and see what is a legal bl motor to run most likely it will be a 13.5 like the novak, LRP or Orion

good luck and have fun
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For around $100-150...you should be able to find some nicely used but with plenty of options on it LOSI XXXSG+ around..........what a great car, with some standard setting car is just as fast as the current model. Of course, you are talking about BUDGET here....LOSI still has parts for this car and plenty of LHS support that one...

Yeah, TC3 or 4 are your other options........forget abotu Corally Xray or others...parts are more $$$..not really budget friendly. (again, I am talking about BUDGET BUDGET here...)
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XXX-S or TC4
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:18 PM   #7
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I run the hpi pro4 and I can say that it is a good car just not one with overly abudent part avalibility. Although the only thing you break, or atleast I break are the c hubs and steering blocks...
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:25 PM   #8
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Pro4 Hara edition @ my lhs for $199 + tax.....thats pretty budget
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I would take the pro-4 or the xxx-s.
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:32 PM   #10
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TC3 you should be able to find a roller for about $50-70 and they will still be fast on carpet in stock and 19 turn. They do take some messaging to get the most out of them but they are a very stable and durable car. I loved my TC3 but hated my TC4.
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The tamiya tao5 is a great car and its only 150 for the regular version. Its getting popular down here in Omaha.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:54 PM   #12
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the best deal i saw for a budjet team car was the factory team tc4 could be bought right form ae for 199. pick up a esc like a novak xrs (15t limet) decent radio for around 80$ and u really only need 3 or 4 packs and a charger. you can make a home made discharge tray as well. you can get a decent club level competive package pretty cheap. (sorry for spleeing erros)


so lets add it up

car-----200
charger-70
batts---60
radio---80
misc---40

so around 450$ for a decent set up. now remeber its better to buy quality stuff the first time around insted of having to upgrade later wich will cost you more money. also go to ur local race and see what peopel there are running. ask questions and get to know the people
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I would just look to find something that some one at your local track is saling. Odds are one of the fast guys has last years esc/motor/roller and cars don't get messed up on carpet.
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The tamiya tao5 is a great car and its only 150 for the regular version. Its getting popular down here in Omaha.
I picked up the TA05-R for $239. It's loaded with all the trick "Blue Stuff" and TRF shocks.

I built it right out of the box and it was dialed. the only set-up change was I used 60wt oil in the shocks up front.

The Car is DIALED for the money. Best Money I've ever spent. IMO
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I picked up the TA05-R for $239. It's loaded with all the trick "Blue Stuff" and TRF shocks.

I built it right out of the box and it was dialed. the only set-up change was I used 60wt oil in the shocks up front.

The Car is DIALED for the money. Best Money I've ever spent. IMO
I have to agree. The TA-05 TA-05R is the cheepest and best budget class car that I have seen anyware. The Tamiya suspension is VERY tough ,alot tougher then the TC3 TC4 XXXS-G .The Tc3,Tc4 are ok but break suspension parts alot. The XXXS-G is prone to breaking belts and chassis .
The JRXR,JRXR-S is a totaly different car and I would consider also.

I race Xray T1,T2,T2r,T2-007 all are fast and all cost a Bunch But I have spent less in repairs due to the high Quality of Xrays stuff.

Finaly: My LHS has alot of Tamiya and Xray parts so it is cheeper for me to go with Xray in the long run.(I break less)
PS: I still race my trusty TA-05 that I got for just $100.00 used but loaded
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