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Old 12-04-2007, 10:25 PM   #1
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I have been wanting a touring car to race at my local track, They have a factory team tc4 thats built already, I dont think it includes any electronics, but it has been raced on carpet for 3 weeks and its for sale for $175, is that a good deal?
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Honestly, no. A bit on the high side really. Is this the guy selling it?

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Old 12-04-2007, 11:23 PM   #3
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Lol hahaha I thought it was a bit high too but I am in the market for 1 and my hobby shop is the bomb so I might consider it. And since they discontinued the TC4 They might be hard to find.
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$175 for an FT (double deck chassis) isn't a BAD deal, but it is toward the high end. Depends (and not your buddy above's Depends...) on condition and whether it comes with any parts or not.

Parts will be available for as long as you'll care to run the car. Associated probably does a better job supporting "legacy" products than anyone else in the business. That and they've sold a LOT of these cars so buy a couple RTR or bashers and you've got a nearly unlimited parts supply.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:30 AM   #5
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Don't buy that car. It's a nightmare to work on and adjust. Spend the extra $50 to get a used belt car.
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I agree, pass on the TC4 and look a little harder for a used belt-drive car. You can probably find some XRay '007 for around $200.00, and they are much more durable and competitive.
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I have heard that belt cars are harder to work on? That always seemed to be the case I thought?
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I have heard that belt cars are harder to work on? That always seemed to be the case I thought?
nope i would get a belt car there the best like a corally phi or t2 007 us i have both and like the coraly better spend the extra and get a new corally the pricy but are great
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I've seen xray FK05's with extra parts selling for as low as $150, way better and a ton more durable than the Assoc. Or as other have said you can spend another $50 and pick up a T2 or 007. Not as bulletproof as the 05 but better parts availability.
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Don't bay the TC4 (or any other shaft-driven car ) it's NOT easy to get a good setup,

GO for a belt-car
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I got a Xray T2 w/ a BUTTLOAD of extras that go with it. And an Airtronics '357 servo that comes as well $225 pm me if intrested, if not, sorry for the hijack
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Well what do you guys think of the tc5, I can get a new one at my hobby shop for $349 is that over priced? but I would like to build it myself. how is the tc5 compared to the xray and the others?
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TC 5 ... easy to build and set up . set up depends on your driving needs . very durable and Associated's newest ride ... can go wrong ...
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ok is $349 the price everywhere? so its not like I am gonna find it cheaper anywhere else right? I checked horizon and tower and there the same
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ok is $349 the price everywhere? so its not like I am gonna find it cheaper anywhere else right? I checked horizon and tower and there the same
That's pretty much the price give or take a dollar or two. Your local shop is obviously trying to keep pricing on par with the internet mail order shops, and that's not an easy thing to do these days. A shop like that definitely deserves your support.

You'll enjoy the TC5, everyone I know that has one has been happy.

Some of the belt cars from several years ago might have been a pain to work on, and that's probably where the reputation comes from. My old Corally C4 was so nasty in that regard that I dreaded diff cleaning time... it was nearly an all day job to get the diffs out and then get the car back together... forget trying to do it between rounds on a race day. Breaking a suspension arm was enough to call it a day and go home, even when I had the parts with me.

Today's generation of belt chassis are MUCH easier to work on...
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