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Old 06-23-2008, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default Second Touring Car? Mi3 or Serpent S400

I'm having a dilemma...I currently run a Corally RDX Phi in the carpet stock rubber class...I want to start racing a second car in the mod foam class...Don't know if I should tweak the Corally and make ready for mod or buy the Schumacher Mi3 or new Serpent.....All objective help is GREATLY appreciated!
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:27 AM   #2
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What about the TC5, it's carpet ready and built pretty tough. Great car for mod

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Old 06-24-2008, 05:51 AM   #3
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hb cyclone man!!!!!!!!!!!

or if its only between the 2 you stated then the mi3
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Why not get another Corally so you don't have to carry parts for more than one make?
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Old 06-24-2008, 06:24 AM   #5
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Undoubtly my prefer is japanese cars:Cyclone TC and TRF416, if non-japanese could be: TC5 and T2008.
Between these 2, i prefer more Mi3, due his nice and simplicity in design.
In my opinion S400 is just the copy of 415.

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Why not get another Corally so you don't have to carry parts for more than one make?
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:38 AM   #7
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Serpent S400 is a great car. Only problem is getting parts for it.

Mi3 is really good as well, but parts are the most expensive in the market today.

$14 for a pair of arms...if you got the money its defenitely a good car.

But for carpet you'll probably need one-way for front diff, which the MI3 doesnt come with in the kit, since it comes with a spool upfront. If you're running outdoor asphalt, then the Mi3 is race ready with everything you need for asphalt racing in the kit. But I strongly suggest you get the P-dub hard bumper for the MI3, and the new update driveshafts(alum/steel), at least for the front, and med flex arms. THese 3 items will make the car durable and not prone to breaking and having to speed lots of money on the expensive replacement parts for the Mi3.


Other very good options which have the cheapest parts and available in abundance are these 2 cars:

Losi JRX-S Type R- parts are dirt cheap, and easily available. the Car is great on carpet, and is very tough car out of the box.

AE TC5
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THat's the best option in my opinion...only thing is he probably doesnt want to dish out $480 on another PHI

I say get rid of the PHI and with the money from that get 2 TC5 or 2 TYPE R...lol

cheaper cars and cheaper parts and work very well indeed. Parts are easily available pretty much by all big shops in the USA and abroad.
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I say get rid of the PHI and with the money from that get 2 TYPE R...lol

cheaper cars and cheaper parts and work very well indeed. Parts are easily available pretty much by all big shops in the USA and abroad.
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Having had an MI3 and S400, i can sort of be unbiased

416 all the way lol

Seriously, i could'nt get on with the MI3 at all, found it to be very inconsistent, some laps it would be fine, next it would be pants.

So fancied a change from Schumacher, seeing as ive been driving for them like 8 years now.

Switched to the Serpent, it was pretty good, extremely easy to drive from standared kit setup...too easy infact, no way near the pace of my 416 now.
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Hey SocialRC, If you decide to go with the Mi3, I've got one for sale, basically new in box. The only thing I've assembled are the shocks and put the bulkheads and arms on. Just wanted to admire the design. Let me know, could cut you a good deal.
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Thanks for all the feedback! I agree that the TC5 would also be interesting and agree that parts availability for Serpent sux (but they are cheap atleast)! I also agree that I could simply get another Corally but thats no fun! I used to run Losi and just wasn't impressed. I'm leaning towards the TC5 for the toughness aspect and the Serpent just to be different.....

On another note, I have a PHI that I've only raced a couple times indoors and I'm thinking the car might be too fragile for me. Let me know if anyone has a good trade option...
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Hey Socal,
Would you consider a trade for my Brand new Mi3?
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I raced the Phi today and it was ridiculously dialed in! I'm probably going to hold onto it for a little white..Will keep you posted though if things change!
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I love my S400 but as someone else said above. Its forgiving in a lot of applications which makes it maybe not so great at any one task. Parts supply is still patchy. If you have a PHI I would just drive it. Since it is a very capable car to those who can tune it.
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