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Old 07-16-2008, 04:59 PM   #1
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I'm wondering about what my choices are for a cheap tc that will make a good mod parking lot racer.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:10 PM   #2
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new or used? there are plenty of good choices if you are looking to go used...if you want new look at the cyclone S or TA-05R...you may need to do a little upgrading to both to make them mod worthy but they will work
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:30 PM   #3
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Pretty much any Major brand of a car will be good. Generaly newer cars are better.

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I have XRay cars but they are expensive. I mention this so you won't think I am trying to steer you towards XRay cars. TA05 and Cyclones Ss are good cars but may require some upgrades and I don't know how durable they are without them.

In the top of its line I hear the TC5 by Team Associated is fairly cheap in price and parts compared to other top of their line cars. Now it is also something that should be carried by your local hobby shop where parts availability is no problem.
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Very tough to go past the Schumacher Mi3.5 "Race" edition as a great value for money race car. Worth looking twice at.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:26 PM   #6
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when u say mod, as in just as much power as u can buy to blast down the road? or racing mod?

if the latter, i have to say the words budget and mod are contradiction in terms. but if u just wanna blast down ur street for kix, actually go shaft drive, will place nice in the lot and go faster w/same kit

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tc5, or a second hand tamiya or xray or your best mod tc choices in my opinion.
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Very tough to go past the Schumacher Mi3.5 "Race" edition as a great value for money race car. Worth looking twice at.
and it comes pre-assembled
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I have been racing 2wd off road for a long time now. The on road tracks are a whole lot closer then the off road tracks so I would like to give it a go. I will probly run a 2s2p a123 pack & a mamba 7700 in the car. (same voltage as a 5 cell pack). I would like to be able to take a well prepped roller to the track for under $200 so my best bet is probably a used car since I have heard the tao5 & cyclone s still need a bit of coin invested into them.
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when u say mod, as in just as much power as u can buy to blast down the road? or racing mod?

if the latter, i have to say the words budget and mod are contradiction in terms.
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No offense ~ but if you have to ask, it's most likely outside your budget parameters.
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I have everything I need except a chasis + tires & parts. I would prefer to find a decent durable chasis & have the tires & spares to last me a season then to have a car that will give me one rocket run & leave me broke w/out parts.
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partywagon,

Mod + budget = frustration


I have a guess that you are used to mod dirt. You will find that something like a 13.5 brushless will give you more speed than it ever would on dirt and save you a lot of money while still providing the speed you might want.

If the track/s you are looking at have hobby shops, the best advice is to pick up something local (I'm a corally guy all the way), that the shop supports. This would also help you out a ton for setups and tunning. But before you do that, spend a couple race days at the track and see what everyone else is running. THIS will save you the most money and get you not only on the track faster but keep you there as long as possible.

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TA05! cheap, durable and upgradeable.
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I would prefer to find a decent durable chasis & have the tires & spares to last me a season then to have a car that will give me one rocket run & leave me broke w/out parts.
TC + mod + budget runner + lack of onroad experience = lots of broken parts






... then again, the thought occurs to me than an experienced RCer wouldn't be asking such a thing, let alone making a budget proposal ~ they'd know better
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Budget is not an issue in off road 2wd. You can be very very fast w/ affordable setups. I have no experience w/ on road so I am going to ask questions. However, I know how to use a radio so I believe I can pick up on the driving in a hurry.
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