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Old 11-10-2008, 10:05 PM   #1
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I am running in a 540 Pro class, currently with a ta05 and i thought it was time to upgrade. I considered buying hop up parts for the ta05, like alloy and carbon fibre parts, but i decided it would be throwing money away.

On a tight budget and i was looking at the following cars (both are 2nd hand and in very good cond) I will give you prices in both Australian and US dollars, but exchange rate is terrible for us atm. These are both rollers and i already have all electrics.

Schumacher Mi2ec - (AU$150 or US$100 roughly) Comes with the following spares: Tyres, wheels, c-hubs, hubs, driveshafts, shaft blades, belts, pivot balls, springs, swaybars, body posts, carbon fibre set up shims.


TAMIYA TRF415 MRE - (AU$300 or US$200 roughly) Comes with 19 turn Komodo motor by Brood, some spare belts and some different sway bars.


Which would be the better car and value for money????? Or is there anything else that would be around the US$200 mark as i dont want to spend much over that. This is just for racing at my local club so there to have fun but i still want to win

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I have both cars... The tamiya is better overall car
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:12 AM   #4
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Between these 2, i think MRE is better. As i know, not only in Brazil, also in our zone which 415 is competitive in silver can races.
But i hope you could find more choice, how about if you could find some shaft drive cars, which has more advantage, ex:TBEVO5 or MS.
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Get the one who has better support (in parts and setup) in your area
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Having used my trf415msxx for the first time on sunday I think you know what my answer is going to be

I had no problems with the car all day, it performed flawlessly.
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I was in almost the exact same situation a month ago. I bought a used Mi2EC and enough spares (from a couple different sellers) to more than build an entire spare car. I've got about $160 in all of it and the car is an amazing performance upgrade from the TA05. I'm running 13.5 though, so the differences may be more obvious.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:10 PM   #8
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What are the rules for the 540 pro class? What surface are your races run on?

If the class has a reasonably high minimum weight, and the motors aren't too powerful, and the traction is not too high, then you won't necessarily get a significant performance gain from abandoning the TA05. This assumes you are comfortable exploring setup changes on the TA05 to make it work better for you.

Moving to a new car does give you a new place to start from in exploring setups, and that might help you find something.
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TT-01, thats all you'll ever need for 540. That or a shoebox with wheels, depends what parts you can get easier.
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TB03. shaft drive. more efficient and no worries bout tq steer with the low power motor

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relatively new to the whole onroad thing, so setup wise i really dont know much. And i dont have a setup board either. 540 rules, well its a VORTEC class, rules are about as simple as silver 540 can motor and rubber tyres. And we run on some netball courts so asphalt and its not the smoothest surface in the world. And it would be good to have a decent car if i decided to move outside of 540 class.
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... 540 rules, well its a VORTEC class, rules are about as simple as silver 540 can motor and rubber tyres. ...
Sounds like there is no minimum weight for the class. If so, the lighter cars you are considering will have a performance advantage over the TA-05. The main thing is, be sure to have fun with whatever you get.
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Sorry there is a minimum weight, but the ta05 is over that straight away. One of the guys has 415 at my track and with a lipo in the car he has to add weights to get the minimum limit, which means you cna get the weight where you want it.
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For those that dont know, 540 Pro is pretty much any chassis and unrestricted gearing and must use a mabuchi/johnson 540 silver can motor. Weight limit of 1500 grams w/o transponder.

Im happy with my 415. very easy car to setup. Ive never had a car this good before. And parts are pretty easy to get which is good. The hot bodies cyclone S would be another good car to look at. That would be just as competitive as the others up to the 19t class i believe.


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