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Old 12-19-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I decided to finally upgrade from the TC4. There is a big price difference from the 5 to the 5r, whats the difference? Is it worth it to just go with the 5r? Thanks for any suggestions.
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What kind of surface are you running on and what kind of tires are you using?
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Thanks for the reply, I run parking lot races on a high traffic surface. I plan on running some sorex tires with a new car...what kind of sifferences are there between the two models?
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technically i the TC5 is for Foam/carpet (probally comes with a front diff or oneway) and the TC5R is for rubber/asphalt use hence the front spool.
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I went with the regular tc5 because I couldnt really afford the R anyway and hate buying from strangers used but am still interested in the differnce between the two if anyone cares to pipe up. Thanks again.
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Should have gotten the R. Comes with the rubber tire ITF lower and upper deck and the spool. To use your regular TC5 for Rubber I would at least buy the spool and the ITF upper deck. You can also buy the upper deck o-ring set to add some more flex.
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Cool thanks, the upper deck and spool are around $20 each so I could grab those. Are those three things the only changes?
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here's the major differences. I own a original tc5 and last year i ran carpet foams but this year all the guys are running rubber so i've been doing my research.

first off the tc5 only comes with plastic outdrives, which are garbage if your running anything over 13.5. The tc5r and f comes with aluminum ones, big plus.

Also the tc5 has the foam chassis but the softer plastic arms and other plastic bits. Its also comes with two ball diffs. obviously one fornt one rear.

the tc5r comes with a slipper pad spool upfront and ball diff in rear, the soft plastic arms and such and the thinner chassis and top deck.

the tc5f i'm pretty sure comes with the thicker chassis and topdeck(same as tc5) but also comes with the harder arms and plastic bits. Also i'm pretty sure it also has two ball diffs.

but just to confuse things some guys are now running the carpet spec hard plastic arms and such for rubber, so as mentioned a tonne of times b4 it's all personal preference.

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Hey thanks for the great reply. I am going to order the ITF top deck and front spool(not sure what it does though) and see where it takes me...thanks again...
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Hey thanks for the great reply. I am going to order the ITF top deck and front spool(not sure what it does though) and see where it takes me...thanks again...
Make sure you get the slipper spool and not the solid spool. With the solid spool you break a lot of blades.
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Ok, that will work because it comes with the metal outdrives which would eventually break. I will be running on a small parking lot track with a stock brushed motor. Average lap times for us is app. 9 seconds...
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Ok, that will work because it comes with the metal outdrives which would eventually break. I will be running on a small parking lot track with a stock brushed motor. Average lap times for us is app. 9 seconds...
That does sound pretty small. You may be able to use a front diff on a track of that size and not need to the spool. I would ask the fast guys what they are using on the track. Its usually the same from car to car.
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I will do that. Its sad to admit but even though the track is that small, the expert class is around 2 seconds faster than sportsman so Im sure there setup will help a little bit. Thanks for all your help.
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Found this thread while looking for differences in the tc5 and tc5r. Now I know the tc5 is much cheaper but after you upgrade the appropriate parts etc.. isn't just better to get the tc5r? Also will I need to do any more performance upgrades for the below type tracks no bling just performance parts?

Running on large track sometimes dusty but sometimes dusted and sprayed with DHT.

Will also be running on an indoor cement/asphalt track much smaller track sprayed with soda pop and nice a sticky.

Also will be possibly running at a few other local tracks that are not permanent and are hobby parking lot type said to have good traction.

Thanks in advance for any help getting a pan car guy into touring.
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Found this thread while looking for differences in the tc5 and tc5r. Now I know the tc5 is much cheaper but after you upgrade the appropriate parts etc.. isn't just better to get the tc5r? Also will I need to do any more performance upgrades for the below type tracks no bling just performance parts?

Running on large track sometimes dusty but sometimes dusted and sprayed with DHT.

Will also be running on an indoor cement/asphalt track much smaller track sprayed with soda pop and nice a sticky.

Also will be possibly running at a few other local tracks that are not permanent and are hobby parking lot type said to have good traction.

Thanks in advance for any help getting a pan car guy into touring.
If you are only running rubber tires then the R is the way to go. Cheaper then the TC5 + upgrades. If you were ever going to run foam and switch the car out then the TC5 +upgrades would probably be cheaper. Esp if you didn't get the thinner lower deck.
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