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Old 01-20-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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I just got this and I need some input from the onroad pros cause its a new deal for me. I mostly play with offroad stuff so im having some issues getting this setup.
My first question is anyone know what all one has to buy to switch it over to the tc4? I know probaly cheaper to buy one but im my situation I was thinking pick up some parts here and there as I can, money is pretty tight right now.
Now I broke one of my front arms(actually my wife did lol) so think I read the tc4 arms are interchangable? The part numbers are different why I ask.
My first time out I had a set of imex street tires and in like one run they were bald in the front! I am just playing in a smooth parking lot, dont race and all that so I picked up a set of HPI x patterns pro rubber but on the outting with those the car was much looser then before, it used to slide while turning hence the tires going bald so fast. You can check the vids and see what its doing with x patterns and maybe can give some pointers from that.
Anything else I can tell ya please tell me and thanks for any help guys
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To be very honest, Your not racing and your playing in the street. Dont waste your money trying to convert from TC3 to TC4, there are minor changes that may or may not improve handling and on the street alone or with some budies you will likely never appreciat the changes.

For bashing you should spend your cash on better battery(i see u already run lipo), faster motor(brushless) and tires. Sorex 28r is a very popular onroad race tire. And it offers lots of grip. HPI does not make a tire that any racers are using. Racers want grip and that is found in sorex,jaco,takeoff for the most part.
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PS: I see your in cali, so your street temps could rise in the warmer months.. (do you ever get cold weather down there? LOL) So Sorex 32r and 36r maybe more suited on hot days

Also a better body will give you the downforce you need for high speed pavement runs. Look to Protoform proline for bodies.
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HI
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Well on the swap I was mostly looking at parts availibility, know this is a older rig now and cruising tower they dont have alot it seems compared to the tc4.
As for the weather right now its been in the 60's during the day but yea once summer comes it will heat up alot more and I usually wont go out on the really hot days anyway, usually go in the evening once its cooled off.
Got any links for the tires?
I actually listed the speedo and motor in here yesterday then next week plan on a sidewinder system.
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http://www.teamsorexusa.com/

These guys are distribute both sorex and takeoff
http://www.aps-racing.net/
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From the expert drivers I know. The TC3 is still one of the best cars around. There is no need to spend money converting it into a TC4.
I would suggest going Brushless, because from what I can see, you already have Spekrum and LiPo in your car.
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Yup its in the works, going for the sidewinder 5700 combo.
Now what about setting, springs camber caster and all that? I plan to purchase the tools for setting this stuff Rpm seems to have it all but a good starting point would be great. The parking lot is not rough as you can see in the newest pics I took. So far I know I need different tires I guess.
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Take a look at some of on-road setup's from the AE website, they'll get you hooked up. The tires recommended above will also help a lot. Your motor/esc combo look like they make the car fly out there!


Nice job on that Viper body!
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ok will do. With adding bl is their any upgrades to look into? Gonna order some parts this weekend and like to know before if so.
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Get the XXXMain chassis setup guide book. It has a wealth of great setup information.
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+1 on the XXX guide. Martin Chrisp wrote a very good book on TC setup.



For going to BL you may need:
-smaller spur gear
-larger pinion
-fan kit installed on the right side of the chassis next to the motor for extra cooling

I have not run the tc3 in years so i cannot recomend gear ratios, but as said above the tc3 was a very good car and the tc4 was passed up by most running the tc3 as most felt it was not enough change and after years of massaging and blueprinting tc3s many stuck with the tc3. Again for what your doing your going to get the same results(FUN) wether you run a TC5 or a tamiya tlo1, retarded power and battery and good tires is all you need for outdoor fun like your having.
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ok will do. With adding bl is their any upgrades to look into? Gonna order some parts this weekend and like to know before if so.
THanks again.
FT Blue anodized threaded shock set. It's much better than those clips.
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Yea got a set on my list already, I upgraded the fronts already just gotta get the rears done.
How about the diffs and cvds, will they hold up to bl power ok? im using gold and silver springs as well, been told I want the car stiff, true?
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Motor shouldn't be a problem. It's more or less on how hard you plan on hitting the boards. Keep your bones cvd. They'll flex under stress, and are cheep to replace. Diffs are about driving style .ie, One-ways, spools and solid axles. Most driver just use normal diffs.
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Ok thanks. How about my springs? Ones i have ok?
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