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Old 06-30-2009, 10:13 AM   #1
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What are the pros vs cons of this car? What are the worst and best thing about these cars? I think I read some where the shocks are junk? Try to compare it to an Xray T2'008EU..


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Are you planning to run foam or rubber? If rubber then make sure you get the TC5R.

TC5 is a competitive car where the parts are usually cheaper and easier to get. There are a ton of aftermarket parts for the car and it will be around a long time. The shocks aren't as nice as others but they will work just fine. The wheel bearing have a tendency to go bad.
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Planning to run rubber sorry... I found a TC5R in new condition for $250 so I'm debating on it...

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The best thing about the TC5, is that it has a much larger parts support. And it's one of the most common cars you'll see on the track. So, getting setup tips, and possible spare parts should be easier.

As far as the shocks go. I've not heard anything bad about them. Though, I did see one guy use Tamiya shocks on their TC5.
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Why did they use tamiya shocks?

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tamiya shocks are just so much more reliable and smooth, mine are 3 years old and still as smooth as the day i bought them, change the oil occasionally and they will last forever
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So can the TC5 hang with the Xray boys? Once I become competitive?
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So can the TC5 hang with the Xray boys? Once I become competitive?
Any car can win at any given race, TC5's finished 2nd and 3rd at this years REEDY and xray 5th and 6th, What does that tell you?? Only that neither of them won.

Best thing is to get the car that you can get parts for and setup help AT THE TRACK for, because you can't ask the internet for advice at the track!
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If you know how to drive it.
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Tc5R - easier to get parts, cheaper parts, and fairly cheap all together and NO one runs these at my track...

xray - hard to get parts for, expensive parts, has alot of guys running them at the track. and are expensive alltogether


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Looks like a tough choice but in your position I would pick the xray so you can get the help. Plus if there are lots of xrays and you are in desperate need of a spare one of those folks may have one.
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I'm new to driving onroad soI'm going to break somthing... Decisions Decisions...

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For the love of mike! Just buy the damn XRAY, and don't look back.
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calm down calm down.... lol

I just want to make the RIGHT decision...

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The TC5R can be just as competitve as the Xray, or any other well setup car for that matter, but as with everything in life, there are Pro's and Con's to everything.

Yes, the Xray and parts are expensive compared to the TC5 and parts, but if you want parts to fit almost 100% of the time right out of the box w/o any clearance issues, and you wants parts that are more durable, get the Xray. Nobody can claim the Associated quality is above Xray, period. This argument goes on all the time here on RCTech. It is like a Ford compared to a BMW. Both have similar HP, weight, and features, but the quality and craftsmenship are readily apparent anywhere on the Xray over the Associated car.

The things I hated about my TC5 was the 6x10x3mm wheel bearing. These are very thin bearings. While they save unsprung weight, they are not very durable, so go to Avidrc.com and buy about 40-wheel bearings, you'll need them at some point. The plastic is more durable than the TC3/TC4 days, but the C-Hubs, Rear Hubs, and Steering blocks still break much easier than Xray. Also, the front and rear arms don't break easy, but the hing pin holes wallow out fairly quick, which leads to sloppy suspension and constantly changing suspension settings on the track.

The car is fast, it will work, just not as good in the durability area. We too have more Xrays at our track over TC5's, despite the fact that the hobby shop stocks more TC5 parts than Xray, and despite the cost of the car.
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