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Old 10-28-2009, 09:22 AM   #16
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Bang for buck nothing can go past the Tamiya EVO IV MS at Tamiya USA for only $230 (must live in USA) - http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/ite...oduct-id=58331
Car looks great, is it worth buying that for $248 after taxes or just going with a TB03 off Tower for $170 shipped? Is the regular version EVO 5 worth the extra coin over the TB03? How hard are parts to come by for both cars?
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Car looks great, is it worth buying that for $248 after taxes or just going with a TB03 off Tower for $170 shipped? Is the regular version EVO 5 worth the extra coin over the TB03? How hard are parts to come by for both cars?
I would wait for a TB03R.
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A TB03 is very capable racer for a plastic tub car. Don't spend the extra money for a plate car to bash with. Get the TB03 if you want new or look around for something used. My 2 cents.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:33 AM   #19
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I got a Pro 4 for VTA and forgot how nice a car it was. The EVO V MS is nice too but its $489ish in the states.
Damn, I think my friend got his for $350 shipped from RC Champ.

Pro4's are nice, but never got a chance to own one. I don't know why?
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:09 AM   #20
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Yoke SD or AE TC3... the shaft design went downhill from there. Don't even think of running a Pro4 with a spool at the front.

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Old 10-28-2009, 10:31 AM   #21
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I would wait for a TB03R.
When will they be available?
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:41 AM   #22
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Ofna JL-10E.
Cost effective at only $130 for rolling chassis.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:18 AM   #23
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The Best `LOW COST` Shaft Drive Kit/Car is the HPI Pro 4.
Most of the Hop - Up Parts aren`t expensive and it runs very well.

Second: Tamiya`s TB Evo 5 or (MS). It`s not cheap and the Hop-Ups are cheap also; but it runs very well also.



Lonestar; I run my Pro 4 with a Front Spool and it runs well(with just a very little On Power Understeer).

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Old 10-28-2009, 11:53 AM   #24
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Looking for the best shaft drive on road TC out there and am not sure what is what. I am going to be bashing around my street and culdasac at my house so I am told shaft drive is best for rocks and what not. From what I know there is only a few left I can get new in box. I want to use larger lipos (5000mah or better) as well so they need to be able to fit the chassis. I would like to keep the costs down but I also like to get quality from the start. What do you guys reccomend? Any help is appreciated.
TB-03 for what you are doing. Graphite cars would be overkill.
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I am 90% set on a TB03. My biggest concern is lipo size int he car. I have 1/10 offroads and plan to pick up the 4x4 slash or hyper soon and want to use the same lipo packs. Will the zippy or turnigy 7.4 2s 5000 30c lipos fit? Bigger lipos fit with more mah? I don't want to have to buy lipos for each car.
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Thunder Power 40c 5000mah should fit with no problems. Should be more than you need.

BTW, TB-03R hasn't even been announced so I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.
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Lipo fitment is no issue on the TB03. You can fit anything in there. The battery strap hold down posts can be unscrewed to different heights to compensate for differences in lipo case height. I've used SMC 5200 and Thunderpower 5000 lipos and have plenty of room.

TB03 is a great car. And if you ever want to go and race it, you'll have a car that people hate to admit they got beat by

The sealed drivetrain design is awesome. I recently made a rally car out of a spare TB03 I had....driving it though the dirt, jumping off things, driving down gravel roads and no issues yet....its been really fun to mess with. So driving it on the public streets near your house you won't have any issues.

Its a tough car, you'll enjoy it.
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Well I got an offer for a like brand new in perfect shape FT TC4 with extra springs, body, JR servo, box manuals, parts, sway bars, etc.. for $170 shipped. Should I grab this over a NIB TB03?
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Well I got an offer for a like brand new in perfect shape FT TC4 with extra springs, body, JR servo, box manuals, parts, sway bars, etc.. for $170 shipped. Should I grab this over a NIB TB03?


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TB03 all the way. Not knocking the tc4 they are really nice too, but its a old design. And with it being a FT its brittle...if you plan on bashing you will break a suspension arm. Another thing is that you will eat spur gears up playing with it on a sandy road because its exposed on the tc4.

TB03 will come with a new body, You can choose the body style you want, all the bodies are ultra realistic, awesome sticker sheets if you are into that, very realistic rims and tires that you can use for display or to get you on the road faster, completely enclosed spur gear, a better suspension design, a silver can motor, even if its not a super fast motor its awesome for having fun and very durable.

So 170.00 gets you all this. Then if you wanted to get springs for it for some tuning they are not expensive http://http://www.speedtechrc.com/st...id=619&id=7710

14.99 for the same exact springs a lot of people use on full blown TRF race cars.

As far as the servo goes, you really just need a inexpensive one if you are just playing around...futaba 3001 i believe is the #number for there basic servo.... can be purchased at hobby shops for like 11.00.

Keeping it cheap, you probably have a brushed speed controller laying around that you could use for the time being. If thats not your plan then you would need a brushless system to use no matter what chassis you bought.

Parts support for Tamiya is not a problem. Every hobby shop in America primarily deals with the two largest suppliers in the country for a lot of the stuff they carry. They both stock Tamiya parts, so you can get your local shop to order things you may need no problem in case you don't like to order on the net.

Final thing I'll say about it is that the TB03 is a kit. I think its wise to build the car yourself so that if you ever have the need to replace something, you'll know how to do it. That and maybe its just me, but there is a lot of gratification in building a kit yourself and seeing the finished product drive for the first time
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