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Old 03-15-2004, 08:04 PM
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I have some good news and some bad. The bad news is you won't be able to use those batteries from that auction in the TL-01...That chassis ONLY accepts stick-type packs. You can still used those cells from the pack, you'll just need to buy a stick pack building kit.

On the brighter side, one good thing about the TL-01 is the fact that Tamiya runs a nationwide racing series called the TCS (Tamiya Championship Series), and there is a spec class dedicated to beginning racers that uses the TL-01 Chassis. The only upgrades you can do to the chassis are ball bearings, plastic bodied oil filled shocks, and add the TL-01 LA(long arm) a-arms and upper links. It's a great class and a great series.
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:10 PM
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Good point on the batteries. You can't dremel the chassis a bit to make them work?
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:12 PM
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Yes and no. If you do you can't run the chassis in TCS events. The other thing is that with the battery cups, the pack is a little too long in side by side fashion, so you'll have to tape them in. I'd just convert the packs to sticks and be done with it.
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Gary is right, I just looked at the pic. You'll have to re-assemble them to stick packs. Personally, between that and the fact that the charger really isn't very useful ( 2 hr charge time !..yikes ) You'd be better off selling that stuff off and finding some more useful batteries and a charger in the rctech classifieds. Since you're more a less another Florida local, I'd be glad to help. I might even have a spare charger around. If you want new....check out www.promatchracing.com. Pro match is one of the few battery companies still willing to make a quality stick pack battery pack.
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I'm one of a very few Tamiya geeks around here so if you need help with the tl, just e-mail or call
The correct term is "Tamiya-phile", ahthankyouverymuch
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:16 PM
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Thanks guys for the posts! Just like the R6 board I'm a part of! Gotta love the internet!

AWOL, as far as the R6 being twitchy...No so...I raced a 2000...Now have the 2003. It just depended on the front ride height setting / tire / profile choice. Plus, you wouldn't notice this unless you are close to the limits...Then you should be on the track! Uh oh, more $!


The Honda F4 might me a better choice comfort-wise...Less racey ergos...

Good luck!
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:19 PM
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Gary- Your starting to sound like Kevin!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH

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Originally posted by RC Driver Gary
The correct term is "Tamiya-phile", ahthankyouverymuch
Trust a writer for a magazine to be politically correct !!! My humble apologies.
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Originally posted by zracer196
Thanks guys for the posts! Just like the R6 board I'm a part of! Gotta love the internet!

AWOL, as far as the R6 being twitchy...No so...I raced a 2000...Now have the 2003. It just depended on the front ride height setting / tire / profile choice. Plus, you wouldn't notice this unless you are close to the limits...Then you should be on the track! Uh oh, more $!


The Honda F4 might me a better choice comfort-wise...Less racey ergos...

Good luck!
Thanks bro... hitting up newenough.com for gear as we speak. Good luck with RC and have fun with it, don't take it real serious.
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Old 03-15-2004, 08:27 PM
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Sushi Boy, that's hitting below the belt. Better Michellic then Troy though

Evoracer, I am a member of the vast wright-wing conspiracy, so I can't be PC. BTW, pun intended
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Zracer, you've got a PM btw.
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Originally posted by RC Driver Gary

Evoracer, I am a member of the vast wright-wing conspiracy, so I can't be PC. BTW, pun intended
Gary..keep this up and this poor guy will think ALL us Tamiya-philes are a little whacked !!

Then again....you gotta be whatcha gotta be !!!

Zracer...don't let us scare you.....once we get back on our medication, we're much better !!! Except for Gary......he has to maintain that writers' "edge" .
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Originally posted by RC Driver Gary
Better Michellic then Troy
How do I keep getting dragged into your crap, Gary?
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Not you troy, Troy Crabtree
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First off...Go out and have fun with it. After you get the right/left steering figured out...from all perspectives...find out where the local races are and go to a few.

Best scenario would be to find someone that has your make/model of car. I have only seen one person try to race the Subaru Impreza WRC 2001 here in No Cal; so, that may be an issue. Hopefully, you will find someone.

Get a decent battery charger because a cheap one will only be frustrating. I initially started with two batteries to learn; but, that grew to four to race...Now it's eight.

My initial cost for a RTR on-road car with batteries, charger and a few tools was $500. Could have likely done the same thing on eBay for used equipment for about $300-350.

I am a retired SCCA formula car driver/instructor and find r/c on-road to be a gas...And a safe one at that.

Good luck.
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