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Old 03-25-2004, 07:27 AM   #1
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I have just purchased my first on road car. I bought a TC3 kit. I have been in off road for a while now running a B4. I would like to know what you would suggest I buy before I go race. Are there hop-ups that I need right away??

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What model did you buy?

How competitive is the place you are racing?

If you bought a FTTC3 I think you pretty much get all the hopups right out of the box that associated makes. Only thing I can think of in that case is probably going with an aftermarket chassis like the BMI or Warpspeed one. From what I hear this would be excellent for carpet running as it is super stiff.
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So far the best thing I have bought for my Racer kit is the threaded shock bodies.....so much easier to tune than using the clips.
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I am actually liking using the regular shocks instead of the FT threaded ones. but then again I use RPM clips which are alot easier to remove.

You may also want to get some new body clips. The ones that associated includes ( believe its the same for the FTTC3 ) are really only made for the battery slots. They are too skinny for the body mounts. I actually like Losi's as they are beefier.
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I bought the TC3 Racer Kit #3011 Dodge Stratus. It is not the Team kit.

Anything else besides threaded shock bodies? Do most people use the composite MIP CVD's or change to the blue aluminum?

I will be racing at Cleveland Carpet Racing. I may also do some racing in Columbus, OH at CORCAR (asphalt racing).

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I have just purchased my first on road car. I bought a TC3 kit. I have been in off road for a while now running a B4. I would like to know what you would suggest I buy before I go race. Are there hop-ups that I need right away??

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For a start, I would recommend the following;

1) RPM wide front bumper
2) MIP shiny CVD's up front. Composite is fine for the rear.
3) BRP rear nerf wings
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The BRP stuff will work well. Though the nerf wings don't seem to extend as far as they used to. I have a set and they are kind of short.

I haven't had a problem with my composite CVDs. The are pretty cheap to replace too. ( 10 bucks for 4 ). I would just keep running them and spend the money on other areas.

You may want to seriously consider a BMI chassis for racing on carpet or some other stiff chassis ( BMI seems to be the cheapest ).

From what I have heard, these will make a great improvement in the handling of the vehicle on carpet. You also get to get them in pretty cool colors too.

Maybe ball bearings for the steering as well. What class will you be running in?
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OK so right now I have a list of:

(1) threaded shock bodies
(2) RPM front bumper
(3) MIP CVD's in front
(4) Nerf wings


(5) eventually a new BMI chassis

Anything else?

P.S. Does anyone have any of these parts that they would like to sell?
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for your list you may want to put shiny CVDs up front if that is what you are going with, I believe the Racer comes with composite CVDs all around?

You may want to look into the BRP rear bumper. I think that this may better protect the wheels if you happen to spin to a corner and hit the wall at the rear wheels. I am considering getting one again ( had a TC3 before ).

I would also get the following:

1. Titanium turnbuckles ( I like Lunsford better )
2. RPM ballcups
3. Extra arms, steering blocks, knuckles, etc


What electrics are you going to be running?
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IMO the schumacher ball cups are a whole lot better than the RPM ones. Stronger and dont have clearance issues with tires.
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Haven't had any clearance issues with my ball cups. I shattered one of my Associated cups yesterday, the RPMs just stay on and don't shatter.
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the clearance issues are with tires that are 28mm and up (foams)
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IMHO the brp nerf wings just dont last too long, one good hit and they are done. Now this may be slightly biased but the nerf wings from www.superdavegl.com, are pretty much unbreakable, I have had mine for quite some time and they still look like the day I got them .
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