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Recommendation for a Solid Beginner Car

Old 06-13-2010, 09:17 AM
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:11 AM
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Its hard to beat the Tamiya ta-05 for a begginer tc. Its cheap, punches well above its weight and its ccomon so you should have help getting the car to work.

Of note most cheaper versions of top tc's are not worth the small difference in price for much lower spec gear.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by oldpugva View Post
Thanks Dave. You are the first person to dissuade the TC5. I have been looking at it and it is a complex platform for a beginner.

I think the TC4 is the way to go. Start with stock and then move on up or just get another platform for mod.

Thanks to everyone for the information!!
Although i have owned my fair share of other cars, i am a diehard AE fan. I had hoped for more with the Tc5. To this day i still use a heavily modified version of the Tc3/Tc4, and do fairly well with it. Im still cutting teeth on the whole brushless/LiPo tech, and that wonderful Tekin RS... but having a 'simple' car makes it that much easier to put it down and do well.

I definitely agree you would be better off with another car for modified class, if that is something you do decide to get into (17.5 is pretty dang quick for what it is). CF chassis with aluminum bulkhead designs are more consistent and handle the added power much better. Notice however, i didnt say i thought the belt drive was better. Just the general design and materials used.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:13 PM
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The Tamiya TA05 is in my opinion the best entry/intermediate chassis available.
Can be raced stock and as ability increases can be updated to a more serious racer with plenty of option parts avaible from both Tamiya and teh aftermarket brands.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:15 PM
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You've got a whole bunch of suggestions on the cars already. I'm sure you're scratching your head as to which exact one to get. I would suggest looking into parts availability in making your decision. If you live in the US, then Associated would be the best bet, because parts are easy to find, and most importantly cheaper, compared to an Xray or HB. If you live in Europe, then Xray might be a better bet.
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