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Old 05-28-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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Ok is this a good deal. . . . .

Being new to the on-road side of things and not having raced off-road for 12 years I'm a bit behind on what consitutes good value so here's the question.

I've be offered the chance to buy 2 New TA04 TRF's for $800 Nz dollars and not having been it the game for ages I have no idea if this is good value but to give you all some idea that would be approx $496 USD or $248 USD each? Good value or not?

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thats about right.. TA04-TRFs are rare here now.. its been out for sometime now.. but sounds about right. you can have one a primary car and use the other one as parts. btw. buy a car already! and get ready to have some fun.
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i suggest you do a little research on the cars first. i've had 2 tao4's. one was the type r, the other was the trf. apparently, the type r handles much better. plus, you can use side by side packs. as for the trf, you can only use stick packs.. just gauge it.. it's agood deal.. but think in long term... you would'd want to getr dissapointed on your investment..
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i suggest you do a little research on the cars first. i've had 2 tao4's. one was the type r, the other was the trf. apparently, the type r handles much better.

Handling aside are they up to competing in Stock 540 class as far as outright speed goes?
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Well the price isnt too bad although I dont think they are in demand anymore.... but do you really want a TA04? Its not state of the art by any means and while it will work fine you are giving up a lot to the latest XRays, Pro 4's etc. In the Tamiya line up 414 or 415 or the EVO series are better race cars IMHO. For that price you can buy one of the state of the art cars and a bunch of spares parts....
I am currently running the new Schumacher MI2 with good results... and I know its supported in AUS. Might want to give it a look

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[B]Well the price isnt too bad although I dont think they are in demand anymore.... but do you really want a TA04? ]
It's not so much a matter of do I really want but a matter of what I can afford for the same money I can also get an Xray Factory kit with spare A arms and c-hubs. But with this Tamiya deal i can get a whole car for spares. But it is as you said!
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I would buy the XRAY factory kit in a heart beat... I know you will be happier than with the TA04's.....
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if i were you id get a new up to date technology car like ottoman stated
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mabuchi: i hate to say it.. but if your competing in stock 540, the tao4 doesn't stand a chance against the other kits. i've sold all my tamiya kits. the handling was never really a problem for me. it's the speed!! i still can't figure out why i was running slow. but when i switched to a losi xxx-s g+, i tq'd, and won my first stock race with it. all in all, it's still your decision....


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Xray factory is indeed a great car after all.. My buddy and I tested his new xray fatory in the track.. For the first 3 laps I dominate over xray but on the last lap I lost it. Maybe its on the set-up and gearing.. Considering that were both new to run on the said track. Im running a factory team TC3 against his factory XRAY. almost 2 or 3 feet away is the best distance that I can left the xray in straight... FACTORY XRAY is indeed a competitive car out there...
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Mabuchi - a friend of mine has a TA-04 for sale for $125 U.S. with, according to him, "all the hop-ups." I know it's got the carbon upper deck, but I don't know what other hop-ups are on there.

Check out the "for sale" section at our track's website at http://www.rcsraceway.com

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Mabuchi : according to the fact that you'll run mabuchi motors and 1500 stick packs, the TA04 TRF is a great car for you. You can't either go wrong with the TB02 (maybe even better suited for you) even if it has less options out of the box.

The TA04 is NOT a slow car it you take care of it (I saw a bunch of Losi's drivetrains, what a joke), it handles very well and top speed is good, not the best but ok. It's not a state of the ar chassis like the 415 and others T1 FK, but as it has been pointed out in another thread, there's no point in spending that much money in a car to use mabuchis and 1500 unmatched sticks in it...
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Old 05-29-2004, 11:16 PM   #15
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Default Thanks all for the comments....

I agree with the previous posts comments but I guess my main concern is not being blown in the weeds in a straight line (driver skill not withstanding).

It's my job to get it around the twisty bits but I'd hate to be beaten by a purely more efficient chassis in the hands of a less skilled but richer driver (whatever my level is of course).

Hope all that makes sense.
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