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Old 06-01-2004, 02:41 AM   #31
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I think you need to give Hobby Direct another go. Whatever you do you will need to use him at some stage as he has the largest range of Radio Control Car products in New Zealand.
The Associated order is coming in the next few days. I run a TC3 my self and it is the best car I have ever driven.

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Darren, he's in Palmy.

1. The X-Ray is probably the best choice due to being very robust. probably a good thing til you get up to speed on how to drive a touring car.

2. The Losi wasn't too bad as far as breaking bits went. I think I only tore a few things off my G+ after quite major crashes racing modified, nothing just "broke" on it's own. The front bumper was quite adequate at protecting the car. The new owner of my old car uses a "Matt Francis" gear adapter to allow him to run spur gears small enough to compete in 540 stock. I'll be able to see how my new car compares to my old one soon hopefully(If I can get off my arse and fit my radio gear to it)

The kit tyres for the G+ are a "Pink dot" slick and are still sitting on my bench unused, along with the kit inserts they came with.
I only used the kit wheels to mount some Yokomo 138's/inserts on.

Depending on where you plan to use the car, the kit tyres(whichever car you choose)may or may not be suitable so you'll quite likely end up having to buy some.
Cheers for that dude that's one thing I need to know, so for sure if it's the Losi I get I'd need an adaptor to get a competitive ratio out of that car.

And for strength (I don't argue in the slightest about the getting used to it part after all it has been 12 years) an Xray.

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Old 06-01-2004, 02:44 AM   #33
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I think you need to give Hobby Direct another go. Whatever you do you will need to use him at some stage as he has the largest range of Radio Control Car products in New Zealand.
The Associated order is coming in the next few days. I run a TC3 my self and it is the best car I have ever driven.

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but it's hard to argue with $1000 NZ for two Losi with 2 sets of take-off tires included from Aussie. When ya bro lives half an hour away from the biggest model shop in Melbourne. But that said if a local shop could equal that sort of deal I would buy in NZ in a heart beat.
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:17 AM   #34
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I think with the NZ/US exchange rate as good as it has been over the last 6 months you can pick up 2 new Losi's or Associated for alot less than that.
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:21 AM   #35
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There's no reason to buy two cars, unless you are going to race two of them. One kit for spares might be needed in a third world country but certainly not here.

One kit with a supply of parts like arms, springs, shock oils, hubs/carriers, Hingepins, Drivetrain parts, small fasteners etc would be normal which if bought here will be well under $1K and leave room for other goodies like tyres and shells.

Personally I'd be rethinking your plan but thats just me.
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I think with the NZ/US exchange rate as good as it has been over the last 6 months you can pick up 2 new Losi's or Associated for alot less than that.

I'm talking Australian money and not having to pay postage or gst or import duty and getting the 8 tires included for less than the cost of two kits alone here.
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:26 AM   #37
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There's no reason to buy two cars.
One car with a supply of parts(generally arms, hubs, Hingepins, small fasteners etc) which if bought here will be well under $1K.

Personally I'd be rethinking your plan but thats just me.
The only part I never broke was the part I had. Hell once at the Palmy off road track back in the day after what appeared to be a tiny nudge I snapped corally suspension arms.

but the important factor is I don't KNOW what parts to get not having raced onroad before and if i don't have the part at hand I'm sure the volunteers offering whatever part it is i need wont exactly be beating a path to my door and if they do they will want paying for it. :P
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Old 06-01-2004, 03:39 AM   #38
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There's no reason to buy two cars, unless you are going to race two of them. One kit for spares might be needed in a third world country but certainly not here.

One kit with a supply of parts like arms, springs, shock oils, hubs/carriers, Hingepins, Drivetrain parts, small fasteners etc would be normal which if bought here will be well under $1K and leave room for other goodies like tyres and shells.

Personally I'd be rethinking your plan but thats just me.
Look at it this way as far as model shops go the manawatu is the third world and i don't have a credit card to just phone up for a part if/when I break it so i need to cover as many bases as possible from the start and the best way to do that is two kits.

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It's your money but I think you're wasting it if you got two kits.

Buy the X Ray car, it's less likely to break and as you said, you can only afford one of them. Just buy some belts, body posts, arms/hub carriers, a bodyshell and possibly some replacement tyres.

If you're thinking about racing in Welly, Take off CS27's are good in stock.
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It's your money but I think you're wasting it if you got two kits.
Maybe maybe not but have you ever had to stop racing during a day because you didn't have the part you needed.

As for welly I might be coming to have a look this weekend if the palmy guys come down.
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The list is Schumacer MI2, Losi xxx-s, Xray Factory (the only one I can't afford two of) and TA04 TRF cars.
Schumacher will come out with new car soon, they come out with new one every year, and sometimes they take big step back with it. Losi is (I've heard) coming out with new car, and AE. The X-ray is updated every year and Tamiya has come out with 3 top cars in just one year.
Buy whatever you want. They're all good cars. It really depends on the driver, that is you, who'll be the best for you.
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Mabuchi540 - I agree with Simon K, if you buy two kits you'll be left with spare parts that you'll never break. Buying one kit and spares is going to be way cheaper then dropping the cash for two kits. Remember the spare kit will only have a max of 2-4 spare parts(each) and it would probabely be cheaper to buy one kits and spares of the things that break. Buying two kits would be a waist of money imo.
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Mabuchi540 - I agree with Simon K, if you buy two kits you'll be left with spare parts that you'll never break. Buying one kit and spares is going to be way cheaper then dropping the cash for two kits. Remember the spare kit will only have a max of 2-4 spare parts(each) and it would probabely be cheaper to buy one kits and spares of the things that break. Buying two kits would be a waist of money imo.
Well ok then going on that assumption what spares would you spend your money if you were racing 540 stock with 1500 unmatched batteries (if you already had plenty of those) and the money for spares was enough to buy a whole kit?
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It depends on the car, if you post in the losi, tc3, schumacher and xray threads you will have your answer. In other words, I have no idea, I drive a pivot ball car.
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Have to agree that buying 2 cars is overkill. Buy your kit, with c-hubs, a-arms, some body posts, various springs, maybe a set of CVD's (if your kit comes with them) and some body posts. With a 540 and 1500's, you're not going to be hitting things THAT hard.

As well, pick up a few extra 540's - you stand a better chance of getting a good one that way.

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