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Old 08-22-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Looking at the TA05-VII, TB03, TB03R. Any opinions on which would be good all around car- parking lot and carpet combo. Are the tamiya cars good racers in stock form? Will they require alot of options to be competitive at club level? Sticking with brand new and want to keep total cost of car under 250.00 (inc. body and tires)
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Tamiya makes great kits that are just fine for racing in the club class. Parts are readily available and reasonably priced. There are also a lot of upgrade options. A lot of people at my track run the TA05 and love them. They are very competitive. If you're interested in something shaft driven, Tamiya USA has TB Evolution IV's discounted to $230 dollars. I love mine and it has served me well.

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since the evo IV is discontinued, will I have a hard time getting parts?
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The TA05 v2 is the best car out of the three. But it's way over your budget. The only way you'll get a car like this, under cost is to buy it used, or on EBay. Not to meantion the cost of the electronics, motor and battery. If you plan on racing, be ready to spend a lot of money, because this hobby is expensive.
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since the evo IV is discontinued, will I have a hard time getting parts?
Nope, not at all. Most of the parts are used on other Tamiya models.
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The TA05 v2 is the best car out of the three. But it's way over your budget. The only way you'll get a car like this, under cost is to buy it used, or on EBay. Not to meantion the cost of the electronics, motor and battery. If you plan on racing, be ready to spend a lot of money, because this hobby is expensive.
I already have everything i need from other cars. I was just looking into going on-road after several years of off road. So the 250.00 limit I set was just for the car. Will I have to upgrade it heavily or will it do pretty good out of the box? I was planning the 17.5 class.
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I had a similar budget when I was getting into touring cars. If I could do it all over again, I would have went this route: http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...ic-Touring-Car It is a little over your budget but, I think it would be well worth it. I have heard nothing but glowing remarks from those that have X-Ray cars. This is a cost effective way to getting into that brand.
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If you have the money, upgrading Tamiya cars are always worth it, but not necessary. The kits are good out of the box.
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With that budget you should be able to get a second-hand Xray T2 '009. Xray is one of the best performance-wise and durability-wise.
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I would definitely go for an xray t3r. I myself drive a t3 and bought my son a t3r to replace his Tamiya TA-05 . The t3r is lighter and the steering much better and precise. Was able to drive almost the same times whit his t3r as whit my T3
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Can anyone here let me know the difference in handling between 416x and T3. What about the maintaining cost ? Which will be more economical ?

Hope to get some feedback.

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If you are interested in running USVTA or HPI RCGT, look at the Ofna JL10e. It is 195mm wide so it is not legal for ROAR 190mm Touring Car but is perfect for RCGT and VTA. It also has a street price of 115 to 129 for a roller with no body or electronics. Using on line pricing and some shopping around and you should be under 250.00 for the car, body, tires, wheels and servo.
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