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Old 09-11-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Touring Car Clones

This may be a touchy subject for some, but what the heck.

What are your experiences with the Chinese clone touring cars ?
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Which, if any parts did you have to replace ?

Service from seller ?

Overall impresson ?

I haven't really been looking to see what is available in the way of clones but I have noticed 416 T2 clones, maybe a T3 also.

Personally, I'm looking for a used Tamiya TA05, XRayT2, HPI Sprint or maybe an Associated TC5 roller.
I'd really like a TA05 though....
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Buy cheap = Buy twice

Get an OEM.
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:49 AM   #3
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Use search function - there is whole thread dedicated to 416 clone.
Honestly I wouldn't buy it. Yes it's cheap, but you have to replace quite many parts. After all you'll end up with clone car with many oem parts, but still weak bulkheads which seems to bend in more serious crash.

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All of them are ridiculously bad.

In general, they have brittle plastics, carbon which isn't carbon (its like FRP with carbon top and bottom layers), and alloy which is impure, so they bend/strip. They don't handle anywhere near as good as the proper versions because of the flex properties being all over the place. You'll probably get some owners try and say they keep up with other brand cars (and the real ones) but thats a testament to driving talent than the car. I'd love Josh Cyrul or Paul Lemieux drive one without knowing what car it is, and give an honest opinion about how bad it is (because if its obvious to most normal drivers, how bad must it be to a superstar?).

They look like the real cars, but actually go like a sack of cr4p.
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Gaz is 100% on the money...

I have one of the X Ray clones here on my desk at work. Mainly because thats about all it's good for - it looks cool and that's it. And because I work in an Engineering environment people love loking at this sort of thing.

The alloy is partly cheese, and the whole thing is basically a POS.
I knew that when I bought it though, it was only ever intended as a desk ornament.
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I have seen several in our local tracks here. Had a chance to work on them to help out newbies. 416, Xray and Mi4's. The quality and finishing is totally off. Nothing really works the way its intended too. I would stay away from them. 100% better off buying a used ORIGINAL kit. Even if the used original kit is in bad shape it will fair better compared to a new clone kit.
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I have seen several in our local tracks here. Had a chance to work on them to help out newbies. 416, Xray and Mi4's. The quality and finishing is totally off. Nothing really works the way its intended too. I would stay away from them. 100% better off buying a used ORIGINAL kit. Even if the used original kit is in bad shape it will fair better compared to a new clone kit.
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They are jokes!!! Buy one and you will end up changing almost everthing back ot orginal parts. Have not seen any that will run properly.
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