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Old 06-22-2004, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Tamiya TRF415 or Xray T1 FK

Ok Im having a really hard time choosing between these two cars my local Hobby shop has pretty good support on both kits in parts the only thing that I can find that I dont like about the xray car is the way the batteries are laid out meaning you have to put 3 on each side I wonder if its possible to run 6 cells on one side instead Anyways your replies mean alot to me and will determine what kit I get

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Old 06-22-2004, 05:13 PM   #2
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Well, the saddle packs on the Xray even out the weight disribution so that can be a positive thing about the car.
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415 all the way I have been racing Tamiya products for three years now and I still love it...In those three years all I have broken is two ball studs and cracked a hub carrier
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Old 06-22-2004, 05:30 PM   #4
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I kinda like the design of the xray a little better I also like the way that the TRF 415 has everything low

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I'm in the same bind, so I just said forget it and I'm sticking with my xxx-s for a bit longer lol.
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Old 06-22-2004, 05:43 PM   #6
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That's easy. Just write down things that you don't like for each car (Anything) and choose one that have shorter list.
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since your in socal.. i would have to guess that the Tamiya Test Track would be the deal breaker?

world class facility exclusive for TRF415 drivers

but if i didnt live in socal..id have a hard time deciding too
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Hello,
First of all let me say that I did own a FOC Xray (i sold it after running it for two months and went back to my TC3).
I was also in the same bind between the two cars.
I went wth the 415 for several reasons:
-Newer design (the FT Xray is just a revised version of the original design Xray).
-Lower center of gravity (look at the belts and layshaft).
-While the Xray is a rock solid car as far as durability goes, the Tamiya is better IMO.
-I do prefer to run the batteries on the same side of the chassis.
-The professional xray guys never run the same cars that you can buy in the store. And i am not talking about several different prototype parts...I mean totally different chassis and stuff that you will probably never be able to buy.
-I feel the Tamiya has better over all quality.


Down sides to the Tamiya:
-Cost
-If you run on carpet with foams, you will want a front diff (which isn't yet offered by Tamiya) and need lock up the one way pulley on the layshaft.
-The EVO 4 coming to market in July sometime
-And the constant fear that Tamiya will offer a Worlds kit or a new version of the 415 next month.
-The Tamiya guys do often run different parts than what you can buy in the store, but they are often released for sale to the general public after they are deamed race worthy.

I am 100% happy with the Tamiya and 100% confident that I made the best choice!
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since your in socal.. i would have to guess that the Tamiya Test Track would be the deal breaker?

world class facility exclusive for TRF415 drivers

but if i didnt live in socal..id have a hard time deciding too
Yes the Tamiya test track is 15 min drive from my house and thats where I would like to use it so I guess ill go for the 415
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Originally posted by koabich
Hello,
First of all let me say that I did own a FOC Xray (i sold it after running it for two months and went back to my TC3).
I was also in the same bind between the two cars.
I went wth the 415 for several reasons:
-Newer design (the FT Xray is just a revised version of the original design Xray).
-Lower center of gravity (look at the belts and layshaft).
-While the Xray is a rock solid car as far as durability goes, the Tamiya is better IMO.
-I do prefer to run the batteries on the same side of the chassis.
-The professional xray guys never run the same cars that you can buy in the store. And i am not talking about several different prototype parts...I mean totally different chassis and stuff that you will probably never be able to buy.
-I feel the Tamiya has better over all quality.


Down sides to the Tamiya:
-Cost
-If you run on carpet with foams, you will want a front diff (which isn't yet offered by Tamiya) and need lock up the one way pulley on the layshaft.
-The EVO 4 coming to market in July sometime
-And the constant fear that Tamiya will offer a Worlds kit or a new version of the 415 next month.
-The Tamiya guys do often run different parts than what you can buy in the store, but they are often released for sale to the general public after they are deamed race worthy.

I am 100% happy with the Tamiya and 100% confident that I made the best choice!
why did you sell your xray car
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The quality of the Xray was great. I couldn't just get it to run as good as my TC3 (the majority of the guys ay my track have the same problem..lol). Also at the time, the parts support was not that good for the car. Even at times today, it seems like once my LHS and the distributer they order from run out of Xray parts, it can be some time before they are avaiable again.
Also, one problem i have always thought to be a design flaw (and an issue i have seen on every single xray I have looked at) is the fact that the rear belt rubs on the motor.
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