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Old 10-07-2010, 06:25 PM   #16
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Now I know it sounds trivial, but with the BMI it looks like I am limited to only using the LeMans style pan car bodies, where the CRC I could use any TC body. Is that right? And how is parts support with BMI? This would be the first time I've heard of the company.

Also what makes the BMI better? Is it just preference or is there actually something to it?
first, the WGT class does not use TC bodies, the car width/track is more like an oval pan car than a TC, and the popular bodies are DB9, sophia and corvette. (there may be others) i have a BMI and have used the corvette and sophia bodies. the corvette looks cooler, and the sophia is faster. i understand the DB9 is faster still.

regarding what/which is better: this is obviously personal choice, but i have a BMI DB10 and have no desire to switch. the components are all best quality. IRS's top quality diff, axles and turnbuckles, etc. and the BMI parts are clearly a better grade material than CRC.

now having said that, last year i was frustrated with my 1/12 race results and bought the latest and greatest GenXL, just putting it together you could tell the bulkheads are a softer grade of aluminum, the fasteners were generic grade stainless or aluminum and i stripped more than one just trying to thread into plastic. now having said all that, there are many successfull racers with CRC brand cars. Out of the box, i was as fast with the GenXl as with the BMI, but then i never got any faster with it either. now i am racing the BMI and the XL is a backup.

The bottom line is what your own priorities are. the BMI's initial cost is a little higher, but if you are prone to adding 'hopups' or other performance or durability enhancements, then the BMI may have an equal or even lower cost of ownership.

hope this helps.

PS, almost forgot to mention what i started to say is that i find the WGT class car to be easier to setup and drive than 1/12 scale. TC might not be harder to drive, but more costly. for me i find the pancars to have a superior Fun/$ ratio than other classes, and less maintainance hours per race.
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i have a gen-x and a bmi... bmi is in a different class all together quality wise.. the tweekless rear end is sweet.. all the components are either upgraded irs parts or titanium.. there is nothing to buy.. oh yea, and the class is about as much fun as you can have with your pants on...
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Been looking at a couple different WGT cars as well.

How do WGT cars perform on asphalt where touring cars have ride height set to about 6mm ride?

What is the maximum ride height that these cars are run at?

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i race the florida state series and we only have one carpet track.. 5 asphalt tracks.. cars run great.. i regularly run 4.5-5.5 mm ride height.. P.S. i never run my touring car over 5.5mm and that is high..
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i race the florida state series and we only have one carpet track.. 5 asphalt tracks.. cars run great.. i regularly run 4.5-5.5 mm ride height.. P.S. i never run my touring car over 5.5mm and that is high..
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I also run outside on asphalt 99% of the time(Florida State Series). My Corally is 5mm of ride height. There are no hop-ups required with the Corally and it's a very competitive price with the others.Tires are Purple fronts and pink rears.Body of choice is the Sophie GT since they came out.
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TC is cheap. Just pick up a used chassis here. TC5's, cyclones are cheap. Pick up stock speedpassion ESC combo and you are set!
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Smoke he was the tan and burgandy car - right.
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i forgot to pick up some birchbeer... you coming to village?
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No to the village but yes to Daytona and the next Superior club race. I've got plenty of Birch.
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Thinking of building a World GT Corvette but it looks like Protoform has discontinued the 1499 Corvette WGT body What's up with that?
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I've got an old/ new unpainted Vette by Protoform but it's a 190mm.
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