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Old 08-07-2004, 02:19 PM   #1
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Hey everyone out there, I have been running a tc3 basically since it came out in 99. Since then I have gone through so many hinge pins and front suspension arms that its not funny. Now I am looking to upgrade, and was wondering which cars out there have solid hinge pins and suspension arms. I was thinking of losi xxx-s g+, xray t1 evo 2, tb-01 evo 4, or trf 415.
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Old 08-07-2004, 03:51 PM   #2
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I haven't had any problems with hingepins or arms on my xray.
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Old 08-07-2004, 05:17 PM   #3
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If you havent already.....Mabe Try the factory team polished hinge pins.......Iv'e tried pretty much every brand hinge pin they make for the tc3 over the years and have had some really bad wrecks since putting the polished factory team ones in and I Haven't had to replace even one of them for over a year now
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Your not fast enough to bend them !!!!! I used buds on mine and never bent one.
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Old 08-07-2004, 06:05 PM   #5
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Get an RPM front bumper. Really helps with those frontal impacts
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Get a piece of 3/32 music wire from the hobby shop. It is sold in 3 foot lengths for less than $1. That is enough for dozens of hinge pins. FYI...this is what Bud's hinge pins are. I did this back in the day when I had a TC3 (1999).

There is nothing you can do about breaking arms (the joy of TC3 ownership) other than practice more and crash less.
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The TRF 415 has the strongest arms and hinge pins of all the cars you mentioned by far. And not a bad car either. Great handling and bulletproof durability.
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Hey Sean(N4S)....I found the buds hinge pins to be about the worst on the market....kinda like what you thought about your TC3 demon before you got a million beatings with it and then had trouble giving it away see you this weekend where we can chalk up one more beating to the list
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There is nothing you can do about breaking arms (the joy of TC3 ownership) other than practice more and crash less.
Adrian: I hear from most people & have experienced that if you use an RPM front bumper for the TC3 you will not break front arms very easily. I've had my TC3 walk away unscathed from frontal impacts that would have wasted an arm without it
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See if there are any Xray pins that will fit the TC3. I was toasting corally pins and switched to the XRay pins and have never had one bend or break.
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Have you tried the YOKOMO hinge pins for the TC3?

They are the bestso far that I have tried. Plus whatthe guys said: RPM Bumpers!!!

That's cheaper thanbuying a new car.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I already run an RPM bumper, and I agree that it is better than the stock one. Its just that my TC3 is getting a bit tired; for example the motor cam slot on the chassis is worn down so the motor won't stay clamped down, even with shims, along with a few other things. So I was just curious see which cars out there already have nice hinge pin setups, since it was a problem with the TC3 that always bothered me.
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What is the p/n for the Yokomo pins? Is it SD-009 and are they a direct replacement?

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Old 08-08-2004, 09:31 PM   #14
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Anybody tried Lunsford hinge pins ? Heard they're bullet proof.

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I bought a set of lunsford titanium pins, and they lasted 2 days of racing. Plus they bend in extreme angles, when compared with steel, at least in my experience.
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