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Old 03-01-2011, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default The Best Touring Car you've Driven.

I have been racing xrays for a few years now and am wanting to make a change.
My issue is that with so many great chassis out there, how does one choose.

What have you been happy with (lowered lap times/ease of driving etc) and why?

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Old 03-01-2011, 10:55 AM   #2
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This is probably no help to you whatsoever but I've tried most brands of car, and the one I keep coming back to, is Xray. I know I'll never make an A-Main even at club level, so its important to have a car which works in most conditions, with a wide setup window, that won't break at the sight of a track marker, and Xray has those qualities. I have had a T1R, T1 Evo 2 FOC, a T1M, T2'008 (two of those) and now a T3 and each one has just felt ''right'' for me and my driving style/ability. For me, if I'm not worrying about if the car will finish the run, or what scary surpruse the handling has waiting for me, then I can spend more time racing the guy on the rostrum next to me

......even if its for 6th in the D-Main.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:05 PM   #3
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Like the last reader - I've tried a few cars, and they go as follows:

1. Losi xxx-s (I was just learning)
2. Yokomo SD (tub chassis)
3. Yokomo SD LCG - hard to drive (didn't understand set up)
4. Xray T1 FK05 (brilliant - only had for a bit)
5. Cyclone - brilliant car - probably the best relative to time that I have had
6. Schumacher MI4LP - hated it - though I think I didn't have the skills to drive it
7. Xray 008 (put a smile back on my face after the MI4LP)
8. Photon - (hard to call - lovely to drive - but build quality wasn't that good - a bit soft the metals)
9. Xray t3'11 - first xray I have bought new - why did I never do before, I don't know - absolutely brilliant - now making club a finals, whereas used to only make b finals at best

So like the man above - XRAY is a superb bet. Though I do love cyclones - always well developed - ready to race - good parts - not continually changed.

trackside I here the tamiya is rather good too.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:28 PM   #4
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ive tried a bunch, other peoples opinions dont really matter
what really matters is YOU! You yourself have to try them
all and find one that suits your driving style and one
your really comfortable driving and working on.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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the list.
1. XXX-s (my first pile) used it learn what not to buy.
2. XrayFk05 - a freakin tank. great car
3. HPI Pro 4 - love it, but took quite a bit trying to make it work...drive train was nuts.
4. Yokomo BD - another tank...suspension was great. Parts a little pricey but well worth worth it.
5. Xray FK05 BMI- a work of art.
6. SchumacherMI3- hard to setup but it was okay. to much money to make it work.
7. Tamiya EVO IV - very pretty, good suspension.
8. Tamiya EVO V - even more pretty, very good drivetrain.
9. Yokomo BDM - one of my favorites...better chassis than original
10. Yokomo SDW - pretty eye candy...very good all around
11. Yokomo LCG - best outdoor car, at it's best on low traction.
11. Cyclone TC - lasted one week with me...so, so.
12. Associated TC5 - it was good outdoor, terrible on carpet. parts were plentiful but then again I needed a lot of them.
13. Losi Type R - great car...well ahead of it's time...it's to bad they stop developing.
14. Xray T2 - it was good, another tank.
15. Xray '008 EU- phenomal outdoors
16 Xray t3 - Not Xrays best release, need I say more
17. Xray T3 2011 - What the T3 should have been from the beginning. absolutely greats.
18. HB TCX - Absolutely great, fantastic well made car. Suspension parts are way too fragile.
19. AE TC6- easy build, parts are cheap...and car handles extremely well.

I'm sure I probably forgot a few...in my onroad addition of building cars.
I have to make it a 3-way tie with:
Yokomo BDM vs Xray 2011 vs HB TCX

SammyZ....do you still have my LCG? want sell it back to me
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The best touring car(s) I've ever driven were never mine! keep that in mind, prep and setup can make bigger difference than the sticker on the box.
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Mine has to be Mi2 with Teemu chassis as I used to try lots of other cars but kept going back to that. I also loved my RClab which I still have and run from time to time. I would run it more if I could get diff parts.
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The best touring car(s) I've ever driven were never mine! keep that in mind, prep and setup can make bigger difference than the sticker on the box.
+1 on that, think I'll try the TC6 this year though. I still race my PRO4 and have racers saying wow! It works for me.
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Your asking for opinions, and we all know opinions are like a$$ holes everybody's got one and they all have the potential to stink...except mine of course and I like Xray..
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i drive the tamiya trf 416 with lipo chassis, its an amazing car. as far as placing at my track, whenever our local national champs arent in the house the tamiya is top dog in the superstock/expert 17.5 tc class, and in the spec 17.5 tc class and has been doing great in modified tc. if you have the money go for 417 in my opinion. My first race night with my 416 i tq'd and won ss tc, the stock box setup is a perfect starting point, that is what makes it such a great car, parts are the cheapest on the market as far as price, they are fairly durable and can take a couple hits, but for a good durabul car, i would say Top Photon. If your not beating it off the walls constantly though, go tamiya!
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i drive the tamiya trf 416 with lipo chassis, its an amazing car. as far as placing at my track, whenever our local national champs arent in the house the tamiya is top dog in the superstock/expert 17.5 tc class, and in the spec 17.5 tc class and has been doing great in modified tc. if you have the money go for 417 in my opinion. My first race night with my 416 i tq'd and won ss tc, the stock box setup is a perfect starting point, that is what makes it such a great car, parts are the cheapest on the market as far as price, they are fairly durable and can take a couple hits, but for a good durabul car, i would say Top Photon. If your not beating it off the walls constantly though, go tamiya!
Where you getting cheap Tamiya parts for the 417? I mean it IS the most expensive kit on the market...
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My favorite car will always be the Xray 009. Its not the best everywhere but it has always been great. Since that car I have owned 3 Tamiya cars and currently own 2 TRF 417's. I think if the first T3 hadn't had its early suspension block issues and was another color other than orange I would still own Xray cars.
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Where you getting cheap Tamiya parts for the 417? I mean it IS the most expensive kit on the market...
try speedtechrc.com or rcmarket.com.hk you can get a full set of 4 arms for i believe 4 or 5 bucks.
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