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Old 08-13-2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default TC5, how bad is it really?

looking into buying another touring, and saw that the associated tc5 can be had for 200 nib

now i race against xray t3`s and 416/417`s.. been reading that the tc5 isnt soo good, but how bad is it? whats the flaws of the car?

can it compete with the other cars or would i be alot slower?
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the only real problem with it is that you have to put your battery really far outboard and add a lot more weight than you do with other cars to get it balanced. also the car wasn't specifically designed with lipo in mind so the chassis will tweak pretty easily.
I got mine for $150 used as a roller. weighs 1480ish grams as i had to add 80 grams to get it balanced.

of course, keeping that in mind, i race against xray/tamiya/corelly cars WITH a tweaked chassis and they aren't really that much faster than me. I only have this one season for experience and every day i go out I get better one lap. so these guys are winning on sheer wheel time. im sure the car and its setup helps but id say my tc5 is pretty dialed for the course.

people say xray is the most durable but those guys are breaking stuff daily. i have run mine since my first day as a total noob 21 laps if i was lucky and a lot of its, to 25/26 laps much smoother. i haven't broken anything. i lost a cva bone when i changed to a spool and that's it.
parts are cheap. the car is forgiving and handles well.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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looking into buying another touring, and saw that the associated tc5 can be had for 200 nib

now i race against xray t3`s and 416/417`s.. been reading that the tc5 isnt soo good, but how bad is it? whats the flaws of the car?

can it compete with the other cars or would i be alot slower?
i run the tc5 in 17.5blinky & i do just fine..running with x-ray,,photons,,tc6's..im in the top 3 every week....we get two full heats of 17.5spec

most ppl say the tc5 lack corner speed..(to me its all in how you drive)
unless your a top level driver i dont think it really matter

the car is smooth & e-z to drive
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:40 PM   #4
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looking into buying another touring, and saw that the associated tc5 can be had for 200 nib

now i race against xray t3`s and 416/417`s.. been reading that the tc5 isnt soo good, but how bad is it? whats the flaws of the car?

can it compete with the other cars or would i be alot slower?


IMO, it all depends on how serious you want to get. I had a TC5 two seasons ago, and it really couldn't keep up with the Xrays and Tamiyas. The TC5 was good for it's time, but advancements in the Touring Car scene have since made the TC5 obsolete at the really competitive levels. I race Xray now, and when I made the switch from my TC5 to my T3'11, it was like night and day. Xrays are very durable and take to setup changes very well.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:19 PM   #5
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First off the TC6 IS a better car, why else would they have a newer version if it wasn't better...

That being said the TC5 can hang with anything current with the right setup and good driving... The battery DOES need to be moved outboard to get better weight balance but done right there does not need to be a lot of weight added at all to balance the car. The advances on the TC6 make it easier to drive fast but unless you have the skills of a national/world contender you can be just as fast with consistent driving and a good setup... When I got my TC6 i translated my setup from my TC5 straight onto it and it was instantly just as good but easier to drive...
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ive seen some people modify their motor mounts to move the motor inboard. dont think that would help a ton though as the holes in the chassis still cause one side to flex more than the other. exotek would be a worthwhile investment as i really like my tc5 but ill just be getting the next car next season.

glad to hear the setup translates well. seems like it should as the tc6 uses mostly tc5 suspension parts anyway.

might try the motor mount mod.. or. would a set of tc6 rear bulkheads fit the tc5 chassis? just drill new holes?

club racer has a FTtc5 chassis i could buy but probably not worth it for the month or two left of racing.
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would a set of tc6 rear bulkheads fit the tc5 chassis? just drill new holes?
No and holes are really closed to old ones, and I think that if you add the price of 2 bulkheads, and motor mounts, and different diff (smaller on TC6) it would be cheaper to get the Exotek chassis and use the TC5 parts, the different bulkhead (more centrered motor position) was made by someone in England, do not know if you can still get it.
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I started this season with a TC5, I got it used. In really didnt want to spend 500.00 on a kit and beat it to death because I was noobie. Its a ok car Im a middle of a pack driver but if I had a newer kit I would finish in the top 3. I will have another kit for the winter indoor racing.

I would buy used one run it for the rest of the season and buy a new kit next year and keep the TC5 to run VTA if you can.
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i might add that i drive modified and not in stock classes

i might adjust my question: how does the tc5 compare in the mod class to the others?

17.5 blinky, and other stock classes is not interesting, sorry
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TC6 is better, but a TC5 is still good. I am running one and quite competitive. If you can get within .1 or .2 of the top guys with it, then a TC6 might just be what you need to push you over the top.

I wouldn't bother spending a bunch of money modding up a TC5 when good used TC6s are pretty cheap.
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