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Old 08-16-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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I am not very familiar with the TC series... but I am being offered a TC3 in good shape... but I am worried about parts support.
is it easy to still get parts for these?
I'm getting the impression it's rather old, please advise.
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I am not very familiar with the TC series... but I am being offered a TC3 in good shape... but I am worried about parts support.
is it easy to still get parts for these?
I'm getting the impression it's rather old, please advise.
What are you going to use it for?

It is rather old, but much of the TC3 is common with the TC4. TC4 parts are still made, since it's AEs RTR touring car.

TC3s and 4s are still competative in VTA and RCGT, given the right set up.

When all else fails, there's literally hundreds of TC3s and parts lots for sale on ebay all the time.
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it's going to be used for RCGT...
just wanted to confirm that the parts are no longer available at most hobby or online stores...
so I guess a TC4 would be a better way to go then

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After I brought a TC5 I started to miss the TC4 because it has that rough&humble nature to it that make it a great learning car. Parts are inexpensive and the suspension bits are not too sloppy. I bet you will have a great time with it!
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I just rebuilt my "old" TC3 for fun runs with a 10.5t LRP and HW Xerun 120A, it flies...

To me the TC3 was THE TC car that started it all, it was and still is a very nice chassis, easy to setup. (even after my streetweapon)
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I know the tc4 uses many of the same tc3 parts, ie bearings, driveshaft, etc...... The tc3 should not have a problem finding parts if you're willing to fit your tc3 with tc4 parts that can be carried over ! As for the parts that cannot be carried over, check out ebay ........
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IRS still has parts for the TC3 available. TeamIRSrc.com
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thanks for the link
good to know the TC3 can take TC4 parts...
that should give it a little more race time for those that still have them.
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Unfortunately, most of the "breakable" parts (i.e. suspension) for a TC4 are NOT a direct fit on a TC3. The castor blocks and rear hub carriers will fit, but there's no setscrew to hold the hinge pin in place, so you have to improvise something to hold them in (the Losi XXX-S castor blocks will work). The TC4 suspension arms are almost the same, except that the inner hinge pins are 7/64" instead of 3/32", so you'll have to change/alter something to make them fit. It takes about $85-100 worth of new TC4 parts to change the TC3 suspension (and chassis) so that TC4 suspension parts just bolt on. It can be done cheaper if you're willing/able to modify some parts to make them fit. Is it worth it? I guess it depends on how cheap the used TC3 is and if you like to modify parts.
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I am not very familiar with the TC series... but I am being offered a TC3 in good shape... but I am worried about parts support.
is it easy to still get parts for these?
I'm getting the impression it's rather old, please advise.
You really should check with your local hobby shop. I have had no problem ordering parts for my TC3 as recent as last week. You may be surprised at how well a ten year old car can get around the track in any class.

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Kevin, you never know, the hybrid tc3/tc4 might have never before seen characteristics !!!!! It might be a unique killer combo ........good luck.......
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Save your money buy something that was made this decade.

Unless you are getting it for under 20 dollars.
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Get a Top Photon for less than $20 , and you will not make any podium finish ....ahah .....lol....
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Bottomline is ,if you really want to keep a tc3 running, get ready to retrofit tc4 parts ! Don't worry about what decade the tc3 came out , you can still get a trophy or plaque at the Nats ! You know what I mean !!!!
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Get a Top Photon for less than $20 , and you will not make any podium finish ....ahah .....lol....
I dont know you from your screen name so what podium did you make?

As for the car. From what i've seen a TC4 would be a better choice unless you are getting the tc3 for free or with electronics.
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