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Old 01-02-2013, 11:12 PM   #16
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If you are interested in a belt RTR brushless that can do everyything with no need to purchase nothing more, then the Serpent S411 RTR is the best period....
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If you are interested in a belt RTR brushless that can do everyything with no need to purchase nothing more, then the Serpent S411 RTR is the best period....
Yea see, the best usually costs an arm and a leg just like that does. lol I think I'll pass on that. I would really like to stay around like $250 rtr if I can. I may end up just getting a Sprint 2. I just don't want it not be good, and have the belts go bad on me.
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In that case you'll need a tc4 roller with a good brushless already in there .... I also don't own any belt cars for that reason, and for the fact that no real cars run belts, so why should the Model cars run them !!!
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Yea see, the best usually costs an arm and a leg just like that does. lol I think I'll pass on that. I would really like to stay around like $250 rtr if I can. I may end up just getting a Sprint 2. I just don't want it not be good, and have the belts go bad on me.
Sounds like based on what you are looking to do with the car, you are better off getting the Sprint 2. A lot of hobby stores carry them and the parts! I would be very surprised if the belts go bad on you. I'm still running the original belts on my old HPI RS4 Pro for 15 years...
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Sounds like based on what you are looking to do with the car, you are better off getting the Sprint 2. A lot of hobby stores carry them and the parts! I would be very surprised if the belts go bad on you. I'm still running the original belts on my old HPI RS4 Pro for 15 years...
Yea see, I don't know if the owners are at fault for having belts break or what the deal is. I feel like they might be decent cars, but I don't know. Any ideas on if you could possibly mod it to be shaft driven given you have enough issues with it?
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you might look at the team magic E4D platform if you just wanna drift. you can get into an rtr there for around $250. with a small budget you get small performance. a sakura d3 might also be a good choice.

belt drive is definitely the choice for drift cars these days. i still say get an xv01, that thing will drift great and actually be fun to drive otherwise too. otherwise.. i guess a tc3/4?


if all you wanna do is fart around in the basement though. the team magic is a great price point. you never get going fast enough to break things on drift tires ha.
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Yea see, I don't know if the owners are at fault for having belts break or what the deal is. I feel like they might be decent cars, but I don't know. Any ideas on if you could possibly mod it to be shaft driven given you have enough issues with it?
Modding a car from belt to shaft drive? Or vice-versa? That would cost you more than time and money than just getting spare belts from $8 (rear) to $9 (front) each for the Sprint belts. Your bottom line is this: the TC4 is "proven" and is/was a race caliber car. It's probably more "precise" than the Sprint. But at your caliber, no offense meant, it will most likely not matter.

When parts break (note that I said WHEN and not IF) since it's an older car, you may have a harder time getting parts. For the Sprint, it's a newer car and local hobby stores carry parts for it. If you break a suspension arm, it doesn't matter if your car is belt or shaft driven. What matters is access to that spare part. In that regard, in my opinion, you are ALWAYS better off getting the car that your local hobby store stocks parts for or can easily get the parts. Since you're playing around outdoors, I'd get the Sprint 2. Especially with the waterproof electronics, you can't go wrong! It will be the most fun when you don't have to worry about that.
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Very good points sir. I was just curious that if it didn't work well, if it was even possible. lol I have been an offroad/crawler guy mostly and haven't really messed with any others. I guess the Sprint 2 is looking more and more favorable. Especially since I will simply be having a good time with it here and there and drifting around the basement, concrete outside, and the garage.

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Modding a car from belt to shaft drive? Or vice-versa? That would cost you more than time and money than just getting spare belts from $8 (rear) to $9 (front) each for the Sprint belts. Your bottom line is this: the TC4 is "proven" and is/was a race caliber car. It's probably more "precise" than the Sprint. But at your caliber, no offense meant, it will most likely not matter.

When parts break (note that I said WHEN and not IF) since it's an older car, you may have a harder time getting parts. For the Sprint, it's a newer car and local hobby stores carry parts for it. If you break a suspension arm, it doesn't matter if your car is belt or shaft driven. What matters is access to that spare part. In that regard, in my opinion, you are ALWAYS better off getting the car that your local hobby store stocks parts for or can easily get the parts. Since you're playing around outdoors, I'd get the Sprint 2. Especially with the waterproof electronics, you can't go wrong! It will be the most fun when you don't have to worry about that.
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You can checkout the new Apex rtr from Associated . It's shaft drive and brushless also with steel gear diffs for durability....
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tamiya tt-01 stock is a shit because direction is very bad.
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interessting conversation. I am thinking of buying as well an on-road car, less for drifting but for simply racing (or better driving as there might not always some other guys) on the street.
What do you think about a Traxxas Rally brushless (1/16) or similar models? With the normal tires that car is also fine for drifting while with foam it will be better to drive fast

Do you think a TC6 or RC10R5 is okay for just driving on parking lots or is it kind of waste to run such a car outside of a racing track?
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Please take your own questions to your own post... Sorry. Again guys my choices are lying between a TC4 RTR and a HPI Sprint 2 RTR.

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interessting conversation. I am thinking of buying as well an on-road car, less for drifting but for simply racing (or better driving as there might not always some other guys) on the street.
What do you think about a Traxxas Rally brushless (1/16) or similar models? With the normal tires that car is also fine for drifting while with foam it will be better to drive fast

Do you think a TC6 or RC10R5 is okay for just driving on parking lots or is it kind of waste to run such a car outside of a racing track?
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Then get a tc4 rtr because if you Check the sprint2 mods thread , you'll quickly realize that too many mods are needed just to fit the new lipo packs, etc...
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Hey there! How's the search going? I agree, though I had the TT01, go with the kit whose parts are easy to come by, the TC4! I had to order some of the TT01 parts from Hong Kong :-!
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I used to have an HPI Sprint 2 Drift - did a ton of mods, don't want another one.

I enjoyed drifting and I just want something that will allow me to have fun once in a while, nothing serious, nothing expen$ive so I was thinking about getting a Tamiya TT-01D Drift Spec car.

Any thoughts?

I have batteries and radio and have owned dozens of r/c rolling vehicles throughout the years.

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