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Old 02-24-2014, 04:33 PM   #16
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I'm also looking for a new Tamiya tub chassis (either tb03, tb04, ta06, ta05v2).

I've owned the TB03 2 years ago, great car, easy to work on, crazy acceleration, handle well as long as you get your left/right balance right.

I currently own a TA06, wiring is a massive pain but it has good acceleration and easily balanced left to right.

The TA05 series of car seems to be the most popular even with its successor out

The TB04 looks pretty good but gearing for 21.5t is a pain

I'm leaning towards getting a tb03 and putting tb04 short trf shocks, towers, diffs and c hubs on it to update it

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Old 02-25-2014, 02:53 AM   #18
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I've owned the TB03 2 years ago, great car, easy to work on, crazy acceleration, handle well as long as you get your left/right balance right.
My TB03 has the controller and a shorty at the left side, and the servo and motor at the right side.
This way it is perfectly balanced, L/R and F/R.
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I have shorty LiPos that I could try that with if I get a TB03.

I've been doing some searching, a new tb03 base kit is minimum $220, which is alot considering its discontinued and that I got my tb03 for $160 shipped 2 years ago. What I really like about the tb03 is the simplicity. Its an easy car to work on. If your very picky with your wire routing, you will find a ta06 to be a big pain. Also, not all motors will fit a ta06 without modification, something to keep in mind.
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I don't own any tamiya TC, but I can testify that the TA06 is a PITA to work on. One of the newbies at my club has one he bought used, and I spent an absurdly large amount of time just getting to his rear diff (which was void of any oil initially). Bottom line, just something to stay away from.

In my humble experience, Tamiya cars are not something I would bought used, except from a selected few people that I know personally, whose wrenching and maintenance skills are beyond doubt.
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I have had all the tub cars mentioned above (ta05, ta06, Tb03 and TB04). The TA05 is hands down my favourite. Easy to work on, very fast and reliable. The 37t gear diffs are brilliant with no maintenance. You can update the suspension to the 418 arms if you want (although its not needed). The TA06 is actually pretty good, but is a pain to work on. The TB03 I never really liked, it just was never as quick as the TA05 (Its quite heavy), the TB04 is better, and I like my Pro Car but gearing is a problem if you want the low 3's FDR.

TA05's are cheap to pick up and probably the best all round car out of the above.
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I think I'm going to go with a used TA05 v2 I found locally. It's got most of the upgrades I need and will be a big upgrade from my TT02.

It does seem like most people like their TB03s so I think at some point I will also pick up a used one or a TB04.
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