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Old 07-05-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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I was wondering what some of your guys opinions was on a beginner drift car that is easy to drift and not super expensive. Thanks!
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I could be wrong, but isn't a 'drift' car just a 4WD on-road car but with plastic wheels?

You could get an Associated TC3/TC4 for cheap with electronics and throw on plastic wheels.

But, this is the drift car most like.

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There is much more to a successful drifter than just plastic tires. There are easily 20 different tire compounds and cuts for different applications with different chassis for different surfaces as we'll.

The best cheap drift car out there right now I would say is the ta05 vdf. At about 320 dollars us is is super cheap compared to other higher end drift cars. Being carbon chassis though, it can only be used on carpet, or a rc type track or you will destroy the chassis. If you want to use the car on the road, get a Xv-01 pro. It has great weight placement, and a plastic chassis can handle the punishment of asphalt. It is about 250

I don't recommend picking up the 3racing d3. It comes with a rather high cs ratio, and has cheap parts that really need upgrading to bring it up to spec with other carS.
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If you raise your price to around 500-700 you can get a much more capable chassis, but again, carpet only.
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tt01s work great for drifting, and you should able to pick one up for $100 or so.
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They work OK. Not great by any means. They also need a whole bunch of upgrades and mods just to get to the point of being acceptable drifters, something that can be maneuvered around a circuit, rather than just sliding pointlessly around the street.
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They are cheap... And they are a tamiya, so it does have two good points.
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OP is just looking for something cheap to learn on it sounds. I got my tt01d for $100 with 2 batteries and a charger on craigslist, and I'm pretty happy with it.
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Hey if your looking to start drifting you should decide if you want to use 50/50 or cs (counter steer) drift setup. 50/50 your power is equal to the front and rear wheels and with cs you change the gearing so the rear wheels spin more times compared to the front wheels. With 50/50 you more or less power slide and would be able to use any touring car chassis with some drift wheels ( I suggest the raikou drift tires d70 they are cheap and work well on most surfaces).

50/50 setup:
-any touring car chassis
-drift tires
-preferably a one way in the front and a solid axle in the rear(this allows an e-brake type of effect when you hit the brakes)

cs(counter steer) setup:
-many options ( tamiya ta05vdf-2, eagle racing r31-16fm, mst ms01d, 3racing sakura drift) many others too
-drift tires
-you still want a one-way in the front and a solid axle in the rear for cs drifting
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highly suggest looking at the ms01d from mst they make a ready to run for about $300 or the roller is like $210 on ebay
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A beginner should not start with cs. It is much easier to start with 50:50 and learn car control before going to cs. Gotta walk before you run.

As far as a spool in the rear and one way in the front. A spool in the rear helps a lot with drifting,but a one way can help, or it can be a hinderance. It is good for making mid corner corrections, and quick switchbacks, but it also makes it harder to control the car under breaking, other than breaking mimicking hand breaking. having driven both a one way, and a diff in the front(spool rear) I have come to prefer the one way in front on the time. But only after I had learned car control through the front diff. Try a diff, then move to a one way. If you think you will like it. It is rather expensive, and not needed.
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What about the HPI stuff any good for beginners or junk?
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I had a sprint 2. Total crap to be honest. Self taping screws and crappy plastics. Shocks leaked and were pretty bad in other aspects, and diffs leaked out the sides as we'll. pass over the hpi onroad line.
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One plus is that the car had the highest angle dog bones (not cardan joints) of any car I have had. Haha
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Thanks, i want to try some drifting but don't want to drop a ton of money. I'm really jones-in to try the new Durango touring car but I've been told those cars are only for use on clean track not your local shopping center parking lot. I figure drift cars are a little more forgiving to sand and grit entering the chassis.
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