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Old 04-15-2015, 09:53 AM
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I am looking to get an F1 to race at my local club.

I know these types of questions are very subjective, but curious what you think about a few F1 cars. My club races mostly Tamiya F104's -but that is just by choice of many of the drivers. We follow the RCFIA rules, -so I am not limited to Tamiya.

I am considering the xray X1 F1 and Serpent SF2.

Do both accept Tamiya bodies? Is there some other car I should consider?
Any insight would be helpful,

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Old 04-15-2015, 10:23 AM
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Both are good cars but the Xray will be a hassle fitting Tamiya bodies onto if you want to use the optional side pods. I like a lot of what is going on with the Serpent F1. There are others out there very worth looking into...my favorite is the CRC WTF1. VBC would also be worth a look.
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I don't think you can go wrong with the X-ray. It is proving to be a very good F1 for everyone who has ran one around here. Very fast on both asphalt and carpet. Super durable too.

My favorite right now is my Street Jam but it has heavy mods (before that it was my TRF101). I picked up an X-Ray to see what the fuss is all about.
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Thanks InspGadget, (we named our Cat "Dr. Klaw" by the way).

Dan (I think you are the Dan I bought the TOP Sabre Mini off of -your a friend of Chris D's). --we race together.

I saw the CRC offering also.
hmm, tough choice! I lean towards XRay,, -but notice that the Serpent was the winning F1 car for 2014.

okay, sounds like any 3 of those will be a good choice. My only aversion to the Tamiya kits and why I ruled them out is the abundance of plastic and those damn screws Tamiya likes to use. ...I prefer hex screws to those Japanese styled phillips (forgot what the Japanese versions are called).
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Well, I can only speak from my experience thus far with the Xray! The car is great, and durable. If I had to buy another one, it would definitely be X-ray. Hope this helps.
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Thanks Evo-
Yeah, i think I may go w/ the xray ...I can get it for $300 shipped ...so that will be my plan.

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Don't forget about the VBC Lightning F. The fastest guys around here all run them. They are very durable and easy to tune. They aren't overly adjustable like some F1s that you can do more harm than good with setup changes.
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Thanks Evo-
Yeah, i think I may go w/ the xray ...I can get it for $300 shipped ...so that will be my plan.

thanks everyone.

Good choice. All the fast F1 guys in your area run them. You will get the maximum amount of help running either a Tamiya f104 v2 or now the X1. There are other great cars mentioned here,but the path of least resistance sometimes is to do what everyone else is doing.
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Good choice. All the fast F1 guys in your area run them. You will get the maximum amount of help running either a Tamiya f104 v2 or now the X1. There are other great cars mentioned here,but the path of least resistance sometimes is to do what everyone else is doing
So true about getting support from other racers w a more common car. Most everyone at our club runs the Tamiya 104v2. I have mixed feelings about Tamiya's products and quality, even after owning many.
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Dodson ran a super old Tamiya t-plate car for ages and did decently well. He's a great driver and one of the most consistent I've seen. Once he got the X-ray, he was kicking major butt. It was like going from a Civic to a Ferrari.

V2 is not bad, you can get a good deal on them used. They just require a lot more money to truly make them solid. (Aluminum motor plates, aluminum servo mount, tube damper, carbon pieces to replace the stock flimsy plastic, etc.) But the TRF F1 cars are almost always 95% solid out of the box along with nice hex head screws.
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WRC F1 or the XRAY.

Both are very solid and put down very nice and consistent times.
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How about Kawada F500WS?
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I'm wondering does the X1 can fit most of the Tamiya body? Thx!!!
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How does the Yokomo compare to the Xray and Serpent? The Yokomo is about 2/3 the price where I am.
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I'm wondering does the X1 can fit most of the Tamiya body? Thx!!!
The current Tamiya bodies will not fit the Xray X1. The bodies are too narrow where the side links are.
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