R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Electric On-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-28-2005, 03:10 AM   #1
Tech Master
 
Soviet's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Littleton, CO - USA
Posts: 1,708
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default Factory Team TC4, rugburned, shunned and laughed at???

I have another question delving into the psyche of RCTech. Why is there so much seeming hatred and animosity towards the FT-TC4? Or better yet, why doesn't anyone seem to run it indoors?

Why is it that when you wonder what new carpet car to buy, folks always seem to say either XRay or Corally RDX? Why does no-one like the FT-TC4?

Is it the torque steer? (Easily countered by simple droop adjustment)

Is it parts quality???

What is it?

Because in the end, we're all running the same motors and batteries. No car is "faster" than another one, as they all have to deal with the same general components. So in the end really, it all comes down to how power is put to the ground. Thats the only real difference.

So whats the deal???
__________________
"You don't get hurt racing little cars..."

-Me
Soviet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 04:00 AM   #2
Tech Initiate
 
Spud_J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Norwich, UK
Posts: 46
Default

I've got to say, watching Craig Dreschers FTTC4 at the first round of the DMS winter series here in the UK a couple of weeks ago, I thought it looked very very good indeed. That was on carpet with rubbers
Spud_J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 05:27 AM   #3
Tech Elite
 
rcracenut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: WIS
Posts: 3,363
Trader Rating: 52 (96%+)
Default

The Xray and teh RDX are much better built and hold up better. They are faster cars. I have a TC4 with a BMI chassis and while the BMI chassis (same result as the FT) stiffened it up and helped the handling the durability of the suspension components is still AE. I have tried to run this car in the 19t foam class and found if I want to compete I need to get and Xray or RDX. I have an Xray coming. The FT would probly make a good rubber car but it isnt built to take the foam mod.
__________________
____________________________________________
1 Corinthians 10:31 ...whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.
S&N Trackside Hobbies
Innovative Hobbies and Raceway
Clark RC race park
rcracenut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 05:59 AM   #4
Tech Elite
 
dawgmeat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 2,504
Trader Rating: 6 (100%+)
Default Good car

I've owned the following cars:

Yok CGM=brokomo

TRF 415= to much work to run on carpet ,no part support in Northeast, good car.

RDX great car but will cost you $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ in part. outstanding parts and finish. weak shock towers

TC4 FT good for price scale of 1-10 for parts and finish it get a 6.675 i.e. shims, servo ear must be cut steering slop but at the end of the day, my laps time where better with TC4.

I was given the chance to drive a X-ray 05, loved it. I will be buying one second hand next week.
dawgmeat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 06:16 AM   #5
Tech Initiate
 
Spud_J's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Norwich, UK
Posts: 46
Default

Don't get me wrong, I love my FK05, its the dogs B****cks, just thought Dresh's car looked very good but then he isn't too bad at driving it either!
Spud_J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 06:29 AM   #6
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: SE PA
Posts: 1,547
Trader Rating: 10 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to GroffBall
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Soviet

Is it the torque steer? (Easily countered by simple droop adjustment)
:
Off topic but what would I do to my droop to eliminate torque steer, increase or decrease.
GroffBall is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 07:42 AM   #7
Tech Champion
 
Jon Kerr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: San Diego
Posts: 9,658
Trader Rating: 17 (100%+)
Default

I think there's a few trends that are causing people to not look at the FTTC4 seriously as a carpet car. First off it's a shaft car. Everyone is going back to belts. I drove a TC3 a few years ago and hated the shaft drive. I know many people that did also. It's just a personal preference thing. But lets not make this a shaft vs belt issue. Second I think people are leaning more toward owning cars from European and or Asian companies. It's not fashionable to own an American made car. Third, it hasn't won anything major indoors yet. Barry did a good job in Vegas and made both A mains in rubber and foam if I'm not mistaken. I'm sure the car is capable, but it hasn't won yet (Major Indoor race). And it is true still in RC Racing, "What wins on Sunday, sells on Monday."
Jon Kerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 07:58 AM   #8
Tech Master
 
stormperson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: MA
Posts: 1,185
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to stormperson
Default

AE took a while to realize that there was a big change in the touring car market, from cars that started their lives as rtr's and then were build into race cars, now companies are building race cars and forgetting the rtr market.

While the tc3 was dialed in its day (and still is fast, look at stock sedan in vegas), there were not alot of other good options, espically for stock (which is what most people run on carpet). Now that xray, corrally, losi, tamiya and almost every other company build strickly racing cars, AE finally did over the summer, but it was a bit too late, also it still has the AE parts quality issues (if you build an xray for instance, then build an AE car, the differnce is night and day). I honestly dont see a huge differnce between belt and shaft, so i am not going to say that is it. Also as far as the Tc4 goes i have heard and seen nothing might nightmares from the AE camp, and what why someone want to deal with a car that even the team and its engineers cant figure out. Espically when you can build an xray or corrally and its straight dailed right out of the box, and to boot they are winning a bunch of races and have parts support now...
__________________
R/C Excitement Special Projects Coordinator
Kwik | Speedmerchant | Parma PSE | KO Propo
Team Pickles
stormperson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 08:12 AM   #9
Tech Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: detroit area
Posts: 573
Trader Rating: 24 (100%+)
Default fttc4

just a funny comment that jon kerr made. not disagreeing with ya as in many of my travels your a 100% right. but just the opposite in my town. its fashionable and almost expect to own domestic around here and looked at funny if owning import. we are actually starting to see a lot more ft tc4 show up at the track. the car looks great
vic0280 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 08:12 AM   #10
Tech Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: upstate New York
Posts: 1,364
Trader Rating: 21 (100%+)
Default uuhhh

Straight out of the box...Fit/finish was/is fine.With 2 comparable drivers...ate up an xray no problem.All cars have issues,just different from each other.Got about 4 guys switching to the FT.hmmm
lotus1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 08:32 AM   #11
Tech Champion
 
Jon Kerr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: San Diego
Posts: 9,658
Trader Rating: 17 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vic0280
just a funny comment that jon kerr made. not disagreeing with ya as in many of my travels your a 100% right. but just the opposite in my town. its fashionable and almost expect to own domestic around here and looked at funny if owning import. we are actually starting to see a lot more ft tc4 show up at the track. the car looks great
Look at what city you're in too. I'm sure you'd get nasty looks driving around Detroit in a Honda or any other foreign car. Why would the mindset change from that to RC Racing?
Jon Kerr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 08:39 AM   #12
Tech Regular
 
porsche928gs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Saginaw Texas
Posts: 381
Default

The biggest problem with the tc4 is durability, and its because the materials they still using. A yokomo shaft car looks very similar to the tc3 or tc4 but looking at the suspension parts they are beefier and use aluminum more extensively to improve their durability. I personally was excited to see the new ft car at the rcx expo but at the same time, dissapointed that they didn't improved in their graphite/plastic material. That car should've aluminum c hub blocks. I personally own a tc3 and an xray fk04 and hands down the xray is a better car, although I did win the Nascar Oval series at my LHS using my tc3.
Gilberto Santos
mikeshobbyshop.com
Team Integy
porsche928gs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 08:46 AM   #13
Tech Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 690
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

Same thing I posted in the TC4 thread, wondering if you guys may have a few answers?

Quote:
Alright guys, couple questions from a previous TC4 (team kit) owner to all those who stuck with it. Its that time of year again, and im looking for a TC to run this winter. I dont want to lose, (who does) but Im not lookin to spend an arm and a leg, I am only 17. So I was looking into yet another TC4. I had one when it first came out and never really got it to where I thought it should be. It never was really faster than my previous TC3, and me and my buddy never could really figure it out. Now, my question is, should I go ahead and save the extra money for the FT TC4, or buy a used BMI TC3? I only have one problem with the TC4's now adays. Ive been reading a lot again latley and noticed how soft the setups are in comparison to the TC3 and some of the other cars on the market. With that in mind I remember our cars scrubbing speed in the corners as our setups were getting softer to try to find a setup. I understand that this thread is mostly biased, but Im looking for a opinion and a genearl assumption to get me headed in the right direction. Thanks for reading my ramblings and thanks for any potential help/insight.
On a more on-topic note, I only broke one rear arm the whole 4 months I had my TC4. I didnt have a serious issue with breaking anything. The only problem I had was a lot of tweak in the chassis, which I assumed would be different with the new FT chassis.
runnin rc10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 09:07 AM   #14
Tech Regular
 
porsche928gs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Saginaw Texas
Posts: 381
Default

Buy a used xray fk04, You won't regret it.
porsche928gs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2005, 09:21 AM   #15
Tech Master
 
BlackKat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Northside San Jose, CA
Posts: 1,335
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by porsche928gs
Buy a used xray fk04, You won't regret it.
I did, I regret purchasing it and feel lucky I got what I did for it.

I figured I could be just as quick with any TC out there so I chose the one which is the easiest for me to work on and get parts for a good price. TC4 was the choice and it happened to be quicker than anything else I've ever driven. Haven't broken anything because the car is weak (broken a few arms & uprights trying to cut the boards too close or getting hacked)

Plus, I'd rather support my own country's economy than anothers
BlackKat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
>>> BRAND STINKING NEW NEVER RAN TEAM JAMMIN FACTORY TEAM FTE RACING BUGGY <<<< mach51 R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 5 01-25-2007 09:13 PM
***Factory Sealed 12L4 Factory Team kit*** EZRC R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 0 11-05-2006 06:53 PM
FS: Factory Team NTC3 with Sirio Evo 2 World Champ Engine, K Factory, MX3-S Radio.. R3VoLuTiOn R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 11 09-23-2006 08:37 AM
Trading Factory Team B4 for Factory Team T4 jamescam R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 2 08-14-2005 09:35 AM
factory team rc10t4 and factory team rc18t for sale Zac R R/C Items: For Sale/Trade 28 05-26-2005 05:42 AM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 10:28 PM.


Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net