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Old 08-17-2000, 11:43 AM   #1
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Post Question for all of you that race R/C cars....

I am just starting to get into the R/C hobby and was wondering what was a good kit to go with? I want to be competitive but I don't want to spend a fortune starting off.

Tamiya or HPI?
Which kit?

Also, what is a good website to check out the Tamiya lineup of cars to choose from. I found HPI's.
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Old 08-17-2000, 11:56 AM   #2
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Electric or gas? With electric the HPI's will be more competitive out of the box than most Tamiya's. Not to say that Tamiya's aren't competitive, they are awesome cars. With that being said, I recommend Yokomo, MR4-TC, or Associated's TC3. Both cars are highly competitive and have good support as far as parts. They both even have upgrade kits in which they include most of the hop ups already. Not to mention even more hop ups. Check them out (www.teamassociated.com) and (www.yokomousa.com) Also check at your local track. See what cars the hobby shop around there supports. Nothing worse than having to wait for parts.

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Old 08-18-2000, 12:08 AM   #3
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Personally I'd go with an HPI, especially if it is your first car. HPI's can be a bit more time consuming to put together, but the instructions are much better, include pictures for everything and you will be more satisfied with the overall fit and finish of the kit. I have put together both a tamiya and an HPI kit and I was much more satisfied with my HPI.


Also there is a greater aftermarket for HPI's, not by a landslide, but still greater.


The other main difference is that HPI's are belt drive and the Tamiya's are mainly shaft drive, both have somewhat different advantages and you should read up on that.


Pick up a few issues of Radio Control Car Action, they are the gods of RC and you will learn much from them, grasshopper.
If you are going with a touring car and/or a 4wd/AWD then try to get the Touring Car issues.


good luck,
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Old 08-18-2000, 12:39 AM   #4
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I used to have a HPI rs4. Very nice car. Go nitro if many people have em near you. They're a bit harder to start, but alot more fun I think. Make sure you local hobby shop stocks parts for whatever car you want. Having to wait for parts sucks, and I garunatee you will break parts. I kept and *entire* extra kit in my parts box so I could replace anything while at the track (and besides its cheaper that way.)
Do yourself a favor, and by a fm radio if you go nitro though.
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Old 08-17-2000, 01:03 PM   #5
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I usually did 2wd/4wd offroad in terms of R/C Cars.. I still have the Associated worlds car from 5 yrs back. That thing still runs smooooth. Rebuild the diff and put in a new slipper clutch and 13turn motor and that thing flies!!

as for on road touring (which is everybody's thing these days) I'd go with the Yokomos. If I can get into races again, I'll probably start with the Tamiya TA04s (I think that's the newest version) with the belt drive AWD.

Tim
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Old 08-17-2000, 01:06 PM   #6
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Sniffle

I miss my Losi XX4.

4wd, graphite chassis, lots of fun.

sniffle

Broke the front lower suspension mount EVERY time it had a bad jump. But at least it wasn't too hard to replace.

 
Old 08-17-2000, 01:36 PM   #7
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Wow, more memories from when I was young and factory sponsored. I used to drive Cobra for LTO road and Traxxas for nitro truck. Names that no one has heard of anymore, probably. If I were to get back into the hobby (which I won't because I'd blow more money on RC than real cars), I'd go HPI for the kit and Futaba for the radio.

Go gas. More expensive to start, but buying fuel is a heck of a lot less expensive than replacing your battery packs every time you blow a cell (and you will blow cells, especially if you drive in harsh conditions).

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Old 08-17-2000, 01:39 PM   #8
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Okay guys...I'm trying real hard not to sound like a tamiya sales rep (even though I am a Tamiya sales rep ). Tamiya has just came out with the TA04, this is a brand new dual-belt chassis that was designed as a competition car. It is every bit as fast as the Yok, HPI and Associated cars. I feel that it is superior to the other cars from a maintenance standpoint, but other than that it's a toss-up, check them all out and buy what you like best. One nice thing if you do decide to go with the Tamiya: you can run in the Tamiya Championship Series and compete for a nine-day, all expenses paid trip to Japan...I'm going in November(woo-hoo).
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Old 08-17-2000, 02:31 PM   #9
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So what is Tamiya's R/C sight? www.tamiya.com?
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Old 08-17-2000, 03:33 PM   #10
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I dunno. I doubt that one car is specifically 'faster' from one another. Its totally driver dependent. you may have a bad-a$$ all CF 1000-way adjustable car, but if you do'nt know how to mess with the camber, toe, yatta, yatta, then.. money says it'll probably end up slower. I kinda speak from experience. there a lot of factors in buying a R/C car. Cost, parts availability where you're at, driving style. I remember the TA03, (no offense to Tamiya or anything) and a while back my friend got it 'cuz it was the 'hot setup'. Well, with the engine in front and all, he didnt' like the way it pushed. A lotta mods later, (including moving the engine to the rear), he was finally content. Kinda opposite of myself. I bought the Yr-4M. It was awesome and all, but that damn one-way diff. My driving style wasn't smooth enough like Masaki to handle it. I was always spinning out and got hella frustrated. (I later sold it and got a Yr-4GP and became a very pleased customeR). Just shop around, talk to different people at the tracks and shops and see what you like. If you're in So.Cal, nothing beats Ultimate Hobbies in Orange. Later.

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Old 08-17-2000, 09:40 PM   #11
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I have an HPI RS4 Rally Impreza that I am selling if you are interested. It comes with 5- battery packs, 2 chargers, 2 motors(one 19 turn modified one purple birdman stock motor),on road wheels and tires, off road wheels and tires, 1 Indy reactor discharger, Futaba radio, stock springs and off road springs, extra shock oil, some extra parts.
I was asking $150.00, you can make an offer though. You should check around and make sure what you really want first though. I loved this car then I moved and dont have anwhere to run it now. not unless I want to drive 20 min. each way just to run it. It has only had probably 20-25 batt charges run through it so the motors are still pretty fresh. Anyhow if you or anyone else is interested we can work something out. I want more toys for the real suby.
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Old 08-18-2000, 07:55 AM   #12
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You should get the Serpent Impact 1/10th Nitro powered... Its niiiiice
http://www.teamserpent.com

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Old 08-18-2000, 07:58 AM   #13
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Get a nitro RS4 Racer 2.. I have the original NRS4 and its pretty awesome.



edit : MAKE THE IMAGE WORK

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Old 08-18-2000, 08:00 AM   #14
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I am interested Green Hornet, but I need to check my funds! If I decide to take the Impreza body off I can use any replacement HPI body, right? 190mm or 200mm?
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Old 08-18-2000, 11:38 AM   #15
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Dont buy a stinkin' electric! You are gonna get waxed by the nitro cars... I have the Rs4 with a OS .12 motor and a paris racing pipe, and I wax the electric cars asses all day long.
 
Old 08-19-2000, 12:09 AM   #16
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I have an HPI RS4 nitro Racer, a Schumacher SST 2000 (4wd electric), and Tamiya 103 Formula One (2wd electric). I personally enjoy being able to pop in a battery and go, taking the gar car out is a pain. A nice electric car can be lots of fun and easy to use, and with the right motor and battery can be really fast. I love the Tamiya 103 it costs under $100 w/ motor and is very fun if you find other people to race with. I have about 5 friends that have the same car and if everyone runs the stock engine it makes for very exciting and long races, we get about 15 min of run time with matched 2000's.
The Schumacher is also a very good car but I would shy away if it's your first car, it's more difficult to assemble than the HPI's

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Old 08-19-2000, 12:13 AM   #17
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Mugen MTX-2 for gas!!!!!!!! There is no match for that MT-12 motor.
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