RC Classic Cars & Trucks Have a classic that is at least 15 years or older? Discuss it here!

TB-01 vs DF-03Ra ?

Reply
Old 05-17-2011, 06:45 AM
  #1
davzilla
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Acton, ON, CANADA
Posts: 18
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default TB-01 vs DF-03Ra ?

hey guys, i'm trying to decide between the TB-01 and DF-03Ra kits. i've been running an hpi sprint 2 for the past year but the belt system just isn't holding up to the VXL BL system i put in. plus i can't really use it at home in the country. So i wanted to get a rally kit that's shaft drive and still use the sweet car body's of my favorite tuner cars.

i've read the both the offical/resourse threads on here and can see pro's and cons to both kits, but i'd like som imput from people who actually have them.

Thanks
davzilla is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2011, 07:56 AM
  #2
davzilla
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Acton, ON, CANADA
Posts: 18
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: TB-01 vs DF-03Ra ?

oh and if makes a difference the TB-01 is 50 bucks cheaper than the DF-03Ra
davzilla is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2011, 11:36 PM
  #3
rapscallion
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 33
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: TB-01 vs DF-03Ra ?

Hello DavZilla.

If you're looking at a total savings of $50, then I would just go for the DF03r. I recently purchased a TB-01 rally kit for the very low price of roughly $40 - and I was very excited about the deal. But once I started doing the little upgrades and modifications that are really required to make it a race-ready (or close to it) car, it has cost me easily another $100 plus. With the DF03r, you'll be ready to go straight out of the box and have better performance than the TB-01 will ever be.

I will give the TB-01 credit for being insanely durable. I've been launching this thing off jumps like crazy, and it seems to just keep going. But, the biggest downside I've come across is the intense heat build-up to the motor/esc combo. I've added in a decent brushless system and tried several different gearings, but nothing seems to cool it down to within a reasonable range. Pinion up, Pinion down....nothing helps. I think it is a result of the full metal gearbox, steel driveshaft, and relatively stiff gear diff; the resistance is enormous compared to a more modern drive-train.

With all that said, though...if you like tinkering and customizing and upgrading and whatnot, the TB-01 is a great car with tons of parts/options floating around out there. I'm just about to convert my TB-01 rally car into a buggy, and it should be a total blast. Converting a DF03r would probably be a lot easier, as the Dark Impact is the same chassis - but I've got the TB-01 and plan to have as much fun as I possibly can with it

Good luck either way.

JPR
rapscallion is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 07:37 AM
  #4
Lunchboxer
 
Lunchboxer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Longmeadow, MA
Posts: 56,173
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: TB-01 vs DF-03Ra ?

TB-01 = vintage + dust shield
DF-03Ra = parts support + current generation + better performance

If you can find a TB-01 w/ the proper dust shield, it is a good kit to have just because it is no longer available.. however, for pure runner, DF-03Ra is probably better..
Lunchboxer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2011, 08:17 AM
  #5
davzilla
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Acton, ON, CANADA
Posts: 18
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default RE: TB-01 vs DF-03Ra ?

Cool, thanks for the input guys, looks like it's the DF03Ra for me
davzilla is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes

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



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:02 PM.