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Commin' Back from 1995 RC. need advice

Old 09-20-2008, 01:52 PM
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Default Commin' Back from 1995 RC. need advice

I was 12 years old the last time I owned, operated or took place in any events. My last build was a Tamyia Blackfoot thats still sitting in a box somewhere in storage. I own a few others including an old school Team Losi Belt driven buggie and a real peice of work from my uncle who built a 4wd chain driven buggie in college for an engineering project.

They are all collecting dust. I sold the recivers & radios back in 2003 to help me pay for some damage to my car (drifing my dialy driver) :P

I feel as if I left the fun behind and in the proccess I missed a lot of information.

Well, the other day a new hobby shop went up in my area and decided to take a look when I noticed they were drifting little AE86's and RX-7's around an indoor track.
I was F***Kin floored!!! Instantly I started looking into a new sled to get into this drifting.
I asked a few questions and the guy recommended me some ready to run systems(meh.. I enjoy building them though...) Showed me some HPI cars e10 with upgraded Drive shafts he used from Tamyia he was selling them without ESC or electronics for around 90-100 bucks a pop. Instantlly I'm thinking in my head "Who the heck is HPI??"

I did my research and found my old friend Tamyia! the TT-01 became my target. Reason being is because I have no fear of doing my own build up. Second because I found that the same HPI e10 was a gamble you may or may not have a crud load of issues and intermitten 4wd is out of the question. Third, I could build up a Tamyia(my trusted choice in quality and reliability for years) For roughly the same price with officiall parts to upgrade to, plus it includes an ECS in most kits.

As many people who like the e10 there are just as many who say to stay away, plus some of the guys at the indoor track here will tease your e10. So far everyone has recommended the TT01.

I made a friend at the track who is willing to part with his TT-01 he used for Touring. Hes upgraded the brushings, Gears and it has an Alloy drive shaft. 95 bucks flat and hes tossing in a IS300 body with a light kit. I checked it out, and its been used maybe 1 time indoors. He says for a test run for a TCS event he missed. No dust on the inside.. its clean clean clean and still smells like new plastic. It has a stock motor and Tamyia ESC. Cheap because he wants to upgrade his current setup and to have a local buddy to drift with.

Good deal, right?
I've forgotton all about gear adjustments and setups. I know this rig is setup for touring, what kind of gears am I looking for for drift? more.. or less teeth? I got to play around and Drift an e10 and I've got to say that its not hard at all so I'm not very timid with the experiance.
The electronics are a little diffrent from when I did things. Speed controlers when I last used them were pretty basic and analog and it used a servo to determin speed. Do I need to buy a transmitter with a reciver seperately? or can I just plug them right into the new fangled Electronic Speed Controlers, charge up an battery & go? What will i need?
I can make my own drift tires out of old spray can caps.

I know I wrote a book for you guys, but thanks for helping.

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Old 09-20-2008, 04:57 PM
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Get the TT-01D (drift version) it has all the good hopups and drifts great,solid chassis and well priced.
You will get sidewayz in no time m8 [8D]
Old 09-20-2008, 06:21 PM
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I would take it, the E10 isn't very good but look into HPI, they offer great cars, but I have to say the best company in the industry is Yokomo, www.yokomo.com is the place to check out, they have great cars, but sort of exspensive, but if you're trying to save a buck or two take that guys deal, it's pretty good, and you will just need to get the tt-01 drift upgrades, by the way, you can find what you need on any thread to do with tt-01s here lol...good luck!!
Old 09-20-2008, 06:47 PM
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I'm really looking into the HPI e10 now. I'm just worried about the drive shaft and it looks like that car will be at its limits for a while speakin in the upgrades department. Although I've heard of people using Tamiya drive shafts in these with some luck.

I found another TL-01 setup for drift but it looks like its taken a beating. So I'm not so sure about it. I might buy it some other time as a beater to thrash around the parking lot. Or at least use it for electronics. Hes including everything needed to run sitting on a poorly painted M3 HPI body. I could always paint the outter side of the body with a flat black hot rod color and do the same with the rims. Lot of upgrades for this one and the drive shafts look bullet proof.

I'll see about Yokomo when I get a little more passionate.

Right now its a toss up between a HPI e10 or a Tamiya TT01

If I get the Tamiya TT10 with it I'll Get a painted white Merc Benz body + unpainted IS300 body, ESC and motor

The HPI e10 is slightly cheaper but comes with a painted Ae86 body + motor, upgraded drive shaft and no ESC

Price Estimate To Run:

Tamyia TT01 = $160
HPI e10 = $150
Old 09-20-2008, 11:01 PM
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TT-01 is my vote.
Old 09-21-2008, 10:18 AM
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Default RE: Commin' Back from 1995 RC. need advice

Just to throw something else into the loop...I'm in the midst of setting up an Associated FT TC4 ($300 used). The team and factory team TC4 cars have been discontinued (because of the new TC5 I think), but there are still plenty of upgrades and replacement parts. A little expensive, but I'm a big fan of carbon fiber and the shaft driven system. Also, if you end up getting really involved, you'll probably end up replacing the motor and esc anyway, so I wouldn't put too much weight on the RTR factor.

If you would like to check out an RTR option from Associated, try a google search for Associated TC4 RTR and you'll see they've released a nice RTR sedan that is well priced at around $240.

The hardest part of the TT-01 is that you'll probably have a tough time finding replacement parts locally. Other than that, they're pretty popular for drifting. I was looking at the TT-01D before I decided on the Associated. HPI and Associated are much more common in the states.
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Done I got the TT01.

Upgrades it came with:
Tamiya Full Ball Bearings
Highspeed Gears

Upgrades I installed last night:
Front & rear alloy Dogbones
One-Way Alloy Drive Shaft<-Really good for drifting. 1. Stop Accelerating before you get your corner, 2. Turn, 3.tap the reverse(now your sideways) 4. Apply Power and 4wd drift
Upgraded Alloy Shocks & Dampen, adjustable

I got some more cash coming through tonight and I'm looking into setting up a mild gearing set for drifting, and another set for if I ever feel like track racing.

I'm going for a new motor too. Most likely 19t with an alloy spur & pinion
I got to test it out before the upgrades and a set of HPI drift rubbers. Its drifts, decently... But.. I knew it could do soooooo much better

After the upgrades its felt like a f***Kin Champ! I dropped the high speed gears and returned them to stock. I dont like the suspention arms. Beefy lil ABS plasic arms looks like they'll start to flex, and on the warm pavement I'm sure they will. For now they seem sane, but I'll see.

So far so good, this TT01 is a bolt on bully. The body is a CLK-DTH white with bronze rims. I'm painting up the IS-300 once I find out what I want it too look like.
For now the CLK looks sick when it gets sidewayz

If you got any tips please do share!

Thanks guys.
Old 09-21-2008, 10:25 AM
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ORIGINAL: str8.krooked

Just to throw something else into the loop...I'm in the midst of setting up an Associated FT TC4 ($300 used). The team and factory team TC4 cars have been discontinued (because of the new TC5 I think), but there are still plenty of upgrades and replacement parts. A little expensive, but I'm a big fan of carbon fiber and the shaft driven system. Also, if you end up getting really involved, you'll probably end up replacing the motor and esc anyway, so I wouldn't put too much weight on the RTR factor.

If you would like to check out an RTR option from Associated, try a google search for Associated TC4 RTR and you'll see they've released a nice RTR sedan that is well priced at around $240.

The hardest part of the TT-01 is that you'll probably have a tough time finding replacement parts locally. Other than that, they're pretty popular for drifting. I was looking at the TT-01D before I decided on the Associated. HPI and Associated are much more common in the states.
Parts are everywhere here for the TT-01
Associated was one of my favorites in the day. I think I might have an old skool Graphite chass from one of these sittin in a box somewhere. Motor and ESC are going to be replaced tonight. I forget which brand but at the local shop they have a shipped in ESC that comes with USB hook ups for programming
Old 09-22-2008, 04:51 PM
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Default RE: Commin' Back from 1995 RC. need advice

One tip I'd have is in regards tyres...

Dont use spray can caps.

Go to ebay, type "sushi drift" and buy them.

3 (sets of four) x ABS drift tyres for around $10.00

They'll save you a lot of messing around
Old 09-22-2008, 08:11 PM
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Definitely go with the sushi drift tires. If you do decide to get more into RC drifting and you get a Yokomo, you won't be disappointed at all. I've got one and love it.
Old 09-22-2008, 08:56 PM
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I got a set of HPI Drifts
and some no name ABS Drifts

So I'm all good in that department

Picked them off of ebay they came with some gold alloy 5 Spoke Kyosho rims

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