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08-01-2002, 08:22 AM
Not sure if RC cars are considered automotive or not so I just put on Off-Topic, GAM please move if you feel it is in the wrong place..
Anyway I am going to start going into RCing anyone got suggestions as to set up and stufff. and what radio controller is good. A friend already suggested this set up:
HPI RS4 3 Type SS
HPI Fiber Disc Brake
HPI Sway Bars
HPI 200mm body
Associated Air Filter Kit
Dubro In-line Fuel Filter
and then these for sharing amoung some ppl:
Wildcat 20% Nitro Fuel
Tamiya Thread Locking Agent
DuraTrax Fuel Bottle
but I am to pick my own radio set which one should I get?
Futuba 2PH Magnum Sport $44.99
Futuba 2PHKA Magnum Junior $69.99
Towerhobbies 2TXP $44.99
anyone got good sites for me to know what each part does and how they effect my car also what brands or what to look for?
08-01-2002, 08:30 AM
i used to do some rc driving last summer. I had a Cen nitro funfactor and a Traxxas stampede. I pimped out the stampede then sold it. the cen was pretty much a stock truck. I changed the tires on it and that was about it. with street slicks (on a 4wd truck), the thing would reach about 40 mph. IT handled great. i didnt have any patience for the thing since it was nitro.
my pede was pimped out to the max. i had all kinds of aftermarket hopups on it. i dumped so much money into that things. At times i wish i had it around, but it began to grow real expensive to drive it (since i was always buying something for it).
i really cant answer your questions. the rasios from tower are rebadged futaba radios i believe.
If you buy from tower, search for TC5. Its a 5 dollar off coupon. there used to be a tc10, but they removed it last summer due to me and some guys at work abusing it (it was amazing how many accounts we could create. we has saved like 50-60 dollars each between all orders)
check out a few RC message boards. they often post coupons or codes for tower. they usually have free shipping or something similar.
08-01-2002, 09:44 AM
the HPI car is a great starter, and can be upgraded a bit too... I cant remember if theres a "bearing kit" for it or not, but if there is, GET IT. the plastic parts wear out all too soon.
Make sure your steering servo is just a bit heavier duty than the standar servos, but the same size. - it'll keep you from stripping the (usually plastic) gears in the servo. Either that, or look for a metal geared ball bearing servo.
I would STRONGLY suggest getting an FM/PCM radio. The gas engines in the cars and planes have a tendancy to generate electro magnetic fields, and wreak havock on some of the cheaper AM radios.
I recommend AGAINST the Tower glo plug. Last time i checked (its been a while) they were spring loaded and you would squeeze them over the plug. They tend to vibrate off in the middle of starting, and are a REAL P.I.T.A. - if i remember right, Hobbico sells a unit for the same price that is a twist-lock type. o just push it down over the plug, and rotate maybe 45 degrees. It locks into place, and holds tight. Works with any type plug, and even has a hole in the upper shaft you can insert a screw driver into to tighten the plug. That way you dont have to use a seperate tool to tighten the plug.
best way to start with RC Cars is to go with one of their starter kits. they are cheaper and will help you get a good foot hold into building a car.
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