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Old 11-21-2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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witch is better DF03 Vs DB01

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I am looking to buy a tamiya 4wd buggy but i don't know with would be the better buy. The DF03 is shaft driven and i have seen people racing it. The DB01 is one i've only just started to see on tamiyas web sit. Its also a 4wd buggy but is belt driven.

Hopefully i will be able to get out and race it this sume at sid's but first i what to know whatone of these cars would be best

Witch one is better, have more hop ups, eacier to repair quickly if i did start racing???

what would be the best electronics to put in it, batteries, moter even?
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:52 PM   #2
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Tamiya makes great products.
Belt drive cars require more maintenance due to the exposed belts/diffs. I'm not knocking them just making you aware.

P.S. I have a biased opinion since I drive a shaft drive car (and very seldom have to rebuild the diffs).
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:05 PM   #3
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Exactly what MGF said... solid advice.

Also keep in mind that the DF-03 has been out for some time so parts and after-market hop-ups are readily available. The DB-01 is brand new (although shares some parts with the 501x) so parts supply will be very limited at first. Just my 2 cents...
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:49 PM   #4
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"no brainer"

Yeah its a "no brainer" shaft drive is the way to go.I have had belt before they are ok inside or on a hard packed track but if you play in a parking lot you my spend alot of time picking stones out of your diff.I have a 2wd desert gator buggy,its discontinued know but i still have no problem getting parts and its a fun buggy.Rising Storm,Keen Hawk,Dark Impact,Avante they are all good buggies and are cheap.Fastcats in oakville offers offroad racing every other week,its alot of fun,if you can come you may see some of these buggies racing around there,go on a practice night.
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Old 11-24-2007, 03:35 PM   #5
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one advantage belt has over shaft, with shaft you can get alot of torque steer because the center shafts rotate laterally, where with belt drive everything rotates front to back, so you dont get the torque steer,

if your running indoor I'd prefer belt, but outdoor shaft, reason being one for the sealed drive train, but also outdoor tracks tend to be alot bigger, so you dont notice the torque steer as much as on a tight indoor track,

you can learn to drive with the torque steer dont get me wrong, but it is there and its something to think about, I know running last winter with the BJ4 at the little niagara track, that was one thing I had to get used to at first, if you get the side to side balance really good it helps eliminate alot of the issue too,
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Old 11-25-2007, 12:36 AM   #6
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The DB01 belts look like they are enclose so i don't think you would be getting rocks stuck in its diff but then again all the pics i've seen aren't the clearest. i guess i need to see them both running before i pick one but plz keep posting what you think.
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