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January 06, 2016, 02:49:07 PM

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TC and drift TC turnbuckle recommendations
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:49:07 PM »
Hey all! We've been running drift TC's and one of our preferred kits comes with really soft/weak turnbuckles. Those turnbuckles are notorious to bend just looking at them. I'm serious, soft like butter.

There are a bunch of companies who also make TC turnbuckles in alum, steel, metal etc, and what some companies call "titanium". HPI, Tamiya, etc.

In our very specific case, the turnbuckles (fronts 2.5cm or rears 3cm total length) are going into aluminum "Y" arms. The stock ones will bend, which allows you to remove them. Upgrades will potentially snap, where you may no longer be able to remove the turnbuckle and you have to replace the "Y" arm itself.

Some of our guys tried "titanium" (or titanium reinforced?) that cost a bit of money $$$ from various brands, but a strong impact would have them snap (seems the material they're made of is junk maybe?).

I picked up some $$$ Lundsford titanium turnbuckles, as I always had luck with them when I had an SC10. Not sure how they'll perform, but I'm generally a gentle driver. Do you guys have any suggestion for this specific case? Are there TC turnbuckles of a good material and that would probably bend over snapping? Steel bends? Titanium snaps? What do you think?
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January 06, 2016, 02:53:01 PMReply #1

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Re: TC and drift TC turnbuckle recommendations
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2016, 02:53:01 PM »
steel.
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January 06, 2016, 02:56:23 PMReply #2

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Re: TC and drift TC turnbuckle recommendations
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2016, 02:56:23 PM »
But from which company? Not 3Racing? Tamiya?
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January 06, 2016, 03:02:59 PMReply #3

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2016, 03:02:59 PM »
But from which company? Not 3Racing? Tamiya?
Try a few different companies to see who's holds up the best. The steel ones will be the most economic, so trying a few different ones is the way to go.
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January 06, 2016, 09:04:55 PMReply #4

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Re: TC and drift TC turnbuckle recommendations
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2016, 09:04:55 PM »
Spend the money, get the Lunsford.

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All of our titanium turnbuckles are guaranteed against bending or breaking. If you have a bent or broken Lunsford titanium turnbuckle, just place it in a small padded envelope and return it to us for a new replacement turnbuckle. Please remember to include your return address. It's that simple.

January 07, 2016, 01:45:00 AMReply #5

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Re: TC and drift TC turnbuckle recommendations
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2016, 01:45:00 AM »
Titanium isn't just titanium. The grade is very important and what manufacturers say they use VS actually use are generally not the same. Lunsford is the only way to go and are worth the coin.
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January 28, 2016, 01:50:55 PMReply #6

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Re: TC and drift TC turnbuckle recommendations
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2016, 01:50:55 PM »
Titanium isn't just titanium. The grade is very important and what manufacturers say they use VS actually use are generally not the same. Lunsford is the only way to go and are worth the coin.

Yup, Lunsford all the way.  There's a reason even pros use Lunsford to replace their stock kit turnbuckles.  They may be a bit pricey but really difficult to break, and you'll be very unlikely to ever bend one.

January 28, 2016, 03:15:59 PMReply #7

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Re: TC and drift TC turnbuckle recommendations
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2016, 03:15:59 PM »
Good advice. Funny thing is, you may pay almost as much for knockoffs that will break. We had it happen to a few guys. I got the Lundsfords and they will go in the moment I bent the butter soft stock ones.
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January 28, 2016, 06:12:06 PMReply #8

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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2016, 06:12:06 PM »
+1 Lunsford, they'll outlast the car. I think I've only ever bent one of them and it was a spectacular crash.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2016, 08:33:25 PM »
and I think they have a lifetime warranty as well. I'm 99% there screws do (or at least did)
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