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#1 Garry S

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 11:09 PM

Time to get more serious about controllers, getting by with Parma turbo 2ohm but Group 20 makes it a wee bit too warm.  I'm considering the Koford M641, are there any other contenders in the $200 range to consider?  

 

I do want G7 capability, but only occasional use, no serious racing above G20. 


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Posted 17 December 2016 - 11:40 PM

I would spend about a $100 or so more and get one of these -

 

Difalco Genesis HD30 DD-271

Third Eye Hitman

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 11:51 PM

Real important to try examples of the controllers you're considering IMO. Just because one racer likes a particular controller doesn't mean the next one will.

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 11:57 PM

Garry,

A few days ago, I sent you a PM with info on the Koford M558-3. I would suggest trying it before investing in an electronic controller.

As far as Tim's suggestions, while I sell a ton of Third Eye Hitman, the $275 retail model is only rated up to G12.

My second most popular electronic controller is the Difalco DD271. It handles G7, but after selling my last one about a week ago, my dist. is pretty skeptical on the prospect of getting more soon, possibly due to Parma handle shortage.


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 12:59 AM

Matching controller to car and track can be a very personal thing, so trying samples is important. 

 

Since Group 20 is not raced much, are you running on all banked tracks or trying to run flatter tracks? 

 

Your price limit is fine for finding a used transistor controller, but most new ones are higher. The 30-band Difalco works with anything and the module kit can be used to rebuild any older 10 or 15 band working model that might be had.


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#6 Garry S

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 04:45 AM

Mike,

 

I haven't received a PM from you about the Koford we discussed. Please resend along with price on the M641, or other alternatives you might have.


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Posted 18 December 2016 - 09:09 AM

Hi Garry,

I sent it to someone with a similar PM handle.

Please confirm you now have it.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 04:24 PM

You can convert your Parma controller to a 30-band Difalco, simple kits you solder in are available by Difalco... bought one through BPR... About $130 with a regular brake and $175 with a Pro brake.
 
I did one for myself, works great, simple to install,
 
Install a Difalco trigger bearing at the same time, another $15 and you'll be good to go for awhile.
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