Originally posted by JoshR 85
i'm thinking of getting into nitro and possibly a 1/8 scale, but don't know exactly what is a good one for me, and i'm a good off-road elec stk, and mod driver, or can handle mod. and wondering which is best one to get, and how much will it cost to keep it running??? or should i just get a nitro truck???
There's never been a better time to take up 1/8th Off Road. It's so much more accessable, with a far greater choice of racing platforms. I know many electric drivers who have made the switch from 1/10th 2wd/4wd offroad to 1/8th Nitro - they were all glad that they did.
Modern race engines offer huge performance, reliable starting and responsive throttling - gone are the days where you'ld spend an afternoon just trying to start an engine, or have it quit every 3 minutes
Hyper 7's spring to mind for value for money, good build quality and overall performance. You can get them ARTR, PBS and Pro versions. The Hyper 8 port engine is cheap, but runs well.
If money is no object, Kyosho seem to occupy the top spot with Mugen, Crono, Thunder Tiger, Hyper 7's all in the hunt as well.
Initial cost with 1/8th is pretty high. Besides the cost of the car, engine, header and pipe, you'll need good quality radio, along with 2 suitable servo's, fuel, fuel bottle (filler or fuel gun), starter box (normally powered by 2 x 7.2v stick packs), glow heater, glow plugs, field charger, 12v power source (leisure battery). As an electric racer, you may well have some of this stuff already.
Unlike with 1/10th off road, you won't need to constantly buy expensive race packs, brushes, armatures or skim comms etc etc to remain competitive. Pretty much all you need is fuel and tyres to keep racing - so 1/8th isn't that expensive, not in the long run.
Driving wise, the speed is awesome. These things get airborne in a hurry. Coming from Mod class, you'll all ready know the importance of 'correct use of throttle'. Handling - well, to be honest they don't handle quite as well as a Losi XXX4 or a CAT 3000 because they are far heavier and have a higher CoG, but they still handle very well. 1/8th Buggies can handle far bumpier surfaces and are less easily deflected.
Maintenence - cleaning and lubrication is important with all classes, but with Nitro it's all about preventative maintenance. Gear boxes are sealed, but air/fuel filters, wheel bearings, clutch, engine bolts and drive-shafts will need to be checked fairly frequently to ensure reliable running. In general you'll break far fewer parts because the 1/8th off road cars are very strong/durable.
Now go get that car..............