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Old 08-07-2007, 04:43 PM   #1
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Alright, so here's the deal. I use to race a Team Losi Truck way back in like 1996. It's obviously 11 years later....

A couple buddies of mine at the office bought some R/C cars and really sparked my interest again. So now I'm looking to buy a new truck. The only thing is I'm not sure what to get anymore since I have been out of the loop.

All I'm looking to do is just race with it. I can work on these cars without any problem so I don't need anything as far as a "starter" truck. Just need something to where I don't have to worry about buying a new truck 3 months later due to it being a "low end" truck.

Any and all suggestion will be well appreciated.
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You cannot go wrong with Mugen MBX5 T, Jammin X1CRT or the Losi truck.
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:12 PM   #3
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Is there a specific model?
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Those are the models. The Losi is a 8ight-T. They are all great, and I suggest the Matrix TR and the Xray XT8.
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Awesome, Thanks!

Is there any reason why you would lean more towards one model then another?
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Awesome, Thanks!

Is there any reason why you would lean more towards one model then another?
The Losi 8T seems to soak up the rough tracks best, has great parts availability and tech support, doesn't need hardly any hop-ups, and steers the best.
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Now I notice it says I need to purchase a .21- to .28-size Nitro Engine. Any idea's on which one out there is the best for racing?
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Not really. They are all amazing vehicles that have won MANY events with pros driving them. Just choose what you think you would like. Personally I do not like pillow ball suspension (what the mugen has), but I do like the way the Mugen drives.

BTW you mention "truck". Do you mean a 2wd 10th scale stadium truck or an 8th scale "Truggy"

The top companies for race vehicles nowadays are in no particular order: Jammin, Xray, Mugen, Losi, Associated and Kyosho. I only know nitro offroad however, not the electric side of things.

Good race engines: (stick with a .21) OS V-Spec, RB Concepts engines, Novarossi engines, and Ninja engines seem to be the most popular for good reason. I myself stick with RB engines.

Servos: ACE, Airtronics, Ko Propo, JR, Futaba. If your thinking of 8th scale use at least 120oz/in or more, preferably more if running a truggy (for steering) and .15 seconds or faster on throttle and .10 seconds or faster on steering. For stadium truck 50oz/in or more @ .15 seconds or more on throttle and 100oz/in or more on steering @ .10 seconds or faster. Most of the required servos will cost upwards of $80.
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i guess myself, i would lean to the Mugen MBX5T...ive had the Jammin and a Mantis and have driven most all the others and the MBX5T seems to be the best handling and strongest of them all....
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Is there any reason why you would lean more towards one model then another?
Two things to consider:

1. It's more convenient to own a truck you can get parts for locally, so you may want to swing by the local hobby shop and see what brands they stock.

2. It's nice to have a brand that other people at your track race so you can borrow/loan parts and share set up advice.
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wish my LHS carried parts for any of the good 1/8 scale buggies or truggies...
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Same here...but I still order from my old hobby shop from where I used to live, which has the best racing kits out there. He ships, and it takes only 2 days from the date he shipped it. I would much rather buy from him than the hobby shop as he has helped me out so much when I was starting in this hobby, plus the owner is an awesome guy. GO ELITE HOBBIES IN COVINA!! (shameless plug)
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I wish my "LHS" was a little more "local". They'd get a lot more of my money if they were. All I have close by is Hobby Town and Hobby People, which are both pretty worthless. Most my stuff winds up being ordered from amain unless it's something I need right away...or fuel. Then I make the drive.
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Hehe, ya I have to drive 3 hours to my "LHS". Fuel is cheaper by about $8 and its not the O'Donnel RTR stuff that we have locally. The only local shop here is planes. I do have a hobby shop closer in Santa Maria, but the workers there are rude and worthless for info.
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