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Old 12-30-2007, 12:03 PM   #31
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For a beginner nitro driver I would not get a losi or an RC8. They are not forgiving and take more to drive fast (yes, I have driven them both).

IMO I would either get a mugen or the hyper 8.5. They are stable, tough, and easy to drive.

One of the most important factors in getting a car(especially a new driver) is to pick a car that people race where you do. This way you can get help in setup tips and driving tips. anyway, my 2 cents (in my 20yrs of rc racing)
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Old 12-30-2007, 03:44 PM   #32
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I would strongly consider the Xray XB8 line of cars.The cars are very fast,extremely durable, and very very foregiving so I would really consider it.I have had mine for a little longer than a year and I still love driving it everytime I take the car out.
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:15 PM   #33
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i would go with a mugen. i will be going on my second season on my R and have not had to replace many parts at all. just a few shock ends and some tweaked rear arms. nothing in the drive train was replaced but clutch shoes and bearings...good car from which to learn from and it is still very competitive. probably the best rough track buggy out there still as well, with or without big bores.
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:19 PM   #34
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OCM would be a good choice also.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:36 PM   #35
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My son read the mazigenes and he likes the RC8 but I think it is to new.
I like the CEN because of price but there is no parts here for them, same for the sportwerks. It will be between the WP777, Mugen, And the RC8. Tell me what you think.
out of your list I would go with the RC8 or Mugen. I have herd that mugen might be coming out with the mbx6 so you could wait for that. or the RC8 is out right now and looks very nice on the track. handles very similar to the losi 8ight.
I have not owned a kyosho in the past 10 years so I don't know anything about them.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:42 PM   #36
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dont get an rc8 or a mugen.
the rc8 has alot of parts that break easly
the only problem with the mugen is the availbality for parts. if u can get parts at your lhs then your good.

a very good car is the losi 8
-parts are easy to get
-not as many parts break
-is very dourable

but think about what yourlhs carries.
see what parts they carry for that car
also see if that company is a big company because you can probably get set-up sheets for that car
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:03 PM   #37
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go the smart route, take your kid to the lhs and let him pick it out. as long as parts are availible, you cant go wrong with any of them.
if you get a RC8, buy extra top plate and toe plate.
if you buy an 8ight, buy extra rear outer hinge pins and plastic hinge pin covers.
if you buy a 777, buy a screw kit and captured hinge pins.
if you by a xray, buy extra spur gears, if you can find ANY parts at all.
if you buy a mugen, buy a case of front arms.
also, how old is your kid? will he be strong enough to carry an xray or mugen?
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I'm sorry if I offend anyone , but Ive driven all the buggies mentioned and I must say LOSI*8/8T are the best. They receive bad comments from those who cant catch them in a race. Usually, its from guys driving Mugen or Xray. Ive said it many times, they don't break (unless you cant drive), very easy to setup and wrench on, handling and performance is second to none, (other manufactures don't even come close to its stability), very affordable replacement parts and very popular. So finding that rare broken part at the track has better odds. also most hobby shops will carry LOSI parts.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:23 PM   #39
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thats soo true ppl get mad that i try to pass them with my 8 and they hack me and yelkl at me when im faster then them
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Just look @ what the top 1/8 driver is running, LOSI*8/8T (Adam Drake)
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just about it also depends on what motor ur running and what skill level ur racing at
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:33 PM   #43
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Hey, you Losi guys dont forget about how bad the losi 8 edition cars ware.In 3 week of runnning a Losi alot of the parts are already worn out.My Xray which I have had for more than a year is still using the STOCK parts it came with and it hardly has any ware at all on it and I run my car every weekend on offroad tracks.With Drake it dont matter what car he drives because he is just that talanted it is just who gives him the most money and Losi has thrown the bank at him.So if you dont want to get a new car every two months get an Xray XB8.
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Hey, you Losi guys dont forget about how bad the losi 8 edition cars ware.In 3 week of runnning a Losi alot of the parts are already worn out.My Xray which I have had for more than a year is still using the STOCK parts it came with and it hardly has any ware at all on it and I run my car every weekend on offroad tracks.With Drake it dont matter what car he drives because he is just that talanted it is just who gives him the most money and Losi has thrown the bank at him.So if you dont want to get a new car every two months get an Xray XB8.
x2 plus 8ights do break and its cool shops carry the parts but alot of the times they run out of the fast wear/breakable parts, like center diff cases and front drive line parts...
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:59 PM   #45
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Hey James, that you?

I don't get bad rep form anybody driving my 8ight at hotrod. If im considerably slower then somebody trying to overtake me, I race a wide line and let them pass. no sense in driving all aggressive and taking both of you out.

The only time iv'e ever had somebody mad at me, I highly doubt it was because of the car I drove- LOL.

And about the durability issues, I really never had a big problem. Most parts seem to last just as long as other buggies. The only real problems I ever had were the rear diff spacers (get the alum parts) and the fuel tank / cap seal. It started to leak and cause a major tuning headache. (granted ive been running that tank for 6~ months!)

And if the car does wear out a little faster than other cars, its not much and i'd bet you were willing to pay a little more if you really like driving the 8. Ive also noticed that parts for the 8ight are usually considerable cheaper per part then other brands. This sport is not cheap to no matter what car your drive!

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