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Old 12-09-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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My brother in law has about $350.00 to spend on his first r/c car. He has decided that he wants a truggy. Is there a fairly decent truggy to be had for that price? Thanks for any help.
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My brother in law has about $350.00 to spend on his first r/c car. He has decided that he wants a truggy. Is there a fairly decent truggy to be had for that price? Thanks for any help.
in the B/S/T there is mugen MBX5T rollers for that price...
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You should be able to get a new OCM Kaos DT-19T truggy from A-Main hobbies in the next week or so for around $400.
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You can get a TeamVTX VTX-ST1 truggy for under $350 RTR. It's a great truggy to get started with and with a few minor upgrades, you can easily race it! Here is a link: http://www.rc-nation.com/display_part/859.php
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My brother in law has about $350.00 to spend on his first r/c car. He has decided that he wants a truggy. Is there a fairly decent truggy to be had for that price? Thanks for any help.
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...oducts_id/4504

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...ducts_id/17279

I bought the second one a few months ago. Previously I had the CEN Matrix TR Arena. The TTR handles better, is more durable and IMO just better all around in performance, value and durability.
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^^^What he said! those things are indestructable.

tell him to save his money so he can bolt one of these in and then he'll be ready to roll hardcore:
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...ducts_id/16332
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You can get a losi 8ight-t off ebay for a pretty good price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Losi-8ight-T-ART...QQcmdZViewItem
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You can get a TeamVTX VTX-ST1 truggy for under $350 RTR. It's a great truggy to get started with and with a few minor upgrades, you can easily race it! Here is a link: http://www.rc-nation.com/display_part/859.php
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My buddy races the buggy and it is a very good RTR. We also have a buddy who just bought the Truggy and for the money it is a sick! truck...
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Ok folks... let's be honest here. NO $350 RTR is going to approach the quality, durability, and performance of a decent kit. It just isn't going to happen.

The cheapest you will find a decent kit NEW is about $400. Then you need a radio (WIDE range of options there!) servos (plan on $50 each MINIMUM) motor (I think you can get a 3-port Go for like $100) pipe ($50 and up) etc. Figure $800 MINIMUM for all new stuff. Then you still need to be able to start it (ignitor and starter box) unless you go with a pull-start motor (you'll hate that, both from a durability AND effort perspective) or roto-start (cheaper than a starter box, but not as durable as using the "bump start," and more weight on the truggy.)

About $500 will get you a decent RTR buggy... not a GOOD one, but a decent one. Not sure if you can find a decent RTR truggy that cheap or not. I haven't looked. This is NOT a cheap hobby... the $350 RTRs are ok for bashing, but not competitive in racing. They aren't as durable, they aren't as fast, and they are harder to get parts for. The servos will die a quick death in most cases, the engines are not as powerful OR as durable, and many parts are not equal to the quality of the better truggies.

I made the mistake of buying one of those cheap RTRs to start in this hobby. It was like driving down the highway and tossing money out the window. Don't do it.
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I agree with DOMIT's summarization here.

If you even think you might take it to your local track ONCE, you are fooling yourself with a $350 budget. If you saying that you have $350 now and plan on spending more in $200 increments over a period of several months, then that is probably more realistic, even when it comes to just purchasing a 'basher' RTR.

BUT, if you are going to take it to a race track once or twice, plan on spending at least $500~850 on race kit, tools, and accessories. Look to buyout someone who's leaving the hobby in a package deal (Bump box, tools, spares, motor, electronics, rolling chassis). Plan on such a package deal being a minimum of $600 and up - depending on the quality of components...

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Good "roller" (needs engine, pipe, radio, etc)
http://cgi.ebay.com/MUGEN-MBX5T_W0QQ...QQcmdZViewItem

Everything BUT the radio... even has servos.
http://cgi.ebay.com/KYOSHO-STR-ST-R-...QQcmdZViewItem

This one even has a radio...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Kyosho-Inferno-S...QQcmdZViewItem

Losi Roller:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Nitro-Losi-8T-Tr...QQcmdZViewItem

another one
http://cgi.ebay.com/new-losi-8-8ight...QQcmdZViewItem

If you absolutely MUST get an RTR, this is an acceptable start- but keep in mind that it isn't as good as a "pro kit," not even close.
http://cgi.ebay.com/HOBAO-HB-M7-ST-1...QQcmdZViewItem
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This is actually decent for an RTR: (The Jammin is a GREAT, pro-quality truck)
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-in-box-Jammi...QQcmdZViewItem

Maybe the Caster... they're the new kids in town, but look ok
http://cgi.ebay.com/CASTER-RACING-1-...QQcmdZViewItem

Another Jammin
http://cgi.ebay.com/jammin-x1crt-tru...QQcmdZViewItem

Kyosho... again, if you MUST have an RTR, get a quality one like a Kyosho:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Must-Go-Kyosho-I...QQcmdZViewItem

Another Jammin.
http://cgi.ebay.com/OFNA-Jammin-X-1-...QQcmdZViewItem

Note that I've only put decent ones on here. The Hyper is the lowest end of them, that would be my last choice. The Caster I don't know enough about to say much. I've looked them over in person, and have driven a Caster buggy, but not an RTR. The quality LOOKS good, but only time will tell.

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OCM RTR Truggy....Futaba sport radio....Futaba servos...Go Tech engine....less than $ 400.00.



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My brother in law has about $350.00 to spend on his first r/c car. He has decided that he wants a truggy. Is there a fairly decent truggy to be had for that price? Thanks for any help.
Does your brother in law have his heart set on a truggy? He might be better off going with a RTR 1/10 scale nitro truck. If he intends to race it he'd have to throw a lot less money at it to race ok with it. Plus if he can figure out how to drive a 2wd 1/10 scale nitro he'd be able to transition to other RC's pretty easy considering 2wd nitro is a handful.
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Uh... Here's where I disagree with DOMIT, if I'm interpreting his statement correctly (We may be saying the essentially the same thing, just differently)

The Hyper ST is a great truck. It is very competitive. The components coming with it to form the RTR Hyper ST package are probably mediocre at best. I'm not sure about the MacStar engines, they may be OK, but it is still an RTR engine. Same for the electronics. Servos may be OK, but I've not heard anything about them.

The truck itself is a competitive and capable platform. Just not a lot of Factory Ho Bao drivers running them in the US right now, so you don't hear about them so much. For bashing and an occasional race, it may still be overkill. This would be a better than average bashing package, IMO... Parts are durable and cheap...

I think those Kyosho packages on Ebay are pretty good deals if the prices don't escalate too much. Didn't look at all of them, though. Jammin' truggies are good rigs too! In fact, there aren't too many 'bad' truggies out there these days, as all of them have their positives.
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