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Old 06-15-2008, 05:25 AM   #1
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I know it's probably been highly debated, but here goes. I just installed high torque, metal geared servos into my OFNA buggy last night and saw an immediate improvement. Now I'm looking to upgrade the radio from the RTR AM piece of crap. Was looking at the 3PM's. My local hobby shop only has the 2.4 for $199. Question is do I really need to fork out the extra $$$$$ for a 2.4 system? I realize it is much nicer, they also have a "used"(still brand new in the foam) Spektrum system for $150, just the receiver and transmitter. What do you guys think?
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If you plan on racing a lot 2.4 is the way to go.
It's just nice to never worry about your channel,and I have never gotten a radio hit or glitch since going to Spektrum.

Fm isn't as bad as it used to be for channel conflicts,but the cars them selves can cause interference and glitches at times.

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Its a tough call as far as making an investment. I have all 3 AM, FM and a DX3R. And I have never had any issues with my AM at all. The DX3R is lite and no antenna in the way is nice and the signal is supposed to be faster as in the response is supposed to make things faster, I haven't really noticed it, my steering and throttle seem just the same to me, and I can turn my radio on any time I want, and I have yet to have any trouble with it.

That said if an AM loses signal you will know it same as if your spectrum loses signal or starts roaming for some reason, I have seen that happen.

An Am is more likely to get interference so Fm is better. But the DX3R you can scroll and adjust the profiles by the thumb of your radio hand.

Spectrum is better in my opinion. Its infaluable at the track as in you wont have to worry about glitching some one or getting glitched by some one. I would look into the DX3R even if it means saving for a while. A radio is the most important purchase you can make for it will be in your hands longer than the kits. My old R1 must have controlled 100 kits. And keep your Am or Fm handy in case of an emergency. Gotta have a back up.

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Yeah I figured the 2.4 was the way to go. I don't mind spending the money for a good radio. I figure I will "get by" with my OFNA buggies for the rest of this year, then next year upgrade to a Losi buggy.
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i just bought a spektrum DX3.0 for 150 off ebay..great buy in my opion considering it was brand new but i havent gotten to use since im keeping it for my new buggy im in the process of building up but ive used my JR XR3I for the longest time which is FM and its been a great radio..

if you would like to buy my JR XR3I let me know i have the radio and the receiver ill sell ya...great radio
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for the $$....2.4's well worth it.....the fact u will NEVER have to worry is always nice....Ive never liked JR/spectrum radio's...they feel cheep in hand...futaba's the way to go if u want quality.
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The hobby shop has that Spektrum for $150. It is only the transmitter and 1 receiver. I looked up prices for it new and it was $249 with 2 servos and 2 receivers. Would offering $100 for it be unreasonable?
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150.00 for a spektrum with a receiver brandnew is a good price as it is.. offering 100.00 would be kind of a low ball i think but a great buy if they accept it
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I have the DX3R, and it works great. Although I do notice a lot of people still using FM based radios at the track. Is there a reason why team racers like tebo, truhe, drake, etc. etc. still use non digital radio systems?
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the reason some big name drivers dont use those radios is they have to use sponsorship radios. i know a guy who is a fully sponsored by traxxas so in his revo he has to run all traxxas stuff and run the stock radio so unless they have sponsorships for different radio compants and stuff they prob rnt gonna run those radios
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Old 06-15-2008, 11:01 AM   #11
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Well some of them do use 2.4 its just you would never know because they still stand up the 5ft antennas its just because they always have before and so they still do, i know kinda wierd but its true. as for the ones who dont its because they either have had bad experiences with 2.4 or they dont wanna take the chance.
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150.00 for a spektrum with a receiver brandnew is a good price as it is.. offering 100.00 would be kind of a low ball i think but a great buy if they accept it
You think that's a low ball offer considering it's missing the $80 2nd receiver and two servos?
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I think $100 is an excellent deal, $125 is a good deal, and $150 isn't a very good deal.
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I own the 3PM 2.4 FASSST and it is a great radio I race with it and use it on 2 trucks. The only thing I didnt like was buying that 2nd reciever $90 I think thats alittle much but it is worth it. You dont have to have no wires coming through your body so they cant get damaged, just cut 1-2 inches of antenna tube and thats all you need sticking out of the box. Plus they are super small and very easy to bind, but the 1 that comes with the radio is bound already, plug and go.
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You think that's a low ball offer considering it's missing the $80 2nd receiver and two servos?
the receiver might be 80 bucks butt if i had the servos id give them to u..they r worth nothing
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