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Old 10-04-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
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I'm new to the 1/8 scale truggy scene, but I have some experience with 1/10 scale RC buggies. I'm looking to purchase my first Truggy to possibly race in the future. I am wondering which Truggy besides a Losi or a Kyosho (too much $) would be a good purchase. Budget is a concern!

What information do any of you have on the CEN Matrix Arena truggy kits? I have thought about buying an RTR, but every post I read seems to steer people away from RTR kits if you plan on racing.
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:08 AM   #2
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look on the for sale threads...there are alot of truggies...i personally have a 8t rtr and it runs pretty close to the kits with $300 + motors...just upgrade the servos and you will be close enough to race up front!!!!
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I believe rtr's are good to start with also. Gives you a platform to start with and an engine that won't make you cry if/when you kill it learning to tune. I'd rather see somebody toast a losi mach engine than be talked into a 280$ vspec and toast it within two gallons..

Also while you are learning to drive and tune it, you can be saving some coin for servos which should be your first upgrade, as well as a starterbox setup.

Good luck. If you have the money then a kit and your chosen electronics/engine/pipe is good way to go. If you are on a budget and want to get rolling on the learning curve then don't let anybody tell you there is anything wrong with an rtr.
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losi 8ight-T RTR. Its a good RTR, I dont think I exactly like the truck, but the RTR set up as far as radio and motor is pretty good. I dont like the way the truck handles, but maybe its just my dads set up he put on it. IDK.

But for seeing if its what you like and having fun driving, get one. There loads of fun...
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:35 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the input!!!

Do Losi's hold there resale value well?
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:53 AM   #6
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Sadly, not really. You can maybe get 250- 300 for a used 8ight truggy now. MAYBE. Check the For Sale/ Trade area. You can get a good idea what there going for there. Im not real sure.
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I would stay away from used, unless you know the seller, and they are local to you. Allot of people sell there nightmares with broken parts, bad servo's, blown engines, etc. U never know what you are getting, spend the extra $200 and buy new, or make sure you are buying from a reputable, local person, whose butt you can kick if something is not as claimed
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:09 PM   #8
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The Caster K8T RTR is actually a really good platform to start out on even if you are going to race. Unlike most other RTR's including higher priced ones, the K8T RTR comes with 4mm CNC machined aluminum shock towers and CNC Chassis already. NOT cheaper thin pressed aluminum. Only thing on the RTR (chassis wise) you would upgrade are the rear axles and center driveshafts for racing. Most other RTR's you have to replace shock towers, ALL axles and driveshafts, knuckles, chassis etc. Buy it as a RTR and get used to it then if you are ready to start racing, change out servos, pipe and motor, tires (which you will do with any RTR you have to buy abd with any kit anyways), spend just a LITTLE $$ on axles and driveshafts and go out and race. Truck is very tough and durable and steers awesome.
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the last buggy I bought was used (i know u said truggy)- and after seeing the money i have spent on it i wish i would have bought new. theres soo much that can be wrong that pictures cannot show- you can have bad bearings that can trash other components, gears, servos, the list goes on. save your cash and buy new, you know everything is good. if you can get a good enough deal and you do buy used, take the time to dissasemble and go over EVERYTHING- locktite is your best friend!
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Old 10-04-2008, 01:36 PM   #10
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2 MBX5T prospec both with BCE chassis both in great cond.

Truck #1
bce chassis 1.5 gallons(always ran W/DE skidplate)
Mugen light weight pillow balls
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I seen some thunder tigers at local track i was impressed and the way these guys and kids were crashing them ...the're fast ,agile and tough.
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The new Jammin X2 is a great truck. I have the X1, and the X2 is a pretty big improvement... not that the X1 is lacking.
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I've noticed that alot of people say to buy a junk RTR kit or a crappy vechicle because they think you will save money. But if you really wanna race here are the top 5. ( DO ) vehicles to go for.

1. Xray XT8
2. Mugen Mbx 5t
3. Losi 8ight
4. Rc8t
5. Kyosho RR
* Also the X2 is ok... But never trust ofna D: *
Here are the ( DONT ) vehicles.

1. Caster racing (YUCK)
2. Hellfire (yeehaw)
3. LSP (wtF?!)
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I've noticed that alot of people say to buy a junk RTR kit or a crappy vechicle because they think you will save money. But if you really wanna race here are the top 5. ( DO ) vehicles to go for.

1. Xray XT8
2. Mugen Mbx 5t
3. Losi 8ight
4. Rc8t
5. Kyosho RR
* Also the X2 is ok... But never trust ofna D: *
lol you could just about put those in any order, it's about preference. The XT8 is great, the Mugen is rock solid, the Losi is really agile, but be prepared to replace the rear ring and pinion and bulkead frequently, the RC8 looks good but haven't seen much of it yet, the Kyosho is a great truck but $$$$$$$$$$ and the Jammin is a great truck.

As for not trusting OFNA... they're just the importer. They probably import more than anyone... but yes, some of it is absolute crap, and some of it is good stuff. The Jammin stuff is ALL good. The Hyper stuff is decent also. The rest... welll... there's a market for cheap entry level stuff that isn't raceworthy.
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I've noticed that alot of people say to buy a junk RTR kit or a crappy vechicle because they think you will save money. But if you really wanna race here are the top 5. ( DO ) vehicles to go for.

1. Xray XT8
2. Mugen Mbx 5t
3. Losi 8ight
4. Rc8t
5. Kyosho RR
* Also the X2 is ok... But never trust ofna D: *
Here are the ( DONT ) vehicles.

1. Caster racing (YUCK)
2. Hellfire (yeehaw)
3. LSP (wtF?!)
4. Tamiya ()
5. A savage >_>

Why would you say "yuck" to Caster Racing? Have you seen the new ones? Have you driven one? If you are speaking of experience from 2006-2007, then you would be correct, but they are revamped now....and for the price, they are a great value.

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