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Old 12-28-2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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I searched in the forum for this topic but found info that was 3 years old. If I missed the thread please post me a link.

I am looking to race into 1/8 scale next spring. I want to go electric, but due to my budget and the Latest ROAR rules (10 min mains) I am going nitro.
I would like to start out with a car that would need the least amount of modifications to be competitive. My max budget is $600.00 and that will have to cover all but fuel.
I am looking at the RC8RS and Losi 8ight RTR.
Any suggestions out there? Other brands I should look at (Hyper, Kyosho, ...)
Please feel free to back up what you think is best, I need to learn.
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Buy used? What any why?

I do have a radio and receiver if needed.

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PS: I am a mid pack crasher in 4 mod right now. I have come a long way, but have a ways to go.
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i would look into the rc8.. servos and such in a rtr will have to be upgraded either way
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I searched in the forum for this topic but found info that was 3 years old. If I missed the thread please post me a link.

I am looking to race into 1/8 scale next spring. I want to go electric, but due to my budget and the Latest ROAR rules (10 min mains) I am going nitro.
I would like to start out with a car that would need the least amount of modifications to be competitive. My max budget is $600.00 and that will have to cover all but fuel.
I am looking at the RC8RS and Losi 8ight RTR.
Any suggestions out there? Other brands I should look at (Hyper, Kyosho, ...)
Please feel free to back up what you think is best, I need to learn.
OR
Buy used? What any why?

I do have a radio and receiver if needed.

Thanks,
E
PS: I am a mid pack crasher in 4 mod right now. I have come a long way, but have a ways to go.
If you plan on racing as you have mentioned I would definitely get a pro kit. I am going to suggest the hot bodies D8 or the Losi 8ight kit. Both can be had for roughly 300 bucks. Since you already have a radio all you would need are a decent motor such as the dynamite platinum 21xp, or the novarossi bf21, and some decent servos. As far as servos go I would get a good steering servo, and a decent throttle servo such as the hitec 645mg. That setup should get you by and you will be ready to race by next season, If you go this route I think you will be a lot happier than if you get a rtr.
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I want to go electric, but due to my budget and the Latest ROAR rules (10 min mains)
looking for the future of you wanting to go elec. 1/8 scale. The 8ight and RC8 are great platforms.
if you go used you could go brushless lipo fairly cheap.
Used 8ight 1.0 $200.00
Servo $75.00
team losi conversion $80.00
MMM/2200kv combo $280.00
2 Zippy Lipos 5000mah 4s $200.00

$835.00

With an RTR that will be nitro to start with you will be spending alot of extra money on something that you will be throwing away later.
you might be able to find an "E" roller cheap also.

http://www.rctech.net/forum/r-c-item...less-rcpd.html
this was sold for $240.00 looked like a good deal. The RCPD stuff is quality.
good luck
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:37 PM   #5
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Caster Racing.

Both electric and nitro versions and a conversion to electric kit that is about $100 for a chassis plate and all the electric parts....
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I can list all of the reasons such as a the engine and DSM radio but LOSI pretty much sums it up.
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Caster Racing.

Both electric and nitro versions and a conversion to electric kit that is about $100 for a chassis plate and all the electric parts....
go with caster racing, conversions are cheap and good quality.
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Just wondering why are you considering a RTR if you already have a radio system? Is your Tx really old or something, or you just think it would be nice to have a new radio?
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Just wondering why are you considering a RTR if you already have a radio system? Is your Tx really old or something, or you just think it would be nice to have a new radio?
1st reason I only have $600 to spend on everything Kit+2 servos+motor+tires+starter box=Too much money.

2nd reason I only have gift cards, not cash to use. So I can only buy through stores or maybe through paypal. This makes buying used dificult.

3rd reason I can sell the radio out of the rtr kit to help pay for spare parts and upgrades.

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go losi, especially because the dsm radio out of the 8ight rtr kit will fetch you far more than some am/fm cheapo radio that would come with other rtrs. there are a million other reasons to go losi but this pirticular one applies to your last post
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If you want electric get electric. Caster Racing has an RTR electric buggy all you need is batteries and radio I belive. Or they have a Sport roller, or the have a pro kit all E versions built from the ground up for brushless and lipo. The RTR has a Brushless motor and speed controller installed. Look up the Jan 09 issue of Driverpage 166 and they review the Fusion EX-1 sport roller. They have really nice quality RTR nitro's too. They come with GO .21 engines, Just go to CasterRacingUSA.com
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I appreciate the input so far.
No one has really said anything about the cars, beside losi has dsm and a good engine.
I have read the reviews on Caster and think they would be a good option, but on the electic side the mains are to short. This is sad becouse I already have 3 maxamp 6000 mah 2 cells for my zx5.
I would like more comments! Anyone have any rtr's out there?
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talk to vnmsgt.....
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