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Old 03-02-2009, 11:39 AM   #31
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Don't listen to the anti-RTR's with deep pockets. I bought a 8ight RTR and yes it can use upgrades buy upgrade as you go along if you want but it's at your choice. The only thing I've had to upgrade are shock towers and that was someone else's fault. You want fun and reliability get the 8ight. Put mine away in October after a run and it fired up 2 weeks ago without even changing the plug. Don't let them make you feel you can't be competitive with a rtr. Not only that but i felt more comfortable tuning a low cost engine than a big buck one. This is a great way to learn nitro with a small investment. I'm so happy with it I bought the truggy and a buggy for the wife. Yes I have upgraded the servos and a new motor but that was after I decided I love nitro and the old parts are spares. If you have more questions pm me. Don't get me wrong its not that I can't afford it I like to research racing gear before I buy it. The RTR allowed me to get right into racing and having fun and learn the car before having to deal with power/speed i wasn't prepared to handle.
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:30 PM   #32
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I looked up the nitro pit on Youtube and I have to say what I have seen around here is nothing like that. That is one awsome track and I can see how you would have to have the best to even have a chance there.
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Old 03-02-2009, 12:53 PM   #33
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I would just start off running the slash class. 1/8th buggy still needs another $200 in stuff to run for a season. slash can go from $300-$800 depending on what you want to invest in to.
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:32 PM   #34
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Check out a slash before you buy one personally I'm not impressed with them. If you heart is set on nitro and you want to get into it relatively inexpensive the 8ight is great !LOL! Seriously there are a few minor things that the rtr requires. Clean out the diffs and put in fluid is the first the second is a good steering servo doesn't have to be super highend just let your budget dictate. I'd rather see you out there having fun with your buggy and another rc'er then waiting to afford what everyone tells you you need. Thats the beauty of an rtr because if I had to wait to get everything I wouldn't have come back to the hobby. Really buy what you can afford first and what your LHS supports as well. Sucks if you have to wait a week or 2 for parts. Learn the car then go fast
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:44 PM   #35
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i own the 8ight rtr and its awsome ,still on stock servos steering could be stronger but as said b4 the 8ight is very aggressive it will turn on a dime and it jumps very flat and is highly controllable in the air...one thing i did do was upgrade diff grease to diff oil as per losi race specs which is in the instruction booklet ,which made it even better to drive ,every thing has held up well ive had no breaks and i mainly race it on bmx tracks(huge jumps).....radio is great to,out of every thing ive raced with it the only car that has beat it is a kit 8ight with a novarossi 4 port...the bloke with the kit 8ight was actually impressed at what u get 4 the cash and at the performance of it...
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:15 PM   #36
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I do believe you can get into racing with the 8ight RTR. I got a used 8ight rtr with airtronics 94357 and futaba s9350 for steering, body had a wrap on it, jp3 pipe and mach 427 engine (still plenty of life), extra tires and some parts for $270 shipped. I upgraded to kit shock towers just becuase there was 2 new kit hock towers on ebay for $22 shipped so I grabbed them. I also broke a plastic shock cap when I was going full throttle and jumped and hit head on with the hard faucet part of the hose used for watering the track. I just bought 4 used 8ight shocks with aluminum caps and TiNi shafts for $30 shipped, the same price as 4 new caps. Since the 8ight didnt include a radio, I had a XR2i that I thought I could use but didnt work out well. SO I ended up buying a dx2.0/rx for $100 shipped. I bought a couple sets of 1 run old tires for $10 (4 of them) instead of paying $60 a set and I think I have a pretty competative buggy now for dirt cheap.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:39 PM   #37
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Caster Racing RTRs have been very successful in club racing. Ask vnmsgt on here about them or call modhobby.
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Old 03-04-2009, 02:17 PM   #38
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Dont forget the AE rc8 radio can be upgraded with a spektrum module and receiver and still have 10 model memory.and may have expo, but i cant remember, haven't used it in a year.( last summer)
My rc8rtr only has upgrades to the servos which I had when I drove my st1-pro(300 dollar tough truggy as RTR)another upgraded i did was FT blue hexes.
No big bores no battery placement mod, new truggy rear shock tower, and still when I took it out on that track for the first time, it was turning and handling great and jumping superbly. A lil loose on exiting turns but switched to 2 deg. rear toe in mount at first, then the above happened, handled great.
My RC8FT I haven't driven yet.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:02 PM   #39
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Well, I went to White House Hobbies and they had a good deal on a 8ight 2.0, GRP .21 tuned engine, and a couple of pairs of tires. I also bought a Spektrum DX3S, dynamite tuned pipe, and a starter box. I figured I might as well get what I want. I got it put together today and ran it a little. I did manage to drive it around some and it handles great. I can't wait to get it on a track.
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Jeez from an rtr to one of the more expensive kits. That awesome you got what you want and hope you enjoy it. How much did you get that whole package for?
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:50 PM   #41
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Yeah, I tend to get a little carried away sometimes. It was a tad over $1300 after our rediculous sales tax was added.
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