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Old 03-10-2009, 11:22 PM   #31
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I do not have time to wrench on it during the week, I would like just to be able to go to the track and race and give it a quick clean when I'm done.
Just on that statement alone, I can tell you wouldn't be happy with nitro. And like was said, fuel cost comes into play. Fuel prices are up and if you do a quick comparison, electric isn't really that much more expensive in the long run.

The electric is more expensive up front for sure, but think of it as if you're buying all your gas at the beginning of the season. Hell, you should at least get a couple seasons out of the batteries, so think of it as buying all your gas for at least 2 full seasons of racing.
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I think nitro might be my way to go for cost side, if I can find a good used motor pipe etc.

To go electric, convertion kit $90, brushless $250, battery $125 so about for $470 with good stuff, I've learned not to buy used electric stuff or get a used motor with clutch bell and everything for $150 are thes numbers close?
That's 470 upfront and you're good for what, 2-3 years?

Nitro, some people replace their engines every season, that's a good 200+ dollars right there. 200+ for a Spektrum radio. 30-40 for Nitro fuel. Then you're looking at the other costs of tools for the car, extra glow plugs, ect.
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I deicded to go gas, then I can keep my eletric truck, I bought this motor just broken in with a pipe and starter.
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I'll only be racing may be 2 times a month at the most. I am up for the nitro challenge.
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Get away from Rotostart

Get a starter box and save yourself some headaches and missed races.
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Go Nitro!

Batteries are "STILL" for flashlights.
they your still going no were...
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they your still going no were...
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Electric vs. Nitro was said best by a guy sitting next to me at the nitro challenge when the exibition electric race fired up. "I know these are all toys, but damn these electrics really are toys!". That summed it up for me. No smoke no noise is just not as exciting. Don't get me wrong I like the electric stuff and will never bash it. As all the previous posts indicate maintenance is a big factor in nitro, but for me wrenching is my escape during the week and I like that aspect.

On another note COST: both cost the same to get into, BUT nitro will cost a lot more in the long run.

You have to replace the following, some more than others:
Fuel $32/gal (battery cost in the long run is only slightly cheaper)
Glow Plugs $8 a piece
clutch shoes $20 a set
Clutch bells $15
Clutch bearings $2
Fuel line $2
If your engine lasts long enough, engine bearings $30

If you replaced all of the above, except the fuel, only once in a year that $77. In a year of racing, realistically and conservatively, you'll replace 20 glow plugs, 5 sets of shoes, 5 clutch bearings, 2 clutch bells, fuel line twice, thats $339!
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I'm not ready to spend that much on electric stuff anyway for 3 months of racing, that would be a nice indoor racer with brushless.
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Electric vs. Nitro was said best by a guy sitting next to me at the nitro challenge when the exibition electric race fired up. "I know these are all toys, but damn these electrics really are toys!". That summed it up for me. No smoke no noise is just not as exciting. Don't get me wrong I like the electric stuff and will never bash it. As all the previous posts indicate maintenance is a big factor in nitro, but for me wrenching is my escape during the week and I like that aspect.

On another note COST: both cost the same to get into, BUT nitro will cost a lot more in the long run.

You have to replace the following, some more than others:
Fuel $32/gal (battery cost in the long run is only slightly cheaper)
Glow Plugs $8 a piece
clutch shoes $20 a set
Clutch bells $15
Clutch bearings $2
Fuel line $2
If your engine lasts long enough, engine bearings $30

If you replaced all of the above, except the fuel, only once in a year that $77. In a year of racing, realistically and conservatively, you'll replace 20 glow plugs, 5 sets of shoes, 5 clutch bearings, 2 clutch bells, fuel line twice, thats $339!
LOL at the electric toy comment. Yeah they are just electric, but fairly advanced. I'm switching to electric now, I like the noise and smell of nitro, but I can get that at the track in the presence of others cars and not have to deal with the headaches of tuning. Both are expensive, electric just ends up being simpler in the end provided the electronics are reliable and stay cool.
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I guess I should have did some more research before I started making purchaces, my friend had a really nice rtr xxx-nt with tons of parts for $100 but that class is long dead.
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Its funny, Ive never heard the saying "batteries are for flashlights", Every guy at the track here NEEDS two batteries to run their car, 3 in most cases. 1 to start it(box/roto), 1 to power the servos(receiver pack), and 1 for the radio...you are probably better off going nitro with that truck because I havent seen any kits to convert it...plus with that pipe it will scream like a rap3d ape...
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Its funny, Ive never heard the saying "batteries are for flashlights", Every guy at the track here NEEDS two batteries to run their car, 3 in most cases. 1 to start it(box/roto), 1 to power the servos(receiver pack), and 1 for the radio...you are probably better off going nitro with that truck because I havent seen any kits to convert it...plus with that pipe it will scream like a rap3d ape...
You forgot one - glow igniter.
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Damn, 4-5 batteries compared to 1, if that is the Trinity pipe, you are in for one hellava headache...
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that pipe resembles something I found my my mama's undie drawer when I was about 10, I couldn't figure out what it was..... now I know its a tuned pipe for a 1/10 NT
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