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Old 03-30-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Putting aside all of the major players in rc, is anyone using or has anyone played with the generic brands of the rc world? Is there any good buggies/trucks that come from China? Want to try and keep my costs down but don't want to spend a fortune on repairs and upgrades. Cheers.
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Two words "JUST DON'T". That about sums it up as far as cheap knockoff brands go.
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a lot of good brands are made in China unfortunately.
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So I should stear clear hey? Someone mentioned HSP buggies & trucks but a couple of other people said they were no good and that they kept breaking down. Should I just stick to the major players then like Losi, AE, Kyosho, Mugen, XRay, O'Donnell & Hot Bodies?
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So I should stear clear hey? Someone mentioned HSP buggies & trucks but a couple of other people said they were no good and that they kept breaking down. Should I just stick to the major players then like Losi, AE, Kyosho, Mugen, XRay, O'Donnell & Hot Bodies?
You got the right idea there! Why even cosider a knockoff car when you can get a HB buggy for under $300?

Not doubting the quality of the knockoffs here as much as support. A car with zero support is useless. However there IS a quality/durability difference between a reputable brand and a cheap knockoff.
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So I should stear clear hey? Someone mentioned HSP buggies & trucks but a couple of other people said they were no good and that they kept breaking down. Should I just stick to the major players then like Losi, AE, Kyosho, Mugen, XRay, O'Donnell & Hot Bodies?
yep yep, stay with what works. Like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
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Thanks guys, it seems like you like your Losi's - what of the top brands would you consider having apart from your Losi?
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Thanks guys, it seems like you like your Losi's - what of the top brands would you consider having apart from your Losi?
I LOVE my losi cars! Wouldn't trade them for ANTHING! Period!

But if I had to run something else it would be Mugen then Hotbodies. There are many other nice rigs too(Kyosho, Xray, Odonnell, AE, etc...).
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Thanks heaps.
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Caster racing is a viable option..I run their cars and they have held up great for me thus far..

check them out www.casterracingusa.com
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Mugen Seiki would probably be my second choice.
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The AE RC8B deserves some love. I have been a Mugen guy for years though and it is outstanding. There are a number of great buggies. Everyone has there own opinion on which to pick. It can get out of hand in a hurry.

Just get something that is main stream.
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If cost is a dactor, but you want to be competitive then Hot Bodies is your platform.. I luv my D8T and am still trying to get a handle on the D8.. but, it is me not the buggy..
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I agree with cheap knock offs of cars is not a good idea as there support is not good and the quality of the plastics is low grade .


But you cannot say anything about Asia and you know why ? were do you think all the high end models parts and assembly are done ?China ? Taiwan?
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I agree with cheap knock offs of cars is not a good idea as there support is not good and the quality of the plastics is low grade .


But you cannot say anything about Asia and you know why ? were do you think all the high end models parts and assembly are done ?China ? Taiwan?
Actually I would say Slovakia... then Japan, THEN the rest of Asia.
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