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Old 03-06-2011, 01:15 PM   #31
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Hell I wouldn't want to know how much money I spend on this hobby. All hobbies are expensive unless you take up knitting or something like that...lol and I don't ever see that happening.
I am now working on my first knitted RC blanket ..
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:42 PM   #32
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With the price of the chassis taken into consideration what do you believe is the lowest cost to own over a year or two.. mainteinace parts and commonly broken parts cost.. Just cause a kit is cheap doesnt mean its unreliability will make it the cheapest kit to own
I think the mugen is the cheapest car to campaign. I am still on a very tired mbx6 from a year ago. I have replaced the drivetrain once since and ready for another replacement now. I have gone through 3 chassis plates. I think thats pretty good. I do race at a very competitive level and am very hard on equipment. not sponsored either so my opinion is worth much less.

To race at a local expert level is going to be a $5000 investment up front when you consider everything. including spares like motors and servos too.
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Yeah,
One thing i for sure this hobby is not cheap,but it is fun as hell.I just got back into this sport,and have spent at least 3 grand.Electric may be cheaper,good luck.
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Too Much!!!!! LOL
But worth it all!
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Fun is what matters right?
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Losi 8Tor 8B 2.0 RTR
car,engine,pipe,starter box,tx & rx 2.4,tires/wheels,servos...what am I missing? $500 - $800

sevos are crap so replace those with very good digitals $200 - $250

Use the stock tires for practice and get a new upgrade set for racing as tires are almost as important than tx,rx & servos,$50 - $100

So we are at around $750.00 - $1,150so far.
Extra battery and Battery charger NEW $50.00 - $250

Tools come with the car but you will need at least a basic set and a box or bag to make life easier $100 - $500

case of fuel (4 gallons) $125.00
So we are at $1,150 - $1,900

So $1000.00 - $2,000.00 necessary equipment and supplies for the beginning club racer

Figure 16 races per year / every other weekend for 8 month season
$15 - $30 entry per race / $240 - $480

basic collection of spare parts ,set of tires including an engine and clutch $500 - $2,000(for this you can have a complete spare car just like the primary)

So to total it up $1,890 - $6,380 depending on the details

Need to add you tranportation costs. You need food where ever you are so its not really a factor if you brown bag it.

Realisticly you could race your first season local club racing starting around $2,500.00. Your second season you won't need a bump box,rx,tx so theres some extra cash for upgrades or rebuilds.

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Here's some fun....if you're an Amain customer, go to 'my account' and open 'view all orders'.

Start punching numbers on your calculator. Be sitting down for this exersise. The sheer number of pages will offer a hint...LOL.
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Honestly, if your a SMART shopper, I think you can get into the "pro/amateur" racing for about $1000-1500 easily. A good RTR race buggy like the Losi 8ight 2.0 you can pick up for around $550-575. Add another $50 for a pair of rx batteries, $75 for a decent carry case, $100 for a pair of upgraded servos, $200 for upgraded motor(not needed though as the .21 engine the Losi comes with is respectable)$25-50 for basic tools(like at Sears), another $50 for specialty tools, case of fuel and say another $100-150 in replacement/spare or optional parts. So honestly, $1000-1500 is a good estimate. You can spend even less than $1k if your really on a tight budget, or spend alot more than $1500 of course as well.
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now if you want to race at a pro level than yea it will be about $1000 or more.
Come on, that's ridiculous. About $1000 or more?

Even guys with 100% factory rides will spend more than $1000 in a few months. Think about all of the gear that is not part of their sponsorship.

It would be nice to stay under $1000 a year for tires alone.
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Yeah,
One thing i for sure this hobby is not cheap,but it is fun as hell.I just got back into this sport,and have spent at least 3 grand.Electric may be cheaper,good luck.

No Electric .. Im not green... Nitro or nothing.. Ill get alittle electric to run around the office when im "working"
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Old 03-06-2011, 04:41 PM   #41
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its not a cheap hobby,but then what isnt?
its fun!
for me,....its an addiction.
once you settle on an engine, then a new one comes out.me i tend to wait a little while.like go gs engine combos are cheap because of the new ones coming out.i got a few gallons on it now but then i see the new ones and hmmmmmm......
i dont keep reciepts, i want to sleep at night
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That would be a disaster!

When I first got into the hobby, I kept all my receipts in an envelope. Then my wife found the envelope and it was worse than if she were to find pics of me making out w/ another woman. (Of course, that wouldn't happen, but just an example - in case she reads this )

Needless to say, I don't keep receipts anymore, but the biggest lesson I've learned is to do your research and buy "good" first. When you buy cheaper stuff just to get by, you'll spend that much more getting the "good" stuff.
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That would be a disaster!

When I first got into the hobby, I kept all my receipts in an envelope. Then my wife found the envelope and it was worse than if she were to find pics of me making out w/ another woman. (Of course, that wouldn't happen, but just an example - in case she reads this )

Needless to say, I don't keep receipts anymore, but the biggest lesson I've learned is to do your research and buy "good" first. When you buy cheaper stuff just to get by, you'll spend that much more getting the "good" stuff.
so true.

one day my wife and stepson drove up and he yelled out ''wow you got some new tires'',talking about under the bus!ive since moved my rc out of garage and into another workshop away from house.
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Add all the figures of the posts in this thread and its probably over 100,000.00Now imagine all the RC racers out there across the world!!!
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Add all the figures of the posts in this thread and its probably over 100,000.00Now imagine all the RC racers out there across the world!!!
yep,pretty strong industry.only lhs's hurt due to internet prices but i'd rather spend a little more knowing i'm helping a track stay around for me to race at.
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