R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Nitro Off-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-07-2011, 03:15 PM   #121
Tech Champion
 
losi_racer's Avatar
R/C Tech Elite Subscriber
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: mesa,az
Posts: 6,470
Trader Rating: 25 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tc5 man View Post
call me crazy but during a season at the most i use only 2 sets of aka soft truggy tires grated i am running truggy.

thats why i stay away from high grip clay tracks $$.

like, i said before there are good quality servos for $90/$100 for a club racer i been using for a long time and never had one go bad on me .
Tc5-but your track also is a very blown out dusty track, you cant compare this to a lot of track out there. I had a track that had almost zero tire wear, but i also have a track that if ran dry will take anything soft and wear it out in 5 min,buggy or truggy. Keep that in mind when you think of cost.
__________________

Byron Fuels/AKA Tires/Radiopost/TKO/Viper Rc/Dialed Inc/Empire Metal Product/Advantage Racing Products
losi_racer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 03:26 PM   #122
Tech Master
 
ntrain42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,980
Trader Rating: 33 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cordarrow View Post
If I had to budget....I'd find something else to do.

I want it all....and I want it now.
OMG..........no "Queen" anthem quotes please........
ntrain42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 03:27 PM   #123
Tech Addict
 
cordarrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 542
Trader Rating: 17 (100%+)
Default

LOL.....couldn't resist.
cordarrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 03:41 PM   #124
Tech Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 544
Default

I really hate hearing people talk about how "expensive" racing is. It really hurts our hobby by scaring newcomers away. I saw a post above that said the price of a buggy is 800-1200 for the kit. I can put together a whole package w/ engine and electronics for that much, you just need to shop around. As for race weekends, I spend about $100(including nitro and tires) a club race, and $200-300 for big race events. Going to big events, I usually go with friends to keep costs down(hotels, gas, etc..). I race competitively, and fair well, so it can be done on a smaller budget. I spent no more than $3500(includes spare parts) last year racing, that includes gas for my pick-up, and lodging if needed. I typically go to 2 races a month, with about 4-5 2-3 day events, and 2 out of state races.

Its all about budgeting your money, knowing where to look to get parts and equipment, and budgeting your out-of-town races.
__________________
Shaun Davis
VP ProUSA
Mugen Seiki/Alpha Engines
Team Trinity
Miniracer23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 03:47 PM   #125
Tech Addict
 
cordarrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 542
Trader Rating: 17 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
I really hate hearing people talk about how "expensive" racing is.
You'd rather hear how inexpensive it is? Really?
cordarrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 03:54 PM   #126
Tech Master
 
ntrain42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,980
Trader Rating: 33 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Miniracer23 View Post
I really hate hearing people talk about how "expensive" racing is. It really hurts our hobby by scaring newcomers away. I saw a post above that said the price of a buggy is 800-1200 for the kit. I can put together a whole package w/ engine and electronics for that much, you just need to shop around. As for race weekends, I spend about $100(including nitro and tires) a club race, and $200-300 for big race events. Going to big events, I usually go with friends to keep costs down(hotels, gas, etc..). I race competitively, and fair well, so it can be done on a smaller budget. I spent no more than $3500(includes spare parts) last year racing, that includes gas for my pick-up, and lodging if needed. I typically go to 2 races a month, with about 4-5 2-3 day events, and 2 out of state races.

Its all about budgeting your money, knowing where to look to get parts and equipment, and budgeting your out-of-town races.
I feel it can be as cheap or expensive as one wants it to be. I know alot of local club racers who buy the bare minimum for equipment and buy inexpensive rc kits and they are very competitive on a shoestring budget. Whatever gets you from point A to B, some people do it in style and luxury, others do it on the cheap.
ntrain42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 03:58 PM   #127
Tech Addict
 
jammin32j's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lake county
Posts: 633
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Miniracer23 View Post
I really hate hearing people talk about how "expensive" racing is. It really hurts our hobby by scaring newcomers away. I saw a post above that said the price of a buggy is 800-1200 for the kit. I can put together a whole package w/ engine and electronics for that much, you just need to shop around. As for race weekends, I spend about $100(including nitro and tires) a club race, and $200-300 for big race events. Going to big events, I usually go with friends to keep costs down(hotels, gas, etc..). I race competitively, and fair well, so it can be done on a smaller budget. I spent no more than $3500(includes spare parts) last year racing, that includes gas for my pick-up, and lodging if needed. I typically go to 2 races a month, with about 4-5 2-3 day events, and 2 out of state races.

Its all about budgeting your money, knowing where to look to get parts and equipment, and budgeting your out-of-town races.
I agree, if you budget your money and shop around for the "deals" it is not that expensive to race. I probably spend around 3 to 4 grand a year total on my racing. I will say that when I first started racing I spent way more than needed on after market parts and things that I thought I needed. Over the years I have learned to get by and race competitively on a budget. Just my 2 cents...
__________________
VP Pro, Agama
Hitec-7955's, 3Pk----AKA Racing Tires
Absolutehobbyz.com____Dirtrc.com
O'Donnell, D.I.R.T. R/C ultimate Tire Gluer
Jeremy Davis
jammin32j is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 04:16 PM   #128
Tech Master
 
AZRC4Me's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Fullerton, CA
Posts: 1,147
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jammin32j View Post
I agree, if you budget your money and shop around for the "deals" it is not that expensive to race. I probably spend around 3 to 4 grand a year total on my racing. I will say that when I first started racing I spent way more than needed on after market parts and things that I thought I needed. Over the years I have learned to get by and race competitively on a budget. Just my 2 cents...
That's the catch 22 of it-its more expensive typically for a noob because they haven't done enough research, shopped around, talked to the right people, or are just overwhelmed by all the options. Plus, what you'll gain in experience racing your first year will be priceless.
__________________
Sean Gaffney
...where some sponsors used to be...
AZRC4Me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 04:26 PM   #129
Tech Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 544
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by cordarrow View Post
You'd rather hear how inexpensive it is? Really?
Absolutely. You start telling newcomers they are gonna have to mortgage their home to have fun and be competitive, than there will be a lot less new racers in our hobby. Too many ppl make it seem like they have to have a nascar budget to run and have fun.
__________________
Shaun Davis
VP ProUSA
Mugen Seiki/Alpha Engines
Team Trinity
Miniracer23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 04:37 PM   #130
Tech Regular
 
JFAB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 391
Trader Rating: 15 (94%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Miniracer23 View Post
I really hate hearing people talk about how "expensive" racing is. It really hurts our hobby by scaring newcomers away. I saw a post above that said the price of a buggy is 800-1200 for the kit. I can put together a whole package w/ engine and electronics for that much, you just need to shop around. As for race weekends, I spend about $100(including nitro and tires) a club race, and $200-300 for big race events. Going to big events, I usually go with friends to keep costs down(hotels, gas, etc..). I race competitively, and fair well, so it can be done on a smaller budget. I spent no more than $3500(includes spare parts) last year racing, that includes gas for my pick-up, and lodging if needed. I typically go to 2 races a month, with about 4-5 2-3 day events, and 2 out of state races.

Its all about budgeting your money, knowing where to look to get parts and equipment, and budgeting your out-of-town races.
If your talking about my post the 800-1200 is the car built with engine and electronics.
__________________
Team Driver For: Hotbodies, Reds Racing USA
JFAB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 04:47 PM   #131
Tech Addict
 
cordarrow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 542
Trader Rating: 17 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Absolutely.
Priceless. OK.

This hobby is so inexpensive I for one can not believe that everyone is not doing it!

Talk about bang for your buck! For the price of a compact automobile you can spend a terribly long day breathing dust and carcinogens...

I'm all in!!!
cordarrow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 04:49 PM   #132
Tech Addict
 
willbe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 640
Trader Rating: 5 (100%+)
Default

I think that the natural instinct is to try and buy speed and handling. When in fact, practice is cheaper and produces better results.

This is the nature of the beast in all sports. Money can sometimes mask talent but it cant buy talent.

You dont need every hopup and I think that is what costs the most in this hobby.

After my hiatus and return: I spent a little extra on starter box, servos, and radio knowing that these will be with me the longest.
The Hotbodies cars have pleasantly lasted longer than I anticipated helping keep the cost down.

Still-I look at what I invested so far (I kept the receiupts in a folder)- Ugh

I think the biggest waste was buying stuff that I didn't need and my original investment into GRP motors 2 weeks prior to the plant burning down.
__________________
HB D812, HB D8T, HB D812E, HB D413, HPI Blitz SC, Losi 22 & 22T
Special Thanks to:
HotBodies/HPI Racing, Upgrade RC, OS Speed, Sidewinder Fuels, Hitec
Proudly using: Spektrum DX4R, Viper-RC Electronics, Reedy Batteries, & Pro-Line
Cancer Sucks
willbe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 05:09 PM   #133
Tech Master
 
camocowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Surprise, AZ
Posts: 1,061
Trader Rating: 24 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to camocowboy
Default

I don't think you should want to hide the cost from a new comer. How would you like to be the guy that asked and was told oh you can do this cheap. Just grab a 500 used rtr and go race and win. That's BS and if the guy can't afford the up keep he is gonna be unhappy and out of the hobby with 500 blown that he could have used on something that he could afford to keep doing. If the initial startup cost is enough to concern you, don't even think about racing.

I love the how would Tebo do with old tires question. You think he would win? Where? He would own the sportsman race but against the same caliber of drivers that he competes against all the time, he would look pretty rough. So would anyone with that disadvantage.
__________________
#92 Greg Singletary
Punched R/C Productions - Ascendancy Racing - Byrons Fuel - JGO Paint - The Nitro Pit - One Hobbies Shop and INDOOR RACEWAY
camocowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 05:27 PM   #134
Tech Master
 
boomgagem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Dublin, GA
Posts: 1,577
Trader Rating: 45 (100%+)
Send a message via AIM to boomgagem
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by camocowboy View Post
I don't think you should want to hide the cost from a new comer. How would you like to be the guy that asked and was told oh you can do this cheap. Just grab a 500 used rtr and go race and win. That's BS and if the guy can't afford the up keep he is gonna be unhappy and out of the hobby with 500 blown that he could have used on something that he could afford to keep doing. If the initial startup cost is enough to concern you, don't even think about racing.

I love the how would Tebo do with old tires question. You think he would win? Where? He would own the sportsman race but against the same caliber of drivers that he competes against all the time, he would look pretty rough. So would anyone with that disadvantage.
That was my question, I'm glad you love it. Although it sounds like you completely mis understood the point of the question.

First off, Jared Tebo gets tires for free, so competing with the same caliber drivers is a moot point, so forget about that.

We're not talking about top level pro drivers here. We're talking about the newcomer racing, and how much it will cost. And I'm telling you wether or not you want to hear it that if Tebo came to the pit on a "club race" day with one set of crimefighters, he would still finish at the very top of the pro level. His skill level is way above everyone posting on this thread,


And I'm not saying lie to people about the costs, yes at the very minimum it is still an expensive hobby. But don't tell people they'll need to spend 2,000 a year in tires it's just not true.
__________________
Team Terribles Georgia State Rep
Team Losi Racing
Pineland RC Race Director
boomgagem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 05:30 PM   #135
Tech Regular
 
roblupo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 361
Send a message via Yahoo to roblupo
Default

All hobbies if you really want to be good at it is going to cost you. Scuba diving, golf, go karts, paint ball, Horse back riding...just to name a few off the top of my head. If you want to be good at it, which is most guys nature your going to spend some coin. I say if you can have a hobby, RC is not a bad one to have, lots of great people and its fun too.
__________________
Mugen USA MBX7Reco
Mugen USA MBX7R nitro, AKA tires, Airtronics radio, Tekin Power, Turnigy Lipo, Maxy fuel
Team Associated B5
Low Country R/C, Philhurdraceway.com, Savannah, GA
roblupo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
EPMTs check in here. (a subsidiary of TNT) overtki11 Singapore R/C Racers 55470 05-07-2017 11:57 PM
Tamiya DF-03 type tom_chang79 Electric Off-Road 1048 01-17-2016 09:06 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 01:09 AM.


Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net