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Old 07-17-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default New to 1/8th scale. A few questions.

I've raced for years, but never 1/8th nitro. I recently got a Mugen MBX4rr in a trade. It is just a roller and in great shape. I have no gear for nitro currently, so I'm starting from scratch. I'm leaning on a Precirotate Racing D5 5+2 Port .21 Engine as it was recommended to me. Basically I have about $130 worth of stuff I need for the buggy-specifics to buy, such as clutch, flywheel, etc. I got nothing with the buggy.

My question is this. I'm wondering if spending $650 or so to get this buggy going is a compate waste? I'm looking at buying decent stuff so if I enjoy 1/8th scale nitro buggy, I could then buy a 8ight or FT-RC8B and move motor and electronics over. Just don't want to regret putting money into this old of a buggy. Are they still a decent buggy to race on a club level only to get started? Thanks in advance.
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If your roller was complete or close to it then it might be worth running but one broken part and it's a paper weight, you'll have a tough time getting spares.

Best bet is to buy a good used buggy of current vintage. It'll run better and be easier to fix. People try different cars all the time so there's a used market full of good stuff.
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Thanks for the reply. I did get some parts, and there are more than i expected between Nitrohouse, amain, and RC Shack. But your reply is about what I was thinking. I'm sure a newer buggy would perform better than an older kit, as well as easier to work on.

I'm wondering if the Hot Bodies D8 Atsushi Hara Edition would be a good choice if I bought new. $399 seems like a good buy. Time to start doing more homework.
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The D8 runs well but the HB cars seem to wear fast. I've been really happy with Mugens over the past several years. They run well and all the materials are top-notch. Can't remember the last time I saw one break and there are many around my area.
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I don't agree that the D8 wears fast. But even if it did, another consideration, Mugen fuel tank on EBay is $25 and D8 tank is $8.50 and etc. etc.
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