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Old 06-10-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hello, Ive been running a electric slash for a bit now and i'm looking to get a nitro buggy. What would be a good one to get? not sure wat to look at. I plan on racing in the future.

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Old 06-10-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Write down all the major name brands on small pieces of paper, and throw them in a hat.
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Get whatever your local hobbyshop has the most parts support for so that you're not waiting for weeks on end to get a $5 part one day. Associated & Losi are good choices if locally available.
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Get whatever your local hobbyshop has the most parts support for so that you're not waiting for weeks on end to get a $5 part one day. Associated & Losi are good choices if locally available.
Nonsense. Online parts are where it's at.

Read the threads for the Xray XB9, Mugen Mbx6, Kyosho Mp9, OS21xzb.

I just built an Xray XB9 with what I consider good competitive stuff without getting too crazy. My setup:
Xray XB9 (foamed and vented the shocks)
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Hitec 7955 servos
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Airtronics M11x (1000mah 2s lipo)
Novarossi short compact header
2000mah Rx lipo (straight up, no regulator)
Ofna Truggy box (on 5000mah 4s lipo)
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Good luck. Expect plenty of bad beginners luck. If it was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:43 PM   #5
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I am looking to buy a rtr
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:45 PM   #6
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For racing you want a kit, trust me.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:53 PM   #7
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No you don't. Unless you like buying 2 radios, 4 servos, 2 engines, and 2 pipes. Because all the RTR stuff will be in the garbage after 3 races.
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why is that?
I'm new to the nirto cars
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why is that?
I'm new to the nirto cars
You need to build it right, learn all of the parts and thier functions. And use quality components that'll last and are up to date.

Hand picking out the good stuff to build your ride makes 1/8th scale a ton easier. RTR's have allways been a source of frustration with me. Only the Losi RTR seemed decent, but that's got plenty of problems as well.

I've only seen 2 racers actually do OK with a RTR.
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IMO the only RTR that can compete is the Losi. If you shop smart you can slowly upgrade it to a roller like I did. If you don't have $12-1400 to spend right now get the RTR and enjoy it.
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I agree 100% with these guys^^. When you build the kit, it will help you gain the knowledge of how the car goes together which will help with rebuilds and repairs in the future.
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No you don't. Unless you like buying 2 radios, 4 servos, 2 engines, and 2 pipes. Because all the RTR stuff will be in the garbage after 3 races.
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I bought a RTR. I only did it because of budget. I got an Associated RC8 buggy. I love the car, but I swapped out the radio, servos, body, starter and tires before the first race. I was left with a pile of worthless parts. Luckily my LHS took some of it on trade for the new parts. It was still worth it for me though because I already had my M11 radio that I used for my SC10 and a couple of brand new Savox servos, and with the money I got for trade, I was able to get the tires and body. Most of the guys at my local track run Mugen's, but I hold my own with my RC8. I will eventually get a new engine, but for now the engine that came with it works for me. This is my first racing season anyways so I am just getting a feel for racing. I guess whatever works for you.
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I've had both Losi RTR's (8B and 8T 2.0's) and they were awesome. Only REQUIRED upgrade, in my case, was the steering servos.

I slowly upgraded parts until they were essentially rollers - supporting the argument that over time you end up spending a boat load more money than if you originally bought the roller.

However, you can learn about rebuilding shocks and diffs just as good w/ a RTR as you can a kit. You end up breaking the car down (or I argue that you should) when cleaning, doing maintenance, or adjusting setups. Therefore, learning how the pieces work and go together just as if you built the car from scratch.

Losi RTR's are of great quality and will not short change you of the joys and experience of nitro racing.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #15
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Losi RTR's are good for beginners to get into the hobby. This is an expensive hobby and everyone cant drop $1500 to get started.
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