Greetings fellow HPI R40 owners. I'm almost offically in. I just won an auction on eBay for a hopped up R40.
I ran an HPI Pro 2 a long time ago for a few months. Very durable. Never replaced a part. What a tank! It was about as fast as one, too.
From reading the posts in here, it sounds like the R40 is a tank when it comes to durability, but more like a gazelle when it comes to speed!
I hope this turns out to be the case for me! I plan on running mostly parking lot races with the occasional permanent asphalt track thrown in.
Being brand new to nitro after running electric for a few years, what else will I need? On my list already are:
You can see I need help. In particular:
starter box - what kind? Is this really necessary?, can't I use my dremel?
(can you tell I'm a budget racer?)
engine - what's a good starter engine? I think .12 are the usual club race motor, yes? Something easy to use.
pipe - does this depend on the engine? These things don't have like statistics printed on the label like, say, matched batteries do, huh?
header - does this usually come with the pipe?
servos - what kind of numbers do I want? Will a midrange ($50-$60) servo do?
fuel - 20% refers to the amount of lube versus actual gas, right?, and 20% is easier on the motor than 15%? Are there differences between brands?
fail safe? - It's not like I plan on testing the radio's range. Is this still a good idea to have?
cleaning supplies - what's good for getting all the gunk off? Simple Green?
Does the nitro smell get into your clothes?
How many gallons can you run through an engine before it's time to get a new one? Can they simply be rebuilt?