Originally Posted by traxxasman1
im goin to get a onroad nitro car but i dont know what car would be good.
Simple question.. Complex Answers will follow.
If you are not going to race, then I'd be tempted to put a set of road tyres on a 1:8 scale 4WD buggy or GT Car with a pullstart. Many, not all hobby onroad cars dont seem to be able to handle the demands of onroad.
If you want to race, then there's more to the accessory items, spares and tools that there is to the car. So I'd suggest looking up the For Sale threadds and ask around at your nearest track and choose wisely. A Mugen MTX4 is a good car and with the release of the MTX5 soon, there's going to be plenty of good used cars available. If you want new, then it's hard to go past a Hobao Hyper GPX4R (Centaxt/Pullstart)
I dont want to scare you off, but it's a commitment to a long term strategy.
If you do want to commit and enjoy the ultimate performance then buy wisely, too many enter with poor decisions and most don't make it past the first few months. Ask the regular club members about their experience.
Here's where I went wrong:
Bought a chassis that others werent running at my local track
Bought lesser quality servos and radio gear to start with
Bought chassis that I cant get parts easily at local hobby shops
Bought a car with poor battery options and wood screws
Bought a car that wasnt compatible with any other.
Here's where I went right:
Expected a long learning curve
Bought Italian or Japanese quality Engines
Ive never bought a second hand engine
Invested my time maintaining my gear
Only buy good quality tools and good starter box
Enjoy the maintenance and upkeep with my sons and factored that into the costs as a positive, not a negative.
And.... Stuck to it for over 3 years!
I could sell you a good Carbon Fibre + 7075 Alu chassis for $100 and it wouldnt be long before you've reached over $2000 to keep it going.
But by then, you could be enjoying this sepctacular experience: