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Old 10-01-2004, 11:39 PM   #1
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I find the cost of rebuilding a big-block nitro engine, discouraging, to say the least. Case in point...my REX P5, which has pretty much served me faithfully, has finally worn out the crankpin where the conrod sits (I measured it and compared it to factory specs). I've already rebuilt it once with a fresh P/S last season, and now I find that for the cost of a new crank I could buy a new competition .12-size engine. I fear wearing-out my Salven .21 in the MRX-3. Christ on a pony.

Is it me, or are nitro engines these days by and large disposable? Looks like you'll end up with quite a collection of crankcases, carbs, heads and worn-out P/S sets after awhile...

Okay, rant mode off.
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Old 10-02-2004, 01:14 AM   #2
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I think there would be the greatest amount of work manufacturing an engine in the carb and assembly compared to the rest of the engine.

So why are simple things like piston and sleeve [also the part that wears the most] so expensive in comparison???

Oh yeah I know!!!! To make lots o money.
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Old 10-02-2004, 01:32 PM   #3
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Same thing happens in real 1:1 cars, you can buy a stereo for what a plastic blinker /light cover costs. It's just the way the world is i guess ..
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Yeah, totally valid rant there, hard to argue anything when it comes to 1/8th cost gripes, I did some math myself and realised it would be cheaper to race a entry to mid level Karts around here than to take up 1/8th scale RC.

Hell, even Kart club and track fees are looking cheap these days, public liability and decreasing member numbers in RC are making it kind of rich for something you can't even sit in...
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DISCLAIMER: Since 90% of my posts may be BS, and since my posts may be either insanely idiotic, incoherent, and/or not even close to a rational thought, please accord my posts no more than 10% of credibility.
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