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1/10th On-Road Sedan Shopping List for the Serious Racer

Old 12-19-2009, 01:25 PM
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I'm putting together a shopping list for someone that is serious about racing on-road nitro and wants a very competitive car from the start. Other than spares, can you guys look over this list and let me know what I'm missing and/or *should* be moved to the optional section?

Thanks!

BTW, I looked over my "start-up" expenses spreadsheet and I spent $2,175 to be fully equipped to race on day one, which includes club and ROAR membership fees, but doesn't include a tire truer!

1/10th On-Road Sedan Shopping List for the Serious Racer
  • Kit
    • Receiver Battery
    • Steering Servo
    • Throttle/Brake Servo
    • Engine (.12 size)
    • Air Filter
    • Air Filter oil
    • Glow Charger
    • Glow plug wrench
    • Flywheel Wrench
    • Temperature Gauge
    • Clutch Nut Adjustment Tool
    • Black Grease for clutch bearings
    • After run oil
    • Fuel Filter
    • Tuned Pipe
    • Tires
    • Thread lock
  • Transmitter/Receiver
    • Transmitter Battery
  • Starter Box
    • Starter Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Hudy Setup System
    • Setup board
    • Setup board sticker
    • Ride height gauge
    • Setup wheels for tweaking
    • Downstop measuring tool
  • Fuel
    • Fuel Bottle
  • Lexan Body (200mm)
    • Body Clips
    • Lexan Paint
    • Liquid Mask
    • Brushes (To apply liquid mask)
  • Tools
    • Allen Wrenches, 1.5mm 2.0mm, 2.5mm 3.0mm
    • Ball Allen Wrench, 2.5mm, for top engine mount bolts
    • Phillips Screwdriver, +2
    • Long Slotted Screwdriver, 3.0mm x 150mm, for carburetor adjustment
    • Digital Calipers
    • Diagonal Cutting Pliers
    • Non-marring pliers
    • Needle Nose Pliers
    • X-Acto Knife
    • Cutting compass
    • Body Reamer
    • Manifold spring removal tool
    • Lexan Scissors, straight
    • Lexan Scissors, curved
    • Dremel tool
    • Turnbuckle Wrench
    • Wheel Nut Driver
  • Miscellaneous
    • Car Stand
    • Large Plastic Tie for fuel tank strap
    • Tiny Plastic Ties, to clean-up loose wires
    • Magnetic tray for screws and stuff
    • Double sided tape
    • Cleaning putty
    • CA glue (aka SuperGlue)
    • Cleaners, brake cleaner
    • Something to transport all your stuff in (bag, crate)
    • Pitmat
    • Pit Bag
    • Portable Power Supply
    • Scale

Testing and Tuning
  • Range of different springs and anti rollbars
  • Silicone oils for shocks and diffs
  • Two different exhausts en headers
  • Different body styles
  • Shims


Pit Area (If not provided by facility)
  • Table
  • Chair
  • Tent


Optional
  • Tire Truer ($$$) - Only if you don't have access to one and you intend to race.
  • Transponder - Eventually, you will end up buying one. You can probably borrow/rent one at the track the first few times.
  • Vacuum pump for shocks
  • Soldering station
  • Fuel Gun
  • Stopwatch

Safety
  • Protective Eye Wear
  • Ear Plugs
  • Respirator for painting

Spares
  • See the Nitro Knowledge Base for recommended spare parts for your car

Liquid Refreshments

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- Something to transport all your stuff in(bag, crate).
- Setup wheels, for tweaking.
- Cleaners, brake cleaner.
- Silicone oils for shocks and diffs.
- a range of different springs and anti rollbars.
- Some CA glue.
- Cleaning putty.
- Double sided tape.
- Magnetic tray for screws and stuff.
- Thread lock.

Optional

-2 different exhausts en headers.
- different body styles.
- Vacuum pump for shocks.
- Dremel tool.
- Soldering station.
- Pitmat

Just went through your list and added the stuff I have.

Btw, never add up all your expenses.
last year I re-started the hobby and bought about everything which is in your and mine list combined in one month.
It was close to the $4500 mark.
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Originally Posted by DS Motorsport View Post
Just went through your list and added the stuff I have.

Btw, never add up all your expenses.
last year I re-started the hobby and bought about everything which is in your and mine list combined in one month.
It was close to the $4500 mark.
Thanks for the additions! I've updated the list.
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All I have is less than listed above. I try to travel with least equipment possible, and try not to spend so much on unnecessary items.

Additions:

-Spares
-Stopwatch
-downstop measuring tool
-some kinds of shims
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It is nice to have few nut drivers, at least one for the wheel nut. And the hudy turnbuckle wrench is an absolute. You can forget that vacuum pump. Fuel gun is a must for quick stops. I would get a good pit bag or tray to get everything from the work pits to the hot pits.
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The first thing you need is a well payiing job!!!!!
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Forgot one of the important things, a cooler full loaded with Coronas and lemons!!!
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[QUOTE=rmdhawaii;6740216]I'm putting together a shopping list for someone that is serious about racing and wants a very competitive car from the start. Other than spares, can you guys look over this list and let me know what I'm missing and/or *should* be moved to the optional section?

Thanks!

Ok you got it but you are not going to be competitive off the start man it takes practice. i have raced 4 years and it took all that just to make the A at the nats practice is Key you could give Tosolini a Ntc3 and he could wax a lot of people.
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Ok you got it but you are not going to be competitive off the start man it takes practice. i have raced 4 years and it took all that just to make the A at the nats practice is Key you could give Tosolini a Ntc3 and he could wax a lot of people.
Understood.

If someone has the budget for it, is committed to doing whatever it takes to succeed, and refuses to give up not matter what - why not start at the top?

First time out, my RRR WC got trashed! Chunked tires, dented pipe, the top rear hub screw got ripped out and leaking rear diff. The body was all scratched up!

But you know what? After that first time, things got a lot better!
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Thanks for all the input. The list is starting to look really good. Keep it coming!
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If you want to start at the top, might as well get LIPO's for the transmitter, receiver and starter box. Then LIPO compatible throttle and steering servos so you can eliminate the regulator. And of course, LIPO charger.
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$5000 and you all set including wearing xray or mugen t-shirts

rmd.... you forget hudy tire truer and power supply.
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Yeah, it's really adding up.

I think it's important for people who don't race to know what the "high end" start-up costs are for competitive racing. It really puts things into perspective.
  • Until a Team guy becomes a Team guy, he has to make this type of investment.
  • When a hobby store owner tells someone "Why don't you buy an RTR to see if you like it.", he's really only dropping maybe $300-400 dollars. (Correct me if I'm wrong here.) Unbeknownst to the buyer, the hobby store owner is really doing the buyer a big favor.
  • Once someone gets more serious and makes the jump to a high end kit, we're looking at considerably more money.
  • ...then to be "self-sufficient", we're starting to get closer to $5K.
Ha, ha ... and let's not forget "on-going" expenses to keep racing.

Makes me wonder...
  • How many people make the jump from RTR to high end kit?
  • How long do people race with RTRs before jumping?
  • Are there any clubs that just race RTRs?
  • And how many people buy an RTR, race and then just decide it isn't for them?
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What I buy IF I start racing RC seriously today :

2 xray nt1 2009 ( 1 kit for race, 1 kit for spare parts ) .......... $1,200
1 1/10 professional hudy setup ........................................... $ 350
1 ofna starter box + 14.8V lipo............................................ $ 400
2 complete set hudy tools .................................................. . $ 200
1 Futaba 4PK + 2 BLS 9351 servos....................................... $ 500
1 hudy tire truer .................................................. .............. $ 600
2 30A PSU for hudy tire truer and battery charger ................. $ 150
2 F8 Team Magic Carrier Bag ............................................... $ 500
4 fish boxes by Plano .................................................. ....... $ 100
2 EOS lipo charger with balancer .......................................... $ 250
2 Novarossi engines + 3 Novarossi Pipes .............................. $ 1,200
Miscelleonus (glow plugs, heater, lipo rx-tx, tires, parts ) ...... $ 1,000
Total Investments ( A ) : .................................................. . $ 6,450

You see...... $5,000 is still not enough !


IF I want to race Electric Power too, .... then the addition would be :

2 xray T3 ( 1 for race, 1 for spare parts ) .............................. $ 1,200
3 Team Orion 5400 45C lipo ................................................. $ 360
1 Team Orion Race Brushless ESC ........................................ $ 220
1 BLS 9351 servo .................................................. ............. $ 105
1 Team Orion 3.5T brushless modified motor ......................... $ 100
1 Team Orion 10.5T brushless stock motor ........................... $ 100
Miscelleonus ( tires, solder, extra receiver, titanium screws ) .... $ 1,000
Total Investments ( B + A ) : ............................................... $ 9,535

I say $10 grand,
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Originally Posted by esymr2 View Post
If you want to start at the top, might as well get LIPO's for the transmitter, receiver and starter box. Then LIPO compatible throttle and steering servos so you can eliminate the regulator. And of course, LIPO charger.
Lipo for radio yes starter box maybee but the reciever pack no way lipo is a risk i have seen so many Top racers get tooken out of the main because of a lipo reciever pack ( Dont be lazy and charge your batteries )
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