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Old 11-28-2019, 06:21 PM
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Hey all,

I had an RC10 as a teen and was a joy of my childhood. I know such a vehicle can be time-consuming to keep up and maintain. It's a serious hobby. At this stage in my life (kids, aging parents) I want to recapture some of that joy, but I just don't have the time I used to. Is there such thing as a fun but low-maintenance car? Obviously I'm not looking for top performance here. Any recommendations?

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Traxxas Slash.
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Losi TENacity sct, mt, truggy, or DB pro. Steer clear of Traxxas.
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Losi TENacity sct, mt, truggy, or DB pro. Steer clear of Traxxas.
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Traxxas products tend to break very easily and will be expensive to maintain in my experience, far less maintenance from a 1/10 Losi or a 1/10 ARRMA
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Something from tamiya or hobao can't be far wrong either.
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Originally Posted by evhexrc View Post
Losi TENacity sct, mt, truggy, or DB pro. Steer clear of Traxxas.
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Traxxas products tend to break very easily and will be expensive to maintain in my experience, far less maintenance from a 1/10 Losi or a 1/10 ARRMA
I have owned a rustler 4x4, arrma kraton 4s , and the losi tenacity truggy and db pro in the last year. I love the losi ten platform. Handles great and very durable
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The box stock 2wd slash is durable and (in my personal experience) will feel/drive very much like your late 80ís rc10 (it will look similar on the build as well (except for the steering linkages.
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The amount of maintance is difficult to say. There a lot that just seem to enjoy taking their cars apart for no other reason then ď maintanceĒ. Iíve got more then I can count that in years of running Iíve still only replaced broken parts. And have done basically zero maintenance to. Even have few road cars that havenít even had more then wheels changed in 2 years of use.
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Old 11-30-2019, 05:04 AM
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there is alot good cars today
no one is perfect anyway

they all need some options

Anyway if you want one strong car and cheap, then go with Arrma Senton 3s blx . This is SCT. the body shell protects the wheels, this helps alot to not damage hubs and other things so easy.
If you drive this car 2s it is very strong.
If you want drive it 3s later you need alu front shocks and RPM Arms, these are cheap, if you buy random chinese alu shocks , and RPM arms are cheap with life time warranty.
And all other parts to this car is easy find and very cheap.
This is also easy rig change parts to very beginners.
Arrma is 2 fast with 3s for beginners, go 2s , after you get better you can buy 3s lipos and go super fast.

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Then you have Losi.
More expensive,. and expensive parts.
Good cars.
Losi: Tenacity DB Pro, Fox Racing Smart: 1/10 4WD RTR: Losi (LOS03027T2)


One more thing
If you drive these rigs 2s, you only need change diffoils like after 40-50 runs.
If you go 3s you need change them every 30-35runs atleast

im counting this with 6000mah lipos

there is anyway only two diffs in Arrma Senton, so this is easy done and quick.

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Thanks all for the recommendations! I will research your suggestions.

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That's why I like the losi better is that it has 3 diffs instead of the crappy slipper they decided to design and losi was nice enough to install a fully metal drivetrain. The rest of the design on the arrma is actually really good and can take a beating. Though by the time you install metal diffs and driveshafts(when ever they actually become available)you are at the cost of the losi but still have the slipper.....

With that said I really like my kraton 4s and my friends granite 4x4 blx but it's not built as nice as the losi db pro. The kraton and granite needed parts (better turnbuckles and ends and a better servo saver) Plus I will reiterate the slipper, driveshaft and diff issues. The losi might be more expensive but the db pro doesnt need anything changed from the factory.

The standard losi tenacity is a different story. Its shocks are crap and motor SUCKS.. Plus I'm not a fan of their plastic chassis. The arrma plastic chassis is much better.

Durability wise both are really good. Both have handled the scate park on multiple occasions. Only thing I have broke there was a turnbuckle on the kraton 4s. My friend had his granite slipper to tight and killed his rear driveshafts and diff. I haven't broken a part on the db yet.(well the heads to the driver popped off from landing 30+ ft high back flip on to the road) I put a washer under the head screw so it will not happen again.
Also forget to mention the shock issue on the 3s arrmas. They leak...l have not had an issue with the 4s shocks. They are really nice and plush. I haven't had any leaks( I did have the threads pop off one of my jumps out of the bowl) all it needed was the be refilled and rethreaded. Haven't had an issue since.

Just my take on these after countless hours with them
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As the old saying goes, Opinions are like buttholes, everybody has one and none are the same. Best suggestion is to go to your local hobby shop, see what YOU like and check the their support of that product line. Nothing worse then getting a new hot rod, no matter what it is, and catching a tree or mailbox and ripping a control arm off or something and have to wait to get some replacement parts. So get an idea of what you're wanting to get, SCT, Buggy, Crawler. etc and hit the local hobby shop.

Most important thing is, support your local hobby shop and have fun!
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Arrma have bad clutch from factory. They are too tight almost always.

You need check the Clutch before drive this.
RTR manufactory is not the best by Arrma.
Cheap

Read manual. Tight the Clutch, and release what says there.
Then you have good car actually.

I love adjustable clutch and dual diff better than three diff in 3s rigs.
If you maintain that clutch properly, this is way better than 3x diffs and more easy also.
You need know this
Adjust it before drive first time.
They do alot shit at RTR building .
You must check this self.
Easy fix, read manual, then you have it done in 5minutes
5 of 10 cars got that good, alot cars have wrong adjustment
Arrma RTR is cheap.
You need check couple things self .
This is sad, but true.

Losi have always nice cars.
Problem is they are expensive
and parts is expensive.

iF you do couple checks with your new Arrma, you will have more fun then with the money also.
And they are easy fix.

The new Losi with 130a Firma esc must be the best 3s RTR car right now i believe ?
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Thank you all for your well-though-out recommendations, and I appreciate reading the healthy debates. I am looking into all your recommendations! What are thoughts on Laegendary?

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Originally Posted by jackd104 View Post
Thank you all for your well-though-out recommendations, and I appreciate reading the healthy debates. I am looking into all your recommendations! What are thoughts on Laegendary?

Jack

Hello Jack

Most of people will help you.
Dont worry.

Tell us more about you and what you need this car for ?

Racing? Or Bashing and have fun?
Budget? how much money can you spend? The more the better most cases.
Also look at your local hobby shop.
See what they got. And if they have all the parts when needed.

How fast YOU WANT or will go?
What surface and weathers you drive this car?
What experiences you have before?
Noob,? Beginner? Half way in?

Have you any lipos or charger?
Do you need buy everything, or just the car?
Can you build or want build this car self ? or do you need RTR?

What budget you have?
300-600-1200 bucks?

Last but not least.
There is no LOW maintaince rc cars actullually.
If you want them run smooth and nice you need do service.
With all of them

There is no magic

This is not toys . They need alot attention and service.

aNYWAYS
to the last ending
if you have alot money
buy 6s car
drive this 2 or 3s
this will last long time then.

bUY Car that is build for hard driving 6s cars, and only run them at half the power , this is best way to almost no maintaince or service.
You need only change diff oils after 100 runs if you do it half power to the car is build.
If you handle the car pretty well

2-3s cars needs alot service and maintance if you drive 2-3s
then you are at the max always

6s cars are strong
if you drive these 2-3s only
you have it bullet proof almost

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