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Old 10-03-2010, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Photocycler View Post
would like to build the truck myself and not a fan of RTR since I would be replacing most of everything

I care more about performance, if a part is not local I can always order it
I'm not a RTR fan either but the AE RTR's are actually pretty solid and competitive out of the box. Plus you'll get a 2.4 radio & receiver for cheaper than buying separate and then only need to upgrade the ESC & motor. the Factory Team version is a great kit and you can pick up a cheap 2.4 radio & receiver (Tactics) for well under $100. As for performance, the brands seeming to win the most *in general* are the usual suspects: AE, Kyosho. Losi is not a factor as their Strike is almost universally acknowledged to be crap. It really depends on your preference and driving style. I'm more partial to the AE 2wd SCT but the Kyosho is a nice kit as well.

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It's great to see so many quick responses. Building the kit is part of the fun for me plus helps me get to know the truck better for repairs and mods.

If the RTr kit RX/ TX is a decent one and the kit is that much better of a deal then I will consider it...but I am pretty competitive racer usually making a mains so I like to have top end equipment to compete at that level
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It's great to see so many quick responses. Building the kit is part of the fun for me plus helps me get to know the truck better for repairs and mods.

If the RTr kit RX/ TX is a decent one and the kit is that much better of a deal then I will consider it...but I am pretty competitive racer usually making a mains so I like to have top end equipment to compete at that level
Can't go wrong with either kit, both are top quality in my book.
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Can't find the kyosho SC comes in a kit? I only see the RTr on their site
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Originally Posted by Photocycler View Post
Can't find the kyosho SC comes in a kit? I only see the RTr on their site

Here you go Kit Version.

At my track the winners are running AE and Kyosho. I like the Kyosho, but there are few parts at my LHS compared to AE.
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Originally Posted by Photocycler View Post
would like to build the truck myself and not a fan of RTR since I would be replacing most of everything

I care more about performance, if a part is not local I can always order it
The HPI Blitz ESE or the Kyosho would be a excellent choice. Get a nice Tekin setup and wou'll be set.
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Kyosho ultima SC-R
HobbyKing Charger & power supply
Turnigy 50c lipo
Futaba 9452 servo
Futaba 3pk and reciever, or 4pk and reciever
Aluminum rear hinge pin holders
AKA tires
Transponder
Tekin RS Pro 8.5 combo
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hello guys,thisis alex...........
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Don't forget you at going to need about 3-4 packs and a good lipo charger and they are about 120 bucks. So 1,000 dollars is gonna be cutting it close. I'd say 1,500 would be where to start
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Originally Posted by Amoeba View Post
Actually....

A good 1/10 brushless motor shouldn't run you more than ~$100. Heck, even the 550 cans most people use in 4wd SCT are only about $120-ish. The ESC will run you anywhere from $100-$200 depending on your preference, though I'm partial to the Mamba Max Pro which is stupid cheap for what it gives you. You can pick up an ESC/motor combo for under $200 easily.

I assume you already have a radio? Hell, let's price out my current 4wd SCT setup which probably has the most money put into it of my various SCT's and I'll even include prices for things I already had, like radio & receiver:

Hyper 10SC - $230
Ballistic 4.5HV - $119
Mamba Max Pro - $124
Futaba BLS451 servo - $109
Futaba 3PK & receiver - $349
5000mAh 2s LiPo - ~$100

That's $1031 all together. But bear in mind that a lot of those prices are fungible and can be *much* less depending on your needs or the brand you prefer (like batteries, servo/radio, etc.), as well as stuff you may already have. Heck you can just get the Hyper10SC RTR version for $280 which is just fine for starting out (comes with 2.4G radio and all) and add a good battery and you've spent less than $400. And that's for 4wd SCT which is more expensive than 2wd.
This sounds like fun. Going to itemize the SC10.

SC10 kit - 180
Futaba 3305 - 35
Futaba 3PM (bout 7 years old) - 120
Hitec Receiver - 25
Castle Sidewinder - 120
wheels/tires - 'bout $80? maybe 100?
MIP CVDs - 25ish
lunsford stuff - 50
STRC rear hubs - 20
RPM arms - bout 20
some 10 year old HPI shocks - 45
Overnighted lipos from Hong Kong - 75 dollars, or more
charger - 70

oh wow
More into this thing than expected.
Time to sell it and start over
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I have two Lipos for my SC. I alternate between practice, heats, and the main. Never have needed more than two. I run a Slash with stock motor and ESC and have no problem competing with and beating SC 10s, Blitzs, etc. I have three four tracks within a 1 hour drive but unfortunately the rules for SC are different at each track.

Set up is critical and the track rules also have a big impact on what works. The stock tires from most kits don't work well. One of our local tracks allows M2 Calipers as a substitute. Another moves you to mod if you change the tires. All of these items can change which truck is best in your own mind.
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Originally Posted by switchblade906 View Post
Don't forget you at going to need about 3-4 packs and a good lipo charger and they are about 120 bucks. So 1,000 dollars is gonna be cutting it close. I'd say 1,500 would be where to start
I get by justt fine with 2 packs.

I recommend the Ultima SC-R.

You'll need tires and a body, but it's got everything you could want out of the box.

-Pick up a Thunder AC-6 charger for $50.
-2 of these packs for $100
-Futaba 3PM deals on the forum ~$120
-$50 on a servo
-Middle of the road ESC/Motor for $150 or timing advance stuff for $225 (depends on your local racing scene)
-Another $100 or so on support equipment, fluids, etc., etc. and you're good to go.
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Originally Posted by t0p_sh0tta View Post
I get by justt fine with 2 packs.

I recommend the Ultima SC-R.

You'll need tires and a body, but it's got everything you could want out of the box.

-Pick up a Thunder AC-6 charger for $50.
-2 of these packs for $100
-Futaba 3PM deals on the forum ~$120
-$50 on a servo
-Middle of the road ESC/Motor for $150 or timing advance stuff for $225 (depends on your local racing scene)
-Another $100 or so on support equipment, fluids, etc., etc. and you're good to go.
My packs (thunderpower 2s 5200mah 50c) last about 20 mins and take ~1 hour to charge. I dont like sitting around waiting for them to charge back up so i have 4 2s batteries and 2 3s batteries

But running the Slash 4x4 i might get less time out of my batteries and also need at least 40c 2s for them to perform anything worth while
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Damn, bro, I get by with just one LiPo for a race night!
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I run 40C 4000mah packs. I can recharge them in about 20 min at 5amps in between rounds.

If I don't get a chance to charge between rounds, I can stretch a pack for 2 6 min qualifiers.
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