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Tricks & Tips to save money in the hobby

Old 01-02-2012, 12:32 PM
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Yep but I have various hobbies so I try to save some bucks
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:46 PM
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The #1 thing you can do to save money is to maintain your car properly and inspect it after and before each race. A quick once-over with a hex driver and your eyes will help to prevent most breakage.

It's the rule of the 7 P's.


#2 is anything you're about to do that begins with the phrase "Hold My Beer" or "Watch This," is probably a bad idea, but please be sure to video it for the rest of us.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by 2wdMod View Post
The most simple thing to save you some money in this hobby is being truthfull with yourself about your driving abilities in relation to the "need" for name brand gear to be competitive..I keep myself in check with 1 simple rule.."If i need to be marshalled due to MY driving error,all the goodies that equal a 1/10 second here and a 1/10 second there will do me no good if i am still on my lid waiting for 30 sec. to be marshalled"..Simply put its not your speedos fault if you end up on your lid.So replacing it with the top of the line speedo wont fix the problem thats causing poor finishes..I see alot of people trying to spend their way to the top of the pack, and it really doesnt work that way...Dont get me wrong having competent gear to compete with is a good thing, but in this day and age the definition of competent gear is very broad.

Bottom line is just be honest with yourself..if your on your lid once a race wich would improve your finishing order more, a hotter motor so you can be faster the next round, or staying off your lid???

BINGO" you hit the nail right on the head"

To back this up I have a short true story that proves your point to a

I have a friend that races a Kyosho SC and he wins all the time in
stock and mod at one track. He had a trany failure that we had no
parts for, but it so happened it was a day he had just picked up two
new Traxxas Slashs for his boys. So he went out to his car and brought
one in to race. He took it out of the box and ran it (BOX STOCK) tires
radio and all. He TQed and won both classs's with a stock out of the
box Traxxas Slash"

It's all about car control and not crashing, not the latest and greatest
flavor of the month.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:50 PM
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Never, ever,ever, pay retail. Look for clean used examples of everything.

There are many alternatives to the popular components.

If it wasn't for hobbypartz/hobbyking and craigslist. I wouldn't be racing or enjoying the hobby to the level I am today.

I'd probably be running 1 class and maybe flying 1 plane.

Due to the fact that I like to tinker, cruise the classifieds, and can recognize a deal when I see one, I can race 3 classes and have a handful of planes to fly.

It's like anything, spend your time and do your homework and reap the rewards. Or, be a doofus.....
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