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Old 09-29-2005, 08:37 PM   #1
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I'm new to this whole game, so I'll state exactly what I'm looking for.

I'm looking for a good solid nitro car/truck/buggy that I can beat the hell out of and maybe mod a little bit. I hate being a careful driver in RC, so I don't want to swerve around every crack in the street, I just want to have some rip roarin' fun. Any ideas what model or style or motor? Any advice that you can give me? The names in the classified section mean nothing to me, and I want to clear it up. Thankyou!
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Old 09-29-2005, 09:20 PM   #2
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Traxxas REVO, Traxxas T-MAXX, or the HPI Savage.

All these trucks are large, near indestructable, and have some of the best aftermarket support since the Tamiya ClodBuster. If you need any detailed information I can eleborate for you.
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Old 09-30-2005, 07:55 PM   #3
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i say the HPI savage 25 RTR. the t-maxx is a little weak and outdated. the revo, however, still cannot compare in durability to the savage.
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was in a similar situation since electric racing is not big here, so I had to go nitro.

Decided to go with the Losi LST based on the reviews and opinions I had read and what it offered. Been quite happy with it. Love how it can doing racing quite well against other monster trucks and how it is a great basher. Main issue I have read is the engine reliability (haven't had any issues and mine is a newer model ), arm breakage (RPM arms fix this ), and axle breakage if you go with a 23mm hug setup and low profile rims (running Losi zombies now, SKPs work well too I am told).

For the money, with the radio gear, etc. I am very happy with it. Also pretty easy to work on as well.
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Old 10-03-2005, 03:45 PM   #5
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It's gotta be the savage 25. they're pretty un-breakable out of the box, you can mod them to beat most things off-road, but most of all, they're cheap to buy, repair, upgrade, and the parts are available almost everywhere!!!!
check out the pics of things you can add with a little imagination and handy work..........
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Old 10-03-2005, 03:55 PM   #6
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Cain's got the right idea..the LST comes with the best radio system of any RTR, monster truck or not. It's faster out of the box than pretty much any monster truck out there, it's big, tough, and complimented with huge aftermarket support. Car Action's truck of the year!
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Old 10-03-2005, 06:56 PM   #7
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If you're looking for something a little more low and fast. Look into a XXX-NT.

I've got experience with a friends XXX-T, thing bashes real hard, and survives. Plus I imagine the nitro to be a real fast truck.

LST impresses me most, i know for a fact my E-maxx is not indestructible.
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Old 10-05-2005, 08:40 AM   #8
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I am primarily at heart an electric guy, but you can't argue with nitro's runtime, just fill and go, and go, and go!

The Savage is a tough cookie, and I did consider it but the main issues I had were:

1. Pain to get to internal parts (ie- workon)
2. didn't seem good as a racer with out some more significant modifications
3. stock radio and gear would immediately be replaced

For me, wanting dual duty, the LST seemed to offer the best of all worlds, probably not excelling as high as more purpose built units, but being very good at all. I can live with that. For bashing, that low range is kind of fun as well, just rumbling over rocks and stuff too. Lots of aftermarket support as well.

Another option that I liked and almost got till I got the deal on the LST was the TNX. very durable vehicle, lots of power and is a capable racer, especially if you get the pro model that includes the bashing stock wheels and proline racing rubber as well I believe.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:23 PM   #9
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Thumbs up Have to vote for the t-maxx

I've had 2 of the older style, and i own the 2.5 now. T-maxx is the only 1 that can do a wheelie from take off! If u are just looking to thrash, wheelies and torque is what your looking for. T-maxx all the way, and every hobby shop stocks parts.
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Guys, the LST's are awsome, but the Savage get's points for being a bashin' man's truck. If you want to see a Savage, you have to check this out. My long lost uncle who began getting into R/C about the same time I started Team Platinum Racing, bought a Savage .46 and beat the piss out of it! He later put on some better tires and wheels, aluminum skids, anodized the skids, put on better shocks, carbon fiber sideplates, BENT an aluminum roll cage (I mean he mangled this thing) put 3 gallons through the engine, bought a new one, took it to the LHS who accidently broke his new italian mill, bought a Colari, tested the 3 speed kit, ditched the carbon fiber sideplates, bought aluminum extended sideplates, and is just overall bashing the Hell out of his truck.



Here is the picture of his truck. He's down in Florida and calls up every once and a while to ask questions and get advice. He's a good guy, but he did get us arrested once when he was up here for a while...don't ask why we were cruising around at 3:00 AM looking for a phone jack. Why? You don't need to, the Police already did! Does that qualify for "Good Times?"
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