True Cost to own RC Pro Buggies

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  • Quote: i guess the point of my post was this:

    The cost of racing varies greatly depending on your home track
    The cost of racing varies based on your expectations, and competitiveness.

    you cant quantify it generally
    lol the real point i was trying to get is which pro kit is the lowest cost to own ... when you add in kit cost .. parts cost ... you know some kits require more love some are tough.. .. you know like edmunds 5year ownership ... but it took off in a diff direction
  • The not-so-crazy thing is I will burn up more tires in practice/testing than I will racing this summer.

    In the midwest the races we attend for the outdoors vary greatly surface wise. It is always necessary to pack 5-6 different treads in at least two different compounds in order to be prepared. plus have multiples of such in case the race conditions demand it. quite an investment up front and wont use all those tires up of course. but is a fact of racing, where there is no guaranty that the tires I need for the event will be available for sale.

    the wrong tires can cost you .5-1 second a lap easy. If you are racing intermediate that is of no concern. step it up a level and that stuff starts to matter.

    if your need more than twenty sets a year your a rich noob, is not really fair to say. And agreed everyones racing situation is different, but at a certain competitive level, everyones situation is the same $$$.
  • Quote: lol the real point i was trying to get is which pro kit is the lowest cost to own ... when you add in kit cost .. parts cost ... you know some kits require more love some are tough.. .. you know like edmunds 5year ownership ... but it took off in a diff direction
    sorry for the derail........mugen
  • Unless you find a killer deal, it's going to cost around $1000 if you have zero equipment. Maybe less, maybe more, but a G seems the average.

    I spend less on RC than a guy at my work spends on fishing, and fishing is boring as hell IMO!!

    There is no real "cheap kit to own". They all have their strengths and weaknesses and require $$ for upkeep and maintenance. Mugen is solid, but parts are expensive. D8s are cheap initially and parts are cheaper, but imo you need more parts more often. Others may disagree, but I've owned both and this was my experience. In the end, they cost about the same to own/maintain.
  • You cant compare this to ANYTHING EXPERT PRO FACTORY driver do.

    If any of us was good enough to even qualify for a B main in the EXPERT class, you will be FULLY sponsored. This would not be an issue.
  • Quote: Unless you find a killer deal, it's going to cost around $1000 if you have zero equipment. Maybe less, maybe more, but a G seems the average.

    I spend less on RC than a guy at my work spends on fishing, and fishing is boring as hell IMO!!

    My neighbor gave up RC aircraft long ago to go fishing. he now has like 5 boats
  • Quote: The not-so-crazy thing is I will burn up more tires in practice/testing than I will racing this summer.

    In the midwest the races we attend for the outdoors vary greatly surface wise. It is always necessary to pack 5-6 different treads in at least two different compounds in order to be prepared. plus have multiples of such in case the race conditions demand it. quite an investment up front and wont use all those tires up of course. but is a fact of racing, where there is no guaranty that the tires I need for the event will be available for sale.

    the wrong tires can cost you .5-1 second a lap easy. If you are racing intermediate that is of no concern. step it up a level and that stuff starts to matter.

    if your need more than twenty sets a year your a rich noob, is not really fair to say. And agreed everyones racing situation is different, but at a certain competitive level, everyones situation is the same $$$.
    This post is dead-on about the tire expense.
  • Quote: You cant compare this to ANYTHING EXPERT PRO FACTORY driver do.

    If any of us was good enough to even qualify for a B main in the EXPERT class, you will be FULLY sponsored. This would not be an issue.

    Not really. Fully sponsored meaning 100%?

    There was a driver who made the pro truggy a-main at nitro challenge that wasn't fully sponsored.

    You'd be surprised what it costs to compete at that level even with a healthy sponsorship that isn't 100%.
  • call me crazy but during a season at the most i use only 2 sets of aka soft truggy tires grated i am running truggy.

    thats why i stay away from high grip clay tracks $$.

    like, i said before there are good quality servos for $90/$100 for a club racer i been using for a long time and never had one go bad on me .
  • I've only started this hobby 3 weeks ago, got my first HSP 1/8 Camper Pro buggy cheap $250 two day in got a bit trigger happy !!smashed!! the whole front end which cost me over $250 in parts. Got that fixed Next went the wing stay, Steering Servo, Steering servo/saver and a few bent dog bones. ($100) Now waiting on a few aluminum part to come home from ebay.

    ... While waiting i got given two 1/8 Hypers 8.5 and 1/10 HSP warhead with loads of tools and spare parts. ... I have to say after a whole week bashing the Hobao Hyper is a sweet machine (running a .28 GO Engine) not a single penny spent besides feeding time and for 4 liters for $50 this hobby is going to chew the pocket.
  • Quote: Hell I wouldn't want to know how much money I spend on this hobby. All hobbies are expensive unless you take up knitting or something like that...lol and I don't ever see that happening.
    I don't know how cheap that knitting thing is. My wife has a little over 200.00 just in knitting needles, And another 2,000 to 3,000 in yarn. And that does not count all of the dies she uses.

    But the start up cost is the killer.
  • Quote: I don't know how cheap that knitting thing is. My wife has a little over 200.00 just in knitting needles, And another 2,000 to 3,000 in yarn. And that does not count all of the dies she uses.

    But the start up cost is the killer.
    Try beading - my wife has lord knows how much invested.
  • I've only started this hobby 3 weeks ago, got my first HSP 1/8 Camper Pro buggy cheap $250 two day in got a bit trigger happy !!smashed!! the whole front end which cost me over $250 in parts. Got that fixed Next went the wing stay, Steering Servo, Steering servo/saver and a few bent dog bones. ($100) Now waiting on a few aluminum part to come home from ebay.

    ... While waiting i got given two 1/8 Hypers 8.5 and 1/10 HSP warhead with loads of tools and spare parts. ... I have to say after a whole week bashing the Hobao Hyper is a sweet machine (running a .28 GO Engine) not a single penny spent besides feeding time and for 4 liters for $50 this hobby is going to chew the pocket.
  • I Started 2-3 years ago have raced mostly club races and a a few larger events. I race buggy and truck. I have went from a car with everything used to all brand new parts. So cost can very a lot it all depends on what you want.

    Buggy 800-1200
    Truck 800-1200
    Case of fuel 100
    Starter box w Battery 80-100
    Tx 250-450
    Spare servos 200
    spare parts 300-500
    transponder 90
    paint for bodies 30
    wheels tires 2 sets per car/truck 200-250
    Spare motor 200-350
    misc tools 150

    Table for the track 40
    Tool Box 30
    canopy 100
    Lights and power cord 50

    approx total $4170 If your going to buy everything at once and be ready to go racing with two classes and be able to make it though most events and club races with no issues.

    With this almost every other week I make a $50-150 online order to replace anything i have used or need to have.

    Here is an example of a large race

    Getting ready to race nationals last year I spent $80 per entry $25 roar membership and $400 worth or any extra parts wheels tires ect. I could think of to make sure I could make it through the 4 days of racing with out needing anything. Plus food drink and motel which I only stayed at one night because i was within an hr and a half drive of the track. large events could be very expensive if you travel and can stay cheap most likely $1000+ per race.

    Now after spending this money I feel I have enough parts spares with competitive cars to be able to compete at most races and be able to finish the week/weekend without any trouble.

    Sorry for the long post but should give a good idea at what it takes.
  • If I had to budget....I'd find something else to do.

    I want it all....and I want it now.

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