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Old 04-16-2012, 10:40 PM
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Hello everyone. I posted on here last year about starting with this hobby. I decided to wait until after the new year to go shopping. My brother invested in a used hot bodies buggy and got burned by an overall crappy car. So, I decided to go used.

My parameters are:

1/8 or 1/10
$500 or less
Ability for legal racing (engine size and fuel tank size, including a car that can be made for legal racing)
Ready to run or kit are ok (yes, I do understand the mechanics and engineering involved)

I have a friend that keeps pushing me to OFNA, but I am not blown away by their product and I believe their engine size is too large for what I am looking for anyway. I have found a RC10GT2 and a Hot Bodies D8T kit that appear to be right up my alley.

Does anyone have recommendations for these two vehicles or any other vehicles? Again, I am new to the sport, but can learn the ins-and-outs and although my initial investment will be relatively small, I have the means to expand with better parts and equipment.

Any comments are appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:45 AM
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if your considering racing save up a bit more money and buy a race kit, get good servos, a good $200 motor pipe combo, decent radio gear and you'll be glad you did 6 months down the line when its all still working and you're having good racing with a competitive car, most brands do good cars nowdays.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:43 AM
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You can find good deals used but most used cars need parts from the start. $500 is not a big enough budget to get into nitro. You can spend $250-300 on a good used car $150 on servos, $200 on a budget engine, $100 on a budget radio and you are already at $700. You still need a Rx battery, fuel, tools and a charger. Not to mention it will break or need something almost every time you run it. I don't think $500 is a realistic budget to get started.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:59 PM
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If $500 is to little to get started for the vehicle itself, what would you recommend is a decent new or used vehicle to start with? I have no issue with the extra money to start and I already have access to all the tools and even possible replacement parts for little to no cost.

In regards to the vehicle itself, would you recommend either of the two mentioned, or stay away?
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:19 AM
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Look for deals on used cars. I just picked up a TLR 8ight 2.0 for $150. It needed about $50 in parts but even at $200 after that I still came out good. I wouldn't buy a used engine unless you know what you are doing with nitro. Look for a good set of used servos too. I found a few Hitec titanium geared servos a few years back for like $70 a piece, and they have NEVER failed me. But what the others said is still true, $500 is probably too small of a budget to get into something that is going to be good enough to race. You are correct too though about OFNA. They make great basher stuff, racing stuff....not so much. The RC8B is a good one to look at, and you can't go wrong with a Mugen either. The 8ight is a nice car but hard to find cheap used, and really expensive new. Good luck!
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:16 PM
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Where did you look for good, reputable deals online (I assume you looked online)?
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:15 PM
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With a coupon, you could pick up the 8ight 2.0 RTR for close to your budget. I raced (never bashed it once) it in stock form for months without a single issue. I did replace the servos pretty early because I had the money to do so but it was a want vice a need. It is a great setup for the money. I've had it for 3 years now and it has just about all of the Race Roller parts on it now but I never broke a single part on the car. I bent a rear shock tower after a while and replaced them with the Race Roller version. I replaced the shock caps with the aluminum units because they developed a lot of slop in the eyelets. It is a great platform to start with and will out perform your skills for quite a while.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by madweazl View Post
With a coupon, you could pick up the 8ight 2.0 RTR for close to your budget. I raced (never bashed it once) it in stock form for months without a single issue. I did replace the servos pretty early because I had the money to do so but it was a want vice a need. It is a great setup for the money. I've had it for 3 years now and it has just about all of the Race Roller parts on it now but I never broke a single part on the car. I bent a rear shock tower after a while and replaced them with the Race Roller version. I replaced the shock caps with the aluminum units because they developed a lot of slop in the eyelets. It is a great platform to start with and will out perform your skills for quite a while.
I would have to completely agree with this. The RTR is a pretty good deal. You'll have to replace parts over time, but that'll happen with the best race platform out there. I would definitely consider this. I didn't think of it before simply because I don't like to buy RTR cause I like to build.
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