Nitro or electric


Old 11-05-2012, 03:09 PM
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Ok cool I don't really have anyone to teach me about them. Should I still get one?
Yeah, there's quite a lot you can teach yourself as long as you're not afraid to try.
You can go in the engine section here and read the break in bible and the tuning bible, then you'll know a lot.
There's also a DVD by Joel Johnson on engine tuning, and there are some instructional videos on youtube with people like Jared Tebo and Adam Drake and such, which you can watch.

As long as you have patience and the willingness to try, you'll be fine!

However, I can not stress this enough:
By a decent engine NEW.

Do NOT, ever NEVER EVER EVER buy some kinda RTR with a pullstart engine, those will drive you crazy and you'll never be able to tune the carburator correctly - because they are flawed by design.
And do not, absolutely not, buy a 2nd hand engine - it will most likely be completely worn out and useless.

Cheap but decent engines:
Novarossi P5XL
Alpha F850 (their more pricey models are decent too, obviously)

Good luck, don't surrender, and buy the "right" stuff (ie. not broken stuff, and not rtr junk) first time off and you'll learn quickly.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:26 PM
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Take a look at your local tracks and see what people are actually racing. Nitro and Electric are very hit or miss depending on location, Nitro is still bigger as a whole, but some areas have been more attracted to the electric classes. If you plan on investing time and money into this hobby, I would just pick based on what will bring you the most competition and enjoyment.
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:27 PM
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I have both, the electric sits in my garage and might come out when my 1.5yr old son wants to play in the yard. I run the cheap losi 350 engine on my buggy and keep up just fine with guys in my class, and holds a tune great all day. Its a lil bit to learn but if I can do it anyone can. If you're mechanically inclined it'll be relatively easy to hear the engine and see what its doing and what it needs. Nitro all the way.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:22 PM
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I used to fly electric helis(no no to nitros), and now i've both electric and nitro buggies(i'm new to cars tho) and learnt a bit here and there(a big thanks to everyone in this forum that contributed and helped a lot), find it not hard to learn tunning engines, but find it fun instead, i still don't know about maintenance time(engine) yet but i don't see it harder to maintain a nitro. Honestly, i seldom bring the electric to the field(now i hate charging, lol). You can also checkout some vids in youtube about tunning and maintaining nitro engines and together with the great guys helping here i think you can decide what to get and i think you'll be just fine if nitro is your choice.
Actually i'm looking for another buggy(used) to put a new engine on, and it's gonna be a nitro.
Oh, forgot to tell, i'm a lazy guy that don't wanna tinker things much, but finding it fun and challenging is another story. Good luck with your choice.
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