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Old 03-07-2006, 01:37 PM   #1
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I am thinking of getting into nitro onroad. I tried electric on-road a little and liked it...but work and college forced me to get out of it..now that i have some spare time again..I am thinking of getting into nitro onroad...I saw a 1/8 onroad car at the LHS while getting soem parts for my revo and savage last week..and now I think I need to get one the problem is that I am not sure what would be the best one for a nubie to nitro onroad to get..I see that 1/8 is expensive..and as I will only be racing perhaps once a month I dont want to invest tooo heavily into it at first. Just need to get a kit that is as durable as possible and will require as few addtional hop-ups as possible...any suggestions?
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Old 03-07-2006, 01:53 PM   #2
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Well 1/8 th onroad is the fastest you can get, so you want something that is easy to work on and something that's easy to drive.
The best car at the moment is the Mugen MRX-4R, its durable, fast and parts
are cheap and easy to get.

The second advise i want to give you, please get a mild engine to start with,
so it's easy to tune and maintain and you will learn to drive easier, and you can get a faster engine when you are ready for it.

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Old 03-07-2006, 03:56 PM   #3
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Why not get a nice 1:10... (like a Serpent 710..)
Cheaper and still very fast....
And it looks much nicer than a 1:8 with a butt ugly Lola body....but that's my opinion...
1:10 is the fun class...1:8 is serious business....
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I am thinking of getting into nitro onroad. I tried electric on-road a little and liked it...but work and college forced me to get out of it..now that i have some spare time again..I am thinking of getting into nitro onroad...I saw a 1/8 onroad car at the LHS while getting soem parts for my revo and savage last week..and now I think I need to get one the problem is that I am not sure what would be the best one for a nubie to nitro onroad to get..I see that 1/8 is expensive..and as I will only be racing perhaps once a month I dont want to invest tooo heavily into it at first. Just need to get a kit that is as durable as possible and will require as few addtional hop-ups as possible...any suggestions?

If you are near Santa Clara, Ca. you should come out and watch the RAMS race. We race this Sunday at Mission College. Plenty of racers who will be more than happy to show you cars - options, etc. - great place to do some serious investigating.
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:12 PM   #5
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I would not suggest starting out with 1:8. Besides an extremely high 'buy in' price, the competition is pretty, well...competitive. Not necessarily very welcoming to newbies.

I would definitely suggest a 1:10 nitro tourer. Start by heading to the local track first. See what people are running. Try to pick up something that your local shop supports (with spares) AND something that people are running at the track.

Getting setup tips (as well as spares available at the track) is extremely valuable.

There are many good cars, but I think the NTC3 is a great starter.

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Hey, I'm new to nitro too. I believe I researched pretty diligently and chose the Team Magic G4S (got mine for $389 at Winners Circle www.gasrccar.com). Check out the G4S thread in this forum. There is a 3 part assembly writeup at 3hobby.net that is worth looking at too.

The car comes with all of the hop-ups already included, there are clear instructions included and the parts fit perfectly. While I haven't had a chance to get mine outside yet (looking for an April 1st debut) the drivers who have are reporting excellent balance and handling.

Sure, some here are going to say it hasn't won any major races in the US. Yet. The 2004 & 2005 British touring car champ won with the previous version of this car, before the improvements!

If your LHS isn't going to carry the car, just get a couple of extra arms and front knuckles. I hear some of the boards were "tested" at the Winternats with only a broken from knuckle as a result.

FYI, just my opinion.
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Since you started wtih 1/10th on road, you should try the 1/10th NITRO first....you have to understand all those PLUGS, SHIMS, CENTAX, ROLLOUT of the foams, Engine needles, Exhaust setup, how to pick the right header and pipe, % of fuel to use, almost tons of things to learn that 1/10th electric does not have...

1/8th is basicly the same, except, more expensive, a bit faster, and a bit more to learn.....
Start with the 200mm on road before you think about 1/8th....not to mention, you have to have a big enough track to run 1/8th....but I don't think CA has that problem....(revelatioin and Crystal park..?)
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Since you started wtih 1/10th on road, you should try the 1/10th NITRO first....you have to understand all those PLUGS, SHIMS, CENTAX, ROLLOUT of the foams, Engine needles, Exhaust setup, how to pick the right header and pipe, % of fuel to use, almost tons of things to learn that 1/10th electric does not have...

1/8th is basicly the same, except, more expensive, a bit faster, and a bit more to learn.....
Start with the 200mm on road before you think about 1/8th....not to mention, you have to have a big enough track to run 1/8th....but I don't think CA has that problem....(revelatioin and Crystal park..?)
If he/she's from Northern California, RAMS country, we have a track that is plenty big. Plus, if he chooses 1/10th, he can race with the RAMS or RCCAR - RCCAR (another club) does a good job with electric and Gas Sedan. Both clubs are sharing the same venue (different weekends, board tracks) - anyone interested in racing is welcome, at either club, we won't "scare you" away. We have plenty of Hobby Shop/Manufacturer support -

Hope you come visit.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:05 PM   #9
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thanks for the inputs..perhaps 1/10 nitro will be the route to go...will have to make it out to a race in the sacramento area in the coming weeks to see what people are running
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1:10 scale would be the better choice to start out with. Since you already qwn some R/C vehicles, you know that parts availabilty is a big factor. So, keep that in mine. At the moment, I too agree that the NTC3 is a great car to start out with for a newbie. Because depending on the driver, it can still be competive.

What part of N. California are you near? If you are close to Sacramento, come check out RiverCity RC . It's a local club that caters to nitro on-road racing that meets every Sunday. Our track is covered so weather isn't a big factor.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:33 PM   #11
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I am located at Beale AFB..45 min N of Sac...where is river city located at?...do they have a website?
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I am located at Beale AFB..45 min N of Sac...where is river city located at?...do they have a website?
I was TDY there once, but we're in Sacramento and our website is rivercityrc.org
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My best advise for you if your going to start nitro racing is to purchase the " Nitro tuning " manual made by RC Car Action. I used this manual when I got into nitro racing and it helped my tremendously. It provided me a good foundation on what to expect when it comes to nitro tuning. I don't have it anymore because I passed it on to someone who just got into nitro cars. Goodluck and maybe we'll see you at Rams or RCCAR in Santa Clara.
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