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Old 12-15-2006, 03:45 PM   #1
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Talking On-road beginner, Looking for a RTR..

Sup, all the experts in this forum.....

I'm just a newbie trying to get into the world of on-road...
I got into Rcs when I got my 'Nitro Crusher' (NDF-01) from Tamiya,
'bout 1~2 months ago.... (Off-road) but I had so much interests for
on-road racing...

What can I choose to begin with?
I'm not going to enroll any racing events for now...
(Gotta learn how to drive and stuff, you know.. )

Probably bashing at the local parking lots...

Many ppl suggested me to buy 'shaft-Driven'..'cause it is better to maintain
and good for lot-bashing... (if not racing with others..)

Can you all experts in this forum, help me out?

Don't want a expensive one, rite now.... I know I will break lots of parts
as I did with my truck.. and heard it's no use to buy a expensive ones
unless I become an experts....

Don't care which brands... Kyosho, HPI, OFNA and etc.....
So please let me know..
Meanwhile, I will do the research on my own and wait for your advice.

Thank you.

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Old 12-15-2006, 03:59 PM   #2
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Old 12-15-2006, 05:05 PM   #3
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hpi rs4 3 evo is a good rtr on road, i just put an os .18 cv-rx in it. i also have the kyosho fw05t, i am very happy with this too. It is easier to get parts for the hpi, also more hop up parts too.
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Old 12-16-2006, 12:28 AM   #4
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You need to make a decision if you want to race or bash.
guys that bash in parking lots doesnt mean you can drive.
If wanting to get into racing ,id suggest getting involved in your local club or at least try and run on the club track.
We have guys joining our club after been messing around on the road in fron of the house or in parking lots.They always come to the track and say how easy it looks and they have been driving so long so its easy to race.In the first race they take part in ,they are like dodgems ,bouncing of the pipes.
If you have any buddies that race gas then you have help at hand but on your own id suggest start racing with electric cars ie: Tamiya stock class or superstock ,a great way to learn.
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:41 AM   #5
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I agree with razzor.
Parking lot bashing and track racing are very different. The amount of control required for the track is more than people imagine.
If you have already done some off road racing with your off-road vehicles you are better prepared. Nitro cars can be wicked for a beginner, even worse for someone who is not used to driving on a track with walls that are unforgiving.
Use the parking lots for initial engine tuning exercises, and general radio and suspension/steering setup. I prefer to perform initial engine breakin in a parking lot rather than a track.

Using a car model that other racers use helps you with setup and spares (some people break parts).
If you choose a model that no one else is using (which is ok). Be prepared to research options, parts and chassis setups etc. For example I race Ofna CD3's, a rare car in my area. But my car is durable, and I have a good handle on the chassis setup now, but that was not the case for first few races.
When I improve my racing capabilities in the future I may consider a more expensive/refined car model.

If your track has practice days schedules, take advantage of those for driving, chassis and drivetrain setup. This will make the most efficient use of your time.
It's no fun when you ruin a raceday because you crashed due to insufficient
preparation, practice or or a bad chassis setup.

Spend some time with a club if there is one available in your area.
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:48 AM   #6
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the ld3 rtr is on cleareance at nitro house for 199.99 if you are interested. it should make a good basher

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i run a ntc3 plus at our club races in the box stock nitro class. i used to run the hpi rtr3, the ntc3 plus i find to run a little stronger. the ntc3 plus also has some more adjustments for later down the road such as down stops(for droop) and also has pillow ball suspension. we were not allowed to change shock springs, but car reacted well with changing the shock oil. either car would work fine for you to start out with. if you do buy the hpi car, and if hpi happens to run the hpi challenge race near you, you would be set to go race with them guys. very fun race to run, especially in the the stock classes.
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I've got an OFNA CD3 RTR Sport with Pro upgrades available for sale. I raced it my first season just to get into it, and it did me well. Let me know if you are interested.
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