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Old 02-15-2010, 08:31 AM   #1
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Questions?? Questions Regarding 1/8 Nitro Kits. Which to buy?

Im looking into getting involved in the 1/8 scale nitro scene. I wanted to ask the community which kit they would buy and why? Which Kits: Serpent 966, Mugen MTX4X, Sheppard, Kyosho, Ofna. I was looking into the Serpent 966 Chassis or maybe the Mugen MTX-4X chassis. After looking around I see a company called Sheppard, i've been out of the R/C world for quite some time ever since Yokomo pulled their 1/10 GT-4R from stores. I stil have My GT4R and thinking of selling it on here. If anyone could give me an idea on which kit to purchase to be competitive and a few reasons why I should or shouldn't buy a certain kit please feel free to post.
Question: Maintenance, after each race must you strip down your car to clean and relubricate every part on the chassis? How much time do you spend after running your 1/8 scale car do you spend tearing it apart to clean and maintain your nitro car?
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Im looking into getting involved in the 1/8 scale nitro scene. I wanted to ask the community which kit they would buy and why? Which Kits: Serpent 966, Mugen MTX4X, Sheppard, Kyosho, Ofna. I was looking into the Serpent 966 Chassis or maybe the Mugen MTX-4X chassis. After looking around I see a company called Sheppard, i've been out of the R/C world for quite some time ever since Yokomo pulled their 1/10 GT-4R from stores. I stil have My GT4R and thinking of selling it on here. If anyone could give me an idea on which kit to purchase to be competitive and a few reasons why I should or shouldn't buy a certain kit please feel free to post.
Question: Maintenance, after each race must you strip down your car to clean and relubricate every part on the chassis? How much time do you spend after running your 1/8 scale car do you spend tearing it apart to clean and maintain your nitro car?
This will start a huge debate on which kit is the best. Every kit has pros-and cons. I can tell you this, I have a 966 Serpent,<2> MRX4X, and 1 Evolva<2007,not the M3. The Serpent is a great car,will do anything you want. The Mugens are in my opinon just as good as the Serpent, but seem to be more durable, and the older Evolva is a fanatastic car. I have tried the M3, and prefer the older version to the M3. Any of these cars are top notch and will put you in the a-main if your driving ability is there. I know too many drivers that tried the Shepard only to sell them within a couple of months. I have never owned one, so I cant say anything good or bad about them. I usually spend about 1 1/2 hours per car after each race, and try and tear them down for a good cleaning every 2 to 3 months. With 4 1/8th scale cars, two 1/10th cars, plus a DM1, it is a little difficult for me to spend as much time on each car as I would like to, but I still maintain them very well. As always, go with the kit that your local shops support.
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Thank you for your honest opinion. Over 80views and only 1 reply? People share your ideas and help out a new 1/8 racer. Anyone like the Monica 1/8 scale? I'm leaning towards the Serpent 966 kit. I already have a KO Propo Eurus ex10 radio with receiver. Looking into some JR Digital high torque fast servers.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:27 PM   #4
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Thumbs up on the Serpent, thats what I'd get, and thats what I have, great cars.
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The best car to get is the one supported by your favorite shop.

The MRX4X is a good car. Indeed durable and easy and cheap to get parts. The car is out of the box very competive, no need to get other parts. Even the shock oil and springs is well chosen.
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I would get the kyosho m3 evo. That's just my opinion. Kyosho 8scale world titles 1999,2003,2005,2007,2009, that speaks for it self. No hype just results.
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Local Hobbyshops supply part for the Serpent, Mugen and Kyosho. Just trying to do some research and see which kit would benefit me best. Looking for something not fragile that will break every other race day when someone crashes into me in the twisties...
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I prefer Serpent cause the drivers and company support their product well> Always willing to give info and help to racers. But again these are opinions and preference
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Good Luck with your choice
There all great cars it is easy running what's commonly used @ your local track that way you can get some set up tips for local drivers & here on rctech
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Brooklyn Hobbies is not to far from me and where the 1/8 scale races take place and carry just about everything instock. Just picking the right kit is frustrating. Serpent 966, Mugen MTX-4X or the Kyosho Evo M3.
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Brooklyn Hobbies is not to far from me and where the 1/8 scale races take place and carry just about everything instock. Just picking the right kit is frustrating. Serpent 966, Mugen MTX-4X or the Kyosho Evo M3.
I raced @ FBF before it got organized & started with an MRX3 had a kyosho 05/07/M3 & Serpent 966 & now currently running an MRX4X
The 966 is a great car just a little more expensive on parts versus the Mugen
Richie from brooklyn hobbies is very expereinced with Mugen & Serpent/Kyosho so you will get a lot of help with whatever brand you chose
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Thanx everyone for participating in my thread.I think Imadeup mymind and i'm going to purchase a Serpent 966 kit either from BK Hobby once they get them instock or from kamakazi..
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Great choice! You would make an even better choice if you got it from Kamikaze, their support is amazing!
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+ 10 on that note
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