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Old 03-01-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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im new to this rc car hobby and im going to be pickin up my first rc car this week. i wanna buy the new hpi rs4 drift car, but im being told that its better i buy the rs4 nitro car with 2 speed transmission and just put drift tires on it. but im also told that it wont drift the same, but i will have extra speed.

to me it seems boring just doin straight aways so im wondering if anyone has done this swap and if it was as good as the drift hpi car. any help would be appreciated thank you
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im new to this rc car hobby and im going to be pickin up my first rc car this week. i wanna buy the new hpi rs4 drift car, but im being told that its better i buy the rs4 nitro car with 2 speed transmission and just put drift tires on it. but im also told that it wont drift the same, but i will have extra speed.

to me it seems boring just doin straight aways so im wondering if anyone has done this swap and if it was as good as the drift hpi car. any help would be appreciated thank you
I have read that its best to stick with the drift car if u want to do drifiting. The way the engine is positioned it helps. Also a two speed transmition will not work good for drifting. Hope this helps
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I have read that its best to stick with the drift car if u want to do drifiting. The way the engine is positioned it helps. Also a two speed transmition will not work good for drifting. Hope this helps
hey mate,

i used to drift Nitro RC 1/10th i ran a Hobao Hyper 10 it was great and good for 6 weeks untill i had to re-build the transmission as the cars get alot of stress when you lock the diffs up and run rubber tyres...

If you maintian your drift car it will be best to drift Nitro the sound the smoke "YEAH BABY" but keep in mind higher costs!!!

In electric its just battery and off you go
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I got the RS4 evo with the two speed trans. I havent gotten a chance to really mess with it because of snow, but i think if you had the gears timed right it might actually help. The lower gear helps to cut the tires loose and the higher end, if timed correctly, could help maintain the drift. however, if this is your first RC car go electric. So much easier to maintain. Like he said plug the battery in and go. If you go electric get a belt driven 4WD like the Losi sedan. A good brushless/Lipo system will actaully be faster than any Nitro car.
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if u go nitro just make sure u tune the motor on the rich side as the constant throttle will over heat the motor if not tuned correctly, and to get power out of a RTR hpi youll be leaning it out so just be careful

anyways electric is better for drifting the smooth powerband of electric cant be beat when it comes to never having traction
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im new to this rc car hobby and im going to be pickin up my first rc car this week. i wanna buy the new hpi rs4 drift car, but im being told that its better i buy the rs4 nitro car with 2 speed transmission and just put drift tires on it. but im also told that it wont drift the same, but i will have extra speed.

to me it seems boring just doin straight aways so im wondering if anyone has done this swap and if it was as good as the drift hpi car. any help would be appreciated thank you
Since you are new to the hobby go with the electric 1st since it is cheaper that way if you decide it's not for you at least you did not have to spend so much & you can always upgrade your motor to go faster in electric.
There is a lot more involved in nitro there is more cost & prep before you can even start drifiting with nitro breaking in your motor
Just for fun go with the electric you can always get a nitro version afterwards if this hobby is for u
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Since you are new to the hobby go with the electric 1st since it is cheaper that way if you decide it's not for you at least you did not have to spend so much & you can always upgrade your motor to go faster in electric.
There is a lot more involved in nitro there is more cost & prep before you can even start drifiting with nitro breaking in your motor
Just for fun go with the electric you can always get a nitro version afterwards if this hobby is for u

I agree. start with electic, learn to drive. then if it moves you, go nitro.

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