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Old 02-07-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, decided to join this forum today bc it seems to be one of the most informative as well as fasting moving rc forums I've come across.

Heres the story, I have a nice large newly paved parking lot at my shop and I decided we should build a track back there. Me and about 5 friends are picking up cars and are going to race. I would like advice on what you guys recommend I should pick up for racing.

Some options I've looked into are:

Team Magic G4JR
HPI RS4 3 Evo+
Traxxas Nitro 4tec 3.3
Team Associated Nitro TC3
Ofna GTP2

I am looking for something that is RTR for under $400USD. I have no idea on which car would be my best bet. If you recommend something that is a kit or not rtr I would like to still end up in the $400 range with everything needed purchased.

I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say. Thanks for you time in advance! Can't wait to make a purchase, I just want to make a smart move. Thanks!

This is what I got!!! A Team Associated Nitro TC3 with a Novarossi .21 engine. Pictures on page 2 post #23.

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:50 PM   #2
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I would go for the TM G4jr since your on a budget...it has more setup options and handles better than the others listed
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Athough not gas powered, the Traxxas XO-1 is the one to beat.....
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:15 AM   #4
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I can get a brand new in the box hpi rs4 3 evo+ rtr for $300 shipped to my door. Is this a deal worth taking or is this car just not worth it?
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For maintenance reasons and parts availability I would choose HPI especially if you get the spectrum remote. You will still have leftover money to get a receiver battery, charger, tires etc.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:44 AM   #6
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Is the HPI rs4 a good car to start out with and then modify? I have no problem using this car for a few months and upgrading later on to something high end. Do you think this sounds like a good idea? I just dont want to buy a slow piece of junk that doesn't handle well.

For $280-300 (I'm negotiating with someone now) I can get the rtr package brand new in box that comes with the 2.4ghz remote. He will also include a stand, extra tires, and a few other goodies. I feel like its too good to pass up, I just want to verify this ahead of time

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Old 02-08-2012, 07:57 AM   #7
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Like everyone knows you get what you pay for. I just think the NTC3 would be more durable and worth upgrading than the HPI. Those drive cups, plastic parts a lot of it I don't think it's as durable as ntc3 and besides ntc3 got voted best rtr a numerous amount of times.
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Like everyone knows you get what you pay for. I just think the NTC3 would be more durable and worth upgrading than the HPI. Those drive cups, plastic parts a lot of it I don't think it's as durable as ntc3 and besides ntc3 got voted best rtr a numerous amount of times.
+1, i took a bone stock NTC3, added foams and dominated a parking lot race, still using the stock radio and servos. I do race an xray in the FL state series so i do have some experience racing compared to normal parking lot races. Out of the box the NTC3 is exponential better than the HPI. You don't even sway bars on the NTC3 if you have the right setup on it. The HPI definitely needs sway bars to be somewhat competitive. I would grab a NTC3 and upgrade the radio and receiver to start
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What about buying used from here? Is there generally people selling things rtr or mostly just cars? I havent had the best luck. Feel free to pm me if you have something worthy for sale.
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Athough not gas powered, the Traxxas XO-1 is the one to beat.....
This car cost a grand...he has $400...gas or not, non issue
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This car cost a grand...he has $400...gas or not, non issue
I was thinking the same thing lol but i didnt wanna be a douche haha. But either way im looking for a car to go around the track, not a straight line car.
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I bought a used mugen mtx3 back in the day best touring car I had until now. Check eBay and post on here. Seeing an earlier post I think you already know how to negotiate.
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I bought a used mugen mtx3 back in the day best touring car I had until now. Check eBay and post on here. Seeing an earlier post I think you already know how to negotiate.
Lol yeah negotiating is one of my stronger points. I just found a hopped up tc3 with a navrossi engine for 200 locally. I think i might go take a look at that today. Im sure i can pic it up for <$150.
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Whatever you get, get one that is shaft driven and not belt. Belts and outdoors (pebbles) do not mix and a real PITA to change a belt on the fly.
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That tc3 would be bomb. What state you in when I can afford a engine I might come race too?
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