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Old 04-30-2014, 03:29 AM   #1
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Default which 1/8 offroad motor.. for someone used to race electric?

ok, here we go

so basically I'm racing 1/8 e-buggies since 4 years and considering I'm always curious to try new things I'd like to enter the nitro game.. I'm no electric or nitro fan and open to anything even if it is powered with plant juice . The thing is my driving style comes from an electric background so my needs are quite specific.

so here is what I'm looking for in a nitro motor:
- power band as linear as possible
- easy to tune
- it has to hold its tune too
- good lifetime & build quality
- low consumption/ efficient
- very good low end & torque
- good performance (I'm not a beginner at driving so I need to be able to be in the front of the pack aswell )

I'm definitely NOT looking for a power house or an agressive motor. It needs to be smooth and progressive with a lot of torque considering I'm a smooth driver.

Any suggestion?
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:44 AM   #2
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Nova 4BTTC/4BTTS with 51020M Pipe and 41029 Manifold!

Add a good clutch, like "PSR mixed" with 2 alu and 1 carbon shoe, and your ready to go.

Has awesome power, with a good highspeed and great runtime.
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I was in same situation as you, and went to Picco. No regrets, only surprises.
And this thread gonna be "i like my mill" thread =)
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And this thread gonna be "i like my mill" thread =)
This is true, it really is going to be. Choose a brand that most local racers run and go for a 4 or 5 port engine in there range. Pipe/muffler, nitro %, clutch and venturi effect power characteristics a lot and can tune most engines to suit you.

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The Picco Boost Team spec is the way to go. It is wicked fast and powerful but also is the most "electric" feeling engine I have ever ran and many will agree.
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OS speed, picco team spec, TOP (nova) S7, werks b5 pro
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Fusion X5 race or Novarossi plus-4 btt will fill your requirments nicely.
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many thanks

is there a particular brand known for making durable motors? I would like to keep it for as long as possible to get used to it and learn on the same basis for the beginning

should I buy it new in all case or is it ok to buy used?
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is there a particular brand known for making durable motors? I would like to keep it for as long as possible to get used to it and learn on the same basis for the beginning

should I buy it new in all case or is it ok to buy used?
IMHO all engines will last, if you take care of them from the get go and keep up on maintenance. Follow the engine break in bible. Novarossi engines are known to last, as well as OS.

Unless you know the engine owner first hand and know that it wasn't abused, buy new. You will thank yourself in the long run.
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The user is far more important than the brand..
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And don't forget to get preheater. During breakin in its vital for engine' long life.
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"Vital" is overstating it a bit IMO..
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"Vital" is overstating it a bit IMO..
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It's not like people used to get only seven or eight gallons out of engines without preheating, then the preheating craze came along and everybody started getting ten gallons... The emphasis on preheating is blown way out of proportion afaic..
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It's not like people used to get only seven or eight gallons out of engines without preheating, then the preheating craze came along and everybody started getting ten gallons... The emphasis on preheating is blown way out of proportion afaic..
I can't imagine how much torque needed to turn brand new italian motor w/o preheating
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