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Old 06-23-2019, 09:44 PM
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Hi everyone, first time post and new RC user. I have been researching and shopping for a new RC for a little while now and was hoping to get some suggestions, corrections to my current impressions or advice on a new purchase. This will probably be my last RC purchase for a while and want something that will last and I will not get sick of.

First what I have now...a 1/16 380 brushed sct 4wd that I got for $40, and a 1/10 540 brushed 4wd mt. I really enjoy how the smaller car burns out and accelerates quicker but the larger scale is so much smoother and goes through everything. Both of these go under 20mph and I'm already getting sick of them.

What I think I want...budget from $200 - $550 (more if a big difference for slightly more) budget is for RTR car and battery(s) cost. I want it to go at least 40 mph(ish) out of the box with the ability for more down the road. I am only looking for brushed electric 4wd and will be mostly used for bashing at the park, on trails, in the snow (Minnesota) and maybe once a month at a track (not necessarily to participate in races though) I want fast, durable and easy to drive/good handling is a plus. There is a few shops near me and I have no problem waiting for parts online.

Here is what I currently have in mind (please feel free to correct or add on)
-JLB Cheetah 120a 1/10- from what I hear fast and durable but hard to drive - $280
-Team Energy V8sc 1/8 or 1/10- heard durable but don't know much else - $380
-Losi Tenacity-T 1/10 -good brand, don't know much else
-Vkar Racing Bison 1/10- fast and better handling than Cheetah, chassis/durability issues? Looks like there is another version with metal chassis and shock protectors... - $320
-open to the whole Arrma 3s blx line - Fast and light, durable? (Think I would enjoy the senton or typhon the most but who knows lol) - $300 + battery
-also open to Arrma 6s line, but is it worth the $150 over the 3s line? Seems like both go about 50mph out of the box, what is better? I'm assuming more durable but is that it?

my only issue with spending $500 is I don't know how much I will be able to use the RC. But if the durability,speed and handling are all better I am definitely open to it. Just so you know how I operate I look at everything with value. I don't need the fastest or best but if long term I will be better off spending $500 today I'm ok with that, and like everyone enjoy a great deal!

?? Does buying at a store in person give the benefit of warranty support by just stopping in, such as buying Arrma at authorized seller? If so, this is a huge plus as I don't know how much I will be tinkering or wanting to do repairs.

Please feel free to suggest a brand/model as I love reading and thanks in advance !
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One up on Losi Tenacity.
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Be realistic in how much you plan to really use it. What kind of places do you plan to run at?

Stores give you a person to talk to. But it’s not always helpful. Unless you are a very regular spender.

Repairs are just another part of the hobby. Especially when learning to drive. Some stores offer repair service, but it’s usually not cheap. I still use my HobbyTown for soldering, something I haven’t been able to get.

40mph it’s hard these days. I’m curious about the 3s versions Arrma now has. I’ve has mixed experience with Arrma. But some that I do believe there experiences have very good options on them.

I’ve never liked someone’s first real RC to be an off brand. It’s been almost 10 years since I had a RedCat. But still remember the incredible fustrating time with it. Almost ended my interest before I started.
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You’d probably go whaaaa.. the €@$! You spend that much for on an rc for!!

Well maybe I should:
Losi 8ight-e 4.0 race kit
Aluminum front spindle carriers
Aluminum front spindles
Aluminum front top brace
Aluminum bellcranks, clamping nut, top servo saver arm
Aluminum rear hub carriers
Graphite rear shock tower
Tekin RX8 g3 and T8 g3 1900kv
Futaba 3PV radio w/included rec
Hitec HS-7955TG Servo
Currently run Dynamite 5000mah 50c 4s
Abec 7 grade 5, 440c stainless steel race bearing set, they were well.. expensive

Future upgrades:
Titanium tie rods
Front universal axles
electric clutch
King Headz Aluminum front center diff mount
metal spur
front overdrive
Better battery
Heavy duty diff case for center

Not really sure where I am at currently, a lot.


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Originally Posted by Juglenaut View Post
You’d probably go whaaaa.. the €@$! You spend that much for on an rc for!!

Well maybe I should:
Losi 8ight-e 4.0 race kit
Aluminum front spindle carriers
Aluminum front spindles
Aluminum front top brace
Aluminum bellcranks, clamping nut, top servo saver arm
Aluminum rear hub carriers
Graphite rear shock tower
Tekin RX8 g3 and T8 g3 1900kv
Futaba 3PV radio w/included rec
Hitec HS-7955TG Servo
Currently run Dynamite 5000mah 50c 4s
Abec 7 grade 5 ceramic ball, 440c stainless steel race bearing set with kluber grease, they were well.. expensive

Future upgrades:
Titanium tie rods
Front universal axles
electric clutch
King Headz Aluminum front center diff mount
metal spur
front overdrive
Better battery
Heavy duty diff case for center

Not really sure where I am at currently, a lot.

That’s quite a list. I went upgrade crazy few times early on. Over time I started keeping a upgrade budget per car. I’ve got $2,500+ 1/5 scale to $100 small scale.
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I spent a lot on my rc10s, HPI rs4s and had a nitro rs4 as well.
I would have to say that this 8ight I spent a somewhat more into one car, I am still however under what I spent combined.
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Your budget and your wants i can only suggest one vehicle that will satisfy your need for speed that's the Traxxas Brushless Mini-E-Revo VXL it's 4wd 1/16th scale. Durable as it gets, fast 50mph with swapping out for the fast pinion thats included in the box then buy a 2nd battery and the series connector it will haul butt. I have owned 2 i sold my first one and i kicked my self in the rear so bad I bought a second one. If you live near a lot of sand like the beach put on sand paddles, I installed sand paddles on all 4 corners it made this eerie hum flying across the sand it sounded wicked. I have ran it in the street, at a race track I was faster in the straights then mod buggies practicing I was blowing their doors off running 4wd buggy tires they got me in the corners but straights they couldn't touch me. It was funny watching a tiny 1/16th scale blow past the mod buggies even the owner of the track came out to inspect what I was driving he was watching it from the booth.

It's a versatile 4wd platform I run the stock tires, sand paddles, 4wd buggy tires, I have every upgrade available from Traxxas in mine but box stock form you can't beat it if you want to bash it and go fast. The price is down to $249 I spent closer to $350 on mine.
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I was in the same boat. For me, my choice really boiled down to exactly what Billy Kelly said:

Be realistic in how much you plan to really use it. What kind of places do you plan to run at?
I thought hard about how often I'd plan to run it and then plan my purchase around that. My first purchase was a Yokomo GT4 RTR. Bought n HPI RS4 Nitro for the misses, too, so we could both play together. She was pregnant and that helped get her out and about while waiting to evict our baby. Her brothers got into it, too, so it was all fun and games for months on end. Even shortly after our baby came we still played though we went to the HPI Micro RS4.

Long story short, it really doesn't matter how much you plan to spend but know that you'll always go over-budget AND, no matter how much you spend, if you play with it often enough, it'll be worth every penny.

But, from your list, the Losi Tenacity is a good choice..
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