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Old 06-21-2010, 09:22 AM  
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Originally Posted by Markah View Post
I'll probably tear it down for the first cleaning and lube check. I enjoy that part anyway and hopefully at that point I haven't broken anything....I'm a pretty bad driver though. I don't mind learning to tear down/rebuild whatever way I come about it. I like the idea of a RTR for both cost and ease of shopping, I don't really want to go hunting components when I have no real experience yet.

So far I like the Losi 8ight 2.0 RTR and the 8ight-T 2.0 RTR, opinions?
The RTR is a good deal. There is no better way to get experience than to just go out and do it. Hindsight is always 20/20 but you won't know until you give it a shot. You had to pay for the experience one way or the other. When it comes to the Losi RTR's, they are good. The weak points are not that weak, you will get enough time out of them in order to figure what you need to do next.

When it comes to buggy or truggy here is my take. A truggy is like a buggy with training wheels. You can get away with so much driving truggy. I was racing the other day, full tilt down the straight. I fell off the groove and into the loose stuff taking a turn. My rear end came around so bad that I think I was looking at my truck head on when it was supposed to be going the other way. I cranked the wheels the opposite direction and hammered the throttle and it got right back on its line. I don't know if anyone else saw it but that blew my mind. I thought for sure I was going to spin out. The buggy requires a more precise driving style. If you are not confident in the line you took up to a jump the buggy will let you know. It will go cart wheeling through the air.

Maintenance wise, I find the buggy is not as hard on itself. The truggy, with it's long a-arms and big tires likes to beat up bearings. You must pay close attention to the mesh on the rear diff in the truggy. The buggy will go much longer without as much care.

I can't say what I like to drive more. Both are awesome. The buggy requires more discipline and focus. I do better racing with my truggy. There are more talented drivers in the buggy class and I make more mistakes with it. If you're on your lid for 5 seconds waiting for a marshal, that hurts because the competition is so tight. I am not saying the truggy is easy to do well with because mistakes will still destroy you. It is easier to not make an error with it. RC racing is all about being fast and not making any errors. The winner is not always the fastest but the smoothest most consistent driver.
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