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Old Oct 03, 2009, 07:56 AM
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Need Help!! Need R/C Car now!! :)

Hey guys Im a pure noob and need some help. I just purchased a HPI nitro Drift 3.0 and cant wait for it to arrive but my confusion is in truggies, trucks, buggies?? I really dont know what the difference between them would be other than size but ever since I saw a friend with a revo 3.3 and another friend with a jato 3.3, and another friend with a sc8, and my cuz with a hellfire and Gs racing storm, it just makes me want to buy them all!!! lol So now I also want something like that!! I really want a car thats fast but that can hit jumps and stuff. Just not sure what to exactly get?? I know Im a noob but I pick up things quick and could defintatel learn how to drive one quick so I dont want noob cars or anything like that cause I rather buy something good that will last me and that I can compete and kick A**!!

Basically I need some direction on which kind of R/C to get. I really like the 1/8 cars like the revo 3.3 since they are big but I know the jato 3.3 is 1/10 and that thing amazed me also..lol So Any help is appreciated and im open to all comments. On a side note my cuz with the Hellfire wants to sell it to me for $200.. He says it needs a A arm and shock.. Do you guys think thats a good deal?? Let me know on everything, Thanks
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Old Oct 08, 2009, 09:39 PM
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Wow! That is a handful of questions you got there D-Rod.
First SLOW DOWN It can be a big challenge picking the right R/C vehicle.

1. A truck is in R/C is still a truck. There are two types Stadium and Monster
A Stadium truck is more focused on "racing" making fast laps clearing jumps getting to the finish line first.
Monster trucks are being "raced" now but it is a different style of racing. Big jumps and big air, both are trucks but they handle different.
Sub class of these are Rock crawlers kind of self explanatory.

2. Buggies are a lot like Stadium trucks they raced for fast lap times fast jumps and are very maneuverable.Like an on road touring car but on dirt and jumps.I would say they are like the BAJA racers you see in the desert.

3.Truggies are a mixture of both monster trucks and buggies. The jumping ability of a monster truck and the maneuvering of a buggy. They are raced as well.

Now the question you have to ask your self is are you going to be a racer or a basher

A basher is short for backyard basher. A racer is self explanatory. Are you going to just "play" with your buddies or are you going to compete with other drivers. BOTH are COOOOL. No one better no one worse. Both are fun and that is why we do it.

All of the trucks you listed are very good but there is a learning curve to driving these cars and trucks.

Any nitro engine can be difficult at times to operate. These trucks/Cars need a lot of maintenance if you want them to last. They need to be cleaned and you will break parts. So you will have to repair it also. So you will need some tools and know how to use them.

Getting in with some people who have experience is very important.You basically have a 3 to 5 pound missile that can do 35 to 50 M.P.H. so you need to be careful.

INVEST IN A GOOD RADIO. Most RTR combo's radio and servo's are junk. Futaba, JR. Spektrum, HiTec make great radios you should at least get a F.M radio or 2.4 GHZ stay away from cheap radio's. You will need 1 or 2 high torque high speed servo's for steering.Make sure you use a 6 volt batter pack to power your servos. READ THE MANUAL.

I like the 1/10 scale to start. It's a little cheaper and they a little more nimble and will test your driving skills. 1/8th scale steps things up a notch the speed is faster the jumps are higher the parts break faster get your skills developed on 1/10th scale then move up. 1/18th is to small for me but that's a personal choice.

used equipment can be more hassle that it's worth.
$200 for a used and more then likely abused truck is not a good deal. You can get a new for about the same price.

If you have a local hobby shop see what they have and talk to them they can help out a lot. There are a lot of good Trucks/Cars on the market these days but you will need PARTS. You want the part the day you break your car,not in a week in the mail.

Now you will need info and you can get it on the web or in the magazine. Check out the forums, buy a few mags Radio controlled car action they have been around the longest. LOOK at the sticky on the top of the pages of the forums.
Talk to the people at the local R/C track or hobby shop.
Your locals can be some of the best info you will get.

A few things to consider.
1.Get good equipment.(Expensive is not always good just expensive)
2. Practice(you won't be good your first time out)
3. Patience ( you wont have any fun when your mad at your car it will break)
4. HAVE FUN
Here are some links
http://www.towerhobbies.com/
http://www.cenracing.com/
http://www.traxxas.com/
http://www.rccaraction.com/ME2/default.asp
http://www.spektrumrc.com/
http://www.hpiracing.com/home/
http://www.horizonhobby.com/
http://rcdriver.com/
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Old Oct 09, 2009, 05:55 PM
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Need help just bought a Rc Nitro truck and it wont start, its not gettting fuel to the carb. and its not priming itself. I thought maybe the lines are crossed the line from the top of the tank is going to the carb. and from the side of the tank is going to the exhaust. The instructions tell me that if I diconnect the line from the exhaust and blow it should push the fuel to the card but it doesnt any ideas
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Old Oct 09, 2009, 07:18 PM
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What kind of truck is it and what kind of engine is it.
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