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Nov 23, 2009, 10:07 PM
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Help picking first nitro rc! Need durable beater, I think.

Ok, so this will be my first nitro rc I have ever had. I have always wanted one since I saw a grasshopper like 15 or so years ago. I have been doing a lot of reading on different trucks and buggies and truggies etc. But, there are just too many different ones out there.

Basically, I want something that isn't going to break(easily), and doesn't cost an arm & a leg. I don't want to jump 30 feet on concrete or do 4 back flips, land upside down and then keep going. I don't have a thousand dollars or more to spend on an rc truck, at least not right at once. That kinda leads me to another question about price. I see trucks for a few hundred and then something like a losi eight for $800. I read and watch videos of people beating up their 2-3-4 hundred dollar trucks and not breaking anything.

Like I said, I don't what to do insane 20-30 foot jumps or go 50 or 60mph. I'd just like too be able to run around all over, dirt, sand, grass, jumps like at skate/bike parks, dirt jumps, up trees things like that. I can't see doing too much over say 6 feet, IF that. Maybe longer jumps, but not higher.

I am a very mechanically inclined, a quick learner and knowledgeable/experienced with things like bikes, motorcycles, quads, 3 wheelers, electronics, etc. Wish I could ad women to that!

Thing is, there are so many differing opinions out there. I have read totally opposite things on like every truck, nitro or electric. I read good things about savages, traxxas, losi, tower, team associated and others I can't remember. Then I read people saying the complete opposite about them. Go figure.

I also, don't know much about the differences between trucks, buggies, truggies, stadium, monster, other than some obvious things like size and 2 or 4wd. I have seen videos of all the traxxas truck types and some savage and rc-10 gt and gt2 I think, and a losi eight and some losi trucks and more. And I have seen all of them do what I want and more. I don't know if some of those people spent many hundreds of dollar in upgrades. And I don't even know where to get started on upgrades. Some vehicles have like 10x more upgrades than others. I mean is there really that many you need to strengthen your truck other than a handful of areas, like tranny, suspension, wheels and drivetrain?

The price is a big thing too. Again, I've seen stampedes and rustlers just name a couple, doing big jumps and not breaking and those didn't seem too expensive. I'd rather not have to spend $500 or $800 if I can spend 3or4 hundred and be able to jump around and beat it up a bit all day. One thing that keeps popping up a lot though is an rc-10 gt or gt2. I have probably seen more people saying that is a good beginner and pretty tough, but how tough. And what's a beginner? I mean, my Honda CBR929 was basically my first bike, and I do wheelies(among other things) whenever I ride and have never put it down. Just cause I get an rc that will go 60mph or handles different doesn't mean I'm gonna floor it around full speed the first time and then smash it into a hundred pieces. If I can drive home, during rush hour, from west Phoenix to Tempe in the rain, with a blown brake line, and no clutch pedal, and not crash(long story), I can drive any rc car and not destroy least not right away. You just have to be very careful and pay attention, till you get the hang of it. Little off the subject, but see my point.

I'm sure I'm missing something, but I hope that's not too much info

Also, any input on electric is welcome, but from all the reading I've done, I think for now I'd like nitro. Again, people say the total opposite about both. But, my initial impression seems that electric is more complicated and in the long run doesn't seem to save A TON of money. I know they both are great, but from what I was reading, for what I want to do, the main complaint seemed to be just getting the nitro to run right. But, other people say tuning isn't hard. Maybe it's an knowledge thing, I don't know. Don't bash me for that. I'm just saying, a lot of people don't learn how to do things correctly and then think it sucks. Same thing could be true with electric, but that's not the impression I've been getting. Seems like more overall work....for what I want. If I'm wrong, than I will learn and go with whatever suits my needs most.

Oops. Too much babbling, sorry. Think I'll go have some bourbon.....then maybe some scotch......hell, then I'll have a beer

Thanks for all the input and I can't wait to get running with whatever I get!
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Nov 24, 2009, 12:23 AM
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alright you basically described a monster truck(most durable rc you can get) and the savage. don't waste on the xl, the x 4.6 is plenty for your needs. a real pain to break, and 40mph speed. you can hit 60 with the savage flux(brushless savage). but a savage is definetly for you.
Nov 25, 2009, 07:24 PM
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I vote the MGT 8.0 or a Hyper series Ofna Buggy,I beat the crap out of my buggies and they come back begging for more,Look for a buggy with the force .28 engine,Its a long lasting powerful low-mid range motor.might I recomend the Hyper 7 PBS with the MacStar .28 made by Dynamite,Its pretty rugged.Stay away from the Ofna Picco,Ofna LX1's make great 1st buggies,great bashers.The thing I like the most about buggies is that the chassis will hit the ground before the suspension arms bottom out,thats great,when the arms bottom out they take all the impact during a rough landing,in the Buggies case the chassis will take all the hard impacts.When the suspension bottoms out you risk breakage on the shocks,arms,driveshafts and shock towers.
MGT 8.0
Ofna Ultra MBX(a great beginer)
Hyper 7 PBS
Ofna Ravenger (has the bomb proof force .28)
Also i forgot all about Traxxas,traxxas is the definition of "reliable Nitro"**&P=1
Nov 25, 2009, 08:09 PM
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the mgt would be more expensive. the buggies will handle better, but trust me the savage is amazingly durable. the savage x4.6 is less than that and you'll probably be able to get parts at more places when you do break parts(nothing is invincible, the traxxas slash is another good idea, pretty tough from what i've read, electric, which is good, and far easier and waterproof. the ten-t is a good idea to, remote starting).
Nov 29, 2009, 05:17 PM
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Well, I picked up a used rc10 gt on ebay for $100. Seemed like a great deal. Comes with a whole bunch of stuff. Item number 250530192765. Was looking at a JR XR2i radio. Found some cheap, around $20-30. What do you guys think?

I think I will get a savage X in a little while, but right now I was looking at getting an electric Stampede. I know, electric, but I have been doing more reading and some high MAh NiMH packs aren't that expensive and seem like enough when playing around outside and close to the house and seem better for my son.

Again, thanks for all the input so far and I will be be getting a nitro Savage X soon.

So, what do you guys think about the E-Stampede? From all I've read, seems to be great truck. I don't think I need to go brushless, at least not now. Just not sure about ESCs and motor combos. Don't need wicked speed. No racing. I have quite a few locally and on ebay for around $100. Some with the XL-5 esc. There just seem to be so many motors out there. The stock XL-5 with titan seem ok, but a little more power wouldn't hurt.
Nov 29, 2009, 07:29 PM
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electric is nice! i'm getting a slash for xmas, and good to here your probably getting a savage soon! you'll love the thing.

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