Fully Charged- A Racer's Rants

By: Josh Howard


This is something that I read and replied to online yesterday. I figured it would make a great post for those new to r/c. There are people out there who will discourage and point you in the wrong direction when online asking questions. Just because someone has 3k posts does NOT mean that they have good advice. Most long time racers are stuck in their own little bubble. Allow me to pop that. I'm ready to rant....

Originally Posted by "SoCALLeD_EXpErTRaCeR"
"Build a kit, if your going to race. You will save in the long run and it will be a better experience.... the stuff that comes with a rtr car is mostly junk."

My Opinion:

"This isn't entirely true. There are some real advantages to getting a RTR in a category that you haven't run before.

For starters, you save a ton of time and can just focus on driving. If you don't like driving onroad... you'll know right away. It may be cheaper to buy a "kit" rather than rtr in the long run, but you may get tired of putting the kit together or get frustrated with the car in general. If you want ARR or RTR... go for it. It'll save you time and you'll learn about the car as things break and issues arise. 3Racing has an ARR Sakura, Tamiya has several rtr "expert built" cars, and there's always the old TC4 RTR cars. Just pick one and see how you feel driving it.

Ultimately, if you are using the track where the LHS is at... you NEED to get a car that he/she has parts for. LHS's don't just make money by letting you practice or race. If you are just bashing with friends... feel free to buy online. To me, the cost of good advice can not be bought. I'd rather pay the 20 large extra to help keep the track open. Besides... I can always go cheaper on a battery pack or motor and work my way up. It all really depends on where you are running your car and what your goal is.

Never let anyone convince you that "their" car is the best... move up at your own pace and don't get ahead of your driving or wrenching skills.... wherever that leads you."

Tim says:

"I agree with your points as well. I've learned quite a bit from things on my Slash either breaking or needing tweaks. It's baptism by fire in a way, but in that respect I feel a person is focused in fixing the issue at hand rather than staring at a table full of parts (and potentially being overwhelmed)."

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