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Need Info on RC Monster Trucks

My son Drew turns 8 this weekend and I shot down my wife's idea of a play gym or trampoline in favor of an RC Monster Truck. He's already shagged one of the Toys R Us kinds, I was wondering if you guys could give me hints on what to look for. gas vs. electric etc. I'm probably going to hit two hobby shops today and would appreciate some honest advice before hand.

Budget is around $300 or so. Thanks.
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you might be able to get into something cheap and weak for that price? but never the less its still a toy, and go with gas RC sometimes it takes some messing with to get it right like fuel mixtures, but youll learn after a while...just dont over lean and fry the engine.



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It's for an 8 year old. I think the gas might be to tricky for him.
I think you can get an rc10t kit for around that price.
http://www.towerhobbies.com/ has complete kits.

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Like rdrash said goto www.towerhobbies.com and checkout whats availible.

For an 8year old I'd recommend staying away from the gas cars. They're probably a bit outside the budget and can be a little tempermental to keep running well( I doubt most 8yo's can or want to goof with glow plugs and fuel mixture settings everytime they run the car).

For the $300 budget I dunno.... the problem is all the OTHER crap you need... Radio, batteries, charger or glowfuel/plugs...ect

I had(and still have) a Team Losi JRX-T racing truck...and my buddy had one of those Tamiaya(sp) Clodbusters.... that thing was badass, dual motors 4 wheel drive, 4 wheel steering.

For a kid I'd suggest one of those BIG ASS MONSTER trucks....the racing trucks aren't as versitile for goofing around with and smashing things. If electric something like that Tamayia ClodBuster would be cool (I think Kyosho makes a version also) or if you go with Gas the Traxxas T-MAXX is pretty badass. Either should be close to your budget if maybe a bit over.


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Jack, for his first one get him an electric one, go with tamiya for his first one, its not as good as team associated or the others but they are harder to break and that is what he will need for his first one, trust me!!! electric for his first one plug and play he will get fed up with the gas quickly at his age and they dont play as long as the electric. if you want get ahold of me tonite. oh yeah i own all of these ( i have 5 of them) gas,electric,car,truck got them all.

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My cousin is into this stuff big time and spends over a grand everytime he buys new cars. I say its crazy but he loves it.
I know its out of the range and personally think its insane, but I am selling one for him on eBay.
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But he wants $800 for all that stuff.

Good luck in your journey, seems to be sooooo much out there.

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try a traxxas Stampede. really fun truck with the ease of electric. My wife has one and she likes it. its no where near as fast as my tmax but it is quick and pulls cool wheelies




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Thanks guys. Just came home with an E-Max. Pretty comparable to the T-Max, both about the same price. I still might shop around but seems like a fair deal.

It's electric, dual motors, bought an extra 2 battery packs and a dual charger. The truck is complete with controller and was $329 at the local store. The bigger store was actually more, so that was great cuz I wanted to buy local. Probably could have found a better deal on the net but just decided and needed to get it today.

My wife smacked me when I asked the guy if he could give me a deal if I bought two.

Still not sure electric was the way to go but at least he can do this all on his own.

How do these things handle little pebbles? Our coldesac has a bunch of sand and pebbles.

That Grave Digger is bad ass! That's what my son will want. Saw they already have the extra body for it.
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Cool! Just checked, only $10 over Tower's price, but the guy threw in two battery packs, so I got a good deal I think. Cool!

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My wife smacked me when I asked the guy if he could give me a deal if I bought two.


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Nice buy emax is a great truck. Dude dont wory about pebbles and stuff. Hell I take my tmaxx off roading in costruction sites and beat the hell out of it. I havnt broken it yet. Plus thiers tons of aftermarket stuff. Check ebay




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Emaxx

First chance you get jump that puppy and buy one of those snow plows for the front so your son can clear the sidewalk You guys will have a blast running that emaxx. If your interested check out www.maxxtraxx.com

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