Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best?


This is a frequently asked question, what’s the best for someone who’d like to begin in R/C?. A kit or a RTR? Some say it’s better to start with a kit so you’ll be ready for racing in the future and it is more economic on long term. Some others say that it is better to start with a RTR just to make sure you’ll like the hobby and it’s cheaper.

How much cheaper? Who’s right? Both are right. If your budget is unlimited, a kit could be a good option. On another hand, if you are on a budget then a RTR could be the avenue. It is all about the amount of money you have and you wish to invest in the hobby. To find out the real costs of a kit compared to a RTR, I picked two popular buggies from Team Associated, the RC8 Factory Team and the RC8RS Ready-to-Run.

I have tried to keep costs low and to select the most common components found on the market. All prices are from the major online stores in USA.

Item RTR Kit Item selected
Vehicle 560 480

Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Team Associated RC8RS

Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles

Team Associated RC8 Factory Team

Radio and Receiver Included 200

Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles

Futaba 3PM 2.4Ghz with receiver

Steering and throttle servos Included 194 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Ace R/C DS1015 Super Torque Digital Servo (97$/unit)
Receiver pack 27 27 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Team Associated 6V 1600mAh NiMH Hump
Tires Included 36 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Pro-Line Bow Tie M2 1/8 Buggy Tires with Molded Foams (18$/pair). Wheels are included with the kit
Fuel bottle Included 12 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Ofna 750cc Bottle Aluminum Spout
Glow starter Included 15 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Racers Edge 1800mAh Glow Starter
Battery pack for the Spin-Start 27 Not required Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Team Associated Wolfpack 6C 7.2V 3600mAh
Starer box Not required 98 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   OFNA Truggy Starter Starter Box
12v gell cell for the starter box Not required 30 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Racers Edge 12V 7AH gell cell battery
12v charger for the gel cell Not required 12 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Racers Edge 12V Gel Cell AC Battery Charger
Charger for humppack and battery pack 50 50 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   DuraTrax Onyx 210 AC/DC Peak Charger w/LCD
Air filter oil 6 6 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Team Associated filter oil
Engine Included 300 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   O.S. Max 21VZ-B V-Spec-T (P) Engine
Header Included 20 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Team Associated Non-Stick Header (Black)
Tuned Pipe Included 48 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Team Associated Non-Stick Muffler (Black)
Paint Not required 6 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Pactra Polycarb 3oz
Batteries for the transmitter 29 29 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Duracell – Rechargeable AA Batteries (4-Pack x 2)
Fuel 35 35 Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles   Byron Gen2 30% 1 gallon
Total 734$ 1598$

Conclusion

As you can see, a kit is more expensive than a RTR vehicle. In fact, the kit is more than twice the price of its RTR equivalent. Of course the components I installed in my “dream” kit are better quality than those found in the RTR but it doesn’t mean the RTR can’t be fun or raced. Don’t be surprised to see RTR vehicles having success on a race track. Today’s RTRs are faster than before, handle better, are better built and share almost all the same parts as their equivalent kits.

The electronics and engine included in RTRs can be qualified as “basic” but they have the advantage of being user friendly. You better have a less powerful basic engine that is easy to tune and that runs flawlessly without flaming out than a 500$ engine that you’re unable to tune correctly! You’ll spend more time to get familiar with your vehicle rather than wrecking or getting frustrated because you can’t make your kit run as you wish.

If you are new to R/C and you wish to enjoy every dollar invested in the hobby, go with a RTR. This is the best way to begin into R/C.

Sylvain Lafrance

Sylvain Lafrance

Hello, my name is Sylvain Lafrance and I am the man behind MyRCBox.com. I have bought my first hobby grade RC in the early 90s. With years, what that started as a simple hobby, quickly became a strong passion. I am so much passionate about R/C that I have created MyRCBox.com in 2006 to share my experiences with R/C products that I use for racing and bashing. Follow me !

One thought on “Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best?

  • June 5, 2016 at 3:32 am
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    As canchas íntegro dotadas a pavimento desde porrete, junto
    a orifícios que funcionam quê alguém tamis seletiva.

    Reply

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