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Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best?

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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.

ItemRTRKitItem selected
Vehicle560480

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 ReceiverIncluded200

Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles

Futaba 3PM 2.4Ghz with receiver

Steering and throttle servosIncluded194Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Ace R/C DS1015 Super Torque Digital Servo (97$/unit)
Receiver pack2727Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Team Associated 6V 1600mAh NiMH Hump
TiresIncluded36Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Pro-Line Bow Tie M2 1/8 Buggy Tires with Molded Foams (18$/pair). Wheels are included with the kit
Fuel bottleIncluded12Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Ofna 750cc Bottle Aluminum Spout
Glow starterIncluded15Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Racers Edge 1800mAh Glow Starter
Battery pack for the Spin-Start27Not requiredKit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Team Associated Wolfpack 6C 7.2V 3600mAh
Starer boxNot required98Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  OFNA Truggy Starter Starter Box
12v gell cell for the starter boxNot required30Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Racers Edge 12V 7AH gell cell battery
12v charger for the gel cellNot required12Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Racers Edge 12V Gel Cell AC Battery Charger
Charger for humppack and battery pack5050Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  DuraTrax Onyx 210 AC/DC Peak Charger w/LCD
Air filter oil66Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Team Associated filter oil
EngineIncluded300Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  O.S. Max 21VZ-B V-Spec-T (P) Engine
HeaderIncluded20Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Team Associated Non-Stick Header (Black)
Tuned PipeIncluded48Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Team Associated Non-Stick Muffler (Black)
PaintNot required6Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Pactra Polycarb 3oz
Batteries for the transmitter2929Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Duracell – Rechargeable AA Batteries (4-Pack x 2)
Fuel3535Kit vs RTR, Which one is the best? Articles  Byron Gen2 30% 1 gallon
Total734$1598$

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

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 !

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    As canchas íntegro dotadas a pavimento desde porrete, junto
    a orifícios que funcionam quê alguém tamis seletiva.

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