New to gas RC trucks..

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  1. quickslip

    quickslip New Member

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    Ok. I had a few RC electric cars during my childhood and know the basics. I just got a Team LOSI XXX NT gas truck for christmas. It needs a radio system and gas motor. Can anyone make any reccomendations ? It has been a good 10-12 years since I dabbled in this hobby and have sort of lost touch. Please help ?
    Also, any opinions on the truck ? Decent ?
  2. bandit1

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    ill first say that the XXX NT has had awesome reviews and iv heard nothing but good from people. Im not sure about wat kind of money u want to spend but a few good radios u can look at are Airtronics M8, JR Python or the Futaba 3PK. As far as engines, basically anything from O.S.
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    ok - please forgive my ignorance - what exactly is os ? Is that oversized ? I was thinking about a oversized Mach .15 pull start engine. I think it will fit. Another question, box says that truck need radio kit and engine to run, what about a speed control ? Are those not used in gas setups ? Is that done via a servo and a throttle control that is part of the engine ? like a carberator?
  4. tfhughes_28

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    Speed controls are not used in nitro. The speed control in electric is like the carb on a nitro.

    You will need a radio with reciever, 2 servos, battery box and on/off switch. Also you will need 12 AA batteries. 8 for the radio and 4 for the reciever (battery box), or you can buy a reciever pack.

    O.S is the brand name of engines, from what i'm told they are a very good engine.

    I'm very new to nitro myself so i am not a whole lot of help, but i hope this gave you some idea.
  5. Dean Guilberry

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    Yep I agree O.S. is one of the best esp for beg. nitro use.
    I have a O.S. CVR .15 it rocks.
    Also XXX truck rule! you will be happy.
    Once you start needing replacement parts or hop ups look at www.rcware.com for Losi XXX NT goodies.
    PS I personally would stay away from Dynamite motors as they not only are (in my opinion) not as good as O.S. but I know they arent as fast and do not run as good at low or fast speed.
    O.S. carbs are the best.
    I use an HPI .15 motor and I like it but it takes more tweeking to keep it running smooth. My O.S. motors are easier to setup and tune.
    Good luck!
  6. mastmec

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    You could go with the OS CVR .12 or .15 or NovaRossi 12 both engines are exellent. If your just getting back in the hobby spring for a starter box, much less frustration if the engine isn't tuned right.
    Radio, go with FM, usually has all the adjustments needed to run nitros and a lot better.
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    Id go with the o.s. .15 cvr its the most freindly and easy to tune motor ive ever had.ive never had a problem ive had it 3 seasons and it always starts 1st pull and will idle forever and still FLYS.as far as the truck goes the xxx is supose to be a really nice truck im not a losi man but i do have a mini-t and if its the big brother to that it must be cool.LOL.
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    Ok - So I got a OPS .12 pull start.
    Everything is in and runs - but I can't seem to figure out the adjustments on the carb. The thing starts up and idles so fast that I have to use the brake during idle (no throttle).
    Anyone have any tips on how to tune this thing ?
    When I give it gas/throttle it goes like 50 mph.
    I am afraid that I will burn up the gears and brake if I don't get this thing tuned right.
    Please help !
  9. mastmec

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    For the idle, adjust the idle screw, back it out about a 1/2 turn and recheck.
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