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Old 05-04-2003, 11:09 PM
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Default Costs to drive a nitro car or truck

I have a question for those of you that have had a nitro car or truck for a few years.

I would like to know what you have found the average cost is to drive the car or truck for a few hours.

I'm interested only in the cost of consumables, as well as general maintenance, and replacement parts.

I burn an average of about $15 every time I run the car.
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if $15 dollars is too much DON'T EVER try to fly R/C

I find that I buy stuff I don't need but want when I'm at the LHS

but fuel alone $5 to $10 yeah 15 avg for misc sundries sounds cool.

I just bought a T-MAXX instead of just o motor though.HEHehe
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Old 05-05-2003, 01:39 AM
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15 Bucks?

Dude I dont know what you guys do but I prolly spend $1-2 on fuel and general wear tops.

Racing is different. PRolly cost 40 bucks easy with everything.

But 15 bucks for just a run? Somethings not right!

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Old 05-05-2003, 01:50 AM
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For $15, I can start at NY and probably reach Toronto... with enough change for lunch
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:08 AM
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bashing for 3 hours it probably costs me 2 dollars in fuel and thats about it.
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:33 AM
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Default If you have a small engine!

It will cost you about $2-3 if you are lucky and don't break anything and you have a .21 or bigger you can go through about $5-8 in a day if you run all day which is tough (breaking parts)LOL
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If you run all day and when you feel hungry, you can probably try cooking lunch and dinner over your engine $8 is well worth the utility gas bill you have to pay!!
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Old 05-05-2003, 03:57 AM
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Default I don't know where you buy your fule but,

It cost me between $22 and $28 for a gallon and with all my trucks I can go through about a half gallon on a good day! :stupid:
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Old 05-05-2003, 04:19 AM
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i agree with buggie... i dont spend much when i run.. jus whatever the amount of fuel i spent. But i do spend alot on general replacement parts because i get bored on rainy days, and like to replace stuff or add color to my car
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Yeah I guess your right. But starting now I only pay 15 bucks a gallon and mod it with extra oil!

that cuts the cost into half right there!

Hitler.. lay off the dope man, aint good for ya! You aint thinkin straight!

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Thanks for the reminder. On a good day of running, I cook half a gallon easy... on a bad day, I go home with a full gallon. Anyhow, fuel is about $15 a gallon in Singapore, and with all my trucks, buggy and on road cars, it all comes to a real saver. I'm now downgrading to marijuana... can't afford coke
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Depends on how many times you run it.

Engines, glow plugs, P/S replacements, Actual cost of trucks. If you race it is more. Membership fees, entrance fees extra tires and wheels, bump starters. Racers typically spend $800+

I just got a T-maxx and dropped a Sirio. So far I'm into $500 and had run the truck maybe 10 tanks, so the more you use it the less it gets, but for me it averages $10-15 everytime I bash and $15-$25 each time I race. Serious racers $30+ a day

Guys on e-bay plunk $500, lose interest, resell at $300 and used the car/truck for 5 tanks.
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1 ounce = about 29.5 cc's
128 ounces = 1 gallon

150cc gas tank =about 5 ounces

128 ounces( 1 gallon of fuel) = about 25 tanks of fuel(+or- a tank)

and if he gets fuel for $16 a gallon your looking at about 65 per tank of fuel.
if you pay more for fuel you do the math

then as part as parts go it depends. im sure we will all agree we have good days and bad days.
you can go a whole weekend with out breaking a single part so all youve spent money on is fuel.
then you can go 10 mins and break about $20 worth of parts or more.

my lhs owner is a manic. he is a fearless daredevil who will do anything or jump anything with his savage.
so his parts per day price is very high.
another guy who drives with us is very carefull and not such a wild man and he hasnt broken anything in weeks.
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Originally posted by BUGGIES_R_US
15 Bucks?

Dude I dont know what you guys do but I prolly spend $1-2 on fuel and general wear tops.

Racing is different. PRolly cost 40 bucks easy with everything.

But 15 bucks for just a run? Somethings not right!

ram

1-2 dollars in fuel? What do you run for 5 minutes and put it away? I run maybe 1/4 to 1/2 gallon at a time, for the day. Fuel is about 27 bucks a gollon for 20% What do you run in your R/C, regualr unleaded? He also wants to take into account glow pugs, pit supplies, broken parts, etc etc. 1 to 2 dollars on fuel and general wear? I guess if its a 5 minute run day!
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its called airplane fuel so much cheaper, and so much better"!!!
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Old 05-06-2003, 08:02 PM
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Maybe this is why you only get 3-4 gallons out of an engine?? Airplane fuel is not the same as the fuel we use to run are high rpm engines on are cars and trucks! It does not have the same amount of oil in it. I guess you could add oil but, how much is just right And where do you find Castor oil????? Airplanes run at about 15-20,000 rpm's and are engines run at 28-50,000 rpm's. Airplane fuel has 8-10% oil content (Or at least it used to. It has been awhile since I messed around with R/C planes.) and most good truck fuel has 18%. I am not saying that you can't use it but is it better to use the right stuff???
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Default Re: Maybe this is why,

Originally posted by Ledgendary
Maybe this is why you only get 3-4 gallons out of an engine?? Airplane fuel is not the same as the fuel we use to run are high rpm engines on are cars and trucks! It does not have the same amount of oil in it. I guess you could add oil but, how much is just right And where do you find Castor oil????? Airplanes run at about 15-20,000 rpm's and are engines run at 28-50,000 rpm's. Airplane fuel has 8-10% oil content (Or at least it used to. It has been awhile since I messed around with R/C planes.) and most good truck fuel has 18%. I am not saying that you can't use it but is it better to use the right stuff???
actually no. You get alot longer engine life WITH airplane fuel, your engine runs cooler, and you get better performance, there are many threads about it, check it out
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I agree. Airplane fuel does give a better performance to the engine. My LHS recommended some to me when I enquired for nitro fuel for my trucks. It costs less and your engine runs cooler than normal nitro fuel. Also, it's like driving a cheetah on the tracks. All in all, you can have more fun for less headaches with airplane fuel
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Originally posted by Ledgendary
Maybe this is why you only get 3-4 gallons out of an engine?? Airplane fuel is not the same as the fuel we use to run are high rpm engines on are cars and trucks! It does not have the same amount of oil in it. I guess you could add oil but, how much is just right And where do you find Castor oil????? Airplanes run at about 15-20,000 rpm's and are engines run at 28-50,000 rpm's. Airplane fuel has 8-10% oil content (Or at least it used to. It has been awhile since I messed around with R/C planes.) and most good truck fuel has 18%. I am not saying that you can't use it but is it better to use the right stuff???
you are absouluetly wrong, The car fuels have less oil then airplane fuel. And no I get about 6-7 gallons out of my engines running the one and only sig champion. and sig champion has 18% oil, half synthetic and half castor. and ive never seen any car fuel that has 18% oil in it. I pay 11 bucks for 20% nitro lol. You my freind are just another victm to the car fuel marketing scheme. Many brewers simply change the color of thier fuel and put a label that says car blend and sell it for more. Thier is no secret ingredient in car fuel.
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Airplane fuel does have some fuels that have higher oil contents then what I have stated and there are many car fuels that have 18% oil in them. While looking this up I found that heli fuel has the highest oil content out of them all and airplane was about the same as car fuel. (about 14% on average but I did see some that were 18%) (car 16% was the average). The heli fuel had 23%!

"Wildcat QwikFire Plus 20%N 18%O Quart" This is one that I found that had 18%. O'Donnell has 18% as well.

You have given me a good tip and I plan on buying airplane fuel to try it out thanks! Oh, and your right, I listened to too many hobby shop owners! :disappoin
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Airplane fuel, huh? Holy cow. I've been getting ripped off this whole time.
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Lets get something straight.

Airplane fuel has MORE castor than car fuel.

Castor does cause slight glazing in your engine. ITs NOT clean burning.

Airplane fuel also has less nitro typically 10-15%.

And lets not start this argument again and look stupid?
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I'm gonna go buy me a gallon of cool power or Omega.

They are 15% nitro 17% oil (30% castor 70% syntec)
$16 a gallon.

Coolpower is ALL SYNTHETIC!! 17% Synthetic oil. No castor.

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Actually the sig champion has half castor and half synthetic so while the castor cools the engine, the synthetic protects the internals aswell as preventing gum up or glazing. Castor is much better at cooling then synthetic so I feel that castor is a must in fuels. Too me the synthetic is only thier to protect the engine, not to cool. Engines that are ran on fuels with castor only will need after run oil added after every run. champion is offered up to 25% nitro aswell
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Originally posted by nitroman88
Actually the sig champion has half castor and half synthetic so while the castor cools the engine, the synthetic protects the internals aswell as preventing gum up or glazing. Castor is much better at cooling then synthetic so I feel that castor is a must in fuels. Too me the synthetic is only thier to protect the engine, not to cool. Engines that are ran on fuels with castor only will need after run oil added after every run. champion is offered up to 25% nitro aswell

I am under the impression that oils in the fuel dont "cool" the engine at all, just lubricate. If anything Nitro does the cooling as it "burns" very very cool. Thats why NHRA top fuel dragsters can take all day to stage their cars and dont overheat. Thats also why when you make minute richening adjustments in AFR via your HSN, it cools the motor down. There are no cooling properties in Oils, the Nitro actually burns cool compared to more conventional fuels.
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