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Is the HPI Nitro RS4 3 18SS Kit a good first kit?

Old 05-29-2005, 07:51 PM
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I was thinking about getting a nitro car, and I was thinking about getting the HPI Nitro RS4 3 18SS Kit as a first car. I have been Rcing for a long time, and I know a lot about cars(for my age) so I'm no newb, so is this a good kit?
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:09 PM
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the RS4 3 is a great car and that kit is very fast at 60MPH, it is very durable and that kit has lots of goodies
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:13 PM
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its a good kit...lots of aftermarket support..easy to tune and repair....id call HPI the Honda of rc cars..very reliable
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Okay thanks! Maybe when I get the money I'll get it.
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:25 PM
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Default RE: Is the HPI Nitro RS4 3 18SS Kit a good first kit?

I saw one of these kits at my lhs the other day and it is a big step up in quality from the other RS4 3, just the better part like brake and diff gears
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:31 PM
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ORIGINAL: one-syk

its a good kit...lots of aftermarket support..easy to tune and repair....id call HPI the Honda of rc cars..very reliable
I know what you mean, but Honda's are crap!

No offense to anyone who has one, that is just my opinion! There are just waaay too many riced-out Civics!
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:38 PM
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we arn't talking about that but about the quality
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Old 05-29-2005, 08:47 PM
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I know!
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See this:

http://www.rbartick.com/hpi/rs4_buildidx.htm

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I just bought a rs4 3 18ss and i am fully customizing everything before it hits the road. everyting is backordered everywhere. i am putting together the diffs now......i am not too happy with them. they are real stiff. are the ball diffs worth it and if so what ones are needed for the rs4 3 .
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The diffs will loosen up after you drive it.
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Old 05-30-2005, 05:37 AM
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yes, even with my old Type SS back when i built it every thing was tight but ater a bit of driving it loosens up and rolls really smooth
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Thanks guys, you've been a lot of help. I'll probably go through with this one, unlike most of the thigs I say I'll buy!
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alright, remeber to take some pics of it
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Old 05-31-2005, 07:55 PM
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Nice car Connor I think I will sell my car and get this one, just kidding. You may want to check out the Hot Bodies Tornado 2 it has a .18 and goes 70mph not cheap when you figure in all the extra stuff you need to run it. But this car is awesome. Good luck with it and get some pictures and a movie. I will race you at the parking lot with my hot bodies tornado and new engine. See Ya.

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Old 06-01-2005, 01:44 PM
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im lookin at gettin one of these or a ntc3 plus ,ntc3 is cheaper but the 18ss has better stuf. id mainly be doin street racing and some at the track. any opinions?
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:01 PM
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Default RE: Is the HPI Nitro RS4 3 18SS Kit a good first kit?

the 18SS isn't race legal.. it has a .18
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Old 06-01-2005, 06:47 PM
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No tracks around my area so I don't care. I'll be using it in a parking lot!
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I race my 18ss in an Outlaw class. If we do not have enough cars for an Outlaw class they let me run with the ROAR legal cars. I am a ROAR member and I usually run here:

http://www.brucknerhobbies.com/barcar.htm
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Old 06-05-2005, 10:34 AM
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What does ROAR stand for?
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Old 06-05-2005, 02:55 PM
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Aha. Thanks.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:19 PM
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rice burners suck, no offence but there 4s (cylinder) go for mercedes amg!
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Old 12-09-2005, 12:06 AM
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[:@] Hey i have the worst luck with my cars i had a rtr that burst into flames (all my fault didnt clean up the spilled gas) now i have a hpi rs4 ss and i cant get it to idle right or punch throttle the way i want it'll just cut out at about 25-30 mph
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ORIGINAL: 4-tecaholic

rice burners suck, no offence but there 4s (cylinder) go for mercedes amg!
clearly not a well educated (on japanese cars) chap my supra had a inline six that was as sweet as the BMWs. lexus' and infinitis sport capable V6 and V8s. the G35 coupe is among the prettiest and desirable cars out there!

porsche 924, 944 and 968's all had large bore 4 cylinder engines.

and in my book a supercharged AMG is as riceroni as a turbo four cylinder. if you're looking for real mass produced horsepower, the ones in the BMW M3, M5 and M6 are the real benchmarks.

and as for bang for the buck, rice racers are great. the raw, visceral power of the WRX or EVO is awesome.

all that aside, i drive a Mini Cooper S


as for the HPI, if you're just smashing it around the parking lot, then it's perfect! since it has cheap parts and available everywhere!

and since many people "hop up" their HPI cars with aluminum parts that are nearly all show and little go, i would say that many HPI's are "riced" up, too. so the Honda comment isn't as far flung as you thought. i think RB concepts sell most of their "supercharge kits" to HPI owners. of course, there are a ton of people that race the HPI cars and they cringe (as i do) when they see a fully "hopped" up car with purple aluminum up the wazoo.

honda's are crap because people decide to customize it? don't really know how you can make a comment like that!!! my friend has a chevy cavalier that has a non-color matching body kit, a slam kit and a coffee can exhaust prooving that it aint the brand of the car but the person in the driver's seat doing the "ricing"

this is my most boring response yet! hehe
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