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Old 03-03-2012, 05:01 PM
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I'm thinking of getting a redcat shockwave buggy and this will be my first nitro car and kinda wondering how much I would end up spending on fuel so I was wondering is it possible to mix your own nitro fuel? I see some sites from googling that seem to give instructions on some mixes but, also mention a term that I'm unfamiliar with "glow fuel" is this another term for nitro fuel? If I mix my own is there a chance that I could mess up the rc car? Or will it effect performance are there certain chemicals in the actual nitro fuel that makes it better than mixing your own?

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Old 03-04-2012, 10:23 AM
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i would not recommend mixing your own nitro, it costs 30 dollars for a gallon of o'donnels 20% depending on were you purchase it and were you are living, a gallon will last you a decent amount of time depending on how often you run it. If your in the business of trying to save money you are going into the wrong hobby, as a beginer your bound to break things constantly, and i would recommend spending the extra 40 dollars and getting the tornado s30, it is of way better build quality, and it has a bigger and better motor, and the tornado has a 2.4ghz radio in it, which is of much better quality than the am one you will recieve with the shockwave
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:18 PM
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Default RE: Making your own nitro fuel?

Yes glow fuel is just another term for nitro fuel. It's a mix of nitromethane, oil, and methanol I believe. You may save a little bit by mixing yourself but the start up cost is probably going to be a bit more. The benifit to buying premixed fuel is that it's easy and you get a fairly consistant result from it. As carslover mentioned, the cost really depends on how often you run it, but as far as the math goes 1 gallon is ~3785.4cc and the tank size (taken from redcat's site) on the shockwave is 75cc. So you will get about 50.5 tanks out of a gallon. Not sure what the average run time per tank is but my nitros get around 15 minutes maybe.
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