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Old 09-11-2007, 12:57 PM   #1

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How would a Losi JRXPROSE compare with the current crop of 2wd buggies? I've been out of the hobby for a long time (since Quintrax Belleville for all you old guys!!) and have started to admire my mint PRO SE in the closet.

Obviously the changes in technology and batteries have really advanced and it appears the tires have really changed, mostly in response to racing surfaces.

All things being equal (driver, tires, motor and batteries) how would the PRO SE manage with the B4's and RB5 etc? Would the old car be laughed off the track or would the kids and adults alike flock to it like a Model T cruising down the street?
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:23 PM   #2
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Some of the guys @ the local track have some pretty old cars running (RC10s).

I've got a vintage Optima and Ultima that I've been working on. While not competitive, I'd say that the biggest hurrdle may be parts and accessories that you'll find a need for due to wear-and-tear.

It might cost you a bit more, yet it may save you some frustration if you were to go and pick up a ready-to-race kit, and save the vintage for some fun on the workbench.

I've been trying to get my Ultima up to race ability for a LOONG time now and I've basically turned it in to 1/2 RC10B4 and 1/2 Ultima. It has been fun, but I'm not even done yet, and I think I'd have to take it very easy on old Bertha if it ever does get the chance to hit the track.
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I may be selling my RC10B4 roller... I'm not 100% yet but that would be competitive for you.

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I had an Ultima and later an Optima Mid Custom SE back in the day. Ultima was my first buggy(purchased at Aurora Hobbies - what a wonderland that was when I was 12 or 13!!). Even then it was a bit tricky to keep together - seemed the shock towers and the chassis kickplate/topplate were weak points - ofcourse it had nothing to do with my driving skills. Still like the look of that buggy! I was so proud when I got my first Novak T4 ESC mounted under the rollcage. Newcomers have no idea how the ESC revolutionized the hobby.

It seemed once I moved to the JRX2 (original 5 link, short wheelbase) the thing just wouldn't die. I remember my parents bought me 2 x JRX2 when they came out thinking that the second would be a parts donor but I hardly needed it. The LOSI was bulletproof except for the first batch of wheels. I always envied the RC10 guys because they were pretty exotic in the day, those gold shocks and adjustable diffs, but the always seemed to break and a reliable Kyosho would end up at the top.

You are likely right that buying a modern with available spares is the practical way to go. If I ever get the time I would love to load up on EBAY parts and partake in some vintage racing. Oh if I only still had my Yokomo YZ870C.....
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