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Old 12-10-2011, 06:39 AM
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Default Getting back into 1/8 Buggies...

I've never built an 1/8 from the ground up before so pardon my noob. I'm not a racer at all and don't plan to race....maybe just practice days at a track. But there are a couple of large outdoor 1/8 scale tracks around my area about to open their doors. One is already opened! So if I'm hooked racing is a potential option. I just want a dependable e-buggy I can tune suspension, diffs, shocks, etc... bei

But being on the fence of racer or basher puts me in the category of the Vorza...how is it box stock to all you Vorza owners?I'm sure the D8 arms/parts are easier to acquire. AE RC8be I'm looking into as well but I've never driven any of these buggies.

I have a few offers on used stuff from a local guy:

Xray XB8TQ - RCMonster electric conversion MMM/2200kv w/ Hitec 7955TG servo for $425 which is reasonable IMHO.
http://2coolfishing.com/ttmbforum/sh...d.php?t=382552
I see a bunch of rust on the rear drive shaft and along the threaded turnbuckles for camber/pushrods, but he is also including a bunch of parts including arms, diff gears, an extra diff case, and orignal manuls.

Another guy selling a
Mugen MBX6 with Eco Conversion MMM/1800kv (brand new electronics) and a Hobbico Servo he doesn't know which type. Offering $500 OBO.

But between the two buggies I know the XB8 has been around for 6-7 years and definitely proven. Mugen you can't go wrong as it's a slightly newer kit. Only downside is I'd want a 2200kv motor esp. it being a nitro conversion.

Also looking into the Thunder Tiger EB4-G3...but I have nothing but Castle electronics in all 14 so of my cars/trucks but for a RTRthat I may intend to sell later on is this a good purchase?
Old 12-10-2011, 08:01 AM
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The Thunder Tiger is a total bargain for its price. It has electrics equivalent to the Castle ones, don't worry about that.

Both the race cars you pointed out are decent, but as you say, the Xray is getting on a bit, Xray has a dedicated electric, the XB808e. As for the Mugen, an MX6eco with a conversion? The MBX6eco shouldn't need a conversion. I would steer clear of it if it was once a nitro, as the eco is built from the ground up to be electric. Why do you want 2200kv? 2000 is about right for 6s bashing and 4s racing, but in any case don't worry too much about the kv as long as it's above 1800 and below 2650, you can just gear accordingly.
Old 12-10-2011, 06:16 PM
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Yeah I was looking at the the Thunder Tiger EB4 G3...maybe swap out to a better servo and Castle electronics as I have nothing but Castle ESC's and the Castlelink...

The MBX6TQ was a nitro converted to electric which is why I think 2200kv would be better.

I'm thinking 2200kv as my buddies with RC8Be's tend to run 2200kv Castle motors on 4s. As far as durability and parts support how is Thunder Tiger compared to the Vorza or Associated buggies?
Old 12-11-2011, 12:18 PM
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Yeah I was looking at the the Thunder Tiger EB4 G3...maybe swap out to a better servo and Castle electronics as I have nothing but Castle ESC's and the Castlelink...


that would be a waste of money, the TTR electrics are good, swap the servo, leave the ESC and motor.

The MBX6TQ was a nitro converted to electric which is why I think 2200kv would be better.

I don't follow...what has the fact it was a converted nitro got to do with your choice of motor? The gearing is the same unless I'm horribly mistaken.

I'm thinking 2200kv as my buddies with RC8Be's tend to run 2200kv Castle motors on 4s. As far as durability and parts support how is Thunder Tiger compared to the Vorza or Associated buggies?
Durability it's much better, parts are available, it shares a lot of parts with ST-1 truggy since that's basically what it is. You do not need to change the electrics though, if you want to go faster, just gear up. The 2000kv in the TTR is a good quality strong motor, replacing it with castle gear will give you nothing. Change the servo by all means, I would, but not the esc/motor combo. They are 6S proven and run that MT like a raped ape.
Old 12-11-2011, 05:46 PM
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Where are the tracks located?
Old 12-11-2011, 11:03 PM
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http://www.therczone.com/tracks/search.php?state=Texas
Old 12-13-2011, 01:35 PM
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Default RE: Getting back into 1/8 Buggies...

the only difference between an Eco and MBX6 is spur gear and chassis and electric parts. if its converted, its the same thing minus aluminum shock towers... i would go mugen if you ever plan on racing, the mugen is hard to beat and quality is very high. mugen handles great and is very forgiving and parts are easy to find. also a 1800kv is just fine, most run 1900kv at the races...
Old 12-13-2011, 03:59 PM
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i have been running a rc8be with the same set up as your buddys and have had no issues with the car exept a front a arm. i clipped a post mid flight at the track and cracked it. i didnt even know it was broke until i was cleaning the car later that night. it continued driving the rest of the day. as far as the castle system goes i have had mine in my car for 3 months and it has started loosing throttle upon landing after jumps. i think they are going to replace it under warranty but my confidence in it has dropped. performance is awsome though. also with the rc8.2be comming out there are some really good deals on the rc8beright now. i have seen them on ebay for 289 bucks. ithought i got a good deal at 350 a few months ago. oh well
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also where are these other tracks you speek of? i run at gulf coast raceway mostly, but i am always looking for different tracks
Old 12-14-2011, 06:51 AM
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Default RE: Getting back into 1/8 Buggies...

1). M&M Hobbies (1/10 on road electric, 1/10 off road, 1/8 off road practice only)<o></o>

6703 Chimney Rock Rd.
Bellaire TX, 77401
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713-661-7137<o></o>

http://www.mmhobby.com/<o></o>

2). Mike’s Hobby Shop (1/10 on road, 1/10 off road, 1/8 off road)<o></o>

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21768 East Knox DrivePorter, TX 77365
(281) 577-8250<o></o>

http://www.mikes-hobbyshop.com/category_s/8.htm<o></o>

3). River Race Track Brazoria Texas (1/10 and 1/8 off road)<o></o>

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2400 County Road 506
Brazoria, Texas 77422<o></o>

(979) 798-2222<o></o>

Website is currently down. But I hear people still go frequently every weekend.<o></o>

4). Katy RC (Brand new 1/10 and 1/8 Off Road)<o></o>

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899 Westgreen Blvd
Katy TX 77450
281.578.RACE
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http://www.katyrc.com<o></o>

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Also RC Hobby Shop in Sugar Land off 59/Sugar Creek Blvd is moving soon to a new facility with 2 large off road tracks!

Old 12-14-2011, 07:38 AM
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So reading a bunch of Vorza problems and breakage from bashing now I'm having second thoughts. Besides A-arms breaking and diff housings breaking from what I read what else would be an issue?

As I plan on 90% bashing (bmx dirt parks) and 10% (track runs) just for practice should this be what I'm looking for?

Reason why is I have a bunch of matched 3s lipos....or should I get an RC8Be? Although the battery tray would be an issue fitting dual 3s lipos.

Don't want to go all out into 1/8 racing and purchase 4s and 5s lipos.
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Default RE: Getting back into 1/8 Buggies...

ya the dual 3s lipos are not going to happen with the rc8be, but these cars are completly insane speed wise on 6s. i run 40 and 50 c 4s and that is more than enuff to clear any jump within reason. if you need a little more speed just gear up a bit. 6s batts are fun for speed runs but for bashing you are asking to break something no matter what buggy you decide on. 10 pound car + 70 to 80 mph = danger will robinson
Old 12-19-2011, 05:30 AM
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The esc in the ttr eb4 g3 can only handle 4s, if you want to run 6s, u need to upgrade the esc. But other than that, its my pick of the bunch.
Old 12-19-2011, 09:08 AM
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Ended up ordering a FT RC8Be with a good deal on a barely used MMM/2200kv combo with 7955TG servo. 
Also have 2 Gens Ace 5000mah 4s lipos on the way as well.

Can't wait to build the kit and learn some basic suspension tuning.

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