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OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

Old 03-25-2009, 05:02 PM
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Default OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

I have never owed an OFNA buggy, so I was hoping to tap into the extensive community knowledge base here [link=http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_8612447/tm.htm]This[/link] thread on RCU has a number of people recommending the OFNA Hyper 7 TQ Black as a decent quality buggy while still being relatively low dollar. I knew that they were up to the Hyper 9 or so now, and I was curious what the full current line of OFNA buggies was. A quick check on their [link=http://www.ofna.com/kits.html]website[/link] shows nine (9!) RTR buggies and 3 'pro' buggies available in 1/8th scale.

I was just wondering how one company could have such a diverse and large product line. Or are they all that diverse? What's the difference? If you know a thing or two about the relatively huge range of OFNA 1/8th scale buggies, please let me know whats what. I am interested in things like "these two cars are pretty much the same except for X", or "they actually stopped making that design years ago so it's not really for sale", or "this one is super rugged and great for bashing but heavy. That one is a serious racer for reasons A, B, and C. This other one would be good for racing if you were on a tight budget." Whatever, you know.


PICCO OFFROAD RTR
Hyper 8.5X RTR
Jammin X1 RTR
9.5 Viloator RTR
Ultra LX One RTR
Hyper 7 PBS 28Mac
Ultra MBX Comp
Hyper 7 TQ Black RTR
Ravager
Jammin X1XCR Pro
Jammin X2CR Pro
Hyper 9 Pro


Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-25-2009, 09:19 PM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

OFNA is the distributor for north american sales, hobao "hyper", hong nor jammin and others are the actual manufacturers.
Old 03-25-2009, 10:10 PM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

Man, pretty much, just pick one...you'll be good with any of them.
Old 03-26-2009, 01:15 AM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

No kidding! I never knew much about OFNA cars, but I never realized they were a distributor for several other companies. Thanks very much for the tip!

Still interested in opinions or information on the various cars.

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Old 03-26-2009, 02:37 AM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

I'd stick with ones with "Hyper" or "Jammin" in the name. The Jammin X1X or X2 and the Hyper 8.5 or Hyper 9 are the top-end race cars. The Hyper 7 series is an entry-level racer/basher and the OFNA buggies are more for bashing...
Old 03-26-2009, 02:49 AM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

I currently own from that range the Hyper 8.5 pro kit and the Jammin X1XCR Pro Team Kit (with up-grades to just under the X2X level). Engines are OS VZB V-specs, (blue head and black head) OS pipes, etc. Also have a Kyosho MP7.5 Kanai III, Kyosho Inferno US (for spares or re-build later - got it cheap as it's busted) and my original XTM XT2 RTR. During the builds, I found the Hyper and the Jammin to be very nice, high quality and no hic-cups. Driving wise, they can both be competitive and both do well especially on the European Circuits. (Driving / Set Up skills both count big time in this sport).

Having said all that. My current "race" bug is the Jammin. I personally feel that it's just a couple of notches better and drives better to my style of driving. Stock from the box it came with a fuel tank trigger, the Hong Nor purple 3 shoe clutch, fiberglass disc brakes, Hong Nore aluminium Big Bore threaded shocks, CNC aluminium Z-brace chasis stiffener, better diffs and an over-all lighter package. It also has much more upgradeable parts which I've added to mine like; lightned spur gear and outdrives, one piece engine mount (back order), aluminium posts, hardened & lightened pinion gear, CNC aluminiun rear wheel hubs, pivot ball steering knuckles, CNC aluminium center diff & brake mounts and a few other things I can't remember at the moment.

I have no regrets buying either one (or any of them for that matter) but IMHO, I find the Jammin X1XCR much more suited to my style of driving, more upgradeable and it was the best supported by my LHS at the time. That's another important factor, parts availability in your area.

I have yet to see the Jammin X2X in person, but I'm sure it's as top notch if not better as the Jammin X1X CR Pro Team Kit. I have seen the Hyper 9 in person and was impressed with it, however, I haven't seen it actually run on the track.

Good luck with your choice and no matter what....HAVE FUN.
Old 03-26-2009, 03:45 AM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

The MBX's, Piccos, Ultras ect are antiquated Hong Nor buggies. Their RTR stuff is usually junk IMO, they use cheapy AM radios and utterly rubbish servos and stick old model or fairly cheap engines in them.

As stated, they don't make anything, they just distribute it.
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This is my Jammin post build / pre up-grades.
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Old 03-26-2009, 04:49 AM
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This is the Hyper 8.5 Pro Kit

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Old 03-26-2009, 01:23 PM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

Thanks much for the information on these buggies. I appreciate it and your opinions very much!


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Old 03-26-2009, 01:33 PM
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

Doesn't look like either buggy has ever seen dirt.
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Default RE: OFNA Buggies, so many choices but whats the difference?

Im looking into 1/8 buggies myself. I really like the ofna buggies i have seen. Im trying to find a good roller that i can trade to right now, but I am also unclear on what the differences in the buggies are. It would just be a basher for me, so as long as its tough and you can get parts, that would be fine.

I would be running either my s .25 out of my savage in it or an Axial .28 spec 1s, and just use the buggy for some jumps, and normal running around the yard/rough dirt and grass.

I just always liked the toughness and simplicity of 1/8 scale buggies and would like to try one out, and Ofna seems to be a big name.

So this thread is a lot of interest to me. Keep the info coming guys

Eric
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LOL Hrdcoreglf. Those pics were taken immediately after finishing the builds. Trust me they don't look that nice anymore.

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