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Looking to get my first 1/8 buggy. Looking for difference in handling of brands.

Old 04-10-2022, 12:43 PM
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Default Looking to get my first 1/8 buggy. Looking for difference in handling of brands.

As the title says. Iím looking to get my first 1/8 buggy. I have a 1/10 rn but the tracks around me are more for 1/8 and I want to get into racing. Iíll be buying my first kit soon. Selling my dirt bike to get the money. Iíll also be going on a road trip for several weeks across the country and trying the buggy on all sorts of tracks. I was wondering what a good buggy would be. But I donít want to make a whole one brand is better than the rest kind of conversation. Just wondering what the difference in handling of the buggies is. Iím looking at TLR or Tekno specifically but any other brands are fine too. More info the better. Thank you! 😊
Old 04-10-2022, 07:00 PM
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I recommend visiting the local track first and get what the most popular brand is. Make sure the on site shop carries parts or there are 1 or more team drivers who have plenty of parts available.

I recently raced at Callahan Raceway in Florida and TEKNO was the most popular brand there by a long shot, I actually have a TEKNO build thread here that might be worth checking out:I would eventually switch of the HB Racing for reasons listed here:

After making the switch I would learn that HB tends to offer more stability where I can run full droop and not worry about traction rolls... my TEKNO absolutely had to have droop set or you risk snap oversteer with traction rolls. I could dial back the setup for stability but the car would drop off pace where HB makes up that little difference for my driving style. A more aggressive driver may prefer the handling of TEKNO and could turn faster laps provided their reaction skill is faster, I need an "old man" setup, ha!

No matter what brand you get they are all gonna have issues to address where I call out many things on the TEKNO thread.

For HB, they don't have quick access diffs, but it's not that much extra effort to remove a couple extra screws. The pins on the center drive shafts wear fast and need to be replaced every 3-5 race days, though pins are cheap so long as you invest in a pin replacement tool:
I don't have experience driving TLR but I know a couple fast drivers in my area that that can wheel them around very nicely, only thing I see is they tend to get a DNF a little more frequently than TEKNO or HB

Good luck with your decision!

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I am old skool so I would consider Kyosho. The Inferno range has both electric and nitro as well as RTR and some of the finest kits in the business.
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