Originally posted by nitrous36
I noticed that most 1/8 buggies are electronicly started. Is that better or more preferred for buggies? I was looking for one with a pull starter and there doesnt seem to be many. Are most shaft started? 2 out of 3 of the nitro cars I have are electric start. I dont want another one I want another pull start engine because yeah electric starters are convient but no one likes having to carry around a bulky starter, worried about keeping it charged and worrying about it dieing on you while starting your engine. Pull starters are painstaking but electric starters can be just as pain staking to work with too. Two of the buggies I have narrowed my option down to are shaft started. One of them offers it as an option. What do you prefer and which starter is better for buggies?
By far the best way to start a 1:8th buggy is with a starter box. You simply position the car on the starter box, push it down, the starter ring spins, makes contact with the flywheel and you're away. One full charge on a dual 7.2v pack powered starter box will easily last you for a full days racing.
Pull starts are often supplied with cheaper RTR run engines where the manufacturer presumes the buyer is unlikely to own a starter box. With monster trucks, very often starter box starting isn't possible due to the position of the engine in the chassis, so starting has to be done with either a pull start or electric start via a one way bearing arrangement from the rear of the engine onto the crank. This method is a compromise, with certain designs relying on a small starting pin, which can fail. Oneways don't last forever either, regardless of the preferred starting option.
With performance engines, especially from new, the piston/liner fit is so tight pullstarting is often near impossible. All new engines are tight, but some are REALLY tight and often stick TDC. A box starter spins the engine faster, with more positve contact and with less things to go wrong.
I use a Mugen starter box. It has dual RS540 size motors and 2x7.2v batteries. It has plenty of power. If you intend to run 1:8th buggies for while, invest in a decent starter box - you won't miss the pullstart.