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Old 03-03-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default How do I get the most steering out of a Losi 8 Buggy??

What are some ways to get the most out of the Losi 8 buggy? I have read that the steering is not best on the 1st gen and was improved on the 2.0. What will help the 1.0 steering??

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Turn your dual rate all the way up..

Nah, really, the Losi's don't have any (lack of) steering that I know of, if anything, it has too much for some people.
If you want aggressive and lots of steering, go with 5-7-2 in the diffs and put about 2deg of toe-out in the front.
Also make sure you have the right tires for your track.

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Old 03-03-2009, 03:36 PM   #3
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you can install the front aluminum knuckles to get more steering. They might have changed the geometry on the 2.0 knuckles to that of the aluminum ones and you could get those to save a lil $$ but I dunno if thier the same.
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If off-power steering is what your looking for, aren't the smart diffs made for that?

Yes, they cost $90, but if they work.....

I've never had an issue with lack of steering with the 5-7-2 diff oils.
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On your steering throw or EPA do you set it to steer all the way so it smacks the steering stops or do you set it to steer about 95-99% of the way? More toe out will give me more steering right??
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If you want more steering out of the 8ight the easiest thing to do is use the shorter ackerman plate.
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Does the longer ackerman plate come on the RTR??
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Does the longer ackerman plate come on the RTR??
Long ackerman comes with the buggy and the short one comes with the truggy. Both come with the rollers.
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You can try:

Short Ackerman---Will make the car very "twitchy" all around the track though.

Center Smart Diff----Takes some getting used to.

Toe Out- Not so much that it hurts your straight speed

Rear Hubs-- Put some spacers behind the hubs instead of in front. It will help the car rotate more freely. I usually only do this on tight/technical tracks.

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Well... the shorter ackerman makes the steering more aggressive, as noted. You could try lighter front diff fluid... or for that matter, lighter rear fluid. Smaller front swaybar, or stiffer rear bar. Make sure you set the car up as indicated in the manual- unlike most buggies, it likes about 2mm more ride height in the rear. I don't remember if the Losi has a front roll-center adjustment, but if it does, raising the roll center (moving the inside end of the upper control arm up on the shock tower) will make the steering more aggressive.

Try those changes ONE AT A TIME and note the results.

And I have to say, this is the first time I've heard that the Losi didn't have enough steering. I had one, and it was a handful! Some of the other buggies may have "caught up to it" now, but a year ago there was nothing that could turn with it... nothing!
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