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Old 07-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default D8T vs. 801XT

If anyone either has both or has experience with both, can you provide your review on the performance, handling characteristics, durability, and any other aspects of both the D8T and 801XT relative to each other?
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If any either has both or has experience with both, can you provide your review on the performance, handling characteristics, durability, and any other aspects of both the D8T and 801XT relative to each other?
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a good friend of mine had both, they are both great but the 801XT is lacking on turning, it needs alot of mods to make it turn good and tight. also he had alot of shock problems and the diff case pulling out. lastly he was burning up servos left and right. he liked his tamiya buggy alot but he wanted a truggy too so he switched brands. he now runs HB and is very happy. HB is good, handles great, but takes some TLC from race to race. only upgrade thats a must is a aluminum servo horn for steering, also bearing in the kit arent the best. other than that it solid and EXTREMELY easy to work on, simple design. i run one now but thinking of switching to O'donnell when their new truggy comes out. i love my HB and all but kinda like OD stuff too. but my advice is try to drive both and see which fits you more and get that and dont look back.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:41 PM   #3
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Haha, that's my problem...I look back all the time.
Thanks for the great info. Did your friend have the updated shortened arms and CVDs on his 801XT? Those are supposed to improve steering and durability (I've read the original "long" arms broke quite often). I didn't know about the other issues with the diff and shocks though. I have a D8T I just got in a trade that I haven't run yet. I like Tamiya vehicles from way back in the day, though I haven't had experience with any of their current stuff. There seems to be an influx of 801XTs in the FS forums, so I was considering trading or selling the D8T for a 801XT. I'll definitely take all your info into consideration.
BTW, I have a OD Z01B and must say the parts quality (aluminum and plastics) is amongst the best I've seen. I had a HB D8 also and while it was nice, the higher quality of the OD parts was easily evident to me. Both the D8 and D8T seem to have problems with those recessed/captured M3 locknuts and M3 screws for the wing and wing mounts...on both, they've become very very difficult to remove (the cutout to capture the nut seem to loosen over time and allows the nut to spin, but it's difficult to fit anything in there to hold it while you try to remove the screw). I do like the simplicity and ease of maintenance of the HBs...this is a contrast to the ODs where there are a LOT of screws and nuts to remove anything.

More reviews and experiences from others are appreciated.
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i put the shorter amrs and the buggy knuckles and caster blocks and mine turns just as good as any other one.after i put the shorter arms i have broke any arms. that is why im selling the back up 801xt i have i no longer need to have 2.
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I have the new arms on the 801XT and have only just needed to replace one. This was after going full throttle off a jump into a stake in the ground upon landing. It didn't even snap, I was able to finish the race, and the hole was only a little bit elongated!
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Haha, that's my problem...I look back all the time.
Thanks for the great info. Did your friend have the updated shortened arms and CVDs on his 801XT? Those are supposed to improve steering and durability (I've read the original "long" arms broke quite often). I didn't know about the other issues with the diff and shocks though. I have a D8T I just got in a trade that I haven't run yet. I like Tamiya vehicles from way back in the day, though I haven't had experience with any of their current stuff. There seems to be an influx of 801XTs in the FS forums, so I was considering trading or selling the D8T for a 801XT. I'll definitely take all your info into consideration.
BTW, I have a OD Z01B and must say the parts quality (aluminum and plastics) is amongst the best I've seen. I had a HB D8 also and while it was nice, the higher quality of the OD parts was easily evident to me. Both the D8 and D8T seem to have problems with those recessed/captured M3 locknuts and M3 screws for the wing and wing mounts...on both, they've become very very difficult to remove (the cutout to capture the nut seem to loosen over time and allows the nut to spin, but it's difficult to fit anything in there to hold it while you try to remove the screw). I do like the simplicity and ease of maintenance of the HBs...this is a contrast to the ODs where there are a LOT of screws and nuts to remove anything.

More reviews and experiences from others are appreciated.
Thanks.
if you have a OD buggy then wait for the SG truggy, it is going to be a million times better, almost a complete new design, nothing is the same except maybe the fuel tank
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Hot Bodies could use the best material produced to acheive better goals but where would the selling price be?
Considering how many of us are club racers only, What's to lose by choosing a cheaper brand?
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Anybody have a vague ETA on the SG. I was gonna switch brands next spring just to try others and have been considering OD. Anyone know of any other new Truggys coming out in early 2011?
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