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Old 11-14-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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Questions?? truggy or buggy?!?!

Whats the differance other then body, wheels and tires? I just got into rc a couple years ago and love it. I started the same way most others did i bought a traxxas car at my local hobbie store then bought a nitro rustler (expecting more then what i got) it doesn't handle very well due to power. Within a couple more years i plan on buying a buggy or truggy. I like the look and good reviews of the losi 8ight 2.0 and the team associated RC8T, but whats the differance if i'm going to get into the sport? Any 2 cents will be appreciated.
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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Whats the differance other then body, wheels and tires? I just got into rc a couple years ago and love it. I started the same way most others did i bought a traxxas car at my local hobbie store then bought a nitro rustler (expecting more then what i got) it doesn't handle very well due to power. Within a couple more years i plan on buying a buggy or truggy. I like the look and good reviews of the losi 8ight 2.0 and the team associated RC8T, but whats the differance if i'm going to get into the sport? Any 2 cents will be appreciated.
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Buggy is where it's at. There is no Truggy worlds. With that being said I like the looks and stability of the truggies better but at club races in my area turn out is getting low, even when it's nice out. The truggies have wider arms, are a little longer, and heavier too. They cost more to run, tires are expensive. I love the truggies but I may get a buggy next. More competition and less money to run the class...


Also you may look into 1/10 scale SCT's. I kinda wish I had started there to learn a bit more before jumping head first into Nitro 1/8. There are a lot of expenses and time involved in being even moderately competitive at a club level. You can get a brushless 1/10 SCT for under $300 I think. They run on the same track we do around here, they are very fast with the brushless motors and Lipo and I think it's a great way to get into the racing scene and feel it out before dropping a wad of cash and having to put a LOT of time into the hobby....
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Just because there is no truggy worlds doesn't make truggy a bad thing. Truggy is better for beginners, they handle a bit better and steering response isn't as twitchy as a buggy.
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Just because there is no truggy worlds doesn't make truggy a bad thing. Truggy is better for beginners, they handle a bit better and steering response isn't as twitchy as a buggy.
I love truggies man... Don't take that wrong. The first couple races I went to watch I fell in love with the truggies. I'd just make sure your local track actually has people show up and run the class before I'd go that route. Just a suggestion...
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:13 PM   #5
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truggies all the way espially on a blown out rutty track and the fact you can push them harder than a buggy.
i drove a buggy they do jump better and lighter but i dont like them on a rough track.

as, far as turnouts some tracks have more buggy than others and from what i seen on a rough track i see more truggys for sure at the track i go to at least.

and this is club racing and money races

im not a beginner driver with 1/8 its my second year driving them first year with truggy.
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Learn to drive with a buggy...

Truggies are super fun to drive, super easy to be fast with. Buggy will teach you to be a better driver tho. Always a lot more of them as well, so guaranteed class.
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Buggy is where it's at. There is no Truggy worlds. With that being said I like the looks and stability of the truggies better but at club races in my area turn out is getting low, even when it's nice out. The truggies have wider arms, are a little longer, and heavier too. They cost more to run, tires are expensive. I love the truggies but I may get a buggy next. More competition and less money to run the class...


Also you may look into 1/10 scale SCT's. I kinda wish I had started there to learn a bit more before jumping head first into Nitro 1/8. There are a lot of expenses and time involved in being even moderately competitive at a club level. You can get a brushless 1/10 SCT for under $300 I think. They run on the same track we do around here, they are very fast with the brushless motors and Lipo and I think it's a great way to get into the racing scene and feel it out before dropping a wad of cash and having to put a LOT of time into the hobby....
tires are more expensive but in the long run truggy tires are cheaper than buggy tires... i run both classes and buggy is putting more of a drain on my wallet for sure.

personally i like the truggy class WAY more, easier to drive, always seems to have cleaner racing, and faster lap times (at my local track at least, not so much at bigger races). truggy class is growing in my area again... truggy seems to come and go with turnout. buggy does make you learn to drive and i know everytime i only run buggy for a few weeks i get faster and smoother when i run truggy again. i like running both because they both help you drive the other better for sure.
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tires are more expensive but in the long run truggy tires are cheaper than buggy tires... i run both classes and buggy is putting a drain on my wallet for sure.

personally i like the truggy class WAY more, easier to drive, always seems to have cleaner racing, and faster lap times (at my local track at least, not so much at bigger races). truggy class is growing in my area again... truggy seems to come and go with turnout. buggy does make you learn to drive and i know everytime i only run buggy for a few weeks i get faster and smoother when i run truggy again. i like running both because they both help you drive the other better for sure.






+1 on, truggy tires they last for a while espially aka as for cleaner racing i do think at club races at least the truggy class is cleaner from what ive seen in the sportsman class compared to buggy.
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I agree with what most said. Remember guys, most of us will never race in a worlds. I disagree on tires though. Yes buying pair for pair is more expensive for truggy, but buggy is alot more tire sensitive. So you will have to have several pairs of buggy tires to be competitive.

Buggy is harder to drive, truggy a little easier. You can't dive off in corners with buggies like you can truggies. Truggies handle whoops alot better as well.

I run both classes and love each one for different reasons. I like buggy because it's a smoother driving class, and I like truggy cause you can blister it around the track all the time, lol.

I would say find out what class is most popular and start there. If both are equal, I would get a buggy. It will teach you to drive faster than a truggy will.
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+1 on, truggy tires they last for a while espially aka as for cleaner racing i do think at club races at least the truggy class is cleaner from what ive seen in the sportsman class compared to buggy.
run HB tires and you'll get 5 times more life out of them... my AKAs have about 5 races on them and they are showing some wear and my HB tires have 10+ races and still look about new but i do have to buy AKA foams for them to make them work right
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i don't have to worry about being smooth, i have learned that from gokarting competetivly since early 2006 and i will build a track in my backyard for testing and practice aswell.
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Any other opinions on a specific buggy or truggy?
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run HB tires and you'll get 5 times more life out of them... my AKAs have about 5 races on them and they are showing some wear and my HB tires have 10+ races and still look about new but i do have to buy AKA foams for them to make them work right



i could try them.. next season im pretty sure though it depends on the dirt surface but the track that i ran on is a mix clay that is dusty and not to much wear depends how hard you are on throttle into the corners.

as for me being faster with a truggy from driving a buggy im not sure because they dont handle and jump the same.
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i don't have to worry about being smooth, i have learned that from gokarting competetivly since early 2006 and i will build a track in my backyard for testing and practice aswell.
gokart racing is totally different... same with motocross, i raced MX since about 2001 at a very high level and i was extremely smooth and it didnt transfer over to good and offroad is close to MX...

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Any other opinions on a specific buggy or truggy?
i love my Odonnell Z01B SG (Team version is still great also) and Z01T... also other good ones are Mugen, losi, HB, etc. ... just stick to the big names, or what most run at your local track.
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the way i hold the remote control its like a steering wheel so it is easier to be smoth although it is ass-backwards.
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