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Old 07-12-2011, 04:22 AM   #1
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Default Buying a 2nd Buggy Which sould i get Serpent or Xray?

Im a owner of a durango atm was thinkin of pickin up another buggy. Was thinkin a serpent or an xray, anyone own all 3 of theses or have any input for me. I've been reading all the forums and the both sound very nice. Was just hopin for some 1st hand experience
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I own the durango and the serpent 811 and right now I really like the serpent. My durango is going through a complete revamp with mods at the moment so I am driving the 811 for the mean time. Very good buggy but you do need some hopups for it. The buggy is very planted and stable.
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do you race? i don't see the point in having 2 different cars, with different characteristics, probably require different driving styles, 2 inventories of spare parts
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I have the Xray and my good friend has the 811. Both are great cars, built like tanks, handle great, and respond well to setup changes. My only complaint with the Serpent is I'm now realizing how often he has to change bearings. I don't know why, but it's hard on them. I wear bearings out before they give out on my Xray.
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I have not driven a serpent buggy(although I do own a serpent truggy), but I did own a Durango and The 2010 Xray 808. I ended up selling the Durango. This is not to say the durango isnt a good choice, but the two buggies have completely different handling characteristics. For me the xray just does everything perfect, really the only car i have driven that just feel right. The car feels so planted, jumps well and is an absolute tank. Besides bearing failures I have never broke a single part. The Durango on the other hand to me was far to loose. The buggy has huge potential it accelerates like no other out steers any buggy i have ever driven and jumpes really well, but no matter what i did it felt like the rear end was on ice. best thing to do is to try a wheel each car and make your own mind.
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xray, especially the 2011 model, no problems at all with the new drivetrain.
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do you race? i don't see the point in having 2 different cars, with different characteristics, probably require different driving styles, 2 inventories of spare parts
Valid point, but I do the opposite. I have built every car out there this year and now know for fact which one(s) are perfect for me.

I have narrowed it down to 6 cars so far
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Valid point, but I do the opposite. I have built every car out there this year and now know for fact which one(s) are perfect for me.

I have narrowed it down to 6 cars so far
Whats your top 6 in order....
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Valid point, but I do the opposite. I have built every car out there this year and now know for fact which one(s) are perfect for me.

I have narrowed it down to 6 cars so far



He isn't kidding, he has had them all.
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I have had the 2010 Xray, Durango, and now have the serpent. The xray was the best quality and fit by far, handling was ok. Not sure about the 2011. The Durango was nice to work on, and handled great, just too loose in the rear. I now own the serpent and it's been the best driving buggy and extremely durable. The weak point on the serpent is the tranny. Under heavy braking, you can hear the gears skip. But some proper shimming and adjustments fixes that!
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I have had the 2010 Xray, Durango, and now have the serpent. The xray was the best quality and fit by far, handling was ok. Not sure about the 2011. The Durango was nice to work on, and handled great, just too loose in the rear. I now own the serpent and it's been the best driving buggy and extremely durable. The weak point on the serpent is the tranny. Under heavy braking, you can hear the gears skip. But some proper shimming and adjustments fixes that!
Theres nothing wrong with the transmission on the Serpent. Like on all Serpent cars it takes knowledge to build them correctly and I wouldnt want it any other way. I really hope they dont change it to the traditional style.

XRAY are very easy to put together as the parts fit is unmatched in the business. Cant say anything about the handling as they arent very popular around here.

Durango is... well it looks great but thats about it. That and the JQ car is probably the last cars Id ever buy.
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Theres nothing wrong with the transmission on the Serpent. Like on all Serpent cars it takes knowledge to build them correctly and I wouldnt want it any other way. I really hope they dont change it to the traditional style.

XRAY are very easy to put together as the parts fit is unmatched in the business. Cant say anything about the handling as they arent very popular around here.

Durango is... well it looks great but thats about it. That and the JQ car is probably the last cars Id ever buy.
sorry bro, but i have to disagree! I have had three serpents and all three have skipped gears under hard braking. I have also read various folks with the same issue. But like i said, you can do some extra modifications (shim the pinion in the tranny) and shim the diffs and for the most part, problem solved. Also, serpent's recommendation on the plastic nuts are a joke as well!

I have put together both 2010 xray and serpent and in my opinion, the xray finish was better. However, the serpent is up to par. The bottom line is how the car drive and i say serpent all the way on all three cars!

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