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Old 08-24-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Questions?? Team Associated RC8B upgrades v/s 8.2 HELP???

I am going back and forth back and forth on this:

1) upgrading a RC8B roller with a lot of spares I just picked up off of RCTech for $270

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2) buying the new RC8.2 $520 @ Amain

I am leaning toward just upgrading the roller I just got with the following parts:

Team Associated RC8B +3mm Chassis (Black)
[ASC89476] Low Price: $79.99

Team Associated Upgraded Rear Shock Tower
[ASC89484] Low Price: $26.99

Team Associated Upgraded Front Shock Tower
[ASC89483] Low Price: $23.49

Team Associated Light Front Differential Outdrive Set (2)
[ASC89477] Low Price: $17.99

Team Associated Light Rear Differential Outdrive Set (2)
[ASC89478] Low Price: $17.99

Team Associated "Low B" Suspension Plate w/Inserts
[ASC89481] Low Price: $17.99

Team Associated "Low-B" Plate Insert Set
[ASC89482] Low Price: $2.79

Team Associated Aluminum Steering Post Set (2)
[ASC89485] Low Price: $9.99

Team Associated Front Arms (RC8)
[ASC89025] Low Price: $11.75

Team Associated Rear Lower Arms (RC8)
[ASC89027] Low Price: $10.99


TOTAL: $219.96

(I really like the RPM A-ARMS)

RPM Rear Lower A-Arms (RC8)
[RPM73922] Low Price: $14.49

RPM Front Lower A-Arms (Black)
[RPM73972] Low Price: $16.49

TOTAL: $228.20 (With RPM A-Arms minus AE A-Arms)

One question I do have for now is: With the longer 3mm chassis, do I need a center drive shaft to compensate for the longer chassis? If so what is the part number???

more questions to surely follow.....
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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RPM arms arent going to work with the new AE towers.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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Why is that?
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The RPM arms have built in shock risers. The new towers are built to utilize the new style arms that mount the lower shock in the arms themselves.

I am curious about the center shafts though. Right now I am waiting on the new suspension upgrades that I ordered to show up (arms, towers, b-plate, etc.). I plan to purchase the longer chassis as well, but I don't know if anything else is needed to go along with it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #5
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well here is the part where I think is deceiving/confusing. there is the RC8 then the RC8B and then the RC8.2. I know there is a lot of changes between when the thing came out, just keeping this generally basic to make a point. Side by side, they are much different.... Now I am leaning toward just getting the RC8.2


RC8B Factory Team Upgrade Front Tower


RC8B Factory Team Upgrade Rear Tower


RC8.2 Front Tower, aluminum


RC8.2 Rear Tower, aluminum

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The RPM arms have built in shock risers. The new towers are built to utilize the new style arms that mount the lower shock in the arms themselves.
are you saying the RPM arms wont work with the "upgraded" RC8B towers? Because it says right in the description it does? Or did they mean the original RC8B towers? They should have maybe named the upgraded towers RC8B-1 towers. But anyway. What to do, what to do.......
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The reason for the different shock towers on the 8.2 is to lower the shocks so we can use the normal shock ends instead of making longer ones or using them from a different manufacturer.

The RPM arms will not work with the associated upgrade towers. Like someone else said, the shock risers are built in on top of the arm.

At this point, in my opinion, wait for the new car so you'll have a fresh kit with EVERYTHING. Not many distributors, if any at all, have the upgrade kits in stock. By the time you get everything, the new car will be out.

Try checking out the 8.2 thread and the RC8B thread for more info on this. You'll find all you're looking for in there.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:28 PM   #7
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Quad, that makes sense.....I guess I am going to doosh my AMAIN shopping cart for the 20th time.........LOL

maybe......
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:36 PM   #8
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SWEET LINK

I am just gonna get this probably instead......it is SWEET!
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I think you would be happier in the end with buying the new car.
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yep, done deal.....I think....
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I was kicking this dilema around a bit myself. I got the rc8be this spring and was trying to decide to upgrade or buy the new kit. My decision was to upgrade. The reason being it would be really hard to sell the old stuff after the new stuff is released or even announced so I would be stuck with a basically worthless roller. Im going to upgrade it now with the upgrade kit, new b plate, new rear sway bar setup, and a +3mm BCE e-buggy chassis. Then when the parts for the 8.2 hit the shelves I will probably upgrade again. This way I wont end up selling a perfectly good car for next to nothing or being stuck with an outdated car I have no use for after buying the new car.

Yes its a little frustrating how they changed the towers twice but the only reason to do that was to get the shocks to work properly without longer shock ends. The geometry should be the same and the handling ought to be close enough that few would be able to notice.
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I was kicking this dilema around a bit myself. I got the rc8be this spring and was trying to decide to upgrade or buy the new kit. My decision was to upgrade. The reason being it would be really hard to sell the old stuff after the new stuff is released or even announced so I would be stuck with a basically worthless roller. Im going to upgrade it now with the upgrade kit, new b plate, new rear sway bar setup, and a +3mm BCE e-buggy chassis. Then when the parts for the 8.2 hit the shelves I will probably upgrade again. This way I wont end up selling a perfectly good car for next to nothing or being stuck with an outdated car I have no use for after buying the new car.

Yes its a little frustrating how they changed the towers twice but the only reason to do that was to get the shocks to work properly without longer shock ends. The geometry should be the same and the handling ought to be close enough that few would be able to notice.
I see your reasoning. I got a roller off of here recently and have decided to upgrade it and give it to my son. I am getting the RC8.2 and will race that.
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There is a +3 shaft HERE
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There is a +3 shaft HERE
I am making an assumption that the three mm shaft [89560 RC8 Center Driveshaft +3mm] is not needed on this chassis: Team Associated RC8B +3mm Chassis (Black) [ASC89476]. I am basing this assumption because the chassis has this at the bottom of amainhobbies description: "This product was added to our catalog on Monday, June 06, 2011.". So why would they sell it if the shaft is not available. Plus I haven't seen it advertised in the clump of advertised parts for the "Upgrade Package"

The 3mm shaft is not even available to the public yet. None of the RC8.2 parts are available yet. So, I will make a further assumption that the chassis: Team Associated RC8B +3mm Chassis (Black) [ASC89476] is different than the chassis that will come with the new RC8.2 kit. Or something is different to make the 3mm shaft work. More $$$ for somebody...
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in the rc8 thread it was posted that the +3 shaft is not required. There are plenty of people using the upgrades and the shaft isn't available yet- what's that tell you?
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