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Old 08-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Default How should I mod my new HPI D8S for racing?

New to racing, new to RCTECH forums...

I found an HPI D8S practically new in box - bought it after somebody yanked out the pull start cord like a lawnmower! Just finished fixing that and breaking in the engine...

Putting new radio gear into it - got a Spektrum DX3R and SR3300T.

Can anyone help me with pointing me in the right direction to make it more competitive on the track?

Is this a buggy that I can even put on the track and not be embarrassed?
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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long rear shock tower and 112mm rear shocks
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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long rear shock tower and 112mm rear shocks
Thanks Mike -

about a hundred dollar or so upgrade - I see how it makes sense though - so the rear end doesn't bottom out on bigger jump landings...

Definitely buying this mod - thanks again!
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Thanks Mike -

about a hundred dollar or so upgrade - I see how it makes sense though - so the rear end doesn't bottom out on bigger jump landings...

Definitely buying this mod - thanks again!
you can buy those 112mm parts cheaper off ebay from someone parting out a D8 hara edition. Technically all you will need is the shock body, shock shafts and tower.
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I bought one and ran it at my track, felt it was not competitive enough for me in the engine department so I went out and got a Hara. For the amount of money you will put into it for racing, wont be worth it but still a great buggy.
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Found less expensive shock towers on eBay (alum + carbon) but having a hard time finding the actual shocks - maybe I'm not searching for the right terms?

I also learned that I can grab the aluminum hinge pins from an HPI Trophy that will help prevent common breakage with this buggy...
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Your gonna want to change these also, Hot Bodies Hara D8 Buggy pivot plates / hinge pins
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Considering that I got it with a shredded pull start - NEW - never touched dirt for only $50 from someone - I think I can invest a little into it and get myself into the hobby... It's got me a bit excited!
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Go to BHR Hobbies on Ebay great Hot Bodies parts for great price
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check out the HARA D8 thread for more info pretty much the same car. any questions just ask.
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Guys.... look at the highlighted:

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New to racing, new to RCTECH forums...
My advice: just start driving, I think the best advise you can get is what tire to use, that will do a lot more than getting other shocks.

And more people are asking why this hobby costs a lot......
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My advice: just start driving, I think the best advise you can get is what tire to use, that will do a lot more than getting other shocks.

And more people are asking why this hobby costs a lot......
+1...Get out and drive it. There is no substitute for track time and experience. 90% of your set-up is tires anyways. By the time you drive well enough to notice small set-up changes, you will be ready for a new kit and can get something better at that point.

Just my 2 pennies...get out and have fun with it!!
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