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Old 12-12-2010, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default Buggy engine for wet conditions?

Hi there,

I am just preparing for next season and considering the use of a buggy engine for wet conditions in my 1/8th scale on-road.
Those engines are dirt cheap, and have a rubber sealed front bearing to keep the crap out.

Just looking at STS: http://www.stsrc.com.tw/product-12.aspx

Does anyone have experience with theses Taiwan engines? It won´t last long anyway when used in the wet.

Open questions:

-The SG Pilot shaft is 14mm, my Nova mills use 14.5. Can I use my Mugen on-road clutch on those engines?

- Which glow-plugs can be used? STS is not producing any. Their website only says: Turbo.

Any thoughts are much appreciated.

CU, Stefan

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Old 12-12-2010, 09:00 AM   #2
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I have raced the STS .12 engine in a 1/10 Sedan with excellent results.
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If you look arround Ebay uou can find a Nova B21F for just under the 100 dollar but you can also take a look to a simpel HPI/Force/Axial .21 engine, just remove the pullstarter and you will have a cheap engine to wreck in the rain.
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Hi Stefan,the shaft has different main bearing than Nova's.Yes,you can use Mugen on-road clutch.But why do you use on road clutch?
Suggest you use OS glow-plug or Nova.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:22 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot for your advise guys, much appreciated!


I want to use my existing mugen on-road clutches because I plan to race the engine in the rain with my 1/8th scale onroad-car. Good news, that you recommend Nova plugs - I use them for my standard engines already.
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:30 AM   #6
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The taper is different between OS and Nova - you can use an OS in a Nova engine, but not the other way around.
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