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Old 11-28-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Help me choose a buggy for nostalgia.

Im in my mid 20s, and my brother just turned 30. When we were kids we had radio shack RC buggies (he had a black phantom, and I had a sagitta). We were reminicing about racing them when the idea occurred to me that there is nothing stopping us from getting new buggies and reliving some of that fun.

Initially I was thinking that we should both get Grasshopper kits for nostalgia factor (since our cousin had a grasshopper, and we thought it was so cool). I went to the Hobby shop today and they had so many different models (and no tamiya models) that I got overwhelmed. So now I dont know what I want.

Here are my criteria:
1. buggy
2. inexpensive (similar price range to the grasshopper)
3. tinkerable with lots of parts available

Does not matter if they are fast or durable.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:21 AM   #2
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i assume you want a kit, for nostalgia factor as well?

you can still get grasshoppers, or even better hornets. (same as the grasshopper but with oil shocks, lexan body and bigger 540 motor)

tamiya has also re-released a bunch of cool old cars. but most shops don;t carry tamiya. at most shops you'll find alot of traxxas cars, they are all fully built and come ready to run, kind boring if you ask me.

if you want a kit, but a more modern buggy look into team associated's rc10b4 buggy. just make sure to get the kit and not the ready to run version.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:25 AM   #3
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+1 for the B4. It's very well built, lots to tinker with, etc.

Another option is the Traxxas Bandit. It doesn't handle as well as the B4, but it's more durable, and it's waterproof. Depending on where you live, that may or may not be a big deal for you.
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:49 PM   #4
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Ive looked at the bandit, it looked really sturdy. I also looked at the tamiya kits. So many options..... I really like the hornet (mostly due to the 540 which I guess I could put in a grasshopper too). It looks like you pay for that nostalgia factor with the tamiya re-releases tho.

What about the evader bx?
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:49 PM   #5
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The evader is a piece. I've worked on many of them at the shop and I truly have nothing good to say about them. I've seen people do some pretty strange things with traxxas vehicles and for the most part repairs are minor. They are also pretty easy to work on.

I would suggest you steer away from a tamiya buggy though. Or if you are going to buy one, buy two. Or three, or four. So you have parts.. because parts for tamiya re-release kits are apparently hard to find.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:05 PM   #6
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Exceed RC buggy 1/10

http://www.nitrorcx.com/elofbu.html


or you can go crazy and get this

http://www.shop.gotnitroonline.com/p...&categoryId=68
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:42 PM   #7
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Zig:
See, this is why I am here... because I know nothing about this, so thanks for helping me avoid that. Seems like you really get what you pay for I guess.

Im really really leaning towards getting a re re of one of the tamiya models, so I dont like to hear about the parts availability.

K-Train:
Woah! those are really cheap!
Hows the quality compared to the traxxas/tamiya?

Id like to stick to 1/10, but that 1/16 brushless looks really fun!
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:24 PM   #8
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I would go with what you want... from the sound of it it's a Grasshopper! It really is a great car... I'd like to add one to my stable one day.

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The old Tamiya models were great, but if you want something to drive and beat Traxxas is tough to top.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:31 PM   #10
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Well apparently my older brother had a memory about the grasshopper. He remembered an older kid showing him his grasshopper, and having it not work.... so....

we are gonna get rising fighers (the new grasshopper) cause they are faster and cheaper.

thanks for the advice! Now what do I get for a controller/servo and batteries/charger?
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make sure you order bearings for the two cars when you order the cars.
tamiya's come with plastic busshings, don't even bother installing them.

futaba has some nice inexpensive radios that would be perfect for those cars.
you need to decide what type you want. twin stick or pistol grip, am, fm or 2.4ghz.

i picked up a futaba 2pl pistol grip in 2.4ghz for 109.00. the am and fm versions are much cheaper though.

if you are looking at rising fighters you may as well look at the dt02 cars, sand viper/desert gator.
they come with bearings and oil shocks, and are pretty cheap.
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If you're looking to keep the price down (which it seems you are)... then I'd really think about one of the hobbyking tranmitters... $20 for a 2.5GHz transmitter/reciever & it does a decent job.

http://www.hobbypartz.com/79p-gt2-blue.html ($20 shipped).
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Holy cow that's cheap!

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Old 12-04-2010, 03:43 PM   #14
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Dang... wish I would've read that earlier. I already got a Futaba 2CH AM radio with servos, and it was 52 dollars (I think).

The rising fighter(s) that my brother and I ordered should be here on monday. Woot! Anybody know where I can get a "beater" generic buggy body that I can use on it so I can paint the body that it comes with all nice and not get it torn up?
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Old 12-07-2010, 04:42 PM   #15
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Finished building it! It was so much easier than I thought it would be.

It turned out great...

This pic is from the first test drive. The body is currently undergoing clear coats after being painted a neon yellow (90s tastic!). I decided to only put on a few of the stickers, cause the flames are too much (imho).

Ill post pics when the paint is done.

Got a question...

The gear box and rear axle is on a floating attachment to the main frame. Every time I accelerate quickly, I hear the attachment SLAM into the frame as the torque twists it. Is that the way it was DESIGNED? I went over it about 10x making sure I followed the instructions correctly.
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