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Old 06-10-2009, 01:38 AM
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Well this thread is a little premature but i would like to do the research beforehand so when the money becomes available i dont have to wait around

Basically i haven't raced since last year, i have a CEN Matrix Pro (bought this 2nd hand) and just had nothing but trouble trying to get some decent racing and consistancy out of it. This time around i will be buying a brand new kit (once my tax refund comes through).

I have all the starting equipment / radio etc. I will be buying a new buggy and a new motor.

Buggy price cap would be around $700 max (doesnt mean i want to spend the whole 700 ). I have just been looking at Aus stores unless the dollar strengthens some more before i buy i might go O/S.

been looking at kits like:
-rc8
-hyper 8.5 pro
-D8 (not so sure about this one)
-hyper 9 ($749 from rchobbies - little over budget)
-MBX6 (only decent price is from A Main US$530)

losi seem to be a bit on the steep side for my budget and parts are also more expensive. The same goes for Xray.

This will be a steep learning curve for me in terms of setup, as the Cen (besides a kyosho 7.5 rtr) is the only 1/8th Nitro buggy i have raced. I do race 1/10th electric off road though. And engine tuning etc is not a problem.

Pros and cons of the buggies and any other suggestions for a buggy?

Appreciate the help!
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:53 AM
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Just noticed A Main have the RC8B for US$520 (640 AU) only seem to have found the normal RC8 in aus stores.

Whats the difference between the RC8 and the RC8B, any major performance difference?
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Just noticed A Main have the RC8B for US$520 (640 AU) only seem to have found the normal RC8 in aus stores.

Whats the difference between the RC8 and the RC8B, any major performance difference?
I dont know about any major performance differences. Little things have been tweaked.

The main things that could make the performance better is: Big Bore shocks are standard on the RC8B and there are alloy shock towers. There are other changes aswell like the reciever box up the front of the radio tray, this would probably help weight transfer in the front of the bug.

As soon as i get the cash, I will be ordering one
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Postage seems to be the killer in getting the kit from A main.

No one else has any comments opinions on any of the buggies?
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Well i think the D8 is a good car i've been racing one and love it very easy to drive great value for money and parts are the cheapest
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This won't really help but my order of choice would be;
1st MBX6.
2nd RC8B.
3rd Hyper 9.
But they are all very close and price is the only thing to separate them by.
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Parts for the RC8B and D8 will probably be the easiest to source locally- which is something that you may want to consider.

The MBX6 is a fantastic car however it will be a little harder finding hobby shops in Australia that readily carry parts.

My choice would be either the MBX6 or the RC8B matched with a Novarossi Plus 4

Good luck dude!
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go the XRAY 808 2009 kit if you can find it
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Originally Posted by CMB21 View Post
Whats the difference between the RC8 and the RC8B, any major performance difference?
Check this feature on BSI.

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My choice would be either the MBX6 or the RC8B matched with a Novarossi Plus 4

Good luck dude!
The RC8B is starting to look like a good all round choice, although D8 is cheaper its not a car that has really appealed to me.

Why the Novarossi Plus motor? I was gonna look at some of the GO Engines as i have heard some good things about them.

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go the XRAY 808 2009 kit if you can find it
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Xray 808 is way over my $700 budget for the kit.
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The RC8B is starting to look like a good all round choice, although D8 is cheaper its not a car that has really appealed to me.
Talk to a few guys at the track about their D8s, especially drive shafts. I think you'll find the RC-8(B) is probably the more economical choice when all is said and done.

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looking at the cars you want to buy out of those particular 3 i would look at the rc8b this buggy is refined and all the work you needed to do the original is now done to this new buggy ... the mbx6 is sa nice buggy but the price is alot more than the rc8b and the losi 8 2.0

i was having a look over the new rc8b and it looks very very good
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Momentum where do you race?
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Momentum where do you race?
Same places as you. Castlemaine, Bendigo, Sunshine & Shepparton.

You do know me.

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Thought so Craig, just cant put a face to the name been ages since ive been able to go racing... stupid work

Anyway decided i want to go with the RC8B, still deciding on an engine but looking at the GO engines from massive mods.

Also i was looking at the King Headz engine mounts as it would be nice not to have to re mesh everytime i remove the motor, will the standard RC8 king headz work as there isnt an RC8B one, i assume they havent changed the car that it wouldnt fit. ( standard or extended king headz motor mount???)

Other thing is servo's i do have one high torque already but that is staying in another car. What is a good option for steering and throttle? Same type of servo for both or a different type for each?

One i was looking at was the Ace R/C DS1015 Super Torque Digital Servo, they are about $130 i wouldnt want to spend much more than that. But i want to get it right the first time.

Appreciate all the help!
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