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Old 09-25-2008, 08:38 PM   #1
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Questions?? looking to get a 4wd buggy need help to choose

hello i am looking to get a 4wd buggy but there are so many and i cant decid what to get. please let me know what you have and have driven and what you liked. i am not looking to race this all the time but i will sometimes. want to know what is best for my application
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Head out to the track and see what everyone near you drives, and see what they stock spares for in the shop. Usually, you can find a good buggy for that particular track and having easy access to spares is a big plus point.

Have a budget in mind, then see what fits the budget, including some hop-ups you might want to start with.

I have Tamiya DB-01 Durga (good if you don't plan to hop it up, but 3Racing suspension mounts I would highly recommend) and Tamiya DF-03 (not recommended, really. haha).
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hello i am looking to get a 4wd buggy but there are so many and i cant decid what to get. please let me know what you have and have driven and what you liked. i am not looking to race this all the time but i will sometimes. want to know what is best for my application
I have the B44 and love it. I've also driven the ZX5, XX4, XXX4, DB-01 and DF-03. If you have the coin and want a car that you'll never outgrow, I'd suggest the B44. 99/100 hobby shops stock AE parts, so the support is there. If you're looking for something cheaper to run as a 1/2 basher and 1/2 racer, the DB-01 is a great car. With just a couple hop-ups, the DB-01 can be competitive in club racing.
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As suggested, see what is ran locally, what kind of parts support there is, maybe some local fast guys you can look to for advice as you are getting up to speed with the car.

I would suggest looking at a hot bodies d4 (of course lol) if there are some to check out locally. It is really a good time to get a 4wd with so many good kits on the market.

Do you already run a 2wd buggy or truck?
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:23 AM   #5
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Pretty much, if you're looking at common, competetive cars, you've got the B44, Kyosho SP, and HB D4. There's others but those will all work great but it's mostly about parts support for me. I don't think there is an appreciable difference in durability, and performance will all be driver dependent with those three.
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Kyosho Lazer zx-5 SP

Best 4wd out hands down for the average racer.
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This average racer loves teh SP. I just can't get over how good the shocks are and the car handles solid.

Only downfall is that the lhs's out there don't understand or have misconceptions about kyoshos procurement process so you don't see parts on the shelves as much as say AE or Losi.
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This average racer loves teh SP. I just can't get over how good the shocks are and the car handles solid.

Only downfall is that the lhs's out there don't understand or have misconceptions about kyoshos procurement process so you don't see parts on the shelves as much as say AE or Losi.

We got them at our track. There are really only like 4 parts you need to carry and the maintenance things you can order from speedtech and amain.
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ya. the norcal shops don't carry kyosho parts at all. Unless it's for the infernos at a gas track. Hopefully kyosho contacted them so I can eventually have parts to buy at the track if I break something.
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:27 PM   #10
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If you guys like the SP, try the FS!! Kinda hard to improve on the SP but they did a good fob at it with the FS.
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Tamiya 501x, don't have to worry about parts support because it does not break.

Downside -

1. 2 aftermarket parts needed (r. diff cover & f. diff seal) if you plan on doing alot of backyard bashing. It comes stock w/ open diffs.

2. Expensive up front, pays off in the long run because you don't need to buy replacement parts.
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Ive ran a b44 and a zx-5 sp both are really good buggies, i would go with one of those. parts support is key though the front ends on 4wd mod buggies are fragile.
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If you don't want to buy or make saddle packs, the SP, Durga or XXX-4 are your choices. The SP rules for club racing...sure, maybe some pro guy may be able to get the B44 to go .001 a lap faster, but the SP is right there, super-easy to work on, bulletproof and very easy to drive fast.

Speedtech has EVERYTHING for them at great prices...and you don't really need all that many spares. Maybe a couple arms and knuckles...inner hingepins and a couple shock towers and you're golden.

I used to carry all sorts of spares for my old one, but the newer (SP and FS) cars never seem to break, no matter what happens to them...LOL Couple arms and a couple knuckles...that's about it.
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knuckles, caster blocks and arms are all i have ever broken on my sp and my b44
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You can always buy my Atomic Carbon "Atomized B44" I have for sale
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