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Old 03-10-2002, 02:15 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I am looking at getting a 1/8 buggie/rally car but I am not sure what to buy. The Thundertiger EB4 seems to have won many awards but the Kyosho Inferno 7.5Kanai edition & Landmax 2 look pretty cool too. Has anyone got a suggestion/comment about either of these or maybe there is something else that would be better in your opinion?? I want a Car with good spares availability and good reliable performance. I also like the idea of being able to hopup my car with decent tweaks (EG Alloy parts etc).

I have a Thundertiger TS4N 1/10 Touring Car & A Thundertiger 1/10 SSR rally car. They're both damn fine cars (the tourer more than the rally) but parts availability is a nightmare in the UK so this kind of puts me off getting the EB4 but then again if it a true winner then maybe that would be enough to convince me to continue with the purchase of an EB4.

Please help me out with your opinions :-)

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Old 03-10-2002, 05:55 PM   #2
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Hey man !!! just to put in my 2 cents,the 7.5 is the way to go kills all other 1\8th scales out there and believe me i have seen a driven them all... best kit to run best kit to build and one of the cheepest to maintain and get parts for.
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Old 03-11-2002, 03:10 PM   #3
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Hey GearGuy

Thanks for your input. I'm going to get myself down the local hobbystore to see what kind of deal they could do me on the 7.5. I cant afford one right away but I am almost certain to get one soon.... Though my otherhalf does not know it yet(LOL). I'm kind of annoyed as there is some waste ground near where I live which a guy is setting up a club and track..... The cheeky git has only narrowed the class of car down to 1/8 - 1/10 rally cross/Buggies which I do not own. I want to race but there are no local clubs who race touring (nitro) so i have no option but to buy a buggie to be able to race. So there you see my dilema... which buggy to buy??

Thanks for for your feedback though

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Old 03-12-2002, 02:17 PM   #4
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You should also look at the new OFNA 9.5. This is supposed to be as good as the Kyosho. As far as parts availability in the UK I am not sure. I do know that I cant see the Kyosho parts being that cheap. I know that the parts for there V one R are a lot more expensive than the Yok parts or the Mugen parts.
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well i will agree v 1 r parts are very expensive.but it is only because it was kyosho's first kick at the cat in 1\10th gas.they have been in the 1\8 th offroad game a very long time i know at the hobbie store where i shop the parts are VERY cheap and of course this is just my opinion the 7.5 kills all others i have seen the new ofna and i don't think it compares to the 7.5 and mugen is decades behind!!! well maybe not decades but you know what i mean.
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Well, what do you think are the major differences that would make the 7.5 nicer than the 9.5. The only reason I am asking is I have 2 Ofna's. I have an Ultra GT Worlds 2 and a MBX R2 Picco Edition. I am not very happy with ofna right know. I just found out that you can't get any parts for them because they used them to build all of there RTR's. So I may be in for a change.
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Old 03-13-2002, 06:28 PM   #7
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well i dunno if you noticed but most 1\8th scales are very simular.
the 7.5's major differences come with the handling of the car.the 7.5 is a little lower the 7.5 is longer and wider, longer over all wheel base all of these little things make for a better driving and jumping car. truly if you look at the changes from the ultra worlds II to the 9.5 they made the car more like a 7.5.the car i had previous to my 7.5 was an ofna and i will never go back NEVER!!!!!! lol.but really 1\8th is 1\8th run what you have 1/8th scale rulz if you get a glitch and hit a wall doing 70mph like i did recently by all means get a 7.5 but if you have a lot of money tied up in your ofna run it!!! i reccomend all new comers to 8th scale to get a 7.5 anyway c ya!!!!!
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Thanks. I was just hoping that I wouldnt have to get the same thing everyone else has. But sounds like the Kyosho is the ticket. I might have to wait and see how the new 9.5 does in a few races.
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Hey all,

Thanks for your posts. I think once the money is available and i have to stop spending it on home improvments (Which suck LOL) I'll get the 7.5. I may end up buying both the 7.5 & the landmax 2 as (according to kyosho) they are pretty similar cars. Have to get the buggy first so that I can join this local club which sounds like it's going to be a right blast.

Anyway thanks for your help & advice!!

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Darren - you are correct in making parts availability a major concern. The 7.5 has the most expensive parts of any 1/8 buggy here in the states but they are supposedly very durable and don't need many parts. The EB-4 is a good car and more affordable than the 7.5 but if you can't get parts I would not recommend it. You might consider the Mugen if parts are available although you will probably wind up getting a $100 setup board for it which makes the price comparable to Kyosho. I have also heard good things about the new Crono (RS01 I think). It seems to have a similar suspension design to the EB-4.
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i am running the thunder tiger eb4 right now, and as long as you dont go out and smash it up to the point where you need replacement parts, youll be fine. www.nationalrc.com carrys a good selection of eb4 parts. if you do get the eb4, make sure you get the S2 version. its much better than the S1 eb4. as for the crono, its also an awesome buggy. however, parts availability probably wont be that good either. just keep doing what you are doing, read up on the buggys, and ask around. it all comes down to you. if you ask me, i would say the eb4, because its what i have, and what i like.
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I have driven most of the cars out there, and here is what I think of them.

Kyosho 7.5--Well designed car that has very neutral handling. It is hard to screw up the set-up on this car because you can't change some stuff. The only problem with the car is the shock towers bend easy. Replace them with Fioroni or Nuova Faor.

Mugen RR and XR--The kit has some flaws, and the directions are terrible. The car has very aggressive handling, and can be very fast, especially on smooth tracks. The car is infinately adjustable, which means that you can infinately screw it up, if you aren't careful. This is the car that I currently run. The parts that need to be worked on are the diff internal gears, and the clutch

EB4--Well designed car, but has some durability issues (front arms). Most of these were fixed with the S2. It is not as aggressive, as the Mugen, but not as neutral as the Kyosho. Somewhere in between.

Crono--The same as the the EB4, without the durability problems, because the plastic is softer. Parts will be hard to find for this car when you do need them

GS Storm--Handles like a Kyosho, but has some durability issues(clutchbell, and rear bulkhead).
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