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Track wants me to put 1/10 electronics in my 1/8 Buggy to run on their track

Track wants me to put 1/10 electronics in my 1/8 Buggy to run on their track

Old 09-18-2014, 01:12 PM
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They moved and lost their 1/8 track and now only have a 1/10 track. I asked if 1/8 is allowed and the woman said its only for "pro racer" events.

One of the guys told me to put 1/10 electronics and he would let me run it on the 1/10 track. (Which is the size of a 1/8). It lives in the shadow of a once great place to race and bash. Now its shady and flat out sucks.

Has anyone put 1/10 electronics on their 1/8 buggy?
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Originally Posted by DriftWoof View Post
They moved and lost their 1/8 track and now only have a 1/10 track. I asked if 1/8 is allowed and the woman said its only for "pro racer" events.

One of the guys told me to put 1/10 electronics and he would let me run it on the 1/10 track. (Which is the size of a 1/8). It lives in the shadow of a once great place to race and bash. Now its shady and flat out sucks.

Has anyone put 1/10 electronics on their 1/8 buggy?
My local indoor track is going to a 2s policy for the winter season. Mainly its a regear issue and turn from a 4s to a 2s and go. Depending on the buggy, a tenth scale system like a sct combo from hobbywing or tekin will work perfectly and mainly wont notice a difference in the car other than run time.
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Originally Posted by DriftWoof View Post
They moved and lost their 1/8 track and now only have a 1/10 track. I asked if 1/8 is allowed and the woman said its only for "pro racer" events.

One of the guys told me to put 1/10 electronics and he would let me run it on the 1/10 track. (Which is the size of a 1/8). It lives in the shadow of a once great place to race and bash. Now its shady and flat out sucks.

Has anyone put 1/10 electronics on their 1/8 buggy?
I haven't done it, but some tracks run this as a racing class. 1/8 buggy chassis, 1/10 4wd SCT electronics.
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Its done in an attempt to protect marshalls and bystanders, not having a cement block traveling at 40mph to their head
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Originally Posted by DriftWoof View Post
They moved and lost their 1/8 track and now only have a 1/10 track. I asked if 1/8 is allowed and the woman said its only for "pro racer" events.

One of the guys told me to put 1/10 electronics and he would let me run it on the 1/10 track. (Which is the size of a 1/8). It lives in the shadow of a once great place to race and bash. Now its shady and flat out sucks.

Has anyone put 1/10 electronics on their 1/8 buggy?
overall it's a bad idea

if the guy means 2S lipos, small esc and 540 motor.. forget it

if the guy means an intermediate solution like a T8i or Pro4 HD motor, xerun 120a sct esc and 4s lipos for example then it's ok

but don't use 2S in a 1/8 scale buggy, even if it's light.. I tried it myself you'll draw a LOT of amps, heat the electronics etc etc.... it isn't worth it

the smallest you can use while remaining safe is 3S and electronics used in 4x4 SCT

.. or buy a D413

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Its done in an attempt to protect marshalls and bystanders, not having a cement block traveling at 40mph to their head
it's a stupid argument then because if you want a smooth and light setup in 1/8 high voltage is the way to go

I'm running a 1350kv T8i + 5S 2000mah lipo, my car is about 3kg250 RTR (3kg car + 250g lipo), hyper smooth, no heat at all + 14 minutes runtime on a small track

good luck for achieving that with a 3S or a 2S in a 1/8 buggy..

2S is already too low for 4X4 SCT, it will be even worse in 1/8 e-buggy
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I'm surprised more places aren't running a "Buggy-Lite" class.

From a safety standpoint, I can see concerns as well as the other POWER-HUNGRY types who feel that 6S or Nothing.

I wish our indoor track was a tad bigger to take advantage of the 8th scale e-buggy class.


I think the MIP conversion was a great idea and I think if you could lighten or convert SC into a buggy class, it would make for more interesting racing.

Agree 2s may not be crazy, or even capping the buggy to 3s. Provided the ESCs will handle it. 550 motor, moderate gearing, and maybe 8min vs 5-6mn.


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You must be talking about Norcal Hobbies and the e-buggy lite class.

Its just a safety issue. 1/8th running "1/8th" electronics is just too unsafe in the wrong hands.

By 1/10th electronics, they mean comparable 1/10th 4x4 SCT electronics. I know it sounds confusing. Basically you want an extremely high quality 2S battery (I recommend at least 6500mah, 70C or higher) as the amp draw is very high an they can run long mains at times. An offroad 4 pole 540-550 sized motor with 5mm shaft. 3800-4800kv seems to be a popular range for 2S. And a 1/8th ESC. The Hobbywing SCT pro ESC is a very popular choice.

I believe the rules at Norcal Hobbies is still 2S, no 3S allowed.
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I never understood why people insist on driving 1/8th scale cars on a 1/10th scale sized track. They just aren't big enough for the larger cars. You've got too much power for such a small track.
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Its a tiny class at our local track. The old place had a wonderful 1/8th track but the property owner had sold the building and land. Land is very expensive here in northern CA and most tracks barely get by.

I had a pretty new Tekno EB48 only to learn 6 months later than the track was shutting down and moving. Its being converted right now.
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I guess it also depends on what car your putting these electronics into. Some of the 1/8 buggies are already about the weight of an sct but other have a lot of mass. Perhaps they allow sct sized motor and small 4s?
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this i crazy and i cant believe some of the replies. a tekno with a 2s and a buggy with 4s are very close in speed and weight. there are alot of guys running a 1/8 esc in scts. the claim that its safer is ignorance. if there was a limit it should be 1/10 buggy and smaller if they claim its a 1/10 track.
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Originally Posted by Dan View Post
Its just a safety issue. 1/8th running "1/8th" electronics is just too unsafe in the wrong hands.
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this i crazy and i cant believe some of the replies. a tekno with a 2s and a buggy with 4s are very close in speed and weight. there are alot of guys running a 1/8 esc in scts. the claim that its safer is ignorance. if there was a limit it should be 1/10 buggy and smaller if they claim its a 1/10 track.
Take it from a track owner's perspective. You have to draw the line at some point. As Dan pointed out, it is just too dangerous in the wrong hands. Since 4x4 sc is considered 1/10 and still runs on 2s, it is the line. It works out because the 1/8 guys ALWAYS want bigger jumps while the 4x4 SC guys are just fine with what works out for 1/10 2wd and 4wd buggy. I do however still feel that 4x4 sc is a scary class to marshall... and it sucks practicing with them. It seems that is where all of the less precision/hammer down drivers go.

Get a 1/10 if your track is 1/10! D413 FTW or go to 4x4 SC and use your 1/8 esc/servo.
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I never understood why people insist on driving 1/8th scale cars on a 1/10th scale sized track. They just aren't big enough for the larger cars. You've got too much power for such a small track.
Depends on the track..OCRC in southern California is a 10th scale track but it's big enough to run 1/8 scale for sure. The Old West Coast track was even better as it was larger. Now you get a track like SCVRC in Santa Clarita i would agree that place is wayyyyy too small for 1/8 scale and would be pretty boring.

I take both my 1/10 and 1/8 scale buggies and really see how it plays out. If most of the drivers are 1/10 scale buggy then i stick to that, but if there are a lot of SC and not keeping on point with my smaller buggy...i will break out the 1/8 scale and practice that way...without the frustration of getting ran over all the time..
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Dan nailed your answer... but I still think the best thing is to sell it, and move on to 1/10th scale.
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Man they are dangerous here in Houston. Sct 8th buggy and truggy all run on the same track. I would just go above and beyond and make the 8th scale guys pass a driving test. Everyone else drives 1/10 2wd until they are qualified.
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