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Old 11-11-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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Hello all,

After years being out of the RC scene i'm looking to get back in, I am however considering building my first 1/8th Buggy. I am however having trouble finding info an parts on what exactly i need and where to buy it (motors, radios, etc...) Is there something i'm missing in terms of where i can go to get part number and compatibility part lists and what not? I'm completely new the the building your own buggy scene and its all overwhelming Im swaying towards the RC8.2 because of a good track record, good price, and parts availability

Any info on where to go would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!
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Hello all,

After years being out of the RC scene i'm looking to get back in, I am however considering building my first 1/8th Buggy. I am however having trouble finding info an parts on what exactly i need and where to buy it (motors, radios, etc...) Is there something i'm missing in terms of where i can go to get part number and compatibility part lists and what not? I'm completely new the the building your own buggy scene and its all overwhelming Im swaying towards the RC8.2 because of a good track record, good price, and parts availability

Any info on where to go would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!
Not sure what you mean concerning compatibility part lists.

Buy the kit at any of the major stores. Browse the internet for the best prices. Type any question into a search engine such as Google. Browse the forums here for information which could help you make choices.

Here's one to get you going.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/index.ph...1-8-Buggy-Kits
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To complete the kit, you will need a Surface transmitter (radio), 2 servos, engine, receiver battery, tires, starter box, glow plug ignitor, glow plugs, battery charger, fuel bottle and fuel. I think that is it. Below are some reasonable choices, not the high end but not the low end. You can use the breadcrumbs from these links to go back to the category and see other options. Good sites to compare prices in the US are Amainhobbies, Absolutehobbyz, TowerHobbies, StormerHobbies, GSHobby, Ebay.

Transmitter
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...92744-Receiver

Steering Servo (Torque)
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...o-High-Voltage

Throttle Servo
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...o-High-Voltage

Engine (most tracks limit you to .21)
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...ine-Turbo-Plug

Receiver Battery
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...0C-74V-2100mAh

Glow ignitor
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...d-1500mAh-NiCD

Glow plugs (these need to match engine. link below work well with the engine above)
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...bo-Glow-Plug-1

Starter Box
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...am-Starter-Box

Charger
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...rger-6S-6A-50W

Tires
http://www.sweepracingusa.com/18-Buggies_c_22.html

Fuel Bottle
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...cc-Fuel-Bottle

Fuel (best to buy this local, hazmat fees are high for shipping)
http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...nd-Six-Gallons
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Perhaps it's not obvious to the beginner but the vast majority of 1/8 buggy equipment is standardized...engine mounts, tires, wheels, servo mounts, etc.

Checkout the manual off Associated's website for a list of all the parts and tools you need to complete the kit. The RC8.2 thread in the forum here will be a great source of info on what you can do with the kit set-up wise....don't get too caught up on the upgrade talk, the car doesn't need it to be competitive.

A-Main Hobbies website is one of the best on-line resources for checking out parts and comparing prices....they have the biggest selection around and the website is very well organized.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:08 PM   #8
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Wow guys thanks for all the info!...
I was more curious on the compatibility angle of things like the previous poster stated, sounds like most engines, servos, and tires are standardized and not built to a specific model or brand? And I can get this info from the AE website as well?
I'm coming off of high performance turbo charged cars and am used to modifying full size cars and I guess it's weird to have standardized equipment for a change but it still goes off my gut instinct to do so
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all the .21 race engines on amainhobbies will fit the 8.2.

all servos listed as standerd size will fit(DO NOT go cheap on these)

all 1/8 buggy wheels/tires with a 17mm hex will fit (AKA, Proline, sweep etc)

the engine the guy posted(the novarossi p5xlt ) wont let ya down
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:45 AM   #10
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all the .21 race engines on amainhobbies will fit the 8.2.

all servos listed as standerd size will fit(DO NOT go cheap on these)

all 1/8 buggy wheels/tires with a 17mm hex will fit (AKA, Proline, sweep etc)

the engine the guy posted(the novarossi p5xlt ) wont let ya down

Thanks for the good info! Just what I needed!
About those motors, I'm looking for a tank of a motor, something that will last longer then the rest yet still have plenty of kick... Back years ago at my local track reedy was the big thing... How's there track record lately? I was looking at the reedy 121VR-ST .21... How does that compare to the one you listed and that company?
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This is my possible list so far for a build... Any critique is much appreciated!

AE RC8.2 kit 520$

-Radio- Spektrum DX3S telemetry SPM3140 250$

-receiver- Spektrum SR3300T DSM telemetry 100$

-Motor-reedy 121VR-ST .21 260$

-exhaust- reedy 2035 90$

-battery- reedy 1700mAh liFe RX 35$

-servos- AE XP DS1313 throttle servo 120$
DS1015 steering servo 150$

The prices I listed are a high ball park but I found a RC8.2 NIB kit for 360$ online free shipping and also found that Spektrum radio and receiver in a combo for 190$ free shipping so that's a killer deal IMO as well!
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:48 AM   #12
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forget the reedy engines bro. if your going to go that route, take a look at the ryan lutz alpha on amainhobbies for $250
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NovaRossi and Picco Motors are the old breed of racing motors. Kind of like the Yankees and Red Sox. Both have been around forever and produce great engines. The other popular motors are O.S. and RB for racing. There are a lot of cheaper choices and some of them perform well. The Werks motors are great bang for the buck. Reedy doesn't have a huge following in the nitro world. I ran one of their engines, and it performed okay, but nothing special. I am currently running a Picco 5TR. Easy to tune and it produces great power and good mileage.
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This is my possible list so far for a build... Any critique is much appreciated!

AE RC8.2 kit 520$ I'm going to STRONGY have to recommend the Mugen 6r or the Xray XB9. The RC8 deosn't win jack in my area and looks terrible around the track. It might be obsolete at this stage. The Mugens and Xrays are far cheaper to run (for me) than my AE RC8 ever was. They last alot longer.

-Radio- Spektrum DX3S telemetry SPM3140 250$ Get the DX3r if you're going to run Spektrums. The Airtronics M11x is the most reliable radio out there IME.

-receiver- Whatever comes with your new radio.

-Motor-reedy 121VR-ST .21 260$ ICK! Get an OS21xzb or Mugen BO2 instead. Use a 2090 pipe with the OS only, no other pipe! P3 plug. If you come to your senses and choose a smaller lighter Xray XB9 or Mugen then you'll likely need a short compact header from Novarossi or Mugen.


-exhaust- reedy 2035 90$ More ICK

-battery- reedy 1700mAh liFe RX 35$ Forget Life. Run straight Lipo. No regulator, straight 8.4 volts. Any 2 cell 1000mah lipo will do. Sektrum/Hitec/Airtronics/ KO Propo all have racing radio gear that's full lipo friendly.

-servos- AE XP DS1313 throttle servo 120$
DS1015 steering servo 150$
HOLY COW! It's your lucky day for sure. Good thing you posted. Those servos are great firestarters. Get some Hitec 7955's instead.

The prices I listed are a high ball park but I found a RC8.2 NIB kit for 360$ online free shipping and also found that Spektrum radio and receiver in a combo for 190$ free shipping so that's a killer deal IMO as well!
Your parts list reads like an AE catalog. I haven't been impressed with AE in 1/8th scale for a long long time. And thier team drivers seem to agree, it's usually a highly modified and tuned car by the faster drivers.

It'll be way easier to switch to Mugen/Xray/Kyosho/Serpent and have a car that's nearly 100% race ready right out of the box. (My experience/opinion and I'm sticking to it. AE guys flame me at your own risk)

The OS based engines like the 21XZB are super easy to tune and break in. Start with something easy to dial in for your first buggy. You can look at more exotic engines like NR/Fusion/RB later on.

Good luck let us know what else you need.
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I went through this a year ago - RC8.2, or Mugen MBX6R.. My case is a bit special, because I already had so many Associated parts on hand, so I chose the Associated. In retrospect - focussing purely on the two buggies - it was a mistake. I completely disagree with Zerodefekt about part quality - Associated is up there with anybody. BUT.... If you read the RC8.2 thread, it's true - all they talk about is a million and one mods you have to make to calm down the rear end. So it's a geometry issue with the RC8.2, not a quality one. It's a neverending story. Quality is excellent - but be prepared to order a bunch of other c.rap, drill holes in shock towers, etc..

I'd rather have a Mugen and plop it on the track than try to keep up with all the nit-picky little mods people go on about with the RC8.2.. Their truggy btw is awesome and still competitive.

As far as engines, look at the 21 offroad engine section at Amain and take your pick.. I've heard good things about the Reedy, but I for ex. would rather have the new Picco 5TR, or an Alpha A852(even cheaper..), or a Werks B6 or something.. There are 25+ good engine choices out there, including the Reedy...

The ACE servos are good..

ps All that said about the AE, it also depends - how seriously and competitely do you plan to race? The AE is probably just fine out of the box for a beginner.. I personally find it annoying to check in to a thread about a car I run and all people talk about is the umpteen bazillion miniscule shock mods they've been doing for ex.. But on the other hand, most of that is just useless "keeping up with the Ryans" anyway, and probably doesn't have that much effect.. A guy on a German forum has told me the main thing you need to do is just drill the "zero hole" in the rear shock tower, and that makes the biggest difference.. If you go into the RC8.2 thread though and ask, it will quickly become a labyrinth.. So yeah - just keep in mind - there's a lot of BS to sift through, but depending on your level of experience and ambition, the RC8.2 might be just the ticket for you.. I personally wish I'd gotten a Mugen though..
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