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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by Irio - esos » Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:51 pm

Seems to be cheap but out of country, mostly listed on ebay.

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by andymac0035 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:27 pm

Yeah... that makes me iffy on that one... although much of it looks like a rip-off of the durango 210 buggy..... parts might interchange.... maybe...

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by Zac_F85 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:46 pm

I know you hate AE and are looking at my DT-02 I still say Team Associated - I got the RC10 Team kit (vintage RC10 w/ modern parts) and plan on getting a RC104.2 RS after xmas..
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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by Irio - esos » Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:28 am

Cheaper versions of the same thing can be seen at nitrorcx.com. Again they make decent on-road stuff that's pretty cheap and the parts have been plentiful for a while.

http://www.nitrorcx.com/72c-2wd-baja-bu ... r-24g.html

Less than $100 bucks and rtr.

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:22 pm

I have gotten so flustered by this decision..... :?

All the deals on used race-worthy buggies have not panned out.

There is this one I could get, but I'm unsure if it's a good idea, as it's a Tamiya DN-01, which is a the base-model of the TRF-201.
http://www.rctech.net/forum/r-c-items-s ... built.html

Beyond that.... it's between waiting for the DT-03 Neo-fighter to come back in stock, going for the DT-02 Sand Viper, or getting a bandit roller of ebay.....

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by Irio - esos » Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:34 am

Looks like a good deal on that DN01 if you ask me. I find it funny that it could almost pass for a RC10B3 if you didn't look close enough.

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by percymon » Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:01 am

DN-01 is rather unloved, mainly because by the time you buy some hop-ups you might as well buy the TRF201. However if you wanted soemthign fairly robust to start off, and then improve over 12 months thent he costs are spread out and you see the benefits of each upgrade more easily.

You'll need a few minor hop-ups to get to B4 equivalent, but it could be an interesting start point and upgrade trail.

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by andymac0035 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:07 am

I just did some more digging on the DN-01 (as well as the TRF201) over @ tamiya USA. I see it has no slipper clutch, and also that it uses a plastic idler gear. Upon digging into the TRF201 hop-ups, it appears that while it does have a slipper clutch, it also uses this "reinforced" plastic idler (and ball diff gear) as well.

Since I'm planning to toss a 5700kv motor into whatever buggy I get.... :explosion:
This has me a bit concerned about both the DN-01 and even the TRF201.
So I am closing the door on that option.
(48p idler gears and brushless won't last with me, I've tried it)

The DT-02/03 option is fine as those use beefy 32p gears instead of 48p, and research says the are very tough gears/gearboxes.

So since every durango deal I have attempted has either fallen through or sold before I could act on it..... and the other race buggies are not for me (at this time), I'm going for an entry level buggy and work my way up from there. Maybe once I go through that process, I will warm up to the B5 (RM).

But untill then.... it's between the DT-03, the DT-02, and the Bandit. :-k

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by JKRacing37 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:59 am

andymac0035 wrote: Since I'm planning to toss a 5700kv motor into whatever buggy I get.... :explosion:
How big is this track you are going to race on? You do understand that a 5700kv motor is in the 6.5 turn range, right? If you look up driver set up sheets from the biggest races and the top drivers they generally run 7.5 - 8.5 turn motors on huge tracks.

Any buggy with a 5700kv motor is going to be beyond a handful, especially on a small to medium sized track.

Most buggies are super light weight and take nothing to make them go warp speed.

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by andymac0035 » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:17 pm

We have 8 foot wide lanes and good run ups and landing for all our jumps.
One thing with going to a bandit, I will have LOTS of gearing options.

The choice of the 5700 is based soley on the fact that I know the guy that owns it and I can get a good deal on it.

I have pretty much decided on the bandit, but I'm going to think on it a little more till Sunday night.

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by Zac_F85 » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:41 pm

A Bandit with the Protrac kit? I assume you're going to race in open class?
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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by andymac0035 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:23 am

It is an open class..... but I said nothing of putting a pro-trac kit on it.

I do have a pro-trac kit, but it's on my LCG slash. :wink:

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by Zac_F85 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:29 am

andymac0035 wrote:It is an open class..... but I said nothing of putting a pro-trac kit on it.

I do have a pro-trac kit, but it's on my LCG slash. :wink:
I would get another for the Bandit if you want to be competitive with the RC10's - I would also run a Tekin RS 10.5T setup as well

TRF201's don't even keep up with RC104.1/2's at my local track.. everyone runs AE around MN and I now know why.. except the spec Traxxas slash class obviously

Just my opinion..
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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by andymac0035 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:57 am

Pro-trac would never be allowed, that would make it as wide as a stadium truck.

As for tekin... remember the converation we had where YOU said you didn't want to spend too much?.... :wink:

Anyways, I know very well I will be the underdog. I will say tho... it gets cold here, even tho the place is heated, and buggy's are delicate...... bandits are not..... I don't expect too many DNF's.

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Re: The "pick-a-buggy" thread

Post by Zac_F85 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 1:17 am

andymac0035 wrote:Pro-trac would never be allowed, that would make it as wide as a stadium truck.

As for tekin... remember the converation we had where YOU said you didn't want to spend too much?.... :wink:

Anyways, I know very well I will be the underdog. I will say tho... it gets cold here, even tho the place is heated, and buggy's are delicate...... bandits are not..... I don't expect too many DNF's.
True that - same here you'll have durability on the others haha -

I bought a Tekin RS 10.5 for my SC10 - it needs tuned yet, and it's geared to accelerate - gotta get to my track and break it in after xmas or til I can't stand the cold in the garage working on the 1:1.. I found a write up on what to get for the SC10 to be built proof an got all those parts -
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