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Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Nov 11, 2014 6:00 am

Picked this up as a roller with some nice extra's. :)
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Bandit VXL (roller) with 3 bodies, 3 sets of tires, misc spares, and some upgrades.
Upgrades included aluminum steering bellcranks and MIP x-duty steel cvd's.
I actually am unsure if the cvd's will stay, as they are overkill and heavy, but we'll see.
This was a speed-run car prior to this, so it's in good shape, just needed to be set-up for dirt again.

I raced it Sunday with a VXL system I tossed into it, but that really made an already tail-heavy buggy even heavier, still, it did handle pretty good. I was battling for 4th at one point, but had some unfortunate wrecks near the end.

Here the rear tower is getting trimmed so I can use the upper camber link mount. I wanted to raise the roll center, but more importantly, at full droop the link was hitting the cvd's.
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the aluminum bellcranks
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Picked this up after the races, SV2 with a 5700kv (2-pole cm36) motor. I went down on the pinion, but after bench testing I bet I will have to go up on the spur and even lower on the pinion.... :shock:
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Tires mounted on the car are traxxas spikes up front, and despite no foams (or glue!) they gripped rather well. Tires on the rear are pro-line bow-ties. Other set on the right are (fronts) jconcepts rebars and (rear) bar-codes. Just glued those up, have not run those yet.

Can't wait to run it with the new adjustments/motor/tires!
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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by SFC K » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:00 pm

Nice Andy! It looks like it has some nice upgrades and appears to be in great shape too.
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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:43 am

Thanks Jeff!
It sure is a fun buggy, and it ran pretty good on the new layout at he track today. :thumbsup:
I finished 5th, as I crashed near the end, but I had it all the way up to 2nd at one point and the race director pointed out that I was running a Bandit.... that really lit a fire under my buddy Trevor's butt.... he knew he'd never hear the end of it if I beat his durango.

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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by mrgrimm » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:31 am

If you ain't first, you're last haha :nana:
Monster trucks rule :)

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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by SFC K » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:26 pm

mrgrimm wrote:If you ain't first, you're last haha :nana:
Isn't that the truth. I bet Andy will get this Bandit dialed in and take that top spot soon enough.

Have you seen what he has done with a Slash? =D>
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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:47 am

That #1 spot was a B5 (rear motor), and it's pretty dialed too.

I just get a bang out of any time I'm making the "race bred" buggy's work a little harder. If you look at the #'s, that bandit's hangin' in there pretty good. From 1st-4th, those buggy's in front of me are: AE B5, hobby-pro, durango dex210 (V1), and AE B4.2... and then my Bandit... :mrgreen:

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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:36 am

The bandit has been doing good and while still no wins, has upset a few buggies like a fully hopped up team C and a B5.

(ignore the B-main title, it got messed up for whatever reason, there was only one heat in the buggy class)
This week that's a pair of durango 210's and I believe a B4 under me. :)
Need to get into the 20's, but happy to be hangin' in there on the laps.
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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Dec 29, 2014 3:49 am

Got 2nd in the A-main today!
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But the thing that really made me smile today was qualifier heat #1.... :mrgreen:
Because in that heat.... my Bandit got it's first taste of victory!.... =D>
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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by SFC K » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:25 pm

Nice work on the win Andy and second too! :jawdrop:
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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:48 pm

Following up last weeks podium finish with yet another (2nd place) for the bandit!
For a fair bit of time 1st/2nd/3rd were really close, I mean like were were nose-to-tail close. :shock:

It was Heath's hobby-pro, my bandit, and Chris' B5 all going at it hard the whole race. I was able to gain and keep pressure on Heath but could not slip by. Just about all the guys in the 2WD buggy class are fast, it was a great day!

Oh yeah.... that reminds me.... My buddy Trevor (4th) got beat by a Bandit.... :rofl:

Positions:
1-hobby pro
2-bandit
3-AE B5
4-210 (V1) (durango)
5-210 (V2)
6-lisi 22 (I think)
7-losi 22
8-B4 (I think)


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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by JHeitt142 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:00 pm

Okay, I'm calling a serious driver advantage here.

You are laying waste to some serious money machines there :lol:

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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:10 pm

While I'd love to agree on the driver advantage, I can't, most of the guys on that list have won here and are alwaya in contention to win. That B5 in 3rd is probably the fastest 2WD that comes and I'm pretty sure he has the record for fast laps here too.... I have no idea how I even got in front of him... not getting marshalled much (if at all?) probably helped a lot, but still, I was able to gain on heath's hobby pro, I've never been able to do that before.

I did make some tire changes though, and that helped a LOT.

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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:00 am

No podium finish this week (bummer), but that 4th place was hard fought for.
We had a LOT of buggy's show up this week (we had a B-main as well).

Amid a bunch of losi's, AE's, and durango's, the bandit is holding it's own and staying near the front.

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Oh and I got a new look for it going on too....... :mrgreen:
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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by JHeitt142 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:31 am

I've been waiting for you to change the body! I was hoping it would be one of those modern fancy ones. But this works as well, looks good!

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Re: Andy's Bandit Buggy

Post by andymac0035 » Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:00 am

Snagged another 2nd place finish with the bandit! I was the only other buggy on the lead lap with the leader too. Strugged with it all day, but the track surface came into it for my set-up in the A-main.

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