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    Best Buggy To Buy

    Looking to buy another buggy. I have a Ofna Ravager, but after a few laps at the track with "SPARKY'S" new XB8-TQ, I realized that the Ravager is way under classed.
    I was looking at a few buggies and wanted some opinions on what would be a better buggy. I plan on racing it, not bashing. Here is what I was looking at.

    XB8 (not TQ) with some TQ upgrades.
    Jammin X1CR PRO
    (UE-MAXX's) MBX-5 BST Thread

    Any help would be great. I just don't want to make another mistake when buying a Buggy.
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    XRAY or Jammin. Screw that out dated mbx5. If you want a Mugen get the MBX5R...IMO
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    Jammin

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    If you plan on running a UMT/Truggy eventually I would look at keeping things the same. ie; MBX5T/MBX5R The 5R is looking good out there. Easy to drive fast, parts last a long time and are pretty readily available. The Losi can be a big handfull to control. Jammin is good but wears fast and quality of materials is on the low side compared to the others and would be my last choice. Not a ton of people that I know run or stock parts for the XRay so would also be low on my list besides the points brought out in semi recent magazine articles about it being overly complicated and not quite up to par as all the other buggies out there in the performance department.
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    I had the TQ. Spent the last 4 months trying to get the set up squarred away. Sold it last week to get the Mugen R to match my T. Which I could not be happier with. I am building the R now. The build process has been painless. The Xray manual was sweet but the Mugen Manual gets the job done. I thought about the Jammin when I had the CRT, skipped it and went Xray, due to parts wear. There are alot of eights at the local tracks some are doing well, but four people I know personally have unloaded there eights and gone Mugen or Xray.

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    The Losi is a acquired taste. Some love, some hate. Not much inbetween. Seen plenty of guys buy, race once and unload the following week. It takes time to get use to it and more than one weekend.
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    The Losi sounds alot like the Xray TQ! Some love or hate cause its a handful to control unless you are a very Smooth driver!
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    Well ive had the jammin and the xray, the jammin was just a strange car to me, it wasnt very predictable and i love my xray, but with it you have to get the right setup for it to drive good. Now for truggys i had the x1-crt and it was good but i sold it. At christmas i am getting the new X5R mugen truggy, if you want a good buggy id pick up the mugen or the xray. IF i had my choice right now i would get the mugen buggy.
    Driver till the wheels fall off!!!

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    UE-Maxx's MBX5 is loaded with Fioroni parts and you can buy a "R" upgrade kit in the future.
    Not to mention this will get you started for a lot less cash. The MBX5 is still a competative buggy even though it's like 4 years old.


    I've owned an MBX5, driven pretty much everything including the 8ight, and if I had unlimited funds and had any choice I wanted then I'd get an 8ight. That buggy is sick! It's somewhat of a handfull but once you get used to it you will be faster.
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    Thanks for everybody's input, but I may have made up my mind. I got a second chance offer on an X-RAY XB8 on ebay for 199.65 + shipping. Here is the link. Tell me what you guys think ?
    E-Bay's XB8 Offer

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    Be very careful with second chance offers....even if it comes from ebay....... had a buddy get one that had the ebay header and all that was 100% bogus.... so just be careful

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    I got the message right from E-Bay in my message in-box. It should be legit.....

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    Actually that looks like a steal to me
    Driver till the wheels fall off!!!

    2nd XB8 in the Midwest, TOP 528 Blown Jammin X1-CRT

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    E-Bay asked me to hold off on responding until it can be checked out.
    In the meantime I called Hobby Hut to see if they can confirm this. All I got was there anwsering machine. I left them a message in regaurds to this.
    I guess I'll have to wait and see.

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    Thanks for all of your help guy's.
    I just got off the phone with Hobby Hut, and the offer was good.
    I just paid for the XB8 ($219.65) witch included the shipping.
    No I just have to be on the look-out for a nice Mill for it.

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    congrats on getting the buggy!
    what engine are you thinking about?
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    I'm looking into an RB WS7II, but I am still trying to do some reserch on what would be good for this Buggy. "SPARKY's" C6BB is a Killer motor, but I don't think I really need that much power. I want a motor that is controlable for someone "New" like me to the buggy scene.
    I only really drove 2 Buggy's. A "Ravager" and Sparky's XB8, and they were like night and day. The Force.28 that is in the Rav is nothing compared to the C6.
    Any sugestions would be helpful.

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    A 'mild' .21 would be best, NR and RB have some good ones...or try that OS for under $150.



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    O.S's V-Spec looked like a good choice. I am willing to spend around $300 for new, or I may just find a used motor that still has a lot of life left to it.

    I was going to buy a Hyper 8 Port Race motor as seen here Hyper 8
    But I never really heard much about them.

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    Hypers have a pretty good reputation as a good bang for the buck engine. I know of a few peeps that had finicky carbs and ended up putting an OS carbs on 'em. But overall a good bang for the buck.

    With that said, I'm with Vill and think the OS vg or budget NR/RB's are great choices.
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    Jammin X1-CR or 8ight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmaxxinman
    Jammin X1-CR or 8ight.

    -Johnno-MX-
    I bought the X-RAY XB8

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    If this is your first buggy, buy the Novarossi 21BF 3-port motor. You can get them for like $165 shipped and they are by far the best bang for the buck in Nitro engines. I have 4-1/2 gallons on mine and it still has amazing compression. It's an awesome club motor. For a pipe, I'd run a 9886 or 9853 on it. The motor is very impressive.

    I actually race at HobbyHut. Good bunch of guys over there. The 21BF is very popular there.

    Best of luck,

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    The new OS VG, Novarossi .21BF, RB s3 (not as much torque with this one)

    Good deal on the XB8!
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    I Think I'm going to go with an RB WS7II. I found a good price for around 230.00 (NEW). But I have the winter ahead to make a final decision.
    I thought of going with a used RB off of EBay but I don't want to get ripped off. I may keep a lookout in the forum to see if someone wants to get rid of one, Sparky got a good deal on a good running C6 BB through here and has no problems.
    Anyway, here is a pic of my new Buggy, I can't wait till spring LOL
    [IMG][/IMG]

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    if you can get a WS73 for $230, do that....it's a great motor.
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    Went ahead and got a RB S7C for it.
    This should get it around pretty good until I get the hang of it. Then I'll get something with a little more umph like a WS7III.

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    buggy looking good
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. is # 1!

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    Thanks,
    I just got my JConcepts Illuzion Body witch should look sweet after I paint it. It's been awhile since I did my last paint job, so I might have to brush up on my skills a bit.
    The only thing I have left to do is put the RB S7 and JP-1 pipe on and decide what clutch setup to use. I have a U.E. 4 shoe and a Mugen 3 shoe to pick from. I think I may go with 1.0mm springs but I'm not sure if I should go with another choice of springs with this motor.

    Has anyone ever tried to use these Himoto Wings , and are they any good. They have a very unique look to them, but are pricey as well.

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    She's all together..... Just need to make a few more adustments, and she will be out for a test drive.
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