Rc Buggies

Get dirty with RC Buggies!

RC buggies are the ideal toy for off-road enthusiasts. Whether you run them on a paved road or even on the grass, RC buggies are very capable of holding their own on any terrain. Loved in particular for their jumping and dirt throwing features, RC buggies are also commonly used for racing.

Available in nitro, electric and gas powered versions, RC buggies come in a large variety of sizes and colours. Before you can go pick out your own RC buggy, you need to first learn a little about the different types available. RC buggies made an appearance in a simple and basic form, as the Baja VW Bugs. Suspension was primitive in these machines, giving them very little agility. The manufacturer soon started building the frames for these RC vehicles and RC buggies soon became all the rage.

To be able to pick the right RC buggy for yourself you need to know a little about nitro, electric and gas powered buggies, the scales that RC buggies are available in and whether to get 2WD or 4WD. Now let's start with the scales that these buggies are available in. The most commonly available scales are 1/18th, 1/16th, 1/12th, 1/10th, 1/8th and 1/5th. 1/18th is ofcourse the smallest sized buggy, which is usually about 9 to 9.5 inches long, 7 to 7.25 inches wide, with a wheelbase of about 6 inches. The largest size, at 1/5th, is about 30 to 33 inches long, 17.5 to 19.5 inches wide and has a wheelbase of about 24 to 25 inches, the rest of the scales fall within these limits.

All modern buggies, irrespective of size, have very tuneable suspension and chassis, allowing you to pick even the smallest without any worry about diminished performance. Some buggies even allow you to change the length of the wheelbase, or, increase or decrease, the width of the buggy. So pick a scale that you will be most comfortable with. For first time buyers, opting for a medium scale is ideal, as the smallest or the largest can get difficult to handle.

What kind of Power do you want for your RC Buggies?

Moving on to the power, there are some important points you need to remember about nitro, electric and gas powered RC buggies. Electric RC buggies are ideal for first time buyers, as they are less complicated than nitro-powered buggies, though they can get more expensive upfront. Nitro RC buggies on the other hand require you to have working knowledge of the parts of the buggy, which includes everything from rear springs, upper suspension arms, rear and front chassis brace, front and rear disk brakes, rear drive shaft or dog bone, rear hub, rear camber link and many more. This information is necessary if you wish to successfully tune and adjust the suspension and the chassis of your nitro powered RC buggy. Gas powered buggies are another suitable option for novice and experienced users alike, with a wide range of power to choose from.

Some of the popular brands that RC buggies are found in include OFNA, Duratrax and of course Kyosho. Take your time to go through as many RC buggies as possible, reading about maintenance, cost and features, before you make a decision. Once you know a little more about them, even browsing through RC buggies becomes fun.

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