Team Associated RC8B Buggy Kit

This is a first glance report on the Team Associated RC8B Buggy Kit.  This new Buggy Kit from Team Associated is basically a performance and durability upgrade to their RC8.  Team Associated upgraded the shocks, shock towers, suspension mounts, top plate, battery box position, and optimized the steering geometry. So basically they pimped out the RC8 with some really nice blue aluminum parts, as well as some other goodies.

This is a kit version too, which makes me drool because I love putting together kits, but just to make things a little simpler they pre-assembled the shocks, diffs, and turnbuckles to speed up the kit build.

  • Road Type: Off-Road
  • Engine Type: Nitro.  .21 class rear exhaust engine (not included)
  • Chassis Style: Buggy
  • Build Type: Kit
  • Scale: 1/8th
  • Drive Train: 4WD
  • Reverse: No

Specs

  • Wheelbase: 323 mm
  • Width: 305 mm
  • Length: 470 mm
  • Weight: 3,750g (will vary depending on engine & electronics used)
  • Track: 259 mm
  • Internal Gear Ratio: 4.30:1
  • Suspension: 4-Wheel Independent
  • Drive Train: 4WD
  • Tire Type: not included
  • Motor: .21 Class Rear Exhaust Engine (not included)
  • Radio: 2-Channel Radio (FM/PCM Recommended – not included)
  • Servos: not included

Key Features

  • Pre-assembled shocks, diffs, and turnbuckles with Factory Team shock and diff fluids included
  • Factory Team 16mm Big Bore threaded, hard-anodized shocks feature heavy-duty 4mm TiN coated stainless steel shock shafts for maximum smoothness
  • New 5mm 7075 blue aluminum shock towers allow the driver to stand the shock angle up for a more aggressive suspension
  • Optimized front upper camber link bushings allow for more tuning options and are easier to adjust and maintain
  • Updated wing mount with additional clearance for 16mm shocks
  • 7075 blue aluminum suspension mounts front and rear, with inserts to allow easy and quick adjustment of rear toe-in, rear anti-squat, and front kick-up
  • Optimized steering geometry for more consistency and reduced bump-steer
  • Molded composite radio tray includes optional forward placement battery box for increased steering
  • Molded composite front and rear chassis braces
  • Tough steel-alloy shock stand-offs
  • Factory Team 83mm big wheels included
  • Machined aluminum racing clutch shoes
  • Lightweight engine mounts
  • Factory Team 7075 blue aluminum one-piece top plate
  • 4.30:1 ratio gearboxes for maximum punch
  • Heatsink brake discs with “FFC” Free Float Caliper brake system eliminates the possibility of unwanted brake drag while on throttle
  • Two-piece split-center diff mount allows quick and easy access to the center diff
  • Caster blocks adjust 14, 16, or 18 degrees with molded inserts
  • 3.5mm light CVA drivetrain with full ball bearings
  • Light-weight 3mm hard-anodized chassis
  • Rear molded CVA boots to keep dirt and mud out of rear joints
  • Blue aluminum hexes and nylon locking wheel nuts

 

Update: note that the RC8B has been discontinued.  If you’re looking for a nitro buggy from Team Associated, take a look at the RC8.2.

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