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Offline garriwilsonTopic starter

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Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« on: November 10, 2007, 10:22:20 PM »
Ok, I am going to try to make an R/C buggy. I think it's going to be kinda hard but I'm not sure. So, I'm going to post my progress on this thread.

I found a buggy body kit: (http://www.rcplanet.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=PRO318800&CartID=1)
I hate when they are not specific. I want to know if there are like special slots where the motors go, the servos, gears and stuff like that. Is buying it and physically looking at it the only way to know that?

Is this what I need?

1. 3-Channel pistol grip transmitter
2. 3 motors and 3 ESCs (i want to make it all-wheel drive (4x4) so how do i do that? three motors on the front axle? doesn't sound doable.
I mean like a motor for drive on each wheel and one steering motor on the front axle. How do I place all of that? Because if the axle turns, the drive motors go with it and rip?
3. 3-Channel receiver

That's pretty much it right?

So, I need to know:

How to place drive motors on the front wheels AND a steering motor on top: like in those cheap rc cars.
and
Is there a Y-harness that connects 4 servos into one? Guess it can't be a Y-harness anymore huh?  :P

Thanks and sorry if my information is confusing (ask if it is... please)  ;)
« Last Edit: November 10, 2007, 10:23:46 PM by garriwilson »

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2007, 01:55:56 AM »
Beware, that link is for a car Body, not the complete car! It is unpainted and you need to adjust it for your chassis!

This is a complete r/c car: http://www.rcplanet.com/HPI_E_Savage_ATV_Body_p/hpi504.htm

You need experience in this kind of hobby to make a good r/c car. I would sugest to go to Goodwill or someplace like that an find a used one, then modify it to suit your needs.
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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2007, 12:22:23 PM »
Is Goodwill a second-hand store?

I searched on google and found this website but I don't think this is it:
http://www.goodwill.org/page/guest/about

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2007, 12:30:03 PM »
That's the goodwill site and yes it is a second hand store. They can have some interesting stuff.
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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2007, 03:13:31 PM »
Ok a little change. I am making it 2 wheel drive and not 4x4. That becomes much easier.

Also, does anyone have any experience painting lexan car bodies like in my original post at the top? And does it only include the top to cover the chassis? Where do I get a chassis from to fit the body?

Man this is confusing!  :P

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2007, 03:21:28 PM »
Something else, I found this website with all these chassis parts: (http://www3.towerhobbies.com/listings/cat-c2.html)

I just want to know if there are any chassis kits for buggys. I searched on google but didn't find anything.

Also, I found these upgrades for xmods cars from Radioshack.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2131087

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2036315

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2131028

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2036314

You think I could use these for my car? I just think I don't have enough experience to fully design the car myself. Do you guys know any place that sells RC car chassis platforms where you put the shocks, motor, wheels...

Thanks

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2007, 04:10:21 PM »
id suggest buying an rc car, look into the rc10t4 for a nice entry level truck. go to towerhobbies.com to find kits, and if you have problems, questions or anything, check out the beatyourtruck.com forum, im there, and so are alot of people smarter then me.

to build a nice hobby grade rc car you need to be good at machining. driveline & suspension geometry. when you have somthing like this going between 20 and 60mph, everything needs to be exact.

a 4wd truck is made not by making 4 motors, but by hooking one motor up to a tranny and differentials that get the power to all 4 wheels with cv joints.

this is extreemly complex, and i doubt you could make one anywere near as nice as one designed by a company with race experience AND engineering experience. id just get one and modify it as you wish. it would be easyer

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGZW7&P=ML
this is a whole kit, it comes with everything exept electronics, you add the electronics. goodluck, i have the truck version and i LOVE it, mine only goes about 25, but with a nice moter it can go 50 or so
« Last Edit: November 11, 2007, 04:13:32 PM by maverick monk »

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2007, 04:44:04 PM »
Thanks so much maverick monk! That was a great reply. Helped a lot. I just have one question: WHY ARE ALL THESE BUGGIES SO EXPENSIVE I mean like there isn't one under 150$? Is it because of complex engineering and mechanics. The RC10B4 link you posted is 230 bucks and it doesn't even include the electronics!!! See what I mean?

This is the best, cheapest, most fitting to my needs buggy I found. It's only 90 bucks including everything.

Here is the link: (http://www.nitrorcx.com/1offroelbuex1.html) Exceed RC sunfire

Please comment on pros and cons of the Exceed RC Sunfire. And why is it so much cheaper that all the others?

Maverick, thank you again! You saved me from wasting a lot of money! Thanks everybody!
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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2007, 07:02:29 PM »
I've decided not to be cheap. hehe  :P

This is my shopping cart at Towerhobbies and I hope to have a great building experience with this.
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wto0149p

If anybody has experience with R/C buggies here is a question: what breaks often? so I can order spare parts with my order and no pay more shipping.

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2007, 07:17:02 PM »
You can try ebay... I got my NIKKO Alienator for about $20.  I converted it into a bluetooth controlled car.  (It came without the controller, and is apparently a 15-20 year old toy... but amazing condition)
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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2007, 03:13:53 AM »
If you are looking for a hobby level rc car...here's some stuff to know:

1) theres electric, and then there's 'nitro' or gas-powered

2) most cars are typically 1/10 scale and are broken down into touring cars (mostly 4wd), stadium trucks (2wd), and monster trucks (4wd).  Buggies are usually similar to 2wd stadium trucks, with the exception of some 4wd buggies.

3) they are usually sold as kits which come with just the chassis and clear lexan body (you need to paint it yourself).  For electric, you then need to get a motor (~$20), an ESC (~$50), a radio (tx, rx, steering servo)  (~40), and a battery pack (~$20) and charger ($30+).  Oftentimes you will find 'rtr' or ready to run versions of these kits, which just need a battery and charger.  However, the electronics on these 'rtr' versions usually are not as good (motor is not as fast, servo not as responsive, ESC has a lower current limit, etc).

4) its important to get a good brand one so you can find replacement parts from your local hobby shop or major online websites (www.towerhobbies.com is the largest)

5) good ones are:
www.traxxas.com -least expensive, good for beginners
www.hpiracing.com -in between
www.teamassociated.com -more expensive, usually for racing
www.teamlosi.com  -more expensive, usually for racing


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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2007, 01:54:22 PM »
he is 100% right on that post, bulkhead, your spoton.

yeah there expencive, tell me about it, im an rc addict and have 4 of these beasts... they are EXTREEMLY well engineered, lets just say, the first time i drove my t4 as aposed to a radio shack xmod, i almost craped myself, these are FAST handle extreemly well, and are a blast to drive.
if you have a wife/live-in gf, id suggest you not tell her how much your new mantoys cost, she might not like it  ;D

have fun in one of the best hobbies in the world

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2007, 06:31:34 PM »
Sorry guys I think the shopping cart doesn't show up for you guys.

Here:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0161p?&I=LZ233575

and the other things are batteries, tools, glue, and paint.

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Re: Making my own R/C Buggy. Saw a body kit online. What do I need?
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2007, 04:11:17 PM »
that shuld be a very fun buggy, ive heard they are EXTREEMLY durable

 


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