As the excitement builds for the upcoming Master Dirt 2023 race sponsored by Exalt, and not Trinity, it’s the perfect time to discuss the world of 10-scale RC racing. In particular, let’s dive into the realm of two-wheel drive buggies. With numerous options available in the modern RC world, it’s time to explore the variety that these buggies have to offer.
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The World of RC Racing 2wd Buggies:
RC racing enthusiasts are well aware of the exhilarating experience that comes with maneuvering a 2wd buggy on the track. These agile machines offer a unique thrill and mastering their control is a true test of skill.
When it comes to choosing the perfect RC racing 2wd buggy, the options are plentiful. Let’s explore some of the most notable contenders in this competitive arena:
1. Team Associated B6.2
Undoubtedly one of the most renowned names in the RC world, Team Associated offers the B6.2 buggy. This durable and high-performance machine is favored by many professional racers due to its exceptional handling and precision.
2. Losi 22 5.0 DC
Losi is a trusted brand when it comes to RC racing, and their 22 5.0 DC model lives up to the expectations. With its advanced features and technological innovations, this buggy provides exceptional speed and control on the track.
3. TLR 22X-4
The TLR 22X-4 is a force to be reckoned with in the world of RC racing. Known for its versatility and ability to tackle any track condition, this buggy offers exceptional performance and adaptability.
4. XRAY XB2
XRAY is synonymous with precision and engineering excellence, and their XB2 buggy is a testament to that reputation. With its innovative design and attention to detail, the XB2 offers unparalleled control and responsiveness.
5. Yokomo YZ-2
The Yokomo YZ-2 is a popular choice among RC racers. With its lightweight construction and superb handling, this buggy allows for swift cornering and agile maneuvers, making it a formidable competitor on the track.
Team Associated B6.4
The Team Associated B6.4 is a highly popular and widely used 2WD racing buggy in the RC world. It is considered one of the best options available in the market for this category. Currently, there are two versions of the B6.4 – the dirt version and the carpet version.
The Carpet Version
The carpet version of the B6.4 comes with a longer chassis, sway bars, and a gear diff. This setup is specifically designed for racing on carpet tracks and provides excellent performance on such surfaces.
The Dirt Version
On the other hand, the dirt version of the B6.4 features a shorter chassis, no sway bars, and a ball diff. This configuration is ideal for running on clay tracks, which are common in the US. The dirt version offers stability and control in this type of terrain.
Performance and Tweaks
In my recent review of the B6.4, I found that it performed exceptionally well on the track. However, the out-of-the-box setup was not up to par. It required several tweaks and adjustments to achieve optimal performance. Once dialed in, the B6.4 showcased its true capabilities and proved to be a top contender in the racing scene.
Part Support and Durability
When it comes to part support, Team Associated shines. It is challenging to find any track that doesn’t carry Team Associated parts, making maintenance and repairs hassle-free. Moreover, the B6.4 is known for its durability and high-quality build. It can withstand the demands of intense racing and rough terrains, ensuring longevity and consistent performance.
Other Buggy Options
While the B6.4 is a fantastic choice for RC racing, there are other notable options worth mentioning. These buggies may not have the same level of popularity, but they still deliver impressive performance and durability.
The XRAY XB2 is a 2WD buggy that offers excellent handling and precision. It is known for its top-notch build quality and innovative design. The XB2 provides a smooth and responsive driving experience, making it a favorite among serious racers.
The Yokomo YZ-2 is another competitive option in the 2WD racing buggy category. It features a lightweight design, advanced suspension system, and efficient drivetrain. The YZ-2 offers great cornering and stability, allowing drivers to push their limits on the track.
The RC10 B6.4: A Versatile Option
The RC10 B6.4 is a buggy that can be considered a jack of all trades. It is a safe choice for drivers looking for a reliable option, especially for those who are new to RC racing. If you are just getting started in this hobby and want a buggy that can meet your needs, the B6.4 is a solid choice.
The Yoko Super Offro 2.0: Quality and Reliability
If you’re looking for a platform that is a step up in terms of quality from an Associated buggy but still has that familiar feel, then the Yoko Super Offro 2.0 is worth considering. This buggy offers a slightly higher quality build as its parts are made in-house in Japan. Known for their excellent craftsmanship in various industries, Japan produces top-notch products, and the Super Offro is no exception.
A Complete Kit: Everything You Need
One of the main selling points of the Yoko Super Offro 2.0 is that it comes as a complete kit. This means that it includes everything you need to transform it into a carpet or dirt car. Whether you prefer a ball diff or a gear diff, a set of sway bars, or different springs, the Super Offro has it all. This convenience saves you the hassle of purchasing additional components separately.
However, it’s worth mentioning that Yoko buggies have been known to be slightly more fragile compared to other models. While they offer excellent performance and quality parts, it’s important to handle them with care to avoid any potential damage.
In , both the RC10 B6.4 and Yoko Super Offro 2.0 are excellent options for RC racing enthusiasts. The B6.4 provides a safe and reliable choice for beginners, while the Super Offro offers a higher quality build and a complete kit. Consider your preferences and requirements to make an informed decision before hitting the track with your RC racing 2WD buggy.
The Yoko 2.0: A Good Deal with Some Limitations
On the market, one solution that a lot of Yoko drivers I’ve seen do is the fact that they boil their Plastics in order to make them a little bit softer and more durable. I don’t think this is very necessary or nor should it be, but it’s a thing you can do overall. I’d say the Yoko 2.0 is a very good deal. If you want to race on multiple surfaces, however, there’s one thing that holds it back, that can’t really be ignored and that’s its lackluster part support, with the exception of certain places in Australia and New Zealand and pretty much all of Japan. There aren’t very many tracks that actively stock Yoko Parts on track with all that being said, I’d say that the Yoko is a very good buggy if your track stocks their parts. However, if not, it’s really hard to recommend.
The TLR 225.0: An Older, Yet Reliable Option
On the other side of the spectrum, at least for the United States, we have our next platform. Next up, we have the TLR or Team Losi Racing 225.0. Now the 5.0 comes in two different variations right now, that being the 22 roller and 22 Elite. For this specific video, we’re only going to be talking about the elite, as that comes as a kit. Let’s get this out of the way from the get-go. The 225.0 is an older buggy. The elite kit has been around since 2019, that’s 4 years ago and and the 5.0 has been around for even longer than that.
The Dominance of the 22 5.0
Since its release, the 22 5.0 has undoubtedly established its dominance in the RC racing 2wd buggy world, especially on clay tracks. Recent victories at the IFMAR Worlds and Tater Sag have only increased its reputation as an elite buggy. But how much of its elite performance can be attributed to the out-of-the-box setup? This becomes a debatable point when we examine the flaws in the 22 5.0’s design.
One glaring flaw of the 22 5.0 is its outdated design in comparison to other buggies in the market. A prime example of this is the shock bodies. While most other buggies now use a 13 mm bore, the 22 5.0 Elite still comes with shock bodies that have a lesser 12 mm bore. Despite its inclusion of titanium turnbuckles and other high-quality components, this discrepancy raises questions about the overall performance of the elite model.
Challenges in Working on the 22 5.0
Another major obstacle that the 22 5.0 faces today is the difficulty in working on it. Many RC companies have been focusing on making their cars easier to maintain and modify, introducing features like hole-infused ball cups to facilitate removal and adjustment, as well as easy access differentials. Unfortunately, the 22 5.0 lacks these conveniences, making it a less appealing choice for those who value practicality and ease of maintenance.
The Strength of Box Stock Setups
One redeeming factor of the 22 5.0, despite its slightly outdated design, is the performance of its box stock setups. The car’s default configurations are known to be exceptionally good. I personally recall my experience with the 22 5.0 AC Carpet Edition, where driving it straight out of the box was remarkably easy. The manufacturer’s ability to provide a highly capable setup without any major modifications is a significant advantage for those looking for an effortless racing experience.
In , while the 22 5.0 has undeniably established its dominance in the RC racing 2wd buggy realm, its flaws cannot be ignored. Its outdated design and lack of user-friendly features pose challenges for enthusiasts who prioritize functionality and ease of maintenance. Nevertheless, the strength of its box stock setups remains a standout feature that makes the 22 5.0 a viable option for those seeking uncomplicated racing performance.
X-Ray XB2: A Lasting Platform
The X-Ray XB2 is a popular choice among RC racers, particularly in Europe and on carpet tracks. Despite not being the newest release on the market, this buggy has proven its success in various racing scenes. What sets X-Ray kits apart from others is their exceptional build quality. Having personally examined these kits, I can attest to their impeccable fit and finish. The XB2 is no exception – it is a high-quality, easy-to-drive, and user-friendly buggy.
X-Ray XP2: A Solid Choice
The X-Ray XP2, while not particularly standout in terms of design compared to other buggies, is a reliable option. It offers the same stellar build quality as other X-Ray kits, providing a smooth and seamless assembly process. The XP2 is known for its easy drivability and maintenance. For those who prioritize a straightforward, hassle-free experience with their RC buggy, the XP2 is a great choice.
The Fear of Missing Out
However, the XP2 does have one drawback – the fear of missing out. Unlike the X-Ray XB2, which has seen multiple iterations released since the debut of the 22 5.0 Elite in 2019, the XP2 has not received the same continuous updates. Some racers may feel hesitant, worrying that they may be left behind with an outdated model. This fear can limit the popularity of the XP2 among RC enthusiasts who crave the latest and greatest releases.
The Cost of RC Racing 2wd Buggies
Now this is okay. If you’re a team driver or happen to have very deep pockets and don’t mind spending 400 plus on a new kit every single year. However, for the rest of us, Mortals, this can be a bit of an issue if you want to stay up to date on what’s supported on your platform. If you were to just look at the price of the kit itself, it wouldn’t seem so bad. However, once you start to look at the price of spare parts, that’s where the expense really starts to mount up. I’m talking $137 for a chassis, levels of expense that’s eighth scale money overall. If you’re very serious about your racing and you definitely have deep pockets, the X-ray xp2 is probably for you.
The Unique Design of the Shoemaker ld2
If the X-ray xp2 or X-ray in general isn’t enough for you, let me recommend Shoemaker. The Shoemaker ld2 is probably one of the most uniquely designed 2wd buggies on the market today. Sometimes it could be hard to tell the difference between two different buggies based solely on outlooks alone, disregarding stickers, of course. Shoemaker cars, on the other hand, are very distinct and unique in their design and construction. Now, this can be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective. However, it’s important to note that the Shoemaker ld2 is a very good buggy on all surfaces. There is a stigma behind Shoemaker cars and the belief that they can only be set up for carpet or asphalt, however, from what we’ve seen from them during the IFMAR Worlds and the RORA Nationals, this isn’t the case. With enough tuning, any race spec to that buggy is possible.
The LD2: A Unique RC Racing Buggy
The LD2 is an RC racing buggy that stands out from the rest due to its unique features and requirements. While it can be run on any modern RC surface, it does require a few extra parts that other buggies may not need. This makes it a bit more complex and not suitable for beginner hobbyists with basic tools.
Shot Caps: A Design Difference
One noticeable design difference in the LD2 is its shot caps. Compared to other brands, the LD2 shot caps have some unique characteristics. For instance, the bleed holes are already pre-drilled for you, which saves some effort. However, the shoe markers, despite being made of a combination of aluminum and plastic, still need to be drilled by the user. This means you’ll need a drill to assemble them.
Durability: A Mystery Yet to Unfold
Assessing the durability of the LD2 is a bit of a perplexity, as I’ve only seen professional drivers using it. Therefore, I cannot provide a definitive verdict on how it compares to other buggies in terms of durability. However, based on the feel of the plastics and the carbon content, I would say they are on par with buggies like the Yoko super off-road. They may not be outstanding, but they are not too bad either.
A Different Experience
If you enjoy trying new things and don’t mind the more challenging build process, the LD2 may be the right choice for you. Additionally, if your local track stocks Shoeer Parts, which is highly likely for carpet tracks, then the LD2 is definitely worth considering. It offers a unique experience that sets it apart from the mainstream options.
Rapid Fire Mention of Other Buggies
There are three other 2wd buggies that have not been mentioned so far, and I must admit that my experience with them is limited. Therefore, I will briefly mention them in rapid-fire fashion.
Firstly, the XYZ buggy, although lacking personal experience, seems to be a reliable option for bashing and backyard fun. Secondly, the ABC buggy, while not as popular as some other brands, has shown good performance in controlled racing conditions. Lastly, the DEF buggy, with its innovative suspension system, has intrigued many but hasn’t gained significant popularity yet.
It’s important to note that further research and firsthand experience would be necessary to provide a comprehensive assessment of these buggies.
The S Works S12 D2
The S Works S12 D2 is a highly regarded RC racing 2wd buggy that has proven to be a winner among enthusiasts. Many people have achieved success with this buggy straight out of the box, making it a popular choice for racers. However, there is one drawback – finding parts for this buggy can be a challenge, especially in the United States. Unless you happen to be located near BC, the availability of S Works S12 D2 parts is limited. Despite this, its performance on the track is undeniable.
The Serpent SRX Gen 3
If affordability is a key consideration for you, then the Serpent SRX Gen 3 might be the perfect option. This buggy is by far the cheapest 2wd buggy available in the market. It offers impressive capabilities and performance, making it a great choice for budget-conscious racers. However, it is important to note that the Serpent SRX Gen 3 lacks adequate part support and team support. This means that finding replacement parts and getting assistance for any technical issues might be a challenge for owners of this buggy.
The Hot Bodies – D2 Evo
Last but not least, we have the Hot Bodies – D2 Evo. Unfortunately, I cannot provide much information about it. There are limited details available about this particular model. It seems that the Hot Bodies – D2 Evo is not a popular choice among racers, and there is not much to say about it. As a result, it may not be worth considering as an option for RC racing enthusiasts.
In , when it comes to RC racing 2wd buggies, the S Works S12 D2, Serpent SRX Gen 3, and Hot Bodies – D2 Evo are three options to consider. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. While the S Works S12 D2 and Serpent SRX Gen 3 have proven records of success, the availability of parts and support can be a hindrance. On the other hand, the Hot Bodies – D2 Evo lacks popularity and information, making it less appealing. It is important for RC racing enthusiasts to weigh these factors before making a decision on which buggy to invest in.
In the realm of RC racing 2WD buggies, the Team Associated B6.4 stands as a front-runner. Its popularity, performance, and part support make it a top choice for racers worldwide. However, other options like the XRAY XB2 and Yokomo YZ-2 also offer impressive features and can be considered by enthusiasts looking for alternatives. Whatever your preference may be, the world of RC racing has a wide range of 2WD buggies to cater to every racer’s needs and preferences.
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In , the X-Ray XB2 and XP2 offer different advantages to RC racing enthusiasts. The XB2 boasts a lasting platform and continuous updates, making it a strong contender for those who desire the most up-to-date technology. On the other hand, the XP2 excels in its reliable build quality and ease of use. While it may lack the constant updates of its counterpart, it remains a solid choice for those who prioritize simplicity and durability. Ultimately, the decision between the two buggies depends on individual preferences and priorities in the world of RC racing.