Thursday, April 24, 2008

Getting The Most Out Of Your Radio Controlled Buggy's Shocks

A lot of effort is put into tuning those shocks on your radio controlled buggy with oil and spring selection, but there is one more thing you can do to those shocks to help soak up those berms and whoops, handle jumps better, or gain more traction.

In only two minutes and no extra cash outta yer pocket.

If you go grab your off-road radio controlled buggy right now, and look at your rear shocks, you should see that there are other holes on the tower and the suspension arms where the shocks could attach. (Assuming your vehicle has shock towers, the Traxxas Revo does not, for instance)
Those holes offer you more tuning options on your radio controlled buggy. If you mount the lower shock end out towards the wheel, on the suspension arm, your buggy or truck will gain more corner speed and land better off of jumps. If you do the opposite, move it inward on the supsension arm, the rear end softens and you gain traction.

Moving the upper shock end back and forth on the radio controlled buggy's shock tower also affects how your off-roader rolls in the dirt. If you move it out towards the wheel-side on the tower, your RC ride should handle the bumper track better, and soak up the berms and whoops. Moving it inward on the shock tower is what you want to do on high bite tracks.

As you can see, this is an easy tuning option won't cost you an additional trip to the hobby store for parts, or an hour of messing with shock oil and springs, so it can be a very convenient thing to do to your radio controlled buggy at the track. It is NOT available on every radio controlled buggy. This is another reason why you want to look real hard at your choices when purchasing an RC vehicle. The more tuning options, and the more know-how on how to use them, the more fun you will have racing and bashing.

Always buy the radio controlled buggy with with the most tuning options.

About The Author
J.P. Turner, is the author of "The RC Insider's Unfair Advantage Radio Controlled Car Secrets Guide", at

Radio Control Cars - Which Type Is Right for You or Your Child?

There are several factors to consider before choosing which type of radio control cars to buy. Don't just jump in head first.

Making the correct choices, up front, can save you a lot of time and money down the road. Take a few minutes to read this helpful article so you can start out in the right direction.

First, it is important to determine who will be the primary user of the cars. This will help ensure that you don't start off with a car that is far beyond the child's ability to operate.

Choosing the right starter radio control car can often mean the difference between building a long-lasting family hobby, or having one more piece of plastic ending up in the toy box.
If the intended user is a young child, say under 13, then you might be better off purchasing the relatively inexpensive mini radio control cars that run on batteries. Not only are they inexpensive (often selling for under $20), but they are safe to operate in that they use no flamable gas and they include a low-voltage battery charger.

If an adult or older child will be using the radio control cars, then you have a much wider selection to choose from. Of course, the mini cars are fun for all ages, but there are also larger all-electronic cars as well as beefy gas-powered vehicles, and even Nitro powered monsters!

Expect to pay anywhere from fifty dollars to hundreds of dollars for the "big kid" radio control cars. Not only are the cars bigger and more powerful, but they come with a much more sophisticated radio control transmitter.

Capable of reaching speeds of up to 80 miles per hour (with the amazing Schumacher Nitro SST Fusion model), these cars provide intense thrills for people of all ages.
If you opt to buy the high-ticket models of radio control cars, your expenses don't stop with the initial purchase.

There are fuels costs, maintenance costs, and money that you'll want to spend on all of those very cool accessories such as custom wheels and tires, enhanced radio transmitters, light kits, custom shock absorbers, carrying cases, display stands, souped-up engines, and a lot more.

If you are just starting out in the radio control car hobby, I suggest that you purchase one of the inexpensive electric or gas models first. This will enable you to get the hang of the hobby without investing a lot. If you decide that you're hooked, you can always trade up to the more powerful (and expensive) models.

One of the great things about being a radio control car hobbyist is how many other people share your interests.

There are thousands upon thousands of enthusiasts in the U.S. alone.
You'll find clubs, race teams, retailers, magazines, Internet user groups, book, and even videos that will help you learn more, meet new friends, and stay current on the happenings on this great family hobby.

About The Author
Michael Holland is the creator of His site offers lots of free tips for buying, building, and racing rc cars and trucks.

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