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 http://www.rccarsecretsguide.com