February 27, 2021

Mugen Seiki MBX8/8T emulsion damper caps

Mugen Seiki emulsion damper caps allow you to use one cap for all conditions and shock building styles with Mugen Seiki’s 16mm shocks. With the Emulsion Damper Caps you have the option to run the stock bladders or run emulsion style. The set includes two emulsion damper caps, two precut bladders, two damper cap bushings, two bleeder screws and two aluminium washers. The emulsion damper caps improve your MBX8/8T landing off large jumps and will have a more precise feeling when changing directions. The emulsion damper caps excel on higher speed track conditions.

Source: Mugen Seiki [mugenracing.com]

February 25, 2021

JConcepts 1985 Ford Ranger body

The mid-sized truck wars were intense during the 1980’s and 1990’s and the Ford Ranger was a standout during this time. An entire line-up of Rangers was produced with several different trim options available to accommodate an ever-growing truck enthusiast crowd. JConcepts steps into the mid-sized body shell truck market with the 1982-1992 Ford Ranger release. The styling of the Ranger mimics the full-size F-Series at the time with the iconic square body shape. Square and single headlights on the earlier models and then wrap-around, split-light, and turn-signal front-end treatment were showcased on the later versions. JConcepts has taken the opportunity to replicate these different headlight and grille combinations on the included decal sheet so many year models can be reproduced.

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February 24, 2021

1up Racing TLR22 perfect centre camber link mounts

New for the TLR22 5.0 Elite and 22X-4 buggies from 1up Racing are these perfect centre outer rear camber link mounts. These new camber link mounts place the ball stud directly over the rear drive axle which allows the vehicle to roll more naturally. These allow you to enter corners with greater speed and exit corners on power sooner, capable of shaving tenths off your lap times. CNC machined in the USA from high-quality aluminium they will hold up to any tests thrown their way.

View the camber link mounts here

February 22, 2021

Ryan Maifield triple at 22nd Dirt Nitro Challenge

Ryan Maifield has completed the triple Crown at this year’s Dirt Nitro Challenge, the Mugen/JConcepts driver taking a clean sweep of all the Pro classes. Held at Thunder Alley in California, the 22nd running of the World Famous event, saw little to no foreign entries for the first time in years as Covid prevented teams traveling from abroad. In the Pro Buggy class it was TLR/JConcepts driver Dakotah Phend that would take the pole position ahead of HB Racing’s Cole Ogden. In the final, having starting from 4th, Maifield would use his vast experience as a previous multiple winner of this event, to come through and win ahead of Ogden in 2nd with Mugen driver Tanner Denney completing the podium in 3rd. Pro E Buggy again saw Phend on the pole position, but again was unable to convert his front starting spot into the win as Maifield took the overall win ahead of his JConcepts’ team mate Phend in 2nd, with the Team Associated of Spencer Rivkin bringing it home in 3rd. In the Pro Truggy it was more of the same as Phend would again capture the overall TQ but be passed by Maifield in the 45 minute final for the win, Tekno RC’s Joe Bornhorst would work his way up from the 11th place starting position to capture the final podium spot.

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February 19, 2021

Pro-Line Cliffhanger high performance crawling body

Introducing the all-new Cliffhanger high performance rock crawling competition body from Pro-Line that was developed specifically for 12.3″ wheelbase Class 2 and Class 3 vehicles. Scale competition crawling is a growing part of the overall rock crawling movement and Pro-Line’s Cliffhanger body provides everything that these competitors have been asking for. It features a pinched front end and a dove-tailed rear end for maximum tire clearance while still maintaining a true-to-scale appearance and is made from a single piece of crystal-clear polycarbonate to save on weight and has a moulded-in drop-down bed to make room for you to add your favourite scale accessories. Everything on the Cliffhanger body has been optimised for maximum crawling performance while still complying with the letter and spirit of the competition crawling rules.

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February 19, 2021

Xray XB8 & XB8e 2021 1/8th buggies

Xray have introduced their updated for 2021 XB8 and XB8e buggy, which are both more focussed on refinement rather than major updates. The XB8 sports an updated chassis design that incorporates keyed steering posts, new fuel tank position and new mounting positions for chassis balance weights, there are also shorter 93mm rear drive shafts which improve outdrive clearance during extreme suspension travel. A new body design improves aero characteristics and making the car easier to drive with other updates including improved braking cams with an updated design for improved braking efficiency, stronger and longer conical servo saver spring has a greater adjustment range, an all-new servo saver with chassis locked posts for more secure installation and finally an all-new servo saver top deck that integrates with the new servo saver. The XB8e incorporates many of the same updates but also has a new E concept with two different layout alternatives, rear motor position with a single battery position on the left or front motor position using saddle pack batteries in the rear. A 2-piece battery holder for saddle pack layout improves balance and lowers vehicle CG while the standard battery holder is moulded from new harder material for reduced flex. Also included is two graphite servo holders, one for each motor/battery configuration as well as a compact electronics mount for speedo and receiver when using the saddle pack battery configuration.

View the full presentation of the new XB8 and XB8e on Xray’s website.

February 19, 2021

Pro-Line 1993 Ford Ranger crawler body

Pro-Line have introduced the officially licensed 1993 Ford Ranger Clear Body for 12.3″ wheelbase crawlers that includes extremely detailed scale moulded accessories never before seen from Pro-Line until now. Included with this body are a moulded black plastic front grill and rear taillight buckets with clear headlight and taillight lenses that allow for the addition of working 5mm LED lights and 3mm LED turn signals (sold separately). Also included are moulded plastic side-view mirrors and door handles that are scale replicas of the full-size parts off the 1993 Ford Ranger. The Cab and Bed are separate pieces for added scale realism and are made from crystal-clear polycarbonate that can be painted to match your favourite factory Ranger colour or custom painted to whatever your heart desires. Detailed decals are also provided including stickers that match the body graphics found with the STX version of this iconic pick-up truck. Pro-Line also offers a Pre-Runner Fender Flare Kit for this body that transforms your crawler into a desert running Pre-Runner.

View more images of the Ranger here

February 19, 2021

Associated RC8B3 Factory Team 92mm universals

Team Associated have introduced these optional Factory Team 92mm universals for your RC8B3 series buggy. They replace the original RC8B3 90.5mm and 93.5mm universals and will work on the front and rear end of the RC8B3, RC8B3.1 and RC8B3.2 buggies when using a 15mm rear outdrive and 17mm front outdrive. A universal joint has less mechanical bind than a CVA joint resulting in a softer suspension feel when compared to the stock 94mm CVAs. Universals will promote better handling in rough terrain and require minimal maintenance to keep performing at the highest level. Includes two 92mm universals per package.

Source: Associated [associatedelectrics.com]