Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit

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Influenced by the same buggies found racing in the deserts of Baja, this buggy brings back memories of the good old days of pipe framed buggies. The chassis is based on the Ultima SC meaning that the performance is guaranteed. The chassis is stretched from the original RB5 buggy and is large enough to be considered a 1/9th scale. This Ready Set package is not just a backyard basher but a fully race ready chassis built with many of the high performance traits of the Ultima RB5 and RT5 vehicles.

Key Features:
  • Composite Chassis: The chassis plate is 40mm longer then the RB5. Light and strong, featuring a specially formulated carbon fiber composite for the best balance of performance and durability. Strategic braces molded into the chassis enhance the stiffness without adding any unnecessary weight. Separate front and rear clips allow fast and easy removal of the front and rear end of the car, which makes maintenance and repair much easier. Designed to accept stick packs and 2 cell lipo packs, the DB chassis features an adjustable battery mounting position that allows you to shift weight bias to suit track conditions and your driving style.
  • Transmission: The new transmission features a smaller, more compact housing that keeps the motor as low and close to the transmission as possible, which reduces CG and improves bump handling. The three gear transmission features a new heavy duty SP idler gear, as well as a sealed gear box with 4 metal bevel gears.
  • Rear Suspension: The rear suspension arms are symmetrical, so a single replacement arm can be used on either side of the truck, saving money and space inside your pit box because you don't need to carry as many replacement parts. The inside of the arms are attached to the chassis using separate suspension mounts, which will allow anti-squat adjustment. Vertical ball studs for the both inner and outer rod ends of the upper link means the rear suspension geometry can be fine tuned with shims.
  • Front Suspension: Symmetrical suspension arms connect to a narrow front bulkhead. The bumper/skid plate, suspension block, nose plate and front bulkhead all come together to form a very rigid assembly, to which the front suspension arms mount to. The standard position of the suspension mount produces 25 degrees of hinge pin angle in the front arms, but simply flipping the suspension mount increases hinge pin angle to 30 degrees. The added flexibility of having adjustable hinge pin angles means you have more options when it comes to setting up your buggy. Like the rear arms, a single replacement arm can be used on either side.
  • Floating Axles: While floating axles ride in bearings that are mounted in the hub instead of the wheel, this moves the weight of the bearings inboard for extremely responsive suspension. The bearings are under less stress, and they're better shielded from the elements.
  • Steering Assembly: The steering bell cranks are mounted on the chassis at the same angle as the suspension arms. This eliminates bump steer and produces more accurate Ackerman geometry throughout the entire range of steering motion. The steering plate (center link) features horizontally mounted ball studs, which mean the Ackerman can be fine tuned by using shims behind the ball studs offering a near infinite range of adjustments.
  • Captured Hinge Pins: A simple button head screw captures all the outer hinge pins of the Ultima DB. The rear inner hinge pins are truly captured between the suspension mounts, and the notched inner front pins are secured with a setscrew through the front suspension mount. This means that the hinge pins are much more secure and less likely to come loose.
  • Shock Towers: The front shock tower is mounted as far back on the chassis as possible, as are the shocks, to keep the mass as low as possible. The rear shock tower is also designed to keep a low profile, yet allow enough suspension travel to ensure the best possible handling. The shock towers are molded from an exhaustively tested composite, which is much more costly to produce than shock towers made from woven graphite, but will also provide greater durability.
  • Threaded Composite Shocks: The composite shock bodies feature a threaded spring pre-load collar for quick and easy adjustment. The threaded adjuster features an O-ring that prevents the pre-load settings from moving, which ensures consistent performance from start to finish.
  • Fan Cooled 20 Turn HP Motor: High performance and longevity are the key features of the G20 motor. It has an internal cooling fan so the motor stays cool and strong from run to run.
  • Reliable Perfex Radio System: Pre-installed KR6 AM receiver and a reliable Perfex KT6 pistol grip transmitter.
  • LiPo or NiMh: The Perfex ESC is compatible with either Lipo 7.4v 2cell or 8.4v NiMh (7cell).
  • RT5 & SC Compatible: Most parts are compatible with the Ultima RT5 and most RT5 optional parts.
  • Carbon Fiber Composite Chassis, 40mm longer than RB5
  • Impact Resistant Front, Rear and Side Bumpers
  • Newly Designed Uni Pattern Tires
  • Equipped With 12mm Wheel Hex Hubs
  • Newly designed desert buggy body and molded pipe frame
  • Sealed Gear Box with 4 metal bevel gears
  • Compatible with NiMh 8.4V (7cell) packs
What is a Ready Set?
A Readyset is a fully assembled model that includes nearly everything you need to run. Body Color scheme is complete so only consumables like batteries and 7.4v Lipo/8.4v NiMh are required so you can start operating the model without delay.

  • Pre-Assembled Chassis
  • Pre-Painted Body
  • Lipo Compatible ESC
  • G20 Stock Motor
  • Perfex KT6 Transmitter and R/C System
  • Cross Wrench

Needed to Complete:

This product was added to our catalog on May 10, 2010.

Timothy Palmer
Verified Owner
Saturday, May 22 2010 (about 5 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
I have been wanting a desert buggy like this for a while. This is my first Kyosho car and I really like it. Handles well, clean design and easy electronics. I had a few batteries charged and ran it all day, no problems. Can't wait to hit the track!
Greg Allen
Verified Owner
Monday, Mar 14 2011 (about 4 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
Love this car. Got it a few days ago. Haven't had much of a chance to run it hard but it will defiantly be my go to car. As far as durability everything seems very solid. I threw a 8.5 ballistic into it. I will update this review as I experience more of this car. So far I am very impressed with this buggy for the price. I recommend this vehicle to others.
Edgar Breton
Verified Owner
Sunday, Nov 28 2010 (about 5 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
the rear wheel shaft (both) Part number UM614 are useless they broke on first run, also the top shaft of the transmission worn on on third run!!!!!, buy something else.
Zach Merryfield
Verified Owner
Saturday, Sep 25 2010 (about 5 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
I love this little buggy. I am not racer but I am not a basher either. I take the time to tune all of my rc's at the local track. I can say that this buggy is very easy to work on. The transmisson can be taken out in a matter of seconds to do maintenance to change diff lube. I like how it shares a lot of parts with other chassis. The tires are some of the sofest out of the box tires. Handles good. Handles jumps really well. And the speed out of the box is fast but not fast enough but good starting speed for any newbie. The only problem I have run into is the shocks, they leak. You need to buy green slime or if you have the money invest in the velvet shocks f&r
Kevin Peeters
Tuesday, Aug 2 2011 (about 4 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
Me and buddy built 2 of these buggies out of 2 ultima sc trucks.We are smokin the losi's on the track.They seem to handle better and are alot smoother.the losi buggies seem to be breaking down.our 2 ultima dbs have no dnf yet!!!
Ronald Fisher
Friday, Jun 17 2011 (about 4 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
can't handle any type of 3s setup. diffs, drive stub axles, turnbuckles, and body are weak points. alot of fun to drive but alot of repair bills with it. go with the losi xxx-scb for the same type of vehicle with more durability.
Dale Nimmo
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jun 16 2011 (about 4 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
Great car! I purchased this vehicle because of it great looks and the Kyosho name. I was not disappointed. Good build quality and handles my Mamba Max / 6.5T brushless with ease. I have treated the car quite rough and so far have only broken a front axle. So far it seems like a strong car. Only down side is getting the body on and off. This is worth it though as the body hugs the chassis well and stops debris entering the workings. I will be keeping this one for a long time.
david oliva
Verified Owner
Sunday, May 29 2011 (about 4 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
i just got my db and love it, i took it out the beach today and had so much fun,this buggy just made rc fun again,handeling,steering,speed all great ,i havent had a kyosho vehicle in a long while and i just realized what i been missing ,the smooth,quiet trannt the dampening everything cant say much more than perfect
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Apr 6 2011 (about 4 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
This is a good buggy for the price. I am impressed with the handling and how responsive it is! You can land almost 90 degrees on the nose and it wont flip due to the tires being slightly in front of the bumper. I also have a slash and blitz, and this is the same scale. More fun than either of those even it its stock form!
keith kahlow
Tuesday, Oct 26 2010 (about 5 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
I got this car a few months ago and I think its the most fun for the dollar. I race it at a local outdoor track with the SCs I put a jcconcepts 7in wing on it and it jumps like a 8th scale buggy very fun to drive with 12x2brushed 7cell packs the stock esc will take a 17x2 7cell also. I have not broke anything in 3races great car. cons leaky shocks easy to find replacements for cheap,the diff needs a extra internal washer behind the bevel for a better mesh.
Darrin Hunt
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jul 10 2010 (about 5 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
Got mine today quickly i may add.right out of the box I did add my own radio changed over to a deans plug for my lipo and wired it up clean and that was it.Right out of the box it drove straight and perfect.I have never felt such amazing factory built shocks either.Solid foundation I am sure it will be the next hot SC class added to our big SC events it is new still..... Buy one I say I just wish the body was available right now blue is good but clear is way better and it is coming..Nice buggy will be lookingforward to the parts selection from amain and the racers who find tou the ultima db is a real class
Jayson English
Monday, Mar 15 2010 (about 5 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
my question is will this be the start of yet another class? though I highly doubt does look cool
Joseph Urbanek
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jan 1 2011 (about 4 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
dec. 26 the back tire flies off the car 5 min. into running it. fixed with makeshift part. second day the front tire flies off.fixed it also. kinda concerned. if you buy the db make sure all nuts and screws are tight.
Jamie Takahashi
Sunday, Mar 14 2010 (about 5 years ago)
Kyosho Ultima DB Electric 2WD Ready Set Desert Buggy Kit
looks like something new and origional, definitely interested in it. Think it would be cool to see these kind of buggies race with CORR trucks, would be like a miniature baja race.

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