While kits are going to be more competitive on the track once built up, not everyone has the means to build one. RTR buggies are a great choice for anyone new to RC who wants to test the waters. And with some tweaks, tuning, and a few key component upgrades, an RTR buggy can feel right at home on the race track. In this series, we’re taking a box stock RTR Kyosho MP9 and transforming it into a race-worthy competitor.

Converting a Nitro MP9 ReadySet to 1/8 Race Buggy

The MP9 ReadySet is an awesome 1/8 Nitro Buggy. With a few tweaks and additions, it can be a serious track warrior. In this build series, we'll walk through the steps to transform the basher to a competitive 1/8 scale racer.

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Hitting The Track

In Part 2, we hit the track for the first time with our RTR ReadySet MP9 1/8 Buggy. We replace the pull start with a starter box and also go over receiver battery options.

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Small Tweaks for Success

In Part 3, we make some small adjustments to prepare us for race success like adding some fuel tubing and heat shield tape. And of course, we add some proper race tires.

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We Raced an RTR RC Car!

Part 4 collects all our hard work into a single evening at the track. Let’s see how the upgrades and tweaks pay off!

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New Servos

In part 5 we explain why servos are important and upgrade to a couple high-performance ProTek RC servos.

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How Fast & How Much?

Let’s take a look at our final race buggy. What did we end up with and what would we change? Watch the video to find out!