The Losi 8IGHT Nitro 1/8 4WD RTR Buggy is for anyone that is serious about becoming a competitive nitro buggy racer. The 8IGHT Nitro Buggy RTR comes completely assembled and equipped with the brute power of a Dynamite .21 nitro engine. Power is nothing without control and the 8IGHT RTR delivers the precise response of a Spektrum DX2E DSMR radio system, pre-set suspension setup that shares the same geometry team drivers use on their 8IGHT buggies. As your skills progress and you gain more racing experience, you can gradually upgrade the vehicle's performance with many of the 8IGHT option parts currently available.
- Your fast track to nitro buggy racing
- 4mm T-6 aluminum chassis plate
- Gen III radio tray for longer servo life
- Dynamite® .21 nitro engine with pull start
- Pre-set suspension geometry
- Metal-gear transmission and sealed differentials
- Center and rear dogbones
- 15mm adjustable oil-filled shocks
- Spektrum™ waterproof metal-gear servos
- Includes Spektrum DX2E DSMR® transmitter
- Includes Dynamite 1600mAh 6V NiMH receiver pack
Approximate Assembly Time: No assembly required
Ball Bearings: Yes
Batteries: Dynamite NiMH Battery 6V 1600mAh Reciever Pack 3+2 Hump
Body: 8IGHT Cab -Forward, Screened
Brakes: Composite Disc with Steal Pads
Bushing Material: Metal
Chassis: 4mm, 6061 T-6 Aluminum
Completion Level: Ready-To-Run
Differential: Sealed viscous filled gear differential
Engine Size: .21 Dynamite
Final Drive Ratio: 11.5:1
Front Track: 12.0 in (305mm)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 125cc (4.2 Oz)
Gear Pitch: 1.0 Module
Ground Clearance: 2.4 in (60mm)
Height: 7.1 in (180mm)
Internal Gear Ratio: 3.92:1
Length: 19.6 in (497mm)
Model Type: Car/Truck
Radio: Spektrum DX2E 2-Channel
Rear Track: 12.1 in (307mm)
Shock Type: 16mm Big Bore Aluminum Oil Filled
Spur Gear: 50T
Tire Compound: Medium
Tire Diameter: 4.4 in (111mm)
Tire Tread: XBT
Track: 12.1 in (307mm)
Vehicle Type: Buggy
Weight: 7.8 lb (3.5kg)
Wheel Diameter: 3.3 in (83.5mm)
Wheel Type: Dish
Wheel Width: 1.7 in (42mm)
Wheelbase: 12.7 -12.9 in (323-327mm)
Width: 12.1 in (308mm)
Needed To Complete:
- 20-30% Nitromethane fuel
- Nitromethane-Approved Dispenser
- NiMH Charger
- Glow Igniter
This product is expected to arrive on Tuesday, June 23 2020
-This has to be the most race ready/capable RTR I've ever seen! So many tuning options; droop screws, swaybars included, threaded shocks, along with the usual tuning options. It even includes shock shaft boots!
-there is thread lock on everything! and I mean everything, even the plastic I think. Those hex screws into plastic were a PITA to break loose lol.
-Radio does not have enough settings on it. Its lacking the ability to dial out/in how much throw the servos give out. You can hear them over exerting themselves, no way to set say throttle to full and then back off.
-Steering servo does not center correctly from either direction, left or right. Will monitor and report back if more correction then needed is warranted because of such. Could it be the servo saver is too tight?
-Fixed length turnbuckles do not bind at the rod ends like they do on the 3.0's
-Clutch/Spur make much more noise than my son's Kyosho Inferno NEO 2.0 and a little rough to boot. Gear mesh is fine though. Maybe its just like that?!? (new to 1/8 nitro buggy so it very well could just be normal)
-currently debating if I want to swap out the kit supplied oils for TLR 35/30. The oil feels much more solid than my son's Kyosho Inferno RTR which was softer than a marshmallow.
Track Day Impressions:
Took it out to the track along with my son and his buggy.
TO start off, for whatever reason, I cant set the brake bias on this. It just straight locks up, but I manged to make it lock up less than it was.(yes I used the threadable linkage, if i go any more the rod will back out of the hole!)
-With that said, our local track has quite a few hairpins so I was able to go in, tap the brakes while turning and pitch it sideways and square it up a lot better coming out of the corners in a very controllable slide.
-Settings out of the box, it has quite a bit of on power push, easily corrected by moving the front shocks to the inner mounting hole on the arm, however, still a slight hint of push. Might switch to my track preferred Blockades to see if that cures it.
-Lost a body clip on one of the crashes, but then found someone elses thats been sitting there for a while while turn marshalling lol.
Also noted, the car nose dives off jumps so you definitely have to stay on it a bit. Nothing is binding, and brakes arent engaging prematurely...I'll double check just in case...any cure for this?
Overall, not bad and definitely recommended. Handles very well out of the box. It is quick and fluid and handles the bumps and jumps like one should expect being built upon a race winning platform. Cant wait to slowly upgrade this with key components and more track time to see what it can really do. Definitely need to get the rust off after 10+years away lol
I already have the 3.0E Shock Towers and 16mm shocks on the way!
Update: Have run and run and run these, they are awesome for the price, super tough, I added upgraded servos and shocks and have 2 of the RTR's with upgraded servos, shocks, dynamite pipes and Novarossi engines, they take an incredible amount of abuse, just run the heck out of them and have yet to break anything in drive train or suspension, Rolled them smashed them bashed them just amazing! Stock engines are good but will last about 4-5 gallons of nitro before letting loose. Add the dynamite long life clutch shoes for low maintenance on clutch, good investment for minimal downtime. Do your preventive maintenance, lubing the gear boxes, cleaning and lubing bearings,air cleaners, keep batteries charged etc. and they will treat ya right. I have over 15 gallons on one (Maybe 20) and at least 10 gallons on the other chassis, amazing. I did set them up for electric starters which I recommend if your going to run them a lot. For sure 5 stars on these, Best RC's I have owned, love them.
The throttle linkage rubs on the body.
The body is tight around the exhaust and melting a small portion. I cut the body to fit better around the exhaust.
While the tires are good for soft surfaces, hard surfaces will shred the front tires. I upped the center diff from 7k to 15k and have no tread on any of the tires, but now it slides.
The servos are fairly weak and i have had to adjust throttle linkage to compensate for the increased bushing play.
Otherwise, i thoroughly enjoy and recommend this R/C.
The buggy is sweet though!!! Best bang for your dollars. I'm one happy puppy!!
Losi is awesome and Amain made it happen.
Mike Martin Seaside Superbikes