The Tamiya Grasshopper Off-Road Buggy Kit is an iconic model and was the "first kit" owned by many modern day enthusiasts. The Grasshopper first made its appearance in R/C stores in 1984 and was based on the single seat buggies seen tearing-up dirt tracks across the U.S. in the 80's. Easy to assemble and easy to drive, the lightweight Grasshopper was an instant hit. Packed with all the fantastic features found on the original kit, this fun 2WD buggy is a blast on both off-road and on-road tracks.
The perfect combination of simple assembly and tough exterior is what made the Grasshopper so special. Durable plastic body is fastened to bathtub resin monocoque chassis by screws, creating a solid frame that can absorb any type of rough handling. Off-road tracks can be tackled with ease thanks to coil spring dampers, and independent swing axle front and rigid axle rear suspension. A sealed gearbox keeps the dirt and stones out of the differential and gears for smooth driving and cornering. Paddle style rear tires and grooved front tires combine with 3-piece assembly type wheels provide excellent grip on dirt tracks. Plus, the half-body driver figure, affectionately referred to as Frank Evans adds that finishing touch to a classic R/C car.
- Updated version includes 380 motor and 101BK ESC
- Redesigned stickers
- Original tires and driver figure for an authentic look
- Sealed rear gearbox protects gear differential during off-road running
- Independent swing axle front suspension, rolling rigid axle rear suspension
- 380 type motor (chassis compatible with 540 type motor - sold separately)
Construction type: kit
Terrain use: off-road
Drive-train: 2WD RWD
Drive type: gearbox
Drive line: solid axle
Differential type: gear
Suspension: independent front/solid axle rear
Steering mechanism: direct servo
Shock damper: friction damper
Shock damper material: plastic
Tire type: rubber
Tire tread: Paddle rear, smooth front
Body material: Polycarbonate
Chassis material: plastic
Electronic Speed Control (ESC): included
ESC model: TEU-101BK
LED Light buckets: no
LED lights: no
Motor: 380-brushed type
Bearings: metal and plastic bushings
Adjustable camber: fixed
Adjustable toe angles: front only
Adjustable ground clearance: fixed
Adjustable gear ratio: fixed
Adjustable wheelbase: fixed
Adjustable track width: fixed
Adjustable shock angle: fixed
- Grasshopper kit
- TEU-101BK ESC
- 380-Brushed motor
Needed to Complete:
- 2 Channel Radio System
- 7.2V NiMh Battery Pack
- NiMh Battery Charger
- Steering Servo
- Paint for Body
- AA Batteries for Transmitter
- Tools for Assembly
This product was added to our catalog on March 18, 2016
This little Buggy got me started in 1985, into the great fun of the RC Hobby!! SIMPLE Kit to build (the Wheels were a small painto get together). If you think about it, this was made near the dawn of the Hobby as we know it today! And it came with Beadlock Wheels!!! NO CA Cement. If you've never built a kit before, this is a great opportunity to try one - and own a piece of HISTORY, that you could Bash and Crash.
Like the first Guy said, if you're new, KEEP the 380 Motor in it. It makes the Buggy far more forgiving as you're learning! My first one, I went to the 540.... FAST yes, but it was nearly uncontrollable!! It's light weight and questionable Suspension made it a Nightmare. Plus, I used to burn through back Tires just about WEEKLY!! The Steering gets way too light (too much understeer), and I imploded the front end, sliding and slamming it into a Curb! :(
Went a different route with the re-release. A 390 sized Brushless Motor and ESC. I chose the Traxxas Velenion, for a 1/16th Scale Rally Car. The acceleration was SWEET! The top speed is excellent. AND, because it's the same size as Stock - and Brushless, it fit with no difficulty, and used the same 13 tooth Pinion Gear. Because of THAT, I also can get over an HOUR on a 3300mah NiMH Battery!!! The weight is better balanced, front to back, and the handling is improved.
IF you're the Resto-Modified type (like me!), on Shapeways, look for the Store: AmPro Engineering. Alberto has been working overtime on the Grasshopper and Hornet, with DOUBLE WISHBONE front Suspension, for no more camber shifting on bumps and especially, going in Reverse. Also, He designed a Cantilever Shock System, that allows you to use bigger, better Aftermarket Shocks!
He also designed a few varieties of Battery Doors - that NEVER fall out!
ALSO, He designed the biggest, coolest Mod of all - a DOUBLE WISHBONE, Fully Independant REAR Suspension!!! All of those will bring your Classic Buggy, into the 21st Century. Handling is SO good, you'll Shock your friends for SURE!!
I absolutely LOVE it. Makes a Grasshopper handle at least as good as the original RC-10 !!
He also makes parts for Frog/Brat/Blackfoot I and I, and Monster Beetle, that vastly improves the performance.
This is NO Racing Machine..... but it WILL put a smile on your face!