Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit

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This is the Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Scale Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit. The original ET48 was a huge improvement on what an electric truggy platform could be and was an incredible success around the world. Now it’s time to introduce the future of the ET48 platform with V3, the new standard in the 1/8 Electric Truggy class.

Updated rear hubs (TKR5199) allow the option of using the stock CV axles or upcoming universal driveshafts. Also offered are the rear hubs in aluminum as an option part (TKR5199A). At the front of the vehicle are updated trailing steering spindles (TKR5193) and spindle carriers (TKR5194). The trailing components vastly improve high speed bump handling in addition to smoothing out the steering response. The vehicle initiates turns more predictably and finishes corners better than ever before. Larger bearings are now fitted to the front spindles for improved durability. The spindles will also accommodate the upcoming universal driveshafts.

The V2 hinge pin braces (TKR5161, TKR5162, TKR5163, TKR5164, TKR5165) have found their way into this kit. They provide more adjustability than ever before; changing the roll centers at the hinge pin is now an easy task and allows you to set up the vehicle for any conditions. Front arm sweep, kick-up, rear anti-squat, and rear toe are all adjustable.

The Tekno low profile wing mount (TKR5181) is included to lower the CG of the whole vehicle while a revised front bumper (TKR5166) increases front ground clearance. Straight camber link rod ends (TKR5187) were produced to improve consistency in corners. Maintenance is easier with the addition of the split center differential mount (TKR5260, TKR5263). Clamping spring perches (TKR6140) and updated shock boots (TKR6144, TKR6145) are also included to keep the shocks clean, smooth, and trouble free.

Finally, the box setup has been tuned by some of the best drivers in the world to give customers a vehicle that they can confidently drive in most conditions. With the extensive list of adjustments and improvements, it is easier than ever to tune the vehicle to your driving style and track conditions.

ET48.3 Features: 

  • Updated trailing front spindles and spindle carriers
  • Updated V2 hinge pin braces and inserts
  • Updated clamping spring perches with captured shock boots
  • Updated rear hubs
  • Low profile wing mount
  • Revised bumper for increased ground clearance
  • Updated split center differential mount
  • Updated straight turnbuckle rod ends
  • Updated tapered aluminum front center driveshaft
  • Updated easily adjustable droop screws
  • Revised shock standoffs for easier droop measurement
  • Updated setup sheet for improved handling

Wheelbase: 375-385mm
Width: 416-420*mm (*optional hubs required)
Weight: 4000g (9.0lb) (weight varies with equipment and battery used)
Diff Ratio: F/R – 9/40t, Center – 44t
Battery tray dimensions: 50x148mm (2x2s or 1x4s config)
Kit/RTR: Kit

Needed To Complete:

  • 2/3 channel radio/transmitter
  • 1/8 Scale ESC and motor
  • High torque steering servo (at least 300 oz/in of torque), optional brake servo
  • Pinion or Traktion Drive / Elektri-Clutch system
  • 4-6S LiPo battery
  • 1/8th scale truggy tires, wheels & CA glue
  • Paint for body
  • Hex tools (1.5, 2.0, 2.5mm), pliers, other tools

This product was added to our catalog on August 27, 2015

Monday, Aug 24 2015 (about 4 years ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
I can not describe how tight everything fits. There is no slop. I've I have a revo 3.3 and a mrevo and this is in another league. I'm running a tp 4070 1440 kv motor, hobbywing esc, trunigy aspec 6s 5000mah battery with a savox servo along with a 23 tooth pinion. I don't race as there is no track within 300 miles of me. The handling is excellent. Very well thought out. I honestly think you would bent a hinge pin before you ever broke an a-arm. Make sure you bevel the diff housing where the diff shims go with a file. It makes installing the shims much easier. 5 stars all day.
Tuesday, Sep 13 2016 (about 3 years ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
you want a ep Truggy? Get the ET48.3, you'll be happier
Verified Owner
Friday, Oct 19 2018 (about a year ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
Bought this ET48.3 about a month ago now and have run maybe 20 packs through it, almost all at my local outdoor track. All I can say is this thing is a flat out beast. Power is a Tekin RX8 Gen 3 with the T8 2250kv Truggy motor with Protek Graphene LiHV 6500 mah 4s batteries. What's crazy is I set my timer when I head out, and with all 4 batteries I'm getting anywhere from 22 minutes to 25 minutes of runtime on the track going as fast as I can. The box setup works great at my bumpy/big jump track. I ordered just about every tekno "upgrade" and accessory with the kit so I could dial the setup in better and have better shock parts, universals, quicker steering etc and it's just crazy how fast I was running my second time at the track. Mind you in 30 years of running RC I had never run a car on a legit track, and I was keeping up with some dudes with their tricked out nitro buggies who have been racing for years. This kit just goes where you point it at nearly any speed and it was super quick to get used to controlling it in the air.

I was so happy with it right away I ordered the SCT410.3 and all the upgrades/tuning parts after less than 2 weeks haha. That thing is bonkers with the same esc and batteries but I put in the T8 2650lv 1/8 buggy motor lol.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Feb 13 2020 (7 weeks ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
Excellent kit, Assembly was easy due to great instructions, stock setup drives well for all surfaces. Would recommend to everyone
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jan 15 2019 (about a year ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
I have a SCT410.3 Short Course truck,
I have another SCT410.3 that I turned it in to a a Truggy with short course tires,
I have an ET410 Truggy for the carpet, it is a blast, and it turns on a dime and is real durable,
I Put the ET48.3 together, I ran it last Friday and Saturday and i like it, i need a bigger track to open it up.
I love all my Durable TEKNO cars.

Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jan 15 2019 (about a year ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
Great truggy . Top notch like all Tekno products. Tough on tires or the tires I bought were crappy.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jan 15 2019 (about a year ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
I can only comment on the build thus far; kit is great quality, instructions good, Tekno customer service responded to an email question within hours. Really fun build. Can’t wait to run it! Will update then.
Verified Owner
Sunday, Jan 6 2019 (about a year ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
Beefiest Lower arms I've ever seen. You would have to drive off a cliff to break this thing
Verified Owner
Saturday, Aug 11 2018 (about a year ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
Exceptional build quality as with everything from Tekno! The instructions are very easy to understand and is laid out very nicely in alpha numerical order. The kit comes with several aluminum upgrades that do not come with the 1/10 scale kits. Technical support is also A+ from Tekno! The Tekno community is also very amazing!
Verified Owner
Sunday, Apr 8 2018 (about a year ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
For my first ever kit this thing went together extremely well ! And it drives even better ! I would recommend this to anyone
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jul 23 2019 (8 months ago)
Tekno RC ET48.3 1/8 Electric 4WD Off Road Truggy Kit
My review may be slightly unpopular to those who are Tekno fans, but I have to be honest... I wasn't thrilled.

I will say this - I've had 4 races on my Truggy and haven't broken anything yet even with a couple of cartwheels in my feeble attempts to perform whipits into turns. That's the positive of the ET48.3 (and EB48.4 for that matter). Another positive is the manual is colorful and has a great section on properly filling / bleeding your shocks.

However, I'm not too thrilled with a few things. Lets talk about driving first - it's twitchy. This may be attributed by the super narrow platform. I set my truck up for the lowest possible center of gravity I could setting ride height accordingly, using proper shock oils, running 10k/7k/5k in the diffs and it helped, but it can get away from ya.

During the build, I wasn't thrilled with the manual entirely. The color graphics and tips are nice, but man... just a bit too wordy for me. I just did a build of my new MBX8E which was mostly illustrations and everything went very smooth for me. When you get wordy with "this tip" and "this caution", whatever.. IMO it increases the possibility you're going to miss something. There are also a couple of illustrations I didn't really care for as you really had to look hard to get orientation correct.

While this may be an abnormality, all 3 kits I bought - x2 ET48.3's, and an EB48.4 - ALL (all of them) had issues with the spider gears and cross pins that go inside the differentials. The spider gears would not freely spin on the cross pin, like the gear was cut correctly, or the cross pin was cut too wide. On the first ET48.3 kit I was working on (I built 2 at the same time for my boys) I found this problem and figured I'd just take a round file and file it down. It worked somewhat, but I still wasn't happy with the smoothness (as it should be). I decided to put that down and go to the 2nd kit - same problem. This time, I didn't do anything and contacted Tekno support. At first, they were hesitant to acknowledge the problem virtually calling it "not possible". Reluctantly, they sent me new spider gears for both kits for all 3 diffs and asked next time I send them pictures / video proof of the issue. I did just that when I was building my EB48.4 and the spider gears wouldn't even turn. A video was fired off per their request, and I got all new spider gears and cross pins for that vehicle as well. The replacements worked fine - but sheesh, a quality control issue on all 3 kits? I followed up with them to ask what they thought and got radio silence.

Positives: - Truck is solid, no broken parts, manual is colorful, shock building instructions have great tips.
Negatives: - Truck is twitchy while driving, narrow chassis makes it more challenging to work on, no easy access to diffs, manual is a bit too wordy, technical support was a little combative.

All in all - sure, I'd recommend this truck, but I believe there are better kits out there currently.