Our picks for performance, durability, and/or appearance upgrades
Here are our accessory and hop-up picks for today’s popular vehicles that can boost performance, durability and/or appearance and leave you with a sweet custom ride.
This article was originally published in RC Driver’s February 2016 issue.
By Paul Onorato
TYPE: 1/10-scale 2WD electric RTR desert buggy
PRICE: $159.99 (item no. ARAD35)
HOP-UP: Arrma aluminum front tower brace
PRICE: $12.99 (AR330148)
The top of a shock tower tends to take some hard hits during bad crashes. Arrma has produced a hop- up part to beef-up the tower. It is a red anodized machined aluminum bar that spans the distance between the top of the shock towers.
HOP-UP: RCScrewz stainless steel screw kit
PRICE: $29.95 (arrm001)
After a few wrenching sessions on your buggy, it is likely that you have rounded the head of some of the hardware or bent or even lost some of the fasteners. A great solution is to pick up an entire new kit of screws to replace the stock ones. RCScrewz carries kits for nearly every RC vehicle out there and they are made of tough and durable stainless steel.
HOP-UP: Arrma BLX80 Brushless 3S ESC and Arrma BLX 3600KV Brushless 540 3S 4-pole motor
PRICE: ESC $69.99 (AR390061) / Motor $74.99 (AR390060)
The Arrma Raider Mega which comes with a brushed motor is very affordable and a fun buggy to cut your teeth on. Once you gain experience you can upgrade the power system with the Arrma BLX80 3S capable speed control and Arrma BLX brushless motor. The performance boost is extreme when compared to the stock system.