It’s no secret that Team Associated fans all over have been eagerly awaiting a new 1/8 competition off-road buggy from the multiple world and national title holding manufacturer. The versions of the RC8 up until now have enjoyed a lot of success, but the design began to limit what could be done and taking the platform to the next level was uncertain – at least in the eyes of armchair engineers. Well luckily the crew in Area 51 decided to start from the ground up for a new 1/8 release and the long-awaited RC8B3 is finally here. I can already hear what some are saying, including that the buggy looks like one vehicle or another which is already on the racing scene. In fact I had that initial concern, too, and even on a trip to Team Associated itself, the guys behind the important desks saw it on my face. But in all actuality, we’re reaching the point in RC vehicle evolution where we’ll be seeing a lot of cues taken from successful machines. The question remains, who will take what works and make it better? That’s exactly what AE did! They found what works for the majority of racers on a wide variety of tracks, designed a buggy around it and refined the design to be better performing, more durable and easier to use. We’ve spent a lot of time with one of the first kits to be released from the AE offices and in Day 1 of RC Driver’s Team Assocaited RC8B3 vehicle week, we have for you a photo gallery of the kit contents and the kits build peppered with some notes on things that stood out. Take a look.
Since the RC8B3 comes as a build up kit like Team Associated’s other racing machines, we decided to do a kit unbagging to show you whats in each individual build bag in the kit. Each bag is neatly labeled and packed and matches up with the build steps in the well laid out manual .
Let’s talk quickly about the build. Our kit was fairly uneventful to build and I mean that in a good way. Just about everything fit together just fine. You should build each differential dry before and check their feel before adding oil to make sure you need the number of shims suggested. The diffs should have a slight drag feel when building them but not too notchy or loose. Once you determine they will build with the right feel, fill them up. The quality was almost perfect with everything else with the exception that one linkage collar didn’t have any threads, just a fluke on my kit, most likely. Finally, my last tip is to be extremely careful when threading the stop screws into the front uprights. You do not want to cross thread the screws or you won’t be able to tighten the screws all the way.
Want to know more? We bet you do, make sure to check out Day 2 of the Team Associated RC8B3 vehicle week where we talk about our thoughts of this buggies exciting new features.