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Old Apr 27, 2015, 08:19 PM
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The Ofna Mini-Start is the box I bought. I got it off of Amazon. It is listed for as high as $60 or more elsewhere. The only modification is the slot in the chassis for the starter wheel to fit through. That was about 10 minutes work with a dremel tool. Then, the starter box has to be setup for right side engines and fitted to the chassis, another 10 minutes or so. You will also need a 7.2 volt stick pack with a Tamiya plug. I already had the battery. Most who have had cars of any kind already 1 or 2 lying around.

It is one extra thing to haul out, but this thing is pretty small. The speed of the starter wheel justifies it for me so far.
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Old Apr 28, 2015, 09:30 AM
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did u have to adjust the height of the engine to use the starter box? i read somewhere that the engine is too high and they had to lower it. if it's just dremel work it can be done easily.. i'd still prefer a pull start for a first nitro buggy though hmm (less cost too!)
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Old Apr 29, 2015, 06:14 AM
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No. What I wrote in the previous post is all the modification that was necessary. I think the engine height issue is with the .05 engine. I know they use a motor mount since I've seen it listed as a spare part. The .07 mounts directly to the chassis.

That's actually the best thing about starter boxes. Once you're set up, it's the most trouble-free starting. It even makes installing the body shell easier since you don't have to accommodate the starter handle.
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Old May 15, 2015, 01:41 PM
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Just a quick update for those interested. I haven't had a lot of time to run the buggy since the last post, but the results have been pretty good. I have been running it on a dirt track with jumps, all sized for 10th scale vehicles. It drives okay and has survived a lot.

I have had a steering bracket break a on crash and the dogbones bend really easily, but it's not doing too bad so far. Early on I broke teeth out of a couple of spur gears, but I've been setting the mesh a little looser and haven't had another break.

There is also a lot of slop in the steering, which you can retighten screws to eliminate, but it returns soon. On the whole I can't really offer a glowing opinion of this little buggy, but if you can tinker and want a really small nitro car, you might want to give it a try.
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Old Jun 05, 2015, 10:51 AM
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Just a quick question...I'm assuming that this buggy is the same platform HK is using for the Truggy. I like the Truggy look, and haven't owned a nitro care in a very long while, so I figured I might give this one a shot. Thanks!
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Old Jun 07, 2015, 07:02 PM
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I appears from a quick glance that the two share many or most, possibly nearly all parts in common. I would expect similar issues...
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