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December 30, 2011

China debut win for DEX408

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:40 pm

For the 4th running of the annual endurance race in China, organised by Mr. Eugene Cheng, the 2011 event marked the second year in a roll where the 1/8 EP buggy class was run. Due to more electric 8th offerings from the RC industry, the race generated great interest for the public and also acted as a testing ground for future race organisers on the possibilities for running 1/8 ep class.

With the recent advance on electrics, 1/8 EP no longer was the class of make or break, judging from the finishing rate, most of the current crop of ESC and motors can handle the punishment with ease.

As an endurance race, we were running as a team of two and a driver change is a must at the half hour mark. Teaming up with Nelson, this was also the maiden run for the production spec DEX408 in China, and what a race it was!


When we first put the car on the ground, we knew we have a winner with us. The DEX-408 was fast, it feels light and the steering is simply amazing! With Nelson handling the first half hour – our aim are simple: drive smooth and hang on, not doing anything stupid which result in pit work, and Nelson did just that.

When the time came for a driver change, we were safely in 2nd position. With the remaining half hour, all I have to do was closing the gap to the leader and eventually with around 6-8 minutes to go, I make the pass and we never looked back! Taking a win is always sweet, but taking a win with a brand new car taste even better!


The DEX408 eletric 1/8th buggy will be in stock at your local Team Durango retailer very soon!

December 29, 2011

TD330303 – ‘408 Toe-in and kick-up inserts

Filed under: News,Tricks and Tips — Tags: , , , , — Stuart @ 11:46 am

The option part TD330303 ‘toe-in and kick-up inserts’ provide extra tuning options for the ‘408 series of vehicles.

When we talk about pivot blocks, we refer to them by two initial designations.  The first of these refers to which end of the car it belongs to – F for front and R for rear.  The second of the designations is the front or rear most of the blocks.  RF, for example means R – REAR of the car, F – front most facing of the rear hinge pin holders. FF means the FRONT block at the FRONT of the car.


The option inserts for the 408 provide extra options over the kit setup of the DNX408, DEX408 and DNX408T.  These control the front ‘kick up’, rear toe-angle and rear anti-squat.


kickupinserts1_0 The front kick-up is the angle of the front of the chassis and the suspension follows this in kit setup with neutral inserts that add or subtract nothing from the chassis angle of 10degrees. The option inserts give the option to change the angle by up to 1 degree in either direction using just the FR block – or on the DEX408 and DNX408T the FF block can also be tuned using the same inserts to give double the range of adjustment.


More Kick-Up will tend to ride the bumps better and the steering response will be reduced slightly. The vehicle will tend to ‘dive’ more under braking.

Less Kick-Up will tend to ‘hop’ over bumps rather than absorb them, the steering response will be sharper and there will be less dive under braking.

Right: The kick-up inserts used in only the FR block

The kick-up inserts are left and right handed and are marked with a dimple to show which way round the setting should be read.

The dimple facing upwards means you’re offsetting the pin by the labeled figure, and with the dimple facing downward the setting is subtractive. When using these inserts in the FR block then raising the hinge pin would effectively reduce the kick-up angle and vice versa for lowering the pin.


The DEX408 and DNX408T use revised designs for their pivot blocks which allows the use of these offset inserts in the FF location also. Using the inserts on the FF block (only possible on the DEX408 and DEX408T) would give the opposite effect to on the FR block, and moving the pin up (+1) will add kick-up angle. Using the inserts in the FF location along with the FR location gives a greater range of adjustment to the settings – between 8 degrees and 12 degrees total kick-up angle.

It is possible to fit the DNX408T FF hinge pin block on the DNX408 – giving the ability to use the option ‘kick-up’ inserts in the FF brace as well as providing more strength.


The rear inserts are split between anti-squat inserts in the RF block – and toe-in inserts in the RR block.

antisquat-2 The RF block is used to set the rear anti-squat angle and all the kits come supplied with inserts to change anti-squat between 2 and 3 degrees.The option inserts allow a range of adjustment between 1 degree and 5 degrees total. These inserts come supplied in matching pairs – the 1-5 and 2-4 inserts can be run on either side of the car but the setting which is the correct way round to be read (the lower number) is the one that’s in use.

Anti-Squat Effects:
Under acceleration the rear of the vehicle has a tendancy to squat down and compress the suspension, as the weight shifts rearwards. Anti-Squat refers to the angle of the inner hinge pins which have a degree of incline, with the rear of the pin lower than the leading edeg. This angle helps resist compression of the suspension when on-power, and can help the car rotate in corners.

Running more anti-squat will give more on power acceleration at the cost of bump-handling and is more suited to smoother, faster and higher traction surfaces.

Less anti-squat helps rear traction and bump-handling ability on rough or loose tracks. The rear end will be more locked-in through corners.


The possible settings with the standard roll-centre (RR blocks bolted direct to the chassis plate) is shown above and below. The example below shows the maximum possible anti-squat (5 degrees) using the shown insert – the red line shows the minimum anti-squat possible in this setup, which as explained in the illustration above, is 1 degree.


When using the +2mm high roll centre mod you’re raising the rear hangers 2mm whilst the front stays in place.  As a consequence of this you need to raise the front of the hinge pin to keep a similar anti-squat setting.

What does it do?  Take a look at the article we put together on the mod here:  +2mm Rear Roll Centre

With the +2mm rear raised roll centre mod on your car, you can expect the rear end to support itself more and have less roll in the corners – also helping the car over bumpy tracks and prevening it from bottoming out too easily.


The possible settings with the +2mm high roll centre mod are shown below. The example shows the maximum possible anti-squat possible (3 degrees) using the 5 degree insert shown below in the RF hanger.  The red line shows the minimum anti-squat using the 2 degree insert, which is ZERO.

antisquat-5 toe-inserts-3x
toe-inserts-1 The in-board toe settings are set by the insert in the RR block.  The original kit-supplied inserts only had a set 3 degrees of toe-in and this couldn’t be changed.  The option inserts give the ability to tune from 2.5 degrees all the way to 4 degrees of toe-in, in 0.5 degree steps.The four inserts supplied in the TD330303 optional inserts pack aren’t sided – meaning you can run them on either side of the car with the same effect. The number designations are embossed in both orientations to enable easier reading of the settings.

TOE-In explanation and effects:
Toe-In refers to the angle of the wheels when viewed from directly above. On the rear of the car this is set by both optional hubs and in this instance by the inner hinge-pins via the inserts. The inserts included in the optional kit give the ability to tune from 2.5 to 4 degrees of inner toe-in and when using the 1 degree hubs this setting can be tuned an extra 1 degree in either direction if desired.

More toe-in at the rear will help stabilise the back of the car and keep it tracking straight. The car will have a tendancy to understeer and feel easier to drive on power. This is best suited to looser tracks.

Less toe-in at the read will be faster in a straight line as there will be less tyre scrub. The rear of the car will be looser and the car will turn more easily. This is best suited to higher grip tracks.

December 15, 2011

Team Durango wrap up 2WD & 4WD Junior Titles – Czech Indoor Champs

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 4:49 pm

Last Saturday was the Czech National Indoor Championship. There was tough competition, with a lot of top TC drivers participating.

Team Durango did our best possible – Charlie Novotny took the junior title with DEX 210 and was 4th overall – just behind Team Durango driver Strupek who finished 3rd with his DEX210.

Juniors 2WD-
1st Charlie Novotny DEX210
2nd Dominik Sulc
3rd Cienciala Samuel


In the 4WD juniors it was Thomas Holicky who won the title with his DEX410 just ahead of Chalie Novotny with another DEX410.

Juniors 4WD
1ST Tomas Holicky DEX 410
2ND Charlie Novotny DEX 410
3RD Jakub Simurda


Tomas Holicky skipped participation in the 2WD class to concentrate on 4WD. It was a one day event, so there were not so much time to service the cars, and it was quite a challenge to participate in both categories,
but thanks to great Team-Durango cars we managed both categories quite well.

4WD overall
1st Michal Bok
2nd Martin Bayer DEX 410
3rd Radek Flek
4th Tomas Holicky DEX 410
5th Charlie Novotny DEX 410
6th Václav Strupek DEX 410
7th Jiri Mara DEX 410
8th Jaub Simurda
9th Ondrej Vicha
10th Jaroslav Kopecky

Winning both Junior titles in 2WD and 4WD along with an impressive 2nd overall in 4WD and half the A-Final being Team Durango drivers, this was another great result for the Czech team!

December 14, 2011

Team Durango win big at JConcepts Clash 2011

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 5:18 pm

title The annual JConcepts CLASH in Florida, USA, took place this past weekend and Team Durango drivers Jorn Neumann and Hupo Honigl took their fleet of Team Durango off-road vehicles to do battle. track Practice day went well for the guys – the clay track was dry and grooving up quickly and the cars were all going well. Things took a turn for the worse – much worse – at the start of qualifying, as heavy rain started to really affect things.

wet The whole track and pits got very wet! clash-cleanup Track cleanup underway

Drivers were trying all sorts of tricks to get extra traction in the slippery conditions and the Team Durango pair weren’t quite up to speed on some of the ‘tricks’ the locals had to cope with the conditions.  Still – the guys had Team Durango originator, Gerd Strenge, on hand to help. clashwinners Qualifying went well with TQ’s in 1/8th electric buggy with the DEX408, 4WD modified buggy with the DEX410 and 4WD short course with the DESC410R.  The guys also placed 3rd (Hupo) and 5th (Jorn) on the grid for the 2WD main with the new DEX210.

track2 The track was great, when the sun came out. hupo-sc Hupo’s winning DESC410R – 4WD SC

Bad tyre choices took a toll on the guys in 2WD and 4WD buggy – Both guys dropping down the order in 2WD after some solid qualifying – but bouncing back in 4WD with Jorn taking the win and Hupo backing up the result in third place.  4WD SC saw Hupo take the win. 8-seconds ahead of former world champion Kinwald. 4wd-winner sc-winner The new DEX408 production car was being run for the first time – and whilst Ryan Lutz has tested the pre-production car, neither Jorn or Hupo had run the new car until the Clash 2011.  Taking TQ and second on the grid, the guys sailed round in starting order with Jorn taking the win ahead of team-mate Hupo for an impressive DEX408 1-2 victory.  The DEX408 is coming in January and is sure to raise the level of exposure the 1/8th electric off-road class gets.

jorn-8th Jorn’s winning DEX408 jorndex410 Jorn’s winning DEX410

4WD Short Course A-Main, by Youtube user se3prx8:

Setups can be found here:





DESC410R TD320141 – Full Rear Bumper, available now.

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 3:59 pm

The DESC410R rear bumper is now available.  The new full-width rear bumper gives extra protection as well as scale looks, and also meets the strict rules governing some race meetings where large rear bumpers are a requirement.

The bumper can be run in lightweight or full-protection setups by adding or removing the included optional lower bar. The bumper comes supplied with instructions on fitting and you can read a full online guide on installing the bumper and cutting the bodyshell to fit in our DESC410R rear bumper install guide

desc410r-rearbumperpressrelease-2 desc410r-rearbumperpressrelease-3

TD320141 – DESC410R rear bumper set

DESC410R TD320141 Rear Bumper Install

Filed under: News,Tricks and Tips — Tags: — Stuart @ 2:15 pm

The DESC410R short course truck comes supplied with a small rear bumper which keeps the weight low and is the best option for fast lap times.   Some racers have asked for a full rear bumper for more heavy contact racing or where the rules state a full bumper is required.  The TD320141 rear bumper set for the DESC410R comes supplied in 4 parts which need to be trimmed from the parts tree.


The first task to fit the new rear bumper is removing the existing small skid plate bumper from the truck.  7 screws of varying sizes go through this part and it’s a good idea to put these to one side in order so you know where they go when it comes time to install the new skid plate.  The new plate itself is similar to the existing part but has mounting points for the new bumper.

desc410rbumper-exploded descrearbumper-rearplates New skid plate & old

You can assemble each part to the truck one at a time if you like but here we’ll assemble the bumper off the truck and then attach it as one part.

descrearbumper-install1 descrearbumper-install2

The main bumper part screws down to the new skid plate with four M3x12mm button head screws before an upper brace attaches to secure the bumper against the top of the rear bulkhead – again using M3x12mm screws.


descrearbumper-install4 descrearbumper-install5

The DESC410R full rear bumper is made to be light weight but hanging any large item off the back of your car is going to effect handling slightly and so to minimise the weight we’ve designed the bumper to have an optional lower bar at the rear for extra protection, or less weight without it – you choose.  Four M3x12mm screws attach the lower bar and there’s provision for 3rd party mud flaps if you want to go for even more scale looks.

descrearbumper-lowerbar The lower bar on the full bumper can be fitted for extra protection. descrearbumper-lowerbar2

With the bumper fully installed it’s time to adjust the body to fit the new bumper.  The DESC410R full rear bumper set is designed to sit just inside the outer rear quarters of the body shell to protect the corners.clear-bumperTo fit the body you have to cut a recess where the body will sit around the top bar of the bumper.  You can cut this with scissors or better yet a rotary tool with sanding drum as this will create a perfectly rounded recess – you don’t want any sharp corners in here as it could start to tear or deform with rear impacts.

descrearbumper-body1 descrearbumper-body2

See the above images for an example of how the body needs to be adjusted to fit.  Give the bumper some extra room to move around and upwards too – as heavy landings or impacts will flex the bumper so a little extra clearance is a good thing.

Now you can enjoy racing even when people are ramming into your rear bumper – as long as they stay behind it’s all good.

December 13, 2011

Team Durango 1-2 @ Northern Nationals, Michigan

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 7:23 pm

This past weekend saw the third annual running of the ‘Northern Nationals in Hudsonville, Michigan – at ‘Proving Grounds Raceway’. Travis Amezcua and Carson Wernimont made the long trip up to the event to put their Team Durango drives to the test, against some stiff competition, including the current World Champion Ryan Cavalieri.  Friday was practice and the track was becoming really high-bite as the cars began to lay down some rubber.

proving-grounds Qualifying started and the organisers allowed the track to dry out – and as a consequence the grip levels dropped way down.  Carson had been trying his DEX210 2WD buggy in mid-motor 4-gear (MM4) configuration during practice but now the traction was lower it wasn’t working for him and forced a switch back to a more traditional (for clay tracks) rear motor 3-gear (RM3) setup – something the DEX210 was designed to do.

After qualifying was over the Durango duo were sat in an impressive 1st and 2nd on the grid for the 4WD main, with Travis beating Carson for the TQ spot. In 2WD modified buggy it was Travis who took the fight to the reigning world champion, and sat 2nd on the grid behind Cavalieri with his DEX210, whilst Carson sat 2nd on the grid for the 4WD SC finals.


4WD Buggy
Travis and Carson went off in qualifying order in the first two mains – Travis taking both opening legs for the title whilst Carson took the third leg for second overall.

2WD Buggy
The first main went well for Travis as he hung tight to second.  Carson didn’t have a good run as he was still getting to grips with the car and the setup wasn’t quite there.  In leg two Carson improved to 5th but whilst Travis was having another great run – a small error getting hung up on a pipe dropped him out of contention and another win from Cavalieri meant he took the title.  Leg three and Carson went off – feeling the setup changes he’d made to his DEX210 take full effect he stormed from 6th to 1st in one lap and went on to take the leg. Carson and Travis finished a respectable 4th & 5th respectively – not bad for the new car on the block!

4WD Pro SC
Carson took 2nd in the opening two legs before taking the win in leg three – his DESC410R feeling pretty dialled and giving him 2nd overall for the race.


It was a great meeting for the Team Durango racers – learning their cars and putting in some fantastic results with all their rides.

December 8, 2011

Nathan Waters wins Worksop RD3

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 5:21 pm

Nathan Waters reports on round three of the Schumacher Off Road Indoor Masters at Worksop:

My DEX410 V3 had been very strong in the previous two rounds of the series at Worksop but after a poor result in round two I was determined to make up for lost ground going into round three. In practice the car felt very good on what was a very different layout to the previous rounds, proving the diversity of the DEX410V3.

Round 1:
Qualifying started well working my way from the back of the grid up into third place by the 4 minute mark only for an electrical glitch to put paid to any hopes of an early banker!

Round 2:
Another charge from the back of the grid to claim third in round. The car was obviously very good but I was losing some time in the fast chicanes which were a big feature of the track and one of the only places to make up any time.

nathan210 Nathan’s DEX410V3 in action

Round 3:
After a small change to the wheelbase and front camber link to try and carry more speed through the fast chicanes I headed into round three needing a good result to cement a good place on the grid for the final. The car was very fast and after some scrappy early laps allowing the leader to escape I was soon setting some fast lap times on my way to second in round.

Round 4:
No setup changes for this round and the combination of an excellent car and a clean run put me first in round with the fastest time of the day. Unfortunately Simon Moss had already taken TQ by virtue of three firsts in the first three rounds of qualifying but the performance of the car in this last round had left me quietly confident for the final.

After a disappointing early mistake had left me finishing in the middle of the field in 2wd I was determined to make up for it in the last race of the day. From the early laps it was obvious that I had more pace than Simon and I was soon looking for a way passed as we edged away from the rest of the field. The tight and twisty nature of the track though made overtaking very difficult and despite pulling along side several times I was struggling to make a clean pass. The car was so good that even with a missed apex or slightly misjudged jump I could easily close in and be right on his tail within a lap. Eventually after four minutes of pressure Simon made a mistake and I was through to cruise to victory with a two second gap behind.


Series so far:
Nearly halfway through the UK’s premier indoor off road series and Team Durango’s 2WD and 4WD cars are performing very well.

In the 4wd class, the DEX410v3 has kept up the previous pace, and at least three DEX410v3’s have made the top ten at each round, with one car making the podium at every round so far. Nathan Waters taking a Win and a 2nd place in rounds 1 and 3, whilst Adam Skelding took a 3rd place in round 2.

The 2wd car hit the ground running from the start after a short outdoor season. With little set-up time, the DEX210 in mid motor configuration was on the pace from round 1 with all 3 cars at the event making the top ten. After its release soon after Round 1 the car has improved quickly as the team worked to find a good base set-up which could be used to fine-tune the car. With 4 cars making the top ten in round 2 and a host of cars just outside the top ten, the DEX210’s pace started to quicken. Round 3 provided a well deserved podium for Craig Collinson and his DEX210 – again four DEX210’s making the top ten showed the quickening pace of the car.


After 3 rounds of the series Team Durango drivers hold strong positions in the series top ten in each class. Four in 4wd and five in 2wd. With 4 rounds to go, everything is still to play for – bad rounds to drop and good ones to work for. We’ll keep you posted on the team’s progress.

DEX210 Setups from the series can be found here:

DEX410v3 Setups from the series can be found here:

Team Durango take 2WD & 4WD at Chadderton Round 2

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 12:25 pm

Batley Buggy Club hosted round 2 of their popular 2011/12 winter series at Chadderton RC Raceway. With 141 entrants, a full day of racing was ahead of the drivers as they arrived at 7:30 on Sunday morning. Greeting the drivers was one of the best track to date, with a mix of jumps, bumps, carpet and the normal cork flooring.

As the day progressed the racing was some of the best we have seen as the track was flowing and allowed passing easily without causing too many problems.

Team Durango’s Craig Collinson who’d already taken the 2010/11 championship, returned to this years series for the first time and promptly took both dBoots Tyred cars  toTQ in both 2 & 4wd.

The final came and in 4wd and Craig had car problems on lap 1 – leaving Team Durango’s new signing, Eugene Galley,  and local hero Stephen Lawson’s cars to race away. Eugene edging out a little gap lap by lap and taking the win with his DEX410V3.

eugene Above: Craig Collinson TQ, Eugene Galley 1st, Steve Lawson 2nd

In 2wd it was Craig Collinson, this time without problems who handled his DEX210 with supreme confidence- leading from start to finish Craig took the win.

Batley Buggy Club Would Like to thank DBoots for there support of the series with dBoots tyres taking TQ in both classes, 1st and 2nd in 4wd and the win in 2wd.

December 6, 2011

Brunsden & DNX408 take HNMC Winter Cup Round 5

Filed under: News — Stuart @ 12:13 am

Kevin Brunsden took a big win at the 5th round of the Herts Nitro Model Club’s winter cup series as he came from 3rd on the grid to beat some of the top drivers in the country with his Team Durango DNX408.


I was hoping for a good result at the Herts track this past weekend, I have had some good results running up to this event and was hoping to carry this on.

In round one I put in a good steady run and stayed on my wheels, the run felt fast and I finished 4th in round.

I made a small change to the front camber link for round two – going longer on the link to try and gain a little more on-power steering.  I didn’t make any other changes as the car was already good.  I got 3rd in round this time but the racing was very close with the top 5 drivers all split by just 2 seconds.

I tried new Team Durango silver-black springs on the front for round three and again, this helped the car across the bumps.  Sadly a big error half-way into the run lost me a lot of time and I decided to pull the car off and prepare for the A final. My previous qualifiers had left me 3rd overall on the grid, and with a lot of big names at this event I was very happy with this.

I had a good start and held my position but with a small mistake I dropped down to forth.  I was feeling confident that I’d be able to make the ground back.  After around 4 minutes I was back up to 3rd and fighting for second with Elliott Boots – and we were both catching the leader Neil Cragg .

At the 7-minute mark I was called in for fuel and  moved into second place & was now chasing down Neil Cragg.  By the 10 minute mark I had taken the lead and thought I had a good gap back to second but the longer fuel-stop of Dave Crompton looked to have given him the edge because after the second stop he had taken the lead and I was back to second.  I fought back and regained the lead which I extended to the finish line to bring the DNX408 home in 1st which was a great end to my season.

Thanks to for the photo!

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