I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy


I have posted few pages recently about engines but believe it or not, I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy. Last year, I ran a Novarossi 21 Plus 4 engine, this was a good engine with exceptional run time but this year I’m looking for something different. The “buzz” is to have an engine with the best runtime, it is common to have 10+ minutes per tank. Runtime is great when racing but I don’t plan to race much this season so runtime is not on the top of my list. In fact, I’m more looking for an engine that will hold its tune, will last more than 6 gallon if well treated, be enough powerful to race against more expensive engines and finally, the engine should be under the 200$.

So far, I have focused on those engines. They are listed in preference order:

I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy My Words


Dynamite Mach 2 .21 SG:

  • It is only 130$
  • It may not be a killer engine but it should be able to keep with the pace on a short track
  • I had Dynamite engines in the past and they were OK engines.
  • 6-port design, seems a good mix between torque and RPM

I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy My Words

Dynamite Platinum .21XP 9-Port:

  • The 180$ price tag is OK for me
  • It is a 9 port engine, it may have a lot of RPM…
  • I only heard good comments on this mill
  • Three needles carburetor… Not sure it is a plus or a minus on a nitro engine

I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy My Words

Go Technology GX-5R .21:

  • It is 15$ more expensive than what I have budgeted but I can afford it
  • 5-port gives a good mix of torque and RPM
  • I heard good things about those engines (The one with the orange cooling head)
  • The specs are nice
  • Comes with an extra connecting rod

I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy My Words

OFNA Jammin JPX.21:

  • I saw this engine running in a truggy and I was impressed
  • 30$ over my budget
  • Specs are great
  • Only heard good words on this engine

I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy My Words

Team Orion Alpha .21:

  • The price is in my budget…200$
  • Ryan Cavalieri is fast with a Team Orion engine, why not me? 
  • 3-port design gives better milleage and more torque which is great for buggy

As you can see, I limit my choices to only few engines. There are more brands and models available but I focus only on the engines listed above. So far, my vote seems to go for Dynamite Mach 2 .21 SG which is the cheaper of my list. Don’t know why. Maybe because I still convinced that we can have fun and success (Don’t confuse with wins) with a cheaper engine. Maybe because it doesn’t break the bank or maybe because It  can always be a good spare engine if I don’t like it. I still have few weeks in front of me before I order my new engine. I’ll keep you informed on my final selection and yes I’ll review it!

Sylvain Lafrance

Sylvain Lafrance

Hello, my name is Sylvain Lafrance and I am the man behind MyRCBox.com. I have bought my first hobby grade RC in the early 90s. With years, what that started as a simple hobby, quickly became a strong passion. I am so much passionate about R/C that I have created MyRCBox.com in 2006 to share my experiences with R/C products that I use for racing and bashing. Follow me !

3 thoughts on “I still can’t decide which engine to buy for my RC8 buggy

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    March 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm
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    You can’t go wrong with the choice you made, Dynamites are trouble free start every race finish every race motor. When you find a pipe and clutch to match the motor it will give you the consistent performance you want and need on race day. At the race it won’t be the tune up you have to work on and that is a luxury racing. Dynamite motors break in quickly and are user friendly and at the low price of those motors you can throw them away and buy new one when the rod or bearings or compresion is gone. Money well spent in these tight times! But I would like to read or even better video of what you thought of the GO 5 port with a 2072 pipe they have great perfomance I hsve read.
    In any case I am interested in reading what you think of your motor abd was it user friendly!

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    March 6, 2010 at 9:01 am
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    Both Dynamite engines seem good engines. I’m more interested in the 130$ engine because it has 6 port. But I’m a little bit afraid of its power limitation.

    The Go 5 port engine is also interesting. A bit over my 200$ limit but I don’t care. Someone was supposed to send me two Go engines for a review but I never received them, so…

    Now I have to find where I can get the lower prices!

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  • admin
    March 12, 2010 at 9:02 pm
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    I finally made my decision…..

    It will be a Novarossi N21R-BF Limited Edition… 140$

    Novarossi quality at a budget price 🙂

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