Tuning Up Your WR8!

Tue, 17th June 2014

The WR8 has a large and growing group of fans who are having fun hooning, drifting and rallying their cars in parking areas, off-road trails and skate parks around the world. With every popular platform, there will be a group of die-hard hobbyists who will want to maximize the potential of their car, whether it's to make it look the coolest, go the fastest or be the quickest around a track.

With this in mind, we've come up with a list of options you can look at for your WR8, whether you have the nitro or electric version, that will allow you to customize your car to its maximum!

The various options are split up into various categories, depending what you're going for, so have a look and pick out the best parts for you!

 

Extra Durability

Having a car you can hoon around without worrying about breaking a part is a pretty high priority for any serious RC owner. Whether you're racing or bashing, a broken part stops play and requires you to repair or replace whatever has broken. HPI has a very long list of fantastic options that will drastically improve the durability of your WR8 when you're really pushing the car to its limits!

A variety of options are available for all areas of the car, and do a variety of things from making the chassis rock-solid to strengthening the outer suspension parts. The drivetrain can also be dramatically toughened up, with a range of heavy-duty drive shafts and diff cups for the center driveline and diff outdrives, plus cool anodized locking hex adapters for the wheels. 

Chassis

#108022 ALUMINUM FRONT UPPER BRACE (HARD ANODIZED) 
#108023 ALUMINUM FRONT BRACE (HARD ANODIZED) 
#108024 ALUMINUM REAR BRACE (HARD ANODIZED) 
#109010 CENTER BULKHEAD BRACE (WOVEN GRAPHITE/2MM/WR8 FLUX)
#109012 UPPER DECK (WOVEN GRAPHITE/2mm/WR8 3.0)
#109013 CENTER BULKHEAD BRACE (WOVEN GRAPHITE/2mm/WR8 3.0)

Suspension

#108021 ALUMINUM REAR HUB CARRIER SET (0 DEG/HARD ANODIZED) 
#108077 ALUMINIUM FRONT C-HUB L/R (HARD ANODIZED) 
#108078 ALUMINUM KNUCKLE SET L/R (HARD ANODIZED)

Drivetrain

#108020 ALUMINUM LOCKING HEX WHEEL HUB (12mm/4pcs) 
#109920 HD CENTER DRIVE SHAFT 5X26.5MM
#109924 HD CENTER DRIVE SHAFT 5X31MM
#109925 HD GEAR SHAFT 5X29MM
#109926 DIFF SHAFT 5X23.5MM
#61092 WHEEL NUT M4 SERRATED (PURPLE/4PCS)
#87271 SERRATED FLANGE NUT M4 (STEEL/8pcs)

 

Tuning Potential

If you're racing or performing in Gymkhana-style events against your friends, you'll want to be able to tune your WR8 so it performs its best. The option aluminum-body shocks for the Blitz short course truck are a great way to drop those valuable tenths of a second, and of course they'll need to be installed on the WR8 woven graphite shock towers to get the best out of them! The SB-5 is a great upgrade servo for the WR8, as it's faster and more powerful than the stock servo, and for ultimate tuning power you'll want the Castle Link to tune the speed controller! Finally, the new D-Box 2 is the ultimate secret weapon for stable vehicle handling - it's not just for drifters! 

 

#103395 - ALUMINUM THREADED SHOCK SET (67-87mm/2pcs)
#109011 SHOCK TOWER (WOVEN GRAPHITE/3mm) (Fits both WR8 Flux and WR8 3.0)
#101996 HPI SB-5 SERVO (METAL GEAR/11.8kg-cm 6.0V)
#100573 CASTLE LINK USB PROGRAMMING KIT
#105409 HPI D-BOX 2 ADJUSTABLE STABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM

Of course, to get the most out of any car, RC or full-size, you need the right tires. The Gymkhana replica tires on the WR8 are really soft and provide great grip on paved surfaces (just like the WR8 rally-style tarmac tires), but HPI also have M compound slick tires available, as well as 2 varieties of off-road tires! Choose your weapon wisely - tire choice really makes a difference when you're up against the clock!

On-Road Tires

#108076 - WR8 TARMAC TIRE D COMP (2.2"/57x35mm/2pcs) 
#109747 - GYMKHANA TIRE D COMP (2.2"/57x80mm/2pcs)
#4590 - RACING SLICK TIRE M COMPOUND 57x35mm (2.2 in.)

Off-Road/Rally Tires

#107870 - WR8 RALLY OFF ROAD TIRE (2pcs) (NOTE: Use only with 1.9" (48mm) wheels, see below)
#4475 - M COMPOUND RALLY TIRE 57x35mm (2.2in.) (NOTE: use only with 2.2" (57mm) wheels, see below)

 

Insane Speed

Of course you want speed - who doesn't? For the WR8 Flux, the only choice here is the Plazma 11.1V battery pack from HPI. It's already fitted with a Dean's plug for no performance loss at the connection, and it fits straight into the adjustable battery holder on the WR8 chassis. You've already told your friends your WR8 can go faster than 60mph, now it's time to show them! (in a safe place, of course!)

#106401 - PLAZMA 11.1V 3200mAh 35C LiPo Battery Pack 35.52Wh

 

Looks & Styling

It goes without saying that the Ken Block replica bodies look amazing - there's no denying that! However, you might want to change things up a bit now and then and paint up a custom rally, gymkhana or Hoonigan-style paint scheme for your car. OR, you can replace your beat-up rally or Ken Block body with a fresh new one that's exactly the same! HPI have a clear body for your own customization or a variety of Ford Fiesta WRC bodies in Ford Abu Dhabi and Ken Block liveries, in both nitro (with windshield cooling hole cut-out) and electric (no cut-out) versions!

 

#107401 - 2011 FIESTA RS WRC FORD ABU DHABI WRT TEAM BODY (Clear)
#113254 - PAINTED WR8 FLUX BODY KEN BLOCK 2013 GRC FORD FIESTA H.F.H.V.
#113253 - PAINTED WR8 3.0 BODY KEN BLOCK 2013 GRC FORD FIESTA H.F.H.V. (with engine cooling cut-out)
#112893 - 2012 FIESTA RS WRC FORD WRT PAINTED BODY (WR8 Flux)
#112894 - 2012 FIESTA RS WRC FORD WRT PAINTED BODY (WR8 3.0) (with engine cooling cut-out)
#108025 - FORD FIESTA ABU DHABI WRC BODY (WHITE/GREEN/RED) (with engine cooling cut-out)

Now, of course you can't discuss car styling without talking about WHEELS! Alloys, rims, dubz, whatever you want to call them, the choices for RC cars are almost as numerous as for full-size cars, and HPI offer a pretty good selection of wheels for on-road and off-road use! Because of the scale replica origins of the WR8 , HPI uses 2 different wheel diameters for on-road wheels (2.2 inch or 57mm) and off-road wheels (1.9 inch or 48mm), so make sure when you get a set of wheels and tires that the rim sizes match! 

On-Road

#108076 - WR8 TARMAC TIRE D COMP (2.2"/57x35mm/2pcs) 
#4590 - RACING SLICK TIRE M COMPOUND 57x35mm (2.2 in.)
#109747 - GYMKHANA TIRE D COMP (2.2"/57x80mm/2pcs)

#108075 WR8 TARMAC WHEEL WHITE (2.2"/57x35mm/2pcs)
#107972 WR8 TARMAC WHEEL BLACK (2.2"/57x35mm/2pcs)
#109745 - fifteen52 TARMAC WHEEL SET
#3036 - MESH WHEEL 57X35MM (2.2 IN.) BLACK
#3037 - MESH WHEEL 57X35MM (2.2 IN.) CHROME
#3031 - SUPER STAR WHEEL 57x35mm (2.2 in.) BLACK
#3032 - SUPER STAR WHEEL 57x35mm (2.2 in.) CHROME

 

Off-Road/Rally

#107870 - WR8 RALLY OFF ROAD TIRE (2pcs) (NOTE: use only with 1.9" (48mm) wheels)
#4475 - M COMPOUND RALLY TIRE 57x35mm (2.2in.) (NOTE: use only with 2.2" (57mm) wheels, see above)
#107881 WR8 RALLY OFF-ROAD WHEEL 48x33mm (WHITE / 2pcs)
#107970 WR8 RALLY OFF-ROAD WHEEL BLACK (48x33mm/2pcs)
#107971 WR8 RALLY OFF-ROAD WHEEL BRONZE (48x33mm/2pcs)

 

Convenience

WR8 3.0 owners will be happy to know there is a way to fit the HPI Roto-Start system to their car, which works great if you have the Roto-Start or Roto-Start 2 system! Just install the Roto-Start Back Plate set for the Bullet and you can use any Roto-Start system, or you can use also the Starter Shaft in a power drill to get the engine going (just don't hold the drill trigger for more than a few seconds at a time). If you want the convenience of a smaller starting package, the Roto-Start 2 system is also listed below. 

 

#101274 - ROTO-START BACK PLATE
#87116 - STARTER SHAFT WITH O-RING
#87132 - HPI ROTO START 2 SYSTEM (FOR NITRO STAR 12/15/18 PULLSTART)

 

...and you're ready for ACTION! 

 

 

Does that give you a few ideas for the future of your WR8? Do you have your own project WR8 in the works? Post photos of your custom WR8 on the HPI Facebook page!


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