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Laydown Transmissions: The Lowdown on the Latest Buggy Tech

Laydown Transmissions: The Lowdown on the Latest Buggy Tech

2WD buggies are continuing their evolution at a staggering rate and a big part of the innovation is the incorporation of laydown transmissions. Whether you choose a new factory conversion, a purpose-built buggy, or a 3D-printed aftermarket tuning option, there’s a lot of ways to jump on board. Most were initially developed for carpet or Astro-turf, and like them or not, they are here to stay and will most likely continue to grow in popularity. Check out some of the many offerings available.

The Team Associated B6 is a dedicated laydown transmission buggy dedicated to high-bite surfaces.

The Team Associated B6 is a dedicated laydown transmission buggy dedicated to high-bite surfaces.

TLR opted to release a laydown conversion to their current 22 3.0 buggy, instead of releasing an entire kit.

TLR opted to release a laydown conversion to their current 22 3.0 buggy, instead of releasing an entire kit.

Tuning company Exotek has their own limited edition conversion kit for the TLR 22 3.0 with an aluminum transmission case.

Tuning company Exotek has their own limited edition conversion kit for the TLR 22 3.0 with an aluminum transmission case.

AC rc gear uses a 3D printed case and “waterfall” for use with the Team Associated B5M.

AC rc gear designed a 3D printed case and “waterfall” for use with the Team Associated B5M.

The WWHD laydown conversion for the B5M uses delrin parts and carbon fiber rear shock tower and motor plate. Designed by legendary Arizona stock racer, Jeff “Humpty” Helms.

The WWHD laydown conversion for the B5M uses delrin parts and carbon fiber rear shock tower and motor plate. Designed by legendary Arizona stock racer, Jeff “Humpty” Helms.

The Anders Lind Worlds conversion for the Team Associated B5M. It too is 3D printed and was one of the original laydown conversions.

The Anders Lind Worlds conversion for the Team Associated B5M. It too is 3D printed and was one of the original laydown conversions.

The Xray XB2 “Carpet Edition” is a kit with a specific purpose.

The Xray XB2 “Carpet Edition” is a kit with a specific purpose.

The Yokomo YZ-2 is another buggy kit with a laydown transmission.

The Yokomo YZ-2 is another buggy kit with a laydown transmission.

Updated: June 20, 2016 — 4:25 PM
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  1. If you want an old school buggy with laydown mid motor, you can also use the RC10GT transmissions and a special motor plate conversion. There is possible drilling of the chassis for the rear bulkhead, but it’ll look very close, to what is shown here. just an old school approach

  2. Er, Schumacher KF2? Maybe tracks will change to low maintenance astro/carpet to suit?

  3. The B5M from the fifth picture is from ACrcgear ( https://www.facebook.com/ACrcgear/ )

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