I would say for out of the box, you probably can't go wrong with the BJ4 or the ZX5 as well as the X5. I have heard of people really liking the ZX5 and it doesn't come with alot of stuff out of the box. Only thing has been durability.
As for the Academy SB V2, out of the box it needs a couple of things. But once you do those things especially on american tracks as it has alittle more flex than some of the other vehicles it works really well. Main things it needs are alloy shocks, titanium turnbuckles, and 2 orings in the rear dogbones. You also need to use a longer center steering link so you can get full steering throw. But after doing this, it handled as well or better than my SB Pro ever did and this is considering it wasn't even fully setup.
There are alot of choices out there, all good and each have there own quirks. Me, I wanted durability, and the SB's series is tops on that, especially the suspension. If you also like shaft drive, the SB's have that as well.
Hopefully they will make an SB V2 pro all out racer.
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