I find it alittle funny that people are saying the b44 is a buggy to have but no one has driven it yet. And since the d4 is a clone of the bj4we in a way, that should get as much clout as the b44 right now.
Of all the 4wd race level buggies out there, the only one I wouldn't consider would be the XXX-4 for my own personal preference. But pretty much all the race vehicles, from the BJ4s to the X-5, Academy, Yok and Tamiya will get the job done and are competitive against each other. Kyosho too!
The think about the Yokomo and other belt style ones is to find out from those who own them how well the rear diff is holding up since the drivetrain is open there from what I understand.
Having driven the Academy SB V2 Pro, its one heck of a vehicle for the money. Same can be said of the Kyosho, you get alot of buggy for the money.
I would see what is stocked at your LHS, if that however is not important to you, write down the things you look for in a 4wd vehicle. Do you believe a belt drivetrain is the way to go? Do you feel saddle packs are needed versus using a side x side setup? Also consider how easy it is to get setup advice local and online too.
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