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Old 03-08-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default MBX5 vs. MBX5R That big of a difference in durability/performance?

I REALLY like this car from what I've read. Just have a hard time throwing down the cash for one. I will be club racing and a very important criteria in choosing a buggy is durability.

I just discovered you can by the MBX5 from Amain and it's about $290 cheaper than the R. How does this compare to the R kit or maybe a better comparison, how does it compare to the Turmoil Pro in durability and performance? ( Turmoil Pro can be had for $189)

What are the differences in the MBX5 and the "R" version? Sorry if this question has been asked before.

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This link might help you. http://www.carolinasrc.com/Webstore/...idcategory=466

I am running a MBX5 PROSPEC and love that car. I have added a couple mbx5r upgrades to mine to get some more steering and a little more droop. The car is pretty much bullet proof. There have been some issues with rear shock shafts, they break when your upside down and someone slams into you. But don't get upside down and you'll be ok. :-) Great car choice!!
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5r has more droop, better shocks, and all of the aluminum option parts. Though I couldnt' keep from breaking arms on my 5r, other's have had no problems.


I would stick with either AE, Losi, Mugen, Xray, and Kyosho simply because getting parts for these cars will be alot easier than anything else. You get what you pay for........................
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I have ran a prospec for the last two seasons(switched from xray) and the 5r is a far superior buggy. It handles like a dream and turns on a dime plus gives change back..LOL.. I have had NO issues with the arms on mine but i did buy some spares for the "just in case" problem that may arise. Just my .02...
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This link might help you. http://www.carolinasrc.com/Webstore/...idcategory=466

I am running a MBX5 PROSPEC and love that car. I have added a couple mbx5r upgrades to mine to get some more steering and a little more droop. The car is pretty much bullet proof. There have been some issues with rear shock shafts, they break when your upside down and someone slams into you. But don't get upside down and you'll be ok. :-) Great car choice!!
Cannondale....this is from page two of that link...this may answer the question for you.....

MBX-5 to MBX-5R COMPLETE Conversion Kit

Discounted kit that contains EVERYTHING you need to update your MBX-5 to a MBX-5R!

Our Price: $389.99
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You can't go wrong with the stock MBX-5. All of the upgrades on the pro-spec improve durability but they are really only a benefit on very hard surface tracks where it's easier to tweak shock towers and things like that.

Smart money says get the standard MBX5. The shock bodies will wear out in about a season and then you can get the "R" upgrade package that replaces the shocks with the "R" stuff. Carolina's RC may still have the abbreviated "R" upgrade package (was about $200) that includes the meaningful upgrades from the MBX5 to the "R". Then again, the new Mugen car will likely be out by then so you can just pass the standard '5 on to someone starting out. Aside from the shock bodies Mugens wear like iron.
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Thank you everyone for your replys, this is the first forum I've found with sound advice! The link to the parts list is particularly helpful.

Looks like the MBX5 may be the best balance of quality and durability for the money. Just to confirm though, how does the MBX5 compare to the Turmoil Pro regarding durability and wear/developing slop etc? (I know the Mugen is far better regarding handling)

Slop and drivetrain wear is the main reason I'm staying away from the 8ight.

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I dont' know about the Mugen handling better simply because give the Turmoil to any pro driver and they'll be able to put it in the winners circle. Any car can win on any day, it's who's behind the wheel that matters.

Durability is the difference between the 2 buggies.


You can't go wrong with the standard mbx5 and at half the price of everything else, it's an even better deal.
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The Mugen is better than the turmoil in every way. Be sure when you build it to set it up with this setup (pretty much the gold standard of MBX5 setups):

http://www.mugenracing.com/image/rac...verstate05.pdf
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The Mugen is better than the turmoil in every way. Be sure when you build it to set it up with this setup (pretty much the gold standard of MBX5 setups):

http://www.mugenracing.com/image/rac...verstate05.pdf
+1... if you let a pro driver drive the turmoil and the mugen, he will have faster lap times with the mugen. it is just the superior buggy of the two and imho, the best out there period.
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