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Old 07-07-2006, 01:29 PM   #1
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WHAT BRAND 4WD ELEC OFF ROAD?????

I currently race both buggy and truck and am looking to get into a 4wd class any suggestion an what type of car? I am not the best driver in the world and I drive rather aggressively so I will need a durable car.
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Old 07-07-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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Durable and 4wheel do not go hand in hand

I am currently running a Kyosho ZX-5 and enjoy it. Its not too bad in the breaking department but going full bore into a pipe will still bust stuff in half
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The new academy sb v2 is probly the most durable buggy. However, hitting a wall while going 40 miles per hour will break any car. If you want something that is durable then don't run into walls and it won't break. The new yokomo looks to be built like a tank too.
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Old 07-07-2006, 02:22 PM   #4
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what buggy and truck are you running now?
if it's losi i would stick with a losi wheeler or an x-5
if it's ae i would go with the bj4we or the new yok
kyosho does make a viable wheeler but needs a little lovin up front to help with durability
the acadamy well that's another story it needs work to be a viable wheeler but i have heard that it is durable
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Obviously your driving ability dictates how durable anything is. 4wd cars don't just fall apart sitting there usually. Speed is what gets you in trouble. Most people don't put a stock motor in a 4wd. Draw your own conclusions from here.

The Kyosho Lazer ZX-5 is the bang for the buck in my opinion. It had some weaknesses early on but the aftermarket support has caught up finally. Comes with one-ways, etc that must be purchased separately with most other cars.

Pro: Good value for the money. One-ways included, plastic parts are VERY cheap.

Con: Upgrading to aluminum/graphite parts (if you go that route) can add up. Parts may not be available at your local hobby store (which is always a huge thing for me), not much factory support America-side except what you can glean off this great forum.
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zx-5 is probably your best choice! unless you want to go with a bj4...never seen a zx-5 run, but i have read on the review on xtreme rc that its very tunable and kyosho gives you many things that come with the buggy to make you have tons of tuning options
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Old 07-07-2006, 02:43 PM   #7
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Yokomo is very durable compare to others. Go to rc10b4.com. Under BJ4 section, there are alots of comparision between various 4WD.
I would avoid ZX-5 if you are just starting out. It's probable the weakest among all the 4WD. the money you save on the kit will be spent on broken parts in no time. imo
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Here are a few reviews of various 4wd buggys


Jconcepts Bj4 Worlds Edition

XFactory X-5

Yokomo MR4-BX

TTech predator X10

Losi XX4 Worlds Edition

Kyosho ZX5
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thnx for the input. still open for more
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i have an sb sport,, and since i have had it running since march,, i have yet to break anything.. BUT my first one i was breaking c-hubs and arm mounts like crazy... my driving has gotten better with time.. i currently have a xxx-4 i have not finished putting all the electronics in .. but once i do i will be able to compare the two...

no two 4wd drives the same,, the sb sport would be a great buy if the parts were available all over.. mail order only it seems depending on where you are from... there are several reviews on the sb sport as well as all the others.. i do like mine and will continue to drive it...

another option and it seems to be pretty promising is the tamiya dark impact.. there was a recent review done in one of the mags and it was pretty good..

i would get a 4wd where parts are mostly available to you

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go to my thread in electric & nitro offroad, in some advice for new offroaders
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I have an sbv2 with a 9 triple in it and have been taking it down to the local moto-cross track and giving it heaps needs rear unis but apart from that it is very hard to break i have been goin tripple head hight on some jumps easy plus i think the price is good to.
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I have never seen a buggy jump as big and controllable as an SBV2 and survive such brutal landings ....mine thinks its a plane..
Even with a few extra hopups added it is still best bang for buck kit around ...its only new and may be hard to get ..but give it a little while and they will be everywhere...especially now some top drivers have been recruited.
Theres a buildup review here:
http://forums.radiocontrolzone.com/s...d.php?t=215588
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http://www.fibre-lyte.co.uk/fl/cars/academy/sbv2.html
and im trying to get the titanium carbon chassis kit:
http://rcforum.co.kr/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=785
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If you want the best ang for your buck then the SBv2, but if you want to be competative right out of the box the I would get a XXX-4 G+, XX-4 WE, BJ4, or a X-5

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