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Old 11-28-2007, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default Need your wisdom, 4wd 1/10 buggy

Hi, need some advice from you guys, Im from OZ and myseft and wife go racing at local track for club meets.
I have a problem as in the fact I need a stronger 1/10 buggy for my wife, she currently runs a Losi XXX4 g+, but for her driving skill, it doesn't have the strength needed as she has a habit for breaking it (nice, fast buggy - Ive got mine on brushless- but very brittle )
What does the general comunity recommend as a tough 4WD buggy, it doe'nt need to be a worlds fastest?
I've even built her a brushless Savage X so she can race a full meet (be it in monster class)

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Old 11-28-2007, 03:18 AM   #2
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What motor does your wife run?

Durability reports on the SBV2 Pro are extremely good, But I may be biased as I just purchased one.

And I dumped my xxx4G.....
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Old 11-28-2007, 03:21 AM   #3
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Was a 24 turn stock, now 17 turn.
She isnt after speed, she wont drive mine
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:49 AM   #4
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The Academy SBV2 has a reputation as being one of the most durable of the 4wd buggies. And it's shaft driven, so no more taking 30 minutes to replace a stretched or snapped belt! This would likely be my first choice. They also have a sport version available.

Another option you may be interested in for her would be the Tamiya buggies. The Dark Impact is inexpensive and a fairly durable and competent racer.

The B44 is too new to really display it's durability.

Can't speak for the Kyosho either as I haven't owned or been around one long enough to form an opinion.

Good luck with whatever you choose and remember to look for parts availability from your local hobby store for the quick fixes on race day.
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:58 AM   #5
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:26 AM   #6
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It is well known that the TRF501X is the real tank among 4wd buggies. I never saw an A-arm or a hub break. Some people with BJ4's even put TRF501 A-arms on their car.

Now you can say that the TRF501X is a bit expensive for bashing (or the wife ) but now you can buy the Tamiya DB01 Durga, an entry levell version of the TRF501X. It has an enclosed drivetrain, sick pack chassis (same layout as the XXX4) and more importantly : over time you can hop it up to a TRF501X !
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The Tamiya has shown to be tough. I like the SBv2 Pro. It costs less than anything else out there and is the most durable 4wd I have seen. Plus it's a shaft drive car, the Tamiya is an exposed belt drive car. Tons of diff and belt maintnence with them.
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I can say my Kyosho ZX5 is nearly bulletproof. Our track design we are running now has lots of big jumps and tons of bumps to throw the car around and is known for breaking cars.I have been running my Kyosho 2 times a week for about 6 weeks now and I have only broken 1 front arm, and 1 rear arm. It is a great car and very very durable.
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The B44 is very strong, I would rate it as one for top of the list.
I had the BJ4 and the XX-4 The Losi was candy
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I think much of this will come down to one important fact you left out of the original post. How much are you willing to spend?

Do you want a $200 buggy that is durable right out of the box and ready to drop on the track, or a $350+ buggy that is either durable from the start or will need more money to make it so? New or used? etc...

Less of a budget counts out the 501, JConcepts, BJ4, B44, etc...

Also look at battery configuration. Your Losi uses a side by side or stick pack. Some of the others mentioned are saddle packs. So you have to consider if you want to break your packs up or keep them the same across all your vehicles. Also if you move to LiPo, do you want to invest in 2 styles of packs that will be unique to each vehicle, or stick to one standard.

Any way you go, I would still move to a shaft drive cars for her.
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I can say my Kyosho ZX5 is nearly bulletproof. Our track design we are running now has lots of big jumps and tons of bumps to throw the car around and is known for breaking cars.I have been running my Kyosho 2 times a week for about 6 weeks now and I have only broken 1 front arm, and 1 rear arm. It is a great car and very very durable.

+ 1 for zx5... but definitely get the aluminum front suspension brace, it will save alot of headaches.
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My ZX5 has proved to be bomb proof. I only broke one part in the two months I have been racing it, and that was from a full speed collision with a stopped car on the straight.
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Funny... remember a couple years ago when the question would've been:

"Should I get a XXX-4g+ or should I get an XXX-4?"

Nice to have choices again, isn't it?
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