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Old 03-23-2008, 02:10 PM   #46
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I bought the B44 a couple weeks ago and it seems to run very well and the build quality was excellent except I had a machining issue with the rear center shaft. I called associated and they sent me out a new one pretty quick with no issues so the support was excellent. It seems to be durable however I've only ran approx 7 packs with it so far. So I would vote for the
B-44 I guess unless you want to wait for the new Schumacher coming out. it looks nice.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:56 PM   #47
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The XXX4 runs surprisingly good. I still think its competitive with anything if the track isn't too rutted and crazy. Mine is easier to drive fast than any other car I own. As far as the front end, Losi stopped making the 7.5 alloy front brace and the front alloy hinge pin mounts--you can find them used however, and they should help a lot in that dept.

The main thing I seem to break on the XXX4 is the alloy CVDs. They are great in terms of acceleration but I don't really think they belong on a true off-road car. Luckily you can get steel CVD shafts or the Losi LCDs.

The 501x WE really is an awesome ride. Terrific turn in, jumps well, beefy as hell. Only issue is I have had to become a mini hobby shop to prepare for broken parts. If you don't have a whole bunch of spares and something does break you are SOL.

ZX5 sp is another great 4wd. Sharp turn in but still has that rear end bite.
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:50 PM   #48
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Academy SBV2 is easily one of the most durable cars out there...

I think the 501x is next

I've seen more B44's break the front upper plate where the ball stud goes than you can shake a stick at-sucks thats a weak spot because its a spendy part to replace regularly, same with Kyosho's... arms, hubs and towers break at the drop of a hat at our track.

In 6 months running my Academy, I've broke one front hub carrier, one front kickup plate and one gearbox top.... all deserved to break given the situation.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:47 PM   #49
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I added a slightly larger/wider washer between the ballstud and the upper plate and the same larger size above it under the nut. It seems like it may help with the load distribution to the upper plate during strange landings. I fortunately havent had any problems with it yet.



[QUOTE=Tony Newland;4288042]Academy SBV2 is easily one of the most durable cars out there...
I've seen more B44's break the front upper plate where the ball stud goes than you can shake a stick at-sucks thats a weak spot because its a spendy part to replace regularly, same with Kyosho's... arms, hubs and towers break at the drop of a hat at our track.
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Losi XX4 WE is the best 4wd buggy.
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