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Old 08-09-2008, 06:38 PM   #1
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Default Is there such a thing as a durable 1/10 4wd?

What I'm looking for is a "bash racer" for a group of friends to use on a backyard track. Top performance isn't critical since we'll all be using identical setups. I'm talking the durability of something like a Rustler in a 4wd setup.

I've owned a ZX5 and some of the others have owned B44s and we really don't want to deal with breakage. It's not a matter of getting the parts locally, we just want to be able to race each other all day without stopping for repairs. Typically the 10th scale 4wds that I know of are meant for all out performance and have fragile front ends - is there anything out there otherwise?
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Tamiya Yokomo , and Schumacher have some dependable 4wds . Except for Tamiya , they can be hard to get parts for .
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Honestly 1/10 4wd buggy is very competitive and I dont think what your looking for is available. If you want to get into a different scale the eRevo is the closest thing that I can think of, though its not a buggy. They are tough and durable.

Before everyone starts saying they are all good and there are things available, I am just thinking strictly from a bashing, rough, perspective and parts not breaking.

I race my b44 but dont bash with it.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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Yep, we have E-Revos actually.. they are just too big to race on the backyard track. I went brushless with mine and race it on 1/8 tracks, but we want something for a more casual racing with friends.

We race the Slash's on the track and that works great, and is closer to what we're looking for. Something you can beat on without having to repair. We were hoping for 4wd to have something with a bit more control.

We're looking at minis too, will probably end up going that route.

The Tamiya comment interests me. Did you mean something like the Dark Impact? I've not seen one in person and wasn't sure how tough they are. I had a Hornet many many years ago and I know it was tough.
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The traxxas slayer is 4wd but its gas so its going to be noisey if thats a concern. 18t's or B's could be fun if your track isnt really rough
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:51 PM   #6
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a slayer would be a decent option if you converted it to BL. what about getting a 2.5 revo and doing a BL conversion. it would be a little smaller than the 3.3 (i really didnt realize how bout my 3.3 was until i started driving it around to tell you the truth)

i was in the same boat a few months back and the best option i came up with was either convert a B44 to a truggy or do a revo conversion. I went with the revo for the very reason you are back looking at another option, durability.
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B44 all the way, i race alot with it, 4800 lipo, 5.5 brushless, i hit 1/8 scale jumps, HUGE air, and dont break anything. AE B44.... recommended!!!!!
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might I suggest you guys look into using different tires on your slashes? you may find that going with different tires can get them to really hook up. Maybe doing that 17mm hex conversion that new era has, and using 1/8 scale tires then?

As for 1/10 scale 4wd buggies, I had no durability complaints with my SBV2Pro on Mamba max 5700 power.
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If you want a race buggy I would recommend the B44 or the Academy SBV2 Pro. I had major breakage problems with my XXX4G+. Be sure to stay away from vehicles that are based off of touring cars just like the XXX4 is based off the XXXS.

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You're right, what am I thinking?!
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:28 PM   #12
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Something like a Dark Impact or even a racer like the B44 or ZX5 would be pretty durable if you don't strap in crazy power.

Run them on a 13.5 or 10.5 and that would help on the breakage and also make it more fun on a backyard track. It's the insane power and speeds that magnify the durability issues of 4wd.

Buy a spare set of front arms no matter what car you get.
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The Tamiya Durga is supposed to be durable and uses common stick pack batteries. There is a detailed review on oople.com.

Otherwise I'd convert a Jammin CRT.5 to electric or pick up a pre-converted one off ebay. I built an e-crt.5 just for the type of backyard racing you do. It's as tough 4wd near 10th scale that is a blast to drive. It's about the same length as a 1/10 4wd and a bit wider, but still narrower than a 1/10 truck. Check out this site and rc-monster for lots of e-crt.5 info.
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^thats the right idea. i was absolutely brutal to my nitro crt .5,and after a couple of simple upgrades,it has been one of the most durable vehicles ive owned.rc-monster makes aconverson kit,a little pricey,but crt.5s have been for sale a lot lately.i ve got one halfway converted for this type of driving.

ive seen a bunch of threads asking this question for a couple years,and some of the same guys have popped in on this one already... well MR.MANUFACTURERS,we are all still waiting!!!!!
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