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Old 04-28-2010, 01:26 AM
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parts hard to find for this buggy?
debating between the b44 and this..
i know the b44 wont have a parts availability issue but i really like that the academy utilizes stick packs rather than saddle packs.
makes it so i can share batteries between models.
appears as if stormer has pretty good support for getting parts.

is this a good buggy?

appreciate anyones info.
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I've owned both Ran the ACD las summer into fall. It's a decent car. The shocks do not come anodized or threaded. Your shock oil will look like silver metallic paint after a day of racing. The front bulkhead needs beefed up. Plan on spares for that. Not much spring or piston options....as for the B44 well lets just say that the buggy doesn't have these issues. You decide.
They do have a SBV3 coming out.....with the same shocks.
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parts hard to find for this buggy?
debating between the b44 and this..
i know the b44 wont have a parts availability issue but i really like that the academy utilizes stick packs rather than saddle packs.
makes it so i can share batteries between models.
appears as if stormer has pretty good support for getting parts.

is this a good buggy?

appreciate anyones info.
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Parts aren't too hard to find but you will obviously have to order them. I NEVER broke a front bulkhead and I had the v2 for two years, so I'm not sure why that was commented on. You will want to stock up on spares with a car like this, not because it's fragile (quite the opposite,) but because it isn't that common. There are a couple of mods/ changes that are recommended for better performance but they are inexpensive or free and the info is readily available, all you have to do is ask. There is a whole thread dedicated to this car with lots of good info you just have to dig through a couple pages to find it.
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Old 04-28-2010, 01:05 PM
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I never said I broke a front bulkhead. Maybe I should have explained...The bulkhead has a spot where you get stress cracks in the plastic.....
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One of the primary reasons I bought mine is due to the fact they use stick packs, and they look damn sweet.

They have proved to me stupidly strong, I have broken some items but it took a lot of heavy impacts that I had expected would kill the car.

Hell, I don't even bother taking my spares with me to the track anymore as its a waste of time. They all sit pristine in their packets in the shed.

And I have just started letting my 5 year old son race with one of them....
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thanks for the feedback..
i believe that i am going to pass on the b44.
i really would like the stick pack option so i can swap with my onroad cars..
the losi XXX-4 Graphite Plus 4wd Buggy has caught my eye as well.
it uses stickpacks as well.
it is 40 bucks more than the academy on stormerhobbies.

is the losi a better buggy? or is it simply a matter of opinion
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XXX-4G is considered by many to be fragile and best suited for a smooth track.

I loved mine, In fact its the one buggy I regret selling.

Personally I'd be looking at the Kyosho,which also takes stick packs.
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I liked the handling of the XXX4 slightly better but it does break alot. the other problem I have is that when it rolls the pack comes out the side no matter how tight you pin it. Never had that happen on the SBV2 but did have the axle screws back out a few times while driving. 2 fixes for that - put a drop of locktite between the aluminum cones, or loctite the screw in, both will remedy this problem.

We're trying a Kyosho ZX5 this year too, so far no problems with that one but the shock tower mounts look to be a weak point.

A-Main and Stormer usually have a good supply of V2 parts, or you can order direct from MRC.
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yah actually i noticed the i cant get the academy shipped to me from amain for just the price of the car at stormer!
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