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Old 11-21-2014, 08:02 AM   #31
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cool looking forward to hearing more about it.

Curious on how well its waterproofed too.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:57 PM   #32
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This looks interesting. My 6 year old wanted a truck for Christmas. I want something he can bring to the track but more importantly bash around the yard. I was going to pickup a slash lcg platinum but this looks like it might be fun.
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Old 11-21-2014, 05:19 PM   #33
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Anyone want to take a guess on how much $$$ you could get for the electronics?
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I've been eyeing this new truck as something I could use to drag my dad and older brother into the hobby. It looks like it'd be pretty solid for a beginner and parts seem to be pretty inexpensive.

Anybody else see what looks like body posts attached to the front and rear diffs?

(I'd link to the pictures that are on RCDriver, but I'm not allowed to post links yet...)

I wonder if they're planning a 1/8 buggy for this chassis...it looks like there would be plenty of room for an appropriately sized motor.

Yeah, I noticed them too. You can also see them in the unboxing pics on bigsquid. I suspect we'll see an e-buggy in the spring if the Cutback does well.


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Old 11-23-2014, 09:20 AM   #35
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Is this thing using mod 1 gears, 32p, or 48p? With the open spur and pinion, that could be the deciding factor for a basher/racer or strictly a track and on-road vehicle.

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Saw the pictures off RCDriver, 48p gears. Yuck. Not a competitor in my eyes.

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Old 11-23-2014, 09:24 AM   #36
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32P from what I found out.
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:54 AM   #37
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This could also be called the "Oversteer" because it is tail happy beyond belief. Punchy acceleration but seems to top out quickly. On 2s all stock it might be 25-27mph? It seems very rwd biased out of the box.

After a few laps on our practice track which is clay, sand and some gravel, I got used to the handling and was pretty happy with the truck. It gets out if corners fast for what it is, but ran out of gear before the jumps causing some nose dive. Soft damping would also contribute to this. I found it a pretty fun truck and the stock tires are OK. I'm going to swap pinions next time.

We also did some warehouse bashing and it slammed some hard corners and never thought twice about it. Traction on polished concrete was non-existent with stock tires- par for the course.

Will do donuts anywhere, anytime.

The truck has weight, which I think keeps it planted for handling. Once familiar, you can use the oversteer and punchy drive to get the inside line. On power though, it's fish-tail nature make it hard to get the exact line you want. Like anything, dialing the dual rate, and as suggested in reviews- better tires, would improve this. Lengthening the gear might as well. This kit rewards SMOOTH steering inputs.

Swap or Stock?
It's easy to make this faster. Drop in the Castle SCT and MMP or a 550 Hobbywing. I'd address gearing and suspension first. On 3s with stock set-up I would think you'd see the typical power and top speed gains, but I can't help but think of how hard it might be to control with that power. I feel like this is slightly slower than my Exo with castle 540mmp sct system, although it's lighter than the exo.

I'm going to put some used but good tires on it and head back out tomorrow.

My bottom line:
Once you get used to the handling, this truck was very fun to drive. I felt like it was a bit of a challenge, which I liked overcoming, but may be off putting to a total newbie. I'm a novice. I started running laps pretty consistent with my friends but no match for the Tekno (duh).

If I bought this kit as my only truck, and with the thought of upgrading to try racing, sure, it would work well. You can race anything, really. For $299 I feel like it is in the "no-brainer" category. It's taken some hits and kept on going, and the 2 year parts replacement should be solid.
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My buddy picked one up, servo horn stripped so fast we didn't get to run it much. In case you're wanting to replace it the horn is a 25t.
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good info

Any word on the the following:

- Size of the shocks
- What wheel offset it is using?
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good info

Any word on the the following:

- Size of the shocks
- What wheel offset it is using?
I didn't get a chance to check out the wheels, shocks looked like 12mm to me. Body mount posts seemed to be pretty soft plastic. The truck is light, too. Felt lighter than the scte and definitely the sct410.

Also tower has the adjustable linkages in stock

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXAWJK&P=ML
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I didn't get a chance to check out the wheels, shocks looked like 12mm to me. Body mount posts seemed to be pretty soft plastic. The truck is light, too. Felt lighter than the scte and definitely the sct410.

Also tower has the adjustable linkages in stock

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXAWJK&P=ML

link took me to a servo horn?

did you mean this one:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXESSZ&P=7

hmm, with the dimensions you mentioned, could be a nice option for indoors especially with it being light.
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link took me to a servo horn?

did you mean this one:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXESSZ&P=7

hmm, with the dimensions you mentioned, could be a nice option for indoors especially with it being light.
Oh shoot I sent my buddy the servo horn to replace the stripped one, Ya I did mean those ones! It really is a neat truck, I'd like to see it with some race level electronics.
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cool. I wonder if the stock esc can handle a bit more, say a 4000kv motor?
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Any complaints on the weird angled out drives/bones?
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Any complaints on the weird angled out drives/bones?
When I looked at them i didn't see anything wrong with them, I disnt really get any wheel time with the truck.
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