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Old 10-24-2005, 01:26 PM   #1
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I am thinking of getting a Mugen MBX5 Prospect and some additional parts upfront for backup. For those of you who run this car, can you tell which parts that most frequently break or fail?

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Old 10-24-2005, 01:28 PM   #2
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Hard too tell, it is not much that fails, its often a screw thats loose or something like that
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What about diffs or swing arms? Don't they break frequently. Keep in mind I would like to drive this car aggressivly!
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Unless you drive the car like a monkey it shouldn't break.
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I do drive the car like a monkey and it doesn't break
I have borken a lower front arm, rear outer hingepin, a shock end and had two bearings fail in 6 gallons (1.5 seasons) of use. The car is just starting to fee like it was used. I will replace a $5 set of bushings ,the bearings and the center CVD's and consider the car rebuilt. Can't complain one bit.
Oh, this is a "regular" MBX5, not a Prospec.
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You wont go wrong with a mugen. I have been running mbx 5's for 2 years. As far as extra parts , i would get a set of front upper and lower arms,maybe some shock shafts. later down the road replace the bearings cause dirt gets in them and wacks them out. I drive my mbx 5 like a monkey also and dont break. I also have turned my other prospec into the MSR truggy...it is awsome!!!! PS check out the O.S Vspec motor and JP1 pipe...it rocks in the MBX5
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front lower arms is about it, that wears and breaks.... and is a must have coz its only $10 a pair.

also another set of bushings $5

then of course not specific to the mugen... but u need to go racing.,....


a lot of 5x10x4mm clutch bearings and clutch shoes
and manifold seals
and air filter foams, air filter oil
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front lower arms is about it, that wears and breaks.... and is a must have coz its only $10 a pair.

also another set of bushings $5

then of course not specific to the mugen... but u need to go racing.,....


a lot of 5x10x4mm clutch bearings and clutch shoes
and manifold seals
and air filter foams, air filter oil
Bushings? Where are the bushings located? I thought this buggy was purely bearings?
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They mean the hinge pin bushings. You can get some brass ones that are supposed to last longer and they aren't that much more than a pack of the regular plastic ones if I remember correctly. I can't remember who makes them for the life of me though.


When I had my Mugen I snapped one arm of each on the front. Top and bottom arm. The crash was bad enough to snap a shock shaft and break the diff case. It was a peice of 2x4 used as a stake that was in a stupid part of the track. It had no gaurd on it. It basically ripped the corner of the car off. Other than that, I really can't think of anything that might break. The car is pretty durable. One complete set of arms, a full set of shock shafts, the bushings, front hubs, and a plastic suspension kit with the preload spacers and shock collars and stuff. That's about it.
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Cool, thanks!!!!
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You can find the bushings on http://www.carolinasrc.com this is where i get all my extra and hop ups parts from. the complete set of bushings are $24.00 and they do last longer than the plastic. but dont worry the plastic ones dont wear out quick. I like this buggy because i have run different brands, but to me the mugen just out handled others and made me feel real relaxed driving it hard into tight turns and enough control to make the longsest tripple.

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How long has the MBX5 been out and when do you guys expect a newer version to come out?
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It's been out for about 3 yrs or more..not sure tho,thats what i would say. The MBX4 R had great success in the offroad world. I dont think there are plans on makeing a new one anytime soon, but i know the newiest offroad thing is the MSR Truggy conversion kit. Now the only company thats changes buggys like underwear is Kyosho. They came out with 2 new buggys in one season, and only thing in my eyes that changed where the price, and some chassis mods....check out http://www.mugenracing.com all the info you should need is on there site.
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This is funny, I know most of those guys on the mugen website you just mentioned. They race at crystal park race way. I did their site.

www.crystalparkrcraceway.com
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Thats a cool site, You in Cali? I raced the silver state race 2 yrs ago. The west cost have some really nice tracks! www.hobbyhut.com is my local track..belive it or not, im now the only guy to still run a Mugen.. Most guess have changed over to the Xray, but my mugen still stomps all over them!!
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