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Old 05-11-2020, 04:19 AM
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I have both, as all my 1/5 are brushless. I've gone through 2 ztw ESC for my Vektas. I will never use ZTW again, me and everyone I know locally has had trouble with them. A few people had decent success, so I assume they're not ALL bad. MGM if you want true reliable POWER for 12s+. I would rather run a proven MAX5 on 8s in a 5iveB rather than take my chances with ZTW again. The Vekta is too heavy for the Max5 and heats upquickly even if geared properly. I'm currently running 2 vektas, 1 with a 70120 rocket motor and MGM 25063 esc, and 1 with the MGM 40063 with lehner 3080. PM if you'd like more info.
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I owned a Vekta for quite a while, and Travis sent me a prototype of his brushless conversion (Wheelman Designz) once upon a time. I had every single hopup available on it. Ended up having to sell it to fund some business expenses. Itís certainly impressive and beautiful to look at. Donít go into one thinking it wonít need alloy upgrades right away, as you will want a few hundred worth to keep it rolling. I constantly broke stuff.

Im getting back into it now and am putting together a brushless 5ive-b. I always really loved my 1/8th electric buggy, the handling and fun factor was through the roof. To scale that up into a 1/5th sounds like the best of both worlds to me. Sounds a lot more durable, not to mention much lighter with longer run times. Goes hand in hand.

If you want to stick to 8s, go 5ive-b for sure. If you want long run times, go 12s and 5ive-b. If you want wow factor and scale realism and sheer impressiveness, go Vekta. The Facebook group for the Kraken is good, good bunch of guys. I used to run forums for it, but I think theyíre gone now.

DDM will have their 5ive-b in stock very shortly, they are in customs right now.

Good luck!

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Old 05-16-2020, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by lylefk View Post
I owned a Vekta for quite a while, and Travis sent me a prototype of his brushless conversion (Wheelman Designz) once upon a time. I had every single hopup available on it. Ended up having to sell it to fund some business expenses. Itís certainly impressive and beautiful to look at. Donít go into one thinking it wonít need alloy upgrades right away, as you will want a few hundred worth to keep it rolling. I constantly broke stuff.

Im getting back into it now and am putting together a brushless 5ive-b. I always really loved my 1/8th electric buggy, the handling and fun factor was through the roof. To scale that up into a 1/5th sounds like the best of both worlds to me. Sounds a lot more durable, not to mention much lighter with longer run times. Goes hand in hand.

If you want to stick to 8s, go 5ive-b for sure. If you want long run times, go 12s and 5ive-b. If you want wow factor and scale realism and sheer impressiveness, go Vekta. The Facebook group for the Kraken is good, good bunch of guys. I used to run forums for it, but I think theyíre gone now.

DDM will have their 5ive-b in stock very shortly, they are in customs right now.

Good luck!

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Yeah Lyle. Iím actually in the process of building from scratch, a 5ive-T 2.0 brushless. Iím calling it Project COVID. Lol. I have my email notifications setup for when the 5ive-B is back in stock at DDM. I really want one!

As far as the Vekta goes, youíre absolutely right! Wicked cool factor and an impressive vehicle with scale realism. Iím also waiting for a DDM Deal of the Day to get one of these...just because. Definitely gonna be a Wheelman Designs and MGM build. I really like the MGM packages and pure quality and function. I just bought their drop in 8S package for my Limitless, so that should be fun.

Once I get back from my trip to the east coast to pick up my daughter, Iíll post up some pics of the various builds Iíve got going on. Had to stay busy during quarantine.

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Originally Posted by rudebwoyfishman View Post
Yeah Lyle. Iím actually in the process of building from scratch, a 5ive-T 2.0 brushless. Iím calling it Project COVID. Lol. I have my email notifications setup for when the 5ive-B is back in stock at DDM. I really want one!

As far as the Vekta goes, youíre absolutely right! Wicked cool factor and an impressive vehicle with scale realism. Iím also waiting for a DDM Deal of the Day to get one of these...just because. Definitely gonna be a Wheelman Designs and MGM build. I really like the MGM packages and pure quality and function. I just bought their drop in 8S package for my Limitless, so that should be fun.

Once I get back from my trip to the east coast to pick up my daughter, Iíll post up some pics of the various builds Iíve got going on. Had to stay busy during quarantine.

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Get onto to Wheelman on Facebook, i think he sells MGM packages for the Vekta, not sure, but he sells very nice carbon fibre parts for it. The MGM carbon ESC mount looks very nice, and the carbon battery tray will reduce weight up top.
RCMAX in the UK have their branded alloy parts, along with all the JS Performance and Vertigo upgrades
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by gavsta72 View Post
Get onto to Wheelman on Facebook, i think he sells MGM packages for the Vekta, not sure, but he sells very nice carbon fibre parts for it. The MGM carbon ESC mount looks very nice, and the carbon battery tray will reduce weight up top.
RCMAX in the UK have their branded alloy parts, along with all the JS Performance and Vertigo upgrades
I been in contact with Travis, Gav. Already have a plan for electronics selection.
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DDM got their 5ive-b stock up on the website today, I've got one coming!
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DDM got their 5ive-b stock up on the website today, I've got one coming!
yes about to order one myself now. I was looking at a MCD Racing RR5 but I think the Losi 5IVE-B is better supported. Iíve been waiting on email notification for a while for ddm to restock these 5B. I wonder how long they are going to continue to sell them? My dream would be to have two, one runner and one roller for later! Haha
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DDM plans to carry them going forward, but they've had to talk Horizon into keeping them going twice, so I wouldn't count on it.
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Originally Posted by lylefk View Post
DDM plans to carry them going forward, but they've had to talk Horizon into keeping them going twice, so I wouldn't count on it.
I talked to Steve and he said he currently has about a year or so worth stock in the 5ive-B kits. Iím sure heíll continue the private label deal with HH.

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I went and bought myself yet another 5iveB also yesterday. I couldn't resist

Nothing flash, jsut the TLR brushless kit along with a max5 and the big Leopard 58113 870kv
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Old 05-23-2020, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by gavsta72 View Post
I went and bought myself yet another 5iveB also yesterday. I couldn't resist

Nothing flash, jsut the TLR brushless kit along with a max5 and the big Leopard 58113 870kv
Always figured you would Gav! The price is just too right.
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