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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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Tony Phalen

RC4WD Gelande Defender 90

Review: RC4WD Gelande Defender 90

Let me start by saying that the Land Rover Defender 90 (D90) is my favorite off-road vehicle of all time. The timeless design is so simple and clean that not even Land Rover has bothered to really change it in the last 30 years. RC4WD has stayed true to the spirit of the Defender 90, keeping it simple-looking and perfectly scale.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Shocks

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Shocks

The Build – Part 9 The Team Associated B44.3 comes with the super-plush V2 12mm Big Bore shocks. They’re easy to build and are top-notch at damping the buggy on just about any surface. One with the build. Our first …

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RC4WD Earth Digger 4200XL

Review: RC4WD Earth Digger 4200XL

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: It’s the Earth Digger 4200XL! Admit it: your 10-year-old self would have freaked out at the sight of this thing. Built by JDCustoms and distributed by RC4WD, this 1/12-scale excavator comes pre-built and nearly ready to run, making it easier than ever to get yourself behind the wheel (or sticks, rather) of some heavy-duty construction equipment.

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2014 Holiday Hot List

‘Tis the season for lots of awesome RC gear and the gang is glad the holidays are here. Off-road, on-road, cars and truggies, monsters and crawlers and super-fast buggies. From new kits to become the track ruler to the hottest …

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Anti-Roll Bar

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Anti-Roll Bar

The Build – Part 8 Part 8 will be short and simple; we’re assembling and attaching our rear anti-roll bar. Three steps and then it’s back to something else; or the next build step. Build 2 anti-roll bar links, popping …

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Turnbuckles / Driveline

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Turnbuckles / Driveline

The Build – Part 7 In Step 7 we move on to the turnbuckles and driveline components. I don’t like building turnbuckles. Ever. That is, unless I have a cool tool to help me to the job. Check out this …

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Upgrading the RC4WD Trail Finder 2

Upgrading the RC4WD Trail Finder 2

Once upon a time the RC4WD Trail Finder 2 was released and like any new product, there wasn’t much support for it. Fast forward to today and there are bumpers, body parts, panhard setups, drive shafts, shocks, 4-link, fender flairs, and more available to tune your Trail Finder 2 however you see fit.

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Top Decks

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Top Decks

The Build – Part 6 In this step we’ll be installing the front and rear top decks to the Team Associated B44.3 Buggy. Find the front top deck and attach both the front body mount and inner camber link studs …

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Center Bulkhead

The Build – Part 5 The next step in the Team Associated B44.3 Buggy Build has us attaching the center bulkhead and installing the center diff and motor. The manual has directions for assembling in either saddle-pack configuration or shorty …

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Suspension

The Build – Part 4 Time to assemble the suspension and attach the gearboxes to the chassis. Let’s start by pressing the locknut into the front bulkhead. Now attach the front bulkhead to the chassis. Find your gearboxes and grab …

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Steering

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Steering

The Build – Part 3 We will be assembling the dual bellcrank steering system next in the Team Associated B44.3 build. Start this part of the build by inserting the two steering posts into the steering arms. Make sure you …

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Gearboxes

Team Associated B44.3 Build – Gearboxes

The Build – Part 2 Now that we have the differentials built, we’ll work on getting them mounted in the gearboxes. There are a few tricky steps here and patience is key. The B44.3 uses 3 different lengths of CVA …

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build – Bumpers, Side Bars, Wheels/Tires

The Build – Part 9 Well, you’ve made it to the final step of the Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer build. Hopefully your build looks similar to the one here! Let’s finish this project up… Attach the tow hooks and winch …

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Team Associated B44.3 Build – Differentials

The Build – Part 1 The first part of the B44.3 build will be the differentials; 3 gear diffs to be exact. Since we’ll be working with grease and fluids, it’s a good idea to have some rags available to …

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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build – Suspension Links and Axles

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build – Suspension Links and Axles

The Build – Part 8 In this step we’ll be attaching the front and rear suspensions; the axle and link assemblies. It’s a pretty easy step. Let’s get to it. Start this step by sliding the front slider shaft together. …

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