Our picks for performance, durability, and/or appearance upgrades
Here are our accessory and hop-up picks for today’s popular vehicles that can boost performance, durability and/or appearance and leave you with a sweet custom ride.
This article was originally published in RC Driver’s July 2016 issue.
TYPE: 1/14-scale 6×4 electric semi truck kit
PRICE: $409.95 (item no. 56344)
HOP-UP: Tamiya Multi-Function Control (MFC-01) Unit
PRICE: $329.99 (56511) Although it is pricey, the Tamiya MFC unit is one of those upgrades that will completely transform the intended vehicle and is 100-percent worth every penny. It will bring a level of realism to the Grand Hauler that is purely amazing. It gives you the ability to control lights, sounds and vibrations that are coordinated with what the truck is doing. There are 33 different types of sounds, 21 actions controlled by the transmitter, an included speed control plus so much more.
HOP-UP: RC4WD Force Directional front and rear wheels
PRICE: Front $44.99/pair (Z-W0053), Rear $54.99/pair (Z-W0148) What makes the Grand Hauler stand out from other semis is it cool customized appearance. An area that did not get any customized tweaking are the wheels which are the same style that is used on all of Tamiya’s tractor trucks. Add a complete set of RC4WD Force Directional aluminum wheels to complete the Grand Hauler’s custom look.
HOP-UP: Tamiya Tractor Truck Oil Shocks
PRICE: $25.89/set (56503) The included aluminum shocks are not oilfilled so the Grand Hauler will have a tendency to bounce a bit when rolling over uneven surfaces. By adding these Tamiya hop-up oil-filled shocks, the action of the tractor will be much smoother and more realistic looking. You will need three sets to properly equip the Grand Hauler.