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Would you consider the Axial Yeti SCORE Trophy Truck to being direct competition to a Traxxas Slash 4X4?

Hey Rich. Would you consider the Axial Yeti SCORE Trophy Truck to being direct competition to a slash? I just love the look over the slash but if it can’t keep up with my buddy’s slashes I’m out.  Alternatively what would you suggest upgrade wise so it could compete with my friend’s slashes?  Long time subscriber. Love your videos. Thanks for entertaining me every week.  –Mike


Hey Mike,

Thanks for watching and being a long time subscriber! The Axial Yeti SCORE Trophy Truck is a great platform and although it looks similar to a Traxxas Slash 4×4, the looks are probably the only similarities. The SCORE truck uses IFS (Independent Front Suspension) and a Solid Axle Rear mounted to trailing arms, where the Traxxas Slash uses full 4 wheel independent suspension. The SCORE truck has an open front differential and locked rear with a center slipper clutch mounted on the spur gear, where the Slash 4×4 has open front and rear diffs and an optional center diff. 

Power wise, the SCORE truck (RTR) is powered by a (needed) 3s Lipo powerplant and the Slash 4×4 is quite capable on 2s, although 3s is an option, to the demise of the drivetrain.  

If you compare the two strictly on suspension and power, the Slash 4×4 will win in almost any race, bashing or on a true track. The suspension and power on the Slash 4×4 was designed for performance only. Now for the hard question, could the SCORE truck be better than the Slash 4×4? Sure! Switching out the power plant with a more robust system and really dialing in the suspension to race is possible, but there will be some cost involved. What you do get with the SCORE truck is the true scale realism, like you said “trumps” the Slash 4×4 in every way. From the true suspension and chassis to the overall look of the body and cage system, the SCORE truck really has a niche. I hope this answer helps your decision.  —Rich

If you could bring one 1/8 scale buggy on 4s to race…..what would you bring?

Rich,  If you could bring one 1/8 scale buggy on 4s to race…..what would you bring? –Adam


Hey Adam, 

Funny you should mention this right after my Team Associated RC8B3e Review! I have run many 1/8th scale buggies and through out the years they truly have evolved from underpowered, high center of gravity, 14mm shocks mounted to way over engineered, beautiful masterpieces! I have recently ran three main platforms including the Team Associated RC8B3e, Tekno EB48.3, Team Durango DEX8 and the Mugen MBX7e R. With that being said, the best in my opinion has been the RC8B3e. It has to do with the overall experience with the buggy and the complete system that Team Associated has developed over the years. From Team Driver’s set up sheets, part support at local track and available upgrades from many different manufacturers, the RC8B3e is a true champion. I have ran it on both outdoor loose tracks and indoor high grip tracks and the performance was great overall. Hope this answer helps your decision!  –Rich

 

What tools or tool kit would be good to start out with?

Hi Rich,  What tools or tool kit would be good to start out with? I do small engine repair so I have plenty in my big car and lawn equipment arsenal but it seems there are some specialized tools for certain things.  Thanks again,  Hershell


Hershell,

Thanks for liking my FaceBook Fan Page and watching my YouTube channel! Over the years I have reviewed many, many tools for RC. The “Tool Tuesday” series of videos has come back for Season 2 recently and after over 40 videos, I have a great suggestion for you. The Team Associated Factory Team set includes 90% of the wrenches you’ll need for your RC endeavors. The Kit includes a 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5mm hex wrenches and a 5.5mm and 7.0mm nutdriver all done up in high quality steel tips and anodized aluminum handles.   –Rich

Click here to watch the Tool Tuesday for the Team Associated Factory Team Set

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