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I was origionaly going to get the savage xs first but since tower was sold out, I decided to go ahead and purchase the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3.
I am really hoping this will be as tough as the savage flux unfortunate'ly the one I owned was a money pit, and broke every time out so I sold the savage about a year ago, and have been searching for a better basher since.
*Quote* One of the toughest if not (The Toughest truck) we have ever tested Big squid rc's review
*IMPORTANT* THING'S YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE HEAVY BASHING.
1) LOC-TITE all metal to metal screw's/Grub screw's, pinion, drive cup's, wheel's, their is also a couple screw's on the wheelie bar/wing mount that can back out.
this is what I believe t be the best brace, Basher from wondertiger came up with this idea, it uses a shift linkage from a harley davidson,you can find them on ebay just type in harley davidson shift linkage, you will need to cut the aluminum angles that mount to shock tower's
This one pictured is on my thunder tiger st-1
Those are the most important thing's to do when you get your new MT4-G3.
*LINKS AND SHORTCUT'S*
0)Motor is re-brand leopard 2000kv, esc and motor are 6s capable but 5s is suggested sweet spot
1) ESC is the Ripper 150a esc Hobbywing Re-Brand manual say's can run both sensored and non sensored motor's their is no sensor port on this esc, and can not run in sensored mode with a sensored motor.
4) Lower suspension pin's are one of the weak spot's on this truck. They are 4mm thick, 68mm long, smooth. HPI E-Savage part #82040 or Hot Bodies 67417 are direct replacements. You can make your own from 0.157" or 5/32" hardened tool steel stock -- example $2.27 ea. Various steel types are available.
For upper suspension pins, see OFNA part # 38262. You will need to grind a flat spot at one end to allow a set screw to grab.
One last thing the breaking power is set at 75% from factory, you will want to program the esc and set the break to 50% or you will sure'ly nose dive your truck into the ground the first time you go off a jump and tap the break.
I have watched every video of this vehicle at least 10 times over, so I put together a couple quick out of the box vid's I do'nt have time to run it right now as I am in the process of moving, but can't wait to get some bashing vids of it up.
@OnGoinMoneyPit I bought my savage flux when it was first released, and straight out of the box it had a broken front tie rod end, then after that rear arm broke from small jump landing on one wheel, then front arm and bulkhead, then a gear cant remember if it was front or rear diff, but it was before they released the hardened indestructable gear, then another bulkhead.
all these breaks would happen back to back I would get it fixed take it out maybe get one or two full batt pack runs and it would break again, and sit till the parts showed up, in the end it had front and rear alum bulks, rpm arms all around, but for a almost $700.00 dollar vehicle I should not have had to invest anything into it to make it more bashable
the bottom line is I do believe I might have received one with a bad run of plastic or lemon and that the savage is a good vehicle, I just had bad luck with mine.
*edit* I do not know why thunder tiger calls it a monster truck, most monster trucks cant be converted into a buggy, or have center diff's, but in the vid I put my proline dodge ram truck body on it, and it looks like a truck, seems like a pretty good versatile platform to me
This is based off of there 1/8 scale buggy chassis. I do believe the buggy was released first over seas and shortly after the monster truck fallowed. A lot of reviews have said that it is one of the best handling MT out of the box.
I run their 1/10 scale XB buggy and plan on picking up their 1/8 scale buggy. Nice purchase.