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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Today @ 07:15 AM | 4,027 Views
Here is my in depth review of the 104001 looking at the design, build quality and performance of this car. I've tortured this thing daily for the past month to see what I could find out. There are definite shortcomings and some solid benefits so you'll need to decide what is important to you to guide your purchase decision.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-104001-review-an-in-depth-look-at-this-new-budget-4wd-buggy

Here is a key quote from my review:

The Bottom Line
This is a well designed car that is based on a proven racing machine. There are obvious shortcomings in this model, most notably the chassis flex as a result of costing a fraction of the price of the car it is based on. These are only small issues though on a car that is generally over-engineered for the power system it is supplied with. This means that it should be super-durable if you wish to keep it stock but should easily handle a lot more power if you choose to upgrade - a great car to start and grow with.


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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 06, 2021 @ 06:25 PM | 1,955 Views
If you own or are looking at owning the new WL Toys 104001 1/10 scale RTR 4wd buggy and want to get better performance out of it before you consider modding, then I've put together a tuning guide for the key areas you should probably address since they are poorly adjusted from the factory:
  • Gear Mesh
  • Diff oil (not grease since they use sealed diffs)
  • Getting shock fluid set to the correct level
  • Tierod adjustment

This has lots of images and steps laid out in a simple way so beginners can follow too. I've also covered off a couple of ways this car cannot be adjusted where the 144001 could but spoiler! It's not a big deal.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-104001-beginners-guide-4-things-you-must-do


There are of course shortcomings on this car but as usual the community will overcome this and make it into a decent bang for back option. It is after all heavily inspired by the Xray XB4 2016 which is a pretty handy car.

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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 05, 2021 @ 10:18 PM | 2,141 Views
Recently I've done a lot of work comparing a high kV 2s brushless setup to a low kv 3s brushless setup using the WL TOys 124018 as a base same as 144001 and 124019.

This is based on the setup in my drop in brushless upgrade for these cars.

Peak RPM for both motors is 40,000 rpm using 2s on the 5400kv motor and 3s on the 3600kv motor.

Both setups were evaluated for efficiency, heat generation and top speed via GPS and then for a laugh I tried 3s on the high kv setup and 2s on the low kv setup.

Full results and findings are here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/rc-car-theory-2s-vs-3s-high-kv-vs-low-kv


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 30, 2021 @ 10:44 PM | 1,861 Views
If you run a brushless modded 144001, 124018, 124019 or in fact any other brushless car with a hobbywing ESC then you can adjust timing. In this guide I show you how to adjust timing to make more power (and hear) or how to reduce heat on an existing setup.

My base car is the WL Toys 124018 with a brushless modified 2445 5400kv motor which runs fast but hot. This mod cooled it down substantially.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarrevie...power-and-heat


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 27, 2021 @ 04:35 AM | 2,238 Views
The 144001 is a great value budget hobby grade RC off roader but being built in the buggy style it can be a bit weaker when basher.

In this guide I've upgraded the bumpers, body, mounts and wheels with truly bolt on parts in order to make it much more bash-worthy. See the guide below for full details:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-144001-basher-upgrade-make-it-tough



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 15, 2021 @ 11:04 PM | 3,766 Views
I've written a basic guide on the cheapest brushless setup that I'd recommend for the 144001. I've been beating on this car for a few weeks now and can say that the setup is robust on 2s. Advantages over stock are:
  • 60 km/h top speed
  • much faster acceleration
  • Double battery life (about 15 minutes vs 6-8 stock)
  • Much more durable due to less weight in a crash
  • Bettery for jumping and cornering due to better weight distribution

Here is the article:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/144001-brushless-upgrade-the-cheapest-setup-worth-having



[QuadifyRC] 144001 Upgraded with the cheapest brushless setup worth doing (0 min 7 sec)

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Mar 25, 2021 @ 03:20 PM | 5,945 Views
Banggood have put together a list of RC Car specials for me for the Banggood Spring Sale which is presently running. Includes all the popular models like the WL Toys 144001, 124019, 124018 and even the new ZD Racing EX-01 1/5 scale Hoonicorn road basher.

Click through to the link for all the coupon codes:

http://bit.ly/QRCspringsale



Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Feb 22, 2021 @ 11:03 PM | 7,992 Views
WL Toys recently released the 1/12 scale 124019 and 124018 which usually get lumped together in a review however I've split out the 124018 differences here to see what is different, the advantages and disadvantages and how to use this information to chose that one that suits you best. Full article with lots of pictures is here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-124018-review-what-makes-it-different-to-the-124019-buggy




Conclusion from the article snipped below but obviously a lot more information at the link above


When I first saw the WL Toys 124018 I thought it was just a cosmetic change for a different look and I thought it simply diluted the offering for WL toys. However, the deeper I have dug in the more I've found that these changes make it more suited to more offroad bashing than the WL Toys 124019 (and 144001). This is based on longer softer suspension, a body that keeps out dirt, dust and water a little better and can handle rolls and flips without damaging the shock absorber caps. It doesn't come without compromises through - you cannot run drop screws or sway bars in the rear, servicing is made more difficult and heat build up is worse.

Don't forget that the full drive train is identical and as such tuning and any upgrades like brushless power trains are applicable to both, just be aware of the more limited room available in the 124018.

In the end, you need to decide which of these factors and of course the appearance are important to you when deciding which one to buy. Or not - you can always be like me and order both 😅 (plus a 144001 for good measure).

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Feb 03, 2021 @ 05:05 AM | 10,975 Views
I've reviewed the new SG 1604 and SG 1603 1/16 skid car and it is a whole lot of fun to drive but not until you've made a couple of key changes. Good thing they are easy to make and I've documented in a step by step guide alongside the review here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/sg-1603-sg-1604-review-and-the-simple-fixes-that-are-critical





Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jan 19, 2021 @ 10:54 PM | 10,277 Views
Below is a link to my review on the Diatone Roma F4 LR micro long range quadcopter.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/diatone-roma-f4-lr-review-and-diatones-attention-to-detail


In this review I cover:
  • Discussion of specs
  • A look at the frame design and build quality
  • Betaflight setup
  • Flight performance
  • Battery options and flight time
  • GPS performance
  • Nebula V2 cam vs Nebula Pro
  • Final comparison to other micro LR quads and conclusions

This is a text and picture review, not a video review, hope you find it useful



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jan 02, 2021 @ 05:54 AM | 12,457 Views
Here's my full setup and tuning guide for the WL Toys 124019:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/124019-budget-setup-and-tuning-guide-2021-get-the-most-out-of-your-car

In this guide I cover free improvements to help you get the most out of your car and better understand how it works. Specifically covered are:
  • Rear toe in, rear camber
  • Front toe in, front camber
  • Diff improvement
  • Battery optimisation

Lots of pictures that hopefully make the instructions easier to follow, hopefully someone finds this useful!


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Dec 21, 2020 @ 08:15 PM | 13,663 Views
I've just finished a full review of the WL Toys 124019 where my focus has been on the improvements and benefits over the 144001. The review can be found here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-124019-review-all-of-144001-improvements-that-no-one-has-mentioned

Below is a short excerpt from the conclusion to give you a taste:

Quite simply the WL Toys 124019 is a very well designed car that has a number of subtle but crucial improvements over the hugely popular WL Toys 144001 that will make it more reliable with better handling and greater durability. Although it is better set up from the factory, there are still a few tweaks that need to be made on order to get it handling at its best but these do not take long and no special parts are needed - they are practically free. Although this car has impressive performance out of the box with its oversized brushless 550 motor, it also has a lot of potential to be upgraded, particularly a move to brushless power that can offer a more top speed, better acceleration and much better battery life.


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Dec 18, 2020 @ 05:04 AM | 14,003 Views
Here is a rather comprehensive setup guide and of course review for the Eachine Shadow Fiend 4 inch Sub-250g Long range quadcopter.

In a busy category this one stands out as the most competitively priced although it does need a few tweaks which I've detailed. Better yet I have a 15% discount coupon in the article which makes it cost only about $100 more than the Caddx Vista DJI unit alone.

See my setup guide and review here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/eachine-shadow-fiend-4-inch-long-range-setup-review-crossfire-solved

Just a quick note that I have solved the issue of adding a TBS crossfire receiver without having to forgo GPS functionality as the support page recommends...


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Dec 07, 2020 @ 04:20 AM | 11,277 Views
Check out my top 5 list for small scale (1/12 and smaller) RC cars for bashing in 2020.

It's unscientific and full of anecdotes so please feel free to let me know if you disagree

I've had fun racing these cars around for different reasons and like the small scale stuff for portability and playing with the kids.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/the-best-small-scale-budget-rc-car-bashers-for-2020


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 25, 2020 @ 04:43 AM | 11,476 Views
I've had a customised list of specials created for my by Banggood based on the RC Cars and FPV quads and parts I've reviewed and admire. I've weeded out the 'not really a special' prices and am left with the 34 in this list. Hopefully you find something that suits:

QuadifyRC.com Banggood Black Friday Specials


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 23, 2020 @ 08:30 PM | 10,871 Views
The XLF F16 is a Ready To Run (RTR) 1:14 scale 4WD off road Radio-controlled racing buggy. It notably includes a very large 550 sized brushless motor and a number of 'upgrade' metal components including suspension arms and knuckles. The brushed version as reviewed here retails for around $100 and has options with one or 2 batteries.

Here is my in-depth review and comparison to the highly regarded WL Toys 144001 with which it competes:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/xlf-f16-114-4wd-buggy-review-this-or-the-144001



Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 18, 2020 @ 05:28 AM | 12,141 Views


Here is my review on the Happymodel Crux3

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/happymodel-crux3-review-and-setup-way-over-6-minutes-flight-no-sweat

Probably the micro of the moment in my mind. I had over 6 minutes of decent speed flight on a 3.5 year old 2s 450mah battery that wasn't that good when it was new. Tune is great out of the factory and the hardware is well matched but check out the link for more details.

Oh yeah, 14% coupon code at the bottom of the article if it smokes your tyres.




Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 10, 2020 @ 04:57 AM | 12,859 Views
I have a spreadsheet linked below with all of Banggoods RC specials (particularly FPV drones and cars) which are live for 2 days only. I've highlighted what I believe are the best deals but check them all out as everyone has different wants.

https://bit.ly/11elevenBGDeals


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Oct 28, 2020 @ 05:19 PM | 15,381 Views
I love the WL Toys 144001 1/14 scale RC Buggy and have written a lot of articles on tuning and upgrading it here. It is inexpensive and runs well stock or is easily upgraded to brushless power which offers better speed and acceleration as well as battery life. But how does it compare against the car on which is was based, the LC racing EMB series on which the 144001 was (let's face it) copied from?




So surely you know by now that the 144001 is a budget copy of the LC racing EMB-1 but with a bigger brushless 550 motor and integrated ESC/receiver and no slipper clutch. This means that WL Toys have been able to grab a big slice of the popular RC car market at a price point of $70-80 for the 144001 vs $200ish for the LC racing equivalent. But this is clearly not a fair comparison so what if you take the brushless upgraded 144001 with a raft of replacement parts, tally up the cost and then compare? Would you still buy the 144001 to upgrade or would you just got straight for the LC racing? I'll break this down by price and performance in order to give you the clearest information to make this decision for yourself and my opinion I what I would (and did) do.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/brushless-upgrade-144001-vs-lc-racing-emb-mt-cost-and-performance-comparison

LC Racing EMB-MT bashing on gravel (0 min 11 sec)


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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Oct 04, 2020 @ 09:28 PM | 9,616 Views
The FUS X111 Pro is a fully ducted micro 2.5 inch quadcopter capable of carrying a small HD camera for safe and stead HD recording. It differs to other products in the market by being considerably lighter and cheaper. Presently it retails for $99 on Banggood which is substantially less than other cinewhoops. Is it anygood? Surprisingly the answer is yes, even carrying a full sized runcam 5 HD camera. Full review and setup is here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/fus-x111pro-cinewhoop-review-and-setup