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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Oct 23, 2021 @ 05:14 AM | 16,572 Views
The WL Toys 104009 is recently released a 4WD RC monster truck. It is made by WL Toys, one of the lower cost RC Car manufacturers that tend to strike a good balance between performance and affordability. This particular car is stated as 1/10 scale but is about the size of a typical 1/12 scale, still big enough to perform off-road. In this review I'll cover what I like about this car and what I don't like so you can make a decision to see if it will suit you or not.

My full review is here: WL TOYS 104009 MONSTER TRUCK REVIEW: DRIVES GREAT WITH 1 KEY ISSUE


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Oct 16, 2021 @ 04:36 AM | 26,946 Views
HBX make some outstanding small scale brushless bashers but this is the first time they have never made a larger car until now. I've reviewed the HBX 901a which is a 1/12 scale brushless 4wd dirt truck. This is a bit more expensive than the popular HBX 16889a pro but the extra size and ground clearance makes it a lot more capable offroad. It has typically excellent durability and battery life with decent speed from the brushless 2845 motor.

Full review is here:


HBX 901A REVIEW: DURABLE 1/12 SCALE 4WD BRUSHLESS TRUCK






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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Aug 30, 2021 @ 10:11 PM | 21,354 Views
The WL Toys 104001 has been a popular 1/10 scale 4wd cost because it has taken from the race-proven X-Ray Xb4 / LC racing design and made a much cheaper version. The included brushed motor and ESC included is a real let down because even though the car has great handling, it feels rather slow. I've heavily tested a budget brushless motor and ESC combo and can confirm it works very well. I've also found a VERY high capacity that fit perfectly with just a very small and easy modification.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-104001-budget-brushless-upgrade


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Aug 16, 2021 @ 12:38 AM | 19,752 Views
Here is my review of the HBX 16889a Pro 4WD 1/16 scale RC Truck:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/hbx-16889a-pro-review-i-think-this-is-the-best-small-basher-ive-ever-had

A snippet from the review:

The HBX 16889a Pro is a simply fantastic small scale RC truck that falls squarely in the "basher" category. It improves in so many ways over the original 16889 brushless which itself was an excellent car. The improvements are mainly focussed on handling, durability and acceleration. The result is a little truck that is quick off the mark, handles like a true basher, runs for ages and is super strong. If you are looking for a car that you can get meaningful upgrades for then this is not the car for you, consider instead the WL Toys 144001 which has shortcomings but is an excellent base for upgrading. However, if you are looking for a well priced basher that performs really well at a fair price then I can happily recommend this car.



Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Aug 12, 2021 @ 04:20 PM | 20,825 Views
The Bonsai 141600 (Jubatas) is a newly released car that at first glance looks similar to the popular WL toys 144001 in the now crowded 1/14 4WD RC Car class. Retail price before discount at time of writing is just under $90 which is also similar to these other cars. In this review I'll look through the specs plus how it actually performs and compares to the other cars and what I recommend.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/bonsai-jubatas-141600-114-scale-4wd-rc-car-review

TLDR the car is ok, just ok but the steering servo is horrid. Obviously a lot more detail in the review but probably worth buying if you can get it cheap. Since the 1/14 and 1/16 scale RC buggy category is so competitive I recommended some much better cars at a similar price in the article.


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 22, 2021 @ 07:05 AM | 17,015 Views
WL Toys have finally released brushless versions of their highly popular 124019 and 124018 4WD RTR buggies. Below is a fairly extensive preview I've done here covering the new ESC, motor choice, gearing and differences to the brushless version. I also have a fairly well grounded estimate of what the top speed will look like too:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-124016-124017-preview-first-factory-brushless-wl-toys-rc-cars

There is also a coupon code in the article for 10% off which brings the 124017 down to $133.


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 16, 2021 @ 12:32 AM | 25,017 Views
Here is my review of the new and improved teeny tiny 1/76 RC car from Turbo Racing that I did with two of my sons. This is based on the C71 Corvette.

This tiny RC car is smaller than a hotwheels car and as you expect will run in even the smallest places. It has full proportional steering and throttle plus transmitter-controller lights which is hard to believe on something this small. This little thing is a lot of fun but I'd imagine 2 or more would make it even better. I'm nervous about durability purely because of size but it seems to be holding up so far.


Turbo Racing C71 1/76 Micro RC Car Review (13 min 23 sec)

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 06, 2021 @ 04:32 AM | 29,823 Views
I've written a quick and easy guide for those new to soldering, particularly targeted at RC Car drivers where soldering isn't a pre-requisite (like it is with quads). I recommend a good value iron plus all the other tools you need to get started without committing too much $$$

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/soldering-for-rc-car-noobs

I hope you find this useful



Mini-Review / Posted by QuadifyRC.com / May 17, 2021 @ 03:52 PM / 27,748 Views / 0 Comments / Reply
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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 16, 2021 @ 07:15 AM | 29,774 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 | 9,009 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 | 8,171 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 | 7,780 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 | 8,041 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 | 9,490 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 | 11,704 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 | 14,208 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 | 17,322 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 | 16,033 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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