New Losi 4WD Off Road Truck

Dec 30, 2011 No Comments by

Over the Christmas holidays I went to San Fran to visit my son and granddaughter. Although my son and I have flown r/c airplanes and helicopters over the years, he is now interested in 1/5 gas r/c cars. So, for Christmas he received the new Losi 1/5 4WD Off Road Truck (LOSB0019WHTBD) from Horizon Hobby (www.horizonhobby.com) I’ll have to wait till I get home to upload a photo, but I wanted to tell you right away how impressed we are with this truck. It’s bind and drive, and runs great right out of the box. The Horizon web site has a complete overview, with video, of this truck, but here are some of the basics.

This is the closest thing to a full-size vehicle in realism, performance and experience. With a 4WD drivetrain based on the racing-winning, award winning 8IGHT platfrom, Spektrum™ telemetry receiver, installed sensors, and 1/4-scale servos. And since it’s a Bind-N-Drive™ vehicle, you complete it with the DSM® transmitter of your choice. Large-bore threaded, aluminum shocks feature over-sized 7mm shock shafts designed to stand up to the punishment of 1/5-scale action. The threaded adjusters allow for fine-tuning and the extra high volume of fluid is essential in controlling the suspension movement over the roughest terrain. The chassis plate is constructed of 5mm aircraft-grade aluminum and has been machined to save weight and add strength to provide extreme durability. To ensure a long engine life and proper care, the air and fuel systems are served by a two-stage filtering systems. The fuel system also features a secondary filter to keep the fuel pickup in the gas mix no matter what the orientation of the vehicle, and acts as a filter to block larger debris. The engine comes installed with a high-volume muffler and features an electronic ignition with an easy adjust carburetor a built-in choke and fuel primmer. The core of the electronics system is the SR3300T receiver that is powered by Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM technology and has telemetry built in. The 5IVE-T comes prewired with sensors for engine temperature, speed and receiver battery voltage. Just add a surface DSM transmitter like the Spektrum DX3S, and all of this information will be transmitted back to the driver for real-time vitals of the 5IVE-T. The monster wheels are true beadlock wheels with rings on both the inner and outer bead of the tire. The 5IVE-T uses nothing but precision cut or formed, heat treated steel gears throughout the drive train. No plastic gears. These are the strongest and most durable type of gears available and expensive option items on other models. The realistic cage also provides added durability to the assembly absorbing impacts as well as a solid base for the modular body. The unique design allows the body and cage to be removed with only four screws and four body clips in seconds.

I am certainly not an expert in this area, but to say my son and I are having a great time running this truck is an understatement.

Paul Tradelius, Uncategorized

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A regular contributor to Model Airplane News, he is also the columnist for our “Rotor Speed” helicopter column. Paul has been flying RC helicopters since the early ‘80s and now enjoys all types of rotary machines, including scale and aerobatics, and he continues to experiment with modifications to improve performance.
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