Well on to review two. Don’t worry I’m not done with the Smash and I have two more cars that will begin the review process soon. It’s a lot so just bear with me. So anyways, the Kyosho.
I choose the Mad Force Kruiser VE for two main reasons. First off, its solid axels. I’ve always wanted a solid axel monster truck and I’m not exactly sure why. I guess there is just a savage nature to the solid axel design that I find myself drawn to. Secondly, it’s very inexpensive compared to many of its independent suspension based competitors. The VE can be found for under $410. If you have a litte nitro in your blood you can even pick up a nitro version of the Mad Force Kruiser for $100 less. That’s not a lot of money for quite a lot of truck. For these two reasons the Mad Force VE was a perfect fit in my collection.
While the solid axels give the truck its savage nature there are downsides to this design. The number one complaint of solid axel design is handling. I’m not saying you can’t make a solid axel truck handel well, I’m just saying it won’t touch a Traxxas Revo on the track. It’s just that simple. For some there is also a bit of unfamiliarity when it comes to the solid axel based truck. A lot of folks would have to familiarize themselves with this different design and that can scare people away. That being said, don’t let the differences scare you. Learning about different designs can only enhance your RC experience.
All that being said it’s not all bad. There is a level of simplicity to solid axels that makes maintenance easier. Many people would also be quick to point out the “scaleness” of using solid axels on monster trucks due to the fact that most modern monster trucks use a similar design. Solid axel designs also tend to have a lower center of gravity which is useful in a monster truck application. Fact of the matter is, if your not too worried about handeling and aren’t afraid to learn something new that the solid axel might be just right for you.
Now onto the specifics of the Kruiser VE. I’m gonna start with some things I don’t like. For starters it uses mostly phillips head hardware. WHY? WHY KYOSHO? KYOSHO!!!… Sorry my caps lock button got stuck there for a second. You can clearly see I’m frustrated but that. I’ve also discovered that a lot of the hardware is self taping which irritates me. On a brighter not the design of the Kruiser VE is so simple there aren’t that many screws you would have to replace if you so choose. I also thing there is a little too much play in the steering which I blame on the servo horn and the plastic construction of the steering components. Finally, the Orion ESC the Kruiser VE comes with has two problems; a max voltage of 14.8v, and a fake sensor port. Now I have to ask, 4s? Really? Now while I was initially really irritated I soon discovered that this truck does very well on 4s. It has more than enough power to overcome that wheelie bar in the back and pop onto its lid, putting a giant grin on you face. As for the fake sensor port, huh? Oh well.
I also found the truck has a 550 can. I was expecting bigger, but it has proven to be a very capable motor. So all in all the cons weren’t that bad right?
Now, onto the pros shall we? I’m gonna start with the motor. Yes that’s right, the motor. While I was initially disappointed to discover it was a 550 can I’ve now seen how capable it is and I’m more than satisfied. Simplicity is also a huge pro for me with this truck as I get sick of my over complicated racing buggies at times. If you look closely at the servo you may recognize it. It looks very similar to the Tower Pro/T-Pro MG946R servos.
In the picture I have the stock servo next to a hexTronik servo from HobbyKing.com. The biggest difference between the stock servo and the T-Pro is hex hardware and steel gears can be found on the Kyosho servo. I don’t know the stats of this servo but all sign point to this being a very capable servo for a bashing monster truck. The truck body is made of some pretty thick lexan which is good for a basher which this truck is and more. The tires on the truck are slightly on the hard side which is expected from an RTR but the foams are very soft and the design of the tread is very scale as well.
All in all I’m very happy with the truck so far and can’t wait to put some more packs through it. Look for updates to this review as well as a Hop-Up guide.
Hop-Up Guide here.