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Old 03-03-2017, 08:02 PM   #1
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I've been lurking and reading a lot and I'm ready to start ordering. I don't really plan on using it as a crawler but more of a go fast off roader. The list below are the items I've decided on:

Kit - Axial Bomber Kit
Motor - Hobbywing XERUN 3660SD G2 Sensored Brushless Motor 3600kV
ESC - Hobbywing Ezrun MAX10 ESC Waterproof Brushless
Servo - Savox SW-1210SG Waterproof Digital Servo
Receiver - Spektrum 4200W DX4C DSMR 4CH TX Remote Transmitter system
with SR410 RX Receiver SPM4200W
Battery 1 - Venom 40C 2S 5000mAh
Battery 2 - Venom 25C 3S 5000mAh
Charger - SKYRC iMAX
Other - Fast Eddy bearing kit
Other - Stainless screw kit

Please give me your thoughts
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:11 PM   #2
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The Bomber is a fun truck. Keep in mind that the solid axles and locked diffs will limit its handling capability at speed as compared to a truck with an independent front suspension and open diff(s). If you really want a fast off-roader rather than a crawler/bouncer, you'd probably be better off with a Yeti, Losi Rock Rey, or something of the sort. If you're okay compromising on high speed handling to get the benefits of the crawling capability, the Bomber is excellent. For the servo, I'm a big fan of the Savox 1210 in class 1 and 2 trucks (narrower axles and smaller tires), but I think you'll find it a bit underpowered for a Bomber. The Xpert 7701 is only a bit more expensive ($99 list) and has a lot more torque, so I'd recommend that instead. For batteries, I find the Venoms a bit overpriced for what you get. I run Helios RC packs almost exclusively now - much better bang for the buck. (Disclaimer: the owner is a good friend and my biz partner in BowHouse RC, but if I didn't really like his batteries, I'd keep my mouth shut on them.) Fast Eddy bearings are good, and the stainless screw kit is probably unnecessary.

That's my .02. Have fun with the build!
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Old 03-04-2017, 01:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback... on the Helios batteries, with the 3S, should I go with the 45C or is the 30C enough?

Only reason I'm going with the stainless screws is I live on the Gulf Coast and do a lot of boating. Odds are the Bomber will end up on some trips where we go to islands and beaches so it will more than likely get exposed to saltwater
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Old 03-04-2017, 01:38 PM   #4
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check out smc batteries. great batteries and way better price for what you get. you can get a 3s 5200mah 90c battery for 40 bucks plus shipping
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Old 03-04-2017, 03:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback... on the Helios batteries, with the 3S, should I go with the 45C or is the 30C enough?

Only reason I'm going with the stainless screws is I live on the Gulf Coast and do a lot of boating. Odds are the Bomber will end up on some trips where we go to islands and beaches so it will more than likely get exposed to saltwater
30C should be fine. My favorite is the 3500 3S pack. I easily get 4+ hours of runtime, and it's a lot smaller and lighter than the 5200 packs.
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Old 03-06-2017, 01:20 AM   #6
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I've been lurking and reading a lot and I'm ready to start ordering. I don't really plan on using it as a crawler but more of a go fast off roader.
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Please give me your thoughts
I like the idea of stainless screws, as my axial is so prone to rust, but I am hesitant as I have stripped a couple of the screw heads, and the SS screws will be softer than stock. I currently coat all of the exposed metal in Corrosion-X.

When I was shopping around last year for something that could crawl-but-go-fast, it seemed to me that the bomber reviews depicted it (the RTR) as slow and that it flips a lot.

What do you mean by "go fast"? How fast?
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Old 03-06-2017, 05:49 AM   #7
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As mentioned above stainless steel is softer then stock, I'd do the corrosion X method. If you want stronger upgraded screws I'd go with Tony's screws. I also second SMC batteries, great batteries, great price, great customer service.
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Old 03-06-2017, 10:45 AM   #8
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SMC & Venom suck with an over priced attachment to them.

Gens Ace, Zippy, & Turnigy are the inexpensive alternative that have yet to let me down in many many years.

Stainless is softer & do not use in critical areas (suspension)

Take a look at HiTec battery chargers also.

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Old 03-06-2017, 11:30 AM   #9
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I've never had trouble with my SMC batteries, they are also pretty cheap too! Love the fact that he ships from VA. Last order took one day to get to me.

I've also never had trouble with stainless steel hardware either stripping or breaking, I must be doing something wrong lol.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:28 PM   #10
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solid axles and locked diffs will limit its handling capability at speed as compared to a truck with an independent front suspension and open diff(s). If you really want a fast off-roader rather than a crawler/bouncer, you'd probably be better off with a Losi Rock Rey, or something of the sort. If you're okay compromising on high speed handling to get the benefits of the crawling capability, the Bomber is excellent. Savox 1210 in class 1 and 2 trucks (narrower axles and smaller tires), but I think you'll find it a bit underpowered for a Bomber. The Xpert 7701 is only a bit more expensive ($99 list) and has a lot more torque, so I'd recommend that instead. For batteries, I find the Venoms a bit overpriced for what you get. I run Helios RC packs almost exclusively now - much better bang for the buck. (Disclaimer: the owner is a good friend and my biz partner in BowHouse RC, but if I didn't really like his batteries, I'd keep my mouth shut on them.) Fast Eddy bearings are good, and the stainless screw kit is probably unnecessary.
X2 and bearing kit is unecessary for building kit (it comes with rubber sealed bearings) but good to have spares.

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30C should be fine. My favorite is the 3500 3S pack. I easily get 4+ hours of runtime, and it's a lot smaller and lighter than the 5200 packs.
I go at least 30C preferably higher if you can, smaller lighter packs are better for handling at speed and crawling. Avid RC Bearings and Accessories for radio controlled vehicles, your one stop shop for RC bearings, RC wheels, RC accessories, RC springs, and much more. is great source for metric and standard small RC type bearings.

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I am hesitant as I have stripped a couple of the screw heads, and the SS screws will be softer than stock. I currently coat all of the exposed metal in Corrosion-X.
I've had too many broken and stripped stainless screws of different "good' brands, Corrosion-X is good idea. Stock up on spare screws at www.mcmaster.com.

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SMC & Venom suck with an over priced attachment to them.

Gens Ace, Zippy, & Turnigy are the inexpensive alternative that have yet to let me down in many many years.

Stainless is softer & do not use in critical areas (suspension)

Take a look at HiTec battery chargers also.
SMC batteries have been ok, but I've had really good luck with Turnigy, Venom not so much ime.

Good info, love my Hitec X2 AC Plus charger.
X2 AC Plus 2 Port AC/DC Multi-Charger | HITEC RCD USA

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Old 03-07-2017, 05:59 AM   #11
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SMC & Venom suck with an over priced attachment to them.

Gens Ace, Zippy, & Turnigy are the inexpensive alternative that have yet to let me down in many many years.

Stainless is softer & do not use in critical areas (suspension)

Take a look at HiTec battery chargers also.
thats the first time I ever heard anyone say smc batteries are overpriced.
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:03 AM   #12
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and actually turnigy and and gens ace look to cost more than smc for equivalents
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thats the first time I ever heard anyone say smc batteries are overpriced.
If the battery fails out of the box it is over priced.
They had a batch that would puff sitting still & they basically told racers to stick it & they did something wrong.
SMC is fairly low in my book.

I'll pay the few extra for Gens Ace or Turnigy.

As far as Venom, I have had to re-solder more Venom packs internally than any other brand.

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