I've been browsing around the RC Universe forums for a little while, but i never registered.Β* I'm so frustrated with this truggy that I felt the need to register and talk about it.Β*
I previously had an HPI Savage X that i loved.Β* I had put a lot of time and money into it and I had a lot of fun with it and I was amazed at how indestructible it was.Β* IΒ*pretty much made it the ultimate basher in my eyes, but I grew tired of nitro and since the only hobby shop within 100 miles away from me closed, I'm not able to get nitro fuel very easily.Β* I really didn't want to sell it, but I didn't want to look at it every day and wish there was a hobby shop even remotely close to me so I could get fuel for it, so I sold it.
After I sold it, I was in the market for a brushless truck, and I came across the Trophy Truggy Flux.Β* I really liked it as soon as I saw it, and it was just in my budget (if I had enough money, i would've gotten the savage flux hp).Β* I tried to do some searching about it, but I realized that it just came in the US from Europe, so I figured that since HPI had it over there for a year or two, they probably found any problemsΒ* and weak points there were with it, and fixed them, so I went ahead and bought it.Β* Bad idea.
The first time i drove it, i got to the road in front of my house, and the wheel fell off.Β* I figured I must've forgotten a wheel nut or it was loose or something, but no, the threaded end of the axle snapped right off.Β* I was amazed at how it just broke like that, so I called up HPI the next day and asked them about it, and the customer service rep told me that they don't have any parts for this truck at all yet, and I would have to wait for about 2 weeks and they would be more than happy to replace the part.Β* For the most part, i was happy with what I was told, since HPI would replace the broken axle.
2 weeks went by, and I called HPI again.Β* I told the rep about my problem, and they told me to send them an email with a picture of the broken axle.Β* I asked them if they had parts in since I was told 2 weeks ago that they should be getting parts in, and the rep told me that they do have limited quantities.Β* So, I emailed them and waited for a couple days.Β* I received a reply from them saying that they will replace the part, but they don't have any in stock right now, and I'm going to have to wait for about 2 weeks.Β* I thought to myself, didn't I hear that 2 weeks ago?Β* So I gave up on that and I did some research and bought axles for a Hot Bodies D8T.Β* These axles are nicer because there's no threaded end on the axle, it uses the better hex with the threads on it and with the large wheel nut.Β* After driving it once or twice with the new axles, the switch for the ESC got jammed up and broke so I had to wire in my own switch.Β* I thought I would be fine after that, but then one of the axles I bought fell apart and I lost the pin and barrel for the joint, so I put the original axle that wasn't broken in place of the axle I just bought, and kept drove it a couple more times that week.Β* After a while, i noticed there was a clicking sound coming from my truck.Β* I didn't think much of it, and kept driving.Β* In that same battery ''charge'', both
differentials decided to stop workingt, and the steering servo stopped working at the same time.Β* I figured the spider gears disintegrated, and I was not
happy, since it was only like my 5th battery charge with the truck.Β*
All of this happened in about a month, about 2 hours of actually driving the truck.Β* It would've been much less than a month if I didn't have to keep ordering parts and wait for those to come in.Β* I am not happy with this truck at all.Β* I didn't even drive it hard on those 5-or-so battery charges, just some normal jumping and speed runs, still trying to get a feel for the truck, which is hard to do when it keeps breaking.
IΒ*know this is a pretty long rave, but IΒ*had to write about it.Β* IΒ*don't know if any of you have this truck and have any recommendations or anything, but i'm running out of patience and, more importantly, money.