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Old 04-03-2004, 04:34 PM
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My friend wants to get an MT other than the Savage and the T-Maxx (a friend and i have these already and he wants to be original), so i suggested the Mad Force... He is only going to buy from Towerhobbies because they have the good Int'l shipping rates... anyway i have a few questions about the MF...

1. about how fast does it go?
2. are there any design problems with it? (i.e. steering)
3. I heard bad things about the steering, is it really that bad? what exactly is wrong with it?
4. is it easy to find hop ups?
5. is it as 'fragile' as the T-Maxx? (if not, then is its durability comparible to any other truck?)
6. which part breaks the easiest?
7. which part should be replaced first? (tuned pipe, cooling head, shocks, etc...)
8. could my friend leave it stock and still be satisfied with it?

thanks for reading... i know its a bit long... you dont have answer them all, you can answer just one, but please try to hit as many of them as you can... again, thank you....
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Old 04-03-2004, 07:59 PM
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if he left it stock he would be very satisfied with it. it is as or one notch below the savage in durability. top speed is bout 43+ stock. steering is good, bad and ok from what i have heard. you should replace the screws that hold the diffs together cause i pretty sure that they will strip. New era has hop ups for the truck, but it is very good in stock form. if you want more info, talk to ThermalRD (had and wished he didn't sell his) or mello (just got his). for upgrading someing, the driveshafts pop out on hard landings. don't be turned off by this (www.madforce.net tells you why/how to fix this). you can get an mad armor that comes with extend drive cups or upgrade your mad force with those

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Old 04-03-2004, 08:14 PM
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oh ya got to the top of this fourm. there is a comparision chart with tmaxx savage, mammath, mad force ect
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Default RE: Mad Force good for beginners?

ORIGINAL: Crazy_Coconuts

My friend wants to get an MT other than the Savage and the T-Maxx (a friend and i have these already and he wants to be original), so i suggested the Mad Force... He is only going to buy from Towerhobbies because they have the good Int'l shipping rates... anyway i have a few questions about the MF...

1. about how fast does it go?
2. are there any design problems with it? (i.e. steering)
3. I heard bad things about the steering, is it really that bad? what exactly is wrong with it?
4. is it easy to find hop ups?
5. is it as 'fragile' as the T-Maxx? (if not, then is its durability comparible to any other truck?)
6. which part breaks the easiest?
7. which part should be replaced first? (tuned pipe, cooling head, shocks, etc...)
8. could my friend leave it stock and still be satisfied with it?

thanks for reading... i know its a bit long... you dont have answer them all, you can answer just one, but please try to hit as many of them as you can... again, thank you....
1. The MF goes 43 MPH like mentioned above.
2. Driveshaft like mentioned above. That is it!
3. Steering isn't as efficient as Maxx or Savage- but that's expected- it's a solid axle vehicle. It isn't bad though.
4. New Era makes some hop ups for it... Quite a few. Kyosho also has some hop ups for it. I would expect more in the future.
5. It isn't fragile at all. It is a very stout truck. I haven't broken a single thing since I have had mine.
6. Again, haven't broken a thing yet.
7. You could probably add the dual shock setup.
8. Yes. I think it does great in stock trim- but it isn't a racer as much as it is a rock crawler/basher.

I think the Mad Force is an AWESOME basher and all around fun truck and rock crawler. Solid axles are not super good for racing goes, and it doesn't jump as well as the Savage or Maxx in stock form. However, it WILL WHEELIE quite easily with the gearing of the 3 speed. It is one of the more realistic MT's out there, and I love it!!! It is my current favorite.

Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2004, 12:06 AM
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Default RE: Mad Force good for beginners?

Here is another Mad Force incentive for your friend-

I would do it again in a second!





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Old 04-04-2004, 12:26 PM
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nice pics
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Old 04-04-2004, 06:42 PM
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Default RE: Mad Force good for beginners?

Dale Gribble a few things for your chart, the savage has 4' of ground clearence.

nice pics[8D]

by the way which would you choose, mad force or savage

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Old 04-05-2004, 10:18 AM
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Default RE: Mad Force good for beginners?

Hmmmm, that's a tough question. I would take the Mad Force RCX over a Savage, but I would take a Savage over a stock Mad Force.

The Mad Force loses it's behavior when it is cruising at 40MPH. One slight move and it's over. I feel that I have much more control over the Savage at high speed. The Savage jumps a lot better and is more predicatible. However, the Mad Force WILL wheelie very easily, and it will even wheelie going from 1st to 2nd gear. It is VERY impressive to see. I took the Mad Force out for some friends and neighbors last night, and they couldn't believe it.
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Old 04-05-2004, 11:33 AM
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Yah from what i have heard and seen in rcca the mad force isnt really a jumper. But awesome rock crawling and wheelie! If all you want to do is rock crawl you want to get the xtm x-factor. But the mad force has got that 3 speed[X(][>:][8D] Hey dale have you picked up that mammoth yet?
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I had a chance to get one- I just sold my 'real' truck. I will wait until I see what I have after property taxes...
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Old 04-05-2004, 12:19 PM
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Ahhhh ok. So if you didnt have the savage yet and had to pick between the 3? savage,mammoth, mad force. I may be looking into a mt soon
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Old 04-05-2004, 01:44 PM
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Default RE: Mad Force good for beginners?

Wow... I will have to think about that one...

Savage- AWESOME basher. It takes abuse, it's fast, the hop up part list is extensive, it's well designed, and it can be setup for racing as well and be competitive. All I broke on the Savage in months was a gas tank, spur gear, a wheel and some dog bones.

Mad Force- AWESOME basher. I think it is more stout then the Savage personally. I have not broken 1 single part on this truck yet. It is seriously heavy duty. The gas tank, transmission and motor are inside the chassis plates and well protected. The Axles are SUPER stout, the drivetrain is heavy duty- this truck can take SERIOUS ABUSE. Now, I don't think it could be setup to be a competitive racer. Even though it goes 40MPH+, it just doesn't feel super sturdy for racing or high jumping (and landing). This truck just doesn't really have a weak spot.

Mammoth- Good Racer, has some durability issues. This is probably the most competitive of the 3, and could be setup to race the fastest. Good motor, good power, good support from XTM/Global. From what I hear it runs great, jumps good and handles very well (which is expected since it is a truggy). I am a little concerned about the durability, but hop ups should be out soon to fix all of the kit weaknesses.

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Bashing- Mad Force
Bashing and sport Racing - Savage
competitive racing - Mammoth

So, since I can't decide, I will just pick all 3!!!
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Default RE: Mad Force good for beginners?

woah.... great feedback (thanks for the pics btw)... sorry for the late post, im a member in other forums and i forgot where i put this thread[sm=bananahead.gif]... anyway, my friend is really into the MF now, and hes going to get it in about two weeks... those pics have convinced him to do a dual shock conversion, although i think the truck already seems to run a bit bumpy... anyway, nothing soft oil wont fix
thanks again!

what are the big differences between the rcx and the stock MF? it seems like just the chassis and the shocks...
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It has heavier duty chassis plates, an OS RGx motor (not the Kyosho motor), CV driveshafts, dual shocks, dual shock mounts, custom header and custom OS motor mount.
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The only durability issues for the mammoth are really tye shock towers from wat i hear. This is durable- mammoth- stock- http://media.hobbypeople.net/video/2003mammothweb.rm
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hey guys... im helping my friend order his MF this weekend... are there any things on this truck that are glaringly bad that you guys suggest we get with the truck? probably not, but like... incredibly bad....

oh... and will o.s. #a3 plugs work with it?
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OS A3 will be fine. Umm, I can't really think of anything off of the top of my head. It is one stout truck.
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ok thanks guys... it sounds good... i want on now hehe....
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I bought my mad force as my first MT a couple of months ago and never had a problem....only a few screw lost
Really great truck and great and reliable motor
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I have a mad force and its great one of the best trucks ive ever owned.

Buy it you wont regret it[8D]
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