Originally Posted by Guff15
Stryker, I bought a Backdraft 3.5 about 3 weeks ago and while I can't speak for the older models, I can tell you that the one I have is made of the more durable plastic AND features a few aluminum parts that I noticed the older models do not. So far the only things I've broken on it were both my fault. First was the spur gear....after engine break in I decided to start tuning it. I got it pretty dialed in and started driving like an idiot in a parking lot (saw a snow hill and jumped it, ended up getting a rock caught in between the spur and pinion which chewed up about 10 teeth on the spur). Metal spur replaced it and no more running with the body off like that, lol.
Second break was again with me driving like an idiot in the street and smack a curb at about 20mph (same day I got the new spur gear in, lol). Luckily the servo saver did it's job and was the only thing to break. But I have to say that I've done things to this car that should've broken something major (i.e. jumped next to a tree at 1/2 throttle and head first into a 6" tree), flipped it at full speed, and ran into a car tire at about 20mph. Nothing broke on those occasions. As for the wheels/tires, I again cannot complain as I've bounced this thing off of a few curbs and just came away with some rashes on the rims.
So, maybe Redcat has heard the complaints and made improvements to some/most/all of their cars and trucks they sell. Not to mention that the Backdraft use to come with an SH .21 engine but now comes with an OS .21. I'm not saying that my Backdraft is on the same playing field as the "higher" end manufacturers, but for what I paid and what I've put it through in the short time I've had it, the money was well spent. I'm willing to bet that both of my breakages would've happened with and OFNA, CEN, Traxxas or other higher end model.
Congrats on your Backdraft 3.5
Agreed, some of these models and rebrands of HSP have improved (for the most part) over recent years.
With that said, they haven't made any changes (that I'm aware of) regarding the crappy HSP wheels and the rear wings, which are still made from brittle plastic.
As for breaking parts, any model is breakable, when you encounter an immovable object at high speed
The body shells unfortunately haven't been improved upon either, as they still use thin PVC (which cracks and shatters more easily) as apposed a higher quality Lexan, which tears as apposed to shattering.
Please don't get me wrong! ..... I'm not a Redcat hater, on the contrary, I like them very much. (I have one after all
All I'm saying, there is STILL room for improvement on some of the components used in these models today.
Below, are my thoughts and opinions on the 'weaker' components still used today:
*Shock towers (could do with stronger tempered aluminum or steel) ....available as as optional upgrade
*Dog bones (could do with stronger tempered steel) ..... not sure if there is an upgrade for them.
*Brass Spur gear (could do with stronger tempered steel replacement) ....available as an aftermarket upgrade.
*Stock ccrews and bolts (could do with stronger stainless steel) .... stronger aftermarket upgrades available.
*HSP wheels (could do with using stronger plastics) ..... aftermarket wheels available as an optional upgrade
*Inserts (could do with quality closed foam cell inserts) ......aftermarket inserts are available as an optional upgrade.
*I highly recommended taping the inside of all 4 tires (prevents ballooning) as well as 2 x 2mm holes in the tires (no holes in the rim) to expel dirt and moisture. & BALANCE the wheels
*Rear wing (could do with using stronger more flexible plastics) .....aftermarket wings available as an optional upgrade
*Body shell (could do with higher quality and thicker Lexan) ...... Carpet Tape & "Shoe-Goo" can be used to reinforce the shell (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
*Steering servo (could do with higher speed and torque) ..... aftermarket servos available as an optional upgrade
*Hinge pins (could be longer and stronger) ...... no direct upgrades available that I'm aware of. (I could be wrong!)
I'm running my Hurricane XTE all stock and have not upgraded anything as yet (except 2 new sets of wheels, tires and inserts).
If and when (more likely when lol) I do break something, ... I will consider upgrading and or replacing with an aftermarket part or component.
I have also reinforced the body shell on the inside with carpet tape and "shoe-goo."
I also have a stronger aftermarket wing, that I still have to install.
I also plan on upgrading to stainless steel screws and bolts (still to be purchased)
Here's a pic of my Hurricane XTE all stock