RE: volcano epx pro vs. avalanche xte ????
I cant speak to the durability of the avalanche XTE as I have not owned one.
I have owned the earthquake 8e. Its overall pretty tough, but does need a few things. The shock towers need to be upgraded to the alloy cus the flex too much. The diffs often need to be shimmed right out of the box. If you dont, they can fail within a few battery packs. If you do shim them, they hold up very well.
The esc's punch and brake settings need to be changed. More punch control, less braking force.
The stock servo is so-so. A metal geared unit is much better for the job. I also had to upgrade the drag link on me 8e.
That covers the 8e pretty well. with those upgrades and changes its a beast of a truck.
It certainly has more power than the volcano.
comparing costs. I would NEVER put all the upgrade parts availble for the volcano on it. IMO, the alloy arms are a waste of money. They are no more durable than the plastic one, and just get scratched up. Remember, you NEED somewhere on the chassis which can flex upon impact.
The upgrade cvd's are OK. But I found that shmming the dogbones with nitro fuel tubing in the drive cups makes them just a good as the cvd's.
where I would (and have) upgraded the volcano: The alloy wheel hubs, better servo, alloy body posts, nitro fuel tubing in the drive cups for the dogbones. Thats about it.
If you add the upgrades I did to my 8e to the cost of the model, you get close to $450. compare to the volcano with upgrades id do @ $280
And tho I have not owned one, Id imagine that the avalanche needs about the same amount of money that the 8e does. Its heavier than the earthquake and uses the same power system, so its likely to be a touch slower.
I have owned many many 1/10 scale models and a few 1/8's. I guess this is due mainly to the fact that 1/10 models cost less. But I have also found that in terms of driving there is little that 1/8's can do that 1/10s cant. Granted, the 1/8s do handle better. But unless you intend to race, I dont think the added cost is worth it.
my 8e sure could do some crazy flips tho: