ORIGINAL: Dads like rc too
Your brave. I don't own one but they look pretty weak. I know you said your going to mod it so I'm sure it will all work out the way you want it. For me though, they only looked good for the track, too lightweight for the gravel pit.
the main area Im gonna work on is the front.
the center chassis and rear are pretty standard stuff.
the front is a bit funky tho. There is a plate which sits on top of the lower arm mount. This plate is what the camber links and the shock tower connect to.
So, the arm mount, upper plate and shock tower are 3 parts which all bolt together. The multi-bolt points leave the whoel think kinda weak.
My basic idea is to make a metal plate which will add to the upper plate/shock tower bolt points.
The main thing the xb and xtg needed tho is a good front bumper. the xb's is a joke.
I know that tbone racing makes bumper for them.
Another idea I had was for the battery door. Its a good IDEA, how it loads from the bottom. but the tabs which release the door are too thin to grab onto. And you have to pull the door a tad before it comes out.
The upper part of the battery tray I think I can add a spring to. This will push on the door, so that when you squeeze the release tabs the door will just drop down on its own.
I may also look into different shock mount locations to see if it adds to the durability any.
If I can fix the front end points, I think it will be a good buggy. The shock towers, arms and hubs look to be decent (thickness wise)
The laydown servo and linkages are all pretty standard stuff.