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    Contributed by: Matthew LeMay | Published: June 2012 | Views: 41570 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Arrma Fury


    Review by: Matt LeMay

    Matt LeMay



    Distributed by Hobbico
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826

    Website: www.arrma-rc.com

    Vehicle: ARRMA Fury
    Short Course Truck
    Scale: 1/10
    Drive: 2wd
    Fuel Source: Electric
    Length: 540mm
    Width: 295mm
    Height: 200mm
    Wheelbase: 330mm
    Weight: 1.95kg
    Motor: 15 turn Mega brushed motor (internal fan cooled)
    Speed Control: Mega LiPo-compatible brushed ESC (waterproof)
    Battery Tray Dimensions: 185x57x26mm
    Radio: ARRMA ATX 300 3-channel 2.4GHz Left or Right hand radio system
    Shock Type: Coil-over, oil-filled, plastic bodied shocks w/pre-load collars
    Bearings: Yes

    Needed: 6 - 7 cell NiMH battery pack or 2cell LiPO pack & compatible charger. 4 AA batteries for the controller.


    • Excellently designed bumpers and side rails
    • Rigid chassis
    • Brushless ready drivetrain
    • 2.4GHz radio
    • Great for beginners
    • Use NiMH, LiPO
    • Doesn't come with battery

    It seems every where you turn a new short course truck is hitting the market, and for good reason. Short course trucks not only look like their full size counterparts, but they handle well too. The large bodies help protect the suspension components and for the most part are durable.

    ARRMA is a fairly new contender to the RC world and have launched several new vehicles. While their vehicles may incorporate the same twin vertical plate chassis design, the dimensions differ and each is its own vehicle.

    The ARRMA Fury is the first ARRMA vehicle I have reviewed and I must say it is refreshing to see a completely new SCT chassis design that works.

    It appears as though ARRMA designers may have pulled some late nights designing this truck, thinking of some innovative design characteristics. Let's look a little closer at the design innovations of the Fury starting with the bumpers.



    I can appreciate the front, rear, and side bumper design of the Fury. All three areas absorb much impact saving the truck from damage. The front bumper is flexible and has the ability to absorb otherwise potentially damaging force upon impact.

    The rear bumper is hinged with a spring loaded action. This is particularly helpful if your buddy enjoys ramming into the back of you or if you are jumping and land on the rear of the truck.

    The two side bumper guards are also hinged which allows spring like action to absorb side impact.

    As you can see in the pictures below, the Fury chassis is comprised of twin vertical plates which is rigid and helps keep the weight of all components in the center of the truck. This not only reduces roll but provides a strong back bone for the Fury.

    Battery Tray:
    A single body clip and plastic pin secure the bottom loading hinged battery door. The compartment allows the use of 6-7 cell NiMH stick packs, no hump packs, and 2S LiPO packs. The batteries sit on the bottom of the chassis to keep the center of gravity low. The bottom loading door means you don't have to remove the body to change battery packs.

    This is another area of the Fury that has been well thought out. The entire rear bumper and motor guard assembly can be removed by extracting a few screws and two clips. This allows easy access to the motor and transmission assembly.

    The front bumper assembly including body post assembly can be removed by extracting two screws and four clips making it easier to work on the front end.

    The only issue I have as far as access ability goes is the steering servo. While it is well protected, it is difficult to remove. The servo is secured inside an enclosure made up of two halves and several screws must be removed to access the servo and linkage. I don't guess that matters much though, since the servo is seldom in need of maintenance.

    The rear suspension consists of lower H-Arms and quick adjust upper links making adjustments quick and easy.

    The front suspension consists of lower H-Arms and upper A-Arms. Although adjustments are more difficult, this is a durable design. The ARRMA Fury was designed for beginners and intermediates alike so durability is key. Toe in/out is easily adjusted with the quick adjust links.

    The suspension is held together with threaded cap pins and clips have been added to the outer pins for more "stay" power.

    The Fury uses standard plastic bodied oil filled coil over spring dampeners. Plastic collars are used to adjust ride height and the rear H-Arms allow an additional lower shock mounting position. The front shocks are mounted inside the front lower H-Arms rather than being screwed to the side. This helps to reduce front H-Arm flexing under load and adds strength.

    Plastic Quality:
    The quality of plastic used is right on the money. There is enough flex for the plastic to be durable, yet rigid enough to hold composure. The finish of the plastic is smooth and clean.

    Drive train:

    The Fury transmission is completely ready for brushless power. The only plastic gear is the slipper spur gear and that's not an issue. The transmission has three gears all of which are metal. The differential housing and inner gears are metal as well. Sealed bearings support the heavy duty gears and allow them to spin smoothly.

    The adjustable slipper clutch is of standard design using spring loaded pressure plates and friction pads.

    I think the best design characteristic of the transmission is the ability to completely disassemble it without removing the motor or slipper clutch. This allows differential lube changes without having to reset the motor gear mesh and slipper tension.



    Radio equipment:
    The included 2.4GHz radio system includes innovations of its own. With the push of a button, the steering wheel can be swung to the left, right, or anywhere in between. This allows both left handed and right handed drivers to comfortably take part in the action.

    The transmitter allows adjustments such as steering and throttle trims. A 3rd channel can be actuated by the push of a button. Steering dual rates can be adjusted through a dial located below the steering wheel. Dual steering rates help beginners avoid over steer.

    The small 2.4GHz receiver is housed inside a watertight receiver compartment. While I don't recommend submerging the vehicle, it can be driven through puddles without destroying your receiver.

    The Mega waterproof brushed electronic speed controller allows the use of NiMH and LiPO batteries. Programming the receiver is necessary when using LiPO packs as it is currently set to NiMH. The internal low voltage cut off used for LiPO packs can be activated by following a few steps. The instructions for this procedure and other ESC settings can be accessed online at www.arrma-rc.com/go. You can download instruction manuals from this location along with other helpful documentation.

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    Onyx 6-cell NiMh 2500 Mah battery pack

    Onyx batteries are a good choice for the ARRMA Fury. A single pack will allow around 15 minutes of run time depending on your driving style and terrain.

    Onyx NiMh & NiCd battery charger

    The easy to use Onyx 220 charger can easily charge 4-8 cell NiMH or NiCd battery packs. With push button control, audible tones, and and a 2x8 LCD screen, this charger allows you to easily select charge programs for specific battery packs.

    You can program up to 5 batteries to the charger's memory for instant recall. This charger includes options like adjustable peak detection sensitivity, adjustable safety timer, charge current, and battery type.

    An auto trickle charge function takes over once the battery is peak charged to retain full charge until ready to use.

    A built-in AC power supply allow the charger to be used in doors and DC alligator clips allow it to be used with a DC power source as well.


    AC input: 110V AC 60Hz
    DC input: 11-15V DC, built-in lead with alligator clips
    Battery types: 4-8 NiCd or NiMH cells (4.8-9.6V)
    Battery capacity range: 50-9900mAh
    Fast charge current: 0.1-5.0A linear, adjustable (40W maximum)
    Fast charge termination: peak detection
    Fast charge safety timer: off-300 minutes
    Peak sensitivity: 3-20mV adjustable
    Trickle charge current: automatic, 1/20 fast charge setting (0-250mA)
    Controls: 4 pushbuttons
    Battery memories: 5
    Display type: 2x8 reversed LCD with back light
    Audible indicators: indicates start, stop, errors
    Output connections: built-in lead with standard connector*
    built-in jack for charging 4-8 cell radio batteries
    Protective devices: solid-state reverse polarity and current overload
    Case size: 5.7 x 5.1 x 1.8" (145 x 130 x 45 mm)
    Weight: 20.4 oz. (578 g)



    Performance & Handling:

    The ARRMA Fury is designed for beginners and intermediates alike so durability is key. While testing the Fury I made sure to hit things, many things. The Fury ran over or into rocks, grass, holes, bumps, jumps, ditches, puddles, roots, pipes, yard toys, and just about anything else I could find. While the Fury is not designed to be a monster truck, I found that with a little speed I could get over many obstacles with no damage.

    I am very pleased at how durable the Fury is. I'm sure that's because of a well thought out chassis.

    Stability and Cornering:

    The Fury is no race truck but it still handles well. I was able to get this truck to do anything I wanted it to within reason. The truck corners very well and feels stable. I think the Fury is a great truck to learn on or to tighten current skills.

    The tires are of fairly hard compound which was to be expected for an all-terrain vehicle. This helps them last longer. It also makes the handling more exciting because of wheel spin from lack of traction. I believe it also makes a truck fun to drive when you have to concentrate on control. Once again, this is great for beginners.

    I drove the Fury at the local track for a while and was able to have a load of fun with some local guys. I of course had the 2wd Fury with a brushed power system and the other guys were running a mixture of 2wd and 4wd brushless Slashes.

    I would of course get passed on the straight way but I believe the Fury held its own. No one was driving seriously and we were all just having fun, but even with the stock tires it was able to run with the others without embarrassment. That says a lot for the Fury. I was very pleased with the feel of the truck and its ability to hold its own among other trucks.

    Acceleration and Braking

    The Mega brushed motor is capable of pushing the Fury to exciting speeds, especially for a beginner. There is plenty of power for just about any terrain including grass.

    Acceleration is smooth and twitch free. Breaking is just as predictable.

    The fan cooled motor got a bit warm when running higher capacity LiPO batteries and was perfect using Onyx 6-cell NiMH packs. I was able to get about 15mins of run time using 2500 Mah 6-cell NiMH packs.

    Power increased slightly running 2S LiPOs and run times increased dramatically.

    The ESC performed flawlessly while remaining at acceptable temperatures.


    The Fury actually jumped well. Slight brake was needed at times to bring the nose down and like any other short course truck, the body parachuted on occasion. Over all, jumping the Fury was easy.

    The suspension did exactly what it was supposed to do with a few hard landings bottoming out. Over all it performed well.


    See the ARRMA Fury in action!


    The ARRMA Fury is another great option for beginners and intermediate drivers alike.

    The truck is extremely durable and handles well. With features like left or right hand 2.4GHz radio, the Fury can be enjoyed by anyone.

    It's completely brushless-ready transmission makes it easy for drivers to increase its speed as their abilities increase. I wish more companies would follow ARRMA's example on this one.

    I would highly recommend this vehicle to a beginner and will soon turn it over to my boys for them to enjoy. I am confident it can handle most of the abuse they will inflict on it and that says a lot.

    manu and credits

    Distributed by Hobbico
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826

    Website: www.arrma-rc.com

    Comments on RCU Review: ARRMA Fury Short Course Truck

    Posted by: mdst1960 on 07/07/2012
    At one time I have owned every 1/10th scale 2wd SC trucks ever manufactured. (yes even the Strike) so I was pleased to see new design concepts. The only ones I race at the track are AE SC 10 and Losi XXX. Im not a pro racer but I know If I wanted to I could modify my Slash, Blitz ect..to compete under track conditions with aftermarket parts. Just wanted to know if the Fury could do the same.
    Posted by: KyRacer7r on 04/11/2013
    I thought this was a great review of such a capable truck. It is more than capable of being an entrylevel race truck. Things I would replace are; tires (your choice sc racing tire), heavier weight shock oil, change the steering ball cups over to captured ball ends, and go brushless. I have done all of these things to my wifes fury and it will flat haul the mail. Great little truck.
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