For the upgrades,
XTM-Racing's X-Cellerator spends some time on the workbench again:
The 27 turns stocker simply does not do the trick if you get used to
the X-Cellerator or have had offroad experience before.
To check what the chassis and drivetrain are up to, I decided to go
brushless: A Lehner Basic 4200 and later a Hacker C40-8S, both under
control of the trusty but expensive
Schulze U-Force 75 get their power from a pack of pushed and
matched GP 3700 cells. The stock pinion gets ditched for Robinson
Racing's chrome plated 23t version.
The shocks get their overhaul as promised in the
first part of our
review: 25wt oil inside, orange (front) and red (rear) losi
springs around give the X-Cellerator just the lush suspension that
is so special to stadium trucks.
Now the X-Cellerator can really show what it's made of!
XTM-truck does it! The tyre compound is basher-friendly and kind of
semi-hard to even survive some driving on concrete, but the tread
with its bars in the middle gets good traction on grass and loose
soil. It's just not the right choice for hard packed surfaces that
will need smaller studs.
A properly set slipper makes accelerating the X-Cellerator easy and
spares the ball diff. My only gripe would be the steering throw: a
little more would be better, especially on the outside wheel.
shocks are perfectly up to their task, providing a smooth ride
without losing oil (thanks to the foam volume compensators) and
getting gritty (thanks to the makeshift shockboots).
So with each and every lap, my confidence in XTM-Racings
budget-basher grows bigger and bigger - it's just fun to drive! The
ball diff, often a problem with low-priced, high powered vehicles,
remains solid as a rock - no chirping, no signs of wear, just as
smooth as out-of-the-box. Really amazing!
XTM-Racing's X-Cellerator could really pass with an excellent 5/5
score in terms of ruggedness, if it wasn't for the chassis that
wants to contribute its share.
„Drive a lot, fall a lot!“ - a saying known to many motocross drivers.
It's just the same with us offroaders: not always are we able to
keep our truck on track, not even with the X-Cellerator's fairly
good handling. So, the XTM-Truck takes some blows - not more and not
harder than usual.
Such a beating is returned with an unfamiliar snapping noise that
sounds like trouble... big trouble!
Though I was prepared thanks to some online pictures floating around,
it's still an awful sight ...
Shame on you,
XTM-Racing. Instead of providing flexible arms that may bend or even
break on an impact, they're beefy like they're straight from a 4wd.
So the weak link is the kickup area: thin, flexible and obviously
not up to the task. That's quite frustrating since an arm is easier
and cheaper to replace than the whole chassis!
Well, that leaves us with two choices: Either buy a new chassis and
drive very careful or get your tools out and do something to
reinforce that critical area.
Guess what I did!