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XTM Nitro Rail 1/8th 4WD RTR w/MX-Sport 2.4G RadioProduct Review (submitted on February 6, 2013):
This buggy is awesome!
I already have two brushless XTM Rail's, so I already knew the quality and durability were going to be top notch.
These buggies are well designed, and well built. Built to take abuse, and last.
On these nitro versions, the ABS system in the Airtronics radio is the bomb. I was often locking up the wheels and going into slides, but no more after turning on the ABS.
The XTM manuals are among the best in the industry too, especially the downloadable PDF's. You know those cheaply made cars with the crummy manuals? The one's with blurry bitmap graphics that only get more pixelated when you try to zoom in for better detail? Well, these manuals are not like that at all! The graphics are stroked so you can really zoom-in and clearly see the detail you need.
The buggy is a pleasure to work on. Easy access to most areas, and lifting the cage up is very cool. It is easily upgradeable, and compatible with many aftermarket parts. I put in a Hyperion LiFePo4 receiver pack, and a 23Kg Airtronics all metal gear steering servo. I also like the extra protection provided by the 3rd party T-Bone Racing bumper hopups.
At my local track, all the guys are very interested in it, and I hear comments like "That's the best looking buggy ever!". I'm whipping around the track like a Banshee, and most of the time I'm barely giving it 1/4 throttle.
If, for some reason, you want this buggy to be brushless, no problem! Most of the components are identical between the brushless and nitro versions, so all you need to do is pull the nitro parts and put in the brushless parts. Just get both manuals open, and start comparing them, making a list of what you need to convert. Converting from brushless to nitro can be done in an identical fashion too.
Now, for the CONS, because let's face it, is anything truly perfect?
The stock six-shot wheels are very cool looking, but are meant for on-road and gentle off-road driving. This is because the center hubs cannot take the abuse from jumping and rough off-road conditions; the centers WILL break. Sure, you can use them to jump off curbs, but not much more. Get yourself some standard disk wheels, and you're good to go.
Also, XTM should use hex style screws instead of so many Philips head screws, because the Philips heads strip more often.