This is the 2021 edition and the carpet version. This came out towards the end of 2020. I picked it up then, from euro rc. So big shout out to them your rc. We have a five percent off coupon code if you’re interested in the x ray or pretty much any other vehicle, whether you want a team associate or yokomo or even a basher like an armored team corrally, they carry everything. We got that five percent off coupon code so definitely check them out five euro shipping throughout europe as well. So it is pretty cheap uh if you leave it in europe to get this vehicle. So the way this works is we’re going to review this in six different categories, giving it a score from one to five stars. As usual, three stars mean it’s average as compared to other buggies in this class. So this is a four wheel: drive 10 scale race, buggy, uh competitors. This are going to be the team associated b74.1, the tlr 22×4, the schumacher cat l1 evo things like the kyosho zx7. So a lot of four wheel drive buggies out there, but i would argue that this is kind of the grandfather, all of them and a lot of those vehicles basically pay homage to this particular vehicle which debuted, i think in the kind of like the standard. Modern. Four wheel drive buggy layout back in like 2015 ish, i want to say, but yeah we’re gon na give it a rating from one to five stars in those six different categories.
Five stars would mean best in class. One star would pretty much mean worst in class and 3 stars would mean average Music. The first category is the build and x ray is known for having super high quality parts. This was no exception. This is probably the nicest furlough drive buggy build i’ve ever done. The part fitment is immaculate, i think they actually hand finish all the parts actually remount. The arms individually check the specs with caliper, so x, ray does an amazing job putting these kits together. They call them like a luxury brand and i kind of can kind of see why the parts are amazing. The carbon fiber is awesome. The machine parts are amazing. The build on this thing was fantastic, really, no issues. Even the manual is like super super nice it’s, like this sort of full color uh manual, with like different colors purple, i think, is the carpet brown being the dirt version. So they kind of tell you the differences between those two versions: um, but yeah. The the build on this thing was pretty much flawless. I mean all the bags individually parked separated there is. There are some parts that you will need basically flush cutters to cut out like the shock, pistons and stuff, but most of the parts are off of parchery. So not a lot of work there. It does include wheels in the box, so you don’t have to pick up different wheels, just amazing, amazing vehicle.
The only flaw i had was that the body came with the wrong window mask. So there are two different bodies: one for carpet, one from dirt for the carpet edition. Mine actually came with like the dirt vest, but you know pretty much. I just use them didn’t, really matter, they’re they’re, almost exactly the same, so no real flaws there, but yeah. This was an amazing build in the build category i’m, going to definitely give it five stars full score. Really one of the best kits you could put together yourself next we’ll talk about the design and pretty much every 4 wheel drive buggy uh has to pay respects to the x ray xb4. These were the guys that came out with this sort of standard, modern layout. Where you got the server on the right side, esc on the left, uh battery here on the right uh motor here in the back center differential kind of the split transmission, we can get easy access to the discs. They did make some updates to this vehicle. So they pretty much redesigned the entire front and rear gear boxes, so the molds for the gearboxes are different. They do have adjustable diff heights. They do have adjustable diff angle for the center drive shafts to make sure everything is nice and in line i don’t think any other vehicle has that so super super nice job. On that i believe the shock and shock towers front rear are completely redesigned.
They are carbon fiber. Of course, i think the shocks are slightly different in length. They do have this brand new slipper in the middle, so completely redesigned it’s a two way: slipper, where the front and rear can slip independently. That way, you can basically have the front end, be a little more stable on the brakes when you’re slipping the front end and then, when you’re getting on the power, you can have a little more aggressive and putting power down the rear, more aggressively um, all new Body, so they do have two different versions. I think they’re called like the gamma body or something like that. Uh redesigned the the battery strap here as well, so yeah pretty much. This is like the biggest redesign they’ve done in a really long time. Um certainly well worth liking and do even if you’re, already having x, ray xb4 but fantastic, fantastic design. Pretty much has every adjustment you would want. There are carbon fiber stiffeners. Of course, they do make different arms different, depending on whether you want stiffer arms like graphite, arms, hard arms or the medium arms, so yeah overall design is fantastic. I think this is one of the best vehicles out there in terms of how they put it together. How is designed so i’m going to give it a full five stars in the design? Category Applause performance definitely depends a lot on the setup you are using. I am running basically the kit setup with just a couple.
Small changes running stiffer springs, front and rear made. Some minor adjustments to the shock locations and stuff, but overall i’m running very, very close to the kit setup, and this thing drives awesome, it’s, aggressive without being out of control. Things like the tlr, i think, are extremely aggressive, very fast. This thing is also light and carries a lot of corner speed, but some of the other vehicles, i think, are a little bit harder to drive. This is aggressive fast, but yet also easy to drive. It does exactly what you think it’s going to do. Nothing too. Weird, i think the kit setup is fantastic. You won’t really have to do too many changes performance wise. This thing is amazing on the brakes, one of the best braking buggies out there, and i do think it is due to that slipper that they redesigned with the two way action where the front can kind of slip a little more easily be a little more smooth Into the corner, and then when you hit the throttle, you can just aggressively attack and exit the corner. Steering is fantastic for the most part, uh you’ll have more than enough steering uh very stable, not too much roll doesn’t, really traction roll a whole lot. This is just an awesome buggy over there in europe. They do have a lot of carpet tracks a lot of astroturf tracks, so it’s. No, no wonder that the x ray is fantastic on carpet.
I have not driven this on dirt. This is the carpet edition, but uh driving wise. I think this is one of the best driving buggies out there, if not the best performance wise. I only get full five stars uh, just a pleasure pleasure to drive so how’s the durability of the xb4 and i’ve. Pretty much only broken one part is, and that is one of the uh the front arm. So i did snap a front arm. It comes with hard arms out of the box, obviously for carpet. Generally people run stiffer suspension uh, so i did break one of those. I did actually switch it back out for a medium orange just to add a little more durability. It did add a little more flex and a little more grip on the front end made it a little twitchier. So i kind of had to dial that out, but uh durability, wise. That was pretty much the only thing that has broken so uh durability wise. I do think this is a pretty durable vehicle. I have smashed into a lot of things and really not broken much. Um, you know the wings starting to crack a little bit, but that’s pretty normal and the body has no issues. The whole vehicle has been super super durable. The chassis is nice and straight uh. The whole front end is totally fine, um, so yeah in the durability. Category i’m gon na give it four stars. I do think it is above average vehicle.
There are other four wheel drive buggies that i have broken on uh, lesser crashes, so i do think this is above average, maybe not the most durable vehicle, mainly due to those all those hard parts that they use, but um yeah, certainly a very reliable, very durable Vehicle four stars – Music x ray, is a little bit of a smaller brand here in the united states. I do find that different brands are a little more popular or less popular, depending on what country you’re in and x ray is obviously a european company it’s a little bit harder to find parts in the us, although i think things are improving. Uh parts are also uh tend to be a little more expensive as well so um. You know, like the arms everyone talks about how they’re very expensive they’re like ten dollars each and they only come in a pack of one so uh, whereas another brand might sell. You two orange for like eight bucks, this is like ten dollars for one arm so yeah it is a little pricier for sure maintenance wise. This is very easy to work on pretty much like every other four wheel drive buggy out there, easy access to the discs to the center differential, the arms and everything come off very easily. Everything is out in the open, so even like the servo is easy to service. Just a couple screws. You can pull that thing out, so yeah maintenance wise.
This is very easy, but because it is a little bit harder to get parts, parts can go out of stock for sure, and most likely, your local hobby shop is not going to carry the full range of x, ray parts if they carry x, ray parts at All so i have to talk about this from a u.s point of view. Your rc does carry all the parts. You can definitely pick up replacement things for this, but at least here in the united states. I do think the support mains is going to get a below average score. Certainly other brands are easier run such as techno or tlr or team associates. So in the support and maintenance category i’m gon na give it two stars a little bit below average, and the final category is the value the x ray 2021 xb4 sells for 580 here in the united states, that is, on the high end, probably the most expensive. Four wheel drive tenth scale buggy out there you’re pretty much in the eighth scale. Four wheel drive buggy range, but a funny thing has happened over the last few years. Pretty much every manufacturer sells their furl drive buggies for at least five hundred dollars, that’s, including the tlr, the team associate, obviously the yokin one x ray or over 500. um, so everyone else has increased their price the x ray now i think uh doesn’t seem quite As so expensive at about eighty dollars more than uh your average us brand so uh, whereas before i would have gained a pretty low score in the value category, i think it’s actually fair and the the the quality of the parts you get the hand fitment of Everything is amazing, uh, the machining all the aluminum and metal pieces as well.
The carbon fiber is amazing. I do think the quality of this thing is higher than the other brands. The only area i felt like the quality was a little bit lower is in the shocks, still has molded shock, pistons molded shock, internals parts are on parse trees, and you know it has the plastic caps, but it does include wheels in the box. So it is a little bit more expensive at about eighty dollars more than the average four wheel drive buggy, but i think you actually get that call in the box. So in this area, i’m actually gon na give an average score. I don’t think it’s expensive for what you get. It obviously is expensive from a dollar point of view, but with the amazing quality, the amazing manual, the wheels included in the box, most of the parts are pre cut. Everything is like hand finished. I do think you actually get what you pay for. So in the va category i’m going to give it three stars, it gets an average score. Obviously, it is on the high end for a full drive buggy, but i think you get what you pay for as well. So my final thoughts on the 2021 x, ray xb4 carpet edition, is that this is a fantastic buggy performance design build wise. This is one of the best buggies out there. I think it kind of combines the best elements of the other vehicles out there. The team associate b 74 is kind of safe, fairly neutral.
It is fairly heavy as well easy to drive, but not particularly aggressive or not particularly fast. In my opinion, the tlr22x4 is blazing fast. If you have the skills to handle it, i think you will put up some impressive lap times with that thing, but for normal people i do feel like you are always looking to try to tone it down. Make it easier to drive this, in my opinion, is kind of in between those two it’s easy to drive much like the team associate b74, but it’s got the quickness the speed the corner, speed the lightness like the tlr. I mean this actually makes for a really good 13.5 racer. It already has a composite front and rear diff differentials or plastic differentials. It has the lightweight slipper clutch it. You know my particular kit. I just picked up some ceramic bearings from witch racing, and this thing is good to go. I mean it is blazing fast super light already out of the box so for spec racing in particular. I think the performance on this thing is amazing without having to spend a whole lot more money, so overall yeah this isn’t a fantastic vehicle. If you’ve ever wanted to get an x ray. This is probably a good time to jump in the they did. Redesign a whole lot of parts, you know that’s, always one uh thing you worry about with x rays that they update every year. So you always worry about is my my buddy gon na be outdated in like nine months, but no this thing is amazing.
It drives awesome, it is certainly up to uh tasks. With battling of every other four wheel, drive buggy out there x ray has outdone themselves. I think once again, a fantastic fantastic vehicle. The only real downside is a little bit harder to get parts and parts are more expensive, but if you can afford it and you’ve been thinking about getting x ray, i do think this is a fantastic vehicle. So once again, big shout out to your rc check them out. We do have five percent off coupon code, so definitely some deals out there out there. If you want to pick this thing up or pretty much any other brand, i hope you enjoyed this video hit.