We have the cross rc emo 84, which we unboxed a too long ago a few weeks ago and it’s finally built click here for the unboxing. But what we’re going to do today is we are going to talk about the assembly, how it came together and we are going to run it that’s. So who assembled it is our friend neil who is not my son. We just we just look alike but uh. Neil give us your impressions. First, impressions was uh, the build came out nicely with two or three hiccups, but overall it was a fun, build okay, yeah, so let’s start from the beginning materials instruction manual uh. What was your? What was your impression compared compared to an actual traxxas instructions were fairly straightforward, but there was one mistake in the instructions that they covered up with a printout paper: okay uh, so that was addressed, but everything else was um fit perfectly, except for a few minor body Details and the two two speed and the differential servos right. So not sure you guys remember, but this this this kit is special because cross rc has re engineered their platform, new drivetrain with everything, but due to one up to really compete. They came up with portal axles right two speed, transmission and locking and unlocking diffs and that’s why it really called our attention to it. So why don’t you talk about the uh, those features, the two speed and divs and portals so portals front and back unlocking and locking diffs.
However, for the unlocking feature you can only unlock and lock both of them at the same time versus the traxxas one where you can unlock and lock front or back that’s, correct yeah. Oh so here’s a very important detail: uh. We the reason why the build took so long is we needed servos. So i gave him to my mini servos uh from the from the axel and calls me up, so it doesn’t fit dang it print something and but they said, okay let’s just buy a couple. Eco power servers, standard size, servos yeah, waited for that and they didn’t fit and, and it was goldilocks too small and too big and then so. We had to come up with cross rc, servos yeah, which were literally medium size, so that that was a big hiccup. Uh held us up and i had to buy that from cross rc, which i think is in the east coast. The wheels are are super heavy and they’re made from steel and the only hiccup for these wheels. Is they don’t? Give you long enough screws to mount the bead on the on the tire itself, so i had to get make a longer screw yeah and then clamp them down that way. Yeah these, you know whenever you have steelies g made style here. You need these leader screws to get. You started all right, so, under the hood we have a 46 kg servo for the steering we have a 1080 esc from hobby wing and a radio link receiver for our six channel radio right here to power.
Our two speed and our differential servos and it came it’s strangely enough, it’s it’s a it’s, a kit, but it came with its own motor, so we’ll run with that. First it’s, probably a 540 yeah 35 turn or something oh. When we received it, the transmission and motor were already mounted yeah, so we didn’t have to build that and then the two axles were already assembled yeah. What about the shocks shocks i had to? I had to build, you had to build yeah and what kind of oil did you put on it? I think the standard 35 weight oil it’s, something they shipped yeah. Okay, sorry, 35. Wait then cool the wheel. Wells are kind of cool huh, uh they’re they’re nicely shaped a lot, a lot of clearance for the wheels and turn no rubbing at all. What do you think of the steering angle steering angle could be improved. It’S not it’s, not like it’s, not not super yeah compared to like and then let’s look at the sag. Does it sag under uh, okay, so the halfway the front has significant sag the rear sight, yeah, almost none so that’s interesting. You know that rear. It looks like it’s a front heavy vehicle, huh yeah um, oh the rear shocks, the rear springs are heavier. The rear springs they’re, heavier firmer, oh that’s, cool that’s cool. What that means. It’S it’s meant to climb meant to support the vehicle when it’s, climbing so we’ll we’ll we’ll test that shortly it’s it’s a it’s, a ford bronco with a chevy grill.
So so it’s got some 3d molded parts. Plastic molded pieces got some detail non licensed lex sand is medium medium, thin let’s get some nice details, you know it’s it’s, no 170, traxxas bronco body or chevy body, but it uh looks good and look at the way we painted it. Huh so cool flat on the flat on the roof. Looking like vinyl two tone, two tone: uh flesh flesh, looks like a porn star body also came with lights, came with lights yeah, so you got two two headlights uh four leds in total for the front and then two tail lights, but one led one led only On the rear, yeah, it it’s got our attention um, you know, and if it, if it runs. Okay, you we’re gon na have a real real contender, so we’re gon na run this by itself. Full review make sure you subscribe. So you see that and then we’re gon na do a shootout between this. The the bronco trx4, the we have a new g made, which is uh a blazer um and then we’re gon na run that as well. But all these have two speed: uh against the scx 103, which is a gladiator yeah, so enjoy the running video. We will uh we’ll put it through its basis, thanks a ton, so we’re gon na do a fun little test. We’Re gon na start it out with low speed modulation, as you can see, it’s very, very good stock motor and a hobby wing 1080 esc very easy to control.
Not a lot of slop next test is the top speed in first gear. It’S, responsive accelerates, quick, but not very fast. Here we notice a little torque twist with the stock shock oil. The portals don’t seem to have a lot of gear reduction, so hence some torque twist here is the top speed in second year. It is significantly faster than first gear, more than twice the speed, so it makes it very useful, it’s, not a great big, powerful motor it’s, just a cheap motor, but you have really low speed and pretty good top speed. Handling 2 is pretty nice. The discs are unlocked right here. Front and rear are unlocked flip of a switch here’s second gear and first gear flip over switch very handy second year. Dips are unlocked, flip off us. Another switch and the divs are locked, so that’s cool, now we’re going to do a radius test right turn is a hair tighter than left and with the disc unlocked. It is an impressive 23 inches very, very tight with the diff slot it’s about 34 inches. Still tight but 50 bigger than unlocked, and here it is then do a little bit of trail crawl. This is the backyard crawl make sure you stay tuned because we are gon na, do a full trail and technical crawl for this vehicle and then we’re gon na. Do a shootout we’re gon na compare it to three other portal axle vehicles with two speed transmissions right there.
This were unlocked flip of a switch. It frees itself by locking the disc same thing here. Unlocked notice. The left front is not turning it’s. A critical piece of the puzzle: we lock it and boom that’s the power of locking unlocking this little three point turn really kind of pleasurable playing with this, because the turning radius is pretty darn tight right there approach angle is not bad that bumper is fairly high And the nose is not too long right there boom. It has a good tendency to articulate the suspension and and grab especially the front, very good droop on it right there unlocked lock it remotely slipper clutch is a little loose, lock it and up and over so we could already tell it’s gon na be fun on The trail – and here it is some high speed – did a bunch of jumps, so cool and the final part of this video is we’re just gon na do second year rallying, because this car is kind of stable, hey. We never flipped it over screwing around like this, and this is not sped up there’s, just normal speed.