1 brand new electric 10 scale. Four wheel, drive buggy from team associated just came out about beginning of october 2020. I’Ve been driving it ever since got about six seven weeks under my belt and uh super happy to be able to provide the full review on this vehicle, and let you know is it worth buying. Is it a good, buggy and uh, where it’s pros and cons? So, as usual i’m going to rate this in six different categories, basically design build durability, performance value and support and maintenance and give you a final conclusion at the end to kind of talk about my overall thoughts on this buggy. So super excited about this. This is the follow on to the b74, which came out a little over a year ago. This is their top of the line. 10Th scale, four wheel drive buggy uh for competition racing. Of course, i did own the b74 as well as its predecessor, the b64, and i also own pretty much. Every other four wheel drive buggy in the class, the tlr 22 x4, the x ray xb4, the schumacher cat l1 evo. I also used to own an eb 410 by techno the hp racing d418. So a lot of a lot of experience with four leg buggies. They are my favorite class of course, and so yeah let’s get into it popping off the body. We’Ll, take a look at my particular vehicle it’s. Pretty much stuck just got a hobby wing v: 3.
1 uh esc i’ve got a team powers in half turn actinium v2 motor, a samwell rx 481 receiver and a stavox 12 58 tg servo, and then the only option part, i think i’m running are narrow, front hexes. So i’m actually running tlr wheels. These are for the 22 4 and uh they’re, just a little bit more offset. So you got ta run a little bit skinnier near our front, hex, so i’m running the four millimeter front, hexes instead of the stock five millimeters. If you want to run like schumacher, wheels or x ray wheels, you actually should get even skinnier front hacks, but i don’t think anyone actually makes one so uh that’s the that’s the one to get if you’re not going to run the stock wheels. Okay, first up is the build, and the build of the b74.1 was okay uh, not great. Probably one of the worst uh team associate builds i’ve had the manual was not that great a lot of mistakes, a lot of errors or screws that were unlabeled pills that were unlabeled the shock guard ends. They talk about whether long or short shock rod ends is kind of contradictory. Now, if you do get the updated one online, it does correct all those errors. So i would definitely check that out if you’ve got one of the first run kits, because they will fix a few things that don’t really get explained very well in the manual and then the big issue is the rear arms really just didn’t fit very well.
They had to be sanded down quite a quite a bit uh, probably about a half millimeter three quarters millimeter, so the front had a little bit of binding, but the rear rears are really really bad. Some of the worst arms i’ve had to modify and just to get them to fit properly. Otherwise they basically bind way way way too much, and i won’t move freely so overall build wise i’m going to give a below average score. Two stars: there’s still a lot of parts on parse trees, just like every other team associated vehicle. There are no wheels in the box just like every other team associated vehicle. You do have to cut the body. You do have to cut their wings, so they don’t really make things particularly easy for you, and so for that reason, i’m going to give it below average score two stars: when the b74 came out, it was pretty much class leading in terms of its design. Now, obviously, most four wheel drive buggies kind of follow the same overall design. This is very much like the classic x ray style. You’Ve got the server on one side, the esc, on the other motor in the back, as well as the battery here pill system. For the abcd block, so you can adjust tow kick out track with all that kind of stuff. Uh steering servo, like you know, sort of mounted like this with a drag link kind of typical, looking steering rack with adjustable acumen.
So you got a couple different holes up here, as well as steering arms out there on the actual steering hubs: Music, carbon fiber shock tower carbon fiber, floating servo mount carbon fiber battery strap as well as a little brace here for the center differential uh, and then One change they made actually for the b7 4.1 is they went to g10 fiberglass plates here in the middle down the center spine, rather than your traditional carbon fiber, just to add a little more flex. So the majority of the changes in the b74.1 are just kind of incremental changes just to fine tune it a little bit get to drive better changes, they made lower shocks and shorter shock towers, front and rear. They did redesign the rear end a little bit. The rear hubs are just a little more durable. They are running longer drive shafts here in the back 66 millimeters. Instead of the old 62 millimeters did redesign the c and d blocks they’re, just a little bit lower mount the pills a little bit flatter. That way, you get a little more roll in the rear. Just to better balance out the front uh battery strap was redesigned a little bit. The ackermann is now this plus three millimeter ackerman, just to prevent some of the bumps there. So one of the the big upgrades people were making to the b74 was changing out that ackerman bar, because otherwise you get a little bit of bumpsteer as a suspension compressed the wheels would actually kind of turn a little bit, because this dragon, or these steering links Were not particularly flat uh and then the big change with the b74.
1 is that it comes in two versions, so now comes in a dirt version: uh for indoor clay, outdoor loose dirt and then a astroturf and carpet edition. So, really for your high traction surfaces, your artificial surfaces that’s, what i’m running here, it’s nice, that they have two different versions optimized for different surfaces, so you don’t end up having to buy different parts. Carpet. Edition, of course, is going to have stiffer springs, thicker shock oils and then a center slipper. The dirt version is going to have a center differential and softer springs and oils. I believe it also has shorter drive shafts and there are not 100 sure and then it’s going to have lighter sway bars. They did update the slipper so there’s this new octolock type system, it just kind of mates into the slipper there a little bit better. The pads don’t tend to slip quite as much or you know, move around quite as much so that is an update. If you get the center differential. That also has been redesigned a little bit because the old one did tend to leak a little bit other than that the general vehicle is pretty much the same, no major changes. I think they changed the steering arms slightly. They did change the rear arms a little bit to make them like reversible, whether you want the center hole here on the front or you know, sort of the back holes here on the back.
You can basically get slight offsets on the shock locations that way, but overall, the general design pretty much the same as the b74 builds pretty much the same drives a little bit different and we’ll talk about that, but yeah overall design is pretty good. Now, while it used to be a really really class leading type design, i felt it was probably one of the best out there. A year year, year and a half ago, pretty much everyone has kind of upped their game. The tlr has come out with a brand new buggy x. Ray, has a completely redesigned xb4 with a lot of new cool features. So while this used to be best in class before i think it’s kind of average, nowadays it has all the general stuff that you want adjustable diff heights adjustable axle heights. All the shock, location adjustments, sway bars, of course, front rear center, diff and slipper option, but it is missing some of the options that the newer cars have, such as adjustable transmission position. It doesn’t have like the two way slipper that this that the x ray has x ray has some cool new things x rays also got like adjustable drive shaft heights, even for the middle here. So there are some improvements. The other cars have that this does not have so while it used to be really class leading, i think, it’s kind of average now there’s nothing really special or unusual about this design so i’m, going to give it three stars in the design category on to the Most important category – and that is performance.
How does this buggy drive? I had the fortune to be able to drive this back to back to back with all my other four wheel, drive buggies the schumacher, the tlr, the x ray 21 xb4, and it does drive a little bit different. Although their designs are quite similar, they actually all have kind of their own characteristics, i’m running just completely uh stock kit set up, which i think is really really good out of the box. I think they got this thing dialed in terms of the kit, setup and kit performance drives super easy, very linear, very neutral doesn’t do anything weird very precise as well. I think uh, because it is so linear and so easy to drive. I think most people can really just put it anywhere. They want it’s, not particularly fast in terms of acceleration. I think the drivetrain, maybe not quite as efficient. I do think that the bug is a little bit heavier it’s, probably about 50 to 70 grams heavier than the tlr and the x ray. So that does hurt the performance a little bit, but it does have the oiled bearings, which is a big help. The tlr has grease field bearings so in terms of acceleration and breaking – maybe not quite as good as the other guys, but still pretty solid overall jumps really well. I think it probably jumps one of the best of the three of those very, very flat, easy to land easy to position where you want it so in terms of jumping landing, really really good.
So overall performance, i think, is awesome, maybe not the best stock car, because you know you probably would want to replace the bearings with ceramic bearings just to try to speed up the drivetrain a little bit. The buggy is a little bit. Heavier feels a little bit heavier, but i think they got the chassis tuning, the flex uh the driving characteristics spot on. I think it’s awesome so i’m going to get five stars in the forest category. This is really really good biking. I think anyone could just build it, throw it down on the track and be really happy with the setup and not really feel like they had to change much if at all, it’s pretty much 90 95 there and a really good setup, so performance wise out of The box – this is no fuss, no muss just build it run. It and you’ll be pretty happy. I think it drives excellent. The other big category is durability and i happy to say i haven’t broken a single thing on this. I did have some really nasty crashes. You can see my front bumper, there is pretty chewed up just haven’t broken anything and and even with the b74 i didn’t break a whole lot. I did have some issues with like the out drives chipping because there’s too much like shock compression shock extension, but they fixed that with this buggy and overall it’s been super durable now, unfortunately, uh due to the coronavirus situation here, the united states um – i actually am Not able to run it anymore, so i did get to run it for five or six weeks before we kind of went into a shutdown type thing.
So i want to get this video up, but yeah overall performance has been excellent. Durability has been excellent. I haven’t broken anything so i’m, going to give it five stars in the durability category. So how is it to live with the b74.1 kind of day in day out and that’s? What i call the support and maintenance category? Basically meaning how easy is to get parts? Can you call up team associated? Will they help you out? Are there setup sheets out there and then on the maintenance side? You know how easy is it to work on this thing? Is it easy to get the differential server all that kind of stuff? So, just like most modern four wheel drive buggies. This is super easy to work on quick access discs. You know quick access, serial mount uh easy to get the center diff or center slipper out just four screws. You can pop that thing out. So super easy vehicle to work on shocks are easy to access overall, really easy and nice vehicle to work on. So in support and mains category i’m going to give it five stars. Team associate is probably the best supported brand, especially here in the united states. Uh they’re, probably the most popular brand as well. So you do a good job of keeping parts in stock. Hobby shops are gon na carry parts, and you can obviously always go online if you need to so it’s important maintenance class leading 5 stars Music.
The b74.1 sells for 4.99 here in the united states, just shy of 500 hours, pretty typical to other vehicles in this class. The tlr is the same price. Some vehicles are a little bit more like the schumacher. The x ray the yokomar a little bit more somewhere. Less like the techno and the hb racing d418, so i think in terms of value it’s fair. It is missing a few things like the wheels aren’t in the box um a lot of the manufacturing. Are they they kind of cut some corners with a lot of parts on parse trees? You know the body’s not pre cut, so a lot of little things like that. You know they kind of nickel and dime you a little bit. I think um parts quality is good. These are made in taiwan uh, which is improved from the old kits which were made in china, but uh they’re, not really that impressive. Overall, i do think other brands have a little bit higher parts. Quality team of soda c tends to be slightly more on the budget side than the other brand, so in terms of value i’m, actually going to give it three stars: it’s not really the the cheap deal. The old team associated buggies used to be they’re kind of average in price and kind of average in quality, so overall i’m going to give the value category three stars Music. So final thoughts on the b74.1 is that it’s, a nice update to the b74.
I think they fixed a lot of the little issues they had with, like the chipping out drives the ackerman bar uh, the leaky center differential, the slipper pads, which could kind of skip out on you, know mod motors and stuff, so it’s nice to see they fix That they also fix the roll center in the rear, so it does drive a lot better. Is it really the best buggy out there i’m? Not sure that it is? I just got the x ray xb4 2021 edition that’s a phenomenal kit. The tlr, of course, is very, very strong, very, very fast, but i think the b74.1 is probably a little bit of an underrated vehicle for 2020. They did make some nice updates and if you actually drive one you’d be impressed on how well it drives. I don’t think they did anything too flossy with this kit, no really exciting new and fancy updates it just kind of made a lot of little minor modifications that overall makes for a complete package. Certainly one of the easiest to own uh vehicles out there with good parts, support lots of setup sheets. The team driver is always putting out videos on facebook and on youtube. So a lot of information out there on how to get to drive better. So, overall, i think this is a very good buggy i’m going to give it four stars. Overall, it is excellent in all the categories that count which are going to be performance, durability and parts, support and maintenance, so that’s always nice, but the value design it’s not going to really blow you away, like the old kids, probably did in relation to everything else.
That is on the market, so yeah that’s pretty much my final thoughts on the team associated b, 74.1 and b7 4.1 d. If you’re thinking about gateways, it is an excellent buggy, of course, just like you know, most team associate kids you’re, not gon na have any uh issues or concerns or uh. You know feel like you made a mistake in buying this. It is a very competent car and i think, a little bit underrated as compared to all the other new and exciting buggies that came out in 2020. So i hope you enjoyed this video definitely hit the like share subscribe buttons uh hit that notifications button.