Schumacher Cougar LD2 Build Review
We finally built the schumacher cougar ld2 picked this up a few weeks ago and uh took me a little while to put this together just been kind of busy with other projects and stuff. But finally, have it all assembled. I wanted to talk about how the build went as well as some little tips and tricks and uh yeah i’d kind of go over the brand new two wheel drive race buggy from schumacher, so i picked mine up from discount rc store discountrcstore.com uh, pretty much the Best place to pick these up in the us, they carry pretty much all the schumacher parts – free shipping, 50 or more – and it comes to you pretty quick i’m out in california and they ship it from michigan and gets to meet in like two days. So excellent group of people uh best online store, in my opinion, definitely worth checking them out so kind of go through my actual vehicle, uh kind of switched up the paint scheme a little bit here, kind of just going blue and white. I don’t know decide to try something a little different, a little bit a little bit closer to the uh. You know sort of a kit paint job that they’ve got with the schumacher ld2 my vehicle itself, so i’m running the jensey 6 000 milliamp hour, redline battery full size battery. So this buggy is super lightweight. This is the stock spec version with you know the carbon fiber chassis, so it is crazy lightweight, even with the full size battery it’s still underweight, i think i’m about 14, 13, 14, 15 grams, or so so i definitely need to add a little bit more weight.
Uh in terms of the actual parts i’m running sav box, sg servo, hobby wing xr10, pro stock, spec, esc i’ve got the sanwa rx 481 receiver and then a team powers. V4 17.5 turn actinium motor a pretty fast motor as well uh gearing wise i’m using the stocks burger whatever that is trying out like a 28 tooth uh pinion gear here, it’s a tlr piece, not exactly sure what i will do. Finally, for gearing we’ll have to mess around with that also running the optional brass esc, tray up there uh the uh, aluminum servo horn, i think it’s made by core rc or arrow x. I can’t really remember and then i’m also running the aluminum camber plate back here and i think that’s pretty much it in terms of option parts. I did throw on the mikael orolowski june 2021 carpet setup, so there’s a lot of other option. Parts he’s running like a front wing aluminum track rods, just a lot of aluminum parts, including the aluminum chassis. So i will probably eventually try the aluminum chassis, because this thing is way too light. I need to add, probably another 30 grams or so i think, roar weight minimum is now 1450 or 1449 or something like that so still underweight, definitely need to add some more weight somewhere and uh. I did like the aluminum chassis a little bit better on carpet on my cougar laydown, so this is the ld2 uh, basically update to the regular cougar laydown.
They pretty much squished up the entire front end, including the chassis they got like sort of an extensible chassis. Now, that’s, really the biggest change. The rear end is pretty much. The same did modify the dog bones. A little bit did modify the hub carriers a little bit, so they are running larger bearings on the outside i’m. Actually running wits bearings throughout. So i just ran the regular cougar, lay down ceramic bearings from wits, and that works totally fine. There are just going to be those two bearings that are still going to be stock, but learn that everything fits as well. So, in terms of the actual build first off, i wanted to give a big shout out to schumacher. They made a huge improvement in this manual uh. In my opinion, schumacher manuals in the past have not been particularly good, they’re, okay, but they really cleaned the whole thing up. High quality paper just feels like they you know made it super easy to put together uh. They even have little measurements and uh pictures of all the actual parts that you can match up, one to one, a lot of little race, tips and stuff like that so yeah. This thing is super nice even has a little full color blow up of all the different parts, option parts that you can use and then, as well as adjustments, they get a little section here in the back. Tell you what all the adjustments do.
So super super nice really one of the best manuals on the market today, even talk about tire, selection and stuff, so spare parts list option parts all that good stuff. So yeah this manual is fantastic. In the past i would have said schumacher: manuals were below average kind of below par uh compared to other kits out there, but nowadays yeah i’d say this is one of the best manuals out there certainly uh up there uh with all the other high quality manuals. So big shout out to share market for doing that. Big improvement there build itself went together, pretty well uh, no missing parts, nothing damaged. I did have problems in the past with those shoe marker kits where, like turnbuckles were bent or something like that, but no issues here, uh everything was totally fine um. I did end up filing down a few parts here and there like on the caster blocks and stuff just to get things to fit a little more freely, but you know nothing you really need to do. It will go together pretty well out of the box. Some things to watch out for first off definitely the hinge pins in the front. These arms are reversible. I did flip them to get a shorter wheel base i’m, just going to try that out as per the setup sheet, but normally yeah you got these hinge pins. They only go in one way, so they kind of have like a flat spot on the bottom to let you tighten down the set screw so yeah make sure you put those in correctly so that that flat spot is on the side of the set screw.
Otherwise, you’ll find that it doesn’t really fit in very well also when tightening down that set screw definitely be careful super easy to over. Tighten that and strip the arm, so that’s that’d be really annoying. If you did that uh the front end otherwise went together pretty well, i do like the integrated shock cover here up top these shocks again, not a big fan of these shocks. You do have to drill holes for these bleeder screws. If you want to bleed them and then i just end up marking it with like a silver paint pen, just so i know which side, because it doesn’t have two holes, so you can drill either side and you obviously want it to match so yeah i’m, not A big fan of these shocks they just use weird springs. I don’t like these little shot. Cups here on the bottom springs tend to like want to pop off. The springs, are weird they’re like tapered it’s got the two piece caps, just a lot of things. I don’t like, but they do work reasonably well still use regular red o rings. No x rings still have molded pistons. So again not you know the super nicest shocks out there, but they do seem to work. So i will grant them that are things you want to watch out for the servo make sure you don’t use a really tall, servo um it’s gon na there’s, barely enough clearance here in the front for your server horn, i’m running the aluminum silver horn, but there’s Pretty much like no extra room at all it’s, pretty much barely clears at all.
You will want to line it up kind of at that five o’clock position, uh of the silver horn. When you mount that up um but yeah, i learned that uh that did work. It’S, just really really close: they even tell you to mount the server kind of up high, give you a little more clearance, so yeah there’s, barely any room. I mean schumacher, really tries to throw everything as far forward as possible. So that steering rack is, you know, really tight. Servo is kind of mounted and angled. To give you a little extra room allows you to move all the electronics the battery everything way up front. Obviously, shoe markers are primarily targeted at like astroturf carpet, artificial surfaces. High traction surfaces that kind of thing, so they are optimized for that, but um yeah it does leave you barely enough room to do anything up in the front. So um yeah learn that i don’t think there were any any real issues: diff, not a big fan of the diff i’m running the two gear. So i just pulled out two of the gears inside the differential. It just uses a regular o ring no paper gasket or anything like that – not the biggest fan of that, but you know it works. I guess these drive. Shafts are a little bit different. So they’re phased a little bit differently, so you can see uh what they got. They got the dog bone like at one angle and then the dry pin at the other.
So you know before they used to kind of be inline, but now they’re like phased 90 degree. The part should give you a little more freer, uh rear end, maybe not quite as much for traction, but uh should corner a little bit quicker, uh and and steer a little bit better. I think that’s pretty much it in terms of the build one together. Pretty nice, certainly actually one of the best shoemaker builds i’ve put together. They’Re not hard. Just got some little weird quirks um. They still use like two piece: um ball, studs like here on the side, not a big fan of that it’s, like ball cups on the bottom shocks i don’t know for lighter weight or what but uh it’s a little bit odd, a little bit of quirky uh Vehicle but yeah it went together pretty well so uh, no, no real complaints, um the spur gear is super nice, probably the nicest machine spring gear. Overall parts quality is really really high. The metals are really nice. These sort of, like bronze, finished steel parts are amazing. Uh turnbuckles are fine. The plastics seem pretty pretty good overall, no real complaints about the plastics, not the best quality plastics, not the worst. You know somewhere in the middle, so anyways that’s it my thoughts on the cougar ld2. If you have any questions or suggestions or tips or tricks, or anything like that, throw down a comment in the description below i’m going to take this out to the track run it around see how it performs probably make some few tuning adjustments.