Ad­ven­ture Ready: Tamiya Mercedes-benz G 500

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Hit the Trail In Style With Tamiya’s All-new CC-02 Chas­sis

OPEN DIFFS VS LOCKED DIFFS

Tamiya gives you the op­tion of run­ning open dif­fer­en­tials or as locked units so I de­cided to try the truck both ways to see how the per­for­mance was af­fected. With open diffs the CC-02 turns very well which made it easy to get the truck to go any­where I wanted. Grease filled diffs how­ever are not that great when it comes to climb­ing over ob­sta­cles. With some ve­hi­cles that have an open diff, they may be slowed down by some ob­sta­cles but still make it up and over thanks to the fluid or thick grease in­side. The Tamiya diffs are very loose and that means that the CC-02 al­most stops in its tracks once a tire is free. With the diffs locked up the CC-02 is a lit­tle harder to turn on high grip sur­faces but it’s not so bad on loose dirt and there was a night and day dif­fer­ence when crawl­ing over ob­sta­cles. The grip level was im­proved greatly and not much could stop the truck.

ON THE TRAIL

I planned on head­ing over to what I con­sider a light duty trail to do my CC-02 test­ing but I didn’t want to as­sume that it’s only good for that type of trail by look­ing at it.

So I brought it to a trail that has ar­eas for ev­ery type of trail truck that there is and gave it a go. In the easy sec­tions on the trail, the truck worked as ex­pected; it made it up and over ev­ery­thing in its path and was able to ma­neu­ver around some tight ar­eas. It did how­ever sur­prise me in some of the harder ar­eas along the way. There’s a good amount of ar­tic­u­la­tion so get­ting the front tires up ob­sta­cles wasn’t an is­sue but the hard com­pound tires gave up trac­tion eas­ily and that kept the CC-02 from get­ting over any ma­jor ob­jects.

Chas­sis mounted servo 540 brushed mo­tor In­cluded TBLE-02S speed con­trol 4-link front and rear sus­pen­sion shocks Rear mounted bat­tery Scale tires

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