BEHIND THE WHEEL
I’ve built a few Tekno kits in the past, and they’re always easy and a joy to put together. The EB410 was the same. All the parts are bagged and labeled accordingly, and they correspond to the well-illustrated instruction manual. No need to take my word for it—follow the build on Rccaraction. com. For testing, I headed to SDRC Raceway in Miramar, California, and chose Pro-line Positron and Inversions, both in clay compound, for my test tires. I was at SDRC on the first day of a new layout, so the track was still pretty green, with traction levels still coming up. Using the manual’s stock suspension settings, I set the ride height at 20mm front and rear, negative 1.5 degrees of camber on all four corners, and positive 1 degree of front toe-out, and I mounted the new Positron tires sauced with Liquid Wrench. The first run on the track immediately revealed a couple of things about the EB410. It can carry corner speed really well, and it jumps easily, quickly going to a level attitude while in the air. Overall, the EB410 felt solid during a full run, and coming from a 2WD buggy that I ran before, I forgot how efficiently 4WD buggies put the power to the ground, with the EB410 being no exception. The drivetrain did a good job of making the most of the Tekin 13.5-turn brushless motor in a class where every ounce of power is precious. Under full tilt, the EB410 tracked straight and true, with almost no wheel-spin acceleration, to its top speed quickly. The suspension responded predictably and did a good job of giving me immediate feedback, allowing me to do any corrections at the wheel. The suspension also did a good job of soaking up any bad landings when I overcleared the downside of a jump, never smacking the chassis on the ground. As the tires broke in and traction came up, the EB410 only got better. The diff oils that come with the kit are great to get you started and will work well in looser conditions, but when the traction is higher, the wheels on the inside of a turn “diffed” out under hard cornering. Before the next run, I went with thicker 25k-weight oil in the front and center diffs, leaving stock 7k-weight oil in the rear diff. Back on the track, the EB410 accelerated better coming out of turns and, when braking late coming into a turn, was rock solid.
Oil-filled front, center, and rear gear differentials Enclosed suspension arms Reversebellcrank steering system Aluminum threadedbody shocks Sliding aluminum motor mount Shorty-only battery bay Shaft-driven 4WD 3mm milledaluminum chassis Weight-forward chassis designHighly adjustable suspensionRace-ready out of the box Wheels not included + + + + -