I purchased my XT8 this past July in total frustration. After nearly ten years in the hobby trying to use the cheaper kits and beating the system and ALWAYS being the guy in the shade wrenching feverishly to get back running. I decided to stop fiddling around and just go buy the best in the business and spare no expense in doing so. After SEVERAL people said to me get the Xray thats what I did. I bought:
09 Spec XT8 Truggy and Hudy Setup stand and Toe plate.
RB WS9 .21 engine
Jammin J4 Pipe
JR J9000 Servos
Proline Calibur LPR wheels and tires.
JConcepts Illusion Lid.
The 5 things I like about the Truggy:
#1 The obvious quality of the individual parts and how they all fit together.
#2 The organization inside the box of all the kit parts and explicit instructions although they do need to be updated to include the 09 Specs in the main book rather than by supplement.
#3 The instructions themselves. How they wxplain each and every part and what every adjustment's purpose is.
#4 The simplistic layout of the parts on the chassis. Some RC cars are daunting because the parts are all crammed together making it appear overly complicated and hard to adjust.
#5 The fact that the car comes loaded with every option necessary to perform at the track.
The 5 things I would improve:
#1 Include a set of wheels and tires for initial setup and run-in of the truggy. Something general purpose with high wear characteristics. I want to run my truggy at home to test new setups and adjustments. I do not like ruining a $100 set of wheels and tires for a 20 minute testing session.
#2 Update the instruction manual rather than including the supplements for the 09 Specs. I struggled for hours trying to figure out the manual until the supplements accidentally fell out of the back of the manual.
#3 Increase the clearance/tolerance in the center diff area. I am finding it too tight in the area where the brake arms attach and bias are adjusted.
#4 Implement a new electronic box to allow for larger receiver packs. These new high powered servos demand more power and capacity. The current box is also too cramped in my opinion where it wouldn't have to be.
#5 Improve/Update the factory included body shell. Perhaps my biggest criticism is the fact that I ruined my lid by using the pre-made dimples for my mounting holes. And the fact that the Xray lids are way more expensive than the JConcepts lids and are thinner and less durable.
I also noticed that my kit was missing two small parts that ruined my build day. I had to resort to using an OFNA part to move forward. (It was half of the sway bar mount to the rear A-arm and not a huge ordeal but....)
Otherwise the truck is spectacular on the track. I took it out this past wekend for the very first time at a regualr track. I received SEVERAL compliments and nods from the more experienced guys at the track. All of whom wanted an Xray but claimed to not be able to afford one. Yet they had thousands of dollars worth of Traxxas product on the bench in different states of repair.....(There is no fix for stupid ladies and gentlemen.)
My near-expert friend drve my Truggy and fell in love. he runs the Team Associated equipment and until Sunday swore by it. In ten minutes he had my Truggy doing things that he couldn't do with his own. That impressed me and gave me momentum to improve my track skills.
I have read where some of you wish for a clunker style tank. I suppose I can not disagree totally although I had mine upside down a few times and it stayed running fine. My last critique regarding the fuel tank is the lid opens the wrong way to suit me. I would wish for the option to install it either direction as is on the Team Associated tank.
Lastly I will try to post a couple of pictures of my rig for your approval. I am not the best at airbrushing so when y'all get done laughing at it let me know what you think.