The Team Xray XB4 gets updated for 2018! The 2018 Edition of the XB4 comes packed with a ton of high performance upgrades including a redesigned chassis with new lower motor mount, an updated lower central bulkhead, new side guards, improved shock absorber lower shims, and improved construction and production details on both front and rear differential crown gears resulting in quieter operation and increased reliability.
The new Team Xray XB4 2018 Edition chassis was redesigned with the main focus to lower the CG to improve cornering speed and stability. The new chassis accommodates the new lower motor mount. CNC-machined from high-quality Swiss 2mm 7075 T6 aluminum, the chassis is strategically machined in low-stress areas to make it as light as possible without affecting strength or rigidity; additionally black-coated for increased lifespan. Weight distribution, chassis width & length, and proper flex have key influences on the handling of the car. All of these features were incorporated into the design of the chassis.
The all-new Xray XB4 2018 Edition lower motor bulkhead decreases the weight position of motor and central slipper clutch/diff, improving cornering speed and stability. Machined from the premium Swiss 7075 T6, the motor bulkhead is strong and lightweight.
With the lower CG design focus on the new XB4, the central bulkhead was lowered as well. The graphite central upper deck holds ball-bearings in the motor mount and bulkhead assembly, while the upper deck allows easy access for slipper clutch adjustment.
The XB4 2018 Edition side guards were redesigned to allow the motor to be positioned as low as possible on the chassis to improve cornering speed and stability. Tough composite side guards perfectly fit the chassis to seal against dirt and protect from side impacts. Molded from a hard composite material, the side guards are an important part of the chassis flex adjustment for the majority of track conditions. For very-low-traction tracks, optional medium stiffness side guards are available.
To improve the precision of the shock shaft movement, the Team Xray XB4 2018 Edition front composite shim was redesigned and updated with a more accurate mould design. Well-built, reliable shock absorbers are extremely important for super-smooth suspension action on any type of track. The shocks on the XB2 have been specifically designed to be built easily, perform consistently, and last reliably. Careful attention was paid to the smallest details during the design process, as well as during long-term testing in various conditions. The shocks are membrane-free, yet they still allow for easy, consistent building and rebound setting using the bleed-screw shock cap design. Downstop is adjusted using composite shims under the pistons. Upstop travel is adjusted using composite shims under the shock collar. The aluminum body, lower nut, and bleeder shock caps are all machined from premium Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum. Shock rods are machined from special steel material, precision hand-ground for maximum smooth operation, and additionally hardened for improved lifespan.
To improve the reliability of the differential and ensure quieter operation, both front and rear Team Xray XB4 2018 Edition differential crown gears construction and production details were improved. Both front & rear diff crown gears and pinion gears are made from steel which has been additionally hardened to ensure increased lifespan and reliability. For clay and low-traction tracks, optional graphite diff crown gears can be used for increased traction.
Chassis Weight Balance
The XB4 2018 chassis design allows for easy weight balance adjustment. You can move the motor frontwards or rearwards, and you can do this independently of the short battery pack that can be moved frontwards or rearwards as well.
The graphite chassis brace – machined from high-grade graphite material – is installed in the lower part of the composite brace connected directly to the chassis. The brace reinforces the rear of the car and generates more stability while increasing traction. The chassis brace is a vital part of the Multi-Flex™ setting. When using the graphite chassis brace, the composite rear lower brace must be removed.
A very handy, compact electronics plate allows for mounting the speed controller for quick & easy removal and assembly, and was redesigned to fit the new chassis and side guards.
The XB4 2018 super-strong front & rear bulkheads withstand rigorous impacts and abusive racing conditions. The bulkheads have minimized ball-bearing play, resulting in increased gear teeth lifespan and minimized gear stripping. XRAY’s attention to the finest details, R&D and engineering are obvious in the design of the diff bulkheads. These unique bulkheads allow super-fast & easy diff exchange and servicing by dismounting only 4 screws from the front of the bulkhead and bottom of the chassis. This super-fast diff access is available at both front & rear.
There are no long top decks on the XB4, but instead the XB4 features separate front, central, and rear upper decks which are independent from chassis flex adjustment and work only as part of the front, central, and rear diff assemblies. All upper decks are machined from high-grade graphite.
The independent servo mount allows the steering servo to be mounted to the chassis without touching it, ensuring the elimination of unwanted chassis tweak and improvement of overall traction.
XB4 constant velocity drives (CVDs) are manufactured from world-renowned HUDY Spring Steel.
The drive shafts are some of the world‘s thinnest yet most durable drive shafts used in electric off-road cars. Hardened with a proprietary hardening process, the drive shafts provide unbeatable lifespan and reliability. The CVD assembly also features a composite safety collar to keep the mounting pin solidly in place.
Central Drive Shafts
With the weight balance adjustment feature – depending on motor position – the center diff block moves as well and appropriate-length central drive shafts must be selected & installed.
The XB4 2018 gear diff ensures increased on-power steering which is needed on nearly all types of tracks, and is ideal for both carpet and clay tracks. The super-smooth gear diff includes a composite case and cover with integrated crown gear. The internal gears are precision-molded from tough XRAY developed and mixed composite material ensuring high life time and super-smooth and efficient operation. The maintenance-free diff design is a feature that will benefit racers of all levels. When the diff is correctly built, there is no need for maintenance for a very long time… no need for frequent oil changes, and no leakage due to our superior sealing system.
The optional ball differential was designed and is suggested for low traction track conditions. Externally adjustable ball differential is machined from HUDY Spring Steel™ and additionally hardened for extra durability and long lifetime. High-quality carbide thrustbearing is included for smooth operation and the carbide balls ensure ultra-smooth running. The ball differential comes factory pre-assembled.
A central differential is recommended for use on clay and low-traction tracks to increase traction. The super-smooth gear diff includes a composite case and cover with exchangeable spur gear. The gear diff set includes 81T spur gear and a 84T spur gear is available as an option. The maintenance-free diff design will benefit racers of all levels. When the diff is correctly built, there is no need for maintenance for a very long time… no need for frequent oil changes, and no leakage due to our superior sealing system. Available as option only #364901
To reduce rotating weight, the super-lightweight diff outdrives are machined from HUDY Spring Steel™ material which allows additional material to be removed on the outer part of the outdrives, further reducing the weight without effecting durability. The inner part of the outdrives is additionally hand-ground for perfect fitment into the diff case. The outdrives are hardened using XRAY’s own special hardening process to provide extended lifespan and reliability.
Power from the motor is transferred to the drivetrain via an adjustable, central slipper clutch for quick & easy tuning. The 3-pad slipper clutch ensures smoother clutch operation and more efficient braking, and clutch adjustment is easier, more consistent, and ultra-fine. The lightweight slipper clutch plates have a machined relief which decreases the friction surface to assist with clutch slip adjustment. With this design, pressure is on the circumference of the clutch pads for increased efficiency.The slipper clutch pads are made from ultra-efficient SLS material with very high slip efficiency, thus allowing very precise slip adjustment. The clutch outdrives are super lightweight, manufactured from HUDY Spring Steel and additionally hardened for extra lifespan & reliability. The slipper plates are machined from premium Swiss 7075 T6 and additionally hardened, then given a black final surface treatment.
Precision-molded spur gears are made from XRAY’s exclusive secret blend of composite material, allowing the gear to run true yet be robust enough to handle high-performance brushless motors. The spur gears are designed to have the lowest possible weight while staying strong and light. Each gear is stamped with the tooth number for easy identification. The XB4 is equipped with an 81T spur gear which suits the majority of tracks. For additional tuning, optional 75T, 78T, 84T and 87T spur gears are available.
The motor is connected to an eccentric mounting plate, with the assembly then inserted into an integrated motor holder/drivetrain support. The design allows quick & easy motor rotation to adjust gear mesh, and yet clamp securely using only a single screw. To ensure the motor will not loosen in a serious crash or due to insufficient tightening, the motor plate has a bayonet mounting system which prevents it from being dislodged from the motor holder. By rotating the motor mount plate to the opposite direction, the motor can be quickly removed from the motor holder. Removing the motor or adjusting the gear mesh is easy and fast, with changes possible in only a few seconds.
Motor Mount Assembly
To accommodate the Multi-Flex and upper deck design, the motor mount allows adjustment of the weight balance by placing the motor weight either frontwards or rearwards.
The correct suspension geometry is one of the most important features of any RC model car, while at the same time being one of the most difficult and challenging features for a designer. From the suspension arms, through the suspension blocks, to the light yet robust steering blocks, every suspension part has been specially designed for the 1/10 off-road racing platform to provide responsive racing characteristics in all conditions.
I.S.S. Suspension Holders
The aluminum suspension holders feature Integrated Suspension Settings (I.S.S.™) which allows for super-fast & easy suspension geometry setting. This XRAY concept was first introduced in the very first XB8 and now has been carried over to the 1/10 scale XB4. Using eccentric suspension bushings – which are inserted into aluminum suspension blocks – as well as additional shims, the XB4 suspension geometry can be completely adjusted.
Suspension arms allow for quick & easy wheelbase adjustment. Using included 2mm shims, both front and rear suspension arms can be moved either forward or rearward to adjust weight balance depending on track conditions. By moving the arms to the front, the balance and weight of the car are transferred more to the rear; this is recommended for medium- and high-traction conditions. By moving the arms to the rear, the balance and weight of the car are transferred more to the front.
XB4 suspension arms are the result of long-term testing of different designs and layouts. Length, thickness, flexibility, geometry, and materials used… these are all part of the concepts and details that are thoroughly reviewed to create optimum suspension arms. The suspension arm itself is rigid enough to provide a responsive feel, yet soft enough for extreme durability. The exclusive composite mixtures used for suspension arms offer a perfect balance between reliability & performance. There are three different suspension arms available: medium (optional), hard (included), and graphite (optional), each suitable for particular track conditions. The new hard suspension arms increase stability in high-traction conditions, and help to increase cornering speed.
The tiny yet tough steering blocks are molded from a special composite mixture for maximum strength. Composite steering block inserts allow for very quick & easy lower roll center adjustment. With additional shims and extra inserts, fine tuning the roll center is easily achieved. For maximum drivetrain reliability, larger 5×12 ball-bearings are used in the outer position with increased dynamic load. On the inner position, the smaller 5×10 ball-bearings are used for minimized unsprung weight.
The 1-piece caster blocks are very lightweight, yet the construction makes them very stiff and rigid. The non-adjustable caster angle is preset to 9°. Roll center position can be quickly & easily adjusted by inserting different thickness of shims atop the caster block (between the block and the vertical ball stud). The front of the chassis is pre-angled with an integrated 8° caster angle, however the position of the adjustable eccentric bushings in the I.S.S.™ suspension holders influences the caster as well. (For example, if the eccentric bushings have the roll center in middle position, the caster angle is 9° which when added to the 9° caster block gives a total of 18° caster. The total adjustability range for caster is 16-20°.) Optional caster blocks with 6° and 12° built-in caster angles are available for further suspension geometry adjustment. There are four different caster blocks available: medium (optional), hard (included), graphite (optional) and aluminum (optional), each suitable for particular track conditions. The new hard caster blocks increase stability in high-traction conditions, and help to increase cornering speed.
The super-compact rear uprights feature 3 different upper roll center positions. The rear uprights have 0° toe to ensure stability and to prevent suspension geometry changes in hard crashes. For maximum drivetrain reliability, larger 5×12 ball-bearings are used in the outer positions for increased dynamic load. Smaller 5×10 ball-bearings are used in the inner positions to minimize unsprung weight. The outer suspension pin on which the rear upright sits uses adjustment shims to alter the wheelbase. There are four different uprights available: medium (optional), hard (included), graphite (optional), and aluminum (optional), each suitable for particular track conditions.
The Xray XB4 dual arm steering system is very simple yet effective and features an integrated easily adjustable servo saver. Ackermann is easily adjusted by quickly & easily changing the steering link mounting positions on the steering plate. Bump steer is easily adjusted for more aggression by inserting a shim between the steering block and steering linkage.
To guarantee maximum reliability, all turnbuckles are manufactured from special HUDY Spring Steel™ material for turnbuckles which features a tougher core. These turnbuckles are used for front & rear upright linkages, steering system, and also for the servo saver.
The Team Xray XB4 front shock tower has a new design with different shock mounting positions featuring an extra additional shock mounting position for extra-fine tuning. Both front & rear shock towers are machined from premium-grade graphite and are lightweight & strong, with multiple shock positions and roll center adjustment positions. The front shock tower is 3.5mm thick; the rear is 3.0mm thick and holds the wing mount.
Shock pistons are made from Delrin® and are molded using ultra-high precision molds. All-new 2-hole pistons (1.6mm and 1.7mm holes) are now included in the set.
The Team Xray XB4 2018’s all-new shock springs are shorter to allow more fine ride height adjustment especially on carpet tracks. The XB4 springs have been specifically designed to complement the big-bore shocks. XB4 springs, like all other XRAY springs, are manually measured, selected, and matched into pairs to guarantee precisely equal length and damping characteristics. Each spring is laser-engraved with stripes to indicate the firmness; the more strips, the harder the spring.
Variable Shock Mounting
The design of the rear suspension arm allows very practical variable position of the rear shock absorbers. Depending on track conditions, the rear shock absorbers can be installed either in front or behind the shock tower.
Anti-roll bars are manufactured from special spring steel material and are included to stabilize the front & rear ends of the car. The roll bars are easily mounted to the diff cases and can be adjusted with the linkages. Both front & rear anti-roll bars are interchangeable since they have same design and shape. The thickness of each anti-roll bar is laser-engraved for easy identification. Anti-roll bar wires of different thickness are optionally available for fine-tuning.
Ultra-lightweight 12mm wheel hex drive hubs are CNC-machined from Swiss 7075 T6 black-coated aluminum. These ultra-true hex hubs have a clamping design which ensures ultra- solid mounting of the wheel on the hub. The rear alu hex hubs are specially machined to reduce rotating weight while guaranteeing wobble-free wheel mounting. To adjust track-width, optional offset wheel hex drive hubs are available.
A full set of 22 high-speed, blue-sealed ball-bearings are used throughout the drivetrain to ensure maximum efficiency. All of the bearings are degreased and oiled with Aero Shell Fluid 12 for maximum smoothness and long life.