ARRMA 1/10 FURY MEGA Brushed RTR Review

Image Credit: ARRMA RC

Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner

Equipment Used:

All stock with 6 cell 2000mah nimh

All stock with 2s 5000mah lipo

Pros:

- Inexpensive

- Durable

- Good looking body

- Jumps well

- Lipo ready

- Easy to change battery

Cons:

- Tires lack grip

- Slow charger

- Some parts are hard to work on

Intro:

Like my other surface reviews, I won’t get into tons of technical details, especially since this product is aimed at folks new to the hobby.  I will detail my experience with the Mega Fury and the things I liked and disliked about it.

 

ARRMA is a relatively new player (2011) in the surface RC world, but have quickly established their name as a big player.  They offer a spectrum of vehicles, from brushed and brushless 1/10 scale, to big 1/8 scale 6s brushless beasts!  So let’s get to it.

 

Out of the Box:

The ARRMA Mega Fury finds itself on the entry level side of  the ARRMA line-up.  It is rear, two-wheel drive, with a brushed 15T motor.  Mine arrived nicely packaged as usual from Tower Hobbies (right now $149 if you use their coupon codes).  Like my 9 year old son on Christmas, I tore into the box as quick as I could.  As with most RTR vehicles, you get a bag with a manual, warranty info, some spare parts and a couple tools.  You also get a slow charge (2.5hrs for the stock battery) charger, a 6 cell 2000mah battery, and the typical ARRMA 2.4ghz radio.  The stock ESC is lipo compatible and only requires you to move a jumper one peg over to get to LVC (low voltage cut-off) mode.

 

The car itself has a very attractive paint scheme and has a nice durable feel to it.  The chassis feels solid also and has a bottom load battery compartment, so you don’t have to hassle with the body every time you go to change a battery.  The tires looked great, but the shiny and slightly hard feel to them gave me a little concern as to how they would grip terrain.  I didn’t want to wait the 2.5 hours to charge the stock battery, so I charged the nimh on one charger and a 2s lipo on another charger to test the difference.

 

Driving:

Being a strictly brushless driver, I prepared myself for the lower stock speed of a 15T brushed system.  I ran the first battery pack on the asphalt.  I tested the cornering both at speed and at lower speeds. My suspicions on the hard tires proved true. It didn’t take much speed to spin out in a  turn.  Adding to that  is the fact that it is only two wheel drive.  Most veteran RC drivers know finessing a turn with 2wd takes a bit more skill than with a 4wd set-up.  I did some fast donuts in both directions to try to heat up the tires to see if that would help, and it really didn’t.  I will add, if you aren’t racing or trying to navigate sharp turns, the handling is fine with this car.  It runs smoothly and quietly, and is plenty of fun running around in a parking lot.  Another plus is it’s stable reverse driving. My son’s first RC truck was an ECX Ruckus… and with that, it is pretty much impossible to drive in reverse with any form of accuracy.  The Fury tracks pretty straight when in reverse.

 

Being a Short Course Truck, I expected the handling to really excel off-road.  I’m not sure if it’s the suspension or the hard tires, but I had a little difficulty getting it to bite the hard ground the way I wanted it to.  I toned down the steering with the transmitter to soften my inputs but it still had a tendency to fishtail a little.  On the other hand, as a basher, the Fury is a blast off road. It kicks up dirt and handles rocks and bumps like a champ.  It got stuck in plush grass, but had no issue with short mowed grass.

 

One place I found the Mega Fury really excelled was the ramp.  The smooth handling made lining up the ramp pretty easy, and it’s balance, body and size really help it stay level while in the air.  I didn’t find I had to add much, if any correction while airborne, jump after jump after jump.  I spent an entire battery pack just going off the ramp, trying to get further and further.  I must have really been enjoying myself, because a few local kids came out to see what I was up to.

 

I usually have my 9 year old son to do my durability testing, but since I had a couple kids with zero RC experience watching me drive, I figured I’d let them have a go. OUCH! I kinda felt bad for my little Mega Fury, but I was impressed that it took all the hits to the curb and roof landed jumps. I actually wanted them to break a part of it so I could identify a weak point, but alas they didn’t.  Their driving also improved pretty quickly as they got a feel for the steering and throttle response.  I almost feel bad for their parents because I’m pretty sure they went straight home and asked them to buy them an RC car.

 

As for speed, I was not disappointed.  For a stock, entry-level truck, I was pleased to see it clock at about 20.5mph on the stock nimh battery.  Other reviewers have clocked this at 25mph, but I think they may have been going downhill with a tail wind.  The stock battery gives you somewhere between 10 to 15 minutes of run-time which isn’t bad, but I definitely like to drive for longer than that.  I switched the ESC to lipo mode and tossed in a 2s lipo.  Going from a 6 cell nimh (7.2v) to a 2s lipo (7.4v) will not increase your speed by much, if any.  I think the lipo may have helped it squeeze out about half a mph more.  It did have quicker throttle response with the lipo and of course at 5000mah (versus the stock 2000mah), it had a way longer run-time… I stopped my test after 35 minutes and still had a decent amount of battery left.  I know some people are scared of lipos, but they are safe as long as you treat them with care and follow their instructions.  Their prices have gone down so much also, so getting a lipo battery and charger should definitely be your first upgrade… speaking of which…

 

Upgrades:

If you are on a budget, just starting, or both, the stock Mega Fury is a good starting point. It gets you out there with a good size, good looking short course truck to start tearing up your neighborhood.  As you start getting a feel for driving an rc car, you may want to start upgrading to better tires and even a brushless set-up.  The Mega Fury is compatible with all of the parts to the brushless version so that is the first place I’d look when taking the steps to a meaner truck.  If you decide to go brushless, be sure to upgrade the necessary parts beforehand so you don’t shred your gears or anything else.

 

Conclusion:

The field of entry-level cars/trucks is getting increasingly more crowded.  The most popular brands of course being Traxxas, ECX, HPI and ARRMA.  All of them have their pros and cons, but all are adequate for a beginner. ARRMA’s Mega Fury is the least expensive of these brands for entry level, since you can always use Tower Hobbies coupon codes to knock a few bucks off.  Stay away from the ECX AMP series though. They feel cheap and they have integrated ESC/Receivers, and no one this day in age wants that.  With the ARRMA Mega Fury, you get a durable, great looking short course truck at a great price backed by a great company.  As I mentioned, the first upgrade should be your battery and a suitable charger.  You will be able to carry these over to most similar sized vehicles you buy in the future.  I’d recommend a 4000 to 5000mah 2s lipo, I don’t think anything larger would fit.  These are common sizes too, so shop around for a good price from a reputable company and you should be able to get what you need for a good price.  Also, if you don’t already have a ramp, build one or buy one, it is an absolute must with the Mega Fury. While the Mega Fury doesn’t blow the competition away, it gets you in the hobby at the best price point and is just as good as the others. Now get out there, get driving and start reaping in the years of smiling this hobby will bring you!

 

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