Axial Yeti 1/10 Kit Review
Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner
Axial Yeti Kit
Power HD 1501MG Servo
RC Gear Shop 120a ESC
Axial Vanguard 3150 KV Motor
Duratrax Pearl Lime paint
Sky RC 3s 4000mah Lipo
- Straight forward build
- Some upgrades not in the RTR
- On the larger side of 1/10 scale
- Looks AWESOME
- Body comes precut and predrilled
- Quick on 3s, decent on 2s
- Innovative battery holder
- Innovative hinged body
- No aluminum trailing arms
- Does not come with a spare tire
I'm going to start this review similar to my SCX10 review. On the surface side of RC, I am generally a basher, however, I don't like to box myself into categories. Aside from my basher trucks, I do have a buggy (don't race it), I do have a touring car (don't race it), and I have a few crawlers, but I do not compete, nor do I do trail runs in the traditional sense. If you are like me, just a guy/gal who likes variety in their RC collection, and you've taken interest in the Axial Yeti, keep reading. FYI, this review, like most of my reviews, will be light on technical info and jargon, and concentrate on my straight experience and impressions.
After getting my first Axial truck last summer, I had to check out what else they had to offer. I got the Wraith kit (review here) and then saw the Yeti come out. I read that though it was a great, new, innovative design, some folks were having issues with the RTR, so I waited a while before diving in. I am not always one to believe all of the complaints, because honestly, I have seen way to many people slam an RC truck into a tree and wonder why it broke or stripped a gear. I finally decided to buy an RTR, BUT, the day I was going to buy it, I heard that a kit version was coming out. After having so much fun with the Wraith build, I knew I would be happier if I built it myself.
The build was very straight forward. I found it to be an easier build than the Wraith, but it might be that the Wraith was my first kit and this was my second. The only times I had issues with the build, were when I got overly confident and did something out of order, then had to undo something to correct it. I had trouble sifting through forums to find the right electronics for my Yeti, so I played it safe, and kept the budget on the lower side. There are people out there that will tell you that you need a $100 dollar servo for this rig, but a few good friends pointed me to the Power HD 1501MG servo... $12.50, yes, $12.50. After my positive experience with Tower Hobbies RC Gear Shop brand, I nabbed another 120a esc and paired it up with the Axial Vanguard 3150KV motor that the RTR version uses from DollarHobbyz.com (Note: If you want stock parts DollarHobbyz is the place to get them...I got the motor for $33 bucks less than retail). The kit has plenty of upgraded metal parts, and though I would have preferred all metal trailing arms, they do include some aluminum plates that stiffen the plastic trailing arms. One thing I see and hear a lot on forums and FB fan pages, is guys telling new owners to dump all the stock parts and replace it with high prices aluminum parts, or wayyyy expensive electronics. Like with the SCX10, that is certainly a route you can take, but if you just want to bash on a budget, it is certainly possible.
Now onto my driving experience. My first drive was with a 2s lipo. The speed for this type of vehicle on 2s is adequate, especially if you want to drive mostly on trails or if you have a RCer in training and you want limited speed. To really get the Yeti experience, I tossed in a 3s 4000mah lipo. I think the top speed with this motor and battery is about 30mph maybe a few more. If you watch the video below, you can get a better feel for the speed. I don't know what the most common battery used on the Yeti is, but I found the bulk and weight of the 4000mah balanced the vehicle well. I had heard people talk about th Yeti being nose heavy, but I didn't notice that. Not saying I am the best driver or jumper, but it seemed fine for me. I had also heard a lot about traction roll. If there is one thing I have learned in my few years of RC driving, is that unless it's a touring car or a rally car, you kinda need to let up on the throttle when making a turn. I tell you guys this because when you read people's gripes, you have to take into consideration their driving skills and their expectations of the vehicle. Some people think a $400 dollar RC rig should be able to withstand a full speed collision with a tree. Some other guys might expect gears and stock drive shafts to withstand a 60mph brushless system. I'm not one of those guys. All stock RC cars have their limits, and if you push them too far, you will have a failure. I generally wait until I break something before I upgrade it. I found this rig to be so much fun to drive and bash around with. It also just looks so cool speeding through the grass, dirt and pavement, that if you get one, you might start neglecting the other cars and trucks you own.
All that said, I have driven the snot out of it and so has my speed demon 8 year old son. No broken parts yet.. and it has hit curbs pretty hard, and had less than sweet landings from jumps off a bike ramp onto asphalt. The Yeti is a badass vehicle that looks great, is fun to build, and sets itself apart from pretty much anything out there. It is slightly larger than most 1/10 scale vehicles too, and the large 2.2 tires let you roll right over your friends Slash! The kit version allows to do things your way, and I love that. And you will love the fact that you built it and therefore know the ins and outs of every part of the vehicle. As mentioned in my cons, it would have been nice to have a spare tire included, even if it was just a dummy tire. That however is not enough of a gripe to dissuade any one from nabbing this awesome kit. If you have any questions about my set up or want more info from this average Joe, contact me at our FB group or my email address listed in the Submit Review tab of this page.
The kit does include a clear interior and driver helmets, but I had messed up the paint job the first time around... so once again I went to DollarHobbyz.com for a prepainted stock interior from the RTR.