TLR surprised the RC world with the introduction of the 1/5-scale 5IVE-B which is the first 1/5-scale vehicle to be in the TLR lineup. I was luck enough to get my hands on one of the first kits and I have been enjoying the build. Here are a few photos to show you how it’s coming along.
Just like 1/8-scale TLR kits the 5IVE-B comes with two different length drag links to alter the steering. The pressed in bearings are a nice touch.
I really like the dual steering servo setup. I was happy with the steering in my 5IVE-T with a single servo and I can’t wait to see what two gets me.
Check out the size of the bevel gear diff. It’s sealed and full of a lot of fluid.
The aluminum chassis plate is BIG and various pockets reduce weight. It comes in at just over 26 inches long.
The front end is attached to the front of the chassis. All that’s left to do is get some shocks on it and adjust the turnbuckles. I love how much this 1/5-scale buggy looks like its 1/8-scale counterpart.
The 5IVE-B get’s an all new center diff housing. This one is made up of an aluminum center section and end cap. This increases durability and helps reduce any heat that may build up in the center diff.
The brake discs are new on the 5IVE-B. They are stamped steel and have a small lip on the opposite side to help stabilize it. I think I’m going to be adding this updated center diff assembly to my 5IVE-T.
Here’s the rear clip ready to be bolted on. Check out the boots on all the driveshafts; they will do a good job of keeping grease in and dirt away from the joint.
Here’s the radio tray It houses the receiver up front, the throttle/brake servo in the middle and there’s plenty of room for the 2S LiPo receiver pack in the rear. See that silver thing on top of the receiver pack lid? It’s a metal heat shield.
The fuel tank now has a vent built into it and the fuel pick up has been altered so you can easily change out the fuel line as it wears or dries out.
The shocks look like and build like the ones uses on TLR’s 1/8-scale vehicles. Check out the size of the shock shafts that go in them. There’s a hefty amount of weight right there.
The engine includes a standard 2-shoe clutch but I decided to kick it up a notch. This is Dynamite’s adjustable race clutch and it will let me dial in how the clutch grabs.
When installing the air filter I was surprised and excited to see that an aluminum velocity stack is included to increase the performance of the engine that you use in the 5IVE-B.
Here is the engine ready to be bolted into the chassis…….sort of. I’m using a Zenoah engine in my buggy and the chassis was designed to fit a CY engine. In order to fit this one I have to remove the fan shroud and the engine size clutch housing and replace them with ones from a CY engine. The manual and website don’t tell you this so keep that in mind when choosing an engine for your buggy. The vented machined aluminum clutch housing, large dual stage air filter and spark plug protector are a nice touch.
You get some aggressively treaded tires for the 5IVE-B and they get glued to yellow dish wheels.
That’s it for now with my build. I am in the process of gluing the tires, getting new parts for the engine and painting the big buggy body. I can’t wait to get this big 1/5-scale buggy in the dirt!