Weight (as tested):
Shock positions, towers (F/R):
Shock positions, axles (F/R):
Tires & inserts:
TEST GEAR (NO T INCLUDED)
9. 3 in.
11. 3 in.
19. 9 in.
9. 7 in.
INTERNALLY SPRUNG “DROOP” SUSPENSION
Most trail trucks roll out on coil-over shocks, but the Komodo
gets a “droop” setup with internally sprung “G-Transition”
dampers. As the illustration shows, a pair of springs sandwich
the piston, and most of the shock’s travel is used for extension
rather than compression. Aluminum links comprise the 4-link
suspensions used at both ends of the truck, with the axle-mounted steering servo eliminating the need for a panhard bar.
;ick steel rods handle steering, and they’re solidly mounted—
no servo-saver. ;ankfully, Gmade specs a steel-gear servo
with plenty of torque: 183 oz.-in.
27-TURN BRUSHED POWER
;e trail is the one place where brushed motors still rule, and the
Komodo gets a capable power system with a 40-amp speed
control and sealed-can 27-turn motor. Nothing exotic—just the
essentials. It all works well, and the speed control has a strong
hold brake, so you don’t roll o; of obstacles. Plug-in jumpers
make it easy to change to “normal” driving mode without the
hold brake if you
want to cruise. ;e
battery type is also
set by jumper, and
you can go NiMH
(9-cell max) or
LiPo (3-cell max).
Gmade tucks the
speed control under
box molded to look
like an engine (kind
of, anyway), and it’s
a nice styling touch.
;e axles are attractive with their plated-metal covers
and chunky styling. ;e axle-mounted steering servo
costs a few realism points but eliminates bump steer.
;e E042A speed control
is rated at 40 amps and
uses plug-in jumpers to
set battery type and
give the Komodo a