The WL toys 124019 and 144001 are budget 4wd on/off road RC cars that have great handling due to the fact they were essentially copied from the LC Racing EMB-1 and EMB-TG. With that said like many cars the are susceptible to body roll making handling less than idea on high speed corners particularly where grip is good. In this article I'll show you the LC Racing anti-roll bars that will cure this body roll and how to fit and give you feedback on how it improves handling (spoiler: it's a big improvement). This mod is not suitable for the 124018 nor the 124016
The suspension in these WL Toys cars is very good from the factory but from time to time needs the suspension oil filled to the correct level which I show you how to do here. I found that replacing the very heavy brushed 550 motor with a much lighter system like my drop in brushless upgrade or cheapest brushless upgrade improved handling further thanks to the more even weight distribution and better loading on the springs.
How anti roll bars work
Anti roll bars in full sized cars have been around since the early 1900s so not exactly a new invention. I remember using them on my Kyosho Lazer ZX-R 4wd RC race buggy in the early 1990's and it wasn't a new addition to RC cars then either. The tech is simple - you have a sprung steel bar that essentially links a left suspension arm to a right suspension arm which makes both want to go up and down in unison. When one side of the car encounters obstacles or cornering forces that the other does not, this spring steel bar provides additional resistance - think of it as adding extra strength to the coil spring on the side that is trying to be compressed while the other is not.
So in the following scenarios:
Here's a good explanation Cusco, a Japanese manufacturer of suspension parts for JDM cars
Installation of these anti-roll bars are very simple, luckily WL toys copied the LC Racing car so well they they also included the mouldings and fixings that allow these to be bolted straight up. No cutting nor and extra parts are required. This mod is not suitable for the 124018 nor the 124016 because the rear arms on these cars are reversed and so mounting points are unavailable. I would recommend using droop screws as well because at full extension the anti-roll bars come close to touching diff cups and drive shafts.
So do they make a difference?
Yeah they do. The car feels a lot more confident in faster corners. By this I mean more predictable - changing the steering angle and throttle gives you the feedback you would expect. Of course, like any suspension item you can tune to your needs, this is another tool and the fact that hard, medium and soft bars are included for front and rear shows that they want you to have these options.
Should I get them?
If you want to get the most out of your car then yes. It's easy to become focussed on top power and speed without thinking about the handling aspect and to do this is selling yourself short. The car I have this doesn't have and expensive ESC, has a small 2440 4600kv motor with the stock 2s 1500mah battery and tyres that aren't super grippy. It is however light and well balanced and I did spend time getting the suspension settings right so it's actually my favourite car to drive at present. They sway bars are the cherry on top and give me that extra bump to handling I really like. Besides they are only $10 for the whole set and you can either get them delivered worldwide from Aliexpress here or you may have a local distributor.
Parts used in this particular car:
This probably my favourite car at the moment due to its mix of speed efficiency and handling. I'll look to write up an article soon around tuning the handling to be more of a street basher.
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3/9/2021 12:49:06 pm
I was just googling anti roll bars earlier today trying to understand how they work. Thanks for this, it explains it better than most articles i read today.
3/9/2021 11:13:18 pm
Did I miss something, or are these also new wheels? How do they compare to the Remo you preferred?
4/9/2021 12:15:44 am
Those wheels look nice, also interested to hear about them.
7/9/2021 06:19:45 pm
I am using the Remo wheels suggested here and like them:
9/9/2021 05:33:36 am
I like the Remo wheels and went crazy and bought a load of them on a flash deal.
7/9/2021 09:46:08 am
Hey quad do you know if the X-ray b4 roll bars fit on the 104001? Or if there are roll bars for the lcracing 10th scale.
8/9/2021 12:41:34 pm
Hey mate as I understand both the XB4 and 10B5 anti roll bars fit as do a number of others. Grab what is cheapest and closest
9/9/2021 05:17:38 am
Please note, the LC10B5 has 5.5 mm ball joints (slightly larger). We must take that of the XRay XB4 which are in 5 mm.
9/9/2021 05:30:03 am
Thank you both.
28/2/2022 12:34:19 pm
The 1/16 traxxas slash body fits if you get the lc racing body mounting kit. Only had to shave the back fender a touch for perfect fit. Looks great and I’m not breaking wings anymore.
10/9/2021 06:53:17 pm
I like the phat bodies on the 144001. They also have for 1/12, unfortunately not for 1/10.
10/9/2021 09:15:53 pm
Yeah i have a couple of the phat bodies shells, they are great.
14/9/2021 09:38:39 pm
Anybody notice this???
14/9/2021 09:44:42 pm
15/9/2021 10:32:57 am
Hey quad, interesting thing about these cars, if you look closely at the pics, you can see a brushless motor with the same STOCK pinion as in the 144001 etc etc. What do you think about that?
16/9/2021 05:07:27 pm
I think it is close enough now that we can wait and see :)
16/9/2021 09:56:31 pm
I can't wait to see inside it! :-)
5/11/2021 06:41:42 pm
What one should I use for speedruns? Light med or hard?
6/11/2021 11:14:24 pm
TO be honest you don't need one for speed runs because you aren't cornering at any sort of speed so these won't make any difference
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