With the boom in popularity of the WL Toys 144001 1/14 scale RC buggy, there are a lot of aftermarket parts available now, all of which are currently available at here. For this article I'll be looking at why I chose the metal upgrade parts I did, how to install and my thoughts on the parts I did install.
Don't forget to check out the other guides and reviews I've already written for the 144001:
The first thing you probably think of with metal parts is that they will be stronger than the plastic parts they replace. Although this is true, strictly speaking, the stock plastic pieces do have advantages in some situations, specifically -
I've specifically avoided these parts below because I think they will reduce net durability for reasons explained underneath the images. If you are just going for looks however they do still look great!
Parts I recommend against:
Plus other parts available with my comments
Part I don't have a strong opinion on:
Rear hub carrier install
As always click on any picture to embiggen (yes it is in the dictionary)
(Front) Steering knuckle install
(Front) Castor block install
Steering crank install
Hex drives (12mm) install
My final recommendations
Install for all parts were very straightforward, as per my notes I definitely recommend loctite any where a screw is going into a tapped metal piece. In order of prioritising metal parts for durability I'd go for the front caster blocks and knuckles first followed by the rear hub carriers and steering cranks. Avoid the 12mm hex drives for sure as they offer no durability benefit, allow the pin to fall out easier and bind up when the wheel nut is tightened too much.
Of course feel free to ignore this if you are more about looks, the colour options and range of parts mean you can really dress the car up if you want.
You can see some of the upgraded blue parts here on an otherwise stock car that I am keeping this way for general bashing. On the second car I've installed a small, well balanced 2838 brushless motor for off-road racing performance in this article and for the 3rd car I'll be building an on-road only speed run machine. This to follow in a later article.
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