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"Hey, hey! You like impressions?"
-School of Fish (Finding Nemo)
Under the Hood
Prep Work
Time For Action
Summary
Manufacturer & Distributor
Info
Team Losi
Distributed Exclusively By
Horizon Hobby, Inc.
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, IL 61822 USA
Phone: (877) 504-0233
Fax: (217) 352-6799
Website:
www.horizonhobby.com
If the Losi Mini-LST is judged solely on its ability to mimic its full-size
counterpart, it would likely be the world's greatest impressionist. However
there's a lot more to this story than simply a truck that resembles a
previous Losi release. This truck is poised to shake up the RC world in
much the same manner the Mini-T did a few years ago. While the Mini-T
wasn't the first pint-sized RC to see the light of day, no one can deny that
it pushed the category to a level of exposure and quality it had never
seen before.
The Mini-LST is Losi's answer to the monster truck crowd that's
clamoring for mini monster trucks. While the scaled down aspect of the
larger LST will appeal to many, features such as oil-filled shocks, dual
motors, twin steering servos, easily programmable ESC, and a modular
radio system, will push the envelope on what a mini truck can offer. If the
Mini-LST doesn't shakeup the mini/micro scene as much as the Mini-T
did, it's definitely going to establish itself as a very close second place
when we look back in a few years.
The scaled down realism is in place, as well as an excellent component
list. So it looks like the Mini-LST will perform as well as Losi claims it will.
However, there's nothing like seeing if the hype is indeed true. So it's
time to see exactly what the truck can accomplish while providing some
video and action shots to bring you, the reader, right into the middle of
the action with me!
See the Mini-LST in action!
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Performance
Assembly Ease
Handling
Durability
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Engine
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Oil-Filled Shocks
Synthesized Radio
Full-Size LST Styling
Excellent Handling
Powerful Dual Motor Setup
Model Name: Team Losi Mini-LST
Part Number: LOSB0215
Price: $200.00 (Approx. Street Price)
Type: 1/18 Electric 4WD Monster Truck
Length: 10.6" (271mm)
Width: 8.2" (209mm)
Weight: Approx. 2.2 lbs. (1 kg)
Wheelbase: 7.2" (185mm)
Drivetrain: Four Wheel Drive, Front/Rear/Center Differential
Shocks: Plastic Oil-Filled Coil-Over
Wheels: 2.0x1.7" (52x44mm) Chrome Plastic Five-Spoke
Tires: 2.9x1.7" (74x44mm) Ribbed Chevron Pattern
Chassis: Dual Deck Aluminum
Motor: Twin 370-Type
Radio: 27MHz FM Synthesized
Plastic Differential Gears
Center Differential Not Tunable
Documentation
Additionally Required Items
8 AA Batteries For Radio
Peak Charger (Not Required But Recommended)
Accessories
Battery and Charger
The Mini-LST replicates its larger sibling well, and one of the best places that demonstrates this is the included
body that's already prepped and ready to go. Since the Mini-LST is electric, the big hole for a nitro motor's head is
gone, and has been replaced with a mockup of a toolbox. The body comes in a total of three colors that have a
metallic finish to them. The available body colors are: blue, green, and red.
Losi provides you with a small assortment of items to help round out your model. You'll likely know what some of
the items are, such as the preload spacers, wrenches, and antenna. However there are a couple items that may
puzzle someone not familiar with this particular model. The plastic A-shaped part is a battery brace that helps retain
the included battery pack once it's installed. The gray frequency sticker is for the back of the radio. It assists you
with knowing which channel you have the radio set to. We'll discuss this in more detail later.
When Losi packaged the Mini-LST one of the thoughts that was first and foremost in their mind was to have a
model that was as complete as possible. So they figured that a battery and charger was a natural addition to the
box. The pack is a 6-cell 1100Mah 7.2 volt pack, and the charger is a wall charger which charges as a rate of
200mA giving you a full charge in around 4-5 hours. The exact time will depend upon the state of discharge the
battery is in. For quicker back to back runs, you may want to invest in a peak charger to speed up your recharging times.
Manuals and Documentation
Radio
Synthesized Operation
As you would expect, Losi includes a manual with their truck to help familiarize you with the truck. It covers about
any basic question or task you'd encounter when working on, or running, your truck. Another sheet helps you get
up and running quickly. You also receive an exploded view diagram and a parts listing. So truck maintenance and
parts replacement should be a breeze.
I mentioned the radio earlier, and we'll discuss it in more detail now. The radio appears to be a basic FM radio, with
analog trims and basic features. In that regard you'd be right on the money. The radio does include a dual-rate
adjustment which is nice if you need to dial out some of the truck's steering. The radio has a nice feel in regards to
the knob, although the angled grip provided me somewhat of an awkward feel at first. Losi designed the radio's grip
to fit both smaller and larger hands, so it has a unique characteristic to it. It takes a little time to get used to the
difference, when compared to other radios I've experienced.
While the radio is basic overall, there's one feature it has which sets it apart from other RTR radios out there. That
is the fact it is a synthesized FM unit, providing you with all the channels in the 27MHz range to choose from. So
should you be racing at the track, or with friends, channel conflicts will be of little concern to you. This is a good
example of Losi raising the bar, especially in a model of this price range! The accessory bag includes a sticker to
help you determine what channel you have the radio set to, so you'll want to apply it soon after pulling the truck out
of the box. The LED system used by the radio is easier to see than the small dials used by other synthesized radios.
Left Side
Right Side
Underside
From the moment you pull the Mini-LST out of the box, you'll be stunned with the attention to detail. If you thought
the Mini-T was amazing, you haven't seen anything yet. Just looking at parts exactly like shrunken LST parts is
nearly surreal. While the powerplant has changed, the suspension is scaled down perfectly, and the chassis and
driveline is extremely similar as well.
Once you pull the truck out of the box, one of the first things you're likely to notice is the dual 370-sized motors.
Dual motors have been used on electric trucks before, but this is their first appearance presence in a mini monster
truck. Given that the truck is four-wheel drive, I imagine we'll find this power is put to good use during the driving
phase of the review. Towards the back of the chassis you'll find the receiver and ESC mounted on a frame that
provides a resting spot for the included battery.
When looking at the underside of the truck, you are again greeted with a near carbon copy view of the full size LST.
Aluminum brace plates support the bottom of the truck, while being connected by plastic rails on their upper side.
The main chassis plate sits on top of the plastic rails, and is home to the components we saw when looking at the
vehicle from above.
Shock
Shock Components
Wheels and Tires
While nothing rivals the size of the shocks found on the full-size LST, the Mini-LST shares something in common
with its larger sibling. That is the shocks are oversized for the truck, and provide plenty of true dampening action.
That's right, I said "true dampening" because these shocks are oil-filled units instead of the friction-style shocks that
are prevalent in the mini-market. The shocks are also bottom fill units as well, in typical Losi fashion. The front
shocks use a silver spring, while the rear shocks utilize a slightly firmer green spring. The stiffer rate in the rear
compensates for the heavier end of the truck due to the rearward mounted battery pack. The movement of the
shock is handled by thick stainless steel shock rods with a diameter of 3mm.
The wheels and tires for the Mini-LST are taken straight from the LST playbook and appropriately sized for the
smaller platform they are mounted on. The tires use a soft ribbed Chevron style pattern that's pre-glued onto
chromed plastic five spoke wheels. Soft inserts inside the tire support its shape, yet still allow the tire to flex very
well to provide lots of traction.
Front Suspension
Suspension Pin Brace
Suspension Assembly
For fans of the LST, you'll be pleased to see that the front end of the truck is nearly identical to its full-size
counterpart. A scaled down shock tower supports the over-sized (for a mini) shocks, while tying into the chassis
plate at the lower end. The tower gives the upper points of the shocks a total of two positions, allowing for some
flexibility in regard to handling. The front bumper hinges at the top, while the lower mount tucks away under the
front skid pate and is held in place by two of its screws. The bumper doesn't offer quite the same amount of
flexibility as you'll see from the full-size LST, but it should be more than enough to protect this small chassis.
The front aluminum brace is 2mm thick, and has a primary function of preventing the suspension arms and pins
from being pulled away from the chassis in a head-on collision. The upper and lower suspension pins have a
thickness of 3mm. The difference in the two is their material. The lower ones are hardened steel, while the upper
are stainless steel. With the front brace in place though, the truck should easily be able to withstand a hefty impact.
Two Phillips head button screws hold the plate in place, while four other screws hold the bumper assembly to the
front of the truck. This makes access and removal simple and easy, if it becomes necessary.
The suspension arms are fashioned in the same design and style as their full-size counterparts. A pair of 3mm thick
pins, held in place by e-clips, support the c-hub assembly that resides at the ends of the arms. The steering hub is
home to a pair of 4x8x3mm bearings that support the 4mm axle stub. On the outside of the steering hub, you'll find
a 1.5mm axle pin held in place by a 7mm hex adapter that resembles the LST hex adapter, only smaller. This
flanged style of hex adapter does an excellent job of supporting the wheel while retaining axle pin in its place. Ball
cups and plastic steering links keep the wheels angled in a suitable direction. Upon first glance it appears that the
toe angle cannot be adjusted. However, they are designed to bottom out for the optimum angle under most
conditions. Should you want to increase the toe-out angle, they can be trimmed to allow further adjustment.
Suspension Arms
Axle Components
Rear Suspension
The suspension arms are molded from plastic, offering a thickness of 6mm for the lower arms, and 5mm for the
upper arms. For a truck this light, that should prove to be plenty tough enough. The front of the suspension arm
provides the mounting location for the lower end of the shock, and gives it adjustability in the form of two distinct
mounting locations. The steering hub is held in the c-hub by a pair of hex head shoulder bolts that are run in from
both above and below.
As I mentioned earlier a 4mm axle stub passes through a pair of 4x8x3mm bearings that are housed in the steering
hub. This axle stub is spun by a plated hardened steel dogbone shaft that runs from the differential to the stub. The
axle has a thickness of 2mm, and should take anything the Mini-LST dishes out in stride. One of my axle's stub pins
had a slight bend to it, probably from the wheel being tightened at the factory. However, that certainly won't affect
the operation of the truck in any fashion at all.
Moving ahead, or back if you will, to the rear of the truck, you'll find some striking similarities to the front. That is
because the truck was designed to have as many of the suspension components interchangeable as possible. This
comes in very handy in regards to repairs and spare parts. An upper and lower arm can be used anywhere on the
truck instead of needing specific individual parts for each corner of the truck. This means you'll have less money
tied up in spare parts, as well as less items to carry around when you hit your favorite stomping grounds.
Rear Arm Assembly
Rear Drivetrain
Axle
The rear suspension arms are positioned in the same direction as the front arms, and function just the same with
the main difference being the springs that are used on the shocks. The shocks face forward, and offer two
mounting points for the lower ends of the shocks, while the upper end gets two positions at the shock tower. The
outer end of the suspension arm uses a c-hub approach just like the front, while a pair of non-adjustable toe links
control the toe angle of the rear tires.
You'll also find that the rear driveline is just like the front as well. A pair of plated hardened steel dogbone
driveshafts transfers power from the differential to the axle stubs which uses the exact same components as the
front does. Once you examine the rear of the Mini-LST, you'll quickly see how well the same parts are used at each
corner of the truck.
Bulkhead Assembly
Differential
Inside the Differential
The differentials are housed in bulkheads that differ slightly from the full-size LST. Where the LST had small blocks
that held the differentials in place, the Mini-LST uses a bulkhead assembly that splits into front and rear halves.
The differential spins on a pair of bearings, providing very little rolling resistance on the drivetrain.
The differential consists of a plastic housing as well and plastic ring and pinion gears. I'm a little concerned about
how well these gears will hold up, considering that I expect the dual motor to throw some serious power to the
driveline. This will be something I'll be keeping an eye on.
The differential case resembles a standard unit, but instead of being a true differential cup it's actually front and
rear halves with cutouts for the plastic spider gears. The differential uses a full six gear setup, and the side gears
ride on stainless steel pins for support.
Steering Servos
Wiring Harness
Dual Motors
To turn the wheels and provide the steering for the truck, Losi opted to mimic the full-size truck again and use a
dual servo setup. Two mini MS-20DS servos work together, providing 16.7 oz/in of torque each to the front wheels,
with a speed of .16sec/60° at 4.8 volts, when turning power is needed. While this may seem low to someone
coming from the 1/10 or 1/8 scale crowd, it's actually quite perfect for a mini like this. You'll easily see that the first
time you power your truck and take off. Each servo uses its own servo saver and the two are linked together by a
connecting rod. A ball stud on each servo saver connects the servo to the linkage on the suspension assembly.
Up top, Losi made sure the servo wiring was neatly installed. A split Y-style extension cable ties the servo to the
receiver, and the connecting point for this cable and each of the servos is adhered to the servo with a small piece of
double-sided tape. This makes for a very neat and clean installation.
I mentioned the dual motors earlier, but now we'll discuss them in a little more detail. The motors are standard
370-style mini size motors, attached to a vertical plate which holds them in a very secure fashion. The motors are
closed endbell units, which mean that they are non-rebuildable. However, they should provide plenty of use before
a replacement would ever be necessary. At the rear of the motors, a wiring harness allows you to easily separate
one or both motors from the ESC if it becomes necessary.
Gear Guard
Spur and Pinions
Inside the Transmission
To protect the gears on the opposite side of the mounting plate from the motors, Losi has equipped the Mini-LST
with a smoke tinted gear cover. This cover keeps any debris away from the gears, keeping them in proper
operating condition. This was a very good addition to the truck, as the front tires of the truck could easily throw
plenty of debris back towards the motor area.
The gearing configuration that is used on the Mini-LST consists of a plastic spur gear placed in between a pair of
pinion gears. One 23-tooth pinion gear is mounted to each of the motors, and is held in place by a grub screw.
There's no pressed on plastic pinions to be found here! The 54-tooth spur gear is sandwiched between a
disk-based slipper clutch setup, to protect it. The dual motor configuration provides plenty of overall power and
torque, easily overpowering mini vehicles that use a single motor as a power source.
The transmission is not unlike what you'll find at the back of a Losi stadium truck. In fact it's the same as the Mini-T.
A hardened top gear is driven by the spur gear. This gear turns a plastic idler gear, which in turn spins a center
differential unit. The center differential is the main difference you'll see in this drivetrain, as most of the time Losi's
are equipped with a ball diff. Since this differential isn't capable of being tuned with differential oil, under some
conditions you may experience the differential unloading and sending too much power to the front of the truck.
However to combat this, the Mini-T's ball differential can be fitted into the truck. This will allow you to further control
the differential's action. The use of the optional sway bars will also help keep the traction equalized at the wheels,
and help prevent the differential from unloading as well.
Receiver and ESC
Power Switch
Battery Compartment
All of the electronics for the truck are mounted at the rear of the chassis on a plate that's holds them above where
the battery resides. The stock receiver works in conjunction with the radio to provide you the ability to switch
between the frequency channels in the 27MHz range. Keep in mind that since this is synthesized technology, the
need for crystals is eliminated. However, you do have to make sure that both the radio and the receiver are set to
the same channel. With two main inputs available on the receiver, it can easily control and give full proportion to
both forward movement as well as steering.
The electronic speed control is located beside the receiver. It serves as the power source for each motor, which
gets the Mini-LST up and running in a hurry! While the ESC comes set from the factory you'll be pleased to note
that, should the need arise to reset it, a simple setup process using a single button gets the ESC recalibrated
quickly. The ESC also features reversing capabilities, using a reverse-delay system to avoid reverse kicking in
when it's not wanted. A set of heat sinks to help keep the speed control's circuitry cool.
Mounted on the right-hand side of the back of the speed control you'll find a small on/off switch. The small switch
allows you to easily shut the truck's onboard electronics on or off with the body installed. With the off position being
at the top of the switch, Losi has eliminated the possibility of a hard landing switching the truck off. That is, if you
land with the wheels down as you should!
The battery compartment is located under the electronics tray. It is designed with a 6-cell 7.2 volt pack in mind, but
will also accommodate Li-Po packs with the same dimensions. Once installed, the battery tray fits over the pack
and is held into place by small body clips. The resulting effect is a very neat looking chassis, as well as a battery
that is secured and protected.
Antenna Installation
Antenna End
Battery Installation
The Mini-LST comes already assembled. You'll just need to complete a few minor tasks before taking it out for a
spin. The first of these items is to extend the receiver's antenna. Slide the antenna wire through the supplied tube. It
should go through fairly easily after you've run it between your fingers to straighten it. If you have trouble though,
sprinkle a little baby powder on the wire, or place a couple of drops of oil in the tube.
The antenna tube didn't come with a cap for the top. So I dug into my pit box and pulled out a spare I had. If you
need a cap, you can easily find them online or at your local hobby store. I used a Dubro cap, which is part number
2342. All that's required is to slide it into place at the top of the antenna tube.
You'll want to charge your battery, and then place it in your truck. The supplied wall charger works well, but will
likely be too slow for most people's tastes after they get acclimated to the hobby. So a peak charger may be a
good investment for later on down the road. I used my Duratrax Ice charger, and a custom plug I had made a while
back. Once the battery is charged, drop it into place under the electronics tray. Use the supplied plastic A-frame,
included with the accessories, to help secure it. Place it on top of the battery. It should point towards the back, like
an arrow, once installed. Make sure the truck's switch is set to the off position before plugging the pack into the ESC.
Secure Electronics Tray
Body Installation
Radio Batteries
Once the battery is installed properly, you'll want to put the electronics tray back in its place on top. Then secure it
at the necessary spots with the included body clips. Double check to ensure you haven't pinched any wires on the
wiring harness.
Drop the body into place on the truck's chassis, and secure it with some of the same type of clips you used for the
electronics tray. Once the body is in place, fill the bottom of the radio up with eight AA batteries. Avoid the use of
cheaper AA batteries, as they will shorten your range and have a less than ideal lifespan. Last, double check to
ensure both the receiver and the radio are set to the same channel. There shouldn't need to be any changes made
unless you have altered one or the other, but it's always a good idea to ensure you won't have an issue once you
hit the dirt.
After tearing down the truck to check out the components, and then putting it
back together and prepping it to run, I was anxious to take it out and get it
dirty. Since the weather had been a little less than cooperative lately, in the
aspect of airborne moisture, I started off by doing some bashing around the
aspect of airborne moisture, I started off by doing some bashing around the
house. I knew that the track would simply be too muddy, and turn the truck into
a total complete mess within minutes.
I first headed to the driveway to get a feel for the truck in general. The first
thing I noticed after pulling the trigger was power, lots of it! The twin 370
motors got the truck up and moving in a hurry. I was a little surprised by the
fact that the front end didn't really pull up in a wheelie, despite the power it
had. I attributed this to the center differential of the Mini-LST. The tires offered
quite a bit of traction as well, forcing me to be careful when turning on the
pavement at speed. The truck would squat down on the load bearing side as
the oil-filled shocks tried to compensate, but the combination of the tires and
the pavement could still get the better of the truck and roll it over if I wasn't careful.
I grabbed the foam circles in the Mini-LST's box which were used to protect the
truck during shipping and stacked them up. Then I tried to run through them in
an effort of seeing how easily the truck could be controlled. It was a little
tougher than it appeared at first, as the tire's bite on the pavement enhanced
steering precision dramatically, but after a few runs I got used to the sensitive
nature of the truck and could hit the stack dead on. I actually found that dialing
some steering out with the dual-rate adjustment helped as well. There's
definitely no lack of steering ability with the Mini-LST, under a high traction
situation. The servos handle their job extremely well!
I ran the pack down in around a 10 minute time frame, and quickly swapped it
out with another pack I had on hand to continue the fun. This time around I
headed towards the backyard, looking for some more challenging terrain. Once
I hit the dirt, the truck felt a little more at ease with its handling. The tires had
good traction, but the lack of pavement lessened their site bite and minimized
the fear of rolling over sideways to almost nil. In the dirt, it was also easy to
see just how well the suspension was working. The oil-filled shocks do a much
better job than the friction units I'm used to seeing on mini trucks. Gone was
the overly bouncing ride, leaving a nice plush "wheels on the ground" feel. I'll
be hard-pressed to review another friction shock mini after taking this truck for a spin!
I started hitting the larger dirt ramps in the backyard, and the truck managed to
get a little air off of it. However, the jumps are simply about worn down, so
there's not a lot of kick up from them anyway. I tried hitting them at various
angles seeking some good air, but never really found a lot. I ended up making
a mental note that I would definitely have to seek out some track time to hit a
few jumps, and then headed towards a pile of leaves.
The four-wheel drive system of the truck came in very handy in this situation.
Despite the fact the truck's stance would have had it plowing through the
leaves, it managed to pull itself close to the top and run right on through. The
only thing I noticed was the tendency of the truck's front wheels to unload
some as it barreled through the leaves. The center differential simply didn't
have enough resistance to evenly distribute the power to the front and rear. It's
wasn't horrible by any means, but it was noticeable. However, with the ability
to use the Mini-T's ball differential, and the optional sway bars, you should
have no problems in eliminating the issue with a simple upgrade if you wish.
I spent enough time running in the backyard to deplete and charge a couple of
packs. By then, the light was starting to fade and the weather starting to really
cool off. So I packed it in and called it a day. As I did so, my thoughts turned
towards the track and I started planning to head there at my first available
opportunity.
I did run into one minor issue while running in the backyard. This involved the
antenna tube snapping off. I replaced it with a red Dubro Antenna tube
(#2338), and had no further problems with it. The Dubro tube seemed to fare
much better and never broke, as it seemed to be quite a bit tougher than the
stock tube it replaced. The plastic Dubro tube just seemed much more flexible
overall.
A couple of weeks later I eventually found myself at the track with the majority
of the mud dried up. The track's surface was fairly moist which is typical of this
time of year. Six months from now, you wouldn't be able to keep any moisture
on the track no matter how hard you tried. The hot sun and dry ground would
simply make it disappear faster than daylight during winter solstice.
The track was in a state of upheaval at one point, due to some changes for the
next racing season. This made full laps impossible. However, this didn't really
deter me, as full laps weren't a necessary course of action. I simply wanted to
run through areas of the tracks to catch some air and see how it handled.
I put the truck down and headed towards a big jump almost immediately. The
Mini-LST cleared it beautifully, flying fairly nice and level. The truck tended to
try and nose down a little, but once I got used to it, this was easily controlled.
After hitting this jump a few more times, I was simply amazed by how much air
this little truck was getting. I'm sure there are several power-hungry future
Mini-LST owners looking at dropping a brushless system into the truck.
However, the truck can't be considered a slouch even in stock form. The twin
motors can really throw the truck into the air.
Landing from these increased heights also helped to showcase how well the
oil-filled shocks handled their duties. They were well matched in regards to
their springs and oil for the weight of the truck, and the jumping I was doing. I
felt as if I were in excellent control upon landing, without any excess bouncing
or twitchiness. The truck's suspension was simply dialed about as dead-on as
it could get for what I was doing. With this in mind, I decided to test it a little
further and took it to another section of the track.
I headed towards an area of the track that consisted of smaller bumps that
make a washboard style section. This usually gives most suspensions a
workout. The Mini-LST would have some advantage here, as it was small
enough to come off of one bump before hitting the next one. However, the
constant working motion of the suspension could still upset some trucks similar
to the Mini-LST.
I ran through this section a few times and was amazed at how well the truck
took to this area of the track. While you still had to provide the correct throttle
input, the suspension seemed to smooth out this area very well, keeping the
tires firmly planted as you left one bump and headed for the next. I had to work
pretty hard, and drive pretty poorly, to upset the truck's balance through this
section. The oil-filled shocks are the single most factor in the exceptional
handling here, as any vehicle with friction shocks would have been much more
twitchy through this part of the track.
I then started running around the half of the track I could utilize, which allowed
me to hit a tabletop about halfway around. While the truck didn't quite clear the
tabletop completely, the way it took to the air and landed reminded me so
much of a larger vehicle it was uncanny. No mini I've ever tested flies and
lands as well as the Losi Mini-LST does. I always felt as if I were in complete
control of the flight and the landing. If airborne adjustments were needed, a
quick stab of the trigger in either direction easily accomplished what I needed.
The truck simply behaves as if it were a larger scale vehicle despite the short
wheelbase.
I never really noticed the front wheels unloading much while I was at the track,
which probably had a lot to do with the conditions at the time. Had the weather
been warmer, and the track drier, I may have had a different result. After all,
lack of traction at the front wheels is what prompts the center differential to
unload. I simply can't say that really happened much with my outing though.
Even when I tried running over some of the rough dug up area, where the track
was undergoing its renovations, the four wheels pulled the truck through some
extremely tough terrain given the truck's size. I'd lay money on the fact that
some of those two-wheel drive mini monster trucks would have required me to
move them after they hung themselves up on the rough terrain. The Mini-LST
simply took all I threw at it and laughed as it rode right over it!
My day eventually ended with a shredded ring and pinion gear. This
apparently happened upon landing from a jump, or at least that's when I first
noticed it. I think the plastic gears at both ends of the truck may likely prove to
be its only real Achilles Heel. However considering all I put it through, I was a
little surprised I hadn't had any serious issue before that. In fact, the only other
issue I had while at the track was a ball cup for the steering linkage popping
off of the stud it was on. It only took a second to pop it back into place, and I
was back on the track again having fun. And that's exactly what this truck is
perfect in delivering, fun!
See the Mini-LST in action!
Resolution: Low Medium High
It certainly looks like Team Losi has worked their magic yet again with the Mini-LST. Other mini-manufacturers
should stand up and take notice, as this is how it should be done. The whole package is very impressive, and
hopefully this will signal the end to minis with friction-dampened shocks! If Losi can roll all of this together for the
price they have, other manufacturers will have to start following their lead, or find themselves left at the starting gate.
I really can't find much to gripe about at all. The plastic differential gears are one of the few areas that I could see
where improvement could provide a benefit. Another is the center differential, which is addressed by the Mini-T's
ball differential. Team Losi is already gearing up some performance parts for the truck, including titanium-nitrate
shock shafts, sway bars, and hotter motors. I'm sure that other manufacturers will follow suit, making this truck just
as popular as the Mini-T that came before it.
At the time of this writing, I can say that no other mini has come close to achieving what the Mini-LST has. It is the
most featured model out there in its class, and nothing else can currently touch what it offers now how well it drives.
Team Losi has set the bar, and in the upcoming year this will be the standard against which other minis are now
judged!
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