Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit

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The Vanquish VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit is the first platform to feature the Vanquish Products VFD Twin transmission (patent pending) and F10 Portal Axles. This combination provides performance advantages never before offered in a scale kit of its kind. The VFD Twin incorporates Selectable Overdrive Shifting and a 3-position dig unit into one compact package. The molded F10 Portal Axles utilize a high clearance design which minimizes the size of the pumpkin and maximizes clearance around the C-hub and knuckle. Connecting the VFD Twin to the F10 Portal Axles are the ISD10 driveshafts. The ISD10 Driveshafts have machined CV style joints at each end with molded splined shafts between them for smooth and efficient performance.

The VFD Twin Transmission (Patent Pending) kit is an evolution of the original VFD. Taking the same balance of performance, scale appearance, strength, and adding industry first features. The VFD Twin comes equipped with selectable overdrive and rear dig. Twin shifting transfer case utilizes replaceable bearing plates, a brass pivot for the shift arms, and chromoly shift slides. Borrowing from the proven Hurtz dig, the VFD twin shifting is smooth and reliable. On the fly overdrive shifting from 6.5% to 33% makes an immediate change to the driving characteristics and tuning options. Plus, if you don't want to invest in additional servos for the dig or overdrive, both systems feature a mechanical lockout system so you aren't required to run these features unless you want to!  

The F10 Portal axles benefit from Vanquish Product’s years of experience in making the industry’s best aluminum axles. The molded F10 Portal axles feature an ultra rigid design with an integrated truss that ties both ends of the axle together, as well as brass inner reinforcement tubes to add more strength and provide some weight down low to the vehicle. 

Vanquish Products VS4-10 Chassis is made to provide you with a balance of scale looks and unhindered performance. The steel C-channel design provides scale detail, molded front and rear cross members fill the chassis rails in the highest stress locations for ultimate strength and provide features like dual servo mounts, winch line routing, and a fuel cell. The molded rock sliders come with a replaceable tapered outer portion that perfectly fits the Phoenix body. The VS4-10 chassis is developed to work with the VFD Twin transmission to keep the overdrive and dig servo low on the platform. The panhard mount on the chassis is made from machined aluminum to withstand the impacts of severe trail conditions. Molded shock towers capture the top of the 80mm Incision S8E Shocks in double shear for maximum support. Narrow molded front and rear bumpers maximize clearances while improving approach and departure angles.

The VS4-10 features Incision 80mm S8E shocks with larger 8mm bore aluminum threaded bodies, dual X-ring seals, locking preload collars, keyed spring cups, polished steel shock shafts, and machined pistons. The front 3-link with panhard suspension provides scale looks by keeping the servo out of sight, while still providing room for full suspension travel. The suspension pivots on a full set of stainless steel links to keep the weight down low with a smooth transition from the link to the rod ends. 



  • Finished kit shown in photos is for illustrative purposes only. See needed to complete list below for a list of items required to complete the model. 
  • On page 13 of the included manual, the e-clip is omitted from the transfer case shaft (VPS10143). See updated manual in resources tab for clarification.


  • Drivetrain
    • VFD Twin Transmission - Selectable Overdrive and Dig (Patent Pending)
    • F10 Portal Axle Housings
    • Offset Pumpkin Front Portal Axle
    • Centered Pumpkin Rear Portal Axle
    • Brass Inner Reinforcement Tubes
    • Machined Portal Gears
    • Universal-style front axle shafts
    • Double Shear Shock Mounts
    • Aluminum 12mm Hexes for 6mm output shafts
    • ISD10 Driveshafts
  • VFD Twin Transmission
    • On the fly Selectable Overdrive  
    • Standard Overdrive 6.5%
    • Selectable High Overdrive 33%
    • Mechanical Overdrive Lockout to set Overdrive in Either 6% or 33% Positions
    • Use Overdrive neutral position for 2WD (disengage front output)
    • Dig with 3 Positions 
    • Mechanical Dig Lockout 
    • Compatible with 540 brushed and brushless motors (Fits most 540 brushed and brushless motors)
    • Slipper Clutch
    • Sintered Internal Gears
    • Hardened Chromoly Shafts
    • Molded VFD Twin Extended Skid Plate for Motor Protection
    • Molded Battery and Electronic trays
    • Full ball bearing transmission
    • Sintered Shift arms with Brass pivot shift bushing
    • Chromoly slide dogs for Overdrive and Dig shifting
    • Scale Molded Transmission Housing
    • Molded Bearing Plates
    • Molded 6mm motor plate
    • Molded Spur Gear Cover
    • 32P 52T Spur and 15T Steel Pinion
    • Silicone dust shields for shift arms (Transmission dust shield is not 100% element proof. Use access cover to regularly check transmission for debris and add grease as needed.)
  • F10 Portal Axles
    • Molded Axle housings
    • Machined Chromoly Portal Gears
    • Universal Style Axle Shafts
    • 49 Degrees of Steering
    • High Caster reinforced C-Hub
    • High-Pinion Hypoid Machined Axle Gears (30/8)
    • 6-Bolt Ring Gear and Spool
    • 1.4:1 Portal Gear Ratio
    • 6mm Output shafts with M5 wheel nut
    • One-Piece Molded Bearing Retainers
    • Adjustable Lower Shock Mounting Position
    • Chromoly universal shafts
    • Brass tube inserts
    • Scale removable third member
    • Machined aluminum red anodized rear fill cap with molded install tool
  • Chassis
    • Heavy Duty High Clearance Steel C-Channel Frame Rails
    • Molded Front Inner Fenders with integrated LED mounts
    • Phoenix Molded Rock sliders
    • Phoenix High Clearance Bumpers
    • Integrated battery tray and electronic mounting positions
    • VFD Twin Overdrive and Dig servo mounts
    • Stainless Steel links
    • Molded inner fenders with front body hinge and scale radiator mount 
  • Suspension
    • Stainless Steel Links
    • Stainless Steel Pivot Balls
  • S8E Scale 80mm Shocks
    • The Incision S8E Scale Shocks feature a larger 8mm bore for increased dampening & longer seal life
    • Dual molded X-Ring lower shock cartridge provides more sealing surfaces than standard o-rings
    • Threaded shock bodies allow a wide spring preload range
    • Scale shock cap with steel pivot ball and bleeder screw
    • Offset lower shock pivot balls allow for greater flexibility for tuning shock angles
    • Polished Shock shafts
  • Phoenix Body
    • VRD1 Rear Cage
    • 3-Piece Body Design
    • Removable Bed Sides
    • Headlight and Tail Light buckets
    • Molded Grill
    • Hinged Design
    • Hidden body clips with quick release front pivot pin
    • Full interior
    • Molded details parts (Wipers, Gear shifter, Steering wheel)
  • Wheels and Tires
    • 1.9 VXT Tires
    • 1.9 Incision KMC KM233 Hex Beadlock Wheels
Overall Width: 250mm (9.84")
Overall height: 250mm (9.84")
Wheelbase: 313mm (12.3")
Overall Front Ratio (Standard 6.5% OD): 53.7:1
Overall Front Ratio (High 33% OD): 41.1:1
Over Rear Ratio: 57.2:1
Average RTR weight: 6.5lbs (2.9kg) (can vary with electronics)
Front axle width pin to pin: 190mm (7.5")
Rear axle width pin to pin: 188mm (7.35")

Needed to Complete:
  • ESC
  • 540 Motor
  • Steering Servo (Vanquish 20mm servo horn recommended) 
  • Battery
  • Transmitter and Receiver
  • Polycarbonate Paint for Body
  • Tools for Assembly
Additional Electronics for VFD Twin Functionality:
  • (2) Standard size servos for Dig and Selectable Overdrive (Standard or Low Profile)
  • (2) 24mm servo horns
  • 4 Channel Transmitter and Receiver

This product was added to our catalog on October 20, 2021

Verified Owner
Saturday, Oct 30 2021 (11 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
All four shock bodies double tapped, can't put the shock collars on. The skid plate cooled warped and twisted in two directions, can't put passenger rail on the side, nor get the transmission in the truck. The rear axle assembly was supplied with one rear stub axle and one front stub axle - the rear axle can't be completed.

Can't give it any stars...all three errors stop this kit from being completed.

In thirty-five years of building kits, by far the worst I've experienced - $500.00 kit? Contacted the company minutes after finding the stub axle missing and it's been more than a week from a "part is being ordered." The shock and skid plate issue, I didn't bother mentioning, I'll pay for replacements when available, finish the build and sell the truck with unpainted body. Pretty sure it's not a wide spread issue with this kit, but this is has been my experience.

Fifth Vanquish kit, three have had pretty serious quality issues - this will be my last.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Nov 3 2021 (11 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Vanquish VS4-10 Phoenix kit. Nice kit, very durable plastic material. I would say the quality of the plastic is higher than your average RC car/crawler. Much more detail of course it being a vanquish product. The quality of the portals are made to last a very long time and the brass sleeves are an awesome idea. Shocks are ok. You always loose that travel with portals. It was a nightmare getting the spring adjusters threaded on however the shocks work just fine (Use a little grease) I love the hinged body. Battery tray is towards the back so you need to ad some weight up front. Preferably on the wheels. Transmission is solid and works great. Wheels and tires I used my own aluminum bead locks with brass hubs. Looks and detail of the body is very nice. I bought a Land Cruiser grill from KC that is a direct fit. Overall I’m happy with it. And the price is right. I would like to see the same kit with straight axles.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Nov 3 2021 (11 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
My honest opinion of the VS410 Phoenix. Quality is amazing, everything went together smoothly, even though its mostly plastic. Build was fairly straightforward, but here are a few tips: There are a few mis-prints so be sure to pay close attention to photos, online manual is updated. This kit WILL require specific size servo horns, not included with kit. The steering horn is 20mm and the shift horns are 24mm, make sure the horn works with the servo of your choosing, vanquish uses 25t splines. Shock collars are plastic, this is probably the most frustrating part of the build. They cross thread real easily! Use another shock collar to help you line up the collars with shock body threads. Also use your shims! They include a few but my rear output had at least 5mm play, too much for my liking and had to order extras shims. Vehicle only takes 540 can motors, nothing bigger. Hobby Wing/ Spectrums Fusions esc/motors is too big to fit. Non-Vanquish owners, stub axles are 5mm and not 4mm, your beadlocks may or may not fit depending on the hub. My Gearhead beadlocks were a drop in fit with no modifications.

Onto truck performance, in stock form, it drives like a pig. My friends stock Ecto did better than mine. Tires are narrow and not very sticky, better as trail tires. Truck is quite tippy, I am not sure if its because of the shorter 80mm shocks. Recommend heavier wheels, tires and shock oil. Steering angle is pretty amazing combined with OD it turns pretty sharp. It has RWD also, pretty fun for light bashing. Also recommend a shorty pack as the 4000 mah packs weigh the truck down shifting weight to the back axles. Still love my Phoenix though, fun part is trying to improve the truck little by little! Hoping to see a straight axle Phoenix or portal delete option soon!
Verified Owner
Thursday, Nov 4 2021 (11 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Really cool kit overall. This is my first crawler. I’m giving it 4 stars due to the poor shock collar design and multiple errors in the instruction manual.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Nov 2 2021 (11 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Great kit!! Went together well direction could use some work since there are options that they don’t go over.
Verified Owner
Monday, Dec 13 2021 (10 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
This is my first rock crawler so I don't have too much to compare it against, but I do agree with some previous reviews. I got the kit because it looked solid and was noticeably different from the other crawlers I see out there, with a neat transmission and body. Shock collars are VERY finnicky about getting threaded on straight. Take your time and look at the collar as it first goes on. If it's crooked, back it off and try engaging at a different point. Instructions were generally fine, but were missing some steps, such as slipper tightening suggestions. I'm not as impressed with the body mount system as some poeple are, I find it finnicky and frustrating to get the clips on and off since they're hidden and hard to get fingers to. I've already broken one idler in the transmission, likely because my slipper was too tight. Vanquish replaced the gear so quite happy with that customer service. The tires that come in the kit aren't great for rock crawling, I feel like they could have cut the cost of the kit even more by letting people pick their own wheels/tires. Repair access doesn't seem great, I have to take a bunch of things apart to get the transmission out. Finally, the body heavy so cg is high, so out of the box it's not going to be a great performer. I swapped wheels/tires (Rock Beasts, CI foams soft in front/ firm in rear), added some brass wheel rings and it made a huge difference. The transmission is cool, despite the broken gear, and the DIG is fast and easy to engage. OD and 2wd is pretty cool, especially if you're trail running. I haven't notice a huge difference between OD and regular 4WD, but I'm also a novice to rock crawling. I'm running a 2700kv Holmes Puller pro with Mamba X and I think I may have gone with a slightly higher kv motor if I had to pick again. It's decently quick, but a stock TRX4 sport will outrun it. Generally I'm happy with the kit, but it's still at a premium price for something that isn't a stunning performer out of the box.
Verified Owner
Friday, Dec 10 2021 (10 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Fantastic kit. I took it slowly and had no issues other than my own misunderstandings which I easily resolved. Instruction book was pretty good though I can see how some steps could be interpreted in different ways, take your time an double check each step. Yes the shock collars were too tight but a quick blast with a hair dryer they went on without a fight in about 2 mins total. Very tight chassis layout so you will need to do your research on what components you select. It is tight for a reason though, absolute performance out of the box, though I can't speak for the hardcore rock guys as we do mainly bush bashing/ hill climb stuff here. Stock tyres are pretty dang good, for a more than usable set of spares at the least. Endless fun with all the shifting options. I own an axial SCX 10 iii which is great but this is definitely the next level in terms of quality and performance.
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Nov 16 2021 (10 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
More like 2.5 stars. Instructions were HORRIBLE about as bad as the Capra kit instructions (ifykyk) It went together ok for me, but I imagine if this was my first kit it would be a nightmare.
Shock collars are made of a soft plastic that likes to cross thread. I gave up and bought Traxxas shock collars which threaded on with some resistance. The truck looks nice, the DIG is so much better than Axial's DIG. The selectable OD is a cool feature (there are you 2.5 stars) BUT on the third time out, teeth broke off of both idler gears. Sheared clean off, poor quality steel. I get that Vanquish tried to hit a price point to compete with Axial and Element, but both companies make a better quality kit overall for significantly less money. Perhaps VP should stick to the high end (where they absolutely kill it apparently) and leave the mid market to the big companies who have been doing this for a while.
These issues would be relatively minor if it out performed my other rigs, but it does not. My Capra is a significantly better crawler. Had I known then what I know now, I think I would've skipped purchasing the VP Phoenix. Money would've been much better spent elsewhere
Verified Owner
Thursday, May 19 2022 (4 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Excellent kit. I’ve got some other brands that are great, but this kit is one of the best I’ve built. I didn’t notice the issues that everyone else has problems with. Take you’re time with this one, you’ll appreciate the quality! With performance, I was impressed for a relatively stock kit with no upgrades on the chassis. I only did tires and wheels, love it!
Verified Owner
Sunday, Apr 10 2022 (6 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
I am a huge fan of Vanquish products and the quality of there products this kit build fell extremely short of expectations first major issues the bearings in the kit for the front portal shafts were incorrect inside diameter, I had to order replacement bearings online continuing the build ran into yet another large issue when assembling the shocks the adjustment screws are terrible quality and do not thread on or adjust ver well there are a number of YouTube videos showing this issue, and there are not any aftermarket replacements at this time, the final issue was the suspension links the kit I received had 3 upper rear links and only 1 lower rear link, this forced me to use aftermarket links until customer support could send a replacement, all the issues aside I believe the overall design is 3/5 due to the high center of gravity and overall travel of suspension being very tight and lacking when it comes to articulating, the tires seam to be okay at best but will have to be replaced to do anything competitive with this kit compared to the trx4 kit for similar build I choose the trx4 the Traxxas has better center of gravity and better build even though the vs410 has the fancy transmission with dig and overdrive the bad outweigh the good on this one I would not purchase again
Verified Owner
Saturday, Dec 11 2021 (10 months ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
The chassis is excellent, but you need to find the manual on Vanquish’s website for correct instructions.
You will need to stretch the shock collars by placing a needle nose pliers inside each collar and pulling the sides apart to get the collars to thread onto the shock bodies.
Plan on spending more time on this kit, be patient and you will get results.
Verified Owner
Monday, Sep 12 2022 (3 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Honestly this is the way to go instead of buying it piece buy piece. Axles and transmission are close to what your gonna pay for it alone, building it is a great way to learn the ins and outs of your RC. As someone with a learning disability I found it fairly easy to assemble. The manual is fantastic in walking you through the process. No fitment issues, all parts are in great spec and nothing wasnt as it should be. Thanks Amain much love!
Verified Owner
Saturday, Aug 27 2022 (5 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Rapid delivery, received the Vanquish Phoenix a day early, seems to be the standard from Amain. The quality of parts are high and very durable. I am still building the kit, slow and steady. The instructions are sketchy at some points, I have utilized YouTube a few times. Minimal waste with packaging from Amain. Keep up the good work!!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Aug 23 2022 (5 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
All the parts fit perfect. My favorite build so far!
Verified Owner
Thursday, Aug 4 2022 (8 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Thank you Vanquish for making a bad ass kit at such a great price! 10 outa 10
Verified Owner
Thursday, Aug 4 2022 (8 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
I love it very high quality and a monster on the rocks.... Ive got 60 hours on mine and im building 2 more.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Aug 4 2022 (8 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Awesome kit to build and even more fun to drive. Highly recommend to anyone who wants a kick ass crawler.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Aug 4 2022 (8 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
Awesome truck, very fun. I did blow some gears running 4S, Vanquish sent replacements, and recco' a looser slipper clutch. No issues since.

I plan to replace the sintered gears with the machined steel once available.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Aug 4 2022 (8 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
A challenging build, instruction manual not straight forward, a bit vague and a lot of a guess work, parts trees should be numbered for ease of reference, some parts (screws) drawings are not to scale. Had to refer to build videos on YouTube to complete the build.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Aug 4 2022 (8 weeks ago)
Vanquish Products VS4-10 Phoenix Portal Rock Crawler Kit
One of the funniest builds I ever bought and I bought multiples of the same chassie really like it going to buy more