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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 540 Motor
- Steering Servo (Vanquish 20mm servo horn recommended)
- Transmitter and Receiver
- Polycarbonate Paint for Body
- Tools for Assembly
- (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
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.
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!
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
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.
1. Is a Trx4 killer well yes, why you buy this kit from Vanquish like my self for $400 with shipping can rise $450. Not bad. Have 2 thing even Axial is bad, dig and overdrive for free, even if you need to buy the servos the price is still lower. The dig from Axial can cost you $40 even more if your desperate to have on the Basecamp. That a rip. The Trx4 don't have dig, but you need to spend $80 to buy the axles diff to make overdrive front and underwrite rear.
2. The rig took me 16 hour to finish I like details. Good thing the stickers are pre-cut that save 2 hours of cutting. Only the transmission took me 2.5 hours and you need to be careful to looks the manual you can miss something.
3. The YouTuber Exocage say the shocks letf to much to desire. Well for me not happen. When you take out the parts you need to trim the excess of the part left for strip the part from the mold, that way you can have no problem with the shocks, for they are smooth. I use 55 wt is stable. Something Exocage mentioned the transmission have click sound, I think he made a mistake mine is not making that sound, the only sound I hear more often is the tires is because of the overdrive.
Can I recommend this rig well yes, but you need to take in consideration the parts are from minor aftermarket and are expensive. You need to take in consideration that aspects but you will not regrets if you are experienced enough. Before I forget the system I'm using is Hobbywing 1080 G2 with 555 13t brush motor combo. The motor fit not thither but is from 1.5 mm away and 3660 can fit but is the same 555.
The kit looks great can’t wait to get started.
Many thanks Rocky.
It went together really well, with clear and detailed instructions. If you have put together an rc kit before, it's on par with Traxxas, Gmade, and Axial (crawler kits I've put together prior).
My expensive lessons came later when I was upgrading the crappy wheels and tires they include in the kit. If you don't buy Vanquish Products wheels, there's very limited compatible options. SSD RC makes "SLW compatible" wheels that have the same hub bolt pattern as VP, but VP still uses 4-40 threads, which is NOT metric like the 2.5mm hub bolts SSD RC makes. Also, the 12mm (metric, hmmm?) hex adapters need to accommodate the larger diameter axle shafts, bigger 6mm. It's nice having larger diameter axle shafts, but they're less compatible with aftermarket stuff. So I bought two pairs of Pit Bull Raceline Combat 1.9" bead lock wheels (awesome!) thinking they would fit my newly built Phoenix. They aren't SLW hub compatible! They fit on my TRX-4 Sport great! Then, I bought the SSD RC Warrior wheels, which ARE SLW compatible, but they rubbed on the portal axles and therefore needed to be spaced out further. Well, they didn't work with the stock plastic VP SLW hubs because of the oddball 4-40 threads (what is that, SAE, Martian, IDK??) vs. the SSD metric 2.5mm. So I bought some SSD RC +3mm Offset Wheel Hub w/Brake Rotor (awesome!) and they fit, FINALLY!! So pay attention to compatibility, is all I'm saying.
Otherwise, it's such a cool truck! I've got the VFD Twin Transmission with Selectable Overdrive and Dig all set up. Nice to run it 4WD, Front WD, Rear WD, Dig, or even totally neutral. The neutral is great when you set up the servo winch (I used Reefs RC 422HDv2 Servo Winch w/Built In Controller) and it can pull the truck with little resistance. There's even a built-in groove in the front bumper to run the winch cable!
I would certainly recommend this kit to any rc enthusiast, even though it was a bit of a learning experience. Know that there are proprietary shenanigans (as expected) and that Vanquish Products aren't cheap (a set of wheels are $140 not including hubs, another $40!) but good quality. Even out of the box, this build is a beast and I would certainly rank it with my Axial SCX10 III and my Traxxas TRX-4 in assembly and performance-wise. Maybe even a cut above with the cool transmission, larger axle shafts (also a compatibility pain) and quality of build. The stock tires sucked, so plan on replacing them at least. Happy trails!