XK (a new division of WLtoys) annouced recently the K959, a 1/12th 2WD brushed model. To make short, it’s a revival model of the L9x9‘s serie appeared two years ago using at 95% the same part elements (chassis, gearbox, motor, radio, etc…). It’s a good thing since the L959 was and still be a “cheap” and popular first entry model.
+ 1 x WLtoys/WK K959 (with a 2S 1500mAh LiPo ending with T-dean connector )
+ 1 x Transmitter (using 4xAA batteries not included)
+ 1 x Charger using balancer plug
+ 1 x Pastic cross wrench
+ 1 x Instruction manual (English/Chinese)
The orange “climber” canopy is pretty nice in a first glance highlighting shock absorber systems
Almost all elements are in plastic/nylon: chassis, steering arm, anti-roll cage, wheel, gear box elements, etc….
At least, with the parts of the pro L9x9 you can upgrade for allow gear pinion a spur.
Some free room is available to insert at least a longer model. Compare to the original L9x9, now a T-dean connector is prefered versus a JST one.
As for the L9x9, a 2S 1500mAh lipo is provided. No discharge rate mention
The same radio as for the L9x9 serie is used (based on the nRF24L01 RF chip). A good and simple RTF model. Trimming are digital.. I would prefer pots. 4 x AA batteries to feed this radio
Front wheel uses 2 bronze bushing (5mmx9mmx3mm) instead of real ball-bearing. It’s a better option to replace them with shielded ball-bearings. You will need a total of 4×2 5mmx9mmx3mm ball bearings for the 4 wheels. For rear wheels, you need two 12mm hexagons
Unclipsthe two front clips and you can remove the front canopy desk
Front shock absorber system
They are very soft… too soft and in practice, a lot of direct of contact with ground occurs. A bad point to protect the bottom part of the plastic chassis
The front bumper is for me too weak to absorbe a frontal shock. THis one is attaching the canopy …. so you will need probably to stock this part as spare
Removing the rear clips and you can access to main upper part of the car
The 3-1 box is the same than the L9x9 serie. Same radio protocol used. The FC box is filled with sillicone to be waterproof. A tiny free port can be used for LEDs power source
The rear shock absorber system is completly undersized for the weight of the rear part. A simple fall of 6cm let the chassis in contact with the ground
Now the 540 type brushed motor have now an extra cap to avoind dust intrusion, a good point.
The steering system
This K959 keeps all the good offroad capacities/properties of the L9X9 series being able to handle well ground, medium grass zones. It’s fast car !!! and very fun for a first offroad car. In practice, it’s a durable car too. Of course, it’s far to be a perfect model: plastic gear/pinion elements, weak front bumper, too soft shock absorbers among them. The price around 110 USD is a little too much IMHO, I remember the L959 was sold around 80USD at beginning (now it’s 93 USD)
+ Beautiful design
+ Good first RTF model
+ Fast (up to 40km/h)
+ Good offroad performances
+ Spart parts common with L9x9 serie
+ Simple and Robust
– Too soft shock absorbers, especially rear ones
– No ball-bearings everywhere
– No metal gear/pinion/spur
– No hexagon screws for front wheels (12mm for rear)
– Front bumper potentially fragile
– Power switch accessibility
– A little bit expensive
This car have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thanks them for this attitude.
You can find it actually for 108 USD at K959