Review – Kershaw Designs V2 E-Savage CVD’s All Steel
Words and photos: Justin Hoang
Well, it’s been about a week since I’ve received these CVD’s, put them together, and man oh man!
Anyways, I’ll cut to the chase.
Packing and Shipping
I know this is an odd subject or title to talk about, but sometimes I receive things so poorly packaged, it’s pathetic. And some stuff can even bend, snap, or break during the shipping process, so I like to just skim through this.
The CVD’s were in a plastic baggie, with the individual items, like the cup, washers (spacers), axle, coupling, and set screws all in different little baggies, and the instruction sheet, inside the larger baggie. Pretty confusing huh? The entire thing was shipped in a simple bubble mailer, no box required, for just two CVD’s….
When I first got them, I was a little sad they weren’t bright shiny silver, because I wanted them to shine and say they’re CVD’s, then look like shafts. But I was way wrong.
Color doesn’t matter one bit when you run them.
They’re very sturdy in your hands, and when you put them together, they look magnificent.
I can’t exactly tell, but these look like steel, and act just like steel.
They’re built so well, they’re… just amazing. They’re VERY strong, and the actions, like the pivot point, is very fluid… Very smooth, very silky…. The quality hasn’t let me down, and I’m guessing it never will, they just feel really nice…
Overview (What’s included and what do you need)
What’s included, are:
- Six Setscrews – Hex 2.0mm
- Two Couplings
- Two Axles
- Two Pins
- Two Dogbones (CVDs)
- Two Drivecups
You will need:
- Hex Drive – Size 2.0mm
- Threadlock – (Recommended)
- Light Grease [I used White Lithium] – (Recommended)
Ease of Build
The build is very, very simple. To describe in words:
Start off the setscrews, two per drivecup, and one for each coupling. Do not tighten the drivecups, but you can tighten down the coupling screw.
Once done, spread a light layer of grease (optional) around the coupling, this will help aid the fluid moments, and slip this into the large hole in the axle (Make sure the setscrew in the coupling is very tight!). Once done, with the coupling in, line the holes up, with the CVD dogbone and put the pin all the way through this hole. Once done, that’s it! It’s that simple.
This is pretty much exactly the same thing as installing regular shafts, you will want to line up the sides with the setscrews on the drivecups, though, you will need to slant the dogbone a little, to get the axle into the bearing carrier, then you can slip the dogbone (CVD) into the drivecup. You can also toss in a little slice of fuel tubing, to act as a spring. In my experience, I’m not 100% why, but it usually is a little smoother, and doesn’t grind up on anything as much as without a “spring” or makeshift one. The washers Dan includes, I don’t need for my setup, but on some trucks, you may, or may not need them. Dan tells me they go between the wheel hub, and the outer bearing.
Not even going to go there..
Let’s just say, I was finally able to run for a few minutes with my Medusa 3300kV + Mamba Max….
Again, I was finally able to run my Medusa 3300kV + Mamba Max without my shafts imploding… Not only that, I think I may need some new differentials….
Anyways, they look quite cool, but I do wish they were silver, because they would really contrast to the black arms, and such.
So, my first impressions were really right, REALLY right.
I can enjoy Mr. Flippy (It likes to flip…. a lot.), again, without stopping every minute to replace shafts. The CVD’s are very strong, very sturdy, very silky smooth, and as I expected, the suspension was fully compressed, and was still smooth.
Conclusion and is it Worth It?
In the end, the CVD’s are pretty much pure steel, from what I can tell, and they probably are. They are incredibly strong, and can handle a Medusa 3300kV, and probably almost any motor… They are tons better than those shafts, and I have tried Aero’s shaft mod, where you have two female shafts, and a male inner shaft inside, it still snapped, now, I don’t have to worry about that nonsense! So yes, these are very well worth the price that Dan is selling them for. Plus, so far, I believe these are the only E-Savage STOCK CVD’s kit package, sold by a company, with steady stock.
Also guys, if you guys can toss my name or a thread where you saw this review on, in the notes section, or just email Dan. It’ll be much appreciated guys! All you need to do, is type rawfuls, or give him that you saw my review on which site, or, if you can’t find the notes section, just email him my name, and the same thing, when purchasing.
If you have any questions, comments, just let me know, and I’ll answer, or edit them!