2001 - Off Roader
||8240 Slammer Stunt Bike
|8241 Battle Cars
||8242 Slammer Turbo
||8464 Pneumatic Front End Loader
|8465 Extreme Off Roader
||8466 4x4 Off Roader
A set of 3 box or L shaped Technic frames was released. These very rigid studded parts were used to make extremely sturdy structure. They have since been largely phased out of Technic with the switch to studless, but are still used to reinforce large Systems models.
Beams and Liftarms
The catalog of studless part was further expanded with the addition of a 3L, 7L, 9L and 3x5 beam. A 4L thin liftarm was also released. The older 4L liftarm with a thicker bush at one end remained in production.
A new, longer version of the perpendicular connector with 1/2 stud offset was released (shown in black). There was also a 3L crank used as, not surprisingly, a crank. Finally, the existing 3L pin got a similar part without friction for rotating joints.
The catalog of curved panels which had been introduced the year before was expanded. The new panels (#5 - #8) are the same lengths as the previous but only half the width.
The Off Roader included a very important new system for supporting and steering the wheel. Older hubs typically relied on only a single small diameter axle. The problem of having a steered, suspended, driven axle had only been tackled on the 8880 and the solution was very large and had a lot of friction. The new wheel hub was supported top and bottom by ball joints which mate with control arm sockets. An existing ball joint on either side can be used for steering. The much larger bearing area allows for the support of greater weight. and the connection to the wheel uses 3 pins instead of a single axle hole. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a CV joint (shown in gray) eliminated the need for a u-joint on the steered axis. The angular limit for the CV is fairly small, so this means only a correspondingly small steering lock and suspension travel is possible when used. Both parts would be used sporadically far into the future.