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Old 12-06-2009, 03:59 PM
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get rid of the red beadlocks and theyre identical to dc-1's lol
only similarity i see is the six spoke design, i seen some ion wheels that look like that
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:17 PM
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I would love to have one, but like every one else said it would be come a money pit, and my son would figure a way to tear it up

How much did that one cost you?
I let my 5 year old nephew drive it. Of course, it was in a WIDE open park with nothing to smash into and in low gear. He did okay. I think in the manual it says age 8 and up, which might be fine just to drive it, but the maintenance definitely has to be handled by adults.

I paid $479 for mine. And that's excluding the 2 NiMH battery packs and charger. Grand total for everything was over $600

I know it's a ton of money, but I haven't treated myself to anything big in quite a while, so I said what the hell. Merry Christmas to me. I don't regret it at all, it's so much fun.
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:17 PM
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That is a lot but if it is for yourself and you haven't bought anything in awhile what the heck eh.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:07 PM
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I've got the Traxxas Revo, where your trucks suspension design came from originally.. Fun little trucks.

I built this from scratch using automotive brake line, mig welded, adjustable shock and axle link locations, Tamiya Clodbuster axles with stainless shafts (kept twisting off stock steel inner shafts), lathe motors, 9 tooth pinions, four wheel steering with metal geared servos, fully locked... With one wheel stuck in between rocks it would twist itself dtraight up in the air by one tire. It'd climb straight up a 90 degree wall without falling backwards..

Everything on it was fully custom built by me. Cost well over $800 to build.. Hours??? Top speed - You walk faster, but it'd break your fingers if you tried to hold onto it.

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Old 12-07-2009, 06:33 AM
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^ That is awesome!
Like I said, it's been 20 years since I've been in to R/C, and the technology has come a LONG way. In the future, I think I'd like to get another truck and mod the hell out of it, and eventually build something of my own, like you did.


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they are a blast i have a nitro truck. they have a outdoor track in hines park.
I think it is at seven mile and hines dr. just before the lake on the north side of the road.
What truck do you have? Have you been to that track? I think I may have seen it before, since I cruise Hines all the time.
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:39 AM
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any input on these

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Old 12-07-2009, 07:20 AM
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I'll take a closer look at those in a few.

There are pros and cons to gas vs. electric, but personally, I ruled out the gas powered trucks.

Again, I'm pretty new to the current state of R/C vehicles, but this is what I know based on my experience with the Summit, all the literature on other Traxxas models that came with my Summit, and all the info I've gathered from the guys at the hobby shops I've been to since I got my truck....

The gas powered trucks are nice, pretty fast. But obviously you can't run them under water. Also, from what I've been told, the run times are pretty short before you have to refuel. The hobby shop told me 10-15 minutes average. But that would depend on how hard you're running it, size of engine, and fuel capacity. The upside to the shorter run times is that if you have a bottle of fuel with you, you simply refuel and keep going - no batteries to charge.

Also, I've been told that the gas engines need to be rebuilt every so often. That's also something that would vary depending on how often and how hard you run it. True, a tiny, single piston 2-stroke engine is cheap and easy to rebuild, but at some point it will need to be done. And I believe there's only 2 or 3 components that need to be replaced. Whether or not it's worth it is up to the individual.

I chose electric for a few reasons, the main reason being there's no engine to deal with. Also, I have 2 sets of 7-cell, 8.4 volt, 5000 mAh batteries. Each set of batteries yields 30 minutes of run time, so I can run my truck for an hour at a time. The downside is that when the batteries are dead, you're done for a couple hours while they recharge.
Also, the electric trucks can be ridiculously fast. There are some electric Traxxas vehicles that can exceed 45+ mph right out of the box. With proper gearing, a brushless motor, and lithium-polymer batteries, you can get some of these models to exceed 70mph!!! I'm not aware of any stock gasser than is capable of those speeds, but maybe there are some.
Another thing is torque. The electric motors make their torque pretty much instantaneously, which is great for racing and also crawling.

If I'm mistaken about anything here, someone please correct me, or add something more. I'm glad to see there are other guys here who are into this stuff!
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:11 PM
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I have battery cars when I was a child 15 years ago losi's I got 10 min. max out of a battery and after all 3 batterys went dead that was it for the day. gas you refuel and reun again. that is way i want a gas/nitro truck now.

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98blown you should be an MD! that's the same stuff my doc asks and ur spot on man!!!
98 4.0 2wd-----supercharger fully build heads cam...all show with go......3 time world of wheels champ 5 time national winner


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Old 12-07-2009, 05:16 PM
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Nitro trucks can be a real pain to tune every time you go out to play and the conditions are different outside.. Battery technology has changed a sh*tload.. Run times are better, power (torque) and speed is WAY better, charging times have improved dramatically, etc.. Just do your own research and you'll soon be able to make an educated decision...

The Traxxas Jato 3.3 will run 70-75mph out of the box..

I'd stay with a more well known brand name when buying any RC products. That way replacement parts are easy to get. You get what you pay for with them too.

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Old 12-07-2009, 05:33 PM
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Not being an ass, just being straight up honest here, both of those are POS's. Just like anything in life, you get what you pay for. If you want something that takes a little more skill, get a nitro. The reason I say it takes more "skill" is because you CONSTANTLY are tuning. That's why my MGT is now shelfed and I'm out driving the brushless CRT.5. It's just a lot easier. You may pay a good bit more for electric stuff up front but in the end you'll save a hell of a lot of money and you'll thank yourself later on down the road.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:04 AM
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I have battery cars when I was a child 15 years ago losi's I got 10 min. max out of a battery and after all 3 batterys went dead that was it for the day. gas you refuel and reun again. that is way i want a gas/nitro truck now.

any imput is great
Believe me, I know exactly what you mean. I was about 10 last time I had a R/C car, and I'm 31 now. A few weeks ago when I decided I want to get into it again, the cars these days blew my mind - because all I knew was the technology from 20 years ago.

Believe me and the others guys when we say times have changed.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:12 AM
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The Traxxas Jato 3.3 will run 70-75mph out of the box..

I'd stay with a more well known brand name when buying any RC products. That way replacement parts are easy to get. You get what you pay for with them too.
The Jato 3.3 is the fastest Nitro vehicle that I know of. The fastest Nitro Traxxas model, at least.

The Traxxas Rustler VXL and Bandit VXL are both electric and capable of 70+ mph with LiPo batteries and a pinion/spur gear swap.

I agree with buying name-brand stuff, too. It's nice to go into my local hobby shop and find every single individual part for my Summit.

I just had to go yesterday to replace a halfshaft that I broke.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:29 AM
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i wish i had a hobby store near me, 1 hour away is the closed, i have to deal online.
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98blown you should be an MD! that's the same stuff my doc asks and ur spot on man!!!
98 4.0 2wd-----supercharger fully build heads cam...all show with go......3 time world of wheels champ 5 time national winner


lots of ranger parts for sale leftovers from my 94/96
96 sitting on the frame, waiting to go lower


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Old 12-08-2009, 02:53 PM
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Took the Summit to the outdoor track today.



This is why I don't take my Ranger in the mud....







Bath time!



All cleaned up. I've had enough mud for a while....

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Old 12-08-2009, 02:56 PM
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Dood! You're gonna clog up your pipes QUICK doin that.. Ask me how I know....

Better to stay outside with the mud..



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