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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #1
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So with tax $ coming I am going to get an electric RC truck. I am thinking I was going to get a traxxas stampede or rustler. I want electric because I live in an apartment and don't want to piss off the whole complex. plus my last nitro truck was just too much hassle for me to enjoy.

Any other recommendations as to a different brand or truck or battery/charger selection? I am going to cap my budget off at around $300 for everything.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:41 PM   #2
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losi mini t...small...fast...fun...
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:45 PM   #3
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The new Duratrax Evader EXT is a nice litte stadium truck. Bought two for my boys for Christmas and have been impressed by the durability, price and ability to upgrade.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 07:04 PM   #4
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losi mini t...small...fast...fun...
i have to agree with mike, but really any team losi is the way to go.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 07:09 PM   #5
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I had a Rustler, it was really nice. Souped it up quite a bit. They can take a bit of damage as well, back in the day when I bought mine they didn't have slipper clutches in them and the gears got wrecked real easy, but now they are built real good. I also had a Bandit and that was bulletproof. I jumped that car off my garage roof and over a tree and it held up very nicely, didn't break anything either.
Mini-Ts are fun but I suggest upgrading it as soon as you get it. The one I bought I barely used, I was going to upgrade with all aluminum and a brushless system but it gets expensive real quick. First thing I'd do is probably put some real shocks in there, followed by a decent motor at least.
As far as batteries, get some decent ones at least. Nowadays decent is basically easy to get. I was still running 1500s when I had my trucks, now you can get a decent set of batteries for cheap. I liked the 3200s I had or something. I could race the truck and charge a battery fully while racing it, so after the battery went down I'd switch batteries, discharge the one real quick, charge it up and keep swapping them. As far as chargers, the one I liked the most was a Black Widow. I also had a Hobbico charger as well that worked pretty good.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 07:10 PM   #6
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personally, I think the TA B3 buggy is the way to go. Small, easy to maintain and loads of fun anywhere. Just change tires for the conditions.
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If your looking to buy quality buy Team Losi, lot easier to work on and more durable. If your interested, I have a couple of used R/C trucks and buggys I would make a great deal on. ready to run or not ready.All electric stuff.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #8
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me personally i like the traxxas e-maxx. specially the new ones. a friend has one and that thing flys. he put a spool in the rear and it will climb damn near anything but a vertical wall. the brand new ones are also totally waterproof so you can play in mud and snow and not worry. i think they cost alittle over 300 bucks which isnt' bad.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 07:16 PM   #9
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IMO Losi is garbage crap. HPI and TA are far superior products.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #10
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I have a locked Emaxx that I removed one shock per wheel and geared down, I love it and it climbs anything .Its fast and fun and a lot less hassle than my revo or Tmaxx. I would love to buy the new water proof version.
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Check out this site...have great prices and service.

http://towerhobbies.com
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IMO Losi is garbage crap. HPI and TA are far superior products.
I love HPIs stuff, I wish they wouldn't discontinue their stuff so much. I had an HPI Rally RS4 that ripped. Bought it, next day went to order hop-ups and they said it was discontinued and that they stopped carrying hop-ups and stuff for a while.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 08:01 PM   #13
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Tamiya is cheap and good stuff for entry level for $300 you could pick up a nice kit RTR
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Tamiya is fun to build, they don't handle worth crap unless your buying $300+ buggy kits.

Traxxas is great for the beginner, they are usually tough as nails, If your going e-rustler go buy the RPM bearing carriers and bearings, they are oversized and will last ALOT longer than stock, I've seen a guy kill a set of stock sealed bearings in a day.

Losi isn't very durable, but they are fast, they usually make stuff just made for a track. I'm happy with my XXX buggy BK edition


personally, with what your going to do, i'd say Losi Mini-t or traxxas rustler.


HPI is extremely overpriced. from my expierence.
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While I'm thinking about it and this is related, does anyone know where to get vintage Traxxas parts? Longshot but I figured maybe.
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While I'm thinking about it and this is related, does anyone know where to get vintage Traxxas parts? Longshot but I figured maybe.
maybe we should have an RC section
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we used to have an rc section, got pretty slow so it went away


Thanks for the comments, keep em coming
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Basically what I'm looking for is a chassis tub for my Nitro Buggy. I modified mine by cutting it down and making it work for my Rustler.
Oh, and BTW XTM has a couple good beginner trucks out there, although I'm not sure how their parts availability is. I had an X-cellerator racer that I dumped a sweet OS engine into, but I think I liked building it more than I liked racing it.
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While I'm thinking about it and this is related, does anyone know where to get vintage Traxxas parts? Longshot but I figured maybe.
call traxxas, they had shock towers in stock for an old old old buggy i had.
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