I don't think you guys are giving the Traxxas trucks enough credit. They were origionaly designed in 1994, and have not only outsold the T3's, but they have also outlasted them. For racing, the T3 is DEFINATLY the way to go, but I have raced the Rutlers, and my first one, had between 1800-2000 full scale miles on it before I retired it. It was a real mean truck too, and it always came back for more. I'll bet anyone that if I could get a T3 and a Rustler with the same electronics and motor in them, that after about $150-$200, I could have the Rustler turning faster laps than a T3. Keep in mind the price tag on a Rustler is 1/2 that of a T3 too! All they really need are aluminum shocks, with red springs, 30-35 weight shock oil, some 2 or 3 hole pistons, depending on track conditions, and some Pro-Line tires. I'm not saying it's practical to turn a Rustler into a racer, but I'm saying after having dealt with them for so long, I know them inside and out. I built one for my friend out of my spare parts, and I still have enough for another entire truck. My Bandit
is also no slouch. The only other things I would do to the Rustler would be RPM bearing carriers front and rear, a Team Platinum Aluminum Bumper
, mabey an aluminum idler gear, and some delrin trannsmission gears, along with titanium nitride shock shafts. Other little tips and tricks include hollowing out the front arms (Something I did for my friend's Rustler) and removing the outside webbing from the rear arms (This not only reduces unsprung mass, but it also allows the driveshafts to drop, giving the truck more uptravel. The gear differential in the Rustler will outlast the ball diff in the T3 anyday, so I would leave that just for the convinence factor. Cut a shoe in the chassis to allow easy access to the servo saver, and mabey revise the chenky servo/top plate, and your all ready to compete with the Associated's. Don't get me wrong, after all this work, it would just be easier to get a Losi or Associated, but I am just saying, I can
get a Rustler to own a Factory Team T3, it just isn't worth doing. The suspension geometry is so outdated that to do a complete conversion to a race truck would require a person to re-engineer the entire truck! If anyone wants to test my theory on whether or not I can get a Rustler to beat a T3, just go to your local hobby shop, buy me a brand new Factory Team T3, and a brand new Traxxas Rustler, and I will see what I can do!
(BTW: while your their, can you also pick me up a JATO and a RC10GT, I may need them for a future post!
In all seriousness, look at the Rustler, that thing will not only out last the T3, but it will also require less maitenence throught it's lifespan. The gear diff alone is enough to make up some peoples minds. Personally, after destroying 4 diffs in a XXX-NT, and having Losi tech support tell me I did something wrong because I followed their instructions to a T, is enough to make me never want another car with a ball diff again! (Wait a minute, I already have 4 cars with ball diffs!
) Before you judge the Rustler, remember it's design is at least 11 years old, and will soon be retired. I have a theory, that with the release of the new Traxxas XL10 ESC, Traxxas is paving the way for something nasty to come. Chances are it will probably feature a slow, sealed endbell 20 Turn Stinger in it, but if it shows as much potential as the JATO, Associated had better watch out, unless they have plans to release a T5 sometime soon!