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Old 01-03-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Old 01-03-2009, 04:38 AM   #2
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For off-road action and racing it is useless, for on-road street bashing it is fast as hell. It gets really boring driving up and down the street at 70 MPH though. I sold mine after 2 months. Get an 1/8 scale buggy or truggy, you'll have lots more fun with it
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I used to love my Traxxas cars until I went to the track and got a Hyper 7. Totally different world and level of quality.
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For off-road action and racing it is useless, for on-road street bashing it is fast as hell. It gets really boring driving up and down the street at 70 MPH though. I sold mine after 2 months. Get an 1/8 scale buggy or truggy, you'll have lots more fun with it

x2 there good for street machines...but on dirt or grass they lack BIG time.
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They're fun street and fire road bashers. They are much more durable than other 1/10 stadium trucks. They'll even do fine on a 1/10 track at the club racing level. Ease of use is definitely up there too.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:05 AM   #6
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if you want to see how to set up the jato to play off road go to traxxas website and look ultimate off road jato.. looks neat but costly as well
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:09 PM   #7
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It works surprisingly good at my local indoor track... Converted to electric

It's got neutral handling, which is a great starting point!
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i drove a guy jato on the dirt track and it wanst to bad ,liked how it rotated in the turns and the steering could be better through ,he told me he put diff oil in the diff but i told him to put a ball diff in it cause i would diff out a lot.
but if u put a carb resticter in it or riching the top end it could be competive and take all that crap off it its defiely compitive
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My diff unloads on corners when the inside tire leaves the ground, but that's about it...

For better handling, 100k or higher diff oil should be used...

I'm not sure how long a ball diff would last in the Jato
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well if u put a non pullstart .12 engine in it the ball diff could differly last ,i dont know what kind of weight of oil he had in his diff
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The only real advantage to a ball diff is that it's easier to tune...

Less maintenance with the gear diff, which is perfect for the beginning R/C drivers, which is what market Traxxes mostly deals with
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I bought one when I first returned to the R/C hobby. I had fun with it on the street for a couple of weeks, then I got bored and decided to take it to the local off-road track. The stock tires won't work off-road, so I spent $50 on wheels and tires to make it around the track a couple of times before packing up and going home. I bought a Losi 8ight the next day and haven't really touched my Jato since then.

Since you posted your question in the "Nitro Off-Road" section, take note of the replies telling you that it's not an off-road truck. It's true... it's an on-road car. I've seen a couple of guys with them who can make it around the track (albeit slowly compared to buggies and truggies), but they've heavily modded their Jatos to do it. They pulled the 3.3 (.20) engine and put .15 engines on them. The 3.3/.20 is way too powerful for such a small truck on off-road. They did other mods to suspension, wheels, etc. It's really difficult to control.

If you want to buy a Traxxas to drive on an off-road track, the Revo is the one to get. But if I could do it all over again, I would've just bought a 1/8 buggy to begin with and not wasted the cash on the Traxxas stuff. They're fun, but not meant for anything but bashing.
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well said markr04.
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