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Old 11-07-2010, 07:36 AM   #1
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Default traxxas jato: what are the pros/cons?

Thinking of getting one, but don't know too much about them. Thanks for the imput!
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Pros: They go fast in a straight line on smooth pavement (upto 70 mph)

Cons: Everything else.

They are the most uncapable rc ever made. You see them here in the buy/sell section for a fraction of what they cost new on a weekly basis. They don't handle off-road and they aren't that good on-road either. They don't belong anywhere near a track. They are 2wd so traction off road is always an issue. They appeal to folks who've never owned an rc or are awed by the claims of 70mph, but don't be fooled.
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It is a very fun basher, if you can drive. It is a trip to watch it go so fast, do wheelies, and it even drifts. I run my jato mostly on road or in short grass. It has too much power for off road. But again great basher just not a good racer; not good on the track at all. When I take my kids to the park I'll take the jato to have some fun! So, if you are going to bash it, just to play around, it is perfect but if you planned on racing it, not good at all.


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I would stay away. There are plenty of other vehicles that are far more versatile. A 1/8 buggy can be an on-road speed demon that could easily run with the Jato or even better since it's 4WD, and it can still be a precision racer and solid off-road basher just depending on what tires and option parts are used.
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Pros: They go fast in a straight line on smooth pavement (upto 70 mph)

Cons: Everything else.

They are the most uncapable rc ever made. You see them here in the buy/sell section for a fraction of what they cost new on a weekly basis. They don't handle off-road and they aren't that good on-road either. They don't belong anywhere near a track. They are 2wd so traction off road is always an issue. They appeal to folks who've never owned an rc or are awed by the claims of 70mph, but don't be fooled.
you cant say dont be fooled by 70 mph. stock i got mine to 65 mph. little tweaking i got it to 70. and with a modded engine i got it to 73 w/ foam tires.

but everything else i agree with you. its a very boring car after 5 min.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:27 AM   #6
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Oddly enough, now that mine is converted to electric... It's actually race worthy!

...At least with a 13.5 in it

Needs a fair bit of anti-roll work for carpet racing, though...
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:13 PM   #7
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I absolutely HATE my Jato..........

I goes fast...... Thats all it does...... I spent hundreds of dollars (I know my fault) trying to get it race ready. And it never got there..............

Will not suggest to anyone.
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I unloaded my Jato a week after I bought it. It was a great 3 minute car going up and down the street really fast. Useless on a track, useless anywhere off road and very fragile. Dont waste your money unless all you care about is having all the little kids in your area coming out and telling you how cool it is that it goes so fast..thats all it does!
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you cant say dont be fooled by 70 mph. stock i got mine to 65 mph. little tweaking i got it to 70. and with a modded engine i got it to 73 w/ foam tires.

but everything else i agree with you. its a very boring car after 5 min.
Oh no, i agree they will go 70mph. What i was saying was don't be fooled into buying one just because it goes fast in a straight line. Unless all you like to do is drive in straight lines on a paved parking lot, then by all means grab one and have at it
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I unloaded my Jato a week after I bought it. It was a great 3 minute car going up and down the street really fast. Useless on a track, useless anywhere off road and very fragile. Dont waste your money unless all you care about is having all the little kids in your area coming out and telling you how cool it is that it goes so fast..thats all it does!


didn't something else happen before you sold it ? something involving one's Ankle ?

Or am i thinking of some one else ?
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didn't something else happen before you sold it ? something involving one's Ankle ?

Or am i thinking of some one else ?
That was long before I owned a Jato That was my first Nitro Buggy, crashed into myself doing circles around my ankles..OUCH!!
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Thinking of getting one, but don't know too much about them. Thanks for the imput!
I have HPI Savage trucks and trying to look to do some trading on a buggy thank you
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look into a Losi, Mugen, or TA buggy bud, durable and easy to get parts for...the jato high speed runs get old quick.. with something that can do high speeds like the jato, turning and breaking are not really a + on it... itll break your heart.. trust me been down that road already
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