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Old 01-05-2017, 09:31 AM
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I am looking to buy for the first time a brand new scale/trail truck. I have always bought my crawlers used. I have $400 and I want to buy a new truck. What would you suggest would be the best truck I could buy? I would be using the truck for mostly trails and minor rock crawling. Kit or RTR doesn't matter. I would prefer a kit because you get better parts that way, but if you think there is a pretty substantial RTR that would be better let me know. Right now I own a lightly upgraded Axial Scx10. Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading your suggestions.

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SCXII and Ascender kits are about as good as they get.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:29 PM
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So you would say a kit over RTR?
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Kit vote for sure, upgrades!
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:16 AM
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For the Vaterra Ascender the only difference between kit and RTR is the kit has a C chassis. Does that really make that big of a difference in performance?
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While there is a significant difference from the Axial RTR and kit, the Vaterra mechanicals are the same for the kit and RTR. Only difference is the assembly, electronics, and price of course.
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Do you have a lot of issues with the Ascender? I keep reading that the torque twist is a huge problem.
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Zero issues. The TT was annoying stock, but not a deal breaker. I tuned mine out initially with outboarding the shocks and a little more spring tension. I added a rear swaybar now and it's dialed.



I saw your thread on RCC (you're getting good advice over there as well) I will add I have a Sawback (Great rig, not in the same league performance-wise, but great) The 4LS/Komodo is most likely a decent performer also - I'd recommend both if you want something different.


I also have an RC4WD Gelande and in the past had a TF2. The TF2 never made it through a single trail run. Screws backed out or stripping, rear ring and pinions stripping, axles breaking - I had all kinds of issues with it. 2 of the others in our club were junk as well. Of the three we had, all of them were sold long ago - and good riddance. The Gelande is better, but only if you are into scale driving. it's not meant in any way for hardcore terrain.
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So overall you would say I can't go wrong with the Ascender? I am going to probably pick the K10. Its a shorter wheel base and I am hoping for a better performance. Or do you feel I still go with the kit version of the of the K5 because I get all the upgrades?
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I think I am just going to get the kit Version of the Ascender. Seems to me to be the best option. I have a RC4WD 35T motor do you think it is a good motor for the truck?

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What type of servo would work good for the truck? I think I have a Hi-tec HS-645MG. Will that work in the Ascender?
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I replied over on RCC...I run that exact combo in mine. I do have the 2 speed installed, but that's just for fun.

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I think you might want a little stronger servo than that. the RC4WD 35T motor would work fine in it. The RTR version also comes with a 35T motor. For an inexpensive EXC I would look at a Hobbywing Quickrun Waterproof 1080. Programable and reliable.
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I ended up buying The Ascender kit with tekin redline 35t brushed and Hobbywing Quicrun 1080. All I need is a lipo and I am done. Any Recommendations? I know I need shorties now and 2s or 3s is best but what volt and Mah? Is there a brand better then others?

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