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Old 04-02-2007, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default Best RTR Electric Truck for $200 or lower?

Title says it all. No racing just bashing/playing with. I would like to get one thats fast as possible. I'll likely get brushless down the road. Would like to keep it under $200 for just the RTR kit. I got batteries/charger already.

Curious how much maintenance do brushless systems require? Do the motors wear out alot?
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Old 04-02-2007, 07:22 PM   #2
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doesn't exist. for 249 yes the sportwerks and the duratrax will get you buy.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:00 PM   #3
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for $189, you can get a traxxas rustler. perferct truck for bashing. fast, and tough, and any decent LHS will have parts. radio isnt so great, but it works.

BL systems require minimal maintenence. clean the bearings in the can, and thats about it till teh magnets in the motor wear out, in which case its time for a new motor.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:26 PM   #4
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Associated T4 Race Spec

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Search/D...t4+spec&CatId=
It's $34.99 over your $200 cost but that's as close as I know for a good RTR. You say you only want to run around but just wait, you try racing and you might change your mind.... this truck is fine for that also.

My LHS had one for I think it was $224.99
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yes!
and your LHS has another on order

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and a RDX is what ya need!!!
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http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=LXNJH9**&P=ML

This rustler has a nice price tag is it good? Is the Stampede better?
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Team Associated has their T4 on their website for 189 for a refurbished one. Ultimate Hobbies seem to have the best deals on the internet for kits from what I can tell. I think a new kit from them is only 214. Also they have the regular duratrax evader for 149 or the pro version for 209.
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whats good about the T4 that makes it better than the Rustler?
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This rustler has a nice price tag is it good? Is the Stampede better?

rustler for all around bashing, jumps, etc.

stampede for big obsticles that need the ride height.


both good bashing car.

just remember that if you get a kit you'll need to purchese battery packs and a charger. just a reminder...
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1/10th scale? Maybe not for < $200 unless you buy a used setup. There are number of 1/18th scale trucks to which you can add a brushless system. Some of them that I have seen are alarmingly fast for their size.
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whats good about the T4 that makes it better than the Rustler?
The T4 is lighter, better handling, and a more balanced truck build for racing. The rustler is built for bashing. The transmission is also alot better on the T4 too.
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I picked up a Yokomo MR4BC Special kit for $175 at Pegasus Hobbies (thanks Andy!). It is discontinued, but they had it on the shelf brand new as a one-off. Very happy with my purchase. Comes with almost everything you need to race in the box (minus electronics), including graphite chasse and shock towers, titanium shock shafts, hingepins and turnbuckles! Quality of the kit materials is first rate. Assembly was easy and once put together it's very solid and tough, with a smooth, quiet and efficient dual belt-driven drivetrain. It absolutely rips with a 15turn Team Orion Method motor ($25) and IB4200 pack ($60). I use an LRP Bullet AI ESC ($100) and a Hitec metal gear servo (can't remember the model - around $120) and Airtronics MX-3S radio gear.

All parts are available with great support from YokomoUSA.com (including the full kit, but it's $279). Many Japanese drivers continue to race it with great success (do a search on Google, this thing keeps winning races with the best of them), so Yokomo will continue to make the parts, even though it has been superceded by the new MR4BX, which is even better (on par with BJ4WE by all accounts). Oh yeah, I get parts delivered to my doorstep within 2-3 days by Yokomo.

If you can find one, snag it. You will not be disappointed.
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sport werks raven or an xtm xcellerator...traxas is a little more common for parts
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The reason why I suggest the T4 is because the platform you buy determines what you can do with it. Also, in the long run, the platform itself is not the most expensive part. $225 versus $189 is $36 difference. One truck is made for playing. The other one is also made for playing, but the difference is, it is also made for racing. It has resale value.

You can have fun with any truck, and even if it's not made for racing, you can race it anyway and have fun. I'm probably biased because I asked the same question you did, got a T3 RTR (in 2001)... then I ended up buying another one (Factory Team with aftermarket parts) for racing because it was too expensive to upgrade the RTR completely.... in hindsight I realized, I never thought I'd go racing, but it was so much fun, and I've never looked back, all my playing is now done on the track....

In any case, enjoy what you get and what you can afford. R/C is fun. Let us know what you finally decide and let us know how much fun you're having with it !
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Yeah Bill.... mmmmmmmmm, RDX... Smoooooooooooooooooooth... After testing it out, I'm not sure if I can ever look at my TC3 the same way again ........

We'll see. Gotta get my son off to college next month. But I'm already starting to think about it... although I also would really like to see a TC5 in action first. Now... I've been thinking.... how can I start to scrape together some cash ...................................... this is how it starts !!!
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