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Old 04-30-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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Default anyone race a rustler(elec)

anyone race an elec ruatler

looking for any mods for racing

looking at adj turnbuckles and links

anything else

i got good batts

novak system on the way

good servo

wide front bumper

about it

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yes I do... however it takes quite a bit of work to get them close to a XXX-T MF2 or a T4. If you want a race truck get one of those. That being said my Rustler (old style) does pretty well and it has been a lot of fun getting it to work better on the track.

Here's what I've done off the top of my head.... done this over the course of the last year.

Aluminum idler gear
Delrin top gear
New Revo style slipper
Dremel to chassis (see ultimate traxxas website)
turnbuckles for camber links ( I used Associated ones)
Nitro rustler steering blocks/hubs
4Tech rear hubs
Traxxas Big bore shocks
Nitro rustler front wheels
Electric rustler front wheels on rear (I think, I'll have to check for sure)
RPM Nitro rustler arms ( I wouldn't recommend... quite a bit of work to get them to work correctly... but I wanted the BLUE Others I know have used other arm combinations so I'd wait to see what others say)
Nitro Rustler front shock tower
Upgraded servo... anything is better than the 2018!

Ok biggest problem I have is with ride height/travel. This is mostly because of the RPM arms. Basically because I have no adjustability as far as shock positions. I fight with limiters/oil/springs all the time trying to get it just right and I'm still experimenting. But I have it working pretty well. I'll get to test my new combination in a couple days.

I didn't like the wide front bumper for racing... if you ever nose into anything (even slightly) the wide bumper tended to dig in too much and flip the car. Especially on a well watered track which is what we have.

I'll try and get some pictures posted... everyone calls my truck the Rally Rustler because I run my old touring car bodies on it. Right now its a Dodge Stratus 3.0 Carpet. I have also run a Pontiac G6.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:21 PM   #3
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ok i got a spektrum servo

steel idler
dremiled the gearbox to accomidate a tc3 heatsink
dremiled the battery holder to accomidate smc 4200 and tapeing
tmaxx shocks (mockup got hotbodies threaded alum on the way)
proline dirthawgs (came with it )
xray t2 front body mounts
novak 4.5r sintered brushless

more on way such as

swami bar
lungsford kit
proline crowd pleaser
bowties or crimefighters
orion or maxamps lipo
alum shock tower
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Well, I race a Rustler, but it is a spec class on a dirt oval. The only mods allowed are the RPM bearing carriers front and rear and adjustable camber links. Oh yeah, we can change springs and shock oil too. We run the club handout motor and a 1500 NiCd pack that has to retail for $25 or less. This may seem slow, but everyone runs the same truck with the same limitations so the racing is very close and loads of fun.
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Well, I race a Rustler, but it is a spec class on a dirt oval. The only mods allowed are the RPM bearing carriers front and rear and adjustable camber links. Oh yeah, we can change springs and shock oil too. We run the club handout motor and a 1500 NiCd pack that has to retail for $25 or less. This may seem slow, but everyone runs the same truck with the same limitations so the racing is very close and loads of fun.
Great idea! Theres a small attempt to do the same thing at the local club, stock rustler w/19t but not quite enough interest though. IMO not a bad truck for the $ but do not get carried away with upgrades. By the time you bring it to spec, you might have well bought a t4.
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i went out for a ripp

wheelies on command

upon farther inspection i HAVE rpm carriers and knuckels

sunday i will take 'er out on the track (on and off road)

we will see

il try and get some pics up
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Go have a look at http://www.ultimatetraxxas.com/ , there is a mean Rusty there.

I have raced one, not seriously, and with some development, they are good, but not the BEST. Quite heavy, but are strong. And hard to hammer, if you are racing against guys who get a bit "excited".
RPM also makes your large front bumper, and a better gear cover.

MIP CVD's for the rear end.
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i got it in a trade

i traded a tc3 that i got for $100

i want it race ready because we all know race trucks handle best

ripped the rear dirthawgs off the rims *CLEANLY*

it was a good day

reduced the diff from unloading by filling it with AE stealth diff lube

gotta find my camera
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I don't race with a Rustler but I do have an old Traxxas that I do race with. It has been a couple of years and I am about to get back into it. If I wanted to race with Traxxas I would keep my eyes open for a SRT, Blue Eagle or LSII on ebay. Any one of these will beat a Rustler without modification. I was pretty competitive with my optional graphite chassis SRT and hope to be so again.
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