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Old 07-26-2008, 03:21 PM
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Just curious to see how many others have a rustler. Doesn't matter if it's a VXL or XL-5. If you have one, what mods do you have on it? Feel free to post pics of them too.

I'll post pics of my Rustler in the next few days.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:28 PM
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I have two Rustlers that started out as XL-5's. Check 'em out on my website www.freewebs.com/projektrc
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Sweet, so it's like a guide and I can use some mods on my XL-5?
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i also have a XL-5 but no upgrades yet Although i would like to get a brushless system
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TCRacer, that was my intention in creating that site. It points out the hows and whys of some necessary mods for Ruslers and 'Pede's as well as showcases my personal R/C garage.
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Originally Posted by skippi15 View Post
i also have a XL-5 but no upgrades yet Although i would like to get a brushless system
Box stock XL-5's need their tranny beefed up before brushless, or at least it's recommended.
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Originally Posted by kavvika View Post
TCRacer, that was my intention in creating that site. It points out the hows and whys of some necessary mods for Ruslers and 'Pede's as well as showcases my personal R/C garage.
Thanks kavvika, for making a site that shows how to mod out a XL-5 and other cars!
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Yup, at the very least, for an XL-5, a steel idler is a must, and if you plan on running tires with more mass than stock Rustler treads, the steel-ringed diff would be a good idea. After that, the weak vertical kingpins should be switched out for the slightly stronger VXL vertical screwpins. FLM or TRX aluminum caster blocks would also be a wise investment. After that, it depends on what you break or choose to upgrade. Those are the two main weak spots.
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I'm getting my Rustler tommorow, and the guy that I'm buying it from says it's fully hopped up.

I can't wait for Washtenaw R/C raceway to start up!
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Originally Posted by kavvika View Post
Yup, at the very least, for an XL-5, a steel idler is a must, and if you plan on running tires with more mass than stock Rustler treads, the steel-ringed diff would be a good idea. After that, the weak vertical kingpins should be switched out for the slightly stronger VXL vertical screwpins. FLM or TRX aluminum caster blocks would also be a wise investment. After that, it depends on what you break or choose to upgrade. Those are the two main weak spots.
A friend of mine put in a brushless system in a box stock rustler and he DEMOLISHED the idler gear!
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I have to go pick up my rustler around 4:00
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I have a new Rustler xl 5 purchased in may and it came with a new stock body that was Identical to the VXL's!
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My eight year old son has a Rustler XL-5 with a few upgrades....alum. casterblocks, alum. turnbuckles, RPM hubs in the front and rear ( w/ 5x11 bearings) a Novak sport megafeet ESC, and a Trinity 19t motor. I bought him a Losi xxx-t but after one run he says " I like my Traxxas better "......who knew????
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can you use the XL-5 rustler parts on a original rustler?
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For the most part, yes. Apart from the new grey colored plastics, nearly every part is identical except for the new slipper clutch design.
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