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Old 02-11-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Truck beginner - getting into it. Help!

Hi,

I'll start off by saying i'm the noob of noobs when it comes to RC off-road, and i've been doing as much research as i can with google and this awesome site, but i'm still not too sure of what to choose for my first car.

Basically, i'm just going to be using it for a track in my backyard, there are NO rc racing communities in my area, and i'll probably take it out to the motocross track to have fun in between rides. My friend that i ride mx with is also interested in halving shipping costs if he gets one also, so there will be a little bit of racing going on between us.

At first i was well interested in the Traxxas slash 4x4 ultimate, but more and more research as shoved me into the attention of the Associated SC10.

Mainly because (from what i can interpret) from my investigating, i feel as though the SC10 is a better performing vehicle, while the Slash is easier to drive thanks to the 4x4 (and can take a bit more of a beating), i will probably kick myself if i went with it, knowing that the SC10 is the better machine.

That's about as far as my knowledge goes, i'm even struggling to understand some of the terminology.

Basically, if i go ahead and order this, as it seems to come with a radio, etc.

rchobbies.com.au/store/product_info.php?cPath=24_41&products_id=57885

What else would you recommend with it? From what i read, i should probably get a li-po battery with it, but that also means getting a different charger, and a balancer (what the hell is a balancer?).

I think i'm just a bit paranoid that i'm going to fork out all this cash, just to find out that i should have ordered a better quality radio, etc. Hence this thread help!
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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Sorry, probably should have posted this in the Rookie section. oops
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Go with the slash 4x4. The extra traction makes it way more fun for bashing.
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I agree , the Slash 4x4 is a great truck since your not racing . I have one and love running it when racing and bashing .
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Thanks for the replies, you guys don't think my friend and i will be slightly dissapointed with the turning abilities of the slash? I have read a few instances where people have poured money into them trying to get them to turn better, then biting the bullet with a stock SC10 that will run rings around the slash. But then saying that, plenty of youtube videos show that the slash can still hook around a backyard track...

Heading to Adelaide on Thursday to visit a shop with a few questions reguarding batteries, etc rather than ordering it off the net and finding out of ordered the wrong battery or something... then the fun begins

Briguy, would you recommend getting any spares with the 4x4? The nearest hobby shop is about 3 hours away, so hopefully i can get it all in one hit this Thursday.
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Thanks for the replies, you guys don't think my friend and i will be slightly dissapointed with the turning abilities of the slash? I have read a few instances where people have poured money into them trying to get them to turn better, then biting the bullet with a stock SC10 that will run rings around the slash. But then saying that, plenty of youtube videos show that the slash can still hook around a backyard track...

Heading to Adelaide on Thursday to visit a shop with a few questions reguarding batteries, etc rather than ordering it off the net and finding out of ordered the wrong battery or something... then the fun begins

Briguy, would you recommend getting any spares with the 4x4? The nearest hobby shop is about 3 hours away, so hopefully i can get it all in one hit this Thursday.
One of these fastest trucks at the track I run at is a stock slash with good tires and excellent driver, and there are some very good drivers at the track. It mostly driver and knowing how to set your truck up.
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i slightly disagree on your opinions being an owner of the slash vxl and the slash 4x4 i would suggest the 2wd vxl model mine performs much better and it will last much longer on batteries without spinning 4 wheels if you want a long run time and it goes a little faster to begin with but if you go 2wd i advise getting the wheelie bar if your running hard surfaces i mean you wont need it for the 7 cell included but if you go 8 or 9 cell or lipo or liFe you will need it!

oh and i forgot to mention you need to maintain the driveshaft on the 4x4 monthly
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Thanks for the replies, you guys don't think my friend and i will be slightly dissapointed with the turning abilities of the slash? I have read a few instances where people have poured money into them trying to get them to turn better, then biting the bullet with a stock SC10 that will run rings around the slash. But then saying that, plenty of youtube videos show that the slash can still hook around a backyard track...

Heading to Adelaide on Thursday to visit a shop with a few questions reguarding batteries, etc rather than ordering it off the net and finding out of ordered the wrong battery or something... then the fun begins

Briguy, would you recommend getting any spares with the 4x4? The nearest hobby shop is about 3 hours away, so hopefully i can get it all in one hit this Thursday.
Different diff oils , setup , and tires will make a difference how the truck turns and mine gets so much steering I have to turn the steering down on my radio ! Only upgrade I would do is RPM arms and down the road if you end up racing it I would put the Proline shocks on it as they make a huge difference.
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As far as spares....Tekno CVDs (indestructable) or spare halfshafts/driveshafts, control arms and spare bearings.
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cool thanks,

Just got off the phone with the shop in Adelaide, they're saying that the 4x4 hasn't been brought into Australia yet because their are still plenty of 2wd stock in the shops. Their theory is they won't sell any 2wd if they bring in the 4x4's

Looks like ebay is the go.

This would suffice? cgi.ebay.com.au/Traxxas-1-10-Slash-4x4-2-4GHz-Ultimate-RTR-Black-Red-/330487666201?pt=Radio_Control_Vehicles&hash=item4c f2999619

Although i am a bit worried that they won't be able to ship it because of the battery. Anyone know of an Australian shop that sells them?
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cool thanks,

Just got off the phone with the shop in Adelaide, they're saying that the 4x4 hasn't been brought into Australia yet because their are still plenty of 2wd stock in the shops. Their theory is they won't sell any 2wd if they bring in the 4x4's

Looks like ebay is the go.

This would suffice? cgi.ebay.com.au/Traxxas-1-10-Slash-4x4-2-4GHz-Ultimate-RTR-Black-Red-/330487666201?pt=Radio_Control_Vehicles&hash=item4c f2999619

Although i am a bit worried that they won't be able to ship it because of the battery. Anyone know of an Australian shop that sells them?
It shows they will ship to Australia and not listed in the excluded areas .

To double check you can call them - 1-800-342-6464
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i heard the new Team Associated sc10 4x4 is really nice and durable.
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i heard the new Team Associated sc10 4x4 is really nice and durable.
you cant tell that yet... it isn't out for another month.. let it have some time out in the real world before jumping on that one...
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Doesnt towerhobbies ship internationally? You can get $50 off your order from them as well.
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Doesnt towerhobbies ship internationally? You can get $50 off your order from them as well.
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