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Old Nov 14, 2012, 09:53 PM
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Traxxas Rusler XL-5 a good Newbie Car?

I'm still considering getting my first R.C. car/truck to mess around with. I would like to get something I can drive around the yard in rain/snow for this winter since I will not be doing much R.C. flying because of the winter weather. I found this site
and was wondering if you all think this would be a good newbie car to learn on. Do you think it has enough power to run on grass, etc...?

http://www.rcsuperstore.com/Traxxas_..._p/tra3705.htm
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 07:20 AM
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Rustler is an excellent beginner car.
Yard. Yes
Rain. Yes
Snow. No. It just spins out unless you're REAL light on the throttle. You'll need 4x4 for snow.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:17 AM
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or get a set of sand paddle tires for the rear.....
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:23 AM
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I put these on my Slash 2wd and they work pretty well. Paddles work great too. The Rustler is pretty low to the ground so forget about running through deep powder.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 08:00 PM
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the rustler is great. Road_rascal is right about powder snow. The stock tires aren't nearly as good as something like dirt hawgs for dirt, but I'm not sure about snow yet, as I got the dirt hawgs in the summer and it hasn't snowed enough yet.
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Old Dec 03, 2012, 06:17 PM
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Do yourself a favor and go for the VXL model. The XL-5 motors wear out quickly, even if you are meticulous with break-in, etc.

Eventually you'll be looking for more speed, we all do. Might as well get the brushless to start with.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 05:41 AM
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If I buy the Rusler XL-5 can I later put in a brushless motor for more speed?
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 08:12 AM
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You'll need a motor and ESC, but yes.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 10:28 AM
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Sure you can. The most common routes are a complete Velineon (sp?) system off ebay, or a Castle/Sidewinder type system.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 07:46 PM
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Sweet. I think I'm going to order one.
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 06:22 PM
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Do yourself a favor and go for the VXL model. The XL-5 motors wear out quickly, even if you are meticulous with break-in, etc.

Eventually you'll be looking for more speed, we all do. Might as well get the brushless to start with.
I would second that opinion because if you want, you can slow it down with training mode, but also it saves you a bunch of money. I believe the VXL rustler is only $100 more than the XL-5, and a VXL system is over $200.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 11:13 PM
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I ordered the basic version and it comes tomorrow. I'll open it up Christmas eve. This will be my first R.C. car. I have plenty of planes that I love but I"m looking for fun when the weather does not allow flying. I can't wait. Hope it's fun! Watching videos on YouTube of these cars kicking up dirt is cool.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 11:18 PM
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So these cars come with clutches and transmissions? Sounds more complicated than a plane/glider where you have prop, motor and esc.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 11:41 PM
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yes they have a clutch and steel geared transmission and in 4x4s you get differentials and transmissions its awesome and not to much work to maintain em either im confident if you can handle a plane you can handle a plane
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:05 AM
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They're easy to work on. On my Slash (same drive setup) I can remove, disassemble and put the trans back together in about an hour. But working on these things are half the fun.
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