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Sep 22, 2010, 01:30 PM
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Opinions pls. on Traxxas Rustler XL-5 vs Stampe

Hi All:

I have been flying electric helis for almost one year. I use a DX7 and fly spectrum based helis. Several months ago I bought a large nitro heli at a flea market. It was fun but very expensive to maintain when things dd not go well. So I sold it. I have been thinking for awhile I would enjoy an electric truck. My passion is fpr hot rods and fast cars so the rc car/truck route would be fun for me.. Something I could use on pavement and grass. I have collected enough money from the nitro sale to buy a truck in the $200.00 price range. I came across the Traxxas Rustler XL-5


The reviews seem positive. Anyone have a personal experience with this truck? Good or bad? Is it a good beginners truck? I know what breaks when you crash a heli. What are common parts that break on a truck and why?

or would I be better off with the TRA3605 Stampe since I want it to run on grass?


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Sep 22, 2010, 07:02 PM
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My Stampede takes on grass really easily. Both it and the Ruslter are pretty good choices.
Sep 22, 2010, 07:23 PM
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They are both great trucks I have the Rustler it's OK on the grass and great on the dirt. With the right tires it's good on the pavement too. There are a ton of upgrades for both. I like the stadium style truck a little better because you could run it on a track. It has a lower center of gravity so it will turn better then the Stampede. Stampede is more of a backyard basher both are a good choice.
Sep 22, 2010, 07:46 PM
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i have just picked up a rustler myself for a project that doesn't really relate to what most people use them for and i have alot of fun with testing the maneuverability and speeds. after doing some research for what i am doing, i found that choosing any of the traxxis products is a good idea. seems you can get parts anywhere you would find a hobby shop and almost anything you can think of can be upgraded. i have been pretty rough with it while testing the turns and what it can drive over and i have yet to break or wear anything (other than some scratches). being a person with no real experience with this, i can say that i have made a good choice because everything is simple in design, use and function.

another thing i have found is if you plan on major upgrades choosing the base model of the rustler/stampede/bandit (conceptually identical) is your best bet because you will be setting all of the other bells and whistles aside and likely not using them on anything else. they all will except the same parts for the most part and are very fun to play with lol.
Sep 24, 2010, 02:52 PM
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The Stampede is a better choice for grass and the like.

Oct 17, 2010, 08:47 PM
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hello guys, just wanted to know if the rustler xl-5 is a good option to buy , been looking around and have seen some other options like the circuit from HH but the looks of it are not good : P and beside that its all plastic chasis, another good option have read about is the duratrax evader ext and the new ext2 , the ext2 has metal parts and links and seems a good option but have read someone said its shock absorbers are not very good : ( and that it will involve beside that in other frequent cost of repairs even though it has a 1 year parts warranty on important parts as the shocks , but have looking at the rustler and its nice looking and seems better at running from the videos on YT so would like your advice : should i buy the rustler xl-5 or the duratrax ext2 , that has this options ( metal-capped shocks, precision metal idler gear, and metal front linkages ), would really appreciate your advise as this will be my first rc car and want to make the best investment in $ , the rustler seems better than the xl-5 but is more pricey : ( , and if the xl-5 is the best option could it be reinforced to make it stronger as the vxl in the long run ?? well will be waiting your coments and advices : )
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