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Jan 19, 2013, 03:19 PM
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First rock crawler recommendations

I am pretty new to the hobby. I have had a rustler vxl, a t-maxx knockoff and my son has a losi mini crawler. I am curently getting a savage xs flux running after getting it used with no esc (burnt up). I like the go fast toys but my more expensive hobby (trail riding my jeep) makes me want a rc crawler. I like the idea of the wraith but not necessarily the price. I have also checked out the exceed mad torque model and like the simplicity of it. Any recomendations on diferent models or are these pretty solid starting platfotms?
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Jan 19, 2013, 04:21 PM
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Maxstone 10 from nitrorcx

I have a maxstone 10 and so far(have had it for 5 years) it has been a great rc crawler. I have a different body for it thought because the body was rubbing on the tires. Overall it is a great truck.
Jan 20, 2013, 11:53 AM
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The list is long when it comes to that question. It really depends what you really want. A starter rock crawler or a starter scale truck.
As far as rock crawlers go you also need to think about if you want a shaft driven or a motor on axle. My personal favorite is axial ax10 rigs either the scorpion or ridgecrest. But not every ones top choice because there are great rigs made by Losi, Hpi, Tamiya, Redcat, Venom, Kyosho, and Exceed. There are more companies out there but I cant think of them off the top of my head. I have heard to stay away from kamodo they are an axial knock off with crappy components.

But if you want a more realistic rig go for a scaler. Like the scx10 from axial. Most of the companies I listed plus more offer kits or rtr.
I personally say start with a Ridgecrest or a Wraith from Axial. But that is my opinion. I started with a very lightly used Ax10 scorpion.
Jan 21, 2013, 12:06 AM
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the points mentioned above are all very good ones.

you need to decide what type of crawler you want. not brand, but style more or less. are you looking for a real rock CRAWLER, a rock racer, a go fast rig that can crawl a little? are you wanting something that looks like an rc crawler, or something that looks like a REAL 4x4 truck that crawls?

while there are alot of brands, the main one out is Axial. they make pretty good stuff and you can get spare parts very easily and aftermarket parts are very easy to find. just about anything you can think of is made for Axial stuff.

there are alot of other "copies" out, but do your research and make sure you can get parts for it when you break something. you will break stuff. it's quite common.

for scale looking (realistic) there really isn't anything much better than the axial scx-10. you can go higher price and get something like the trialfinder2 from rc4wd, but you will quickly find out their stuff is sorta fragile.

if you want MOA (motor on axle) then look toward the axial xr10, bully, berg.
Jan 21, 2013, 05:19 PM
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WARNING! You will fall into the 'upgrade' trap (also known as the money pit). I have an Axial Ridgecrest, and out of the box it's pretty decent (see RCCrawler for details) but I have at least put $300 into it so far. And it crawls great.
Jan 21, 2013, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by road_rascal
WARNING! You will fall into the 'upgrade' trap (also known as the money pit). I have an Axial Ridgecrest, and out of the box it's pretty decent (see RCCrawler for details) but I have at least put $300 into it so far. And it crawls great.
Lol! Very true. I have been lucky so far that I have a decent size stockpile of rc parts that have found their way on to my scorpion. But here soon I will be actually spending money on it.
The start of my list
Behind the axel steering. The links snag a lot
Bent suspention links/4link upgrade
Dark drifter 6slot lighting
Esc with drag brake
Thats just the start. It is very addictive my other rc's have been neglected since the scorpion came home
Jan 24, 2013, 12:22 PM
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how about a long term project? start with a stock crawler with a jeep body then up grade it to match your Jeep look up trailfinder/trailfinder 2 for a base kit, then build to your heart's content. Oh you could go the other way, ARB/ currie axles King shocks on the model FIRST then fit to your full size...
Jan 24, 2013, 03:07 PM
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I have a long term project myself. The "Black Dog" early 80's F150 flareside. It is like the mini prototype for the 1:1 truck I want to build
Jan 24, 2013, 05:41 PM
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Start here:
Build to match this?....I like it!
Jan 24, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Not a "crawler" but damn cool.
Feb 14, 2013, 08:02 PM
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I have an HPI Crawler King and I love it! It's RTR, tough, and goes anywhere. And it was only $240.00. HPI's customer service is great too.
Jun 12, 2016, 06:07 PM
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If you want comp try exceed mad torque or max stone. Scale- look at hfs p601 or 402.
Jun 13, 2016, 12:23 AM
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I'd steer clear of the HG trucks. I have one and it's not going well. Max stone and MAd torque are beast for the price though. I both of those.
Jun 13, 2016, 12:05 PM
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Axial all the way!!!

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