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Old 09-08-2011, 08:24 AM
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Hello,

I wanted some advice on my brother and I getting 2 trucks

Is there a real difference in jumping and cornering with the battery in the center or on the side?

A few things we want in the trucks : 1) 4 X 4, 2) Brushless, 3) water proof, 4) good upgrade support (metal parts)

We don't want to spend over $300 to $400 each to get started and would like something that is RTR

I have been reading about so many brands I don't know where to get started

I spent some time reading about the Traxxas Slash and the E-Revo

We are trying to decide between 1/10 and 1/16

Thanks

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:45 AM
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The 4wd Slash sounds like the truck you are looking for.

Or take a look at the Savage XS, it is a 4wd mini that is larger than the Traxxas mini's.
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Traxxas would be your best bet... but NO RC car is truly waterproof. Water can still get into the bearings and transmission, the motor is also not "waterproof" as Traxxas claims. 1/10 scale stuff can handle grass a bit better than the 1/16th scale stuff.
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Hi [8D], The Traxxas Slash [>:] 4X4 RC Truck Would Be You & Your Brothers Best Bet... His Will Be Faster.... hahaha [:-]
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With a 4x4 the location of the battery is usually offset to one side and then the motor and ESC on the other so its not like its totally off-balance.
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The Slash 4X4 Brushless RTR sounds nice

After proanti1 mentioned 1/10 scale can handle grass a bit better I think we definitely want to go the 1/10 scale (thanks)

For the extra cash is the slash worth getting in the "Ultimate" for the upgraded parts? or the Platinum getting my own radio?

Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum C-Hubs
Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum steering blocks
Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum rear hub carriers
Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum axle nuts
Hard-anodized, Teflon-coated Big Boreâ„¢ shocks with Titanium Nitride shafts
Adjustable front and rear swaybars
Included optional extra-stiff swaybar set
Sealed, silicone filled center differential (included separately)
(installs trackside in just minutes replacing the Torque-Control® slipper)
Officially-licensed BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain™ T/A® Tires molded in S1 race compound


Hey deviltrigger, so if the battery is on the side these trucks don't roll in that direction when you jump?

Hey mike, you forgot, MINE will be faster since I will secretly upgrade before you..

Thanks Guys

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Old 09-09-2011, 06:34 AM
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Default RE: Battery in the center or on the side?

I forgot one thing, What 3 cell battery do you guys use?

I am into Planes and buy Good Cheap batteries from HobbyKing, anyone using them?

The 25 C spec is easy to find cheap at HobbyKing

(they even have 35 c for very cheap and they last a long time, I have some that are over 2 years old)

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Dont forget the 4X4 Stampede. It's everything you're looking for and a bit more ground clearance than the slash.
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Lots of people on here love hobbyking so yes keep on getting whatever 3s 20c+ lipo you can get from them.

Like scott said, the 4x4 stampede is another option but don't get it for the reasons he stated. Get the slash 4x4 and you get the longer wheelbase and less cramped chassis, and if you want more ground clearance throw on bigger tires and an MT body and you're set. I personally see no reason for a stampede 4x4.

I do recommend either the ultimate or platinum because it comes with the aluminum parts that are where you want aluminum, and where common breaks are for the plastic. You would most likely replace those with aluminum at some point and it will cost you more down the road.

Also no, I do not notice my slash 4x4 to be prone to rolling in any certain way because of weight, the motor and batteries usually offset themselves.
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Hi deviltrigger,

We are going to order 2 of the Slash 4X4 ultimate today, We found them for $450 each (delivered)

Thanks for your input on the batteries and larger tires

Longer wheelbase and larger tires sounds like a winner to me

Thanks Everyone!

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