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    Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Hello all
    I havent posted in years. I was doing: high powered rockets, then airplanes, then reef tanks. Now I live in China, and I want to buy an rc car.

    I love off-road, speed and jumps. I like buggies and rally cars more than crawlers and MTs. I need to keep it one-tenth scale, electric for now.
    I'vebuilt, hopped up, and destroyed severalone-tenth scale off-roaders over the years, but the new batteries, motorsandESCsareforeign to me.
    I don't have any experience with LiPo and brushlessmotors, but that is definitely what I want.

    I like Traxxas, and maybe I'm a sucker for the 70mph marketing, but I've always wanted tobuy a Bandit VXL, super fast buggy, ohhh baby.
    I'm thinking I can thrash that sucker for a while, and then put the radio and electronics into something else: maybe an Axial Exo Terra.
    I plan to buy two or three cars this year.

    Either way, I need new radio gear and a brushless system, somy Bandit plan seems good.(Buying used is not an option for me in China.)
    The TQ radio seems like something i could use for two or three vehicles, for a year or two, and the Velineon system seems like a good introduction to LiPo and brushless.


    Pros: (1) I've always wanted aBandit. It'sfrom an era of rc carhistory that I missed.
    (2)I can jack the electronics for mynext car.

    Cons: (1) Its not a kit.Building, Cleaning, andhopping upmy RC-10brings back fond memories. I can barely remembertearing up the neighborhood, chasing cats, etc. hahahaa
    (2)The Bandit is old and doesnt handle very well.


    I'm open to any and all advice about getting back in the hobby.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?


    ORIGINAL: Salinas Hawk

    Hello all
    I havent posted in years. I was doing: high powered rockets, then airplanes, then reef tanks. Now I live in China, and I want to buy an rc car.

    I love off-road, speed and jumps. I like buggies and rally cars more than crawlers and MTs. I need to keep it one-tenth scale, electric for now.
    I'vebuilt, hopped up, and destroyed severalone-tenth scale off-roaders over the years, but the new batteries, motorsandESCsareforeign to me.
    I don't have any experience with LiPo and brushlessmotors, but that is definitely what I want.

    I like Traxxas, and maybe I'm a sucker for the 70mph marketing, but I've always wanted tobuy a Bandit VXL, super fast buggy, ohhh baby.
    I'm thinking I can thrash that sucker for a while, and then put the radio and electronics into something else: maybe an Axial Exo Terra.
    I plan to buy two or three cars this year.

    Either way, I need new radio gear and a brushless system, somy Bandit plan seems good.(Buying used is not an option for me in China.)
    The TQ radio seems like something i could use for two or three vehicles, for a year or two, and the Velineon system seems like a good introduction to LiPo and brushless.


    Pros: (1) I've always wanted aBandit. It'sfrom an era of rc carhistory that I missed.
    (2)I can jack the electronics for mynext car.

    Cons: (1) Its not a kit.Building, Cleaning, andhopping upmy RC-10brings back fond memories. I can barely remembertearing up the neighborhood, chasing cats, etc. hahahaa
    (2)The Bandit is old and doesnt handle very well.


    I'm open to any and all advice about getting back in the hobby.
    Thanks a million, Edward
    I highlighted a couple of good points that you brought up. Since you previously had experience with an RC10 you may be alright but, 2WD buggies aren't the easiest vehicles to drive. Because of their light weight and now with brushless motors and LiPo batteries they are at the point of being over-powered; if there was ever such a thing.

    I don't know what the RC market is like in China but since you like buggies (as do I) take a closer look at that EXO. I own one and believe it's a very solid vehicle. The benefit of the Bandit is that parts are reasonably priced and easy to come by, atleast in the US, and there are plenty of aftermarket upgrades. Otherwise, you can look at Tamiya's lineup of 1/10 buggies. You can always go back to Team Associated and pickup a B4.1 RTR. It has a brushless system too that's equally as fast as the Traxxas system. That platform has been around for a while too so OEM parts are plentiful. Iown both an early 90s RC10 and a RC10B4. The B4 can be a little squirrely but that's what 2WD buggies are about. It's a proven racing chassis that can be performance tuned.

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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    So how did you come to live in China? 
    You're in the home of inexpensive hobby parts (HobbyWing EZrun & Xerun, FlySky,Thunder Tiger, Tacon) I'd think you'd be able to find something better than a Bandit. China has hobby shops, don't they?
    The new RC electronics aren't all that hard to get to know. Everything still works the same, just better! As long as the ESC has a LiPo Low-Voltage Cut Off to set, and you buy an appropriate charger, there's nothing to worry about. Just FUN stuff like programable ESC parameters and transmitter features never dreamed of before like ABS and even throttle curves.
    That Traxxas TQi radio with the ipod dock is definately cool, but FlySky has a radio with the same features and you don't need to buy an i-thingy, it already has a touchscreen, for $149.  Go look at HobbyPartz.com to see what's available from China via the web in the US. You should be able to find a retail outlet in China as long as you're in a major city, not out in the boonies.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Thanks BKoz559
    Good advice. The B4 may be a better choice. Actually, after checking it out and 2nd guessing the Bandit, I'm back to the drawing board. That is a good thing though.

    I can get all the major brands and replacement parts online in China, but the good stuff from reputable stores in China is usually considerably more expensive than TH or the likes. Actually, almost everything here, from iphones to Legos, even processed food is either more expensive or fake or a knock off. I will post when I get the down low on rc car stuff.

    Hi EXT2Rob
    I'm an English teacher in Wuxi, a small city about an hour train ride from Shanghai. There are some big hobby shops in Shanghai. I'm planning a trip next month to see what's what. I'm glad to hear how the technology has advanced so much.Thanks for the tips.






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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Oops didn't mean to post two links to the same place. http://www.horizonhobby.com/products...gy-kit-TLR0022
    If you dont know what your doing, its best to do it quickly.

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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Daang, that sc10b keeps looking cooler and cooler, and the 22 ... whew wee! I gotta do some readin up on that sucker.
    thanks t-max97



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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Lol it does look nice. And It will be better than the bandit for sure.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    bandit doesnt handle that bad.

    you can slap some 2.2 wheels on it for more offroad capability

    You can lengthen the wheel base pretty easy.

    You can widen the front track easy by swaping the A-arms.

    It is very fast on a 3s.

    Upgrade to RPM wheel hubs and front bumper and its super tough.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    No way bandit is ugly!! B4 all day. Or the Db-02
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Which RTR package has the best radio for sport fun?  How bad do I need model memory?  
    I plan to get two cars right off the bat and a third after I know more about what's out there.
    If I ever start racing, I will buy a new radio anyway.

    I like the Bandit VXL electronics package, but you know, I'm not too thrilled about anything that is RTR. But the prices are unbeatable.  It feels like the car is practically free.  What I really need to know now is... Am I going to be disappointed with those RTR radios?


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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    If you get the losi you can pick the radio...I would choose the losi or the associated over the traxxas.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    I personally love my VXL Bandit. No it's not the the best handling thing out there but it can be respectable with very little work. Aftermarket parts are huge for the rustler and most parts transfer directly to the Bandit so making changes will be easy.

    Now for the real fun. That 70 mph rating is real. Slap in a 3S pack and a slightly larger pinion and go for it. I've recorded 70.9 mph on my otherwise stock Bandit and to this day I haven't hurt anything other than a couple of wheels and one spur gear.

    I say buy it if you're just going to bash around. If you plan to race then buy a B4. I wouldn't waste my time on the 22. Everyone went goofy over that thing when it came out and it took a very long time for drivers to get the setups that worked.

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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    ORIGINAL: Salinas Hawk

    Which RTR package has the best radio for sport fun? *How bad do I need model memory? *
    I plan to get two cars right off the bat and a third after I know more about what's out there.
    If I ever start racing, I will buy a new radio anyway.

    I like the Bandit VXL electronics package, but you know, I'm not too thrilled about anything that is RTR. But the prices are unbeatable. *It feels like the car is practically free. *What I really need to know now is... Am I going to be disappointed with those RTR radios?


    If u have a iphone the traxxas TQi radios with docking stations have some cool features...
    but most people dont like there look or feel, personally it doesent bother me
    All in all, most RTR controllers are good, perfect for a sports man, maby not a racer tho

    Dont be fooled by traxxas prices, a good brushless combo for any rwd buggy is only $80, and poops all over the stock rustler VXL brushless combos.
    Hobbywing 60a ESC, hobbywing 3900kv, on 2s= fast..... 3s stupid fast and uncontrollable on anything over 65% throttle

    here is a example of a simular combo (35a ESC) in a 4wd 1/10 buggy on 3s 2200mah lipo, U can clealy see when its full throttle, the motor does not even bog down its just pure intense wheelspin, with truggy wheel its a wheelie monster even on grass!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xNlVuntoDg

    And dont be fooled by there speed claims, just cuz they advertise it is does not mean they are the fastest.
    any brushless 2wd buggy can hit "those" speed with a brushless combo

    Ive got plenty of experance with rustlers and a slash, and i can say they are one of the worst handling things at speed and they cant stop very well....
    high speed and bad rearwheel brakes only, is not the best combo.

    what prices are u seeing tho?
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    At TH; Bandit rtr $330.
    Minus. Tqi2. 120
    Batt/ charger 40
    Waterproof Brushless. 190 (or is it 140?)

    Puts the Bandit alone at -$20 to $30.

    maybe I'm off somewhere or was just fooled. I figured the Velineon was worth / competitively priced at $190.
    So... Is it safe to say that buying an Associated, Team Losi, or Tamiya kit and a Velineon system would be... A real bad choice?

    I'm in China and can't access YouTube because of "The Great Firewall." But I really appreciate your help and advicephmaximus.
    I'll start researching more brushless systems.


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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    ORIGINAL: Salinas Hawk

    At TH; * * * * * * * *Bandit rtr $330.*
    Minus. * * * * * * * * * *Tqi2. * * 120
    * * * * * * * * * * Batt/ charger * * *40
    * * * Waterproof Brushless. * 190 (or is it 140?)

    Puts the Bandit alone at -$20 to $30. *So if you*

    maybe I'm off somewhere or was just fooled. *I figured the Velineon was worth / competitively priced at $190.
    So... Is it safe to say that buying an Associated, Team Losi, or Tamiya kit and a Velineon system would be... A real bad choice?

    *I'm in China and can't access YouTube because of ''The Great Firewall.'' But I really appreciate your help and advice*phmaximus.
    *I'll start researching more brushless systems.


    On ebay, you can get one for about $150.

    In terms of performance, imo, you'd be better off with a losi, tamiya, or associated. The only thing going for the bandit is it's steel geartrain. However, you're only going to be able to put so powerful of a motor in it before it wants to wheelie. They're very light in front.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?


    ORIGINAL: The Mad Modder

    ORIGINAL: Salinas Hawk

    At TH; * * * * * * * *Bandit rtr $330.*
    Minus. * * * * * * * * * *Tqi2. * * 120
    * * * * * * * * * * Batt/ charger * * *40
    * * * Waterproof Brushless. * 190 (or is it 140?)

    Puts the Bandit alone at -$20 to $30. *So if you*

    maybe I'm off somewhere or was just fooled. *I figured the Velineon was worth / competitively priced at $190.
    So... Is it safe to say that buying an Associated, Team Losi, or Tamiya kit and a Velineon system would be... A real bad choice?

    *I'm in China and can't access YouTube because of ''The Great Firewall.'' But I really appreciate your help and advice*phmaximus.
    *I'll start researching more brushless systems.


    On ebay, you can get one for about $150.

    In terms of performance, imo, you'd be better off with a losi, tamiya, or associated. The only thing going for the bandit is it's steel geartrain. However, you're only going to be able to put so powerful of a motor in it before it wants to wheelie. They're very light in front.
    Lol I added a small little weight to front of my rustler vxl when I had it.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Well sha-bam! Here's what I did:

    AE SC10B rs RTR 1840 Yuan = $295
    Ace 2S 4000mah 7.4v 30C 180 Yuan = $29
    Imax B6 AC Pro 280 Yuan = $45
    All prices are rounded to the nearest dollar and include tax.

    Overnight shipping from Beijing 60 Yuan = $10

    Kicking up dirtand snow withAssociated in lace w:st="on">Wuxi, Chinalace>... priceless

    Thanks everybody.
    let me know if I goofed on the battery/charger, or of any cool upgrades I should get soon.
    I'll post pics soon.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Good choice!  You will be happy. [8D]
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    lol these threads are funny,
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?


    ORIGINAL: phmaximus

    lol these threads are funny,
    Lol why? Great choice and that battery and charger should be fine.
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Thanks again guys. You all really helped me make a good decision.

    But someday, I will get a Bandit just to check out Traxxas for myself.

    Today, I'm on the lookout for a guy on an e-bike with a big brown box.
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    Uhhh, which car should I get next...? I need a kit. Hahaha. The fever is back man!
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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?

    Lol what type of car/truck do you want?
    If you dont know what your doing, its best to do it quickly.

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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?


    ORIGINAL: t-max97

    Lol what type of car/truck do you want?
    4WD buggy (it must be a kit.) I'm thinking Evo Terra or a Tamiya. But I should really hold out for at least a month or so.
    I'll start a new thread.

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    RE: Should I buy a Traxxas Bandit VXL or not?


    ORIGINAL: Salinas Hawk


    ORIGINAL: t-max97

    Lol what type of car/truck do you want?
    4WD buggy (it must be a kit.) I'm thinking Evo Terra or a Tamiya. *But I should really hold out for at least a month or so.
    I'll start a new thread.

    Ok, let us know how you like the sc10b.
    If you dont know what your doing, its best to do it quickly.


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