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Old 08-17-2013, 11:31 AM
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Default Another Rustler build

Well this started out by picking up a Rustler for my Son to beat on. So a few months in and every time he runs it I want to change something lol.
Long story short I picked up a roller for cheap and I have started the process, currently waiting on the first round of parts to arrive. Purpose of this build is ? Durability, lightweight and improved handling.

Parts List (so far)

STRC: King Pins/ Hinge Pins $17.59
RPM: Transmission $20.59 ebay
Hot Racing: Sealed Diff Unit $22.88 ebay
Integy: Graphite chassis. Was 30.00 locally and felt ok, more on this later :) $55.00 ebay
Integy: CF Front/Rear Towers $57.00 ebay
Castle: 5700KV 1406 and Sidewinder SCT ESC $109.99* already had this in my box
Fast Eddie: Bearing Kit and Screws. $17.00
Kyosho KR200 RX $10.50

Running total = $285.09* Already had electronics for spares.

Gonna try and keep this build less than a VXL Rustler (yeah right) which is currently 324.99 at tower. Thinking this build will be faster, better handling and stronger than the stock VXL
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:57 PM
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Sounds to me that pile of rusty parts wont even be being used!
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Still looking for front and rear towers and would prefer something Carbon Fiber. Have looked high and low and cannot find any rears ?
I use these rear shock towers on my SRT's. I dunno if they will work on a Rustler, I've never owned one.
http://www.rdracingproducts.com/Zen/...iber-p-26.html
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:27 PM
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Those look nice but I'm not sure if they will work or not ?

Yeah they will probably be very little that is Traxxas when I get done with this thing lol. It is just a hobby right
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It is just a hobby right
hobby?

Obsession.


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hobby?

Obsession.


lol
Pretty much lol
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Dyed the origin chassis parts black today and will re-assemble tomorrow. Decided that yes other than an idler gear, diff gears the truck will be all aftermarket.

Did find front and rear towers from none other than Integy lol. Ebay specials that look nice and if they are made of the same carbon fiber the chassis is should be in good shape.

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Integy??? I must admit, unless that's carboard with a carbon fiber sticker over it, I'd have to say its a dam good lookin part.
Post pix of the actual thing when u get it.

..You know when you pull up to the burgerking drive thru, and the burgers are like a full 8"-10" tall on the menu images, but when you get yours, its flat almost like a pancake?
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Integy??? I must admit, unless that's carboard with a carbon fiber sticker over it, I'd have to say its a dam good lookin part.
Post pix of the actual thing when u get it.

..You know when you pull up to the burgerking drive thru, and the burgers are like a full 8"-10" tall on the menu images, but when you get yours, its flat almost like a pancake?
Lmao know exactly what you mean. Pics will be coming as parts come in, and that should be Tuesday or so.
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Well just learned the seller of the towers are out of town and wont be shipping anything until the 27th suppose I should have paid more attention to the listing.
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Default Integy Chassis T8035

Few details with pictures of the chassis.



Quick and dirty after removing it from the dusty bag it was in

No instructions included. Its a chassis, cannot be that complicated lol
Aluminum Servo mount. Not expected and appears to be a nice piece
Graphite material. Very strong with almost zero flex,straight and flat.
Battery Slot. Guessing this is an old piece, hardcase lipos will require some dremel work on the lower battery tray. Few mm on each end will do the trick. Can use included strap but also has slots for velcro straps.

Nice and strong so far and considerably lighter than stock, could even possibly get creative to lighten it even more. So far in the build very satisfied for $30.00
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Damm, that's a awesome deal... Wanna sell it, lol
Any ideas on bodies yet???
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LOL not yet. Thinking Pro-line Desert Rat ?

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Battery Slot. Guessing this is an old piece, hardcase lipos will require some dremel work on the lower battery tray. Few mm on each end will do the trick.

This may or may not work for you, but all the guys with the SRT's are cutting their chassis to fit the hardcase lipos. I did not want to becasue the traxxas chassis are near impossible to find, so I measured and bought several batteries, I found on that fits like a glove without cutting anything.
I know its not a 5000mah but i still get awesome run times from this battery.
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I thought integy was all junk?
By looking at your selection of their parts, it seem they have some excellent stuff to go along with their junk stuff

Cant wait to see the finished "Rustler" lol
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This may or may not work for you, but all the guys with the SRT's are cutting their chassis to fit the hardcase lipos. I did not want to becasue the traxxas chassis are near impossible to find, so I measured and bought several batteries, I found on that fits like a glove without cutting anything.
I know its not a 5000mah but i still get awesome run times from this battery.
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I thought integy was all junk?
By looking at your selection of their parts, it seem they have some excellent stuff to go along with their junk stuff

Cant wait to see the finished "Rustler" lol
Turnigy 3800 looks like it may fit, it is slightly smaller dimension wise Thanks for the tip, with a shorty pack might be able to stuff the ESC and RX on the lower deck. Then maybe saw the wings off the top deck.

I have never owned anything Integy before but like everyone else read the bad stuff mostly concerning the Aluminum skid plates, bumpers on 15lb monster trucks . Dont know why you would want aluminum there lol but pleasantly surprised with what I have so far.

Not sure how much "Rustler" will be in this truck but I can def see where Integy and others got the inspiration for the chassis. Def has the SRT look lol.

Not to badger but I expect to see more pics of the SRT truck is fantastic looking.

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I took this one picture then my camera batteries died.
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If you really want an SRT, I have another one on e-bay right now. You might not like the price though
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I took this one picture then my camera batteries died.

Gorgeous truck Always nice to see the vintage stuff and have never saw a SRT in person. Do you still use those vintage cars ?
Traxxas should offer a few kits for those of us who like their stuff. Maybe a re-release or something ?

I would but cant swing that kind of whip, been disabled for almost 18 months so what I spend is VERY closely monitored by the boss AKA wife

That truck use the same arms as the Rustler or Bandit ? Debating whether or not to do the wide mod nut not sure if it is worth the dollars.
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Do you still use those vintage cars ?
Yeah I use them the most. I have owned one of my SRT's since new, 1995 when I was in 7th grade.. I sold my magic card collection to a friend for $200 and promptly gave it to my mom and told her I WANT THIS!!! (I had a little picture I cut out of a magazine of the SRT I kept in my wallet) lol

I also have a TCP I run almost everyday. I ran it today and Wendy (my GF) landed on top of it off a jump today with her Tekno SCT truck. Nothing happened thankfully. Its got a sensored motor that I enjoy
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That truck use the same arms as the Rustler or Bandit ? Debating whether or not to do the wide mod nut not sure if it is worth the dollars.
Nitro Rustler uses the suspension from the SRT.
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With a rustler, if u use the proline pro track front arms with the stock or RPM rear Rustler arms it will make the wheel base even front and rear... Cheap mod?
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Here is one I did a while back, but it had nitro rustler front hubs.... Does not effect wheelbase

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Yeah I use them the most. I have owned one of my SRT's since new, 1995 when I was in 7th grade.. I sold my magic card collection to a friend for $200 and promptly gave it to my mom and told her I WANT THIS!!! (I had a little picture I cut out of a magazine of the SRT I kept in my wallet) lol

I also have a TCP I run almost everyday. I ran it today and Wendy (my GF) landed on top of it off a jump today with her Tekno SCT truck. Nothing happened thankfully. Its got a sensored motor that I enjoy
Again, great looking cars and thanks for sharing, feel free to post as many pics as you like I remember wanting a Traxxas Bullet as my first car but was just as happy when I got a Kyosho Raider. That car is long gone now, sold in a yard sale many moons ago but brought many smiles growing up. Matter of fact my first Traxxas was a Slash 4x4 lol

How does that X-car setup perform ? A cheap 17.5 setup will be needed this fall for 2wd short bus.

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With a rustler, if u use the proline pro track front arms with the stock or RPM rear Rustler arms it will make the wheel base even front and rear... Cheap mod?
Oh nice ! Still use traxxas or Rpm carriers ? What offset wheels would you use, front or rear ? great looking truck and I bet the wider stance improved handling.
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How does that X-car setup perform ? A cheap 17.5 setup will be needed this fall for 2wd short bus.
The x-car works great on my 3lb buggy but I would not put it on any vehicle that weights over 3.5lbs

I went from a viper 100amp ESC 10.5T 4-pole
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this X-car 45amp ESC Trackstar 10.5T 2-pole sensored motor

Its a toss up, the torque from the 4 pole VS the smoothness of the 2-pole.
The cost of the viper was $99 shipped. The trackstar was around $65-70 depends on the "discount windows" that pop up on HK.

Viper's customer service is top notch. I have had one motor replaced under their warranty and it was quick n easy.
Plus the Viper can is sealed, the trackstar is not. I keep the Viper combos in my SRT's but the buggy loves the trackstar.
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