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Old 05-24-2008, 05:07 PM
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I am going to buy my first electric RC car (I'm switching over from nitro) and I have narrowed down my choices to the Rustler or Bandit. I want to drive mainly on grass and I'd like nice handling in the grass. Which one should I get?

Which is more durable?

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Old 05-24-2008, 05:13 PM
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I'd say get the rusty if you plan on driving in grass. There both durable.

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Old 05-24-2008, 05:22 PM
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ORIGINAL: userlain

I am going to buy my first electric RC car (I'm switching over from nitro) and I have narrowed down my choices to the Rustler or Bandit. I want to drive mainly on grass and I'd like nice handling in the grass. Which one should I get?

Which is more durable?

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Ones a buggy, ones a car.

Neither one are good in long grass. The Stampede would be best for that.
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On mowed grass...the rustler hands down
On dirt or hard surfaces either.

Rough off-roading...the stampede.

Personally, I would go with the rustler as I have both the Rustler and Stampede. The Stampede is very top heavy and will flip at nothing. All 3 have basically the same running gear and are just as durable as the other
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get a stampede, its better then the rustler and bandit, no comparison,
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get a stampede, its better then the rustler and bandit, no comparison,
You can only say that if you've owned both. Have you?

I have owned both. I think the Stampede might be a little wobbly, but it's still a great truck. It outperforms a Rustler or Bandit in grass. When you drive in grass everything heats up more. Very hard on the motor.
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Default RE: Traxxas Rustler VXL vs Traxxas Bandit VXL

Rustler, it flips less and handles better.

Off topic: Is there anything good about the bandit at all?! Except for the fact that it's the cheapest but also decent brushless set up around, it's got no pros on the rustler or bandit. It handles just about the same as the rustler, but it flips because it's narrower. Anyone else notice this? Also, parts support is just a tad bit less supportive with the bandit, but it follows the rusty/stampede closely.
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Rustler, it flips less and handles better.

Off topic: Is there anything good about the bandit at all?! Except for the fact that it's the cheapest but also decent brushless set up around, it's got no pros on the rustler or bandit. It handles just about the same as the rustler, but it flips because it's narrower. Anyone else notice this? Also, parts support is just a tad bit less supportive with the bandit, but it follows the rusty/stampede closely.
The Rustler has a higher ground clearance stock. Good for grass. The Bandit is almost the same besides the different tires. It has great parts support, and from what I hear (from the people that actually own them) is that they handle better then the Rustler. Don't doubt the Bandit. Just because people like trucks over buggies, doesn't mean the Bandit is a bad buggy.
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Old 05-24-2008, 07:49 PM
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get the rustler, unless your grass is like 3 or more inches tall
if you get the rustler and you have some trouble with ground clearance, then you could try proline masher 2000's tires. they are 1/2 inch taller than stock tires. i have these and have no problems in grass, or sand.
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I don't doubt the bandit, I actually own a bandit vxl. It's just that I installed anacondas on the front and now it flips whenever I turn. Over steering, not its fault, I should get stiffer front shocks. My bad for doubting it.
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Everyone that i've talked to, and maybe you loves their Bandit. Just like other cars, they take some driving skill and some tuning. Other then that, they are really the same thing. It's not too expensive to convert to a Rustler if you REALLY want to.
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i got a question, wich is more stable in On-road, the bandit vxl or the rustler vxl??
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:22 PM
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The bandit is lighter then the rusty by quite a few grams, which enables you to gear it up higher then both the rusty and pede, so betweenall 3, the bandit has the most potential to go the fastest. The bandit is a blast to drive on road, much better handling then the rusty when comparing them side by side ripping up and down the road. I own all 3, and like each for its own ability. They are all very durable once you start installing RPM aftermarket parts like a-arms and bumpers. I haven't had much problem getting my bandit through the grass with the paddles on it, lol. The front wheels hardly touch the ground to cause drag. When I was experimenting with 2.2 rims and tires, I diddn't like the fact I had to gear down quite a bit to lower the temperatures. Now I prefer using 1/8th scale buggy rims and tires to get that extra ground clearance I needed without adding on xtra weight. The Integy 12mm - 17mm offsets converters that are specifically made for the rusty has been my best investment so far. I will never use 2.2 unless I need paddles for the sand or snow.

I only wish the VXL esc's where a bit higher quality, you cant make HV electronic devices using low quality solder... If some brushless ESC manufacturer came out with GOLD soldered circuit board instead of cheap, low silver content solder, I would never buy another brand ever again.

And yea, I would pay $200 for a GOLD EDITION MAMBA MAX ESC!

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Old 06-03-2009, 02:39 PM
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yea yea.. I know I'm late but I've GOT to defend the VXL Bandit. I have both. First thing I would point out is, geared the same my bandit flogs the rustler (even with a head start). I bought the bandit for the esc/motor and decided to put it together for giggles one day. Needless to say I was blown away by what I saw. I think it's getting a bad rap becuase of its price point.
1) The bandit can be geared much higher which translates to more speed. currently i am geared 36/76 with jaco foams, a few weights on the front and modified springs. The result = bandit running 85+mph.

2) The rustler will only take up to 34/76 (without completely loosing all of it's braking ability and NTM spur grinding) Therefore it is limited to about 77mph no matter what you do- aside from changing the motor/esc of course. 

It's almost pitiful watcing them run side by side..lol
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ive owned all three, i liked my pede the best..
although my bandit was never stock, it had the wide conversion, it did all right with rear shocks in the front.
my always ran the 2.2 tires,
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I would like to get a bandit, and widen it out on street tires and a nice body & brushless
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Default RE: Traxxas Rustler VXL vs Traxxas Bandit VXL

The Stampede may flip easier than the Rustler or Bandit, but neither the Rustler or Bandit will handle grass.

Even the Stampede slows down quite a bit; at least 50%, on grass. (talking about the typical 3-4" high grass)

What is interesting is that a 4WD buggy goes just as fast on grass as the Stampede.

Naturally, a 4WD truck is a LOT better than either a 4WD buggy or 2WD Stampede on grass.
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Default RE: Traxxas Rustler VXL vs Traxxas Bandit VXL

Either way what every you get Bandit or Rustler. You can always convert it to one or the other if you get bored with it.
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Besides like two parts and the front tires the Bandit and Rustler are the same exact car.
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Yup pretty much, throw some off road tires on either car and they will run about 50-60% speed on grass, i was actually impressed because it kept up with my buddy's Losi truggy, but got really hot because of the increased workload running on grass. All I had to do was put a couple spacers on it to raise it a little higher and instantly I had an off road contender. My neighbor had the stampede and tried to convert it to a street car..needless to say he failed miserably, it wobbles insanely after about 60-65 mph no matter how much you lower it. (He ended up getting a rustler) Anyways I just took the alum arms from my rusty and put it on the Bandit, hopefully it doesnt slow it down any...
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Old 06-04-2009, 12:03 PM
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i know, really if you get a bandit, and want any tires besides stock, you HAVE to put rear rustler a arms on it. Therfore it makes it a rustler chassis, minus the front body mount.
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