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    Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    Well I am buying my first RC car and after reading here and many other places I am trying to narrow down my purchase. This is going to purely be something I use for fun no racetracks in my future. I will run it around the yard 95% of the time, this consists of grass, dirt, hills, etc; but would also like to run it in the sand every once in awhile. I like the Stampede as it looks like a lot of fun and can me very fast depending on the batteries used. My one concern would be that I heard that it was very tippy. So that made me wonder if I would be better off with the Rustler. Is there a big difference in ground clearance and suspension between these two? Anyone that can give there opinion of these or even other models please feel free. I was mainly going to these two as the brushless motors seem to be the way to go. Thanks for your help and opinions.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    IMO the stampede is way more fun. all of the stampede/rustler/bandit have crappy handling anyway, so why not get the one thats more fun. especially brushless
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    Yes the stampede will be way better in grass than a rustler much better ground clearance..... But for what you say you will be doing grass, dirt, hills, etc, a 4WD monster truck will be WAY better and WAY more fun.... If the VXL's are at the upper limit of your price range, then yea go for the stampede... If you can afford to go a "little" higher, an E-maxx or E-revo will be way more fun off road...
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    If bashing is your only priority the stampede is what your looking for.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    I found a couple flaws with the Stampede. One, commonly stripped servo savers, two, bad body mounting system. I go through bodies all the time. The Rustler doesn't have any flaw compared to the Stampede. The Rustler jumps better, IMO is a little stronger, better handling, and can go over most of the same stuff. The Stampede is just a raised Rustler, there is nothing wrong with that. Just saying, it's not exactly a big 4wd mt.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    The stampede can take jumps WAY!! BETTER than the rustler trust me on this i have one and it is awsome
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    yea it flies so much higher. its lighter
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    personally if you wanna go BL get the e-firestorm and pick up a sidewinder BL system (same as flux) from stormer hobbies, way better than either of the other 2, and it's just a bit more, like 310 for it all, now rember your gunna need batts and a charger i recomend either EP's or IB's or some orions those are good, don't get cheep batts, try to spend about 100 on 2-3 packs and for a charger i recomend the mrc superbrain 977 it's a great charger, but it runs at about 100 just so you know so going bl is gunna cost you about 400-500 from nothing

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    Thanks for all the help. I looked at some of the 4 wheel drive cars as well. The EMass, ERevo (pretty spendy), and the E Savage. I am torn on if I should go with a 4 wheel drive or not. Any downfall or opinions on 4 wheel vs 2 wheel? Like I said I will run it in the grass dirt and sand 95% of the time but I also want it to be fast. Thanks

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL


    ORIGINAL: cooldriver385

    The stampede can take jumps WAY!! BETTER than the rustler trust me on this i have one and it is awsome
    I've owned them both, IMO the Rustler is more stable in the air, more air control, and usually lands better as all the weight isn't in the back.

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    ORIGINAL: yellowisthefastest

    Thanks for all the help. I looked at some of the 4 wheel drive cars as well. The EMass, ERevo (pretty spendy), and the E Savage. I am torn on if I should go with a 4 wheel drive or not. Any downfall or opinions on 4 wheel vs 2 wheel? Like I said I will run it in the grass dirt and sand 95% of the time but I also want it to be fast. Thanks
    Just don't go with the E-savage. It's nothing like the bigger model (nitro), and IMO the E-maxx or E-revo is hands down a better choice. If your going with 2wd, I would recommend the E-firestorm. I have been looking at picking one up.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL


    ORIGINAL: yellowisthefastest

    Thanks for all the help. I looked at some of the 4 wheel drive cars as well. The EMass, ERevo (pretty spendy), and the E Savage. I am torn on if I should go with a 4 wheel drive or not. Any downfall or opinions on 4 wheel vs 2 wheel? Like I said I will run it in the grass dirt and sand 95% of the time but I also want it to be fast. Thanks
    the only downfall of 4x4 is it costs more.... for grass especially, 4x4 is the only way to go, unless you live on a putting green anyway 2 wheel drive just doesn't cut it on grass. I currently have a mini LST2 and a traxxas slash, on the street the 2 wheel drive slash is faster, but in the grass, the 4x4 mini LST2 goes lots faster than the slash, and accelerates WAY faster.... the 2 wheel drive slash just doesn't have the traction to accelerate well in grass, especially if its damp at all...

    while the e-revo is pretty spendy, it will jump WAY better than anything else listed here, and has more suspension travel, plus its rocker arm suspension gives it progressive travel you just cant get with a normal suspension....... my next truck will be an e-revo... lots of saving to do lol....
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    Thanks Dacaur-Thanks for the reply, that is more or less what I was getting after. It is hard to know exactly what you do and do not want unless you have first hand knowledge, which I dont. I think for me 4wheel drive is the way to go. So I guess that narrows it down to the emaxx and the erevo. I would guess the only reason to get the emaxx over the revo is the cheaper price? I had heard mixed opinions on the esavage.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    im planing to get a new rc car had no experience and i want to do an equall amout of speed runs on road and the same amount of ashing but not hard bashing just going over small dirt and sand hills and going on grass and i dont know what to get. i want an opinion based on the stampede vxl stock and the rustler vxl stock and also the stampede 4x4 vxl stock. thanks
    ORIGINAL: Always Dreamin

    I found a couple flaws with the Stampede. One, commonly stripped servo savers, two, bad body mounting system. I go through bodies all the time. The Rustler doesn't have any flaw compared to the Stampede. The Rustler jumps better, IMO is a little stronger, better handling, and can go over most of the same stuff. The Stampede is just a raised Rustler, there is nothing wrong with that. Just saying, it's not exactly a big 4wd mt.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    i would also run them round the park and on hills but not much

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    If you're getting one of the Traxxas VXLs, get a Stampede or Slash 4x4. Minimal price increase compared to the 2wd trucks, and far better/stronger trucks.
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    +1 for the 4x4.... no comparison on or off road....
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    thanks. i am still a bit confused because i want a fast accelleration car but i dont know if the stampede can handle it since im a noob i dont know how good 4x4's are i have a small road about 20 to 30 meters and want some good acceleration and good control when accelerating. so the stampede vxl 4x4 or the rustler vxl. someone tell me for sure which one to get thanks.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    i have also considered the hpi e firestorm flux as i wont spend a lot of time upgrading the stock

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    ORIGINAL: dan323

    thanks. i am still a bit confused because i want a fast accelleration car but i dont know if the stampede can handle it since im a noob i dont know how good 4x4's are i have a small road about 20 to 30 meters and want some goodΒ*accelerationΒ*and good control when accelerating. so the stampede vxl 4x4 or the rustler vxl. someone tell me for sure which one to get thanks.
    Between those two and ONLY those two, get the Stampede 4x4. Alternatively you could have a better truck if you got the Firestorm Flux and some cheap LiPos and spend about the same amount of money.
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    Or wait a week and get the Savage Flux Xs for $250 (with $50 off $300 code) 4x4, water proof, 40 on 2s, 65 on 3s and only an inch or so shorter then the pede.
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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    so i should get the 4x4 but i liked the speed of the rustler and handling as ive looked and asked on other forums. the problem with the flux is that it cant take a 3s lipo and i want it to. i have read that the rustlers fine on grass with the right tires. im proably on hard flat ground 70% of the time and grass about 20% and the rest dirt and sand and water

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    who says the flux cant take a 3s? The new flux can take 3s.
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    ORIGINAL: dan323

    so i should get the 4x4 but i liked the speed of the rustler and handling as ive looked and asked on other forums. the problem with the flux is that it cant take a 3s lipo and i want it to. i have read that the rustlers fine on grass with the right tires. im proably on hard flat ground 70% Β*of the time and grass about 20% and the rest dirt and sand and water
    If you want something that handles well, don't buy a Rustler.

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    RE: Stampede VXL vs Rustler VXL

    Yep. If what you want is something that goes really fast in a straight line on road, a rustler is just the ticket. If you are going to be driving on groomed track's, a rustler is fine, but for anything else, get the stampede or slash 4x4.....
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