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    I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    So I am thinking of getting a brushless 1:5 scale. I did a search but I am not finding much on these two specifically that I am looking at. What are your opinions on these two models?

    Redcat Rampage XBE

    Nutech Racing Thunderbolt II

    I am thinking the Thunderbolt looks a little better built. I already have a Lipo charger so I am leaning towards the Thunderbolt. I thought I would get some opinions first.



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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    I have the gas version of the Nutech Thunderbolt III and love it. Not sure of the electric one.
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    I have the gas version of the Nutech Thunderbolt 2 Pro Race (alloy version) and it is a really nice car. Should I ever consider a brushless car, the TB2 electric would definitely be the one I would pick.

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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    I got two of the pro race alloy tb2 and i love it.. its a little heavy with all the alloy everywhere and zmc chassis. But thats okay
    The electro tb2 i think must be good. Just put cvd's on all corners. Gives more steering in the front and no popping out dogs in the back

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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    I have one of the fastest 1/5 buggies on earth and it's a modified XBE.



    And if anyone wants to test this buggy of mine, I will be happy to run it against yours gas or brushless!
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    You claim you have one of the fastest RC Buggy on earth?? Well how fast is it?? What was the highest speed you reached ?? Like to see a video of your buggy doing a speed run with a radar gun to confirm how fast this buggy is..

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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    I'm working on just that. I will order a gps unit so that I can show the world what I'm talking about. I have driven it down the road with me in the back of my truck doing 80mph with the buggy in front of me. had lots left in it. it also does 100 ft burn-outs with ease. gps is the tell though.
    It's running on 8s with 13 or 14 tooth pinion gear and the motor is a SSS5694 1200kv motor the lipos are 65-130 discharge that are 8s matched. on the dirt I use 10 tooth and in the dunes I use 11 thooth. Paddles in the sand and different tires for different tracks, as dirt goes.




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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    I am glad you have found your nitch in RC. Checkout this video of a 1/5 scale electric onroad car http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXTo6...layer_embedded

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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9feOxsOuax0
    This is the same as the redcat but hpi renamed it to sell as there owen.
    Lets see your BMW try this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ascJnO-mKeE
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    Can't compare apples to oranges. The BMW in the video is a 4wd onroad not offroad.

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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    ORIGINAL: twissted

    I have one of the fastest 1/5 buggies on earth and it's a modified XBE.



    And if anyone wants to test this buggy of mine, I will be happy to run it against yours gas or brushless!
    "mines better!!! muuuaaaa!!


    your buggy, my lazer ZX-5 sp on a track any day

    anyhow, I thought the whole idea with a 1/5 is that you don't have to deal with charging batteries, tuning constantly and all that? throw it down drive it around and your done, thats why i'm getting one, I have a lazer zx-5 as my offroad racecar, a RC12r.5 as my onroad racecar and a 1/5 as my lazy basher.
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    What runtime you have?

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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    the main draw of a 1/5 is SIZE
    runtimes with regular gas is nice....
    but not everyone lives where they can run a gasser RC.
    I wouldnt run one down my street. Id have to drive to a nearby field.
    But some live intown and dont have a local place to run a loud RC.
    Thus, 1/5 brushless is the option for large scale fun.

    Plus, a box stock brushless is faster than a box stock gas. More toque on the bottem end. The XBE does 45mph stock I believe. Right there with most box stock gassers but it accelerates faster.
    And just like a gas motor that can be rebuilt/moddified, brushless can have a bigger motor and higher voltage ESC for more speed.
    Naturally, runtime will be much less. I think on the stock lipos, the XBE only gets 15 minutes or so. Up to some 5000mah packs and that gets better, but never gonna see 1 hour runtimes with brushless 1/5
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    I currently building a streched XBE that will have the truck body. I'm posting the build on this forum.
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    So post your bad boy. I would like to see what makes it better, other than you own it.
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    Hulk 1211- it is up to you as to what your going to buy and both buggys are a nice start. The XBE will take more up grades to make it race worthy. But I feel that if you do build it right that it will out perform the Nutech. It's a toss I think if you can try them out or watch them race. Ballance and how they handle has a lot to do with speed and also less broken parts. The XBe iwll need axle cariers that are billet. 7075rc has the best. His bearins are bigger than stock and that is a real plus. Also the servo sucks and will need to be replaced. If your looking at wheel adapters look at Redcat Rampage X series Adapters for Baja Rims by RAMTech-RC. They are very well made and are much better than the 7075rc pieces, and I mean pieces! same money also. I have both and so, I know from what I speak. Lastly the lipos are bashing batteries at best. The Nutech has the bigger motor and that would win me over if I didnt build a new motor mount. The more I write, the more the Thunderbolt looks like the winner here. I should look into one also. It shure has a lot going for it.
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    RE: I am thinking brushless.. Nutech Thunderbolt or Rampage XBE. Opinions?

    ive seen both nutech and redcat 1/5 run them both, worked on them both and own a smartech thunderbolt and I would say the nutech is a safer bet, I really like how its built, and the buggy is VERY tough (ive tumbled, jumped and even lawn darted it with no broken bits) its designed around a 1/8 buggy and can be seen in it's knuckles, carriers, chassis and braces, the chassis is also stiffer than the redcat.

    i can understand the noise concern and electric to fit that niche, I have a integy x-can style exhaust with no stingers and its so loud that I worry about neighbors getting mad even at 5 at night.
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