16.1 in Width: 12.9 in Height: 6.6 in Weight: 3.6 lb Includes: Fully assembled Evader EXT2 1/10 scale
2WD electric stadium truck, 2-Channel Radio System Motor: Photon Speed?2 brushed motor ESC: Sprint? Electronic Speed Controller (w/ reverse) Radio: TACTIC 2-channel AM radio system w/ TSX200
Eight "AA" alkaline batteries for radio
6-cell or 7-cell NiMH or NiCD battery pack
Lipo cut-off (if using 2s Lipo)
There is no doubt the EXT2 is a sharp looking stadium truck.
The electrifying graphics and aggressive tires give this truck
that extra growl factor. Included is a set of decals which allows
you to choose the attitude of the truck. Three options are available
for the lights and grill. I chose the bloodshot eyes and vicious
mouth for my lights and grill. There are also some sponsors as
well as product names to apply.
A clear wing is included in the accessory package which I mounted
with double sided mounting tape. You may see this wing by scrolling
down to the action shots.
of extras pack
The durable plastic tub chassis is laid out well and is the same
design as the evader DT. The battery compartment easily holds
6-7 cell NiMh stick packs and 2s Lipos. You will need to purchase
a low voltage cut off if using Lipo batteries.
Lower H-Arms and upper adjustable ball links make up the suspension.
Compared to the DT, this truck has a much wider stance thanks
to the long suspension arms. Because of the molded Magna Flex
parts the suspension can take much abuse.
The plastic hub carriers and steering blocks offer multiple adjustments
such as toe in/out, camber, wheel base, travel, and ride height.
The plastic bodied oil filled shocks use metal leak resistant
caps to help keep the oil inside and the shock functioning properly.
The white springs are soft enough to soak up the little bumps
while still providing enough stiffness to keep the chassis from
constantly bottoming out.
I am pleased to see Duratrax using bearings which helps the drivetrain
components spin smoothly.
The pinion and spur gears can be seen through the clear plastic
protective gear cover. Unscrewing the black plastic plug will
allow access to the slipper clutch adjustment nut.
The only plastic gear inside the gearbox is the outer diff gear.
I am pleased to see the use of a metal idler gear. These gears
all move smoothly and are free of any hindrances. Inside the differential
are four metal bevelled gears which are held in place by two metal
cross pins and smothered completely in grease. The diff's action
is fairly smooth. The firmer the diff screws are tightened the
more the diff binds and the looser the screws the smoother it
gets. There is a sweet spot I was able to achieve.
Duratrax is so confident in the quality and durability of the
stress-tech plastic parts they will replace any stress-tech plastic
part you break during the first 12 months you own the truck for
FREE. The plastic parts included in the stress-tech guarantee
are listed below.
Ball cup set
Front body mount set
Front bulkhead set
Rear chassis plate
ESC mounting set
Hub carrier set
Rear hub set
Knuckle arm set
Shock parts set
Front shock tower
Rear shock tower
Steering servo mount set
Front suspension arm set
Rear suspension arm set
Just about all the major chassis components are guaranteed so
you can run the Duratrax Evader EXT2 with confidence!
and spur gears
carrier with bearings
A Tactic 2-channel AM radio system with servo reversing, steering
trim, and throttle trim is included. The Tactic 2-channel TR210
receiver is mounted to the chassis with double sided mounting
Protecting the Tactic TSX200 steering servo is an adjustable
servo saver. The TSX200 is a standard size servo which makes replacements
Electronic speed control
The Duratrax Sprint ESC w/reverse is strapped to the rear of
the battery compartment with the same plastic strap used in the
DT. I'm not a big fan of how the strap blocks direct view of the
ESC's led lights, but it is definitely secure.
The ESC is already programmed. Turn on the switch mounted to
the side of the ESC and wait two seconds. The ESC is now ready
to use. If you should find the need to set the ESC follow a few
easy steps listed in the owners manual and you will be ready to
go. The on/off switch is located on the side of the ESC and is
held in place with double sided tape.
This ESC is capable of handling a 6-cell or 7-cell NiMH/NiCD
pack. If you choose to use a 2 cell Lipo, you will need to install
a low voltage cut off to protect your battery from over discharge.
The Photon speed 2 brushed motor seen above provides power for
the Evader EXT2. Bullet connecters installed between the motor
and ESC allow quick and easy removal.
Because of the all terrain tires, I chose to test this truck
both on and off road. It is a stadium truck, so I had to try the
a duratrax 6-cell NiMh battery pack I made my way around the track
several times. The rear tires had no problem breaking loose but
it was lacking top speed so I threw in a 7-cell NiMh stick pack.
The long stick pack fits right into the battery tray after removing
the foam block in the rear.
trucks top speed increased to a satisfactory level. Much finesse
is now necessary to keep the truck in a straight line. The tires
were lacking some grip on this particular track, which consisted
of a combination of moist areas as well as dry areas.
Low speed turning radius was a little lacking but easily solved
with a little throttle. The throttle causes the rear tires to
break loose which swings the rear of the truck through the turn.
If you are not careful, the truck will spin out. The tires make
this truck is a little challenging to keep the same line, but
extremely fun to drive.
Jumping the truck revealed predictable flight characteristics.
On bigger jumps, the front end has a tendency to reach for the
sky. Hitting the brake levels it out some but not much. Most jumps
the truck flew level but the bigger jumps weren't quite as smooth.
On the pavement the truck handled well, for a truck of course.
The large turning radius was more noticeable on the pavement.
The rear tires hooked up well enough to cause the front to push
while on throttle. Making tight turns on pavement requires using
the brake properly. Jacking on the brake in the middle of the
turn causes the rear end to break loose enough for maneuvering
the tight corners.
There is no doubt the Magna Flex plastic Duratrax is using is
some tough stuff. You know it has to be when they are willing
to replace so many parts free of charge for up to a year.
I'm fairly cautious with which trucks I let my boys drive and
I had no problem letting them crash, I mean drive, this one. This
truck can take much abuse, I've witnessed it first hand.
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See the RTR
Evader EXT2 2wd stadium truck in action!
This truck has many things going for it, to begin with, it's
about $120 bucks!
On or off road this truck handles well. It would be simple getting
the Evader EXT2 ready for some competitive stock racing. Replacing
the tires with soft spikes would make a huge difference in handling.
To make things easy, Duratrax already offers many hop-up parts
including graphite and aluminum parts. Here
is a link to some optional parts.
This truck would be great for a beginner wanting to get into
RC truck racing with the option to upgrade as their skill level
improves. Another bonus is
the stress tech guarantee.
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