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Old 06-28-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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What are your thoughts on a Rustler VXL

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I Have a DF-02 and DF-03 and a cheap brusless motor and ESC but I was thinking of getting a Rustler VXL, my DF-02 is no good any more and I melted my rear Dif in my DF-03 when I went to 3S lipo.

I was hoping a Rustler VXL would be stronger and handle my 3S lipo better. and also since it was 2 WD it would be easy to work on for me beacuse I`m not good with RC building.

Does the Rustler VXL come all pre built, do you know where the cheapest place to get it from web site or hooby shop I got to Toronto and newmarket and Pickering some times.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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Rustler VXL

I had a Rustler VXL but I sold it earlier this year. I do not have a 3-cell Li-Po so I just ran my 2-cell in it. It was very fast and did wheelies easily. It was also tough and very easy to work on. The only thing I replaced were the castor blocks, I hit a curb and broke them, replaced them with RPM ones.

Frankly I got tired of running it before my battery needed charging, runtimes on 2-cell Li-Po were 20 mins +. One thing I did find odd was that the ESC only had a low-voltage cut-off (LVC) for 3-cell, not for the 2-cell Li-Po I was using. The stock tires were soft, I didn't run it that hard or that often (ran it less than 10 times) but the rear tires were worn down pretty badly.

As with almost all Traxxas products it comes prebuilt and RTR. I recommend it if you're into just general bashing/running. Just charge your Li-Po's and keep on running. I now have the E-Revo VXL (1/16th scale) and I have to say I like this one more than the Rustler.

All the hobby stores I frequent (Advance, Hobby Home, Zoom Room) have the Rustler VXL in stock, and they are typically between $350 - $400, + taxes. I got mine at Advance in Scarborough when they had it on special ($299 + tax).
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:30 AM   #3
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Thankls alot yeah My Local Hobby Shop has it for $348 plus tax right now.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:10 PM   #4
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I love my VXL Rustler... I run a 3 cell lipo in it but to do so you have to get the cooling fan for the ESC. No biggy... extra 40 bucks and you are good to go.. I had mine clocked at 82mph, punched the throttle and it wheelied at that speed!
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:51 PM   #5
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great car, dissapointed i traded it, will be getting a new one in the future for sure, very durable and handled well, did well in the snow to, put paddle tires on it and as long as the whole car wasnt hung right up it pushed through quite a bit of snow.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:23 AM   #6
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Have a look at the HPI e-firestorm. If you ever wanted to race it it is a little more competitve then the Rustler. Also my buddy purchased a Rustler at the same time as I purchased my Firestorm. His has broke considerably more often then mine and I run mine twice as much. I guess I just wanted to maybe open you up to another option. The only downfall I can see is that the Flix version is only 2cell compatible. However the ESC and motor are the Castle Creations Sidewinder System.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #7
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I had some bad experiences with mine, had the esc replaced 3 times under warranty (lvc crapped out twice and the wiring broke once, but their customer service is tops!). The stock caster blocks break easily, I would suggest RPM's and spur gears. If you do get it doen't bother with the traxxas wheelie bar, it only lasts a few runs. Get the swami bar, they are about $40 shipped but they are indestructable and on the 3 cell it will wheelie dead straight untill you can't see it!
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