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Old 01-05-2009, 10:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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selling my RC heli and getting a crawler....??

yeah so after flying my RC heli for a year I have realized that it is to damn hard..and pretty dangerous to fly while I am watching the kids...I would like to sale my heli and get a nice crawler...but I need some guidance from the guys in the know.

whats a good crawler to get for a newbie...I may end up trying some comp's so I would like it to at least be kinda competitive..does a guy have to spend $1000 for a good comp RC??
from the small searches I have done it sounds like I would want a Axial??
what about the ARTR from trail-gear??
http://www.trail-gear.com/rc/kits.html
good?? bad?? thoughts?? opinions???
if a guy did not want to "do it twice" what would you guys recommend?

lets say I have a $500 budget...would that get me a good crawler?
(I have a lipo charger and all the battery stuff)
so all I need is a crawler and the electronics..
be easy on me guys I have done some searching but would like some input from guys who have been doing the RC crawler thing for awhile.
thanks for your help
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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this is really cool!!


and I also really like this..
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...=2008+comp+rig
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Best thing to do is to check out: RC Crawler. There's a lot of different choices for a crawler and each has its good and bad points..... I don't want to pimp RC Crawler, but if you go there and spend $20 to join the forum, it opens up the classified section where there are plenty of built up crawlers for sale. If that's not your style, the ARTR is a good starting point. All you would need to finish it is a ESC (go with the Castle Creations Sidewinder or Tekin FX-R), decent motor, good high torque servo and radio gear.
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Best thing to do is to check out: RC Crawler. There's a lot of different choices for a crawler and each has its good and bad points..... I don't want to pimp RC Crawler, but if you go there and spend $20 to join the forum, it opens up the classified section where there are plenty of built up crawlers for sale. If that's not your style, the ARTR is a good starting point. All you would need to finish it is a ESC (go with the Castle Creations Sidewinder or Tekin FX-R), decent motor, good high torque servo and radio gear.
thanks! I just joined..i did not pay the $20 yet. I'm gonna do some digging on there and then maybe I will pay for the classifieds...
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No problem.... be sure to check out the regional forums, I'm sure there's probably a club close to you.... That way you can check out different set ups and see what works best for you and/or your area...
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like matt said pay the 20 bucks or get over 30 posts or something like that and check the classifieds because you can usually pick up a kick ass setup for 500-600 that will smoke the competition with some driving practice
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I would go to a few local "comps" and check out who has what, and what works in your area.

My local board always has comp rigs for sale. MUCH cheaper than buying / building new!
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This one is ready to go.
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Ive got my 08 comp rig on ebay for $500... you can pick up a heck of a used rig for $500 and under.

Personally, pick up some MOA axles like RC4wd Bully's or Bergs.
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well after doing lots of reading on the rccrawler forum I think I'm just gonna go big and build a Berg from the ground up....I will save some cash by running my Dx6i TX and ar6200 RX...I want a MOA rig!
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Ive got my 08 comp rig on ebay for $500... you can pick up a heck of a used rig for $500 and under.

Personally, pick up some MOA axles like RC4wd Bully's or Bergs.
is your rig a MOA??
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:04 AM   #12 (permalink)
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it was loosly axial based... Basically the axle housings are axial, everything else is custom/aftermarket. The auction ended, 20 watchers and no bids (oh well)

My new rig is a Bully on a stick chassis. I would look at the Rc4wd Bullies over the bergs. They are stronger, have a flat mounting area, and are narrow so you can use typical rim. The MOA rigs can be unbelievable.
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I'd look at the Hot Racing MOA's over the Bully's over the Bergs The HR axles have come down in price to $79.99 per axle ($159 for 2) versus $250 for 2 Bully axles. I've run my HR MOA's for about 3 months now with no problems at all. The only thing that I didn't care for with the HR's was the way the servo was mounted standing up. It was a quick fix by making a new servo mount to lay it down like it should be.
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hmm good info guys!!
so why go bully axles over the hot racing?? or hot racing over bully???
I do like the looks of the bully with the flat surface...but they are "sold out"
http://www.rc4wdealer.com/index.php?...0c27184963dcd6
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rpp has them in stock and even though rc4wd shows them as sold out you can still order them. They are the hottest axle out there right now.

why Bully:
flat mounting surface on axles
VERY wide gears
48p gears (not metric like berg)
RC4wd support
XVD's verses dog bones or cvd's
40:1 gear ratio (same as bergs) virtually eliminates clod stall
HR axles require parts from stock axial axles to complete
high steer knuckles
6 months r&d before being released (all documented on rccrawler)


here's my Bully rig:


more pics here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=153715
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My biggest complaint about RC4WD is their sometimes poor quality and inflated prices. Does this mean I wouldn't buy any of their stuff? No. I'm getting a set of T-Rex 60 axles for my 1.9 scale Bronco build.
These prices were taken from CKRC Crawlers website.
Hot Racing MOA's: $79.99 X2= $159.98
CKRC High Steer Knuckles (for front): $36.99
Axial Knuckle set (for rear): $5.86

Fubar Crawlers rear lock out set: $16.00

The Hot Racing axles also have flat surfaces on the axle housing....

You're not saving a lot of money by going with the Hot Racing axles. When I purchased the Hot Racing axles, I was debating between them, the RC4WD's and Bergs. Bergs were too expensive as well as the Bully's. I used the axle parts needed off my AX10.
I'm not really concerned about high steer knuckles, either LOL

Never mind that nasty Axial green, haven't had time to strip the annodizing off and never mind the crappy Losi Carver's. I've got HPI Rock Grabbers now...
And the white stuff on the bottom of the axles is Teflon sheet taped to the bottom of the axles to help slide right over rocks
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rpp has them in stock and even though rc4wd shows them as sold out you can still order them. They are the hottest axle out there right now.

why Bully:
flat mounting surface on axles
VERY wide gears
48p gears (not metric like berg)
RC4wd support
XVD's verses dog bones or cvd's
40:1 gear ratio (same as bergs) virtually eliminates clod stall
HR axles require parts from stock axial axles to complete
high steer knuckles
6 months r&d before being released (all documented on rccrawler)


here's my Bully rig:


more pics here: http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=153715
thanks...I pm'ed RPP and this was his response...
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Hey Mark I do not have any on hand or on the way anytime soon. I have to get another order in. Sorry Thank you for checking with us though. Corey
I would probably buy some bullys at this point..but they can not be found....
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That's another thing RC4WD is pretty famous (or infamous) for.... not keeping enough of their stuff in stock....
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Bullys are kind of hurting themselves by being popular... a few days ago RPP had 10 pairs in stock. Its taking rc4wd about 2 weeks to fill orders, so if you want them order straight from them. I forgot to add, each Bully is assembled and Bench tested.

I have nothing against HR axles just fyi. Bergs are too wide for a 2.2 rig if you ask me. (Im considering them for a new super)
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