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So, my son turns 8 next month. He says the only thing he wants is a good RC car that can go in the grass. Do you guys have any suggestions? I would like to keep it around $200 if possible.
 

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Redcat is cheap and cheerful and with RC stuff it tends to be case of you get what you pay for. Traxxas and HPI are the usual suspects for reasonable entry level products. If you want an MT I'd look at something like an HPI Jumpshot MT or a Traxxas Stampede, a good outside option (and would be my pick of the bunch) would be an Arrma Granite.

Be careful with the brushless stuff as it can be stupid quick and may be a bit much for a kid especially if it's his first RC
 

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Another interesting option (not sure how it compares price wise) would be the HPI Wheely King
 

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Can’t beat a Traxxas Slash for a basher.

Lipos and brushless is too much for entry level. Add an extra nicad for a quick change out to up his run time and he’ll be set.
 

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Can’t beat a Traxxas Slash for a basher.

Lipos and brushless is too much for entry level. Add an extra nicad for a quick change out to up his run time and he’ll be set.
Thanks for the suggestion. I have a couple of NiMH that I used with my Emaxx. I changed the connectors to XT60, so I will change the Redcat Racing blackout connectors to XT60 to slow it down for him. I was also thinking I could change the pinion gear to a smaller one to limit the top speed.

Also, I think I have some spare brushed motors, maybe I could swap out the motor, and put the brushless back in when he is more experienced at it.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion. I have a couple of NiMH that I used with my Emaxx. I changed the connectors to XT60, so I will change the Redcat Racing blackout connectors to XT60 to slow it down for him. I was also thinking I could change the pinion gear to a smaller one to limit the top speed.

Also, I think I have some spare brushed motors, maybe I could swap out the motor, and put the brushless back in when he is more experienced at it.
You'd also need to change the ESC to go brushed. Depending on the make of the ESC you may be able to limit the throttle percentage instead.
 

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I bought an adapter to use my XT60 NiMH batteries with the HXT ESC. Hope to run it on Saturday. I also purchased a new charger for Lipo batteries. I plan to run my EMAXX with some cheaper 2S batteries. I want to try it out first with the battery that came my sons Blackout.
 

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I'd agree on the Traxxas Slash 2WD. I won one of these in a raffle last year and this thing is virtually indestructible and parts are easy to find.
I've since done the LCG chassis, brushless.

Just wanted to say you can't go wrong with this one.
 

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Look into Arma. I love my Granite Mega MT converted to brushless. Brushless on stock hump NiHm batteries is fast but controllable, in 3s it’s freeking insane... standing backflips all day long lol.
 

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I'd agree on the Traxxas Slash 2WD. I won one of these in a raffle last year and this thing is virtually indestructible and parts are easy to find.
I've since done the LCG chassis, brushless.

Just wanted to say you can't go wrong with this one.
I bought a used Emaxx around 11 years ago, I wish I would have gone with a Slash. Oh well, still running the Emaxx, I actually just broke the rear shock tower yesterday. I also ordered a new radio and receiver for it, finally have to upgrade it to 2.4 ghz.
 

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One of my emaxx tires blew out, looks like 14 mm hex tires are not as popular as 12mm or 17mm. I am not sure if it is worth it to upgrade to 17mm hex hubs or not. The Redcat Racing Blackout has been working good so far. My 8 year old son did manage to break the steering wheel on the controller though. Redcat Racing has been nice enough to ship out a new controller.
 

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17mm hex wheels are typically a bit more expensive but well worth the step up especially for something like the emaxx. MT tyres + big power equals a lot of stress on the hexes.
 

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Well, I glued up the split on the tire with some kind of shoe glue type glue. Will see how well it holds up tomorrow. The split is almost half way around the tire, so I don't have much hope for it. I have some new 14 mm hex tires on the way though. I found 2 wheels and tires that match the current ones for $16, so I figured that was worth a try.
 

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If you want a crawler I say buy the 1/8th scale Mad torque.... pretty durable, parts are cheap... I have 3 between me and the kids.... under $25 in parts replaced in 3 years.(1 servo and 2-3 steering knuckles)

https://www.nitrorcx.com/03c09-madtorque-blue.html

comes with everything but 4 AA batteries for the radio...though youll wanna buy a fast charger.
 

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Well, the aftermarket 120A ESC on my Emaxx burned up this weekend. Also, somehow broke an A-Arm. I have a new 150A ESC on the way and some RPM replacement parts. The RCR Blackout is still working fine though.
 

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Traxxas are some of the most overrated vehicles out there.......
I've found the hobbywing ESCs to be very reliable
 

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I ran the emaxx into a swing pole at the local park a few weeks ago. The swing pole won. I did not realize how bad the damage was. I thought that I had just lost the rear drive shaft when it went to FWD only. I lost the rear drive shaft because the back half of the emaxx was halfway broken off. te rear drive shaft almost bore a hole through the underbody.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0QwGfsgQrw/?igshid=1oy4sq4eaghwu

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0QwMqNgo3w/?igshid=15y83cizhhg7i
Proper Job!
 

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I would stay away from redact. Also, stay away from anything fuel related. It's too much headache, plus electric (battery) is more powerful.
 
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