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In reply to MINIzguy :

Negative, including in the spam folder.  I just sent one to you through the system, if that doesn't work I'll put my contact info in here.

akylekoz
akylekoz SuperDork
1/8/22 5:56 p.m.

I just visited a local RC shop that I just learned about.  They have an indoor rock crawler course and sometimes rental trucks.  I’ll be at least buying some parts from them for now.

MINIzguy
MINIzguy HalfDork
1/8/22 7:35 p.m.

In reply to glueguy (Forum Supporter) :

Got yours and responded!

Vracer111
Vracer111 HalfDork
1/9/22 2:13 p.m.

In reply to akylekoz :

Hobbywing is pretty much the goto for ESCs, and Castle Creations if you want to pay more for a higher level.  Hardest part will be getting a brushed ESC unless you want to upgrade the motor to brushless. Go by motor/scale size then find appropriate ESCs for that application. You can also get brushless ESC & motor combos for better prices than getting them separate.

Hobbywing Quicrun 1060 (brushed) or Quicrun 10BL60 (brushless) would be good inexpensive 1/10th offroad scale ESCs to look at.

Radio/servo system doesn't really matter as long as the receiver uses JR style connectors... can get adapter cable/connectors as well for receivers/servos.

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
1/9/22 3:58 p.m.
Vracer111 said:

In reply to akylekoz :

Hobbywing is pretty much the goto for ESCs, and Castle Creations if you want to pay more for a higher level.  Hardest part will be getting a brushed ESC unless you want to upgrade the motor to brushless. Go by motor/scale size then find appropriate ESCs for that application. You can also get brushless ESC & motor combos for better prices than getting them separate.

Hobbywing Quicrun 1060 (brushed) or Quicrun 10BL60 (brushless) would be good inexpensive 1/10th offroad scale ESCs to look at.

Radio/servo system doesn't really matter as long as the receiver uses JR style connectors... can get adapter cable/connectors as well for receivers/servos.

A used kit ESC from something like a brushed traxxas RTR could be a cheap way to go if you are staying with the brushed motor. Something like that will be a big improvement over the current servo setup and should be plug and play even with your old radio.

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
1/22/22 12:52 p.m.

Hey guys. My son (11) wants an rc car or truck for his birthday.  Any suggestions. Price more than $40. Less than $120. 

MINIzguy
MINIzguy HalfDork
1/22/22 3:52 p.m.

In reply to Fueled by Caffeine :

WLToys 144001 that was posted earlier in the thread. I think they can be found on eBay for $80

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
1/22/22 4:23 p.m.

In reply to Fueled by Caffeine :

New or is used? Is that range just for the car or everything to get running?

slefain
slefain PowerDork
1/22/22 8:57 p.m.
MINIzguy said:

In reply to Fueled by Caffeine :

WLToys 144001 that was posted earlier in the thread. I think they can be found on eBay for $80

I'm pretty happy with the 144001 so far. It runs like a scalded dog. Prices seem to have crept up. I would not spend more than $100 for one shipped. It is a lot of buggy for the money, but it isn't a Tamiya.

MINIzguy
MINIzguy HalfDork
1/22/22 9:34 p.m.

Well, I went down the rabbit hole tonight and finished off all my purchases for a 17.5 buggy. Ended up with a Yokomo YZ-2 DTM3 kit, JConcepts wheels and tires, and lots of Turnigy/Trackstar electronics to get the roller going.

untchabl
untchabl HalfDork
1/23/22 3:51 p.m.

Dipping my toe back into the RC world after almost 10 years. Was into the RC rock crawlers back then, had a Losi Nightcrawler and an Axial XR10. Just picked up this SCX24 from the local rc shop. 

Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
1/23/22 4:18 p.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

Rtr.  New or used. 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
1/23/22 4:48 p.m.

In reply to Fueled by Caffeine :

Found this on Craigslist. I don't do Faceballs.

Redcat $100

I found some very positive reviews of it here:

RC Universe noob review

slefain
slefain PowerDork
1/24/22 8:57 a.m.

In reply to Appleseed :

Nice, kind of like a monster Slash chassis.

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
1/24/22 10:57 p.m.

My ZIL has arrived. It's well packaged and seems really nicely made. I still have to order the electrics before I start. I also ordered a set of alloy wheels for it but the kit came with really nice powder coated alloy wheels so I likely won't use them.   

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
2/5/22 12:41 p.m.

Just got this pile from RCBattery. $50.25 delivered. 

MINIzguy
MINIzguy HalfDork
2/6/22 3:43 p.m.

Got my Yokomo YZ-2 built! Waiting for the body to get back from paint and I'll be on the track

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/8/22 10:06 p.m.

I knew this was going to happen, I like painting bodies and always ended up with extras. They semis are insane with parts. Looking for accessories for the GAZ I found a company poping modern Hino tractor cabs. I had to have something different so I ordered one.  It's Tamiya quality, nice chrome.  I'm torn between getting a 4WD chassis for a Dakar replica, a normal semi with good paint, or a Dekotara. Shapeways also has dozens of options including a bubble nosed Mercedes that I've been facinated with since my dad had one 30 years ago.  
 

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
2/8/22 10:58 p.m.

In reply to Wally (Forum Supporter) :

I would do dekotora, but I'm biased. The louder the better when it comes to.... pretty much anything

Javelin
Javelin GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/8/22 11:02 p.m.

In reply to Wally (Forum Supporter) :

All of the above? Bubble-nosed, dekotoru style, Dakar truck?

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
2/9/22 1:10 a.m.

Dude, you know you want dektora. There has to be craftsman out there with custom lighting kits.

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
2/23/22 2:11 p.m.

Well, I've been avoiding this thread because I don't want to be any poorer than I am. That said, little bro got a 4wd 4ws truck for Christmas and I've been driving it every time I go to the family compound. Specifically this car:

Summit sells for $140

my recent foray into video games taught me that I don't really like video games. And the few I do like would cost more for a console and game than a cool car that gets me outside in the dirt. 
 

So, is there anything else I should be looking at? Anyone familiar with the brand? Can it be customized? Mostly I think tires would be about all I'd start with...

Help me GRM, You're my only hope. 

fatallightning
fatallightning Reader
2/23/22 3:46 p.m.

In reply to barefootcyborg5000 :

I had one of those. You can usually find them a little cheap than 140$ I ran the stock tires and wheels, I did use wheel weights inside the stock wheels, and pizza cut the foams. Pen mod on the stock shocks and heavier oil to get some sag and lower the CoG. For the money I think they're the best entry level crawler. There's a lot of DIY threads floating out there. I sold mine for what I paid, and bought a Redcat Everest 7. I was more into the scale crawler more than the comp crawler, and I think it's one of the better value ones. It's a slippery slope lol. I ended up doing portal axles, bigger battery, different skid plate, etc.

 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
2/23/22 3:52 p.m.

In reply to fatallightning :

Exactly the sort of info I'm after, thanks!

RedGT
RedGT Dork
3/24/22 4:52 p.m.

I figure this could use a bump.  I got back into RC in 2020 when i bought a used slash and discovered the current state of the hobby with brushless/lipo technology.  WOW.  Ran that intermittently for about 2 years and it has taken a TON of abuse like a champ.  Then this winter i started going a little further down the rabbit hole - my daughter now has a rustler she loves, I have rehabbed a few cheap marketplace cars, built one for a friend's kid, and bought a Miata-bodied touring car to build a clone of my autox car.  It's been relaxing working on something small, contained, cheap, and not-rusty.  Being able to just buy whatever parts I want/need without breaking the budget is a nice change of pace from real vehicles.

 

Then I dug my old 1999 Rustler out of the basement, bought the cheapest used 4000kv motor & 3s ESC that i could find, and started seeing how fast I can get it going by doing a speed run, seeing what the limiting factor is, and only addressing that issue as cheaply as possible.  I started with the car exactly as i had put it away back in like 2002.  Only fix the current limiting factor each run.  Rinse and repeat.  It has actually been really fun taking this approach, not to mention a challenge getting a floppy 2wd open-diff non-TSC car up to speed in the first place.  To make a long story short, after a few iterations, the project is currently sitting at 64.9 mph and I am working on aero solutions because that's when it achieves liftoff.  Also I only ponied up for (2) modern belted tires for the rear and might have to give in and buy fronts too but I have a few more old ones to test first.  The ballooning is hard to manage.  But, in line with the philosophy, it's not the limiting factor yet, the 'taking flight' part is so i'll address that first.

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