View Full Version : A Kit?
11-21-2008, 09:55 PM
Does anyone could dare to say if a kit might be available for the Summit! 75% of RC fun come out from ourselve assembling the machine you wanna ride!
Sry if my sentence dont make sens my english might suck a bit!
11-21-2008, 09:59 PM
Im with you dude!!
11-21-2008, 11:56 PM
That would be the poo, but I don't think so. I think the closest you get to a kit is buying an abused Summit two years from now and rebuilding it.
11-22-2008, 08:38 AM
Yeah, I doubt that we well see a Summit in kit form. Traxxas got away from making kits several years ago, unfortunately. RTR vehicles sell better.
11-22-2008, 10:07 AM
It Does Suck Because I Love Building Rc Cars
11-22-2008, 11:26 AM
You could always order all the parts and just put it together yourself or wait till they hit the shelves and ebay will be full of stock parts to build your own.
11-22-2008, 11:34 AM
I like the RTR's better myself personaly.
11-22-2008, 11:43 AM
You could always order all the parts and just put it together yourself or wait till they hit the shelves and ebay will be full of stock parts to build your own.Instead of doing that, I'd just buy the truck and rebuild it if you really wanted to build it.
11-22-2008, 08:05 PM
Instead of doing that, I'd just buy the truck and rebuild it if you really wanted to build it.
thats crazy, but some guys like doin that i guess? trx could do like losi and a few others and offer rtr's as well as ARR's. but an all out kit where u have to assemble the vehicle from the ground up?? dont think traxxas will make that move anytime soon, if ever;)
11-22-2008, 10:28 PM
Buying all the parts seperately mean a lot of money and time...i'll wait until it appear on the market I'll buy it RTR and beat the crap out of it t'll it break down and do my mecanic ...anyway there will be a lot of after market part to spemd money on so i'll try to make a big crawler with it!!
11-22-2008, 11:08 PM
This is my favorite part about RC, buying abused vehicles and rebuilding them, I'm doing that now with a E 4-tec. Its like building a kit, only no instructions.
11-23-2008, 04:32 PM
Instead of doing that, I'd just buy the truck and rebuild it if you really wanted to build it.
i agree. most of the time it is more expensive to buy the individual parts for the truck than to just buy the RTR version.
11-23-2008, 05:30 PM
I don't mind taking my Stampede apart completely to clean it and I was curious to see how much it is to buy the pieces individually and put it together myself. I used the manual and found all the pieces to completely build a Stampede and put them into a Tower Hobbies Shopping Cart. The RTR VXL Stampede costs around $280. In pieces, it costs around $620 to $650.
Doubling the Summit ($500) would cost $1000 all in pieces.
11-28-2008, 07:41 PM
thats redonkulous! (ree-donk-u-lus) bassically its ridiculous
11-29-2008, 12:59 AM
Buy a new one and send it to me... I'll play with it for a while.. then completely take it apart and send it to you. Problem solved.....
11-29-2008, 08:40 AM
Heck, they could send it to me... I'd be sure to take some detailed photos of the parts and create an assembly manual for them. :). That would probably be really time consuming, though. :(
11-30-2008, 04:51 AM
lol... Man if i had the time to build one that would be cool but with 2 sons and the olds 3 years of age LOL>>LOL nanana..RTR is the way to go for now.. Plus i really push my oldest to drive Rc trucks i want him to race them instead of dirtbikes like me the cost of broken bones is higher then RC LOL... when he turns about 6>8 i want to teach him the tear downs and buildings of one then...
12-02-2008, 03:19 PM
I wish Traxxas would post assembly instructions for its vehicles. I bought a used E'pede that came with assembly instructions, most of the truck isn't a problem getting it back together, but I always pull that book out when I am ripping into the tranny and diff. They wouldn't need to include them with their vehicles, just post them on the site. The exploded views are good, but for some things they fall short.
12-02-2008, 08:27 PM
Yeah, assembly manuals are nice. They bring back good memories of kit building days..... I doubt that we will see one for the newer vehicles, though, since there is no kit option available. :(
12-02-2008, 11:06 PM
The people who put the trucks together at Traxxas are good at their job, but I doubt if they were born with the gift of RC assembly, something tells me they are going off assembly instructions, how about posting those?
12-03-2008, 12:15 AM
It still has to cost SOMETHING to put the vehicles together. If I had the choice, I'd pay the same price for a box of parts as for a RTR version. I've talked to people at several LHS, and they all agree that RTR is great to get people who don't have the skill to assemble into the R/C hobby, but the flip side is when they pop a shock or something simple and don't know how to deal with it.
12-03-2008, 06:05 AM
The people who put the trucks together at Traxxas are good at their job, but I doubt if they were born with the gift of RC assembly, something tells me they are going off assembly instructions, how about posting those?Yeah, but it's probably an assembly line type deal. Some build shocks, some build diffs, etc. And they're probably not the same quality as the instructions that Traxxas used to send out with their kits.
12-03-2008, 06:41 PM
I hope someone at Traxxas reads this thread. That's a great idea putting instuctions on this site. I understand Traxxas not putting out kits. They have very high quality rtr kits and rtr is where the money is. I wonder if a company like Traxxas will ever get hobby grade rc into a store like Walmart? Imagine Walmart selling the Slash. If people are willing to dish out $400 for a game system why not $200 for an rc kit? This hobby would take off big time.
12-03-2008, 06:45 PM
I hope someone at Traxxas reads this thread.I'm sure they will read it, as these forums are here just as much for them as they are here for their customers. They have a history of taking information from their forums and using that in their vehicles. Take a look at the strengthened bulkheads on the Maxx trucks, or the 5x11 bearings and metal geared transmission on the Stampede/Rustler/Bandit. All of these things (and more) were talked about quite frequently on here. :)
12-03-2008, 07:51 PM
I figured they did I was just hoping this very thread would be read. Online instructions is a great idea. I am going through beefing up 3 of my kits with parts and having the instructions on here would be awsome if I run into a problem. I don't think I will the exploded views are pretty nice and I can always use my digital camera.
12-03-2008, 09:11 PM
I wonder if a company like Traxxas will ever get hobby grade rc into a store like Walmart? Imagine Walmart selling the Slash. If people are willing to dish out $400 for a game system why not $200 for an rc kit? This hobby would take off big time.
I think that is actually feasible. You could create a whole new market too. People would have no idea on how to work on them and they would need to go to the "mechanic" at the LHS and pay like $40 an hour for labor, which is way less than you pay for 1:1 labor. Besides that, look at all the hop ups that are available for 1:1, same deal for RC. Body kits, rims, turbos, all kind of cool stuff.
Why not even get racing sponsored by major companies like Chevy, Coke, and Tide. That would be awesome. Then you could have 1:10 racing instead of NASCAR on TV. Sponsorships for drivers, big money signing bonus for top crews. Man, now I have a new dream. Screw professional race car driver. International world renown professional RC driver here I come.
Sorry about that, but seeing hobby grade RCs at Wal-Mart would probably be the end of the LHS.
12-04-2008, 06:44 AM
That isn't true at all. If anything it would get people into hobby shops. An example of what I am saying would be, how has Walmart killed Game Stop? Game Stop seems to be doing very well. As a matter of fact I see a lot of Game Stops located near Walmart. Which is exactly what a hobby shop should do. If you want to know what is really killing local hobby shops it is on line shopping. You have a lot of people buy on line to save alittle money and then go to their hobby shop to buy all the cheap parts whcih puts hjobby shops out of business. Take Tower Hobbies. A hobby shop stocks up for the Christmas season and buys from Tower only to have Tower lower their prices and under cut the hobby shops all around this contry. Selling hobby grade rtr kits at Walmart would be a great thing for this hobby. You just have to think this through.
12-07-2008, 10:55 PM
Two things that your LHS gives you that Walmart doesn't:
1. Parts. Walmart might stock some parts, but never will have the selection that most hobby shops do.
2. What are the chances of the peeps at Walmart knowing anything about RC or even caring about having anyone that knows RC? Your LHS is the place to take your RC to get some hands-on attention.
I think it would be a good thing for Walmart to sell hobby-grade RCs, it would give more exposure to the hobby, your LHS really doesn't make all that much at RTRs, they make more money on parts. Plus, most LHS's do charge for repairs, it is normally on a per-job basis and not on time.
12-08-2008, 06:30 AM
I think that both of those points just might help a hobby shop if they (the hobby shop) are in a good location. Your average Joe/Jane can find the vehicles and when they find those, they will likely go to the Traxxas website. There, they can check the dealer locator and find other shops in their area, if there are any. I dunno, though. I don't think of quality R/Cs when I think of Wal-Mart, so it might be hard to get the word out to people that they're really not like the other toys that Wal-Mart sells.
12-08-2008, 11:55 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Very true Cool, I can see peeps returning the RC's because they ran it into a tree, or worse, sueing Walmart because they bought a Revo for their 8 y/o and he ended up running over his little sister with it. Let's just keep the hobby grade RCs in the hobby shops...
12-12-2008, 06:50 AM
I'd rather see the rc hobby grow. If Walmart carried hobby grade rc we would all be better off. If you are worried about someone sueing over an rc product then why does Walmart sell anything? That's a pathetic argument. I am all about doing all I can to see my lhs do well and this would be very good for it. Don't tell me that someone with an 8 year old walking past a Slash in a Walmart isn't going to stop and check it out. If you don't think they would then our hobby is in real trouble because most folks have no idea what hobby grade rc is and how much fun it is either. Nor have they walked into a hobby shop. This would change that.
12-12-2008, 11:27 AM
Walmart is an interesting monster. Two of the main things Walmart - or a supplier to Walmart asks when you take them a product/idea; Is this cheaper than the product it is taking the place of? and- Will this sell better than said product? In this case the answers are most likely "no" and "no." IF someone in the hobby grade rc crowd could ever convince a big box retailer to stock some products they would have to be seriously downgraded. Traxxas would probably have to go to them with tyco-ish toys, make a huge investment to do so, and drag thier name around in the mud with all the other cheapos. They don't really have an "in" or a segway into that market like, say, Hobbico does (puzzles, models, etc...) If the LHS's are struggling thier best bet is probably to fllow with the punches and offer on-line services like everyone else, and/or remove themselves from the backs of malls and off the side streets and relocate into the shopping mecas in the burbs - they'd make a killing selling stuff to soccer moms at msrp!
12-12-2008, 01:39 PM
Walmart did get sued over a nitro RC they sold a while back, notice they don't carry them anymore (pathetic argument???). :o
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