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  1. Nice truck! You are so lucky you are entering the...

    Nice truck! You are so lucky you are entering the hobby now and not 25 years ago. The entry level cars/trucks are just worlds ahead of the old Grasshopper and Frog of yesteryear. Welcome! :D
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    I would sell what you have on ebay, then buy a...

    I would sell what you have on ebay, then buy a XL5(Tower Hobbies with coupon code) new or VXL used. In the long run it will be cheaper.
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    Speed and $30 don't belong in the same sentence....

    Speed and $30 don't belong in the same sentence. Save up some. If you can't, bearings are a must.
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    Yep, wrong ESC. Do a bit more research next time,...

    Yep, wrong ESC. Do a bit more research next time, it will save you money. :D
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    Ditch the brushed unless you are a purist and...

    Ditch the brushed unless you are a purist and really into using old school tech. Brushless are just better, in every way, unless you are crawling.
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    Some of the old screws were self taping. I have...

    Some of the old screws were self taping. I have had zero problems using new machine threads on the old parts.
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    The black oxide are stronger than stainless...

    The black oxide are stronger than stainless steel. You will bend more if you switch. There are many kits on ebay though.
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    Yes, you can.

    Yes, you can.
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    If it's Nimh the draw is too great and that's why...

    If it's Nimh the draw is too great and that's why its heating up. If it's lipo, get rid of it.
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    Tires for better grip?

    What are the best tires for grip? Just bashing in dirt, street, etc. In the dirt the stockers slip quite a bit. Thanks.
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    Take off gear cover. Inspect spur for sand/grit...

    Take off gear cover. Inspect spur for sand/grit and or worn teeth. If a new spur doesn't cure it, it's probably a gear in the tranny. Idler, etc.
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    Looks fun. Be nice to add a jump in there!

    Looks fun. Be nice to add a jump in there!
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    With any system you get, you need a infrared...

    With any system you get, you need a infrared thermometer. You need to gear your truck properly in order to keep the temperature within a safe range. Opinions on what these are vary. I am...
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    Wish I had an uncle who gave me a VXL Rustler!...

    Wish I had an uncle who gave me a VXL Rustler! Wow. All I ever got was a wind up penguin that walked a few inches and died.

    I would clean that baby first. Air compressor, paint brush, etc....
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    I look on the pinion for the marking. Says how...

    I look on the pinion for the marking. Says how many teeth is has. I can't recall a pinion that was not marked.
  16. Anyone running without the rear wing?

    Just curious if anyone dislikes the rear wing on their Merv.
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    Nice truck. Are those T-Maxx wheels? Whats your...

    Nice truck. Are those T-Maxx wheels? Whats your gearing? That's quite a strain on the drivetrain/motor/esc.
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    Whatever truck has the motor that is over...

    Whatever truck has the motor that is over heating, yes, gear down. You gear by temperature. Keep the motor under 150f throughout the run. I aim for 140F, but I am conservative.
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    Plenty of sold VXL Rustlers on ebay in the 2-275...

    Plenty of sold VXL Rustlers on ebay in the 2-275 range. Depends on how clean, how well they were described and how beat.
  20. Thread: New XL5?

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    Hmm. Wondering how the heat will be released with...

    Hmm. Wondering how the heat will be released with no visible hear sinks.
  21. Thread: New XL5?

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    Links? .

    Links? .
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    Your choice. Many run the VXL without issue.

    Your choice. Many run the VXL without issue.
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    Try $300 plus shipping see if you get any bites....

    Try $300 plus shipping see if you get any bites. If nothing after a while maybe lower it.

    Careful with the shipping. If it's close it can cost $10, if it's across the country, it could be $40.
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    You are geared too high. Drop the pinion 1 tooth...

    You are geared too high. Drop the pinion 1 tooth or 2 and measure temps. Keep it below 150f.
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    I think $300 is pushing it. A new VXL is $300...

    I think $300 is pushing it. A new VXL is $300 shipped from Tower. Most people are not willing to pay for upgrades. Search the completed auctions on ebay to get an idea what something similar is going...
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