Hey guys... I'm thinking about getting a Summit. I've always thought they were seriously cool from day one, but never really felt the need to "crawl". Generally I'm all about about speed and power. But after a while, that gets boring too. I was thinking the Summit would be great for winter time. It gets really cold here, and typically I don't drive in the winter because cold = snapped parts! I'm sure the Summit is no exception. But the idea behind the Summit is really more about slow and torquey, and I've learned to drive SLOW when it's cold.
I have a soon to be converted to brushless LST2, but those things have too much open access to the insides and wouldn't do well in snow. I will have a Neu 1515 2.5d in that, with the MMMV3. But I could also use that same motor and ESC in my Emaxx or even a Summit if I wanted. But it's really not "waterproof". With as much as my motors and ESC cost... I'd rather not risk it. So, something for sure waterproof and brushed would be great I think. My ERevo BL, with the same motor and ESC will do much better in the snow because the ERevo body protects the inside VERY well. But I'm still not really willing to risk it.
Now, my Emaxx is pure badness. It's loaded with UE and GArc parts, all except the chassis (stock), and has the EVX-2 ESC and stock motors. It was my first "real truck" and that is why I have kept it. However, I don't drive it EVER cuz it's so slow and thought about either selling it, or converting it to brushless. But, I could drive that in the winter instead and be done with it. Since it's alum it's less likely to break. I'd probably rather keep it stock, but get some Lipos in parallel for run time. I have 14mm Mulcher tires on it and steel CVD's. So, do I really need a Summit with that vehicle? I don't know! That's why I'm asking!
The cool things about the Summit are the locking diff's, the looks of it, the lights, and bigger tires. Tires are another concern too. I have tons of awesome 23mm tires, and extra hubs to put on the Emaxx if I wanted... but I don't want to run the risk of smoking those motors. But a plus on the Summit is that since I have a nitro and a Brushless Revo, I have lots of extra parts on hand in case something breaks.
I was wondering though... do I have to have the Traxxas radio to operate the Summit? I have a Spektrum DX2.0 with about four receivers, and one DX3S with no extra receivers. The receiver I have now is in my Nitro Losi XXL, which will be down for the winter anyway. So, I could use that one maybe in the Summit!? But if I buy a "new" Summit, I'll get a radio. I just like not having to use a diff radio for each truck. I have like 12 trucks, and that's a lot of radios to keep batteries in. So, I use my Spektrums. I'm sure that either Spektrum could be set up to run the Summit's drivetrain, I'm just not sure what needs done to allow that to happen?
I already know that If I get a new Summit, I'm going to need to to shim the diff's, and maybe replace some bearings. I THINK the Summit uses the same bulkheads as the ERevo right? If so... or even if not, I might be able to mod the bulks to accept 1/8 diff's (which I prefer), and buy some RC Monster output cups. But that may not be necc if you shim the diff's.
I just have so many trucks right now, that I'm wondering if I should just use the EMaxx, which has the waterproof EVX-2 and 2075 servos, and is almost all 7075 aluminum, or if I'd get a totally different experience out of the Summit that I would enjoy? I've never been into the idea of "crawling", but in the winter/fall in my area, there is a huge woods behind my house, a shallow creek, dirt, etc... it could be Summit heaven back there!
So... talk me into it.. or out of it... whichever! Just help me figure it out please!