well it all started for me when a friend showed me his losi rock crawler. I thought it would be the sickest fun in the house coz of the way it was geared. Ive known about traxxas coz well its hard not to notice traxxas when u watch motorsports. Looked on the traxxas website to see if they had a crawler, they had the 1/10 summit. looked off the hook but too big for in the house, so i bought a mini Summit.
1st or 2nd run with the summit and axles had poped and then the esc fried. When i opened the diffs for the 1st time i was lucky there was even a drop in there. Same with the shocks. they started leaking 1st run and the 1st run was on the road, no harsh bumbs. Almost everytime i cornerd the thing rolled over. It was apparent right away that the mini Summit isnt a go fast truck. So i started doing what i wanted to do with it, turn it into a slow driving truck that i could also play with in the house. Ive finaly gotten the Summit to where i want it then got a bit excited when i started bashing it in the dirt and jumps. The Summit is either a basher or a slow/crawler type truck. Tho as a basher its just too much work to make it reliable and its hight makes it more work to drive. Saying that you do get used to slowing the thing up before you turn but its just still not stable.
The other day i recieved my mini revo. Diffs are tight and have oil in them. shocks work (have not leaked after 2 runs) put hpi wheels with dirt hawgs on it and 50/27 gearing. Took it out on the street for a test run. The smile on my face was starting to hurt me it was that big! So so fast, not that the summit dosnt go that fast but the diffrence right away was how stable the merv is. After wipeing the drool from my mouth i went inside and put a 23t pinion on for the next run which would be on dirt with bumbs and jumps.
Took the MERV out today for a bash. OFF THE HOOK! what a truck! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! bashes so so SO much better than a summit even when you set the summit up for bashing! Stable is the thing that makes the diffrence is what i rekon. Roll overs and carthwheels when things got hairy, minimal compared to the summt! I thought the lower chassis on the merv would make it work abit more on the ruff stuff but it seamed do go better. I havnt jumped it like ive jumped the summit, but i cant see it being worse than the summit coz so far, everything is better on it than the summit! i know that sounds crazy coz they pretty much are the same truck, but im just in love with how good a basher the merv is. havent broken a thing yet on the merv, compared to the summit, that broke something pretty much each time i took it for a bash.
My summit converted into a slow driving/ crawler truck, is perfect when set up like this. My tranny flipped, 50/23 gearing. Dosnt have near the top end the merv has but just enought to quick lunch me over big jumps, and that great low down power to get me over almost anything. Thought id mention the Summit WITHOUT the tranny flipped and 50/23 gearing is just as fast as a merv but no where near as stable.
So now ive finally gotten what i want. the summit as a slow/crawler and the merv as a fast basher! Changing the summit from basher to crawler was doing my head in, mainly coz the summit came back so thrashed after a bash. The hight of the summit for such a little truck is where all its problems are if you use it as a hardcore basher.
The summit is now being rebuilt, and will stay as a little crawler with the tranny flipped.
The merv, i aint upgrading till something breaks and is now my basher!
I'll prob come back and post on both truck when there both going again with what ive chosen as there appropriate gear.
Please feel free to share your opinion on these two similar but different trucks.
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