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    How to tell the difference between VXL and XL-5

    I bought a rustler off of ebay. It came with a Tamiya brushless system in it. I wanted to upgrade to stainless screws and better bearings. How can I tell which model this was originally?

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    I thought the non VXL model had plastic camber links instead of the turnbuckle style. Guess they could've upgraded that too though prior to you buying it.

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    Yes it has the upgraded camber and toe rods all around, but thanks.

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    Phillips or hex hardware? XL-5 should have Phillips, no?
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    Some of both.

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    That's not definitive. Which wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pabobert View Post
    Some of both.
    Most likely a Xl5 that's been upgraded.

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    Tie bar on bulkhead, most who upgrade forget this one.
    T/SportMax/Slayer Pro/Bandit
    Stampede/Rustler

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    The VXL is normally smoother outer layer but a brushed motor normals just metal on the outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcguy5 View Post
    The VXL is normally smoother outer layer but a brushed motor normals just metal on the outside.
    The motor system is already known to be neither.
    The OP's question regards the original version of the vehicle, not the difference between motors.
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    The stock wheels on the XL-5 are normally silver, while on the VXL Rustler they are a darker gray color.

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    Different steering servo, different wheels, ball bearings, motor (not an issue in this case) are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. Most of these items could have been updated on an XL-5 (they have been on mine!)

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