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    New Rally 1/10 owner, seeking basic advice

    Greetings!

    37y/o hobbyist here.... 19-year AF vet.... retiring in just over a year. 25 year musician..... semi-pro car builder/restorer/hotrodder/ and amateur race driver...... Harley Davidson enthusiast..... and lover of alll things excessive, senseless, and expensive!!

    A few weeks ago a co-worker brought his Traxxas Rustler VXL into work during the Holiday season when work was slow (your tax dollars hard t work)... he let me drive it.... and it brought be back to my childhood through my early 20s when I was huge into RC cars..... Had an RT-10 if I recall.... or something like that. At the time, it was relatively high-end.

    Nevertheless, I have been on the hunt for one myself.... and finally pulled the trigger on a 1/10 Rally a couple hours ago. Should be arriving early next week! After much research, I chose it because of it's on and off road capability and versatility... keeps things interesting.

    No batteries, chargers or anything yet.... just the car.

    I've owned/built/restored over 30 cars in my day.. half were new, the other half were classics. Everything from Vintage Porsches to Classic Trans Ams..... to modern Subarus. This R/C thing is an extension of my passion for cars..... and also an additional hobby to keep me busy while I travel. I'm a mobile instructor in the USAF.... which means I am travelling about 4-5 months out of the year, in 2 to 5 week "chunks" at a time. 2013 will bring me to Florida, England, North Dakota, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Italy.

    Which brings me to my next point. I know the Rally is relatively new, so there isn't a lot of aftermarket support (yet) for it..... but I am absolutely DETERMINED to build this Rally to match my 2006 Subaru WRX. Color, wheels, etc. I plan on purchasing several sets of wheels with various tires, obviously upgrading to a 3S Lipo..... and obviously engineering a way to properly mount an aftermarket WRX 1/10 body on to it.

    I've done quite a bit of reading... gearing, suspension, batteries, chargers wheels, tires, etc.... but any good advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated

    My motivation: My 2006 Subaru WRX - Stage 3 turbo, 390 hp, big brakes, full coilovers, etc. I've been building it for 7 years and have well over $20k in receipts. I built it to run at Miller Motorsports Park on the track when I was stationed in Utah..... and it did quite well

    Anyway... looking forward to meeting everyone. Thanks!





    This a couple years old.... next to the 78 Brat I spent 2 years restoring:

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    Welcome the forum's!

    The rally is closer in scale size to a 1/8 offroad buggy. There are subaru body's out there that you can get, but very expensive and when they do come up they are gone, quick. Deltaplastiks does make a Subaru body, but I do not remember the year model they use. For the wheel's and tire's you may want to look into using 1/8 scale buggy wheel's. 1/8 rim's come in a variety of spoke pattern's, just take the time and you'll be able to find something close or exactly what you are looking for.

    maybe these?
    http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...Buggy-Wheels-2

    http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...8-Buggy-Rims-4

    You will want a bigger power system, like the Castle 2400 SCT combo running 3s and 4s to have power like your subaru.

    Again welcome to the site and Hey I live in Italy, stationed at Aviano AB. My wife is active duty and I work on the installation. We should get together and run our RC's when you come. There are some cool spot's and a track that is local. let me know when you are coming and we can meet up.

    Have a good day.

    P.S. I owned a 2002 WRX modded, sold it due to family growth.
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    Welcome to the forum & congrats on the purchase. While the chassis and a handful of parts are new the rest of the car has been around a little while. There are upgrades and mods out there to better it or make it your own.

    I don't totally practice this but just take the car out of the box and have fun with it until something breaks. I'm sure you are like the rest of us and want to upgrade it right off the bat. RPM is pretty much a good upgrade for a-arms and such. Aluminum c-blocks & bearing carriers by Traxxas, STRC, & FLM beef up the 4 corners. There are many choices on shocks, the new Traxxas GTR's (come on the new Slash 4x4 LCG ultimate), Traxxas Big Bores, Losi Ten-T's, or Proline Power Strokes (kinda high). Some of these have to be purchased from ebay chop shops. If you stick with the stock ESC & motor your driveshafts will hold up for a good amount of time until they wear. If you decide to put more power to the wheels. Something by Castle Creations either the MMP 2400kv, MMM 2650kv, or MMM 2200kv. All are good. If you go with one of these combos i'd highly recommend in the near future to go with Tekno, MIP's, and possibly the new Traxxas CVD's (i'm still testing these). Another good combo by Castle is their MMP 3800kv. Most run this with 2S LIPO, otherwise you might run into some heat problems. It is a very good motor though, I run it in many of my other RC's. King Headz just released the Motor Mount upgrade, its all aluminum and has an oversized bearing. In this same area in the near future i'd look at picking up the aluminum bearing adapter. The stock one is plastic and after long run times the bearing can heat up and melt this. The 2075 servo that comes on the car does an excellent job and its waterproof. Down the road one from Savox, Hitec, or etc can be changed out. The TQi radio system is very good to. You can get the dock for the Tx and purchase the available sensors and see RPM, Speed, and all kinds of good stuff on the iPod/ iPhone when connected. If you decide to run Lipo and go with a 3S 11.1v battery you will need the battery extension kit. Cheap but a little hard to get right now.

    The only other thing is tires. The stockers do a decent job all around but on pavement they tend to wear rather quickly. When you need some help here let us know. Many wheel/ tire choices and what will fit.

    Last but not least is you will want to pick up a good charger, something in the $100^ area. A couple of good ones are the Dynamite Passport Ultra, Racer's Edge Surecharge 2010, Electrify, & Duratrax Onyx Series. These charge all/ most battery chemistries out there. Spend more now and you won't need to upgrade later. I'd highly suggest you looking into Lipo batteries in the future. Read up on how to care for them, like storing, charging, and keeping them in storage charge. Learn these good habits at the begining and you won't have to retrain yourself from bad habbits. LOL

    Here is a link to my build. http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...-Some-Upgrades

    Hope this gets you pointed in the right direction. Sorry for blabbing so much.
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    Thanks digger! That is a LOT of good info. My first priority are a couple of 3s lipos and a charger. The next priority is the body (and any necessary mods to make it work) and a few sets of wheels/tires.

    After that.... I guess we'll see. I'm sure I'll be on here ssking numerous questions. I was looking at your build thread yesterday... impressive.

    "Ieatdirt"..... thanks. I have been looking at numerous 1:10 subaru bodies.... but it must be a 2006-2007 model... otherwise it defeats the purpose. Tamiya has 2 versions.... the cusco and the monte carlo. Both come with huge wings though, and I'm actually looking at one that has a minimal wing like my actual car. My top choice (so far) is this one:

    www.ebay.com/itm/150976257605

    The wheels/tires are a concern because although my WORK cr-kai wheels are a popular design and easy to find.... I'm worried that even the 1:10 wheels are going to look too big. That will largely depend on the body I choose though.... and then I have to worry about appropriate width and backspacing. It may end up being a trial and error process.... should be fun though.

    I'm slotted to go to Aviano for 2 weeks in Sept to teach POI (Principles of Instruction). Ive been there once in 2008, and to date, was my best tdy in 19 years in the AF. Looking forward to it!

    EDIT: I was looking at the traxxas 3s lipo 5000 mah batteries...... will they fit in the stock location? Of not... what size battery will?
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    The 3S Lipo 5000mah pack you are looking at:
    155mmD x 25mmH x 45mmW

    It should fit without the battery extension. I would order one anyways just to be safe and if you decide to get a higher mah pack in the future.

    For a better price and great quality Lipo look at SPC (Spec Point Concepts). Can't beat their packs for the $$.
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    Im glad you said that.... just moments ago I just bought a 5000mah 3s lipo and a charger. Both traxxas brand. I figure until I really feel comfortable "experimenting".... sticking with what the manufacturer prescribes would be wise.

    If nothing else.... that will get me started in the right direction

    Super stoked just got off the phone with Tower.... everything should be here Tuesday

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    You didnt go wrong making that purchase. Traxxas offers great customer service on their RC's and accessories. One of the best around!!! Their Lipo packs have a lifetime warranty on them.

    Lifetime Battery Exchange Program
    Traxxas stands by Power Cell LiPo batteries with the best warranty and exchange program available. For the first year of ownership, Traxxas will replace any battery found to be defective at no cost. After one year, any Power Cell LiPo battery in any condition can be exchanged for a new equivalent battery for just 50% of the new pack's list price, no questions asked.
    Here is a little info on them: Traxxas Lipo
    BTW, Tower is a good company to order from. Prices may not always be the best, they do take care of you.

    When you get her in take some pics and let us know what you think. Which i'm sure you are planning already.
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    Well... I'm not sure how exciting pictures of a bone stock green rally will be... but I'll probably snap a pic or two anyway.

    I ordered the car from tower. The battery and charger I got as a package deal on ebay for $92. Seemed good for brand new... and it fit my needs.

    By the way..... just gonna throw this out there.... I believe the green ones are the fastest..... its a little-known fact that Traxxas adds a little extra something to all the green ones

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