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Duratrax Onyx 110 AC/DC Peak Charger
The Duratrax Onyx line of battery chargers are quite popular among the bashing community- they work well and are priced right. The latest Duratrax charger to hit the market is the Onyx 110.

The Onyx 110 is a simple NiCd and NiMH charger that can be powered by 12 volts DC or off 110 volts AC. Batteries can be charged at 1, 2 or 4 amps, and it can charge packs ranging from 4 cells to 8.

The part number for the 110 is #DTXP4191, it is street priced at $24, and you can Click Right Here to get full details over on Duratrax’s website.

Hit up This Link to read more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

Duratrax Masking Tape
The next time you go to whip up one of your custom paint jobs, Duratrax has some new Vinyl Masking Tape for you to use. Available in 4 different widths (1/16”, 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2”), the Duratrax tape is designed for crisp lines and to easily conform around the bends and curves in the body you are working on.

Prices range from $2.29 to $5.99, they are available right now, and you can click HERE for the masking tape page over on Duratrax’s website.

Read up on Duratrax news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“How come bigsquidrc.com doesn’t have?

Hey Cubby,
Why isn’t there a section on BigSquidRC.com to help out noobs like myself? I see articles saying to help us out if we’re at the track or the local bash spot, and that’s great! The problem is we don’t always know if the info we’re getting is on the money! So how about a section full of tips and tricks for the new to rc guys? Such as Li-Po care, taping and mounting tyres, general maintenance and proper cleaning tips, etc etc. I know it’d help me out being able to come to a reliable, knowledgeable site such as this one (sucking up much? I know but I could use a sticker pack!) Keep up the great work keeping us to date with the latest news and reviews.
Thanks,
Dan N.”

Cubby- Ummmmmm…. you got us Dan. I dig your idea, we do need a tab at the top of our page that just says “Noobs Click Here”.

There are already a bunch of resources on-line for noobs. Heck, there are probably 2 thousand videos on YouTube on how to glue up tires. However…. none of them are from our unique BSRC perspective (although not a video, you can check out my recent tire gluing article HERE).

So ya, I dig your idea, I’ll try and get Adam “The Intern” on it for you and for all the other noobies out there.


“What’s going on with Duratrax

Hi Cubby,
I just picked up a SCREAMING deal on a new DTX 835e roller. $107. I have been looking for a budget 1/8 RC for a while, and most of the web time on these cars is pretty good, save one issue. Parts.

I am no stranger to Duratrax. I have an Evader that I have really enjoyed. It’s brushless, and with a few modifications (TBone Racing Bumpers), it is durable and probably as bullet proof as most other RC’s . . . . they all break. Back to my 835e. I looked at Tower Hobbies and many parts are on order. On the forums, everyone gripes about parts availability The 835e seems like a flagship RC for them . . . . if you look at their website.

So what’s up with Duratrax? As much fun as I have head with the Evader, it seems like they are always shooting themselves in the foot, either selling a vehicle that requires mods which should probably come from the factory, or selling really nice vehicles but not managing their supply line.

I wish I ran that company. I would whip them into shape.
Thanks
Patrick C.”

Cubby- Congrats on making the big-time Patrick, shoot us your snail mail and we’ll rush you out a BSRC sticker pack.

So…. after skimming your letter, I guess you want to know why parts support isn’t better at Duratrax?

And the answer is…. I have no idea. I don’t work there, and the people I know that do, well, they would certainly keep all the parts in stock if they could. However… you know me, I love to speculate/talk-smack, so I’ll just do some of that.

The Duratrax 835E is/was a solid buggy. It handled decent, had nice power on tap, and could be bashed fairly hard without it breaking. In fact, it nearly won our “Bash Vehicle of the Year” last year, it’s a solid basher. However… since it came out, we haven’t heard much about it. No Duartrax upgrade parts, not much support from the aftermarket, and no new off-shoots of the platform. It seems like they brought a bunch into the states, pushed it hard for a few months, then sort of forgot about it.

Hobbico is number one for a reason, they have their act together. But even with the best of companies things can get overlooked. In the case of your buggy, they flew off dealers shelves, put up good numbers, now it sounds like they didn’t bring in enough parts for all the buggies they sold.

So.. what should you do about parts??? Well….. if you can’t get’em through the normal channels do what you just did, buy another buggy at a “Screaming” deal. If you can secure another buggy on the cheap you’ll have plenty of spare parts at very reasonable price. Otherwise, I suggest giving the folks over at Duratrax an email or phone to let’em know how much you dig your DTX products, but how you may no longer be able to support them because you can’t find replacement parts.


Ok, so I’ve probably got more time to answer letters, but due to my insanely lazy nature, I’m calling it a day. Submit your letters/questions/b!tching/complaints/rants to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. You’ll win cool stuff if your letter hits our front page, if it doesn’t, at least you’ll know some intern scanned over it before hitting delete.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Duratrax Li-24 Charger
If you have been looking for a handy little charger at an affordable price point, take a look at the new Duratrax Li-24. The Li-24 is designed for light charging duties on most popular Lithium based packs and should be super easy to use.

* Made for 2 to 4S LiPo & LiFe batteries
* Max charge rate is 3 amps
* Features charge status LED and balance status for each cell
* Connectors are gold plated
* 200mA balance current
* Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.6″

The part number is #DTXP4621, it is street priced at just $24, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for complete details on the Duratrax website.

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Duratrax 3.8 Hatchet MT Tires
There was one tire that stood out after the announcement of Duratrax’s new 3.8 Monster Truck Tire line-up, the Hatchet MT. You see, the Hatchet uses a scale inspired chevron style tread that looks like the tires on a full size monster truck, and they should do a great job of shoveling mud/dirt/gravel while out bashing. Luckily it wasn’t long and we had a set for testing in our hands.

We received the pre-mounted version of the Hatchet MT on chrome wheels. They come packaged like most tires today, in re-sealable plastic bag, and the wheels/tires were pre-glued and ready to be mounted to a vehicle. We are big fans of pre-mounted wheels/tires because of how much time they save, we would rather by bashing than gluing. Also, we’ve found that the Hatchet MTs are some big beefy tires. When placed next to a stock tire off a Thunder Tiger MT4-G3, they are slightly shorter, but much wider, and with very deep tread.

We’ve already been bashing with the Hatchet MTs, but our full review is still a few weeks away. To get full details on the Hatchet MTs, plus all the other 3.8″ monster truck tires that Duratrax makes, simply hit up This Link.

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Duratrax RC Paint

We recently posted the announcement about the new Duratrax Paints coming soon. They have just released a video discussing their new lineup as well as give some quick and simple tips for you folks looking to paint your first body.

Click Here to head over on the official Duratrax website to check out all the available colors.

Click Right Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

Duratrax 3.8 Monster truck tires
So you’ve got a big mean monster truck but find you can’t put all the power to the ground with your stock tires. Duratrax has a brand new line-up of 3.8″ Tires and Pre-mounts to solve your problem. Borrowing from their smaller tires, Duratrax has brought Banditos, Lockups, and Six Packs up to the 3.8 size, and they also introduce one new tire, the chevron tread Hatchet MT. All the tires are molded in a new sport compound to provide excellent grip while offering long life. The pre-mounts are available on either chrome or black wheels, and in either a standard or 1/2″ offset.

The Duratrax 3.8s run $27 a pair, while the pre-mounts have street prices from $37-$39. These are available right now and you can click This Link for all the part numbers and additional information.

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Duratrax RC Paint
Have a hot paint scheme for that new body of yours? Now there is a new brand of paint to chose from, Duratrax RC Paints. Available in a wide variety of colors and in two different sizes, the Duratrax paints are said to offer excellent coverage at a great price per-ounce.

Duratrax RC Paint

* 4.5 oz Spray Cans- $7.99 each
* Fluorescent Paints 4.5 oz Spray Cans- $10.99
* Paints 0.5 oz Bottles- $4.49
* Fluorescent Paints 0.5 oz Bottles- $5.49

Duratrax Thinner

* 0.5 oz Bottle- $3.99
* 3.5 oz Bottle- $7.49

The entire line-up is said to be available in “Early Spring” and you can hit up This Link over on the official Duratrax website to check out all the available colors.

TGIF everybody, THIS is what it looks like when you hit a ramp with an XO-1.

Xpartus Carbon Fiber Kit Duratrax Nissan Camaro
There is a new company on the scene called Xpartus making some very trick carbon fiber upgrade parts for the Duratrax Nissan GTR and Camaro ZL1 nitro touring cars. Their first release is an entire carbon fiber upgrade kit to make the Duratrax cars tougher, faster, and to boost their bling factor. We have had a bunch of good times driving our review Duratrax Nissan, it’s awesome to see the aftermarket making some trick parts for it. The Xpartus kit includes-

* Carbon fiber radio and battery trays
* Carbon fiber front and rear towers with aluminum spacers

We have received no word on a potential release date or pricing information, but we will pass those along when we get them. The Xpartus website is still under construction, but Here is the link for future reference.

Click Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Advice for RC
I found your website while looking for a rc for my kids and I to play with. A few years ago when my youngest was 5 I bought a mini mauler. The thing was awesome. It was fast, would drive over any terrain in the house or yard. It seems that is no longer made and I am looking for something similar. Not too fast so a kid could learn it but not so weak that it can’t make it through thick carpet.
Any advice? There aren’t a lot of hobby shops nearby….
Dkrad”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Dkrad, shoot Brian an email at the “contact us” link so he can send you a free BSRC sticker pack.

Oh my, the old Horizon/HobbyZone Mini Mauler. I never had one, but they did look like fun.

So ya, I have a couple of recommendations for you. The first being one of the Dromida vehicles that are available from Tower Hobbies. I mention Tower because you said you don’t have an LHS close, and I mention Dromida because they are still fairly small in size like your Mauler, they can take a decent hit, and they won’t break your wallet (street priced at $99). The come in three different versions, a monster truck, an SCT, and a buggy, and while they aren’t crazy fast, they have a lot more rip than your old Mauler. Oh and, they can definitely get around well on carpet.

If you want to go a bit larger to do some outdoor bashing, I am going to recommend a brushed ARRMA Granite or an ECX 2wd Brushed Ruckus. The Granite has a street price of just over $200, while the Ruckus comes in at around $170. Both can easily get around in your backyard, both can take some hits, and you and your kids will have blast with them.


“Jato
I’m trying to buy some bandito 2.8 st for my jato I’m looking for advise with the offset front rear. Thank you guys for everything you do!
Tucker M.”

Cubby- Heyyyy nowwww Tucker, thanks for the email. You too can hit up Brian for some stickers.

So… you have a Traxxas Jato and want to mount up some Duratrax Bandito ST 2.8 wheels/tires on it. I’ve got some time in on a set of them, and they work fairly well on-road. The Jato uses the same offset front wheels as the front Nitro Stampede and front Nitro Rustler. On the rear the offset is the same as a bunch of different trucks like the F & R of the Pede 4×4, the rear of the Nitro Pede & Nitro Rustler, and the front of the electric 2wd Pede & Rustler. So as this applies to the Duratrax Bandito ST pre-mounts, for the rear of your Jato you will want “rear wheels with 1/2 inch offset”, like part number #DTXC3544 (for black wheels). For the front of your truck you’ll want something like part number #DTXC3540 for the black front pre-mounts.

Oh and hey, shoot us some pics of that bad boy when you get them mounted up.


That’s it for this week ya lunatics, shoot your emails to me at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” you’ll get a free Big Squid t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Duratrax r/c paint
Pactra left a big hole in the paint market when it was discontinued, leaving many customers wondering where they would get their favorite colors from. Whenever there is a demand, there will be someone to fill in the supply, and now we’ve learned that Duratrax is coming out with a new R/C paint line-up. The Duratrax R/C Paint line will feature a wide variety of colors and be available in both rattle cans and for the airbrush crowd. No pricing or release date information has been announced yet, but we will post when we receive it.

Click Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

Black Duratrax Pit stand
Black is the new blue when it comes to color in the rc world. Duratrax has noticed the trend and now you can get all of their popular pit stands in black. Made from high impact polystyrene with aluminum center posts, the Duratrax pit stands will not only last for years, but also make it a lot easier to wrench on your bash-mobile.

DTXC2369 – Car Stand-Black – $11
DTXC2379 – Truck Stand-Black – $17
DTXC2384 – Shock Stand-Black – $11
DTXC2389 – Tool Stand-Black – $13

Click Right Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

Hobbico end of the month specials
The folks over at Hobbico are getting the word out that they’ve got some specials going on until the end of the month. Until February 28th you can save some bank on various surface and air products. Some of the more notable specials include-

* $100 off the Duratrax Nissan GTR Nitro 4wd RTR
* $40 off the 2013 ARRMA Fury SCT RTR
* $30 off the Axial Jeep Wrangler Wraith-Poison Spyder 4WD RTR and SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4WD Kit
* $30 off the Futaba 4PK Super R

There are many other items on sale, to view them all simply click This Link that takes you over to the sale page on the Best RC website.

Catch up on more Hobbico news right here on BigSquidRC by clicking This Link.