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Duratrax camaro nitro reviewOne of the most important people around the BigSquidRC offices is our guy “Wrench Bill”. He fixes all the cars we bust up (he is VERY busy) and generally keeps everyone sane. Bill is also our resident nitro lover. No matter where we go Bill always brings a nitro (or 3) to bash with. There are a lot of people out there like Bill, a big part of their enjoyment of the hobby is tuning and driving nitro power.

We hadn’t tested a nitro vehicle for a while then the good folks over at Duratrax sent us their Camaro ZL1. The Camaro is a tenth scale 4wd that comes with a .18 sized nitro engine. We’ve been bashing it for several weeks now, what did we learn?

* The included .18 engine has a LOT of power. It ripped hard from a dead stop all the way up to top speed. If you are looking for a car to impress the neighbors with power, the Camaro will do that. Also of note, we never had a problem getting the engine to start, and it stayed running better than 90% of the engines we’ve been around.

* We liked the included 2 speed tranny. Ours shifted well out of the box and made for nuclear takes offs and good top speed.

* The included tires gave good traction. Unfortunately all the power on tap really shortened their lifespan.

* The Camaro comes with a plastic pipe and we ended up melting the outlet on ours. This plugged up the exhaust and kept the engine from running. We also had one of the gears on the two speed come loose and fall off.

* With a spool in the front and a diff in the rear the Camaro handles well if you can keep from constantly pinning the engine. When driven with a smart trigger finger the car can really haul on pavement.

* We were big fans of the included electric starter. It makes life soooo much easier than a pull start.

* The Camaro is one of the best looking cars ever produced by Duratrax. It is officially licensed by Chevrolet and looks really sharp in person.

The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has a part number of #DTXD53** and are street priced at $299. To get more details you can hit up the Official Duratrax Website.

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Duratrax Onyx 110 ReviewMany bashers are on a budget, while others aren’t looking for the best money can buy, they just want products that are easy to use. The Onyx 110 battery charger from Duratrax is aimed right at these types of hobbyists. It comes with an ultra-low price point, $24, and could not be easier to use. We’ve been using one for a couple of months now and this is what we have learned-

* Seriously, the Onyx is incredibly easy to use. Flip the switch to the amp rate you want then plug your pack in, it is that easy.

* The 110 is very light and has a small footprint, it takes up almost no space in your pit box.

* If you have LiPo batteries (or plan on getting some), the 110 probably isn’t for you as it only charges NiCd and NiMH type batteries.

* We used the 110 on a wide variety of packs. From small 5 cell receiver packs, to 7 cell 5000mAh primary packs, the 110 always seemed to give a solid charge.

* Many lower-end chargers like to “false peak” all the time. That was not the case with the 110.

* Out of the box the 110 comes with a “Tamiya” style connector and a port for plugging in receiver packs. If you use Deans or Traxxas connectors you’ll either need to buy, or solder up, an adapter.

Overall, we were big fans of the Onyx 110. It was easy to use, gave good quality charges, and took up very little room in our pit box. We can highly recommend the 110 to all you NiMH/NiCd users out there. To get full details on the Onyx 110 Here Is The Link to its page on the official Duratrax website.

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Duratrax Camaro ZL1 Nitro UnboxingElectric might be the dominant force in rc right now, but there are still plenty of bashers that enjoy the smell of nitro in the morning. There is something about the sound and smell of nitro that some hobbyists can’t live without.

The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has been out for a while now, but we recently got one to review. It features a .18 nitro engine and one of the most scale authentic bodies ever produced by Duratrax. With the big nitro power and an affordable $299 price point, the Camaro ZL1 has the makings of a great bash machine.

Our full review is still a few weeks out, until then check out the unboxing pictures below. To get more information on the Duratrax Camaro simply hit up their Official Website.

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Duratrax Short Course Tires
All you short course truck drivers have two new tire choices for your truck. Duratrax has announced they are bringing their Six Pack and Picket tread patterns to the SCT world.

We’ve been fans of the Six Pack tire design since we first tried them. They look cool and have good traction on a wide variety of surfaces. The new Six Pack SCs should give loads of traction to your SCT and we can’t wait to try a set.

Everyone knows the world revolves around scale looks now days, the new Picket SC tires can bring that type of look to your SCT. With an aggressive full scale type of tread, they look good and should work well on everything from pavement to loamy dirt.

Both sets of tires are available unmounted, or pre-mounted for the Traxxas Slash 2wd, Slash 4×4, HPI Blitz, Associated SC10, SC10 4×4, Losi SCTE, and the ARRMA Fury. Click Here for more information over on the official Duratrax website.

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duratrax onyx 225 battery charger
When cruising the pits at a bash event we see a lot of Duratrax Onyx chargers, and for good reason, they are a great bang-for-the-buck. The newest addition to the Duratrax charger line-up is the Onyx 225. The 225 is an affordable AC/DC charger that is capable of charging Ni-MH, LiPo, NiCd, LiFe, and Li-ion batteries. We’ll be posting more details on the 225 in the near future.

The part number is #DTXP4225, it is street priced at $59, and they slotted for an October release date. Click Here to get information on the entire line-up of Onyx battery chargers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.