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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.

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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.

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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.

Duratrax Onyx Brushless SystemThe good folks over at Hobbico are running a couple of specials from now until February 28 on select Duratrax brushless systems and ARRMA BLX RTRs.

When you buy the Duratrax Onyx brushless systems listed below you will get a merchandise certificate that can be used on other Hobbico products. The Duratrax Onyx brushless systems are waterproof and come ready for install with Deans plug.

1/8 scale systems ($25 merchandise certificate)

DTXC3194 2200kV Motor, 120A ESC Brushless System- $249.99
DTXC3195 2650kV Motor, 120A ESC Brushless System- $249.99

1/10 scale systems ($10 merchandise certificate)

DTXC3164 3930kV Motor, 80A ESC Brushless System- $149.97
DTXC3165 4420kV Motor, 80A ESC Brushless System- $149.97
DTXC3166 5900kV Motor, 80A ESC Brushless System- $149.97
DTXC3172 3650kV Motor, 80A ESC SC Brushless System- $159.99
DTXC3174 4550kV Motor, 80A ESC SC Brushless System- $159.99


ARRMA Granite BLXThe special on ARRMA vehicles is a $20 merchandise certificate with the purchase of any ARRMA BLX brushless RTR. The ARRMA BLX series of vehicles are affordable, powerful, and come with an industry leading 2 year warranty. The merchandise certificate is redeemable at the same hobby shop the ARRMA was purchased and can be used on products from over 30 r/c brands including Axial, Duratrax, Futaba, ARRMA, and TrakPower.

ARAD25** GRANITE BLX Brushless RTR- $379.98
ARAD26** FURY BLX Brushless RTR- $399.99
ARAD28** VORTEKS BLX Brushless RTR- $379.98
ARAD29** RAIDER BLX Brushless RTR- $349.98

To hit the official Duratrax website click HERE, to hit up ARRMA click HERE, and to get more Hobbico news on BigSquidRC THIS is the link you want.

ASK Cubby

“Animus 18TR

I was recently reading a thread on your website that reviewed the Animus 18 TR. I believe it was posted by Tim Mohr in Nov. of 2011. Near the bottom he talks about mods over $5 being a good quality charger, which would be around $50. I was wondering what the brand of charger (model # too) was and how long it would take to charge those batteries on that newer charger.

Thanks,

Pete”

Cubby- Yo hey Pete, thanks for taking the time to shoot in an email.

If there is one thing I truly hate it is using a wall charger that takes 5, 6, 7, or 8 hours to charge up a pack. I am just not wired to sit around that long waiting on a pack to be ready to jam.

There are a plethora of good chargers at the $50 price point to quick charge the Helion Animus 18TR’s 1100mAh Ni-MH pack. But sometimes those pesky Ni-MH packs can like to false peak, so I am going to recommend this one to you- the Duratrax Onyx 210 (#DTXP4210). It sits right at the $50 mark, is AC/DC, has more than enough power to charge the stock 18TR pack in under an hour, and I’ve used one extensively around the office with minimal false peaking. Oh ya, I really like its big LCD display as well.

How long would it take to charge the 1100mAh Ni-MH on the Onyx? You could set the 210 for a .8 amp charge rate, resulting in a charge that would take just under an hour and a half, or the stock Helion pack might be able to take a 1.5 amp rate, if so, you would be looking at charge times under an hour.

If you want to stick with a Firelands product, I would recommend the Radient Primal. The Primal is an AC only charger, but I’ve used it extensively and it has worked well for me. Oh ya, it also has plenty of power for small packs, plus it can charge Lipo, which if you haven’t switched over to yet, you really need to pull the trigger on. The price point is awesome too, just $40.

Hey Pete, when ya pick up a new charger shoot us an email on what ya ended up buying. Later homie, go fast, spin tires.


“Quadcopters

Hi,

So some people are getting wound up because of the quadcopters appearing everywhere. Never mind, now how about an update on the first quad shootout. I’d love to know what’s the best one to get now, especially with Christmas on the way.

The reviews and shootouts are great. Keep them coming.

Gary F.”

Cubby- Hey, good to hear from ya Gary.

I hate quads, or maybe I should say, I used to hate quads. I am truly a surface kind of guy, it is just how my brain is/was wired, but I have actually been using the Estes Proto X quite a bit around the office. It flies for a while, it is super fast to charge, and it takes some skill to put it where ya want it. If you are looking to pick one up for X-mas, I highly recommend it.

So… ya, you can put me on the list of people wanting to see an updated quad shootout. We’ve been toying with ideas for a bunch of different shootouts for a while now, but we get relentless emails about the quads. I need to crack the whip on Brian and make that one happen. There are bucket loads of new quads on the market, heck even I want to see how they stack up.


That’s it for this week ya freaks, shoot me your letters/questions/rants/manifestos to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the front page shoot us an email with your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a sticker pack!

YOUR Rub-a-dub-Cub Reporter

duratrx_li-24

We recently posted details about the Duratrax Li-24 2S-4S Balancing Charger, and like magic, ours arrived in the office a couple of days later. Here is a quick shot as we get ready to start our review process.

For more info hit the Duratrax Website.

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ASK Cubby

“Hey Cubby,

I just picked up a 2013 Savage x 4.6! What would be the best upgrade you recommend for a routine basher? Most bang per buck vs. Best Bang if money were no object?

Thanks in advance!
Jose C. Jr.

p.s. I’m also bumming it for a free decal :-)”

Cubby- Yo yo yo Jose, BigSquidRC Raps! Actually we don’t, we just dig phrases from the early ’90s.

Word up on the stickers, shoot Brian your snail mail and we’ll not only hook ya up with stickers, but Brian just might stick a “surpise” in there too.

Now to your question. What is the best hop-up for a Savage 4.6? IMO that would be a hammer to smash it to bits, then go out and buy the Flux version. Ya, you probably already know I am not a fan of nitro, so there is my “money is no object” upgrade.

Ok, but what if smashing it into a pile of rubble was not an option? I consider there to be two key hop-ups to any vehicle, regardless of scale or what powerplant it uses.

1. Gearing
2. Tires

In the case of your Savage it comes properly geared right out of the box, so you can scratch that one. So now you’ll be looking at some new kicks. The type you buy depends strictly on you and your driving habits. If you drive on pavement stay away from small pins, if you only drive in loam look for the biggest lugs you can find, if you do a little bit of everything buy Pro-Line Trenchers because they work well on just about any surface shy of snot covered ice (sorry for the ugly mental image… actually, no I’m not).

Have fun with your BSRC stickers and shoot us pics if you pick up some new tires for your truck.


“Greetings,

I saw that you did a review on the DXR8-E last year sometime, and you gave it pretty good marks. Did you run this machine any more after your test? I see some kind of crazy low bids on ebay these units and I am wondering if somebody knows something that I don’t know. . . . or is it that Duratrax just has a not great rep but this one is really a good ride?

My big concern is the composite motor mount, and secondly the plastic chassis. I have found one guy on the web that says he has had trouble with the motor mount, but everybody else says they do OK.

My driving is more of the bashing style, but not really a “fly it 25 feet in the air” bashing style.

Think I would be better served to save up for an 835E??

Thanks

Patrick C.”

Cubby- And greetings to you too Pat C, thanks for your questions.

Ok, so… is the Duratrax DXR8-E any good, or should you save up some cash and buy the 835E?

Brian, Wrench, and Adam put our review DXR8-E through a legit beating and didn’t have many issues with it. They were doing all the stupid stuff you shouldn’t do and it proved to be a very capable bash machine for us. I also need to mention that most of the testing was done in cold weather for that buggy, making it even more difficult for it to survive. If you are on the fence for getting one, get off it and cut the check.

However… the DXR8-E comes as a roller with no electronics. Electronics to get it up and cranking will run at least a couple hundred bucks (and a lot more than that for the “good” stuff). The 835E comes RTR completely ready to jam. If you don’t have a bunch of 8th scale electronics sitting around, the 835E might actually prove to be cheaper.

Also… I’m a big fan of the 835E. It handles well, takes a legit beating, and basically does everything you want a good bash machine to do. In years past DTX would use OEMs that maybe weren’t quite up to par, but the OEM they have build the 835E is who I’d use if it was my job to whip out an 8th scaler. The 835E has quality plastic, quality metal parts, and is put together by people who know what they are doing with 8th scalers.

Btw… we’ve been seriously tossing around an “affordable buggy shootout” for quite some time now. DTX vs ECX vs RedCat vs Ofna, we really should get off our butts and knock that one out.


That’s it for now ya bunch of lunatics, shoot me your questions, epic meltdowns, verbose rants, and anything else to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the bigtime you get a sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month” you’ll win a BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Duratrax Li-24 2S-4S Balancing Charger
So you’ve just jumped into Lipo batteries but don’t want to break the bank on a dedicated charger. Duratrax has you covered with their new Li-24 2S-4S Balancing Charger. Like the name states you can charge 2, 3, or 4S packs with the Li-24 and it has a maximum charge rate of 3 amps. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Built in power supply for AC use
* CC/CV charging
* Comes with Deans Ultra Plug connector
* Charge status LED
* Balancing status for each cell
* LiPo/LiFe switch
* Balance Current: 200mA
* Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inch

The Duratrax Li-24 has a part number of #DTXP4620, a street price of only $25, and you should expect to start seeing them hit hobby shops in late November.

Click Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

duratrax_grandprize_winner

Remember our amazing DURATRAX 400 GIVEAWAY?! Well Matthew has sent in a few pictures of his prize box opened up, so we thought we would post them for people to check out.

Congrats again Matthew, and thanks to Duratrax for all their help on the sweet giveaway!

Looking to win something? Keep watching, we have an announcement coming very soon!

Thunder Tiger Winner iHobby
Pictured above and below are some very stoked winners of product we gave out during our daily rc demos at the iHobby Expo. The fine folks over at Duratrax, Viper, ARRMA, Thunder Tiger, and Parma donated some of their latest goodies to hook up some of the fans in the crowd. Our Bash Crew would hit the track and go huge, then at the end our Cub Reporter would pick a winner out of the screaming crowd. Congrats to the winners and another big Thank You to the companies that supported our fans!

Couldn’t make it to iHobby to win some free gear? Don’t worry, more contests are on the way! To check out some of our previous contests check out This Link.

grandprize_winner

We have our winner in the OFFICIAL DURATRAX 400 GIVEAWAY! The winner was chosen at random (thanks random.org) from the 100 winners in tire giveaway.

Congratulations to Matthew Riley of Virginia! You have won the Grand Prize!

Here is what he wins! The ARRMA Granite BLX, the Duratrax Pit Tech Deluxe Truck Stand, Duratrax Pit Tech Deluxe Shock Stand, and Duratrax Pit Tech Deluxe Tool Stand. There is also a set of Duratrax Six Pack MT tires on chrome wheels, Duratrax T-shirt, and a huge Duratrax 3′x4′ banner!! We will also make sure to send out a bunch of Big Squid RC Stickers to go along with your new ride!

A huge thank you to Duratrax for making this giveaway truly epic! We had a blast, and hope everyone involved did as well! Thank you all for the support!

Didn’t win this time around? Stay tuned….