For this starter's guide, I am going to cover the basics of what one should buy (or use) when starting out with a Slash 2wd (XL-5 or VXL).
You should THINK before you buy ANYTHINg
ESC (SPEED CONTROL)
The Castle Creations Mamba Max Pro is effectively the KING of powerful ESCs for the slash. It can push 8th scale motors on up to 6s
Castle Creations Sidewinder-good for a budget, offers much more adjustability than the Hobbywing ESCs, but struggles to push a 4-pole motor on 3s
Both the Maba Max Pro and Sidewinder can be found here: http://castlecreations.com/products/products_drive.html
Hobbywing-any of the ESCs are good stuff, 60amp (60a) is the minimum I would recconmend, almost all can be found Here: http://www.hobbypartz.com/hoescforca.html
Brushless Hobbies ESC, these are cheap and powerful, only 58 bucks for 120amp ESC, comes with USB programmer, and can EASILY handle 3s power
Information on The Castle Mamba Max Pro vs. The Brushless hobbies 120 amp ESC
Hobbywing, Tacon, and leopard motors are cheap and good, but most are 2-pole, If you buy a motor from one of them, make sure that the can of the motor does not have deep ribs, make sure it looks smooth. Also make sure that the motor says either "3650 or 3660" or it might be a 1/16th scale system. http://www.hobbypartz.com/moandbrsy.html
Toro, powerful 4-pole motors that are said to rival Castle Creation's motors, albeit, at a much cheaper price.
Tenshock, EXTREMELY powerful 4-pole motors that are almost always out of stock, but worth buying when they get back in stock. Pair with the MMP
EXI, Solar, Whatever you call it, pick a servo that has at least 125 oz-in. of torque, and has a transit time of under 14 sec/60 degrees.
Pick one that is digital and has metal gears, (NOT MICRO) and all's well
They can be found here: http://www.hobbypartz.com/servos.html
And here: http://www.valuehobby.com/radio-syst...1&gear_type=42
Savox is a good brand, but costs about $70, the sc-1256tg and sc-1257tg have been suggested.
Can be found @ amainhobbies.com, or the Savox website
I personally run a Solar D771, its specs are good, and speed is way more than enough for a basher like me, and good enough for a racer. (http://www.hobbypartz.com/33p-solarservo-d771.html
This is when cheapness comes into play.
The Flysky systems are very good for the money, the FS-GT3B is 3 channels and has many hacks one can do to make it perform better. It offers a lot of adjustability, and many neat features you can experiment with.
The FS-GT2 is rarely in stock, but is a budget item for the budget basher
Both can be found here: http://www.hobbypartz.com/rccarradios.html
Futaba radios are also reported to be top notch, but you pay for the power.
They have 3 tiers of 3-channel radios, and no 2 channel radios,
The 3-PRKA (screenless, and no mixing, but cheaper, dual rate)
The 3-PL (brake mixing, small screen, 4 wheel steer mixing, Dual rate)
The top of the line 3-PM-X (decent screen, dual rate, mixing options, ergonomics adjustment, 4ws etc.)
All Futaba Radios can be found here: http://www.futaba-rc.com/systems/surface.html
A Charger guide, but if you don't have time to read, the two below are good choices: http://www.ultimaterc.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=115188
Thunder AC6 (tried and true) http://www.hobbypartz.com/thac6smbachw.html
Thunder AC680 (more power, more expense) http://www.hobbypartz.com/73p-ac680-accharger.html
Sky LiPos or Gens Ace are good, but min. spec one should buy is 40c 4000mah or 30c 5000mah.
is a good read when you have time, but I have sorted out some basic (powerful) battery packs
Gens Ace 2s 5000mah 40c, good for starting out, Perfect if you have the XL-5 (wires go straight from battery to connector (direct), wires go to bullet plugs that plug into battery (not direct)
Gens Ace 3s, 5000mah 40c, (need battery expansion kit and CAN ONLY BE USED WITH 3S CAPABLE BRUSHLESS SYSTEM) good for switching up to when you have a BRUSHLESS system such as VXl, Castle Creations Mamba Max Pro, Castle Creations Sidewinder, etc.
I will update this later with durability and race upgrades.
has covered this for me!!
input on this subject.
Fast Lane Machine (FLM) A top quality product (reportedly) according to many members of this forum, but it has to be to justify the price tag, a handy dandy $60.00. It has the "Dr. Isotope seal of approval", and has survived his diff exploding and sending shards of differential innards into the tranny, he just picked out the pieces, put a new diff in, and kept going. The FLM also comes with adjustable toe-in mounts, perfect for racers and bashers alike who want yet another thing to "dial in". Also, does not add considerable weight to the truck.
VENOM (soon to be Atomik RC) Cheap option for those without much cash, their cases come anodized in many colors, but at the minute, only orange is available
Since it uses a motor "plate", it does not add considerable weight. Only 37.49, but, the venom aluminum ally is suspect.
Hot Racing, The case I will be ordering, comes in just one color, black, and features cooling fins and a graphite case, and finally, an aluminum motor plate. This also comes with all the requisite spacers to install the stock bumper mount, but the graphite does not dissipate as much heat as it's competitors do, but makes up for that in lightness.
Where to buy:http://www.hobbyetc.com/item.cgi?part_id=75158
Golden Horizon, Heavy, clunky, and cheap, an aluminum stock tranny. VERY HEAVY, and some have experienced defects with them, (screws not fitting, etc.) http://www.ghhobby.com/proddetail.php?prod=2600
Integy, one of their cases appears just like the GH one, but another has some extra holes for lightening, but they are nothing to write home about
Racer's Edge Machine (REM) Cool looking products, but it is like the GH one, but without the defects,
but is very heavy, and costs even more than FLM
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