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    RC Qualifier GotNoRice's Avatar
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    Brushed 4x4 vs 2wd Brushless

    I am getting a friend into the hobby, trying to help him choose a truck. My first recommendation was the Brushless Stampede 4x4 as that truck has given me such a good experience over the years. His budget won't allow that however. It comes down to a Brushless Stampede (2wd) or a Brushed Stampede 4x4.

    4x4 seem so much easier to drive than a 2wd vehicle, I assume it will be better for his long-term enjoyment of the hobby if he goes with a 4x4.

    Also, because of my Stampede 4x4 and my Slash 4x4 (used with 2.8" tires as a monster truck also), I have an entire bag of spare parts, including tons of stub-axles, a-arms, 2.8" tires, transmission parts, and even a spare metal center shaft ready to replace the plastic center shaft that comes with the brushed model

    I don't have a spare brushless motor/esc though, so if he gets the Brushed Stampede 4x4, he will be stuck using the brushed motor for a while. All of the vehicles that I've got since I got back into the hobby in 2011 have been Brushless. I have not used a brushed RC since the late 90's when I was a kid. I don't really even know what to expect if he gets a Brushed Stampede 4x4.

    Some of my concerns with the Brushed 4x4 are:

    I remember my old 2-pole velineon system that came with my Stampede 4x4 back in 2011, and it was somewhat under-powered for the truck. Wouldn't a brushed motor be even worse? Possible overheating, etc?

    Approx how fast is a Brushed Stampede 4x4 on stock gearing? If it's TOO slow, especially compared to my brushless vehicles, it might not be too fun for him.

    How long does a Titan 550 12T last with zero maintenance (NOT running in wet conditions)? I know that he would never give it maintenance. My old 2-pole velineon system is still running in a Rustler that I built and functions as good as new even after 6 and a half years. What is considered a long-life for a Brushed motor?

    Thanks!

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    I had the same dilemma for myself and did 4x4 brushless. Lol. PayPal offers 6 month same as cash


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    RC Qualifier GotNoRice's Avatar
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    Taking out a loan for an RC is a tough sell. It was already difficult for me to get him to agree to go beyond the ~$220 required for a brushed 2wd. If he goes Brushed 4x4, he will likely be going brushless eventually, probably in a year or so when I install a nice castle system in there for him. I want his truck to be super fun for him before that happens though, and not sure if the brushed motor in the 4x4 will be enough.

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    Sorry to say... but if he cant afford either truck right now, tell your freind to start saving up unless theres a CC to use, but paying back a little at time till its payed off will have costed alot more in the end.

    Keep in mind that the XL5(brushed) and the VXL(brushless) use different diff gear ratios, so the speeds will differ, 3.92(xl5) slower vs 2.85(vxl) faster.
    Bashing along @ 30mph...

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    I'd get a brushed 4x4. Then upgrade when he's ready. You can go brushless for less than 100 bucks if you want to

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