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    My Rustler 4X4 Build ground-up

    Alright guys I'm new to this thread but not new to RC and Traxxas, I used to have a built 2wd rustler that I raced, sold that a few years back and I miss my Rustler sooo....... I'm building a 4X4 Rustler now.


    Parts are ordered and waiting on shipment, here is what I have coming:

    Rustler 4X4 VXL Chassie roller (no electronics, shocks or tires)
    Rustler 4X4 VXL body (Green/Blue)
    Traxxas Rustler 4X4 stock tires and rims
    Pro-line Prime Street tires (for added traction on the road)
    Pro-line Powerstroke shocks (88mm, 102mm)
    Traxxas 2250 High Torque Servo (330 0z-in)
    Castle Creations Mamba X motor (2400kv 5mm shaft)
    Castle blower fan
    Castle Creations Mamba X ESC
    Gens Ace 11.1 3s 5300MaH liPo's
    Traxxas aluminum steering belcrank (from slash platinum)
    Traxxas aluminum front and rear carriers bearing (from slash platinum)
    Traxxas performance front and rear metal drive shafts
    Traxxas Aluminum wheel hubs
    Robinson racing pinion gears (18T and 20T)
    Stock wheelie bar (also going to try older model wheelie bar})

    So when it all gets here I'm going to start my build, Hopefully I got everything.........

    Stay tuned for pictures and the build. If you have any suggestions or comment please feel free.

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    HOw much did it cost lol

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    Don't wanna talk about that right now.... LOL TO SOON

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    I’ve been abusing mine with that motor esc combo on 4s and have only been able to pop one shock cap and unglue the stock tires. Sounds like a solid build. Keep us posted. And I have a suggestion, don’t do a test run with out the body on lol
    Last edited by tmbold; 11-24-2018 at 06:26 PM.

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    I would like to know how those proline primes work out for you. Personally I could not think of a better way to drop a $G. Looking forward to this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmbold View Post
    I’ve been abusing mine with that motor esc combo on 4s and have only been able to pop one shock cap and unglue the stock tires. Sounds like a solid build. Keep us posted. And I have a suggestion, don’t do a test run with out the body on lol
    You have this exact motor setup? What gear and pinion are you running? And what kind of performance are you getting?

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    Nice build.

    I started with a vxl
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    King headz motor mount
    Hitec 7955tg servo
    Aluminum steering bellcrank
    Traxxas hd cvds
    Traxxas Aluminum hubs
    Esc and motor fans
    Sway bar kit
    Center diff
    Gtr shocks
    Stampede shock guards
    New oil in diffs 10k front, 30k center, 5k rear
    Have new tires on order. Worn the stock ones out already
    Last edited by E-fanatic; 11-25-2018 at 04:26 PM.

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    Tmbold, what spur gear and slipper clutch are you running? Is it stock or did you upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonkatoytaco View Post
    Tmbold, what spur gear and slipper clutch are you running? Is it stock or did you upgrade?
    Slipper is stock, currently running 50t spur. I have a 32t mod 1 on order for speed runs. On 3s start with 18-20/54. Then do 18-20/52 and so on. Monitor your temps

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    First round of parts came in, should be another round today. I'm assuming I'm to new to post pictures???? Hmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonkatoytaco View Post
    First round of parts came in, should be another round today. I'm assuming I'm to new to post pictures???? Hmm
    This forum dosent have a direct picture post function unless you use tapatalk. You can use a website photo upload website and html link it too. There is a faq on the forum that will help you better then I can, but the tapatalk app is the best way.

    Your rustler build sounds great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonkatoytaco View Post
    First round of parts came in, should be another round today. I'm assuming I'm to new to post pictures???? Hmm
    Ok so here is the first round of pictures

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    I changed my mind. I am returning/selling my Traxxas upgraded driveshafts and I just ordered some MIP Driveshafts.

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    Mine arrived today I did a video of fitting the traxxas ones (CVD's), I've used them but under 4S the front one tore in two, I'll be fitting the new mip ones tonight.

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    Did you just post that on YouTube not to long ago? That's probably the video I watched that changed my mind lol.
    Quote Originally Posted by golden14 View Post
    Mine arrived today I did a video of fitting the traxxas ones (CVD's), I've used them but under 4S the front one tore in two, I'll be fitting the new mip ones tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by golden14 View Post
    Mine arrived today I did a video of fitting the traxxas ones (CVD's), I've used them but under 4S the front one tore in two, I'll be fitting the new mip ones tonight.
    That’s crazy I’ve been running 4s on stock drive shafts, haven’t broke anything yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-fanatic View Post
    Nice build.

    I started with a vxl
    Added
    King headz motor mount
    Hitec 7955tg servo
    Aluminum steering bellcrank
    Traxxas hd cvds
    Traxxas Aluminum hubs
    Esc and motor fans
    Sway bar kit
    Center diff
    Gtr shocks
    Stampede shock guards
    New oil in diffs 10k front, 30k center, 5k rear
    Have new tires on order. Worn the stock ones out already
    Do the shock guards fit on the GTR shocks?
    Traxxas Rally VXL
    Traxxas Rustler 4x4

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden14 View Post
    Mine arrived today I did a video of fitting the traxxas ones (CVD's), I've used them but under 4S the front one tore in two, I'll be fitting the new mip ones tonight.
    Did you do a video on fitting the MIP shafts?

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    More parts came in. Going to start building tomorrow. Wish me luck

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    Rear is complete, installed MIP shafts and Traxxas aluminum hubs. Doing the front tomorrow.

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    Need some help from you rustler builders. Finishing up the back side of my rustler. I have traxxas aluminum hubs and MIP drive shafts. I put my wheels on and they are really toed inwards. Anyone have any input or are they supposed to be like that?

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    Yep they are supposed to be towed in like that for traction purposes. If you remove the tow in you’ll find that you’ll lose a lot of traction.

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    toe in is almost always used in the rear of vehicles to help aide forward traction and stability.
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    I understand that and thank you guys for your input. It just looked like a little to much to to me. But if that's normal I'm ok with it

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    Was that your first time dying a chassis? Looks so much better than gray

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    Yes my first time. Never even knew about dying them or thought about it, but glad I did, looks a lot better. Easy to do if your interested.

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    Yes I’m definitely gonna do it. Bought a black bandit chassis for my 2wd the difference is night and day. Your gonna have a good looking truck, can’t wait to see it finished.

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    Thanks i appreciate that. I hope it turns out nice, my motor and ESC come in tomorrow. So I should have it finished in a day or 2.

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    The first scratch is the hardest, if you run on the street stiffen your front shocks so the chassis doesn’t slap the road when coming down from wheelies. It will be a wheelie monster

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    Power house is in now fine tuning and going to shorten the wires.

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    Just a heads up, the traxxas carriers can be reversed to take out some of that toe in out back.
    Its alright son I'll fix it when you break it

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    Quote Originally Posted by FnFancy View Post
    Just a heads up, the traxxas carriers can be reversed to take out some of that toe in out back.
    Really? Thatd be great!

    Tonkataco, Your rustler is built and amazing. Sounds dialed.
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    Yes sir, don't quote me on this but, the carriers should have a L and R in them as well as two mounting holes. I see the OP ordered some carriers off of a chop shop so the instructions probably weren't included. Given the built in toe of the arms those carriers should be able to provide a range of 0° to 5° of rear toe in. I'll see if I can rustle up the instructions for proper set up of desired toe.
    Its alright son I'll fix it when you break it

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    Quote Originally Posted by FnFancy View Post
    Yes sir, don't quote me on this but, the carriers should have a L and R in them as well as two mounting holes. I see the OP ordered some carriers off of a chop shop so the instructions probably weren't included. Given the built in toe of the arms those carriers should be able to provide a range of 0° to 5° of rear toe in. I'll see if I can rustle up the instructions for proper set up of desired toe.
    I just checked my carriers and they were on the wrong side. When I switched them they had more toe in.
    Wrong side

    Right side



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    Thanks Tmbold I'm going to switch mine tonight. While I have you and since you have a similar set up as I'm going with, did you connect your sensored wire from your ESC to your motor? And what would that allow me to do?

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    If you have a sensored motor and a sensor cable on your esc, yes you’ll want it plugged in. This tells the ESC the position of the rotor inside the motor. If you leave it unplugged you will most likely have some erratic movement of the motor.

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    And of course that plug doesn't come with the motor so I have to buy that as well

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    Mine came with the cable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonkatoytaco View Post
    Thanks Tmbold I'm going to switch mine tonight. While I have you and since you have a similar set up as I'm going with, did you connect your sensored wire from your ESC to your motor? And what would that allow me to do?

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    For strictly bashing the sensor isn't necessary. Yes it will give you a smoother start up but, if your not racing it's not needed. It seems as though you're going all out with your build though so maybe it would be worth it to you to pick one up.
    Its alright son I'll fix it when you break it

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