Ruckus 1/18 Monster Truck RTR w/2.4GHz Radio by ECX
This product was added to our catalog on October 28, 2013.
This is the ECX RC Ruckus 1/18 Ready-to-Run Monster Truck. Don’t let the small size fool you! Built with a nylon composite material that can withstand tons of abuse, the 1:18 scale Ruckus is ready to take bashing to a new level. The 1:18 scale Ruckus comes complete with everything you need to hit the road with monster force in one box and features the excess power you’d expect from an ECX basher monster truck. The Ruckus features a 4WD system using a reliable and efficient gear differential so the terrain it’s driven on is rarely a concern. The addition of a proven electronic speed control and reliable oil filled shocks give the Ruckus the ability to handle jumps, rugged terrain and the abuse of almost any driving style.
- 4WD shaft driven platform
- ECX® 2.4Ghz radio system
- Waterproof receiver / ESC combo
- Oil filled shocks
- Bottom loading battery tray
- Includes 6-cell NiMH battery and wall charger
- Crash conforming nylon composite chassis
- Dynamite® 380 size brushed motor
- Uses high-current EC3 connectors
- Four wheel independent suspension
- Completely ready-to-run including AA's for Tx
Type: 4WD Monster Truck
Length: 10.51 in (267mm)
Width: 7.72 in (196mm)
Height: 4.25 in (108mm)
Ground Clearance: 1.22 in (31mm)
Wheelbase: 7.01 in (178mm)
Weight: 1.68 lbs (763g)
Chassis: Molded Nylon Composite
Tire Type: Monster Truck
Motor or Engine: 380 Brushed
Radio: 2Ch, 2.4GHZ
Batteries: 7.2V 900mAh Stick pack (flat)
Charger: NiMH AC charger
Gear Pitch: 0.5 Module
Wheel Size: 1.57 in (40mm Diameter) 1.26 in (32mm Width)
Shock Type: Coil over
Body: Monster Truck, painted or screened
Ball Bearings: Transmission only
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Needed To Complete:
- Nothing, everything you need is in the box!
ECX BRUSHLESS RUCKUS OWNER)
I was one of the first people who bought one of these; I bought it on the day it came out, and it arrived quickly. For a starter vehicle, it's a very good choice -- literally everything you need is in the box, including batteries for the controller.
However, it has a few problems. First of all, the stock motor is pretty weak, despite being the larger 380-size which isn't generally used in mini vehicles. Also, the stock battery is only rated for 900mAh, which means it runs down in just a few minutes, and the included charger is a trickle-charger rated for 100mAh per hour, so it takes 9 hours to recharge the battery.
So, I swapped in a better 380-size brushed motor (one of the old rebuildable LRP motors), and I replaced the 2-in-1 receiver/ESC so I could use a modular ESC with LiPo battery support. I didn't go crazy, I just stuck with 2S, but even that was enough to destroy the rear diff in a couple weeks. A lot of the suspension and drivetrain components are plastic, and quite soft plastic at that -- and to make matters worse, the interfaces between the differential output gears and the axle outdrives are *tiny* -- so the plastic sockets round-out very easily. After destroying the replacement differential too, I managed to get the damage under control by loosening the slipper clutch, but suffice it to say it's impossible to do wheelies with this thing -- the drivetrain just won't withstand the load.
Also, the stock transmitter *only* works with the stock receiver -- if you replace the stock receiver, you will need a new transmitter to go along with it. And the suspension is very difficult to tune such that it doesn't oversteer and spin-around every single time you turn a corner without pegging the throttle. And the tires don't have any foam inside, so they're supported only by the stiffness of the sidewalls. And the bottom-loading battery tray is a nice idea, but in real life you still have to remove the body cover to plug the battery into the ESC. And there are no upgrade parts available for it yet.
A lot of this wouldn't matter to a little kid, or to someone who's new to the hobby and doesn't want to dive in headfirst, but this is definitely not a vehicle for someone who considers themselves advanced in the hobby, or wants something they can upgrade as their skill improves. Hopefully ECX will get its act together and offer metal upgrade parts and better wheels/tires in the next couple months.)