If you want a scale and realistic truck, this is definitely the one to go. For the price, it isn't bad. Yes, I know it's more than 700 bucks without the batteries, but there are many scale accessories that come with it. On the back, there are fire extinguishers (red cylinders on the back of the truck), fans, shock reservoirs (between the fire extinguisher and fans), quarts of oil (gray), batteries (black, left and right of the quarts of oil), and best of all functional driveshaft, and two tires. I also really like the driver figures inside, which really makes it look like a real trophy truck. Some other things that I like about the truck is the suspension and design of this truck. The truck has eight shocks, with four normal, and four with internal springs, which absorb the rough terrain perfectly, and acts just like a real trophy truck. Even when the body is taken off, it looks like a real one, with the roll cage, and panels on it. While jumping it, I love seeing the rear axle drop down and cushion it's landing, and from far away, it really does look like a real trophy truck. To some people, a 1/10th scale short course truck (like the slash) seems very similar to it, but the driving and handling experience is completely different. While driving it, you can feel its weight shifting around when it turns, and you can see it lean back when you accelerate and lean forward when you brake. It's pretty awesome. The lights on this thing is also pretty amazing, especially the brake lights. Even on low beam, the front light bars are very bright (so bright to the point you can use low beam during night time and see perfectly fine). Terrain wise, this truck handles pretty good on grass, dirt, and gravel, but is a bit tippy on asphalt (also concrete) because of its solid rear axle. The sway bars help a little but doesn’t prevent tipping. The turning angle of this is nice, but its turning radius is also made larger by the solid axle (which sort of annoys me, since I sometimes run it indoors). If you want to drive this mainly indoor, I suggest a 1/10th scale at the largest (maybe Losi's Ford Raptor Baja Rey for something similar with an open rear differential). Even though this truck one of the best, there are some weak points that I would like to point out: the servo that it has for steering is not the best, and doesn’t steer to the endpoints on carpet. Sometimes even on asphalt, you can see it sort of struggle. I’m not really sure why Traxxas even put this servo in this truck because it is even weak for a TRX 4 (1/10th crawler), so I think having a stronger servo would be great. Overall, I think this is by far the best truck in my RC collection, and that Traxxas did a great job with this truck.
If you don’t really want to read the gigantic paragraph above, here’s a more simplified summary for you:
- Scale, with some functional accessories
- Like a real 1:1 trophy truck
- Long travel and cushiony suspension
- Eight shocks
- Great light bar with functional brake light
- Handles great on grass, dirt, gravel, and sand
- Has sway bars
- Nice turning angle
- Pricey for people new to the hobby, but has ok value (Could be lower priced)
- Locked rear axle sometimes make it hard to turn
- Locked rear axle also makes it more tippy
- Weak servo
If you’re still reading this, here’s some more fun facts about this truck:
- Takes lipo batteries up to 6s (but I think 4s is already sufficient)
- Bolt-on body with 12 screws
- Bottom-feed battery
- All-metal drive train
I hope you found this review helpful!
I am very pleased with this model it was purchased for my grandson because of its durability and driver aids. This allows younger drivers or beginners with supervision to safely use this Rc Truck. I like that there are a lot of support products for for repairs or upgrades, it is however not for the beginners due to the fact that the directions or the parts list it’s not laid out like a model that you build, unlike a traditional nitro or electric kit where you can go step-by-step on how assemble it. My biggest complaint is that for the money you should have detailed directions for this Rc truck for purpose of repair and operation. This would allow most people with the basic tools to really enjoy this Rc. The quality of construction and materials used is very good, there are some items that could use improved quality control or better quality materials that would improve the overall build.
The directions or instructions that you get with this model RC is its biggest Problem, they are not very thorough or very detailed and that’s why I believe this is for someone with experience in the Rc Hobby. I had to call the manufacture because I was unable to turn off the truck with the speed controller and I was unable to program the truck for my grandson. The current model of this truck the batteries have to be unplugged to get the electronic speed controller to turn off that is because there is a drain on the batteries because of the previous firmware or programming so they decided to just have Us unplug the battery that is Not Ok for an $800.00 Rc vehicle. They send a reminder in the battery storage area stating that you should puncture the tires so that dirt that gets trapped in the tire can be thrown off during normal operation, at the very least each update or change to any of the operating features for this vehicle they should have paperwork that would explain what to expect when purchasing this vehicle for proper operation.
Last but not least I have decades of experience starting from Estes rockets and hand built Rc planes to our current RTR variety of Rc vehicles. This by far is the most accurate most detailed RTR RC truck that you can buy on the market. There is no other truck that you can buy that shows the kind of detail and or that has the ability to upgrade that this vehicle has, if only I had something like this growing up! This by far with a few exceptions is probably the best way to introduce a young man or young lady into Rc modeling. The only thing better would be to build this as a kit so that the builder would understand how everything functions and operates in My Humble Opinion.