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Decent Truck, but needs a little more
on June 26, 2013
I picked up one of these about 2 weeks ago. I didnt get it on Amazon, but I wanted to leave a review anyway. It is not a bad truck overall I guess, but you will need to replace a few parts pretty quick. Alot of reviews on various forum sites will tell you that the steering servos are very weak and break quick. I am here to say that is 100% true in my case. Just using this truck in my living room chasing the dog, I wore out both servo motors and had to order hi torque servos so they would not break again. That is my only real complaint. Those things are not cheap for the ones you need to use with a rock crawler.
The battery is a bit hard to install. If you only have 1 battery, you can leave it installed and just charge it from there. RedCat has an upgrade part to resolve this. It's just hard to get to with the velcro, and they sell metal clips to install in their place. I highly recommend them.
Be aware that the box this comes in may be for the old RS10. A few things to look at up front to ensure you have the XT model is the wing over the front servo. If you dont have it, your good. They removed that piece for the XT. Also, your motors should be 390. The old RS10 had 380. Unfortunately, there isnt much of a way to tell what motors you have. The instructions are helpful for getting started, but not so helpful with anything else. Although they do give you a parts breakdown should you need to replace anything.
When you put this in 4 wheel steering mode and make a sharp turn, the RS10 XT may tip over. To resolve this, I bought a set of stiffer shock springs and replaced the stock ones. No more tipping and the truck will still flex just as much. Its pretty neat.
Overall this is a great truck. I would give it 4 or 5 stars if you didnt have to replace so much stuff right off. I would have rather paid a little more and had better parts out of the box. However, even with buying the upgraded parts, you still dont pay as much as the other brands out there. And the truck is just as good once you upgrade the servos and shocks. So compared to those, this is a very good deal. I recommend the Hi Tec 645 Hi Torque servo. I just picked up 2 of them last night on Amazon. Those will give you good durability with this setup. If you plan on building this for competition, I would go with something a little more high end with the servo. The truck itself is ready.
I HIGHLY recommend getting a battery charger. The one that comes with this thing takes anywhere from 5-8 hours to charge. The battery will last you about 20 minutes or so of basic crawling. Id say 15 minutes on average. With a aftermarket charger, you only wait 1 hr instead of 5 to get back out there for more fun. Worth it to me. A great beginner level truck to get into the Hobby.