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Old 11-25-2016, 12:02 PM
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Default RC car for 6 year old...Traxxas?

Looking to get my son a good quality RC car that will actually last instead of typical Chinese junk. I have been looking at the Traxxas 2WD and the 4WD, not sure which one. Seems the 4WD would be easier to control?

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Looking at the TRAXXAS Slash......going on Amazon for $229.00. Gets great reviews on Amazon, looking for some THT opinions.

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Old 11-25-2016, 12:07 PM
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Might be a little overkill for a 6 year old
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A 6 year old is gonna crash and even "quality" rc models will be damaged/broken.

Upside to buying a Traxxas Model,will be the ability to buy replacement parts to keep the car running. When the "toy" rc car breaks, most of the time replacement parts are not available and the $50 car is now junk.
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get the traxxas, you will not be disappointed.

They are ALMOST indestructible. Want to ask how I know? LOL
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Keep them coming, I agree with both above, I thought that some of them have a type of governor on them for training mode or something
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
get the traxxas, you will not be disappointed.

They are ALMOST indestructible. Want to ask how I know? LOL
Awesome, I don't doubt he will crash it, just want something that we will enjoy and won't be a piece of crap
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Can't go wrong with a slash.
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Been there!!!!! there's a forum...lol http://www.ultimaterc.com/forums/

They have come a long way since we were kids... I work on cars for a living & would never want to put together another Tamiya Frog, let alone working on it all the time.
I was contemplating the Traxxxas deal & spoke to alot of guys on rc forum & here is the route I went & this thing has been indistructable for the most part & the minor issues I did have, my local hobby people store took care of.
My boy was also 6 when I bought it & forget the "training" mode, they are smarter than we were when we were kids, he will get the hang of it quickly & dad just needs to be smart about where u guys drive it, big fields, local school, etc.....

DHK Hunter brushless 4x4
4x4 is key as really does make it easier for them to control & keep straight.
The one listed on the website comes with a battery & charger, that is not what you want.
You want the brushless 4x4 without battery or charger so you can buy a few lipo batteries & a dedicated charger. Not sure what is going on with the website listing as the bl has not been offered in that charger / batt package forever. I purchased my sons last x-mass for $199, have seen it onsale just last august for $159.
Sure if you sign-up for sale emails it will go onsale b4 xmas as it always goes onsale from week to week.
It's built tough, 1/8 scale front & rear diffs, center diff is more reliable & less fuss than a slipper clutch from what has been explained to me. Electronics as not waterproof or lifetime warranty like Traxxas but then again if you get it for cheap....
Another huge bonus on the DHK Hunter over most of the base model Slash's is the hunter already come equipped with a low center gravity chassis which makes it handle better than a Traxxas slash....
Traxxas slash axles suck, they will need upgrading, so will lots of other components. Do a search on URC, you will find all the info.
Overpriced brand name,,,
You can buy 3 dhk's for the price of the name brand traxxas 4x4 brushless. Traxxas 4X4 are prone to things wearing out & everything has an upgraded aftermarket part available. DHK hunter does not & really isnt needed.
Boy has slammed it into lots of things & has not broken anything yet.
Its recommended to install a metal gear steering servo from the get go which I had hp do for me before picking it up. Guess the stock steering servo is junk. Also have hears some issues of crappy electronics but mine is going 2 years no & no issues.
PM me if you care to further discuss

http://www.hobbypeople.net/index.php...y-charger.html

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My boy drives his truck along with his cousins who have 2wd slash's & those kids cant drive them very quickly as they just spin & slide all over the place when given excessive throttle which goodluck trying to keep a kid out of the throttle. I also was having a hard time deciding 2wd vs. 4wd, happy with the route I chose obvious cost was a deciding factor & going DHK I got 4wd & brushless for cheaper than a 2wd brushed slash...
Im not saying my boy has driving skills but he can give my cousin a run for his money & does some impressive shit. My cousin can drive...
The only reason my boy can control the car so well is that, it's 4x4.
It's point & shoot, drives on rails vs spinning & sliding w/ a 2wd when it comes to a brushless / lipo power combos.
They are so fast these days it just helps / ease of driving w/ 4wd...

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Bought my 6 year old a Traxxis stampede 2wd 2 years ago. He's 8 now and still loves it. It has taken a lot of hits. Do it.
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For that age, a slash all day.....
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For that age, a slash all day.....
Yep, get him a Slash. Enough said. My kid was tearing it up with 2wd Slash at 4. He has a fifth scale gas losi now at 7. He'll figure it out quick. You can practically run over a slash with a car and it will be fine. Drive it into a pond, pull ot out and its fine. Indestructible.
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Traxxas is a good vehicle to start with replacement parts are cheap I've been into r/c for over 15yrs traxxas makes good stuff either slash or stampede the 4x4 would do better off road plus it can go on road also.If you have a local hobby shop by you most of them all stock traxxas parts my hobby shop by me stocks every traxxas part.Also when your son gets older you can upgrade the electronics in it like motor speed control batteries so on and so forth.

Not sure how far in Tampa you are but if you are willing to take a ride over the bridge to pinellas park Phils hobby shop sells traxxas I have been going there since I was a kid super nice guys and they have every traxxas vehicle on the shelf and every part.

They sold me my losi 5t and just about every other r/c I have lol
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Yep, get him a Slash. Enough said. My kid was tearing it up with 2wd Slash at 4. He has a fifth scale gas losi now at 7. He'll figure it out quick. You can practically run over a slash with a car and it will be fine. Drive it into a pond, pull ot out and its fine. Indestructible.
That's great your son has a losi 5th scale I have one I race at a track they are great trucks other than I keep spending to much money on it OBR 30.5 pro stock motor $400 in throttle and steering servos the list goes on lol.Looking at buying the losi 5b buggy they just came out with all the guys I race with switched to that its quick and light weight.
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Get a 4x4 and try to keep it slow for the kid, some of the RTR'S are fast!
I have a Losi xxx and an EMaxx for sale if interested pm me. Might be too fast but worth a look.
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Traxxas Rustler. Then find my thread on this very subject. 6 years old is NOT too young at all. My son was running his at 6 and my daughter was either 4 or just turned 5.

They are terrific for eye/hand coordination. In my case I bought one at first and taught them to share and wait their turn. It also is a good teaching lesson about fixing things, etc.

We now have two of them and the kids race, etc. I don't know anything about the other Traxxas, but I can tell you just about anything you need to know about the Rustler (which parts to replace with aluminum v. plastic, where to buy the stuff etc). Traxxas is stupid cheap to buy parts for.

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I got my 7 year old daughter the Traxxas Teton and the thing is lots of fun. It is pretty fast and she just loves it. I got myself a different one also so we could do them together. It is good bonding time.
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