Before You Run
- Batteries for the Controller
- 7.2 volt Battery Pack (for included electric starter)
- Nitro Fuel
- After-Burn Oil
- 7.2 volt Battery Pack Charger
These items are not included and must be purchased separately, also having a couple of extra glow plugs and a can of compressed air on-hand doesn't hurt either.
Assembly is a breeze. Pre-assembled and ready to run out of the box this beast is itching to tear up turf. All you really need to do is apply the included decals in any way you wish (design freedom), prepare the antenna, glue the tires, insert the batteries in the controller and the receiver terminal which is located on the back, fill the fuel tank with your choice of Nitro Fuel (20% is what I use), start 'er up and go. OK, as you can see "Ready-to-Run" doesn't mean just take it out of the box and go.
With the stock tires, gluing the tires down is a must. This can be done with super glue or glue recommended by your local hobby shop. Be careful though to not get it on the foam inserts as it will eat straight through them.
Drive in circles and do some straight aways at about a quarter throttle for about 10 minutes, then do short spurts of speed equal to about one third throttle for another five minutes or so. Remember, this thing is fast and it is very easy to either lose control and crash, or destroy the engine if you do not properly break it in. The whole process should take about 30 - 60 minutes, but it doesn’t hurt to go a little longer. You only have to do this once. When the engine is set and properly broken in it will run at optimum performance.
On-Road and Off-Road Performance
Get the Rustler off-road and now you're talking. After breaking it in and getting use to the vehicles attitude; (yes, it does have an attitude) taking it off-road is the next step to showing its full potential. Off-road handling is a lot better than on-road handling. The suspension system is durable and easily absorbs whatever the terrain throws at it. Jumps, hills, mud, dirt, rocks, grass; this nitro-powered monster will chew it up and spit it out... literally. You learn to dodge flying objects quickly if you don’t already know how. The torque is amazing. With all the room in the park that I have access to, I still haven’t been able to get it to maximum speed, but who cares! Fast, light and durable; the Traxxas Nitro Rustler RC truck owns the off-road track.