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Top 5 Mini Rock Crawler with Installation/ Buyers Guide

Traxxas 71054 E Revo Electric Monster Truck

Coolmade RC Rock Crawler

Exceed RC MaxStone

Exceed RC MicroX

Team Losi Night 2.0 RTR 4WD Rock Crawler

         
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The latest in extreme sports is a life-size rock crawler, but now you don’t need a huge four by four to tackle a mountain. Mini rock crawler is the way to go while sipping on your lemonade in your back yard.

Gravel, sand, pebbles and dirt will be your extreme course and, you’re going to have a splendid time. Gather up your favorite group of friends and get ready to party mini rock crawler style!

Exceed MaxStone Review

Over and over again Exceed has won my heart, they back it up with quality products and their customer service is awesome. This is their MaxStone 10 model that is available in three different scale models (1/8,1/10 and 1/16 mini rock crawler). It has been designed from ground up, and every detail was thought through to provide a competitive level base kit to work with.

I love this model for couple of reasons, first off in my opinion this is one of the best RTR kit that has factory built rolling chassis,multi link suspension and axles to all 4 wheels and center mount 3 gear transmission that provides crazy torque. What does all that mean? it means you don’t have to spend months upgrading and rebuilding your kit to make it “safe”to hit the rocks and be competition ready.

Secondly, the design is built to support any upgrades, you can switch up the axles,shocks, tires, shell and batteries. That accompanied with reasonable price, this is top kit in my book. Below are some of the technical specs.

  • Width: 258mm (10.16 inch)
  • Length: 450mm (17.71 inch)
  • Height: 320mm (12.60 inch)
  • Wheelbase: 200mm (7.87 inch)
  • Wheel Width: 56mm
  • Wheel Diameter: 126mm
  • Steering Angel: 40-50 degree
  • Maximum Toque Angel: 90 degree
  • Engine: RC540 motor
  • Weight 2100g
  • Battery: 7.2V 1800mAH Ni-MH
  • 2.4Ghz Pistol Grip Radio Remote Controller Transmitter

Upgrades: Basically you can change the whole kit according to your requirements. If you’re new Exceed customer support is super helpful when doing any upgrades, talk to them and they’ll give you pointers.

Traxxas 71054 E Revo Electric Monster Truck

Now onto the bad boys, although not a traditional rock crawler.This truck has some of the craziest moves imaginable, and it truly does climb a rock, “hand over hand.” This bad boy comes in electric blue,black and red.

When it comes with battery and charger, real life like monster tires, with real tread, aluminum capped oil filled shocks, this is like a real truck!Except that the electronics in this truck are waterproof!

  • Motor Type – Electric brushed
  • Powerful Titan 12T 550 motor largest in class
  • TQ 2.4GHz radio system
  • Waterproof Electronics for All-Weather, All-Terrain Driving Excitement
  • Full-time 4WD traction and control
  • Ready-To-Race With Included Traxxas Power Cell NiMH Battery

Upgrades: Basically you can change the whole kit according to your requirements. I would recommend 2 Lipo’s to juice up the ride as it is bit slow

Losi Mini Rock Crawler

Team Losi Night 2.0 Review

The most expensive on the list (for beginners at least), but the best crawler RC for those who cannot get enough is the Team Losi Night Rock Crawler with actual working lights for crawling up and down, in and out of rocky terrain day and night.

It features a high torque 35T motor, waterproof electronics oversized shocks, and tires; this truck is a really serious rock crawler. As with a real truck, these need regular maintenance and the tires do wear out, just like on real trucks.

It is durably constructed, there is nothing much that will stop this truck. If rugged, solid, fun 24/7 is what you want, this is the truck for you.

  • FRONT AND REAR HEAVY DUTY 21T WORM-DRIVE
  • ALUMINUM TWIN VERTICAL PLATE CHASSIS
  • NIMH AND LIPO COMPATIBLE CRAWLER PROGRAMMED ESC
  • FULL-RANGE SPEKTRUM SR310 2.4GHZ RECEIVER
  • DYNAMITE® 35T 540-SIZE CRAWLER MOTOR
  • LED LIGHT BAR AND LED ROCK LIGHTS
  • HIGH -TORQUE STEERING SERVO
  • LOSI 2.2 ROCK CLAW TIRES
  • ULTRA -LOW GEAR RATIO DIRECT-DRIVE TRANSMISSION
  • MOLDED 4-LINK SUSPENSION
  • ALL-METAL CV FRONT AXLE AND CENTER DRIVESHAFTS
  • 4” ADJUSTA BLE ALUMINUM SHOCKS
  • NEW BATTERY TRAY
  • RED CHROME WHEEL RINGS
  • ZERO ACKERMAN STEERING
  • TRUE 3-PIECE 2.2 BEADLOCK CHROME WHEELS WITH 12MM HEXES

Losi night crawler upgrades: its one of those beauties that can be molded to your needs, you can change the whole kit according to your requirements. You’re the artist and this is the empty canvas!

Mini Crawler

Cheap RC Rock Crawler

Coolmade RC Car Conqueror Review

For those looking for that first rock crawler, or maybe just adding to the collection, the Cool made RC Car Conqueror is an excellent choice. This truck is perfect for children between 5-7, after that they may want something a bit more powerful.

It will bring hours of fun climbing and crawl its way up anything in its path. As with any battery-operated toy that is in constant use, buy good batteries, or else you will spend more replacing the cheap ones.

Just like off-road machines, this truck has independent suspension for ease of handling giving shock-proof maneuverability to protect the inner workings of the truck. The tires have just the right amount of grip for great traction over the steepest of rocks.

In all fairness it is 1/18 scale model so it can be considered a mini rock crawler. Along with that it does have few draw backs, you get what you pay for – frame work is mostly plastic, it lacks power and axles and suspensions are mostly cheap.

  • Material: ABS, Electronic components, Plastic
  • Speed: 20km / hr
  • Charging Time: 2 – 3hour
  • Playing Time: About 20min
  • Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Remote Control: 2.4GHz Wireless Remote Control
  • Control Distance: 60-100m
  • Car Battery: 4.8V 700mA Battery
  • Transmitter Power 3 x 1.5V AA Battery(included)
  • Function: Forward / Backward, Turn Left / Right, Climb Crawler
  • Car Size: 28 x 19 x 15cm
  • Package Size: 32 x 19 x 22.5 cm
  • Item Weight: 1.2 kg

Upgrades: I wouldnt do much upgrades on this model,except for the battery pack. Give the cheap price I would recommend have till it breaks and replace if you need it again.

Micro Crawler

Exceed RC MicroX

MicroX Racing releases its smallest most compact remote control truggy to hit the market. Constructed on an molded composite chassis this truggy sports an agile 2WD drive train.

Realistic truggy styling and details keep things fun and exciting. The 1/28-scale electric RTR 2WD truggy has all the features you would want in a hobby grade radio control vehicle.

The vehicle is ready to run and comes with a rechargeable internal battery pack and USB charger. This buggy is fully equipped to attack your home made race course. All you need to do is take it out of the box, charge the battery and let it rip!

  • A powerful brushed micro motor delivers tire spinning torque and speed to this already small and light weight chassis.
  • Proportional digital throttle control, proportional digital steering control, high current electronic speed controller and lithium battery.
  • Molded composite chassis
  • Coil shocks for dampening
  • Off-Road treaded tires and wheels

 


Mini Rock Crawler Guide

What is Rock Crawling?

The name says it all; you crawl over harsh terrain including rocks and gravel. Now as fun as it sounds to crawl in a life-size vehicle, reduce that to a remote controlled mini version.

It’s fun to watch your radio-controlled crawler perform well over the rough and tough landscape. You need to have a high degree of skill to keep it properly directed on the course and moving forward without tipping over.

Structure of a Mini Rock Crawler

If you want to start with an assembled kit, these basic steps will help you understand the structure of a mini crawler.

• The front and rear axles need to be removed from the chassis. Building a gear differential will allow for the extended drive length and locking the differential. Pull the frame apart to remove the center ball differential and replace it with the newly built locked one.
• Re-install the frame (carbon is best) and the aluminum gear case motor. These will help to shift the weight to the needed lower center of gravity. Since speed is not an issue, a stock engine will be okay, and this lighter weight provides a longer running time as well.
• The ideal shock length after assembly are 91mm fully extended and 70.5 mm when fully compressed
• Remove both the front and rear axles and disassemble the front so you can lock it with an adhesive. The back also needs to be unassembled so the differential can be filled with grease.
• When you put both back together, the upper suspension stay should be reversed to face away from the chassis.
• Save the remaining 4-link rods and trash the cantilever rods, because the three by 57mm threaded shafts will become the cantilever suspension rods. They will use the same ball end adjusters as the other link roads.
• The length of the rods between the adjusters needs to be at 40mm. And all eight rods need a length of 78mm per rod between the adjusters.
• Mount the 4links to the chassis in the stock locations. Only use the center hole directly over the tapping screws attaching the axle. The rod will slide into the suspension stay and the side of the mount is secured with a flange nut.
• Put rubber O-rings on the out drives to prevent the center drive shaft from falling. Shift the axle and slide the center drive shaft to the outdrives.
• After you complete the drive shaft installation.
• Re-attach the bottom 4-link suspension rod.
• Select your tire and wheel combination.
• Make any customized adjustments you want to suit your personal tastes.

There are many parts options, and you may want to experiment with some variations to see which you like best and which perform best for your courses. You can pick from several chassis types and hop up options as well as tire/wheel combos.

How to Select the Best Mini Rock Crawler

If building your own doesn’t get you psyched for rockin’, use these tips to pick one readymade. Remember, we’re not too interested in speed, we need power and cat-like navigational skills. Remote control is a specialized category of rock crawlers. Features you want to look for in your new mini purchase follow.

• Power is necessary, but not for high speed, for high torque. You can use traditional electric motors and low gear set up to get consistent power to help you overcome the rocks.
• High with a low center of gravity is important because you can’t have your chassis scrapping up rocks on the bottom of your vehicle. And you also need to be conscious of tipping over in the middle of a steep rock climb. Big, fat tires will help ensure some clearance so be sure the weight is not all on the rear, or you risk pulling the vehicle back as opposed to letting it climb forward. For example, store the battery in the front, to support a more balanced weight.
• Quality Steering for optimum maneuverability like in a four by four steering column. Rock crawling will take you through all kinds of twists and turns; a stiff suspension is not your friend in this case. All four wheels aren’t always going to be on the ground, so locked differentials will help focus on the off-ground wheels where it’s needed the most.
• Traction because the tires aren’t running on an interstate highway. Look for tires with deep, bumpy, soft treads and bead lock rims are a nice addition over glued tires and rims. That will keep the tire from separating from the rim under stressful drives.
• You want the car’s body to be compact and durable. Thick plastic and aluminum with some rubberized components would be recommended.

When the sport was in its infancy, participants would build their rigs or assemble kits and modify them as needed. As rock crawling continues to increase in popularity, manufacturers are getting deeper into the game and producing readymade options for you and giving them bad (and we mean that in a good way) names like poison, scorpion, Thor, Dragon, Blaze or Hercules. Offerings are selling like hot cakes, so if you want something ready to roll, start shopping.

They are selling so fast as the technology is perpetually improving that you can likely find a great sale on a model, particularly if you want to crash one up as a beginner and get in some practice time to improve your driving skills.

Mini Rock Crawler vs. Micro Crawler

Mini crawler rc fit in the palm of your hand, are about 1/18th scale and weigh in at four pounds. Mini crawler rc dimensions are 18.6 x 14.6 x 9.2 inches. A micro crawler is a 1/24th scale and weighs about 3 pounds. Micro crawler dimensions are 9.5 x 8.8 x 7.2 inches.

Mini  Rock Crawler Accessories

As in most any sport, there are several very cool accessories you can add to your mini, and they include:
• Oil Tank
• An accessory kit, complete with winch, gas can, shovel, ax and a pry bar
• Scale fender flares
• Foldable winch anchor
• Trailer chain kit
• Bungie cords
• Fire extinguisher

The only thing left is a little mini driver on a little mini cell phone, honking a little mini horn!

Crawling is a new and fun option for kids and adults, and it is a growing sport. Rumor has it that some husbands are using these little gems to terrorize their house cats. Whether you decide to build your own customized monster crawler, purchase one ready to crawl or come up with a hybrid of the two, have a rockin’ good time!

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