Get Maximum Performance from Your Rustler!
The RC hobby involves much more than just driving your cars and trucks—it’s about customizing, modifying, and personalizing also. That’s why White Rose Hobbies stocks many hop-up parts from Traxxas for even greater performance and durability, not to mention the style of your RC. The Rustler 4X4 offers a great platform with many option parts available. As you scroll through this article, you’ll see we’ve taken a deep dive with nearly every factory upgrade for this popular stadium truck. Need to get caught up check out Part 1 now. (Click here to go to the WRH Rustler 4x4 Page).
Part 2 will begin with using the Traxxas Power Up Program to upgrade the radio system from the TQ to the TQi system with TSM and to add Telemetry. You will need to download the Traxxas Link app to your mobile device to take advantage of all the features. Learn how to download here. We wanted to add the telemetry before installing the VXL-3s Motor and ESC upgrade to get some numbers to compare between the brushed and brushless systems. There are many benefits of installing the Traxxas Telemetry System. The Traxxas TQi radio system, Wireless Link Module, and Traxxas Link App transform your Apple or Android device into a powerful tuning tool with an intuitive, high-definition, full-color graphical user interface. Adjust your radio trims and settings, vehicle profiles, update model memory, and tailor your vehicle for different driving conditions by means of a virtual dashboard and interactive screens. Using the complete TQi system and Traxxas Link app makes pro-level transmitter tuning fast, convenient, and easy.
Additional Parts List for Rustler 4x4 Build
|Use the Power Up Program to get the TQi Radio System with the 6511 Link Module Pre-installed (6507R)|
If you already have a TQi Radio but not the Link you will need (6511)
|TQi Radio Phone Mount (6532)|
Telemetry Expander 2.0 with GPS Module (6553X)
|We used a combination of the Auto Detectable Voltage Sensor (6527) and the Power Tap with Connector (6541) to get our voltage reading.|
Option: Long Telemetry Sensor for Temperature and Voltage (6521)
Auto Detectable Temperature Sensor (6526)
|Motor Temperature Sensor Mount with Thermal Pad (6535)|
Telemetry Trigger Magnet Holders for Spur Gear (6538)
Telemetry RPM Sensor (6520)
Aluminum Bearing Carrier for Slipper Clutch (6893X)
With the Traxxas Link App installed you will now be able to change the settings of your radio and esc easier then ever! Check out some of the features of the 6511 Bluetooth Link Model:
- Compatible with Android 4.4 and up or Apple iOS 7.0 and later platforms
- Use with the powerful Traxxas Link app, available on Google Play and the App Store
- View real-time telemetry with optional sensors
- Bluetooth low energy
- Easy and simple device pairing
- Powered by TQi transmitter
- Integrated into transmitter body
- Quick and easy installation, installs in minutes Traxxas
After installing the Link module into your TQi Radio and downloading the app you can connect the two and see just how much you can do!
In order to make holding your phone and transmitter easier WRH carries the TQi Radio Phone Mount (6532)
After we got the Link working and synced up to our Rustler 4x4 we went through the firmware update process. The first time one of them hung up a bit but we tried again and they all updated with no issues. Here are a few screen shots of the process:
After we completed the firmware update process which took around 20 mins we were ready to begin exploring some of the features we now have access to. The GPS took a few seconds to link up when outside but worked with no issues to give us an accurate speed on our Rustler.
The next step was to install and enable the voltage sensor. For this we used a combination of the Auto Detectable Voltage Sensor (6527) and the Power Tap (6541). When using the two as is, the wire length was around 3 feet long. A 6543 is much shorter but we only had a 6541 on hand at the start of this build. For a clean install you can simply solder the wire on the 6527 sensor directly to the + on the plug (3070X) coming off of the ESC. We chose to use the 6541 Power tap because we are eventually upgrading the XL-5 ESC to the VXL-3s. This will allow an easier swap to the new ESC. In order to use the power tap you must have an older style 3070 plug, if you have a newer ID style plug 3070X the power tap will not work as is.
After we were happy with our new sensor we moved on to the motor temp sensor using the Auto Detectable Temperature Sensor (6526) and the mount (6535). After plugging them into the appropriate ports in the Telemetry Expander Module we fired up our app to see if they worked. They did not work! After checking that the sensors were plugged into the correct ports on the module we looked to the app for the fix.
On the dashboard of the app you need to delete the sensors and then re add them to the dashboard. It is also a good idea to refresh the telemetry setup screen found under the Garage icon on the main app screen.
Steps to delete and re-add the sensors:
1. On the dashboard screen tap on the gauge for the sensor you would like to link. You will see a green icon with a wrench, Click on the wrench then remove.
|2. After it is removed you will have a blank spot where the gauge was, click on it again and you will see a green + sign, click it.|
3. You can now select the new sensor in our case the EXT Temperature sensor in Expander Slot T-2.
4. The Gauge is now set for EXP Temperature which is the correct sensor in Slot T-2.
After we got both our temp and voltage sensors configured we moved on to the RPM sensor (6520) and Telemetry Trigger Magnet Holder (6538). We knocked out a few other upgrades while installing the RPM sensor including the aluminum driveshaft, aluminum motor mount, and aluminum bearing carrier for the slipper clutch assembly.
The RPM sensor replaces a knock out in the motor mount and the magnet holder includes the longer screws needed to attach it to the spur gear. One thing to note when installing the magnet into the holder - make sure that the red dot will be facing the sensor. The RPM sensor plugs into the RPM telemetry port on the 6533 TQi Receiver and worked without any changes to the dashboard on the Link App.
The Aluminum Bearing Carrier (6893X) is a great upgrade from stock part because it will hold up better under extreme heat as well as wear and tear. Since we had to tear the slipper assembly down to add the magnet holder it was a great time to add this improvement. After installing the 6888X front drive hub into the 6765R aluminum driveshaft we had a more stable and stronger driveshaft to get the power to the front of the vehicle.Stay tuned for Part 3 when we add more power to our build when switching from the brushed Titan motor and XL5 ESC to the brushless Velineon VXL-3s motor and ESC.