Not so long ago, Team Associated unveiled its beginner-friendly Qualifier Series, and the latest addition–following a 4WD short course truck and a touring car–is the Rival Monster Truck. The Qualifier Series is “sport-level” according to Team Associated which means the vehicles bridge the gap between entry-level and pure race. The 1/8-scale Rival is ready-to-run, 4WD and powered by a Reedy 1515-SL 2000Kv brushless motor. It also including the XP 2.4GHz radio system, a Reedy brushless power system and also includes two 7-cell 8.4 volt Reedy WolfPack batteries wired with Deans Ultra Plug connectors to get you started. The XP SC1300-DB speed control can handle two 7.4 LiPo packs.
With a 15.5 inch wheelbase, the Rival is a big machine and built for abuse with long-travel independent suspension and eight fluid-filled shocks. It’s hard to miss the aggressive monster truck tires, but you may miss that Associated spec’ed 17mm hexes. The 4WD drivetrain includes three sealed gear differentials and steel CVA drive shafts.
Steering is handled by a high torque DS1510MG metal gear servo and the truck features a water-resistant receiver box. In addition to the aluminum chassis, a 4 mm steel wire roll bar and front and rear bumpers. Continuing the durability theme are the 5mm adjustable alloy steel turnbuckles.
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