I really appreciate the ECX Ruckus for its strength and long battery life even when using it long. As you advance though, you'll need to do some ECX Ruckus upgrades to improve the way it operates. This ensures that the unit doesn't break down easily and that you can reach its full potential, increasing its speed, strength, and lifespan!
But what type of Ruckus RC truck upgrades can you do if you're just a beginner? If you're planning to make some positive changes with your ECX Ruckus, then read on! Whether you have the RC car or truck, I'll show you the top seven Electrix Ruckus upgrades for you.
The Best ECX Ruckus Upgrades
There are many different ECX Ruckus upgrades to consider but don't spend all your money on everything you see. As a beginner or budding enthusiast, these are the seven upgrades you must first do before going all out:
But just remember to get a voltage alarm for it to prevent damaging your ECX Ruckus.
The ECX Ruckus already comes with batteries, coming with the stock battery pack and AA batteries for your transmitter. However, both these batteries, unfortunately, restrict the truck not just in the battery lifespan, but its power, too. That's why you need a Ruckus battery upgrade!
I highly recommend that you begin replacing your battery pack first, investing in a 7-cell Ni-MH or LiPo battery pack. By doing so, you have longer run times and a better power to your unit. But just remember to get a voltage alarm for it to prevent damaging your ECX Ruckus.
The next thing to upgrade is your AA batteries for the transmitter. I suggest investing in rechargeable Eneloop batteries from high-quality companies like Panasonic. They have longer run times and charge well for durability.
As a result, you get either sloppy and/or unreliable performance, which you'll only notice as you advance.
Next up are the bearings, which are always similar to all the other Ruckus stock bearings available. And that's honestly not a good thing, as they really leave little to be desired. As a result, you get either sloppy and/or unreliable performance, which you'll only notice as you advance.
Because of that, I highly recommend that you invest in a quality bearing kit! It's best to get bearings made of metal or other stronger materials as opposed to the plastic stock bearings are made of. Afterward, you'll see a significant difference on the way your RC drives, smoother AND more durable, withstanding tougher terrain.
Not only will you enjoy its speedier performance, but it also gives off more responsiveness when driving. That
Similar to its bearings, the stock steering servo can only do justice for beginners but seem underpowered. Getting an ECX Ruckus Servo upgrade can really help remedy the lack of power you might feel, especially in terms of smoother steering. There are many different types of quality servo products available according to your needs and the quality you want.
With stronger and faster servo, you can help improve the Ruckus' steering, which creates a significant difference. Not only will you enjoy its speedier performance, but it also gives off more responsiveness when driving. That makes it suitable for races and when on rough terrains.
4. Electronic Speed Controller
it gives more life and power to whichever Ruckus model you use!
Unlike most of the other electronic sped controllers I've tested on ECX, I like the Ruckus ESCs. However, it does have its limitations and I only recommend that you use it in causal conditions. If you want to use it professionally or really take it to more than it's limits, then consider getting a programmable ESC.
With a programmable ESC, you can fine tune all your settings and bring out even more performance from your Ruckus. Furthermore, it gives more life and power to whichever Ruckus model you use!
There are many different models to choose from when getting an ESC upgrade, adding speed AND power.
5. Drive Shafts
That way, you can have more stability as you drive with improved controls.
This upgrade only applies to those who own the 2WD Ruckus only. This is because all the early Ruckus 2WD trucks own fragile drive shafts which look like it can be broken easily. It can even be spun with its stock power system!
Before considering an ECX motor upgrade, I suggest you focus on the individual parts first, which include the drive shafts. That way, you can have more stability as you drive with improved controls.
You can even get the transmission upgrade kits from ECX themselves, made of pure metal with all necessary gears included.
This is another thing that only applies to the Ruckus 2WD trucks, especially if you're getting a battery and motor upgrades! It's crucial to upgrade the transmission to metal gears rather than stick with the stock system with lower-quality materials. That way, you have smoother and faster rides that match the quality of your upgraded parts.
Make sure that you look for quality transmission parts made for your specific Ruckus unit. Some companies only create gears for trucks and/or cars. You can even get the transmission upgrade kits from ECX themselves, made of pure metal with all necessary gears included.
Through its transmission, you get even more power AND durability for your truck.
You'll love how it can take up even better and more intense drives after the upgrades.
Of course, you should consider the durability and overall lifespan of your Ruckus as well. You can improve its durability and make it stronger for most applications and areas with the upgrades I mentioned above. But you can take steps further with RPM upgrades, which have a strong build and lifetime warranty to get your money's worth.
Make sure that you invest in the proper body parts which add toughness to the overall Ruckus unit. Get good front and rear A-arms, as well as front spindle blocks and rear axle carriers. You'll love how it can take up even better and more intense drives after the upgrades.
Wrapping It Up
Even beginners should consider doing an upgrade for their ECX Ruckus, which really helps with its overall performance. It helps give you the learning curve you need to advance and become an even better driver in the long run!
Hopefully, my article on the best ECX Ruckus upgrades gave you an idea on what to invest in. So don't wait any longer and begin looking into any of these upgrades now!
If you have any questions or want to share your own Ruckus RC car upgrades, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated.