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MODEL 58064
owner’s manual
INTRODUCTION
3
BEFORE YOU
PROCEED
3SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
5
TOOLS, SUPPLIES,
AND REQUIRED
EQUIPMENT
6
ANATOMY OF
THE RAPTOR
7
QUICK START:
GETTING UP
TO SPEED
8TRAXXAS
TQ 2.4GHz
RADIO SYSTEM
16 ADJUSTING THE
ELECTRONIC SPEED
CONTROL
18 DRIVING YOUR MODEL
20ADJUSTING
YOUR MODEL
22MAINTAINING
YOUR MODEL
Thank you for purchasing the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor by Traxxas. This
officially-licensed model captures the muscular looks and highperformance driving experience of the full-size 411-horsepower
super-truck. Based on the award-winning Traxxas Slash, the Ford
Raptor model features waterproof electronics for all-weather off-road
adventure, rugged independent suspension with long-travel oil-filled
shocks, and a powerful Titan 550 motor that delivers 30+mph top
speeds. Rubber-sealed ball bearings, heavy-duty steel transmission
gears, and high-strength materials assure your Raptor model is “Built
Ford Tough®” for exciting R/C performance run after run.
We know you’re excited about getting your new model on
the road, but it’s very important that you take some time to
read through the Owner’s Manual. This manual contains all the
necessary set-up and operating procedures that allow you to
unlock the performance and potential that Traxxas engineers
designed into your model. Even if you are an experienced R/C
enthusiast, it’s important to read and follow the procedures in
this manual.
Traxxas Support
Traxxas support is with you every step of the
way. Refer to the next page to find out how to
contact us and what your support options are.
Quick Start
This manual is designed with a Quick
Start path that outlines the necessary
procedures to get your model up
and running in the shortest time possible. If you are an
experienced R/C enthusiast, you will find it helpful and fast.
Be sure and read through the rest of the manual to learn
about important safety, maintenance, and adjustment
procedures. Turn to page 7 to begin.
We want you to feel confident that you own one of the bestperforming models in the market and that it is backed by a team
of professionals who aim to provide the highest level of factory
support possible. Traxxas models are about experiencing total
performance and satisfaction, not just with your model, but also
with the company that stands behind it. We truly want you to enjoy
your new model!
Thank you again for going with Traxxas.
FCC Compliance
This device contains a module that complies with the limits for a Class B digital device as described in part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
The limits for a Class B digital device are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in residential settings. This product generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy, and, if
not operated in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. The user is cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Canada, Industry Canada (IC)
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003 and RSS-210. This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: This
device may not cause interference, and This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Information
The radiated output power of the Traxxas LP Device is below the Industry Canada (IC) radio frequency exposure limits. The antenna for this transmitter must not be co-located with any other transmitters except in
accordance with FCC and Industry Canada multi-transmitter procedures. Co-location means having a separation distance of less than 20 cm between transmitting antennas.
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BEFORE YOU PROCEED
Carefully read and follow all instructions in this and any accompanying
materials to prevent serious damage to your model. Failure to follow
these instructions will be considered abuse and/or neglect.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Before running your model, look over this entire manual and examine
the model carefully. If for some reason you decide it is not what
you wanted, then do not continue any further. Your hobby dealer
absolutely cannot accept a model for return or exchange after it has
been run.
All of us at Traxxas want you to safely enjoy your new model. Operate
your model sensibly and with care, and it will be exciting, safe, and fun
for you and those around you. Failure to operate your model in a safe
and responsible manner may result in property damage and serious
injury. The precautions outlined in this manual should be strictly
followed to help ensure safe operation. You alone must see that the
instructions are followed and the precautions are adhered to.
WARNINGS, HELPFUL HINTS, & CROSS-REFERENCES
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
Throughout this manual, you’ll notice warnings and helpful hints
identified by the icons below. Be sure to read them!
An important warning about personal safety or avoiding
damage to your model and related components.
Special advice from Traxxas to make things easier
and more fun.
Refers you to a page with a related topic.
SUPPORT
If you have any questions about your model or its operation,
call the Traxxas Technical Support Line toll-free at:
1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927)*
Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8:30am
to 9:00pm central time. Technical assistance is also available at Traxxas.
com. You may also e-mail customer support with your question at
[email protected] Join thousands of registered members in our
online community at Traxxas.com.
Traxxas offers a full-service, on-site repair facility to handle any of your
Traxxas service needs. Maintenance and replacement parts may be
purchased directly from Traxxas by phone or online at BuyTraxxas.
com. You can save time, along with shipping and handling costs, by
purchasing replacement parts from your local dealer.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any of your product support needs.
We want you to be thoroughly satisfied with your new model!
REGISTERING YOUR MODEL
In order to serve you better as our customer, please
register your product within 10 days of your purchase
online at Traxxas.com/register.
Traxxas.com/register
*Toll-free support is available to U.S. residents only.
• Your model is not intended for use on public roads or congested
areas where its operation can conflict with or disrupt pedestrian or
vehicular traffic.
• Never, under any circumstances, operate the model in crowds of
people. Your model is very fast and could cause injury if allowed to
collide with anyone.
• Because your model is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio
interference from many sources that are beyond your control. Since
radio interference can cause momentary losses of radio control,
always allow a safety margin in all directions around the model in
order to prevent collisions.
• The motor, battery, and speed control can become hot during use. Be
careful to avoid getting burned.
Traxxas
1100 Klein Road
Plano, Texas 75074
Phone: 972-265-8000
Toll-free 1-888-TRAXXAS
Internet
Traxxas.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Entire contents В©2012 Traxxas.
Traxxas, Ready-To-Race,
Ready-To-Win, and ProGraphix
are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Traxxas. Other
brand names and marks are
the property of their respective
holders and are used only for
purposes of identification. No
part of this manual may be
reproduced or distributed in print
or electronic media without the
express written permission of
Traxxas. Specifications are subject
to change without notice.
• Don’t operate your model at night, or anytime your line of sight to the
model may be obstructed or impaired in any way.
• Most importantly, use good common sense at all times.
SPEED CONTROL
Your XL-5 is an extremely powerful electronic device capable of
delivering high current. Please closely follow these precautions to
prevent damage to the speed control or other components.
• 15-Turn Motor Limit: The XL-5 has a 15-turn modified motor limit for
540 size motors and a 12-turn modified motor limit for 550 size motors
with 0 timing when the motor is properly geared. If the motor or speed
control is overheating, try a smaller pinion gear. Do not attempt to use
a more powerful motor (fewer turns) than the above-mentioned motor
limits or you could experience frequent thermal shutdown.
Ford Motor Company Trademarks
and Trade Dress used under
license to Traxxas, Inc.
­­• Insulate the Wires: Always insulate exposed wiring with heat shrink
tubing to prevent short circuits.
• Water and Electronics Do Not Mix: The XL-5 speed control is
waterproof for use in mud, snow, puddles, and other wet conditions.
Make certain the other components of your model are waterproof or
have sufficient water resistance before driving in wet conditions.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
All instructions and
precautions outlined in this
manual should be strictly
followed to ensure safe
operation of your model.
This model is not intended
for use by children under
14 years of age without the
supervision of a responsible
and knowledgeable adult.
• Transmitter on First: Switch on your transmitter first before switching
on the speed control to prevent runaways and erratic performance.
care for your battery packs properly. In addition to your battery and
charger instructions, here are some more tips to keep in mind.
• Use Neutrally Timed Motors: For reverse use, the motors must have
0В° timing. Modified motors (with adjustable end bells) timed to 0В° or
Johnson/ Mabuchi (closed end bell) motors are recommended. Using
motors with other than 0В° timing will draw excess current in reverse, and
can result in the speed control overheating and premature motor wear.
• Never leave batteries to charge unattended.
• Remove the batteries from the model while charging.
• Allow the battery packs to cool off between runs (before charging).
• Always unplug the battery from the electronic speed control when the
model is not in use and when it is being stored or transported.
• Do not use battery packs that have been damaged in any way.
• Do not use battery packs that have damaged wiring, exposed wiring,
or a damaged connector.
• Children should have responsible adult supervision when charging and
handling batteries.
• Always Use Heat Sinks: Three heat sinks are factory-installed on the speed
control and must be used for maximum cooling and performance.
• 4-8 NiMH cells or 2 LiPo cells (2S) Only: The XL-5 can only accept a
maximum input voltage of 9.6 volts (NiMH), 7.4 volts (2S LiPo). Always
adhere to the minimum and maximum limitations of the XL-5 as stated
in the specifications table.
• Don’t Get Burned: The transistor tabs and the heat sinks can get
extremely hot, so be careful not to touch them until they cool.
Supply adequate airflow for cooling.
• Use Stock Connectors: If you decide to change the battery or motor
connectors, only change one battery or motor connector at a time. This
will prevent accidentally mis-wiring the speed control. If the XL-5 is not
wired exactly as shown in the diagram, it can be damaged! Please note
that modified speed controls can be subject to a rewiring fee when
returned for service.
No previous experience
with radio controlled
models is required.
Models require a minimum
of setup, maintenance, or
support equipment.
• No Reverse Voltage: The speed control is not protected against
reverse polarity voltage. When changing the battery and/or motor, be
sure to install the same type of connectors to avoid reverse polarity
damage to the speed control. Removing the battery connectors on
the speed control or using the same-gender connectors on the speed
control will void the product’s warranty.
• Motor Capacitors Required: Three 0.1µF (50V) ceramic capacitors should
be properly installed on every motor to prevent radio interference.
Capacitors have been provided with the XL-5.
• Do Not Let the Transistor Tabs Touch: Never allow the three separate
transistor banks to touch each other or any exposed metal. This will
create a short circuit and damage the speed control.
• No Schottky Diodes: External Schottky diodes are not compatible with
reversing speed controls. Using a Schottky diode with the XL-5 will
damage the ESC and void the 30-day warranty.
BATTERIES AND BATTERY CHARGING
The XL-5 speed control uses rechargeable batteries that must be
handled with care for safety and long battery life. Make sure to read and
follow all instructions and precautions that were provided with your
battery packs and your charger. It is your responsibility to charge and
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Recycling Your Traxxas Power Cell NiMH Battery
Traxxas strongly encourages you to recycle your Power Cell battery when it
has reached the end of its useful life. Do not throw your battery in the trash.
All Power Cell battery packs display the RBRC (Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Corporation) icon, indicating they are recyclable. To find a recycling center near
you, ask your local hobby dealer or visit www.call2recycle.org.
LiPo Batteries
Warning: Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries require special care and
handling procedures for long life and safe operation. LiPo batteries
are intended only for advanced users that are educated on the risks
associated with LiPo battery use. Traxxas does not recommend that
anyone under the age of 14 use or handle LiPo battery packs without
the supervision of a knowledgeable and responsible adult.
The XL-5 speed control is able to use LiPo batteries with nominal voltage
not to exceed 7.4 volts (2S packs). LiPo batteries have a minimum safe
discharge voltage threshold that should not be exceeded. The XL-5
is equipped with built-in Low-Voltage Detection that alerts the driver
when LiPo batteries have reached their minimum voltage (discharge)
threshold. It is the driver’s responsibility to stop immediately to
prevent the battery pack from being discharged below its safe
minimum threshold.
Low-Voltage Detection on the speed control is just one part of a
comprehensive plan for safe LiPo battery use. It is critical for you,
the user, to follow all other instructions supplied by the battery
manufacturer and the charger manufacturer for proper charging, use,
and storage of LiPo batteries. Make sure you understand how to use
your LiPo batteries. Be aware that Traxxas shall not be liable for any
special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the
installation and/or use of LiPo batteries in Traxxas products.
If you have questions about LiPo battery usage, please consult with your
local hobby dealer or contact the battery manufacturer.
TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Your model comes with a set of specialty metric tools. You’ll need to purchase other items, available from your hobby dealer, to operate
and maintain your model.
Supplied Tools and Equipment
2.5mm “L” wrench
4-way wrench
2.0mm “L” wrench
Antenna nut wrench
Pre-load spacers and shock pistons
1.5mm “L” wrench
Body clips and body washers
7-cell NiMH battery pack*
U-joint wrench
Foam battery pad
Turnbuckle wrench
Optional gears
For more information on
batteries, see Use the Right
Batteries on page 11.
Recommended Equipment
These items are not required
for the operation of your
model, but are a good idea to
include in any R/C toolbox:
• Safety glasses
• Traxxas Ultra Premium Tire
Glue, Part #6468 (CA glue)
• Hobby knife
• Side cutters and/or needle
nose pliers
• Phillips screwdriver
• Soldering iron
NiMH battery charger*
Required Equipment
4 AA alkaline
batteries
*Battery and charger style are subject to change and may vary from images.
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ANATOMY OF THE RAPTOR
Toe Link
Front Shock Tower
Battery
Compartment
Chassis
Rear Shock Tower
Front
Camber Link
Battery
Hold-Down
Electronic
Speed Control
Shock
Steering
Servo
Slipper Clutch
Spur Gear
Pinion Gear
Motor
Transmission
Antenna Mount
Front Bumper
Rear Bumper
Receiver Box
Front Suspension
Arm
Caster Block
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Rear Camber Link
Rear Body Mount
Steering Block
Front Body
Mount
LED Light Pipe
Half Shaft
Rear Suspension Arm
QUICK START: GETTING UP TO SPEED
The following guide is an overview of the procedures for getting your model running. Look for the Quick Start logo on the bottom
corners of Quick Start pages.
1. Read the safety precautions on pages 3-4
For your own safety, understand where carelessness and misuse
could lead to personal injury.
2. Charge the battery pack • See page 11
7. Check servo operation • See page 14
Make sure the steering servo is working correctly.
8. Range test the radio system • See page 14
Fully charge the included battery pack. Charge your battery now so Follow this procedure to make sure your radio system works properly
it will be ready when you finish the other setup procedures.
at a distance and that there is no interference from outside sources.
3. Install the antenna • See page 15
The receiver antenna and antenna tube must be properly installed
before operating your model.
4. Install batteries in the transmitter • See page 11
The transmitter requires 4 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries.
5. Install battery pack in the model • See page 12
Your model requires a fully charged battery pack (included).
The Quick Start Guide is
not intended to replace the
full operating instructions
available in this manual.
Please read this entire
manual for complete
instructions on the proper
use and maintenance of
your model.
9. Detail your model • See page 8
Apply other decals if desired.
10. Drive your model • See page 18
Driving tips and adjustments for your model.
11. Maintaining your model • See page 22
Follow these critical steps to maintain the performance
of your model and keep it in excellent running condition.
6. Turn on the radio system • See page 13
Make a habit of turning the transmitter on first and off last.
Look for the Quick Start
logo at the bottom of
Quick Start pages.
RAPTOR • 7
TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION
Applying the Decals
The main decals for your
model have been applied at
the factory. Additional decals
have been printed on selfadhesive clear mylar and are
die-cut for easy removal. Use
a hobby knife to lift the corner
of a decal and lift it from the
backing.
Your model includes the TQ 2.4GHz transmitter. When powered
on, the TQ will automatically locate and lock onto an available
frequency, allowing multiple models to be raced together without
frequency conflicts. Just switch on and drive! The included TQ
2.4GHz radio system has been programmed for your model at the
factory and does not require adjustment, but it does have settings
you may need to access to maintain proper operation of your
model. The detailed instructions (page 11) included in this manual
will help you understand and operate the functions of the new
TQ 2.4GHz radio system. For additional information and how-to
videos, visit Traxxas.com.
RADIO AND POWER SYSTEM TERMINOLOGY
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these radio and
power system terms. They will be used throughout this manual.
To apply the decals, place one
end down, hold the other end
up, and gradually smooth the
decal down with your finger
as you go. This will prevent air
bubbles. Placing both ends
of the decal down and then
trying to smooth it out will
result in air pockets. Look
at the photos on the box for
typical decal placement.
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BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) - The BEC can either be in the
receiver or in the ESC. This circuit allows the receiver and servos
to be powered by the main battery pack in an electric model.
This eliminates the need to carry a separate pack of 4 AA
batteries to power the radio equipment.
Current - Current is a measure of power flow through the
electronics, usually measured in amps. If you think of a wire as a
garden hose, current is a measure of how much water is flowing
through the hose.
ESC (Electronic Speed Control) - An electronic speed control is
the electronic motor control inside the model. The XL-5 uses
MOSFET power transistors to provide precise, digital proportional
throttle control. Electronic speed controls use power more
efficiently than mechanical speed controls so that the batteries
run longer. An electronic speed control also has circuitry that
prevents loss of steering and throttle control as the batteries lose
their charge.
Frequency band - The radio frequency used by the transmitter to
send signals to your model. This model operates on the 2.4GHz
direct-sequence spread spectrum.
LiPo - Abbreviation for Lithium Polymer. Rechargeable LiPo
battery packs are known for their special chemistry, which
allows extremely high energy density and current handling in a
compact size. These are high-performance batteries that require
special care and handling. For advanced users only.
mAh – Abbreviation for milliamp hour, a measure of the capacity of
the battery pack. The higher the number, the longer the battery
will last between recharges.
Neutral position - The standing position that the servos seek when
the transmitter controls are at the neutral setting.
NiCad - Abbreviation for nickel-cadmium. The original
rechargeable hobby pack, NiCad batteries have very high current
handling, high capacity, and can last up to 1000 charging cycles.
Good charging procedures are required to reduce the possibility
of developing a “memory” effect and shortened run times.
NiMH - Abbreviation for nickel-metal hydride. Rechargeable
NiMH batteries offer high current handling and much greater
resistance to the “memory” effect. NiMH batteries generally
allow higher capacity than NiCad batteries. They can last up to
500 charge cycles. A peak charger designed for NiMH batteries is
required for optimal performance.
Receiver - The radio unit inside your model that receives signals
from the transmitter and relays them to the servos.
Resistance - In an electrical sense, resistance is a measure of how
an object resists or obstructs the flow of current through it. When
flow is constricted, energy is converted to heat and is lost.
Servos - Small motor units in your model that operate the steering
and throttle mechanisms.
Transmitter - The hand-held radio unit that sends throttle and
steering instructions to your model.
Trim - The fine-tuning adjustment of the neutral position of the
servos, made by adjusting the steering trim knob on the face of
the transmitter.
TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
Thermal Shutdown Protection - Temperature sensing electronics
are used in the ESC to detect overloading and overheating of the
transistor circuitry. If excessive temperature is detected, the unit
automatically shuts down to prevent damage to the electronics.
2-channel radio system - The TQ 2.4GHz radio system, consisting
of the receiver, the transmitter, and the servos. The system uses
two channels: one to operate the throttle and one to operate
the steering.
2.4GHz Spread Spectrum – This model is equipped with the latest
R/C technology. Unlike AM and FM systems that require frequency
crystals and are prone to frequency conflicts, the TQ 2.4GHz system
automatically selects and locks onto an open frequency, and offers
superior resistance to interference and “glitching.”
Voltage - Voltage is a measure of the electrical potential difference
between two points, such as between the positive battery
terminal and ground. Using the analogy of the garden hose,
while current is the quantity of water flow in the hose, voltage
corresponds to the pressure that is forcing the water through
the hose.
IMPORTANT RADIO SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS
•Do not kink the receiver antenna wire. Kinks in the antenna wire
will reduce range.
•DO NOT CUT any part of the receiver antenna wire. Cutting the
antenna will reduce range.
To prevent loss of radio range,
do not kink or cut the black wire,
do not bend or cut the metal tip,
and do not bend or cut the white
wire at the end of the metal tip.
• For maximum range, always point the front of the transmitter
toward the model.
• You must extend the antenna wire in the model as far as possible
for maximum range. In doing so, the antenna wire will be
extended outside of the vehicle body. Do not wrap or coil the
antenna wire to keep it from extending out of the body.
•The antenna wire must be installed into the antenna tube to
protect it from getting cut or damaged, which will reduce range.
When installing the antenna wire into the antenna tube, be
careful not to kink the wire by pressing it against the antenna
tube cap. The antenna wire should extend to just below or to
within one-half inch below the cap.
Correct
No
No
No
No
550 and 540 - These numbers refer to the size of the motor. 550
motors have armatures that are 30% longer than 540 motors.
RAPTOR • 9
TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
XL-5 Wiring Diagram
Your model is equipped with the Traxxas TQ 2.4GHz transmitter.
The transmitter has two channels: Channel one operates the
steering, and channel two operates the throttle. The receiver
inside the model has three output channels. Your model is
equipped with one servo and an electronic speed control.
model wiring Diagram
Motor
(TitanВ® 12T)
Antenna
Receiver
Transmitter and receiver
KA18
67R0
0
Steering Wheel
Red/Green Status LED
XL-5 Electronic
Speed Control
Channel 2
Set Button
CH3 - Channel 3*
CH2 - Speed Control
CH1 - Steering Servo
CH1 - Channel 1*
Traxxas High-Current
Connector (Male)
to Battery
*not used
Steering Servo
Channel 1
Steering
Trim
XL-5 Electronic Speed Control
To Motor
Traxxas High-Current
Connector (Male)
to Battery
Throttle
Trigger
Heat Sinks
Power Switch
Battery Compartment
LED
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Set Button
TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
INSTALLING TRANSMITTER BATTERIES
CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK
Your TQ 2.4GHz transmitter uses 4 AA batteries. The battery
compartment is located in the base of the transmitter.
The included charger can be used to charge the included battery pack.
The battery pack should be removed from the vehicle before charging.
Do not leave the battery unattended while charging. It is normal for
the battery to become slightly warm as it nears full-charge, but
the battery should never become hot. If the battery becomes hot,
disconnect it from the charger immediately.
1. Plug the charger into the wall. The LED on the charger should
glow green.
2. Connect the included battery pack to the charger output cord. The
LED will glow red, indicating the battery is charging.
3. The battery should charge for approximately 8 ВЅ hours. The LED
will turn green when the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the
battery from the charger after charging.
1
2
3
1. Remove the battery compartment door by pressing the tab and
lifting the door up.
2. Install the batteries in the correct orientation, as indicated in the
battery compartment.
Use the Right Batteries
Your transmitter uses AA
batteries. Use new alkaline
batteries, or rechargeable
batteries such as NiMH
(nickel-metal hydride)
batteries, in your transmitter.
Make sure rechargeable
batteries are fully
charged according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
If you use rechargeable
batteries in your
transmitter, be aware
that when they begin
to lose their charge, they lose
power more quickly than
regular alkaline batteries.
3. Reinstall the battery compartment door
and snap it closed.
4. Turn on the transmitter and check the
status LED for a solid green light.
If the status LED flashes red, the transmitter batteries may be weak,
discharged, or possibly installed incorrectly. Replace with new or
freshly charged batteries. The status LED does not indicate the
charge level of the battery pack installed in the model. Refer to the
Troubleshooting section on page 15 for more information on the
transmitter’s status LED codes.
If the status LED doesn’t light
green, check the polarity
of the batteries. Check
rechargeable batteries for
a full charge. If you see any
other flashing signal from the
LED, refer to the chart on page
15 to identify the code.
Using Other Chargers
Another convenient option for charging the included battery
is an AC peak-detecting charger that plugs directly into an AC
wall outlet, such as the TRX EZ-Peakв„ў (Part #2930). It contains
special peak-detection circuitry that automatically shuts the
charger off when the battery is fully charged.
Caution: Discontinue running
your model at the first sign of
weak batteries (flashing red
light) to avoid losing control.
For faster charging, the included battery may be charged at
4 amps. The TRX EZ-Peakв„ў is a 4 amp charger and will charge
the included battery in about 45 minutes!
Caution: Never use a 15-minute timed charger to recharge
your model’s battery packs. Overcharging may result, causing
damage to the battery packs.
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RAPTOR • 11
TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
INSTALLING THE BATTERY PACK
The following Traxxas HighCurrent Connector packages
are available from your
hobby dealer. When using
adapters, be careful not to
exceed the current rating of
the Molex connector.
Part #3060
Single Male/Female
Part #3080
2-Pack Female
Part #3061
Male Charge Adapter
Part #3070
2-Pack Male
Part #3062
Female Charge Adapter
Install the battery pack with the
battery wires facing the rear of
the model. Insert the tabs of the
battery hold-down into the slots
in the rear hold-down retainer
and then place the battery holddown over the post. Secure the
battery hold-down with a body
clip in the hole in the post. Do not
connect the battery pack yet.
Using a Different
Battery Configuration
The battery hold-downs are capable of accommodating either side-byside racing style packs or the more common stick packs. The battery
compartments are configured for stick packs from the factory. The
number on each side of the hold down indicates the battery height in
millimeters that hold-down can accommodate. Note that one side is
labeled “25” and the other side is labeled “23”. The 25mm side is for use
with typical stick type battery packs. If you are using side-by-side racing
packs, simply flip the hold-down over to the 23mm side and use it on
the opposite side of the chassis. Your model includes a foam block which
should be installed in front of 6-cell batteries for a more secure fit.
25mm side: Standard
NiMH stick pack setup
23mm side: Side-by-side
NiMH pack setup
Using Other Batteries
Your model is equipped with a state of the art, high-performance
power system. It is designed to be able to flow large amounts of
power with the least amount of restriction. The benefits are drastically
increased speed and acceleration. However, this places extra
demands on the battery and electrical system connections. For best
performance, your model requires the use of NiMH battery packs that
have cells rated for high discharge and use high-quality, low-resistance
assembly techniques, such as the included Traxxas Power Cell Battery
Pack. Cheaply made battery packs do not retain their performance
characteristics after repeated uses in high-powered electric applications.
They will lose their punch and run time and may require frequent
replacement. In addition, poor-quality, high-resistance cell connectors
could fail, requiring disassembly and repair. The main goal is to reduce
all sources of high resistance in the pack. This includes the connector,
the wire, and the bars attaching the cells together.
High pack resistance will create additional heat
and rob you of the full power the cells are
capable of producing. We recommend
using Traxxas Power Cell batteries for best
performance.
2923 Battery, Power Cell, 3000mAh (NiMH, 7-C flat, 8.4V)
2940 Battery, Series 3 Power Cell, 3300mAh (NiMH, 7-C flat, 8.4V)
2950 Battery, Series 4 Power Cell, 4200mAh (NiMH, 7-C flat, 8.4V)
RADIO SYSTEM RULES
• Always turn your transmitter on first and off last. This procedure
will help to prevent your model from receiving stray signals
from another transmitter, or other source, and running out of
control. Your model has electronic fail-safes to prevent this type of
malfunction, but the first, best defense against a runaway model is
to always turn the transmitter on first and off last.
• Always turn on the transmitter before plugging in the battery.
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The Traxxas High-Current Connector
Your model is equipped with the Traxxas HighCurrent Connector. Standard connectors restrict
current flow and are not capable of delivering the
power needed to maximize the output of the XL-5.
The Traxxas connector’s gold-plated terminals with large contact surfaces
ensure positive current flow with the least amount of resistance. Secure,
long-lasting, and easy to grip, the Traxxas connector is engineered to
extract all the power your battery has to give.
1
2
3
Always turn your
transmitter on first.
Plug in the battery.
Turn on the model.
TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
RADIO SYSTEM CONTROLS
TUR
N
GH
RI
T
TU
RN
LE
FT
Neutral
Brake/Reverse
Forward
• In order for the transmitter and receiver to bind to one another,
the receiver in the model must be turned on within 20 seconds
of turning on the transmitter. The transmitter LED will flash fast
red, indicating a failure to link. If you miss it, simply turn off the
transmitter and start over.
• Always use new or freshly charged batteries for the radio system.
Weak batteries will limit the radio signal between the receiver and
the transmitter. Loss of the radio signal can cause you to lose
control of your model.
Radio System Basic Adjustments
Steering Trim
The steering trim knob located on the face of the
transmitter adjusts the neutral (center) point of the
steering channel. If your model pulls to the right or left
when the steering wheel is centered, turn the knob until the model
drives straight when the steering wheel is centered.
Channel Reversing
The TQ 2.4GHz transmitter has been programmed with the
correct servo direction settings for your model and should not
require adjustment. These instructions are for reference and
troubleshooting only.
Reversing a channel reverses the direction of the corresponding
servo. For example, if you turn the steering wheel to the right and the
model turns left, Channel 1 would need to be reversed to correct the
servo direction. Use the following procedures to reverse the steering
and throttle channels, if necessary. Servo reversing should only be
required if you accidentally reset the direction of a channel. Do not
reverse the steering or throttle channels unless necessary.
Steering reversing procedure:
1. Press and hold the SET button on the transmitter for two seconds.
The status LED will flash green.
2. Turn and hold the steering wheel to the full left or full right
position (it does not matter which position you choose).
3. While holding the steering wheel in position, press the SET button
to reverse the channel.
4. The channel is now reversed. Confirm correct servo operation
before running your model.
Throttle reversing procedure:
Note: Throttle reversing is often times unnecessary on electric
models, as issues with the throttle can usually be solved by
reprogramming the speed control and/or verifying that the motor
is wired correctly. Before attempting to reverse the throttle channel
using the procedure below, you should first recalibrate the speed
control. Refer to “XL-5 Setup Programming” on page 16.
1. Press and hold the SET button on the transmitter for two seconds.
The status LED will flash green.
2. Move and hold the throttle trigger to the full forward or full brake
position (it does not matter which position you choose).
3. While holding the throttle trigger in position, press the SET button
to reverse the channel.
4. The channel is now reversed. Recalibrate the speed control and
then confirm correct servo operation before running your model.
Make certain the model’s
receiver antenna is properly
installed before operating
your model. See “Installing
the Receiver Antenna.”
Failure to properly install the
receiver antenna will result in
greatly reduced radio range
and potential loss of control.
Remember, always turn the
transmitter on first and off
last to avoid damage to your
model.
When rechargeable batteries
begin to lose their charge,
they will fade much faster
than alkaline dry cells. Stop
immediately at the first sign
of weak batteries. Never turn
the transmitter off when the
battery pack is plugged
in. The model could run out
of control.
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TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
USING THE RADIO SYSTEM
Using Reverse: While driving,
push the throttle trigger
forward to apply brakes.
Once stopped, return the
throttle trigger to neutral.
Push the throttle trigger
forward again to engage
proportional reverse.
The TQ 2.4GHz Radio System has been adjusted at the factory for correct
operation with your model. The adjustment should be checked before
running the model in case of movement during shipping. Here’s how:
1. Turn the transmitter switch on. The status LED on the transmitter
should be solid green (not flashing).
2. Elevate the model so that the rear tires are off the ground.
If you are holding the model, grip it firmly. Make sure your hands are
clear of the moving parts of the model.
3. Plug the battery pack in the model into the speed control.
4. The on/off switch is integrated into the speed control. With the
transmitter on, press the XL-5 set button for ВЅ second, until the
LED shines red, then immediately release
the button. This turns the
0В°
0В°
model on (see page 16 for more on XL-5 setup and operation). To
turn the XL-5 off, press the set button until the red LED turns off.
5.
6.
7.
8.
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Note: If the LED shines green, Low-Voltage Detection is activated.
This will cause erratic performance from the included NiMH battery
pack. The default factory setting is for Low-Voltage Detection to
be disabled (LED shines red). Make sure to turn the Low-Voltage
В°
-1В° when using LiPo batteries. Never
-1В°
Detection on
use LiPo-1.5
batteries
while Low-Voltage Detection is turned off. See page 16 for more
information.
Turn the steering wheel on the transmitter back and forth and check
for rapid operation of the steering servo. Also, check that the steering
mechanism is not loose or binding. If the steering operates slowly,
check for weak batteries.
0В°
0В°
When looking down at the
model, the front wheels
should be pointing straight
ahead. If the wheels are
turned slightly to the left
or right, slowly adjust the
steering trim control on the transmitter until they are pointing
straight ahead.
Operate the throttle trigger to ensure that you have full forward and
reverse operation, and that the motor stops when the throttle trigger
is at neutral.
Once adjustments are made, turn off your model, followed by the
hand-held transmitter.
Range-Testing the Radio System
Before each running session with your model, you should range-test your
radio system to ensure that it operates properly.
1. Turn on the radio system and check its operation as described in the
previous section.
2. Have a friend hold the model. Make sure hands and clothing are clear
of the wheels and other moving parts on the model.
3. Walk away from the model with the transmitter until you reach the
farthest distance you plan to operate the model.
4. Operate the controls on the transmitter once again to be sure that the
model responds correctly.
5. Do not attempt to operate the model if there is any problem with the
radio system or any external interference with your radio signal at
your location.
The TQ 2.4GHz transmitter has a directional antenna. For
maximum range, hold the antenna upright and pointed in
the direction of the model. Pointing the transmitter away
from the model will reduce radio range.
-1.5В°
Higher Speeds Require Greater Distance
The faster you drive your model, the more quickly it will near the
limit of radio range. At top speeds, models can cover anywhere
between 50 to 100 feet every second! It’s a thrill, but use caution to
keep your model in range. If you want to see your model achieve its
maximum speed, it is best to position yourself in the middle of the
truck’s running area, not the far end, so you drive the truck towards
and past your position. In addition to maximizing the radio’s range,
this technique will keep your model closer to you, making it easier
to see and control.
Your model’s radio system is designed to operate reliably up to the
approximate distance that it is no longer easy or comfortable to see
and control the model. Most drivers will struggle to see and drive
TRAXXAS TQ 2.4GHz RADIO SYSTEM
their model at distances farther than a football field (300+ feet). At
greater distances, you could lose sight of your model and you may
also exceed the radio system’s operating range which will cause the
fail-safe system to activate. For best visibility and control of your
model keep your model within 200 feet, regardless of the maximum
range available.
No matter how fast or far you drive your model, always leave
adequate space between you, the model, and others. Never drive
directly toward yourself or others.
TRANSMITTER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving
Mode
See page 13 for information
on how to use the transmitter
controls.
TQ 2.4GHz Binding Instructions
For proper operation, the transmitter and receiver must be electronically
�bound.’ This has been done for you at the factory. Should you ever
need to re-bind the system or bind to an additional transmitter or
receiver, follow these instructions. Note: the receiver must be connected
to a 4.8-6.0v (nominal) power source for binding and the transmitter and
receiver must be within 5 feet of each other.
1. Press and hold the SET button on the transmitter.
2. Turn on the transmitter and release the SET button. The status LED will
flash red slowly, indicating that the transmitter is in bind mode.
3. Press and hold the LINK button on the receiver.
4. Turn on the speed control by pressing the EZ-Set button and release
the LINK button.
Slow red
(0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Binding
See this page for more information
on binding.
5. When the LEDs on both the transmitter and the receiver turn solid
green, the system is bound and ready for use. Confirm that the
steering and throttle operate properly before driving your model.
Flashing medium red
(0.25 sec on / 0.25 sec off)
Low Battery
Alarm
Put new batteries in the
transmitter. See page 11 for
more information.
SETTING UP THE ANTENNA
Flashing fast red
(0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)
Link Failure /
Error
Transmitter and receiver are no
longer bound. Turn the system
off and then back on to resume
normal operation. Find source of
the link failure (i.e., out of range,
low batteries, damaged antenna).
RECEIVER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving
Mode
See page 13 for information
on how to use your transmitter
controls.
Slow red
(0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Binding See this page for more information
on binding.
Flashing fast red
(0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)
Fail-Safe / LowVoltage Detect
Consistent low voltage in the
receiver triggers Fail Safe so
that there is enough power to
center the throttle servo before it
completely loses power.
To prevent loss of radio range,
do not kink or cut the black wire,
do not bend or cut the metal tip,
and do not bend or cut the white
wire at the end of the metal tip.
The receiver antenna and antenna tube
must be properly installed before operating
your model. Follow these steps to install the
antenna and antenna tube:
1. Slide the antenna wire into the antenna
tube to its full extent. When fully inserted,
the wire should reach to approximately 1/2
inch below the tube cap. Do not leave any
slack in the antenna wire.
2. Insert the base of the antenna tube into the
antenna post. Take care not to crimp the
antenna wire.
3. Slide the crimp nut over the antenna tube
and screw it onto the antenna post.
4. Use the supplied tool to tighten the crimp
nut on the post just until the antenna tube
is securely in place. Do not overtighten
or crush the antenna wire against the
chassis. Do not bend or kink the antenna
wire! Do not shorten the antenna tube.
See the sidebar for more information.
Antenna
Tip
Antenna
Tube
Antenna
Wrench
Correct
No
No
No
No
Fail-Safe
Your Traxxas radio system
is equipped with a builtin fail-safe function that
returns the throttle to its
last saved neutral position
in the event of a signal loss.
The LED on the transmitter
and the receiver will rapidly
flash red when the failsafe mode is activated. If
fail-safe activates while you
are operating your model,
determine the reason for
signal loss and resolve the
problem before operating
your model again.
Antenna
Crimp Nut
Antenna
Post
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ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
XL-5 Specifications
Input Voltage
4-8 cells NiMH; 2S LiPo
Case Size
1.23”W x 2.18”L x 0.61” H
Weight
(2.79 Ounces / 3.03 Ounces)
Motor Limit
15-turns (540 Size) /
12-turns (550 Size)
On Resistance Forward
0.007 Ohms
On Resistance Reverse
0.014 Ohms
Peak Current - Forward
100A
Peak Current - Reverse
60A
Braking Current
60A
Continuous Current
14A
BEC Voltage
6.0 VDC
BEC Current
1A
Power Wire
14 Gauge / 5”
Input Harness Wire
26 Gauge / 9”
Transistor Type
MOSFET
PWM Frequency
1600 Hz
Thermal Protection
Thermal Shutdown
Single Button Setup
Yes
Low-Voltage Detection
Yes (User Enabled)
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The XL-5 electronic speed control is equipped with built-in Low-Voltage
Detection. The Low-Voltage Detection circuitry constantly monitors the
battery voltage. When the battery voltage begins to reach the minimum
recommended discharge voltage threshold for LiPo battery packs, the XL-5 will
limit the power output to 50% throttle. When the battery voltage attempts to
fall below the minimum threshold, the XL-5 will shut down all motor output.
The LED on the speed control will slowly blink red, indicating a low-voltage
shutdown. The XL-5 will stay in this mode until a fully charged battery is
connected.
Your model includes a Power Cell NiMH battery. The XL-5 speed control’s LowVoltage Detection has been disabled for best performance with this battery.
The speed control’s LED will glow red when it is turned on, indicating LowVoltage Detection is disabled. Be certain to activate Low-Voltage Detection if
you install LiPo batteries in your model. Never use LiPo batteries while LowVoltage Detection is disabled.
Verify that Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED:
1. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral).
2. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the XL-5.
3. Press and release the EZ-Set button to turn the XL-5 on. If the LED is
solid red, then the Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED (not safe to use
LiPo batteries). If the LED is solid green, then Low-Voltage Detection is
ACTIVATED.
A
B
To activate Low-Voltage Detection (LiPo setting):
1. Make sure the LED on the XL-5 is on and RED.
2. Press and hold the EZ-Set button (the LED will
turn off) (A). After ten seconds, the motor will beep twice and the LED will
shine GREEN. Release the button (B).
3. Low-Voltage Detection is now ACTIVATED.
A
B
To disable Low-Voltage Detection (NiMH setting):
1. Make sure the LED on the XL-5 is on and GREEN.
2. Press and hold the EZ-Set button (the LED will
turn off) (A). After ten seconds, the motor will beep three times and the LED
will shine RED. Release the button (B).
3. Low-Voltage Detection is now DISABLED.
XL-5 Setup Programming (Calibrating your ESC and transmitter)
Read through all of the programming steps before you begin. If you get lost
during programming or receive unexpected results, simply unplug the battery,
wait a few seconds, plug the battery pack in, and start over.
1. Disconnect one of the motor wires between the XL-5 and the motor. This is a
precaution to prevent runaway when the speed control is turned on before
it is programmed.
2. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the XL-5.
3. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral).
4. Press and hold the EZ-Set button (A). The LED will first turn
green and then red. Release the button.
5. When the LED blinks RED ONCE, pull the
B
throttle trigger to the full throttle position and
hold it there (B).
6. When the LED blinks RED TWICE, push the
Once Red
throttle trigger to the full reverse and hold it
C
there (C).
7. When the LED blinks GREEN ONCE,
programming is complete. The LED will then
shine green or red (depending on LowTwice Red
Voltage Detection setting), indicating the XL-5
is on and at neutral (D).
XL-5 Operation
To operate the speed control and test the programming,
reconnect the motor wires and place the vehicle on a stable
block or stand so that all of the drive wheels are off the ground.
A
Green then Red
D
Solid
Note that in steps 1-8 below, Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED (factory default)
and the LED shines red. If Low-Voltage Detection is ACTIVATED, the LED will shine
green instead of red in steps 1-8 below. Never use LiPo batteries while LowVoltage Detection is disabled.
1. With the transmitter on, press and release the EZ-Set button. The LED will
shine RED. This turns the XL-5 on. If you press and release too quickly, you
may hear the steering servo jump but the LED may not stay on. Simply
press the button again until the LED shines RED and then release.
2. Apply forward throttle. The LED will turn off until full throttle power is
reached. At full throttle, the LED will shine RED.
3. Move the trigger forward to apply the brakes. Note that braking control is
fully proportional. The LED will turn off until full braking power is reached.
At full brakes, the LED will shine RED.
4. Return the throttle trigger to neutral. The LED will shine RED.
5. Move the throttle trigger forward again to engage reverse (Profile #1). The
LED will turn off. Once full reverse power is reached, the LED will shine RED.
6. To stop, return the throttle trigger to neutral. Note that there is no
programmed delay when changing from reverse to forward. Use caution
to avoid slamming the speed control from reverse to forward. On hightraction surfaces, this could result in transmission or driveline damage.
7. To turn the XL-5 off, press and hold the EZ-Set button for 1ВЅ seconds or until
the red LED turns off.
ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
8. The XL-5 is equipped with thermal shutdown protection to guard against
overheating caused by excessive current flow. If the operating temperature
exceeds safe limits, the XL-5 will automatically shut down. The LED on the
face of the XL-5 will rapidly blink red, even if the throttle trigger is moved
back and forth. Once the temperature returns to a safe level, the XL-5 will
once again function normally.
XL-5 Profile Selection
The speed control is factory set to Sport Mode (100% forward, brakes, and
reverse). To disable reverse (Race Mode) or to allow 50% power (patentpending Training Mode), follow these steps. The speed control should
be connected to the receiver and the transmitter adjusted as described
previously. The profiles are selected by entering the programming mode.
Profile Description
Profile #1 (Sport Mode): 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, 100% Reverse
Profile #2 (Race Mode): 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse
Profile #3 (Training Mode): 50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse
Selecting Sport Mode (Profile #1: 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, 100% Reverse)
1.Connect a fully charged battery pack to
A
B
the XL-5 and turn on your transmitter.
2. With the XL-5 off, press and hold
the EZ-Set button until the LED turns solid
green, then solid red and then begins blinking Green to Red to Off One blink Red
D
C
red (indicating the Profile numbers).
3. When the LED blinks RED ONCE, release
the EZ-Set button.
Release
Solid
4.The LED will blink and then turn solid green
(Low-Voltage Detection ACTIVE) or red (Low-Voltage Detection DISABLED).
The model is ready to drive.
Selecting Race Mode (Profile #2: 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse)
1.Connect a fully charged battery pack to
A
B
the XL-5 and turn on your transmitter.
2. With the XL-5 off, press and hold
the EZ-Set button until the LED turns solid
green, then solid red and then begins blinking Green to Red to Off Two blinks Red
D
C
red (indicating the Profile numbers).
3. When the LED blinks RED TWICE, release
the EZ-Set button.
Release
Solid
4.The LED will blink and then turn solid green
(Low-Voltage Detection ACTIVE) or red (Low-Voltage Detection DISABLED).
The model is ready to drive.
Selecting Training Mode (Profile #3: 50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse)
1.Connect a fully charged battery pack to the
A
B
XL-5 and turn on your transmitter.
2. With the XL-5 off, press and hold the EZ-Set
button until the LED turns solid green,
Green to Red to Off Three blinks Red
then solid red and then begins blinking red
D
C
(indicating the Profile numbers).
3. When the LED blinks RED THREE
TIMES, release the EZ-Set button.
Release
Solid
4.The LED will blink and then turn solid green
(Low-Voltage Detection ACTIVE) or red (Low-Voltage Detection DISABLED).
The model is ready to drive.
Note: If you missed the mode you wanted, keep the EZ-Set button pressed
down and the blink cycle will repeat until the button is released and a Mode is
selected.
LED Codes and Protection Modes
• Solid Green: XL-5 power-on light. Low-Voltage Detection is ACTIVATED
(LiPo setting).
• Solid Red: XL-5 power-on light. Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED
(NiMH setting). Never use LiPo batteries while Low-Voltage Detection is
disabled.
• Fast Blinking Red: The XL-5 is equipped with thermal shutdown
protection to guard against overheating caused by excessive current
flow. If the operating temperature exceeds safe limits, the XL-5 will
automatically shut down. Let the XL-5 cool. Make sure your model is
properly geared for the conditions.
• Slow Blinking Red (when Low-Voltage Detection is activated): The XL-5
has entered Low-Voltage Protection. When the battery voltage begins to
reach the minimum recommended discharge voltage threshold for LiPo
battery packs, the XL-5 will limit the power output to 50% throttle. When
the battery voltage attempts to fall below the minimum threshold, the
XL-5 will shut down all motor output. The LED on the speed control will
slowly blink red, indicating a low-voltage shutdown. The XL-5 will stay in
this mode until a fully charged battery is connected.
• Fast Blinking Green: The XL-5’s LED will blink fast green if the speed
control is not receiving a signal. Make certain the speed control is properly
plugged into the receiver and the transmitter is switched on.
Patent-Pending Training Mode
(Profile #3) reduces forward
and reverse throttle by 50%.
Training Mode is provided
to reduce the power output,
allowing beginning drivers to
better control the model. As
driving skills improve, simply
change to Sport or Race Mode
for full-power operation.
Tip For Fast Mode Changes
The XL-5 is set to Profile 1 (Sport
Mode) as the default. To quickly
change to Profile 3 (Training
Mode), with the transmitter on,
press and hold the EZ-Set button
until the light blinks red three
times and then release. For full
power, quickly change back
to Profile 1 (Sport Mode) by
pressing and holding the EZ-Set
button until the light blinks red
one time and then releasing.
Recalibrating the
XL-5 Speed Control
If the red LED on the XL-5
speed control glows solid when
powered on and the motor
does not receive power when
the throttle is applied, the
throttle neutral position has
changed. To restore the speed
control to normal operation,
it must be recalibrated to the
current transmitter neutral
setting. To recalibrate the
speed control, see “XL-5 Setup
Programming” on page 16.
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DRIVING YOUR MODEL
Now it’s time to have some fun! This section contains instructions on driving and
making adjustments to your model. Before you go on, here are some important
precautions to keep in mind.
• Allow the model to cool for a few minutes between runs. This is particularly
important when using high-capacity (2400mAh and above) battery packs that
allow extended periods of running. Monitoring temperatures will extend the lives
of the batteries and motor.
• Do not continue to operate the model with low batteries or you could lose control
of it. Indications of low battery power include slow operation and sluggish servos
(slow to return to center). Stop immediately at the first sign of weak batteries.
When the batteries in the transmitter become weak, the red power light will begin
to flash. Stop immediately and install new batteries.
• Do not drive the model at night, on public streets, or in large crowds of people.
• If the model becomes stuck against an object, do not continue to run the motor.
Remove the obstruction before continuing. Do not push or pull objects with the model.
• Because the model is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio interference from
many sources beyond your control. Since radio interference can cause momentary
losses of control, allow a safety margin of space in all directions around the model
in order to prevent collisions.
• Use good, common sense whenever you are driving your model. Intentionally driving
in an abusive and rough manner will only result in poor performance and broken
parts. Take care of your model so that you can enjoy it for a long time to come.
• When using the supplied optional gearing for top speed running, limit your driving
to paved surfaces only. Running in grass and off-road could cause excessive loads
on the electrical system in the model.
• The Titan 12T motor will benefit from a short break-in period to ensure optimum
performance and longer motor life. For the first battery pack, use the stock installed
pinion gear and drive smoothly on a flat, paved surface. Accelerate smoothly
(avoiding full throttle starts), with most of the driving being done at higher speeds.
This will help ensure that the motor provides the best performance and longest life.
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18 • RAPTOR
• Use a high-quality peak-detecting charger.
• Vary your speed. The Titan12T is a fan cooled motor, therefore moderate to topspeed running helps reduce motor temperatures.
• Lower your gear ratio. Installing a smaller pinion gear will lower your gear ratio,
causing less power draw from the motor.
• Maintain your model. Do not allow dirt or damaged parts to cause binding in the
drivetrain. Keep the motor clean and the motor bushings lightly lubricated.
mAh Ratings and Power Output
The mAh rating of the battery can affect your top speed performance. The higher
capacity battery packs experience less voltage drop under heavy load than low mAh
rated packs. The higher voltage potential allows increased speed until the battery
begins to become discharged.
RUNNING IN WET CONDITIONS
Your new model is designed with water-resistant features to protect the electronics
in the model (receiver, servos, electronic speed control). This gives you the freedom
to have fun driving your model through puddles, wet grass, snow, and through
other wet conditions. Though highly water resistant, the model should not be
treated as though it is submersible or totally, 100% waterproof. Water resistance
applies only to the installed electronic components. Running in wet conditions
requires additional care and maintenance for the mechanical and electrical
components to prevent corrosion of metal parts and maintain their proper function.
Precautions
• Without proper care, some parts of your model can be seriously damaged due
to contact with water. Know that additional maintenance procedures will be
required after running in wet conditions in order to maintain the performance
of your model. Do not run your model in wet conditions if you are not willing to
accept the additional care and maintenance responsibilities.
• Not all batteries can be used in wet environments. Consult your battery
manufacturer to see if their batteries can be used in wet conditions.
• The Traxxas TQ 2.4GHz transmitter is not water resistant. Do not subject it to wet
conditions such as rain.
About Run Time
A large factor affecting run time is the type and condition of your batteries. The milliamp
hour (mAh) rating of the batteries determines how large their “fuel tank” is. A 3000 mAh
battery pack will theoretically run twice as long as a 1500 mAh sport pack. Because of the
wide variation in the types of batteries that are available and the methods with which
they can be charged, it’s impossible to give exact run times for the model.
• Do not operate your model during a rain storm or other inclement weather where
lightning may be present.
Another major factor that affects run time is how the model is driven. Run times may
decrease when the model is driven repetitively from a stop to top-speed and with
repetitive hard acceleration.
• Even casual water contact can reduce the life of your motor. Special care must be
taken to modify your gearing and/or your driving style in wet conditions to extend
the life of the motor (details follow).
Tips for Increasing Run Time
• Use batteries with the highest mAh rating you can purchase.
• Read and follow all maintenance and care instructions provided by the
manufacturer of your batteries.
Before Running Your Vehicle in Wet Conditions
1. Consult the section “After Running Your Vehicle in Wet Conditions” before proceeding.
Make sure you understand the additional maintenance required with wet running.
• Do NOT allow your model to come in contact with salt water (ocean water),
brackish water (between fresh water and ocean water), or other contaminated
water. Salt water is highly conductive and highly corrosive. Use caution if you plan
to run your model on or near a beach.
DRIVING YOUR MODEL
2. The wheels have small holes molded in to allow air to enter and exit the tire
during normal running. Water will enter these holes and get trapped inside the
tires if holes are not cut in the tires. Cut two small holes (3mm or 1/8” diameter) in
each tire. Each hole should be near the tire centerline, 180 degrees apart.
3. Confirm that the receiver box O-ring and cover are installed correctly and secure.
Make sure the screws are tight and the blue O-ring is not visible protruding from
the edge of the cover.
4. Confirm that your batteries can be used in wet conditions.
5. Use lower gearing (smaller pinion gears, as low as 12T or spur gear as large as
90T) when running in mud, deep puddles, snow, or other similar situations that
will restrict the tires and put much higher loads on the motor.
Motor Precautions
• Titan motor life can be greatly reduced in mud and water. If the motor gets
excessively wet or submerged, use very light throttle (run the motor slowly) until
the excess water can run out. Applying full throttle to a motor full of water can
cause rapid motor failure. Your driving habits will determine motor life with a wet
motor. Do not submerge the motor under water.
• Do not gear the motor by temperature when running in wet conditions. The
motor will be cooled by water contact and will not give an accurate indication of
appropriate gearing.
• Use special care when operating your model in muddy conditions. Stop operating your
model if it appears to be straining due to the tackiness of the mud or build-up of mud
on the chassis. Do not allow mud to collect on the motor or pack around the motor.
After Running Your Vehicle in Wet Conditions
1. Drain the tires by spinning the tires at high speed to “sling” the water out. One way
to do this is to make several high-speed passes on a flat, dry surface, if possible.
2. Remove the batteries.
3. Rinse excess dirt and mud off the truck with low-pressure water, such as from a
garden hose. Do NOT use a pressure washer or other high-pressure water. Avoid
directing water into the bearings, transmission, etc.
4. Blow off the truck with compressed air (optional, but recommended). Wear safety
glasses when using compressed air.
5. Remove the wheels from the truck.
6. Spray all the bearings, drivetrain, and fasteners with WD-40В® or similar waterdisplacing light oil.
7. Let the truck stand or you may blow off with compressed air. Placing the truck
in a warm, sunny spot will aid drying. Trapped water and oil will continue to drip
from the truck for a few hours. Place it on a towel or piece of cardboard to protect
the surface underneath.
8. As a precautionary step, remove the sealed receiver box cover. While unlikely,
humidity or tiny amounts of moisture or condensation may enter the receiver
box during wet running. This can cause long-term problems with the sensitive
electronics in the receiver. Removing the receiver box cover during storage
allows the air inside to dry. This step can improve the long-term reliability of the
receiver. It is not necessary to remove the receiver or unplug any of the wires.
9. Additional Maintenance: Increase your frequency of disassembly, inspection,
and lubrication of the following items. This is necessary after extended wet use or
if the vehicle will not be used for an extended period of time (such as a week or
longer). This additional maintenance is needed to prevent any trapped moisture
from corroding internal steel components.
• Stub axle housing bearings: Remove, clean, and re-oil the bearings.
• Transmission: Remove, disassemble, clean, and re-grease the transmission
components. Use a light coating of wheel bearing grease (from an auto parts
store) on the metal gear teeth. Refer to your exploded view diagrams for help
with disassembly and reassembly.
• Titan motor: Remove the motor, clean with aerosol motor cleaner, and re-oil
the bushings with lightweight motor oil. Be sure to wear eye protection when
using spray aerosol cleaners.
RECEIVER BOX: MAINTAINING A WATERTIGHT SEAL
Removing and Installing Radio Gear
The unique design of the receiver box allows the removal and installation of the
receiver without losing the ability to maintain a watertight seal in the box. The
patent-pending wire clamp feature gives you the ability to also install aftermarket
radio systems and maintain the watertight features of the receiver box.
Removing the Receiver
1. To remove the cover, remove the two 3x8mm button-head cap screws.
2. To remove the receiver from the box, simply lift it out and set to the side.
The antenna wire is still inside the clamp area and cannot be removed yet.
3. Remove the wire clamp by removing the two 2.5x8mm cap screws.
4. Unplug the servo cables from the receiver and remove the receiver.
Receiver Installation
1. Always install the wires into the receiver box before installing the receiver.
2. Install the antenna wire and the servo cables into the A
receiver box.
3. Arrange the wires neatly using the wire guides in the
receiver box (A). The excess wire will be bundled inside
the receiver box. Label which wire is for which channel.
4. Apply a small bead of silicone grease (Traxxas part
#1647) to the wire clamp (B).
B
5. Install the wire clamp and tighten the two 2.5x8mm cap
screws securely.
6. Install the receiver into the box and plug the wires into the
receiver (C). Refer to page 10 for the wiring diagram.
C
7. Make sure the box light pipe is aligned with the
receiver LED. Make sure the O-ring is properly seated
into the groove in the receiver box so that the cover
will not pinch it or damage it in any way.
8. Install the cover and tighten the two 3x8mm
button-head cap screws securely.
9. Inspect the cover to make sure that the O-ring seal is not visible.
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-1В°
-1В°
-1.5В°
-1.5В°
ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
All of the toe links are installed on
the truck so the left-hand thread
indicators point to the same direction.
This makes it easier to remember
which way to turn the wrench to
increase or decrease toe link length
(the direction is the same at all four
corners). Note that the groove in the
hex indicates the side of the toe link
with the left-hand threads.
-1В°
To achieve a good starting point for
the slipper clutch, tighten the slipper
clutch adjusting nut clockwise until
the slipper clutch adjusting spring
fully collapses (do not over tighten),
and then turn the slipper clutch nut
counterclockwise one full turn.
Once you become familiar with driving your model, you might
need to make adjustments for better driving performance
Adjusting the Toe-in
0В°
0В°
Geometry and
alignment specs play
an important roll in
your model’s handling.
Take the time to set
them correctly. Set the
Toe-in
steering trim on your
0В° so that
transmitter to neutral. Now, adjust your servo and tie rods
both wheels are pointing straight ahead and are parallel to each
other (0В° toe-in). This will ensure the same amount of steering in
both directions. For increased stability add 1В° to 2В° of toe-in to each
front wheel. Use the turnbuckles to adjust the alignment.
Adjusting the Camber
The camber angle
0В° of both
the front and rear wheels can
be adjusted with the camber
rods (upper turnbuckles).
Use a square or right-angle
triangle to set the camber
accurately. The stock camber
В°
of the front wheels is -1
-1В°
of camber. In the rear, the
stock camber is -1.5В°. These
adjustments should be set
with the truck positioned at
its normal ride height with a
battery installed.
0В°
-1В°
0В°
-1В°
Front Camber
0В°
-1.5В°
-1.5В°
Rear Camber
0В°
Fine Tuning the Shocks
The four shocks on the model greatly influence its handling.
Whenever you rebuild your shocks or make adjustments to the
pistons, springs, or oil, always make changes to them in pairs (front
or rear). Piston selection depends on the range of oil viscosities
that you have available. For example, using a two-hole piston with
a lightweight oil will, at one point, give you the same damping
as a three-hole piston with heavier oil. We recommend using the
two-hole pistons with a range of oil viscosities from 10W to 50W
20 • RAPTOR
(available from your hobby shop). The
thinner viscosity oils (30W or less) flow more
smoothly and are more consistent, while
thicker oils provide more damping. Use only
100% pure silicone shock oil to prolong seal
life. The model’s ride height can be adjusted
by adding or removing the clip-on, spring
pre-load spacers. Adjust the ride height so
that the suspension arms are slightly above
being parallel to the ground. Observe how
the model handles in turns. Proper set-up
will add stability
0В° and help prevent spin outs.
Experiment with different springs and shock
oils to find what works best for your current
track conditions.
Shock Mounting Positions
Big bumps and rough terrain require a
softer suspension with the maximum
-1.5В° suspension travel and ride
-1.5В°
possible
height. Racing on a prepared track
or on-road use requires a lower ride
height and firmer, more progressive
suspension settings. The more
progressive suspension settings
help reduce body roll (increased roll
stiffness), dive
0В° during braking, and
squat during acceleration.
The suspension of your model has
been set up for off-road performance
(position 1 on the front suspension
arms and position 2 on the rear
suspension arms). If you plan on
driving on hard surfaces, the following
changes should be made:
Pre-load
Spacer
Front
1
2
Rear
1
2 3 4 5
1. Move the front shocks to the
outermost position (2) on the
suspension arms.
2. Move the rear shocks to the middle position (3)
on the suspension arms.
3. Add a 4mm preload spacer to the front shock.
ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
Motor and Gearing
There are two different types of aftermarket motors that can be
purchased for your model, stock and modified. Stock motors all
have the same wire thickness and number of turns around the
armature as governed by sanctioned racing organizations. They
are inexpensive and widely available. Modified motors are more
expensive, may feature ball bearings, and come in a variety of wire
thicknesses and a number of turns of wire on the armature. The
fewer number of turns of wire on the armature, the more powerful
the motor will be. Keep in mind that the more powerful the motor,
the less battery run time you will have.
One of the more significant advantages to your model’s
transmission is the extremely wide range of available gear
ratios. It can be geared low enough to run an extremely hot,
modified motor. A modified motor should be geared lower
(higher numerically) than a stock motor because it will reach its
maximum power at higher rpm’s. A modified motor that is geared
incorrectly can actually be slower than a correctly-geared, stock
motor. Use the following formula to calculate the overall ratio for
# Spur Gear Teeth
x 2.72 = Final Gear Ratio
# Pinion Gear Teeth
combinations not listed on the gear chart:
If you are worried that you might be over-geared, check the
temperature of the battery pack and motor. If the battery is
extremely hot, and/or the motor is too hot to touch, your model is
probably over-geared. If you are not able to run your model for at least
four minutes before the battery dies, then change to a lower gear
ratio. This temperature test assumes that the model is close to factory
stock weight and operates freely with no excessive friction, dragging,
or binding, and the battery is fully charged and in good condition.
Do not run your model with
the slipper clutch adjusting
spring fully compressed. The
minimum recommended
slipper clutch setting is 1/2 turn
counterclockwise from fully
compressed.
The model is equipped with a Titan 12T 550 motor. The gear
combination that comes stock on each model provides good overall
acceleration and top speed. If you want more top speed and less
acceleration, install the included high-speed gearing (more teeth). If
you want more acceleration and less top speed, use a smaller optional
(not included) pinion gear. The included high-speed gearing is
intended for high-speed running on hard surfaces, and this gearing
is not recommended for off-road or repetitive starting and stopping.
The Titan 12T is equipped with an integrated cooling fan that is
effective during medium to high-speed operation. The gearbox is
specially vented to cool the
• Fast Acceleration
motor. Repetitive starting and
14-Tooth Pinion*
• Short Distances
90-Tooth Spur
stopping over short distances
• Small Tracks
creates excess heat and will
• Good Acceleration
not allow the fan to cool the
16-Tooth Pinion
• Good Speed
90-Tooth Spur
motor properly. For this type
• Normal Conditions
of driving, smaller pinion
• High Top Speed
gears are recommended to
23-Tooth Pinion
• Long Distances
86-Tooth Spur
reduce load on the motor.
• Hard Surfaces
Spur Gear
Pinion Gear
Adjusting the Slipper Clutch
The model is equipped with an adjustable
slipper clutch, which is built into the
Tighten
large spur gear. The purpose of the
slipper clutch is to regulate the
amount of power sent to the rear
wheels to prevent tire spin. When
Loosen
it slips, the slipper clutch makes a
high-pitch, whining noise. Remove the rubber slipper clutch plug
on the transmission cover in order to adjust the slipper. Use the
4-way wrench to turn the adjusting nut clockwise to tighten and
counterclockwise to loosen. Place the model on a high-traction
surface, such as carpet. Adjust the slipper so that you can hear it slip
for approximately two feet from a standing, full throttle start. (Learn
more about adjusting the slipper clutch in the sidebar.)
*optional (sold separately)
Gearing Compatibility Chart
The chart to the right shows
a full range of gear combinations. This does NOT imply that these
gear combinations should be used. Over-gearing (bigger pinions,
smaller spurs) can overheat and damage the motor and/or speed
control. Items in black will fit 540 motor only (not Titan 12T).
Adjusting Gear Mesh
Incorrect gear mesh is the most common cause of
stripped spur gears. Gear mesh should be checked and
adjusted anytime a gear is replaced. To set the gear
mesh, cut a narrow strip of notebook paper
Strip of
Paper
and run it into the gear mesh. Loosen the
motor screws and slide the motor and pinion
gear into the spur gear. Retighten the motor
screws and then remove the strip of paper.
You should be able to run a fresh strip of paper
through the gears without binding them.
76
83
86
90
12
-
-
-
20.40
13
-
-
-
18.83
14
-
-
-
17.49
15
-
-
15.59
16.32
16
-
-
14.62
15.30
17
-
-
13.76
14.40
18
-
12.54
13.00
13.60
19
-
11.88
12.31
12.88
20
-
11.29
11.70
12.24
21
-
10.75
11.14
11.66
22
-
10.26
10.63
11.13
23
-
9.82
10.17
10.64
24
-
9.41
9.75
10.20
25
8.27
9.03
9.36
9.79
26
7.95
8.68
9.00
-
27
7.66
8.36
8.66
-
28
7.38
8.06
8.35
-
29
7.13
7.78
8.07
-
30
6.89
7.53
-
-
Stock
Included Optional
Usable Range
High Speed, Hard Surfaces Only
Not Recommended
-
Does Not Fit
Motor
Screws
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MAINTAINING YOUR MODEL
Always wear eye protection
when using compressed
air or spray cleaners and
lubricants.
Your model requires timely maintenance in order to stay in top
running condition. The following procedures should be taken
very seriously.
Inspect the vehicle for obvious damage or wear. Look for:
1. Cracked, bent, or damaged parts
2. Check the wheels and steering for binding.
3. Check the operation of the shock absorbers.
4. Check the wiring for any frayed wires or loose connections.
5. Check the mounting of the receiver and servo(s) and
speed control.
6. Check the tightness of the wheel nuts with a wrench.
7. Check the operation of the radio system, especially the
condition of the batteries.
8. Check for any loose screws in the chassis structure
or suspension.
9. The steering servo saver will wear out over time. If the steering
becomes loose, the servo saver should be replaced.
10. Inspect the gears for wear, broken teeth, or debris lodged
between the teeth.
11. Check the tightness of the slipper clutch.
Other periodic maintenance:
• Slipper clutch pads
(friction material):
Under normal use,
the friction material
in the slipper clutch
should wear very slowly.
If the thickness of any one of
the slipper clutch pads is 1.8mm or
less, the friction disc should be replaced.
Measure the pad thickness using calipers or
measuring against the diameter of the 1.5 and 2.0mm hex
wrenches provided with the model.
• Chassis: Keep the chassis clean of accumulated dirt and grime.
Periodically inspect the chassis for damage.
• Steering: Over time, you may notice increased looseness in the
steering system. There are several components that will wear
out from use: the servo saver (Traxxas part #3744), the bellcrank
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22 • RAPTOR
bushings (Traxxas part #2545), and the tie rod ends (Traxxas
part #2742). Replace these components as needed to restore
factory tolerances.
• Motor: Every 10-15 runs, remove, clean, and lubricate the motor.
Use a product such as electric motor cleaning spray to flush dirt
out of the motor. After cleaning, lubricate the bushings at each
end of the motor with a drop of light-weight electric motor oil.
• Shocks: Keep the oil level in the shocks full. Use only 100%
pure silicone shock oil to prolong the life of the seals. If you are
experiencing leakage around the top of the shock, inspect the
bladder in the top cap for signs of damage or distortion from
overtightening. If the bottom of the shock is leaking, then it
is time for a rebuild. The Traxxas rebuild kit for two shocks is
part #2362.
• Suspension: Periodically inspect the model for signs of damage
such as bent or dirty suspension pins, bent turnbuckles, loose
screws, and any signs of stress or bending. Replace components
as needed.
• Driveline: Inspect the driveline for signs of wear such as worn
drive yokes, dirty axle half shafts, and any unusual noise or
binding. If a U-joint pops apart, then it is time to replace the part.
Remove the gear cover, and inspect the spur gear for wear. Check
the tightness of the set screws in the pinion gears. Tighten, clean,
or replace components as needed.
Storage
When you are through running the model for the day, blow it off
with compressed air or use a soft bristled paint brush to dust-off
the vehicle.
Always disconnect and remove the battery from the model
whenever the model is stored. If the model will be stored for a long
time, then also remove the batteries from the transmitter.
MODEL 58064
owner’s manual
1100 Klein Road, Plano Texas 75074
1-888-TRAXXAS
121205 58064OM-N-EN-R00
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