5 Most Effective Mods and Upgrades for Redcat Blackout XTE

The Redcat Racing Blackout XTE truck is fast, powerful features everything that is needed to heat up the neighborhood and let the RC enthusiasts enjoy their RC thrills.

But according to several experts and RC enthusiasts, the Redcat Blackout XTE still has plenty of scopes to perform different Mods and upgrades on it.

That’s why I will be addressing the five most efficient yet affordable Mods and Upgrades which one should know and at least try once to perform them-

ReasonsMods Or Upgrades
Plastic Suspensions Parts or Components might rip or wear off sooner.Upgrade the major Suspension parts or entire system with Aluminum Upgrades
Stripped or Spur Gear & the Front Toe Turnbuckles links might give hard timeUpgrade the Stock Gears & Turnbuckles
The Stock Motor sometimes slips due to loosen screws & the entire stock Brushed system might not perform as smoothly enough.Upgrade the Brushed Motor & ESC with the Brushless system
To add more torque, power and durability on your XTE Truck’s Wheels & Tires, you need modifications.Upgrade them with more powerful and durable options
The driveshaft & steering might sometimes give you hard timeUpgrade them

How Much Does Its Cost to Upgrade Redcat Blackout XTE? 

Approximately, the total cost of your Redcat Blackout XTE truck’s modifications and upgrades will be around 500 up to 600 bucks.

You need to spend around $100-$150 for the Motor & ESC, $30-$50 for Aluminum Suspension parts modifications, $30-$40 for Battery, and $50-$60 for other body kits.

Remember, performing quality modifications and upgrades can sometimes cost few extra bucks depending on the current condition of your RC truck and your preferences. 

5 Upgrades Of Redcat Blackout XTE:

Let’s have a look at the five Redcat Blackout XTE modifications or upgrade and also get an overall idea about how much they will cost to perform-

1. Aluminum Suspension Upgrade

Although the stock suspension components of the Redcat XTE truck are capable enough to do their job decently, these parts or components are mostly made of plastic materials.

That means they might not be durable and capable enough like the Aluminum suspension components.

So, if you are not satisfied with the stock suspension parts’ quality and performance, the best solution for you is to upgrade them with the Aluminum set.

Recommended Options:

Redcat Racing Upgrade Shocks

RC Gray BS214-011 Aluminum Shock Absorbers 2P For REDCAT Blackout XTE 1/10 Truck

4Pcs Aluminum Front&Rear Lower Suspension Arms

High-end Option:

Redcat Racing Blh-0010gm Aluminum Hop up Kit Front or Rear Blackout

Besides above suggested upgrade options, you might also get other suitable options on https://www.ebay.com/b/Hobby-RC-Suspension-Steering-Parts-for-Redcat-Racing or https://www.redcatracing.com/collections/hopup-parts .

2. Gear & Turnbuckle Upgrade

One of the most common problems that several Blackout users have mentioned already is the spur or stripped gear.

Even while running on the flat surface sometimes the gear might strip up, which might happen due to poor mesh, and you will need to replace the faulty parts.

Recommended Options:

KHK SS1-64, Module 1, 64 Tooth, Carbon Steel Spur Gears

29 Tooth Steel 48 Pitch Pinion Gear 5mm Or 1/8

Traxxas Tra3951x Gear 21t Pinion

Robinson Racing 8621 Extra Hard 21 Tooth Blackened Steel 32P Pinion

Besides the gear issue, some users have also mentioned that the Rear Toe Turnbuckle links might not meet the expectation so, the best way of getting rid of stock Turnbuckle links is to change them with a modification option.

High-end Recommendation:

7-Pack Adjustable Alloy Turnbuckles Aluminum Camber Toe Links Set

Affordable Option:


3. Brushless System & Battery Upgrade

Although the Redcat Blackout XTE comes with a brushed system where the stock brushed motor and ESC is capable enough to perform their job accordingly, many RC users still might not feel comfortable with the Brushed system.

Since the Brushless system provides more torque, power, speed, and durability, no matter how good your Brushed system is, it cannot beat the Brushless system’s capability.

That’s why if you also prefer more power, speed and reliability, upgrade the stock brushed system with the brushless option.

Recommended Option:

80A Brushless ESC 2-4S Electric Speed Controller

Castle Creations Sidewinder Micro 12.6V 2A Peak BEC Electronic Speed Controller

Besides the motor and ESC, you should also upgrade your stock battery with the Floureon 30C 2S 7.4V 5200mAh LiPo Battery Hard Case with Dean-Style T Connector and the price will be around $36.99.

4. Wheels & Tires

The Redcat Blackout truck does come with quality wheels and tires so it is not a mandatory option, but if you ever feel like upgrading and improving the wheels or tires sets of your Blackout XTE, you can upgrade them with my suggested recommendations.

Recommended Options:

Hatchet MT 2.8″ RC Monster Truck Tires with Foam Inserts, C2 SoftWalmartpound, Mounted on Front Black Wheels

Duratrax Hatchet MT 2.8″ Mounted Offset Tires

5. Driveshaft & Steering Modification

Sometimes Blackout XTE truck users complain about the stock driveshaft of their truck where they found that the driveshaft suddenly broke off while running the vehicle off-road.

Generally, these driveshafts are made of Aluminum and come with roll pins, so the trouble arises when the roll pin flew out.

In that case, all you have to do is to put some screws in there to secure the connection.

If that does not solve your problem, you should either buy the Steel CVA F/R Driveshafts or the 1/16 CVD Steel Driveshaft Rebuild Kit and cut the length accordingly to put in there.

The Steel CVA Front /Rear Driveshaft will cost $20.10, and the Rebuild kit will cost $16.95.

Another issue that you might encounter with this RC is the steering problem where the stock Servo saver tends to rub on the backside of the Servo.

The easy fix is to take Dremel and a little bit of the backside. In that way, when it pushes up the Servo Saver, it will not rub on there anymore.

Redcat Blackout XTE Accessories Upgrades

Here, I would like to mention all the required accessories or parts for performing above discussed modifications and upgrades on your Redcat Blackout XTE-

All you need for performing any of the above-discussed upgrades or modifications is a standard toolbox or kit, which includes all the necessary servicing or repairing tools such as a millimeter hex driver, smaller Wrench or screwdriver, nuts, bolts, connecting cables or wires, and tape.

If you wish, you can also try 1/10 2019 Chevy Silverado Z71 Trail Boss Clear Body to improvise the styling and look of your truck.

Besides those, you might also get any other required accessories or replacement parts from https://www.rcplanet.com/blackout-xte-pro-redcat-replacement-parts-cars-trucks/ or https://www.amazon.com/redcat-blackout-xte-pro-parts/ .


Earlier discussed each upgrade options are quite inexpensive and even significantly effective for improving the Redcat Blackout XTE truck’s overall performance. These upgrades and Mods will add more power, speed, torque flexibility, and durability to your Redcat XTE RC monster truck.

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