Traxxas Nitro Rustler







Traxxas Nitro Rustler comes as a complete package with professional factory assembly; installed high-power pistol grip radio system. Plus, Nitro Rustler is backed by a team of R/C pros who aim to provide the highest level of factory support possible. We’re with you every step of the way to answer questions and help you get the most from your Nitro Rustler. Toll-free* support is available via telephone, e-mail, or online. The TRX 2.5 Engine is backed by the Traxxas Power Up Plan that makes it simple and affordable to upgrade to a brand-new engine and even more power down the road. As with any Traxxas model, Nitro Rustler is about experiencing total performance and satisfaction, not just in the truck, but also with the company that stands behind it.

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Traxxas Nitro Rustler RC Stadium Truck

Traxxas Nitro Rustler – Hard-Charging 50+mph Performance

The Traxxas Nitro Rustler is the first name in high performance 2WD nitro stadium trucks. Powered by the proven performance of the TRX 2.5 Racing Engine, the Traxxas Nitro Rustler totally out-muscles the competition with top speeds beyond 50 mph! The TRX 2.5 also pumps out the torque for brutal, wheel-standing launches and absolutely ruthless acceleration. The sleek body design cheats the wind with its smooth curves and low-slung stance, while the outrageous graphics dominate with style. The separate wing securely bolts to the body with precise aluminum hex hardware. Chrome 2.8 Twin Spoke™ rims are wrapped with pre-glued Alias™ step-pin tires in the rear and Alias™ ribbed tires up front. The high-tech rubber compound ensures great grip on a variety of surfaces. Grey-molded composite parts are thoughtfully integrated to enhance the look of the chassis. Fast, light, and loaded with power, Nitro Rustler’s power-sliding, dirt roosting attitude will have you reaching for the throttle again and again.

Where Power Meets Technology

The Traxxas Nitro Rustler TRX 2.5 Racing Engine is nothing short of amazing. It is the most advanced engine in its class and comes loaded with all the hottest performance hardware. The two-needle composite slide carburetor, trick porting, and free-flowing rear exhaust deliver class-leading horsepower and high-revving speeds over 50mph. Plus only Traxxas has the true push-button starting convenience and safety of the EZ-Start® Electric Starting System. Traxxas makes nitro easy so that anyone can experience the hard-charging action and intense driving excitement Nitro Rustler delivers. Hammer the throttle anywhere in the power band and Nitro Rustler responds with searing acceleration and the sound of pure, high-revving nitro power.

Built Traxxas Tough™

The Traxxas Nitro Rustler is not only built to perform with its adjustable slipper clutch, disc brake, and race-inspired suspension geometry, it’s also built Traxxas Tough™ for all-day driving fun. Nitro Rustler’s robust design keeps annoying breakage to a minimum so that the action can keep going on and on. The rugged 6061-T6 aluminum chassis forms a rock-solid backbone that also draws heat away from the engine. Full rubber-sealed ball bearings provide the ultimate protection and low maintenance for nitro environments. The Magnum 281™ transmission uses a planetary gear differential with built-to-last hardened steel gears. The gear diff requires no time-consuming adjustment and is virtually maintenance free. The oil-filled Ultra Shocks™ use exclusive X-ring seal technology for reduced friction and superior leak resistance. Traxxas engineers are dedicated to keeping you on the throttle, not on the workbench.

INCLUDES: Assembled Traxxas Nitro Rustler with TRX-2.5 racing engine and glow plug, TSM, EZ-Start electric starter, painted body with rear wing, decals, 2.4GHz radio system, tuned pipe, instruction sheet, extra glow plug, fuel bottle, tools, battery & charger


  • “AA” Batteries: 8 (4 for transmitter and 4 for receiver)
  • Fuel: Car fuel with 10-15% nitromethane content
  • Misc. Items: Building and track equipment


Available with our Drive Now Pay Later RC Financing Option




  • NEW Traxxas Stability Management®
  • 50+mph!
  • Amazing low-profile body and ProGraphix® paint scheme
  • Bolt-on rear wing with aluminum hardware
  • Alias 2.8″ tires with foam inserts pre-glued on mirror-chrome Twin-Spoke™ wheels
  • TRX® 2.5 Racing Engine
  • TQi 2.4GHz Radio System
  • 2-amp DC Peak Detecting Fast Charger


Traxxas Stability Management (TSM): Superior tuning algorithms run on high-speed electronic components to control wheel spin and steering direction on loose dirt, concrete and even ice and snow. TSM can be fine tuned or turned off by adjusting the multi-function knob on the TQi transmitter or the slider in the Traxxas Link app

Chassis: T-6 aluminum anodized blue with fiber composite upper plate/front brace

Radio: Traxxas TQ 2.4GHz radio system

Engine: Traxxas 2.5 racing engine with EZ-Start electric starter, slide valve carb, two glow plugs, air filter and cylinder head protector, battery and charger for EZ-Start

Exhaust: Composite tuned pipe with aluminum header

Drive: Rear wheel with telescoping U-joint drive shafts

Body: Pre-painted, pre-cut polycarbonate body

Shocks: Four composite bodied oil-filled

Slipper Clutch: Adjustable

Suspension: 4-wheel independent

Transmission: Ball bearing equipped, Magnum 281

Differential: Planetary gear with steel internal gears

Fuel Tank: 2.5oz (75cc) with flip-top lid and primer bulb

Brake: Composite disc type

Spur Gear: Nylon, 70 tooth 32-pitch

Wheels: Chrome 2.0″ (51mm) wide, 2.8″ (71mm) diameter five-split spoke Jato

Tires: Front, ribbed 2.8″ (71mm) inner diameter, 2″ (51mm) wide

Rear, Traxxas Alias 2.8″ (71mm) inner diameter, 2″ (51mm) wide

Caster: Adjustable, caster/toe-in refers to the angle of the front suspension when viewed from the side of the car in relation to the chassis

Camber: Adjustable, camber refers to the angle of the tops of the tires from vertical when viewed from front or behind vehicle suspension when viewed from the side of the car in relation to the chassis






Nitro Rustler (44096-3) Manual – English

Parts List

Nitro Rustler (44096-3) Parts List

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Nitro Rustler (44096-3) Chassis Assembly

Nitro Rustler (44096-3) Front Assembly

Nitro Rustler (44096-3) Rear Assembly

Nitro Rustler (44096-3) Transmission Assembly