Where to start? You want a General Lee and you’re ready to build one, but what do you need? What you need is a starting point, there are many different ways/styles to build these cars, but not all pieces/parts work well together. If there is a fork in the road, it is the type of GL vs. the $cost$ of your GL…you must choose one of these roads. Unlimited budget? Build whatever kind of GL you desire. Limited budget? You can still build a fun, good looking GL. Being that these cars require some amount of technical assembly/modification skill….that will also weigh in on your build, but even the easiest build if pretty cool!
Below are a few examples of what some dudes have used for parts and what they’ve paid for them, this can give you a rough idea on what your GL might cost.
For a car like mine, here’s a list of parts along with their general price ranges you might pay:
- General Lee Body/car $40 – $200
- Duratrax Vendetta car complete $100 – $200 ( with a radio )
- VXL 3M $150 ( motor/speed control, upgrade)
- $40 ball differential
- $50 Battery
- $50 – $100 Battery Charger
- $60 Tires and wheels
- $15 Pinion 12T
- $40 CVD driveshafts
- $20 Custom Chassis ( if you have the tools to do it yourself , figure maybe $100 if you do not. )
- $100 multiple shipping charges and or tax ( cause you can’t get this stuff from one supplier )
About $650ish’ – $1050ish’ ( Parts only )
If you already have a radio, battery and charger…do the math, it’s less dough.
another route is:
- RTR on-road car from hobbyshop or Ebay, etc…$350
- RcCarKings or whoever, 190 – 200mm wide Charger Lexan body $45
- Paint $10
- Decals $20
- Wheels n’ Tires $60
about $500…and this will get you a solid General Lee r/c car. Check out my “Builds” page for some examples.
Email sent to me by a fellow General Lee builder with his build plan, ( Rohn on the “Builds” page )
Subject: Wanna Share My General Lee Build
I was so inspired by your jump videos that I started to acquire a Malibu body and once I did, I started hacking away using existing what I had laying around.
I ended up cutting a Helion Animus in half and mounted them to an old HPI RS4 aluminum plate. I then replaced the wheel hex nuts from the proprietary Animus to the Traxxas 1/16 hex adapters so I can mount 1/10 wheels on the car.
Once I did that, I began to mount the shell onto the custom chassis. This probably took the longest as I had to get it perfectly measured along with the height. It’s mounted on and looks fantastic. I’d love to share it.
Build Cost: ~$250-ish
Helion Animus: $100
Traxxas wheel adapters: $5
Malibu Walmart Shell: $50
HPI Alum plate: $25
HPI Wheels/Tires: $60 (waiting for them to ship: using old HPI Wheels/Tires)
I hope this helps.