Two of a Kind – Team Associated Pro2 LT10SW Short Course Truck & Pro2 DK10SW Dakar Buggy RTRs

Two of a Kind – Team Associated Pro2 LT10SW Short Course Truck & Pro2 DK10SW Dakar Buggy RTRs

If you have a need for speed (and who doesn’t?), Team Associated’s Pro2 LT10SW Short Course Truck and Pro2 DK10SW Dakar Buggy are about to hype up the excitement. These 1/10-scale ready-to-run (RTR) vehicles are here to deliver all the dirt, clay, and pavement-thrashing action you crave, all in a convenient package.

Pro2 LT10SW : A Short Course Truck Sensation
Let’s start with the Pro2 LT10SW, a short-course truck that’s built on the legacy of nine-time ROAR Short Course National Championship-winning trucks. This mean machine is equipped with all the bells and whistles you need for a thrilling ride. The SW suffix stands for short-wheelbase, which measures at 227.8mm, translating to a hair less then 9 inches.

Two of a Kind - Team Associated Pro2 LT10SW Short Course Truck & Pro2 DK10SW Dakar Buggy RTRs

Under the hood, you’ll find a water-resistant, high-power Reedy Power brushless speed control and a 3300kV brushless motor. The 2.4GHz 2-channel radio system ensures seamless control, while the DVC (Dynamic Vehicle Control) receiver unit comes with a built-in adjustable digital gyro to keep you steady on those hairpin turns.

Two of a Kind - Team Associated Pro2 LT10SW Short Course Truck & Pro2 DK10SW Dakar Buggy RTRs

The Pro2 LT10SW boasts additional features like a Reedy Power metal-gear, digital high-torque servo and a water-resistant enclosed receiver box to keep the electronics safe and sound. To make sure you stick to the terrain like glue, it comes with high-grip, all-terrain tires and lightweight wheels. And the factory-finished green body adds a touch of style to the mix. If green isn’t your thing, this truck is also available in blue and white.

Two of a Kind - Team Associated Pro2 LT10SW Short Course Truck & Pro2 DK10SW Dakar Buggy RTRs

Pro2 DK10SW: A Dakar-Style Thrill Ride
Now, if you’re looking for something a bit different, the Pro2 DK10SW might be just what you need. It’s essentially a sibling to the Pro2 LT10SW, with one key difference—the body. The DK10SW sports a Dakar buggy-style body, adding a unique and rugged flair to your RC adventures. The choice between the two is entirely up to your personal preference. The one shown here is finished in orange, but a red-and-white variant is also available.

High-grip, all-terrain tires and lightweight wheels allow the Pro 2 to tear up the track.

High-grip, all-terrain tires and lightweight wheels allow the Pro 2 to tear up the track.

The Pro2’s body mounts are adjustable and allow the chassis to accept a wide array of aftermarket bodies.

The Pro2’s body mounts are adjustable and allow the chassis to accept a wide array of aftermarket bodies.

WHAT THEY BOTH BRING TO THE TABLE

Both of these short-course-based vehicles come packed with features that make them a blast to drive. They share a low-center-of-gravity molded composite chassis, complete with hook-and-loop battery straps that can accommodate both NiMH and 2S and 3S LiPo Deans connector equipped battery packs. No matter your power preference, they’ve got you covered.

Their performance is further enhanced by 22 precision rubber-sealed ball bearings, impact-absorbing front and rear bumpers, and adjustable body mounts that allow you to experiment with different looks. The rear CVA driveshafts ensure reliability even in challenging conditions.
With aluminum 12mm big-bore coilover shock absorbers, heavy-duty sealed gear differentials, and externally adjustable slipper clutches, these trucks are engineered to handle the toughest terrains. You can fine-tune your ride with rugged steel turnbuckles for adjustable camber and front toe-in. Plus, the adjustable suspension geometry and vertical ball ends give you control over roll center adjustments in the front and rear.

Two of a Kind - Team Associated Pro2 LT10SW Short Course Truck & Pro2 DK10SW Dakar Buggy RTRs

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

We charged up a pair of Gens Ace batteries and loaded them into the Pro2s. The hook-and-loop battery straps are efficient and easy to use to secure the batteries. One standout feature that both vehicles share is the built-in adjustable digital gyro. It ensures even beginners and young drivers can handle these vehicles with ease, even at full throttle. We found that the controllability, agile handling, quick bursts of speed, and robust build make for an exhilarating driving experience, especially for novice drivers.

We charged up a pair of Gens Ace batteries and loaded them into the Pro2s. The hook-and-loop battery straps are secure and easy to use.

We charged up a pair of Gens Ace batteries and loaded them into
the Pro2s. The hook-and-loop battery straps are secure and easy to use.

Both Pro2 models are powered by Reedy’s 3300kV brushless motor.

Both Pro2 models are powered by Reedy’s 3300kV brushless motor.

The front end is designed to shurg off impacts to keep the Pro2 in the race.

The front end is designed to shurg off impacts to keep the Pro2 in the race.

Team Associated Pro2 LT10SW & Pro2 DK10SW VEHICLE SPECS

P/N: Pro2 LT10SW (70023) / Pro2 DK10SW (90038)
MSRP: $515.99
Street Price: $349.99
URL: associatedelectrics.com

Scale: 1/10
Chassis: Low center-of-gravity molded composite
Shocks: Aluminum 12mm big-bore coilover shocks
Suspension: Adjustable suspension geometry
Drive System: 2WD
Body: Factory painted polycarbonate
Wheels: Lightweight
Tires: All-terrain
Motor: 3300kV brushless motor
Transmitter: 2.4GHz 2-channel
Receiver: DVC (Dynamic Vehicle Control) with built-in adjustable digital gyro

The Pro2’s short-course chassis features adjustable suspension geometry for fine tuning.

The Pro2’s short-course chassis features adjustable suspension geometry for fine tuning.

FINAL WORD

Whether you opt for the Pro2 LT10SW with its classic short-course truck body or the Pro2 DK10SW with its Dakar-style twist, you’re in for an unforgettable ride. These Team Associated short-course-based vehicles are not just for the pros; they’re perfect for anyone looking to have some serious off-road fun. Also, thanks to Team Associate’s deep line of upgrades, these Pro2 models are infinitely modifiable, so if you want a vehicle you can grow with, this is a prime candidate. So, grab your controller, hit the dirt, and let the good times roll!


Text by James York
Images by Jerry Tsai

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