RGT Intruder: An Important Release!

RGT Intruder: An Important Release!

Heard of RGT?

Before we get to the RGT Intruder EX86020 (available here), I think some context would be helpful. Previously a lesser-known manufacturer, Chinese company RGT have been making quite a splash with their 1/10 trail rig releases over 2022 and 2023.

For instance, you may have already seen our recent comparison article, “Which RGT is best for you?”. In this one, I compared three of their best and biggest recent releases: Rescuer, Challenger and Pro Runner. I’ve also looked at the Tracer, Pioneer, and the 136100 range either here or on the channel – and all have their merits.

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What’s the Big Deal?

So, what’s the fuss about the RGT Intruder? Isn’t it just another car? Well, no: for a start, it’s their first big release for 2024. Secondly, it looks the same as the RGT Rescuer EX86190, which will inevitably lead to comparisons with the older, larger model. We’ll see below that this apparent similarity is only cosmetic in nature – but more on that in a moment.

I see it as an important next step after their successful, more ‘standard’ models. Their previous SWB (Short Wheel Base) models have been underwhelming, or, if finished beautifully as with the 136100v3, weaker than it should have been. (Both my 136100v2 and v3 have a broken front axle and both were the CVD joints not standing up to crawling). But now, folks are starting to pay attention.

RGT Rescuer EX86190 on Grass

The Big Reason

RGT has proven they can make great vehicles. They’ve shown how their own designs are working – obvious IP infringement aside with the bodies and often the tire treads. And they’ve shown that they can make a decently durable model that performs well AND has parts and upgrade availability. That’s actually quite a big deal.

As these models draw new potential customers to consider the brand, their newest model releases matter all the more. From where I’m watching, the RGT Intruder EX86020 is possibly their most important release. This is their first high-level scale model RC crawler that doesn’t have the extra bells and whistles that many folks disparage. It has a gorgeous body. The price suggests quality. The running gear is solid (U-joints in those front axles, for example). And it’s all 1/10 scale kit.

In short, this model needs to be good. Better than good. Newcomers to RGT are watching this one!

RGT Intruder Chassis Top-Down

What’s It Like?

The first thing that jumped out to me was that gorgeous body. I made a post on my YT community page that said something like, “Gosh, this car just looks amazing from any angle” – and it really does!

There are a bunch of extras they throw in so you can add more lights, mount a larger battery tray, add some scale extras and have a play with suspension mount points and so on. There’s a lot of good here, though the main ‘feature’ of this model is its appearance. I mean, just look at it!

RGT Intruder External Sides
RGT Intruder Included Parts

Body Issues

There’s only one issue with the body: it is not licensed. This has been the case for all of their crawlers, to my knowledge. Toyota may not be pleased, and I don’t condone the practice. Unlicenced bodies are a problem for the hobby, as are cloned parts. I really need to do a blog post on just this topic, as there are a few things to unpack here. But the car is pretty and the colour choices are all quite good.

This model comes with some extra plastics for both the cabin and the exterior of the body, like a rear-view mirror, extra spotlight cases, wipers, and so on. You need to fit these yourself. The folding side-mirrors come installed though, as do the door handles and the rear pillar air vents. If you do nothing with the extras after you unbox it, the car is still very complete. I also appreciate the captured body pins – you won’t lose these during a battery change on the trail!

RGT Intruder Captured Body Clips

RGT Intruder Interior

Well, it has one. My original RGT Rescuer did not have one (see? Even I’m comparing this car to the Rescuer! It’s inevitable!), though now the EX86190 does ship with an interior. I bought mine separately. The interior in the Intruder here is the same as the one I bought. This is a good thing, as it helps keep RGT’s costs down. It’s attractive, functional, and being polycarbonate, about as light as it could be. Good!

There are no lights in the cabin, but there are lights on all corners, controlled by a central module that’s attached to the underside of the body’s mold piece. It connects to the LED port on the all-in-one Receiver/ESC/Light Controller on the chassis. I’ll get to that further down.

RGT Intruder Front View
RGT Intruder Body Underside

Wheels and Tires

There’s the promise of performance, with vented tires (including foams), and they’re about as large as could reasonably fit under this scale of body. They’d be 43” tires in real life – and on this kind of vehicle, even something like 35” tires are BIG. So, RGT have pushed the performance there as far as they dare. It’s a compromise, scale vs capability, and I think it was the right move to max the diameter out.

They’re glued 4.31″ tires on plastic 1.9″ wheels. However, I do think the tire carcass is too stiff for the weight of this car. The foams feel about right, but the rubber in the tires is either too thick or too rigid, and to my feel, they don’t bend enough around rocks. Traction is lost that the car really needs. We’ll get to this shortly.

RGT Intruder Wheels & Tires

Chassis and Links

This is a talking point: the rails are 3mm CNC-milled aluminum with a stunning finish. They are really pretty! And the chassis is very stiff, too, thanks to the generous plastic-fiber cross bracing from nose to tail. The shock hoops are part of the rails and even the panhard mount is finished in the same lovely material. Full marks for that.

Links and geometry are also well designed. There’s full movement for both axles, no binding, and plenty of room for everything to move as it needs to. And the car isn’t heavy. These are all great things, too. Honestly, we’re off to a very solid start at this point.

Oh, those links are 6mm stainless steel with stainless steel ball ends, too. It’s so premium. Not everyone will appreciate how nice this is, but as an RC guy with ALL the cars and a lot of experience at this point, I want to emphasize just how high the quality is on this vehicle. RGT have not cut corners on chassis and links.

RGT Intruder Shock Hoops
RGT Intruder Underside


The coil-over shocks are also very nice. Aluminum body, thumb-screw adjustable pre-load, appropriately plush springs and intelligently mounted. I like these.

However, my unit arrived with empty shocks. Not everyone will notice this, and not everyone will care, but you want some oil in your shocks. It limits how bouncy they are, which limits how much the wheel reacts to changes in terrain at high or low speed. I’d recommend 30 wt. oil, give or take. Worth doing.

The shocks move well and the car is in good shape with this setup. Just don’t forget the oil like my car’s assembler did!

RGT Intruder Adjustable Alloy Shocks

Straight Axles

No portals here. But the best thing about these straight axles is how tough they are. I love seeing steel universal joints on front steering axles in a crawler. It’s really the only way to go for performance and strength. Yes, they’re not as smooth as CVDs and similar, but the extra steering angle the unis afford you make the trade-off well worth it.

The housings themselves aren’t particularly scale, but the size is small and they are attractive. It’s a high-pinion position like Axial’s AR45 axles and the gears are helical cut (or spiral? Can’t quite tell from the photos). Either way, they’ll be strong, and with the default tooth count of 30/8, overdriving/underdriving using the diff gears for better crawling and steering should be a straightforward undertaking. (I’m confident these will fit, though I haven’t tested them yet!)

RGT Intruder Rear Axle and Links
RGT Intruder Front Axle and Links

Radio & AIO Rx/ESC/Lights

After a couple of vehicles with the new FlySky MGXX-BS radio systems, this is my first one with the middle-spec option, the MG6-BS. It’s a 6-channel radio (4x AAs) and an AIO (All-In-One) receiver, 60A ESC and light controller with discrete light hub for body-mounting. The radio is comfortable in the hand, all plastic, and with two stand-out features/design elements:

  1. Channel 5 is a spring-loaded thumb dial that returns to center. What a perfect controller for a winch! (The chassis and bull-bar have a mount point and fairlead respectively for exactly that, too!); and,
  2. A set of DIP switches on the radio that give you control over drive mode (Fwd/Brk/Rev and Fwd/Rev); LiPO/NiMH; Drag Brake (0%, 25%, 50%, 100% – though it’s weak even at 100%); and all the channel reverse options.

It’s a good system. Be aware the light kit is a cut-down version that gives you headlights or no headlights, and indicators and reverse being always enabled based on steering and throttle inputs respectively.

The biggest drawback is that Reverse is WEAK. Slow and underpowered, it seems to have been a cost-saving choice, as you need less MOSFETs in the ESC for reverse for this outcome. Saved FlySky a buck or two, though you miss it on the trail. Apart from this one drawback, I like the whole system.

RGT Intruder MG6-BS Radio
RGT Intruder FlySky 2A-BS AIO

Our Test Course

If you’re not familiar with how we test RC rock crawlers, we have a course that challenges any 4x4 RC crawler in many ways:

  • Approach and departure angle: these  are challenged on Problems 2 and 3;
  • Side-hill ability: tested on Problems 1, 3 and 5;
  • Breakover (skid clearance): tested on Problems 4 and 6;
  •  Suspension articulation and centre of gravity: challenged on problems 2 and 5; and lastly,
  • A punishing ascent on problem 6 tests all of balance, break-over, articulation, tire traction and approach and departure angles.

Put together, we have a gnarly, challenging set of problems that challenge all crawlers. If a rig can conquer 3 or more of them, chances are you have a reasonably high-performance rock crawler. There are some machines that can claim all success on all six in stock form – but not many!

Driving Woes

I tested it on my 6-Problem course. Bad news first: that slow and underpowered reverse is a big enough drawback to be quite noticeable. I also found the steering servo to be slow and it faded under heavy crawling within a few minutes (though it didn’t fail outright).

The motor and gearing is too fast for crawling and too slow for trail driving. There’s no second speed here, so unlike the Rescuer (there’s that comparison again!!), you’re stuck with your gearing, battery and motor choice. This feels just like comparing the TRX4m to the FCX24 with its 2-speed, actually!

The tires are too stiff. The suspension moves like it should, though being filled with oil would have helped. The car is top-heavy and it tips over easily.

RGT Intruder 25kg MG Servo

Driving Wins

On the bright side, this car looks magnificent on the trail. It looks amazing on the rocks. It moves nicely, with plenty of scale body roll without being too much. It’s quiet, and very pleasant to watch it work over the ground.

Without upgrades, in stock form, this will be a frustrating car to drive if you’re going beyond basic obstacles. The waterproofing is a nice touch, as are the lights, but that capability limitation will make itself known regularly.

With upgrades, though? Yeah, I think this could easily become one of my favorite cars. I’ll get back to you on that, as I’m planning on doing all of the upgrades I list below. The car drives okay. Could be better. 4/10.

RGT Intruder Rear-Right

Value Proposition

So, did they pull it off? Is the car worth the asking price? For a bigger, established brand name, the price is good. Although, newer names have been creeping in with very durable and very capable options in recent times – just look at the Ecto if you’re not convinced (review here)!

I think this car represents real potential for the owner who loves the Landcruiser body and has plans to improve it. As a stand-alone crawler, it’s not as good as a similarly priced rig from Element, such as the Sendero HD. But as a scale crawler with potential to go ultra-scale at low speeds, it leaves the more expensive TRX4 and Axial CJ7 in its dust. But those crawlers will be better on the trail with their second speeds, and better on the rocks, with their better tires and overall performance. So, what to do here? Buy it if you love the body, but be prepared to upgrade as you’re able.

RGT Intruder Unclipped Brush Bars


Open your wallet for this one. I try to be reserved in my upgrade recommendations usually, but this rig really wants a list of things. Ready?

Wheels & Tires

First, the tires need to go. They aren’t great. And since they’re glued, go with a weighted beadlock wheel too. I’m quite partial to the Boom Racing Hustlers – check them out (and I even found some period-correct steel ‘Sunraisia’ style beadlocks that go *perfectly* with this car)!

Also, you’ll want to install wheel wells (I’ll design some soon to download and print).


The slow, weak servo needs replacing. Try my favorite budget crawler servo and you can even run it directly off the 2S battery (signal and ground wires to receiver, positive wire to battery connector, via a switch if you want). Or, my fave 7.4v brushless all-rounder is this guy.

While we’re on electronics, the AIO Rx/ESC and motor combo is sufficiently lacklustre that you’ll eventually throw your hands up and slap in a Fusion system instead.

You’ll want a radio system too, in that case – buy a receiver for any other radio you have, or consider the ever-reliable FlySky GT5.

Banggood sells really cheap 6-ch receivers so you can use this handset for up to 20 models, which is handy.

Lights & Accessories

Lastly, lights: use a Y-splitter for the light control module on the throttle channel and hope for the best (I will try to make an Arduino-based adapter for this to piggy-back off throttle and steering channels soon).

Down the track, you may consider a servo winch – the car is certainly ready for one! And perhaps also some scale accessories and you’ll be sorted!

RGT Intruder 35T 550 motor

Bottom Line

It’s a worthy body on a basic car. With upgrades, it’ll be a SWB beast! Without em, it’ll be a bit frustrating to drive. Pick obstacles appropriate to its capability and you’ll enjoy yourself. Just keep the limitations in mind if you’ve got your heart set on this gorgeous model.

My thanks to Banggood for providing RC-TNT with this model to review. I’d have purchased it myself if they hadn’t, because, just look at it! But they made the investment and have my thanks. Grab your own RGT Intruder EX86020 from Banggood here.

RGT Intruder Rear Left
Craig Veness

Craig Veness


Craig has been into radio control since the 90s and into RC crawling since about 2010, when a Losi MRC started the obsession! Now it's all rocks this and crawl that and upgrade all the things! ...You know how it is, right? Welcome home 🙂

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Which RGT Trail Rig  is Best for YOU?

Which RGT Trail Rig is Best for YOU?

RGT Pro Runner

The RGT Pro Runner EX86130 is just the latest in a growing line of interesting and capable RC crawlers and trail rigs. And hasn’t RGT been on a roll this past year or two!

On our YouTube channel, RGT has featured every now and then when there’s an interesting release to examine. But it was almost as if the company was just warming up for 2023’s big releases that we’re now so lucky to be able to choose from!

RGT’s Other Options

Fans of the channel will recall the well-received RGT Pioneer EX86110, which was arguably a forerunner of the current upper echelon of EX861XX models. (Find our RGT Pioneer video series here). With some careful upgrades on a budget, the Pioneer is an exceptional all-rounder. The EX86010-CJ is also a budget stand-out, while we’re at it. (Video here).

Also, I should note up-front that there’s a gap in our coverage of this family of models: the RGT Tracer EX86180Pro. This is a 4WS-enabled SCX10 Pro type vehicle, and one I think we should try to get hold of in the new year. For now, just be aware that it’s an option for those with a rock-crawling focus rather than trail aspirations.

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The Three Contenders

If you love a mix of trail driving and scale rock crawling, things are now very interesting. As of the start of 2024, there are three fantastic models that the discerning RC trail driver and scale crawler driver will want to know about:

Let’s take a look at them!

RGT Rescuer EX86190

There’s a complete article about this model on RC-TNT.com here – have a read when you’re done with this one. The scale crawling and trail driving community had their interest drawn to RGT’s mid-2022 release of the RGT Rescuer (EX86190). And it wasn’t just the attractive 70-series Toyota Landcruiser body – though unlicensed – that made this RC crawler something special. Sporting essentially the same feature set as the full-version Traxxas TRX4, the Rescuer’s scale looks, 2-speed and remote locking diffs made for a very attractive option.

What really stood out to me in my testing of this model was its fun factor. The vehicle rides on 4.75” tires and the live portal axles work under alu-shock, oil-filled, coil-over suspension on all corners. With a moderately high center of gravity, this leads to a scale model that moves pleasingly, with body roll that mimics the real thing. There are many RGT mods available. You can improve the vehicle’s CG (Center of Gravity), for better crawling with some brass parts. Or, you might better light the way  with bull bar and roof rack light bars complement the existing light kit. Maybe you want to improve the scale model experience with a complete, polycarbonate interior, with driver. You can do all of this!

RGT Challenger EX86170

On the heels of the Rescuer, RGT next released the Challenger. This was more of a retro style pickup truck and in my opinion, its features put it roughly in between the Rescuer and the Pro Runner. Like the Rescuer, the RGT Challenger sports a pair of portal axles, with a 2-speed transmission that incorporates a DIG (rear axle locking), opposite-spinning drive shafts to minimise torque twist, and a built-in 6.6% overdrive to the front axle.

This attractive machine also sports a rear-facing servo winch, sway bar system on the rear end and a functional light kit! Priced only marginally less than the Rescuer, this is another compelling model. I found there were a few ways to modify this model to make it more convenient to use, but there’s very little this vehicle needs addressing, out of the box. A solid choice.

RGT Pro Runner EX86130

I found the Rescuer to be fun and the Challenger to be quite complete. And so the RGT Pro Runner EX86130 took me quite by surprise, not least because it costs about 20% less than the other two! The Pro Runner is another unlicensed body that looks very close to the Traxxas TRX4 2021 Bronco, even down to the smaller details such as the ABS plastic folding side mirrors and similar front grille. (Quick note: the top photo in this article shows the Pro Runner with different tires. The plastic, silver beadlocks are standard, with the 4.19″ tires. See the rock test video for how good they are).

However, the Pro Runner is special for two reasons, I think. First, the price – in Australia at least, I can buy two Pro Runners for the price of one TRX4 2021 Bronco. That’s already quite significant. Secondly, the feature set – it is vast! Check this out: 2-speed transmission with DIG, 6.6% overdrive and opposing rotation drive-shafts, just like the Challenger; full-function light kit, including brakes and reverse options; straight axles rather than portals for added scale; front-facing servo winch; servo-on-axle hidden in such a way that you’ll miss it if you’re not looking for it; steel universal front axles for greater turning angle and strength than the CVD-equipped Rescuer and Challenger’s portal axles. What a list!

How Do You Choose?

That really is the question, isn’t it? I am in the process of making a video about this, and I suppose writing this article is helpful in distilling my thoughts on this difficult choice. There are some little quality-of-life things, like how the body attaches to each (see the below picture), but the unique blend of features, capability, appearance and handling all add up to something different in each case.

So, I do have some thoughts that you may find useful. I’ll try to use this to guide you on why you may (or may not) decide to select each one. Read on!

RGT Body Attachment


This is the first, and to my mind, most compelling reason to consider any of these vehicles. For trail driving with some crawling, one vehicle really stands out to me: the Rescuer. Why? Consider the remote locking diffs in the portal axles, for a start. The Challenger has portals and the Pro Runner straight axles, but being able to remotely run them unlocked means more scale fun on the trails. When traction gets harder to find, lock one or both ends!

The second part of the fun formula is scale handling to match the gorgeous looks. With the suspension setup on the big, bouncy tires, the Rescuer rolls and moves like few others. I’ve driven this through deep water, mud, rocky ground, and long dirt paths. It just keeps on trucking and it looks great doing it. Vote 1 for Rescuer if you’re shopping for fun!


There are two kinds of RC crawler owners: those who mod their rigs, and those who just haven’t done it yet. The Challenger is a very complete vehicle out of the box, yes. However, there are a few things you can do to improve its design for easier daily use. I actually cover some of these in my modding video, linked at the end of the article.

But, aside from fixing wiring and putting a body-stand in place, there’s one mod in particular that this vehicle is just begging for: converting that rearward-facing winch to power a rear towing assembly! They’ve actually done most of the work for you already. A boom assembly could be made from aluminum, braised from mild steel, or even achieved with some 3D-printed beams (the last of which I think might be the way I go with it). You already have the winch, so re-route the cable and add a tackle block under the end of the boom and you’ll be done! The Challenger gets my choice as most promising for mods.

Budget All-Rounder

Fun is subjective and not everyone wants to convert a trail rig into a tow-capable machine, I get that. Where I think we’ll all find common ground is on the subject of sheer value for money. On that front, the Pro Runner absolutely and completely delivers.

I took this car with me last weekend to a meet-up with a bunch of folks and we went on a 4-hour mudding adventure in the Aussie bush. Water crossings, treacherous rocky ascents, muddy gullies, greasy clay climbs – this day had it all (video here). I ran the Pro Runner on 3S, which the included WP-1060 allows (and all three vehicles have the same ESC and steering servo, by the way), and this vehicle was reliable and fun. It wasn’t the most capable, with those small 4.19” tires and straight axles, but oh, boy, was it satisfying to wheel. I can’t recommend the Pro Runner enough, if you’re on a budget and want a single all-rounder. Get this, you won’t regret it.

The Bottom Line

So where does that leave us with the choice? Chances are, you already have a pretty good idea of which you prefer after reading the above sections. And if you’re noticing that, wait a minute, none of these three has the remote locking diffs AND a DIG AND portal axles AND a winch, well, yes, you’re right. But not even Axial or Traxxas will give you all that, out of the box. The TRX4 2021 Bronco comes close, as it currently even includes a winch, at time of writing – but no DIG. The Axial SCX10 III gives you DIG and portals, but the diffs are locked full-time. And they are both considerably more expensive than any of the RGT offerings, at least, in Australia.

If you can’t decide and all three grab you, I do have one final suggestion: buy the one that moves you. Pretend you’re going with one of them and see how you feel about not getting either of the others. Repeat for all three vehicles; you may just find you’re most wistful about ‘missing out’ on one of them in particular, and that would be the one to get!

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Reviews & Test Videos

Now, if you’ve come this far and you’re pretty sure you know what you want, great! I have a growing catalog of videos that may be useful in helping you get to know any of these three vehicles better. Check them out here:

RGT Rescuer EX86190

Review & Crawl Test video

Muddy Trail Run video

All the RGT Mods video 

RGT Challenger EX86170

Review & Crawl Test video

First Mods video

RGT Pro Runner EX86130

Unboxing & Review video

Crawl Test video

Trail Run video: coming soon!

Mods video: coming soon!


Craig Veness

Craig Veness


Craig has been into radio control since the 90s and into RC crawling since about 2010, when a Losi MRC started the obsession! Now it's all rocks this and crawl that and upgrade all the things! ...You know how it is, right? Welcome home 🙂

A note on affiliate links: although RC-TNT purchased all vehicles in this article, the AsiaTees links contained herein are affiliate links. This means we may be paid a small commission if you choose to click on them to make a purchase. As always, we make effort to ensure that no review is impacted by this. Integrity first, always. We still report on any bugs or issues encountered during product testing, along with fixes or solutions if found. Thank you for reading and happy RC-ing!

I Was Wrong! (Sorry, RGT!)

I Was Wrong! (Sorry, RGT!)

June 18, 2022 – video comment from El Duderino Lebowski

RGT Rescuer EX86190: I tried to find anywhere that described exactly which type of powder metal process was used to make the gears in this drivetrain, and I just couldn’t find anything. Is that because it’s proprietary industrial secrets for how good they are, or because they don’t want us to know how cheaply made they are? Lots of questions, no answers.

It would be interesting to find out more about these gears and how they were made. The way it’s worded does make it sound like a positive feature, which implies they’re made with one of the better methods, but at this price point, we can’t just accept that assumption.

There are a number of modern powdered metal processes that are actually superior to other forms of manufacturing and are preferred in high-stress high-performance and/or mission critical applications (HIP comes to mind here), so without knowing which method was used, it’s hard to gauge whether or not these are any good.

If these gears are [made well], no problem. …If these are just a cheap cast powder process (I really hope that’s not the case!), then yeah, your observations are spot on, and possibly somewhat optimistic, about their durability.

RGT Rescuer EX86190 Gears

A. Thanks for bringing this up, I should have done this in my review. Sorry I missed it!

I’ve taken the truck apart to see what we’re dealing with here. I found the transmission, diff and portal gears all have the same appearance. They’re smooth, not rough like the powder-coated cast gears I’ve seen from other manufacturers (eg. the BOM TC). They looked pretty good.

They were not magnetic, for whatever that’s worth. I’m not familiar with latest manufacturing methods but given the smooth surfaces even on the gear teeth, I’m inclined to think this process must be alright. Certainly, the gears have stood up to considerable use already in my unit. I’ve used it in all weather, including under water and in mud, with no maintenance until today. 

Service Time!

I dried everything out, applied a fresh glob of moly grease to everything, and bolted it all back together. If anything changes on this front, I’ll update this post and let you all know in a Community post. So far, so good! -Craig

Craig Veness

Craig Veness


Craig has been into radio control since the 90s and into RC crawling since about 2010, when a Losi MRC started the obsession! Now it's all rocks this and crawl that and upgrade all the things! ...You know how it is, right? Welcome home 🙂

TRX4 Alternative? RGT Rescuer Review

TRX4 Alternative? RGT Rescuer Review

Bells & Whistles

The new RGT Rescuer (EX86190) is RGT’s latest and greatest ‘full-fat’ RC rock crawler. A Ready-To-Run (RTR) model, it features 2-speed transmission, portal axles and front & rear locking differentials, switchable lights and a highly detailed body. Does this LC76 model have what it takes to be a worthy alternative to the venerable Traxxas TRX4? Let’s find out!

RGT Rescuer chassis

What’s This All About?

The RGT Rescuer is a 1:10 scale RC rock crawler. It has a 324mm wheelbase (or 12.76”) and is something of a special vehicle. Scale details make for a very pretty body while a host of technical goodness resides underneath, including remote-locking diffs, portal axles, two-speed transmission and a full-function light kit! In this review we’ll look at both the features and discuss performance characteristics – and there’s our two-part video review at the end of the article as well, so you can see this machine in action!

The short version is it’s attractive and it is an epic trail machine. For more detail about it’s technical function, reliability, rock crawling ability and overall quality, join us as we take a deeper look at this budget machine with a big-name spec sheet!

RGT Rescuer

Impressive Body Details

The RGT Rescuer breaks with the current trend of issuing American SUV bodies. No Jeep or Ford truck here! Instead, the EX86190 ships with what appears to be a Toyota Landcruiser 76 Series body. We say ‘appears to be’ because there is no branding on the body. The included sticker sheet has the name ‘TOYOTA’ twice on some designs, but there is no logo of the company nor of the ‘Landcruiser’ badging that is standard on all such full-size vehicles.

This begs the question, is this an unlicensed copy? It appears so – we’ve reached out to RGT about it but have yet to get a response. Intellectual property issue aside, it’s a lovely body indeed. It’s available in Black, White and Desert Yellow colors (shown on store page).

Body Overview Front

Body: All The Trimmings

As well as featuring 4 hidden body mount points (in front and rear bumper), there is detailed plastic trim adorning the body, front to rear:

  • Full-face bull-bar with integrated winch fairlead and fog lights (no LEDs installed);
  • Scrub bars that connect from bull-bar to sliders/side steps;
  • Side steps in the form of steel bar rock sliders;
  • Toyota-shaped logo (sans-logo itself) on the hood which doubles as a latch to open the hood;
  • Plastic front grille with Toyota-shaped logo in center (again, sans-logo);
  • Light buckets front and rear (LEDs installed – more on that in a moment);
  • Spotlights mounted at the base of the A-pillars (no LEDs installed);
  • Wipers (1 for the rear, 2 for the front – DIY install);
  • Scale snorkel and pre-filter;
  • Hinged side mirrors with metallic, reflective stickers for added realism;
  • Door handles on all 5 doors;
  • Rear panel air vent, matching the configuration of the full-size 76 Series vehicle;
  • Rear bumper with integrated rubber mud flaps (removable);
  • Full-length roof rack with integrated faux light bar;
  • Rear ladder for roof rack access; and,
  • A set of red fuel containers with integrated spare wheel holder (bracket included, but no spare wheel).
Body Overview Rear

Body: Polycarbonate Detail

As well as all that extra goodness, the polycarbonate body itself is impressively detailed. The mould is a high-resolution reproduction of the full-size 4WD wagon it models. The hood opens to reveal a red engine cover, which hides the motor and servo. The windows and lines on the body are all correctly proportioned and to finish it all off, the included livery has gaps where the door gaps would be in real life (if they actually opened). This all adds up to a great looking body!

Body Overview Bullbar

Wheels & Tires

The included wheels are a standard 1.9” plastic rim with a smoked-chrome finish. The tires are glued rather than beadlocked. Some compromise is acceptable with a vehicle like this, where you have all the features and yet a lower price than the competition. The tires are good enough that this isn’t a big deal, and later on you may choose to buy any weighted 1.9” bead-lock wheel when you’re ready for new tires.

The tires themselves are labelled ‘BAJA PRO XS’ and ‘4.7 X 1.9 M/T’ on the sidewalls. It feels like there’s a single-stage, open-cell foam donut inside each tire. We found the rubber itself was soft enough that it compressed and deformed a little on rocks. The wheels are vented and there’s sufficient tread that they do very well in mud, poorly on sand, and reasonably on rock. Overall, we’d rate these wheels and tires as ‘good enough’ for crawling and ‘very good’ for trail and general use. They certainly hook up on gravel!

RGT Rescuer Wheel

Suspension & Geometry

Suspension duties are handled by dual-stage coil-over springs around plastic shocks. They feature adjustable collars and a small, secondary reservoir with internal spring. This secondary reservoir reportedly delivers longer shock life, though even standard shocks should be well-able to outlast the rest of the vehicle. They’re attractive units and in our use on trails and rocks, worked as expected. They are softly sprung and lightly damped, so overall you get what we’d call a ‘scale’ amount of body roll. It works well on this vehicle.

Vehicle links are stainless steel, with a 3-link and panhard arrangement up-front and a standard 4-link in the rear. All links are 5mm diameter and rod ends have stainless steel ball ends. It’s a time-tested layout and everything moves freely. The result is a plush ride and a decent amount of articulation.

RGT Rescuer Undercarriage

RGT Rescuer Dimensions

As well as the aforementioned 324mm wheelbase (12.76”), the vehicle overall is 582mm long (22.9”) and 248mm wide (9.77”). Including the 25mm roof-rack, the entire vehicle is 300mm tall (11.82”).

Diff-to-ground clearance is 54mm (2.12”) while breakover height (skid plate to ground) is 70mm (2.76”). Approach angle is 53.5 degrees and departure angle is 40 degrees. Tires have an outer diameter of 4.72” (or 120mm).

The model weighs 3.56kg (7.85lb) without battery.

RGT Rescuer Dimensions

EX86190 Transmission

The RGT Rescuer transmission has several interesting features.

Transmission: Two-Speed

For starters, there’s an integrated two-speed shifter with a decent jump in speed between low and high gear. The low gear ratio is 26.6:1 whilst the high gear ratio is 50.4:1. That’s a very useable gap between high and low – perfect!

Transmission: Metal Gears & Slipper Clutch

Next, all gears are metal, even including the 64T spur gear. This can mean a noisier transmission, but certainly, it’s very strong.  (Update: after some months of driving, no breakages so far! We discuss gear material in this little update post). There is an integrated slipper clutch that is done up quite tightly from factory. This suits some drivers (including us), but for younger drivers you may want to loosen it an eighth of a turn to help protect the motor and driveshafts from abusive driving.

Transmission: Appropriate Motor

The motor is a 20T RC550 unit. This is a slightly slower motor than the 17T 550 Titan that Traxxas includes with their TRX4 and TRX6. However, the compromise of slightly lower punch and top speed for lower power draw, lower heat and longer runtimes is a perfect trade-off on the Rescuer. Our personal preference with the Traxxas models is to swap the 17T 550 motor for a 21T 550 anyway, so RGT has this balance pretty much perfect out of the box.

Transmission: Anti-Torque Twist

The last feature of this trick transmission is what RGT calls a ‘Split Transfer Reverse Drive System’. What this means is the transmission has two outdrive shafts facing rearward from the transmission, spinning in opposite directions at the same rate. In stock configuration, the rear outdrive with opposite rotational direction to the front outdrive is connected to the driveshaft.

This has the effect of the front and rear drive shafts spinning in opposite directions, with the intended result being a moderate cancellation of torque twist. (Torque twist is the phenomenon of the vehicle squatting down on a rear corner opposite to the direction of the driveshaft’s rotation when accelerating). With opposing rotational driveshafts, this effect is somewhat cancelled, leading to a smoother stance even under hard acceleration. Very good!

RGT Rescuer Transmission

RGT Rescuer Axles


The EX86190 features portal axles, which serve to increase ground clearance and to gear-down the drivetrain. The front and rear diffs are remotely lockable and, as with the transmission, feature sealed ball-bearings throughout. The axle casings and portal casings are made of plastic and the diff cover is attached by 4 screws. If you open the diff for servicing, be sure to not over-tighten these screws in particular when reassembling!


Ring and pinion gears are straight-cut and “powder-alloy”. So, while they won’t be quite as strong as their TRX4 counterparts, they should stand up to abusive driving on a 2S battery and reasonably well even on 3S – depending on terrain, driving input and traction! For what it’s worth, we drove our unit beyond its intended design on our 6-problem rock course and suffered no breakages (we ran on 2S).


The locking mechanism in the diffs looks identical to that of the TRX4 – a servo-actuated pivot piece, connected by cable back to the chassis-mounted servo. The pivot piece slides a dog (a ring with teeth on one side) along the axle shaft to engage and disengage with the differential casing. When locked, the diff gears can’t spin and so you have equal output to both wheels. When the dog is disengaged, the internal diff gears can spin, granting you differential rotation to each wheel. Independent control of each diff is granted by the radio’s Channels 5 and 6.

Links & Steering

Lastly, the axles feature a high-position link mount to help with clearing ground obstacles and the axles and portal outdrives are all metal. The front axle employs CVD (Constant Velocity Drive – allows a constant rotational speed regardless of angle) and have a maximum outer angle of 42 degrees and inner of 40 degrees. CVD isn’t as strong as a universal joint, but rotational output is smoother. In any case, the axles in the RGT Rescuer should be easily strong enough for intended use.

RGT Rescuer Axles

EX86190 Electronics

The RGT Rescuer has a 20-turn 550 motor, 4 servos, an ESC with built-in BEC and a radio system with built-in light kit:

Speed Controller

The Electronic Speed Controller is responsible for powering the motor, taking throttle inputs from the radio receiver. The ESC used here is the reliable Hobbywing WP-1060. This 60A Brushed ESC includes a 5V 2A BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) that powers the servos, radio system and lights. The ESC is waterproof and supports motors as low as 12-turn 540 3-pole on 2S and 18-turn 540 3-pole on 3S. Its power switch comes mounted to the side-board, facing down –  you don’t have to remove the body to access it. It’s a solid device and well-suited to this vehicle.


The steering servo is a 25KG waterproof, metal-geared standard digital servo. It has ample torque and speed even on the 5V supply from the WP-1060. With the vehicle in its stock form, it’s certainly Good Enough.


The three shifting servos are all waterproof, metal-geared, mini digital units. The 2-speed shifting servo is mounted back from the ESC, whilst the front and rear diff lock actuating servos are mounted on the other side of the chassis. Wiring is neatly routed in all cases and end-points came correctly adjusted from factory on our unit.

RGT Rescuer internals

RGT X6P1 Radio System


RGT supplies a 6-channel radio system with the RGT Rescuer. It’s branded RGT X6P1 and appears to be a copy of the DumboRC X6 system – a lovely, full-featured, budget radio system. There’s a cheapish feel to the handset with all hard plastics and no rubber, but it’s comfortable in the hand and the construction is tidy with no sharp or uncomfortable edges.

Indicator Features

The buttons for Channels 3, 5 and 6 have LEDs built-in that light up when engaged, being 2-position electronic switches. The LED indicators are super handy on a model like this, as you can see at a glance if you’re in low or high gear and whether either of the front or rear diffs are locked or unlocked. Very nice!

Trim and End Points

Throttle and steering both have a smooth feel and are sprung just heavily enough for useful tactile resistance without making it tiring to use. Trim and end-point adjustment for these channels have dedicated dials on top, under a cover, whilst the other 4 channels can be adjusted per the user manual (a combo of key presses when powering on to set end points and trim – you shouldn’t need these if using the vehicle in stock form).


The radio transmitter takes 4x AA batteries worked flawlessly in our testing. It’s a very nice radio and is well suited to the RGT Rescuer.

Channels & Lighting

The receiver has ports for 6 channels plus an extra for battery/power-only connection. It also features an additional set of ports for the integrated light controller, which is connected by a 5-wire cable to the light unit in the body. More on that below.

RGT X6P1 Radio

Light Me Up

It’s no exaggeration to say we wish all RC light kits worked as well as this one. The light kit is a dual-piece unit that is integrated with the RGT radio receiver. On the radio, Channel 4 is reserved as a three-position switch to control your lights. But it gets better: the light kit already has the wiring run inside the body for you to connect a light bar and/or the LEDs for those spotlights that are mounted but unpopulated by default. All wiring is routed neatly and it Just Works. Wonderful!

Here’s an outline of the light system:

  • Light control module is connected in the body by a single 5-wire cable you connect when you mount the body.
  • Indicators flash in the direction of your steering.
  • Brake lights glow brightly when there’s no throttle input.
  • Brake lights drop to ‘taillight’ level brightness when reversing or driving forward.
  • Reverse lights glow brightly when you’re reversing.
  • Headlights are:
    • off with Channel 4 in position 0,
    • flashing with Channel 4 in position 1, and
    • glowing brightly with Channel 4 in position 2.

The system works smoothly and is a welcome detail that we’ve seen in all the RGT models we’ve tested over 2021 and 2022 so far. Lights are always welcome, but RGT has gone the extra mile with this functional light kit. Full marks for this!

Available Accessories

RGT makes a few optional extras to suit the RGT Rescuer. The faux light bar on the roof rack can be replaced with a functional unit (RGT P860077). Also, there’s a smaller light bar to fit the bull-bar (RGT P860079). The roof rack light bar can be connected to one of the spare power outlets from the light kit inside the body, whilst the bull-bar light bar can be connected to the spare 3-port plug on the receiver parallel to the 5-wire body connector plug.

There are also alloy wheels in two different designs to replace the stock plastic units: Design 1 (RGT P860065); Design 2 (RGT P860066). Both are bead lock wheels. RGT also has hub caps available to match the stock wheels (RGT P86162).

RGT Rescuer Extras


We’ve tested the RGT Rescuer on the trail and on the rocks. For a detailed look at how the truck goes on various surfaces, check out our two-part video review of this interesting machine (I’ve also now included a couple more videos we’ve since made).

More Info

Where To Buy It

The RGT Rescuer EX86190 can be purchased from RGT directly or from AsiaTees here. It’s only recently been released and its first run sold out quickly (Jan 2022). So, if it’s out of stock when you read this, hit ATees’ ‘NOTIFY ME’ button on the product page and you’ll be emailed when it’s back in stock.

To read more, visit the manufacturer’s site, here: rgt-racing.com.

Craig Veness

Craig Veness


Craig has been into radio control since the 90s and into RC crawling since about 2010, when a Losi MRC started the obsession! Now it’s all rocks this and crawl that and upgrade all the things! …You know how it is, right? Welcome home 🙂