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Yeah Racing Hop-ups for Tamiya Mini Lunch Box

Built on Tamiya’s SW-01 chassis, the Lunch Box Mini, part of the Comical Wheelie Series, is clearly made just for fun. That doesn’t mean those out banging around and popping endless wheelies won’t want to trick out their little rides. Of course, they will. Yeah Racing knows this and is now offering an adjustable wheelie bar and, for the front end, aluminum steering knuckles. With the wheelie bar you can opt for one or two rubber wheels.

While we don’t have more details, it’s clear from the photos that more Yeah Racing aluminum goodies for the 1/24-scale Tamiya SW-01 are on the way. We’re guessing a new front bumper and roof rack, but knowing Yeah Racing, the list will probably be longer.

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Xtreme Racing Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Shock Tower Stiffener and Top Plate for Traxxas X-Maxx

This Traxxas X-Maxx brace spans from the front to the rear of the big truck and is machined out of a single piece of 1/4 in. thick aluminum. The carbon fiber inserts are added for strength and looks. It is predrilled for the optional use of either the Hobbywing Max5 or Max6 speed controls.

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Xtreme Racing Carbon Fiber Rear Shock Tower for Traxxas 2WD Slash, Stampede, Rustler and Bandit

Xtreme Racing has a new 4 mm thick carbon fiber shock tower for the Traxxas 2WD Slash, Stampede, Rustler and Bandit. In addition to being significantly stiffer than the molded plastic piece, the Xtreme Racing version offers more tuning options for inner camber links and upper shock mounts.

The Xtreme Racing Carbon Fiber Rear Tower is a two-piece design. The base is aluminum and the tower is the aforementioned 4 mm carbon fiber (AKA graphite). The body mount “nub” for the Rustler and Bandit is incorporated into the shape, as are the necessary holes for the Slash and Stampede body mount. The tower is made in the U.S. and includes all hardware needed–including shock bushings.

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Traxxas Bigfoot No. 1 with Retro Graphics

Thanks to Traxxas you can get an RC version of one of the most iconic motor vehicles of all time. Dubbed the original monster truck, everybody knows Bigfoot. The Traxxas RC version sits on the Stampede platform and now features the addition of retro-inspired graphics. So, now the three paint scheme versions offered are the retro, flame and classic. A clear Bigfoot No. 1 body is also available as an accessory item from Traxxas.

Retro

Flame

Classic

The Stampede platform, if you’re unfamiliar, is a high CG 2WD monster truck powered by Traxxas’ Titan 12T motor. It’s fully assembled and ready to bash. A simple 4-amp charger and 7-cell NiMH battery are included.

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Fullforce RC Traxxas X-Maxx Skull Body Washers

These 3D-printed skull-shaped body washers from Fullforce RC are specifically for the Traxxas X-Maxx body. They are available in red, black, white, blue and green. In addition to looking cool, the idea is these will help prevent your X-Maxx’s body screws from ripping through the body. The skull washers are contoured on the bottom for a perfect fit on the stock Traxxas body and are printed in-house at Fullforce RC with 35% infill from ABS filament. Each pack contains four custom printed skulls and includes new longer hardware.

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JConcepts 1982 GMC K10 body for Traxxas 1/16 E-Revo

As Huey Lewis championed, “It’s hip to be square.” Well, it is if you’re a Chevy fan. And, if you are, you’ll love JConcepts’ latest release–the 1982 GMC K10 body for the Traxxas 1/16 E-Revo. It’s a spot-on clear Lexan replica of one of the most popular truck body styles ever produced.

The Chevy square body spanned an 14 years and with only small changes to the grille, headlights, and trim packages throughout the years. Prefer a particular year? You’re in luck. JConcepts includes a decal sheet for five different grille and trim packages. Also, quadruple light and double light bezel setups are included, which contain bar and tube grille combinations. In addition, a large selection of badges are offered on the sheet featuring Sierra Grande, Custom Deluxe, Cheyenne, Scottsdale and Silverado combinations.

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Traxxas Maxx

The X-Maxx has been a huge success for Traxxas. Not only is it hugely popular, but it’s, well, huge. It’s big and maybe too big for some people. Answering the call for a smaller version, Traxxas announced the all-new Maxx. It’s basically a 1/10-scale version of the X-Maxx, built to run off 4S and go 60 mph. The new Traxxas Maxx has all the beef without all the size. It’s 4WD with a shaft-driven drivetrain and the suspension looks close to unstoppable.

One of the coolest and beefiest looking features is fact the shock towers are incorporated into the chassis. The Traxxas Maxx towers are an integrated part of the chassis and clearly look built for zero flex and little chance of breakage. The new Maxx chassis is a composite plastic tub and has the honeycomb style reinforcements Traxxas has been using many of its models. Like the Stampede 4X4, the Maxx is made to run off one battery, which most users find far more convenient than needing two packs.

The Maxx will roll on 2.8/3.6 in. wheels and the stock tire diameter is over 5.5 in. The larger inner diameter accommodates the stout suspension.

So, how does this compare to the Stampede 4X4? It’s bigger. It has a track width of 14.5 in. compared to 13.39 in. for the Stampede 4X4. It is significantly longer at 21.6 in. vs. 15.63 in. The wheelie bar accounts for some of the big difference. The wheelbase is easier to compare, and there it comes in much bigger as well. We’re talking 12.96 in. for the Maxx and 10.83 in. for the Stampede 4X4. Without going through all the numbers, for reference, the T-Maxx 3.3 has a wheelbase of 13.2 in., so nitro truck is only slightly longer there. The T-Maxx 3.3 is, however, much wider at 16.5 in. for track width.

Sample photos by RC Excitement

FEATURES:

  • VXL-4s Waterproof Electronic Speed Control
    • 3S–4S LiPo compatible
    • Built-in cooling fan
    • Real-time telemetry via Traxxas Link
    • Machined heat sinks
    • 10-gauge silicone wire
    • Integrated protection circuits
    • LED status lights
    • Waterproof
  • Velineon 540XL Brushless Motor
    • Long format brushless motor
    • 4-pole 2400 kV
    • 5mm output shaft
    • Aluminum heat sink
    • Cooling fan
  • 55+ MPH out of the box using single 4S LiPo battery (sold separately)
  • 60+ MPH with optional gearing and single 4S LiPo battery (sold separately)
  • Traxxas Stability Management
    • Helps prevents spinouts and loss of control
    • Adjusts from off to 100% assistance from the transmitter
  • TQi 2.4GHz High Output Radio System
    • TQi 2.4GHz transmitter
    • Traxxas Link enabled
    • TQi 2.4GHz 5-channel micro receiver (#6533) with fail-safe security and integrated telemetry ports
    • Automatically stores and loads settings for up to 30 Traxxas Link-enabled models—just switch on and drive, “model selection” is not required
    • Multi-Function knob
    • Adjustable steering and throttle percentage (dual rates)
    • Adjustable steering and throttle sensitivity (exponential)
    • Adjustable steering and throttle end points
    • High 13ms frame rate and near-zero latency for responsive control
    • Telemetry-ready 5-channel micro receiver
  • Clipless Body Mount System
    • Quick one-hand installation and removal
    • Uses pivoting rear latch mechanism
    • Eliminates body posts and clips
    • Reinforced for extra protection against tearing
  • Drivetrain
    • Full-time shaft-driven 4-wheel drive
    • Torque-Biasing Center Drive absorbs shocks and distributes power
    • 17mm keyed wheel hex with 5mm nut
    • Sealed, silicone fluid-filled diffs with large module ring and pinion gears
    • Heavy-duty Cush Drive
    • Extreme-duty telescoping driveshafts
    • Splined aluminum center driveshaft
  • Secure Motor Mounting System
    • Precise, fixed gear mesh adjustments
    • Motor retention separate from gear mesh
    • Full-length motor cradle
  • New Modular Composite Chassis
    • Modular chassis design interlocks with front and rear bulkheads
    • Absorbs and distributes impact energy
    • Easy to service and access components
    • Driveline is sealed in the chassis to keep out dirt and grit
  • Easy Battery Access
    • Battery is protected deep in the chassis
    • Battery hold-downs pivot for easy access
    • More secure than conventional retention systems
  • Heavy-Duty Steering Bellcranks and Servo
    • Large-scale high-output steering servo
      • 285oz-in of torque
      • 0.18 sec transit speed
    • New mounting system to fully support case
    • Heavy-duty double-shear bellcranks
  • Suspension
    • Engineered to optimize suspension travel and steering angles
    • All critical suspension points have double shear strength
    • Steel pivot balls
    • C-hub and steering block geometry maximizes steering angle
    • Fixed, high-strength camber and toe links
    • Steel upper and lower tie bars
    • Full contact sealed bearings used throughout driveline
  • New GT-Maxx Shocks
    • Machined aluminum threaded body
    • Extra-large bore and capacity
    • Large-diameter damper shaft
    • Lower seal cartridge with dual X-rings
    • Adjustable upper spring retainer
    • Plastic shock caps with pivot balls
    • Lower spring perches bolted on
  • Bumpers
    • Tough energy absorbing front and rear bumpers
    • Lower front and rear skids for impact and abrasion resistance
    • Integrated nerf bars for side impact resistance
    • Wheelie bar with integrated carry handle
  • Wheels/Tires
    • Tough 2.8” wheels with keyed 17mm hex receptor
    • Large 5.5” all-terrain dual-diameter tires
    • 1-piece foam inserts
    • Pre-glued and ready for action
    • TSM rated

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Pro-Line Jeep Gladiator Rubicon for Traxxas X-Maxx

Now you can put one of the hottest new releases in full-size off-road on one of the hottest trucks in RC. Pro-Line has a new Jeep Gladiator Rubicon body for the Traxxas X-Maxx. The Pro-Line Jeep Gladiator body is pre-cut, which is a huge time and sore finger saver, and it’s designed to work with the stock X-Maxx cage and body mount system.

Pro-Line includes window mask, detail stickers and overspray film.

Learn more here.

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Arrma Outcast BLX 10th Anniversary Limited Edition

Arrma was launched in 2009, so 2019 means they’ve hit a milestone, and to celebrate the occasion, they have released a 10th Anniversary Limited Edition of the Outcast BLX.

The truck has the same retro look, but features new 10th Anniversary graphics. Arrma didn’t stop there, however. The chassis has a special laser-etched design that makes it truly unique.

If you like this ride, you better act quickly because only 500 are being produced worldwide.

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Team Corally Mammoth XP 2WD RTR Monster Truck

Corally is probably best known for its high-end, high-performance and race-winning on-road rides, but some racers also know they offer a pretty dialed 1/8-scale buggy. What you might not realize is Corally has a line of 1/10-scale off-roaders made for bashing. It’s latest release is a brushless version of its Mammoth monster truck. This truck features a narrow, raised chassis for increased ground clearance. This makes it similar in layout to touch such as the Traxxas Stampede and ECX Amp Crush.

Equipped with a Kuron 605 4-Pole 3500KV brushless motor, it’s the XP designation indicates it’s brushless powered. It can handle up to 3S. The brushed version carries a SP tag.

Corally states the chassis and suspension parts are made from a composite material called HiCC8 that has been formulated for Team Corally for strength and durability. Not everything is plastic on this truck, however. The Mammoth XP is equipped with steel drive and wheel shafts and a metal-gear transmission. To add even more drivetrain durability, the Mammoth has an adjustable slipper-clutch. Since this truck seems to beg for some abuse, it’s worth noting that the oversized 16 mm shocks are more than big enough to tackle rough terrain and big air.

The stock servo isn’t your average RTR steering servo that are often basically disposable. The Varioprop CR-7209 digital steering servo is water-resistant, high torque and features an aluminum housing for extra cooling, all-metal gears and ball bearings.

Learn more here.

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Traxxas Body Reinforcements for X-Maxx and E-Revo

Traxxas wants you to keep your body beautiful. No, they don’t care what you eat or how much exercise you get. Well, maybe they do, but this is about new body reinforcements for the X-Maxx and E-Revo. It’s simple. If you bash like an animal, these molded “ballistic nylon” pieces will keep screws from pulling through the body.

Part number 7710 fits the Traxxas X-Maxx body (7711).

Part number 8610 fits the Traxxas E-Revo body (8611).

Learn more here.

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Kyosho Psycho Kruiser VE 2.0 Readyset

“The brutal power of this machine is meant for expert hands only!” Challenge accepted. So, what’s so brutal about the Kyosho Psycho Kruiser VE 2.0? Well, it’s a big 1/8-scale beast of a monster truck that can handle 22.2V. The Kyoto Speed House Torx8 motor is 2000 Kv, which is plenty when combined with 22.2V. The basic deign is has the typical 1/8-scale buggy/truggy layout, so there’s an aluminum chassis plate and long-arm 4-wheel independent suspension and over-sized aluminum shocks. It’s all shaft driven with the motor spinning a center diff that connects via drive shafts to the front and rear gear diffs.

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Kyosho Mad Van Fazer Readyset

Kyosho has a long history in racing, dating back to the early years of the hobby, but they continue to prove they still know how to just have fun. The latest example is the Mad Van Fazer, which is built on the simple 4WD FZ02L-BT platform.

The Mad Van has 4-wheel independent suspension with fluid-filled shocks, so combined with the big monster truck tires it should be able to bash across some decent terrain. The shaft-driven drivetrain rides on ball bearings and the KS202W steering servo is waterproof. The included radio is a 2.4 GHz Syncro KT-231P+ transmitter, and the G14L brushed motor is a 14-turn power plant.

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Tamiya 1/14 Monster Beetle Trail (GF-01TR)

The Monster Beetle is back, and this time it’s available in a cool and fun 1/14-scale size and in true Tamiya kit form for all to enjoy. Molded in well-detailed ABS plastic, there is no mistaking the Volkswagen Beetle that made the original Monster Beetle an instant hit. This time around, the GF-01TR chassis provides an alternative off-road driving experience.

 


With its Baja-style fenders, a bobbed rear end, chrome accents include headlights, auxiliary lights and the rear mock engine, the Monster Beetle Trail is a standout.

 

 


The GF-01TR 4WD chassis is based around the popular GF-01 series. It is a lightweight and a tough frame, with power provided by a centrally located 540 size motor. The wheelie bar and front sprung bumper adds to the driving fun.

 

 


The gearbox is sealed to protect from dust and debris. The GF-01 has integrated the transmission into the frame. Built-in differential gears with internal metal bevel gears provides durability and stability.

 


If you want to add some extra traction, Tamiya included diff putty. It’s something you may or may not use, but it’s there.

 

 


The GF-01 features 4-wheel double wishbone suspension that utilizes friction dampers, with a 2-piece tie rod steering setup. With the servo on the left of the chassis, it help give some balance and control. Bright yellow wheels are fitted with 115mm diameter hybrid pin spike chevron type lug pattern tires.

 

 


New to the GF-01, all wheels are driven by four separate hub reduction units, which allows for greater torque to each wheel. All metal gears makes for a durable transfer of torque and power.

 

KEY FEATURES:

  • Monocoque frame
  • Independent double wish bone suspension
  • 540 silver can motor
  • Gear Ratio = 37.35:1 (using kit standard 18T pinion gear)
  • 3-Bevel gears in differential

SPECS:

  • Scale – 1/14
  • Drivetrain – 4WD
  • Length – 333 mm
  • Width – 270 mm
  • Height – 215 mm
  • Wheelbase – 174 mm

KIT REQUIREMENTS:

  • 2-CH RX/TX SYSTEM
  • ESC
  • 7.2V BATTERY PACK
  • BATTERY CHARGER

 

 

 

 

Learn more here.

 

 

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RPM Traxxas Gearbox Housing Review

Magnum 272 undeniably sounds tough. And, while this Traxxas transmission design has certainly proven to be durable and has also received some substantial upgrades over the years (metal gears, bearings, slipper pads), it is still not without some flaws. The two most noteworthy issues are the hole in the bottom of the transmission case and the plastic motor mount. RPM has the solution for both those problems. For this review, I installed mine in a Stampede. Over the years, I’ve owned a number of Traxxas vehicles and the Stampede is one of my favorites–not just in the Traxxas lineup, but in RC. It’s just a fun platform, but the Stampede isn’t the only Traxxas vehicle to use the Magnum 272 transmission. The Rustler, Bandit and 2WD Slash all use the Magnum 272. So, when RPM came out with this improved gearbox case, it released a hop-up that can improve a wide range of vehicles, not just one.

FEATURES
As mentioned, the RPM Gearbox Housing fits the 2WD Slash, Bandit and electric versions of the Rustler and Stampede. All of the internal gears, bearings and shims from the original transmission are used, so you will need a Magnum 272 transmission to convert. The alignment of the gears stays the same. This housing doesn’t provide either a more standup or letdown arrangement of the gears. What is does provide is a 3 mm thick 6061 T6 aluminum motor plate. This is simply a huge improvement. The stock plastic motor mount was a problem. Not only does the aluminum hold motor screws better, so that you don’t loose gear mesh and strip out gears, but it won’t distort when the motor screws are tightened down. Also, because it’s aluminum, it will dissipate heat far better than stock.

To allow for clearance for the differential, the original transmission had a hole in the bottom. Even though the skid plate on a Stampede or Slash or the chassis on a Rustler or Bandit covers the hole and even though it’s common to cover the hole with electrical tape, it simply let’s dirt in. The RPM housing fixes this.

An unexpected-but-welcome feature is the fact that RPM went with separate, nonintegrated suspension arm mounts. This allows for either 0º or 3º of rear toe.

As you’d expect, RPM molded this gearbox out of its durable blend of nylons. While anything can be broken, RPM’s material is as close to indestructible as you’ll find RC. It’s available in black, blue and green.

TESTING & FINAL ASSESSMENT
I have a Traxxas Grave Digger (now discontinued) version of the Stampede that pretty much has the full RPM treatment. It is equipped with a Castle Creations 5700 kV that I run with either a 3S or 2S MaxAmps.com LiPo. Yes, this setup is complete overkill for a 2WD Stampede, but if you’re going to test durability, this is the way to do it.

Installation was a breeze. RPM has detailed instructions and everything fit together perfectly. I also used RPM Stampede rear arms, and when combined with the gearbox, I saw neither binding or slop. The fit was perfect, which isn’t always the case with molded parts.

Testing did not consist of one run. I can’t tell you how many packs have been put through this transmission, but it’s been a lot over the last few years. It’s been run on dirt, in sand, over gravel, through mud. If it was going to fail, it would have by now. Because I’ve combined the transmission with an RPM gear cover (which solves the hole in the gear cover problem), I’ve had to perform zero maintenance on the drivetrain. The motor has never budged and the transmission has shown no signs that a rebuild will be needed in the near future–and it’s been years. So, unless you’re racing in some spec class that doesn’t allow it, I highly recommend the RPM Gearbox Housing.

Links
Castle Creations
MaxAMps.com
RPM RC Products

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