Readers’ rides

Readers’ rides

Howell, John

YOUR BEST BUILDS

ANTHONY RAMOS, PICO RIVERA, CA

TRAXXAS T-MAXX 2.5

This is one sweet-looking Maxx! It’s decked out with a Pro-Line H2 Hummer body, Imex JumboMaxx rims and tires, Raven bumpers, Dynamite skidplates, RC Trix shock springs and a Motor Savers air filter. Other mods include Topps chassis braces, an Airtronics 94358Z high-torque steering servo, a Robinson Racing metal spur gear and a Sirio tuned pipe. It’s a nice-looking ride, Anthony!

GREGORY MARTINEZ, SAN ANTONIO, TX

HPI NITRO RS4

Gregory’s trick nitro car is outfitted with a single-speed tranny, X-pattern tires, an Airtronics M8 radio and heavy-duty front arms from HPI. Other mods include titanium ball ends for the shocks, lightweight diff outdrives and a Motor Saver air filter. The engine has been set up with an OFNA header and a CVEC pipe. To top off his ride, Gregory alternates between an Alfa body and a BMW M5.

CHRIS OLNEY, RICHMOND, NH

TRAXXAS E-MAXXES

Well, it’s easy to see that the truck on the right is a relatively stock Maxx, but the truck on the left isn’t even close! Chris designed the parts using CADKey and used his high school’s CNC milling machine to make parts for his rock-crawling E-Maxx. The truck has an E-Maxx tranny as its base and uses front and rear diff spools, a high-torque steering servo and a Lehner brushless motor. He controls it with a Futaba 3PJS radio. According to Chris, the center ground clearance is 8 inches, and it has 17 inches of travel. The thing looks cool; we’d love to see pics of it in action.

PAUL TOMPKINS, STILLWATER, NY

HOMEBUILT PROJECT

This interesting contraption started out as a simple Tamiya Clod Buster, and then Paul Tompkins got his hands on it! He CNC-machined the chassis from 1/4-inch 6061 aluminum stock. According to Paul, his twin-motor terror works quite well. Considering that you have your own CNC machine to fab up your truck Paul, we don’t doubt it!

CURT MUMMER, BRISTOL, WI

TRAXXAS E-MAXX

Curt is a self-professed comic-book fan: “I’m big into the ’80s, so I have bodies painted with Transformers, another with a Battlecat from He-Man and one with ThunderCats.” He is most proud of his Hot Bodies SSR body that he painted up with a Superman theme. His Traxxas E-Maxx is stock, but Curt says he wanted to show us his cool paint job. Curt has a few bodies painted up with other ’80s themes, including a Dukes of Hazzard body, an A-Team lid and a Knight Rider body. We know there’s a Boss Hogg or KITT joke in there somewhere.

RONALDO PRADO, SANTO ANDRE, BRAZIL

TRAXXAS NITRO 4-TEC

It isn’t every day that we get a letter from a reader in Brazil! Ronaldo’s car features a Novarossi.12 engine and aluminum shocks, and the HPI body is painted silver and a metallic rose. Thanks for taking the time to write in Ronaldo. Next time we’re in Brazil, we’ll make sure that we crash on your sofa fora week or two….

SCOTT FERRANTI, MADISON, NJ

KYOSHO MP7.5 SPORT

Scott’s car is a prime example of a clean-looking ride that doesn’t have a lot of mods but simply looks good! His relatively stock Kyosho MP7.5 Sport runs on O’Donnell 30-percent fuel and is controlled by a Futaba PDF radio. Chris painted the body himself and finished the job with a set of Autographies decals.

JUSTIN DESCHENE, AURORA, CD

TEAM ASSOCIATED B3

Justin’s Team Associated B3 is set up with a Reedy MVP stock motor, a DuraTrax Streak ESC and Team Orion 3300 batteries. He controls the car with a JR XR2 radio system. According to Justin, he designed the paint scheme, but his friend T.J. laid down the paintwork for him. You can catch Justin racing his ride at the MHOR RC raceway in Aurora.

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