Trick truck stuff! New gear for a faster, tougher, better looking flatbed

Trick truck stuff! New gear for a faster, tougher, better looking flatbed

Hetmanski, Kevin

THE TRUCK STOPS HERE

The monster-truck craze is reaching new levels, and there’s no sign of the aftermarket craze slowing down anytime soon, either. In this installment of “4×4,” I’ve gathered the latest truck products-items that should interest even hardcore truckers who think they already have everything. Enjoy!

ROBINSON RACING

STEEL T-MAXX TRANNY GEARS

When the T-Maxx exploded onto the scene, Robinson Racing was there with a complement of transmission hop-ups. It offered hard-anodized-aluminum versions of its forward primary gear and forward-only gear kit. These options worked fine with the stock .15 engine, but as the popularity of .21 conversion kits grew, the aluminum gears had a hard time holding up to the big engine’s power. Robinson now offers the gears in hardened steel, which may be a little heavier than aluminum but will never wear out.

Forward primary gear-item no. 8529; $21.50.

Forward-only gear kit-8586; $28.50

NEW ERA

MACHINED HPI SAVAGE PARTS

New Era gets major points in my book for these HPI Savage parts. The Savage has only one shock-mounting position, so the only way to tune the damping is to change the shock oil or springs. Thanks to New Era’s new shock tower, you can now have more ability to adjust. The tower is machined out of solid billet-aluminum, and there are three positions in which to mount the top of the shocks. Want even more adjustment? Add New Era’s billet-aluminum lower suspension arms into the mix. The arms also have three mounting positions.

It would also be nice to be able to adjust camber, but the stock truck has fixed-length upper arms. For all those adjustment freaks out there, New Era again stepped up to the plate. Its upper arms are machined out of aluminum and feature threaded rods that allow you to change the lengths of the arms. Two nuts are used to lock down the various parts to prevent them from changing position. The shock tower is sold as a single unit, and the lower arms and upper links come two to a package. The parts can be shined up nicely with a little aluminum polish.

Shock towers (F/R)-HSV336SD; $29.50 each.

Lower control arms-HSV333SD; $39.50/2.

Adjustable camber links-HSV332A; $29.95/2.

GOLDEN HORIZONS

TAMIYA TXT-1 ALUMINUM DIFF HOUSING

Most of the Tamiya TXT-1’s weight is in its axles, and the diff housings have a lot of mass. Not only does this make the truck heavy, but it also increases the drive train’s rotating mass. Well, if you’re looking to reduce your TXT-1’s overall weight, Golden Horizons has a set of diff housings for you. They are perfectly machined out of lightweight 7075 billet-aluminum. Amazingly, they’re 52 grams lighter than the stock units, and they come one to a package.

TXT-1 aluminum diff housing-GH1212; $19.99 each.

FULL FORCE RC

GRAPHITE RECEIVER MOUNT

A lot of guys race their Traxxas T-Maxxes, and they know that when you race, it’s good to shed every bit of unnecessary weight. As you know, the receiver and battery pack are housed in plastic boxes to keep dirt at bay. These boxes aren’t necessary when you’re on the track, so if you want to get rid of them, the Full Force RC’s new carbon-fiber receiver mount is for you. Install it in place of the stock receiver box, and you’ll be able to stack the receiver battery and receiver in the same place.

Carbon-fiber receiver mount-FFo6o; $22.

HARDCORE RACING COMPONENTS

HPI SAVAGE CHASSIS

Hardcore manufactures some of the nicest aftermarket components in the industry and is now focusing on the HPI Savage. Its latest project is this sweet-looking chassis for the big truck. The direct-replacement part is perfectly machined out of titanium and is available in blue, purple, green and silver finishes.

Hardcore Savage titanium chassis-HCR-01731 (blue), HCR-01732 (green), HCR-01733 (purple), HCR-01734 (silver); $99.

MIP

2.5 T-MAXX UPGRADES

MIP is known for its CVD drive shafts. It now offers longer ones for the 2.5 Traxxas T-Maxx. The new drive shafts are covered with MIP’s durable shiny coating. The joints operate smoothly, and the shafts are completely rebuildable.

MIP 2.5 Maxx CVDs-1525; $99.

MAXIMIZER PRODUCTS

DIFF CUP AND MOD RING GEAR

There are plenty of hop-up gears available for the Traxxas T-Maxx, and here’s one more. Plastic diff housings are potential sources of trouble. They could melt and fail if the diff is overworked. Maximizer Products now offers a machined, 7075 billet-aluminum diff housing to replace the plastic one. Larger, stronger 3mm screws hold the hardened-steel ring gear in place, and a hardened-steel pinion gear is included with the diff.

Diff cup and mod ring gear-2321; $54.95.

VAN’S INVENT INC.

MAXX BODY BOLTS

Monster trucks are heavy, and when you beat on them, the body clips have a hard time holding up to the abuse. They either bend or pop off, and then your body flaps in the wind. These new body mounts will hold your body on, even during a nuclear blast! The multipiece system is constructed of billet-aluminum. The body is sandwiched between the body posts and aluminum caps that hold it in place. The caps are keyed to the body posts; simply twist them 1/4 turn to lock them. You have to drill the body-mounting holes precisely for the body mounts to line up properly. Van’s includes four body-mounting guides to help you position the holes. Two versions are available: one for the E-Maxx and one for the T-Maxx. A large T-handle Allen wrench to install and remove the aluminum caps is also included.

RC Body Bolts-$134.40 (T-Maxx), $131.85 (E-Maxx).

RADIO CONTROL MONSTER TRUCK MADNESS

RC Car Action will hold a monster truck race this summer at RC Madness in Enfield, CT. C’mon out; you’ll have a good time!

There will be several racing classes, including small-block, big-block, E-Maxx and Clod Buster/TXT-1. We’ll also have extra events such as rock climbing, fastest lap, a step-up competition and, of course, concours. It’s happening on July 25, 26 and 27. Friday will be open practice; Saturday and Sunday will be race days. If you want to sign up, check out the race ad in this issue, or visit rccaraction.com. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be there. If you don’t plan to race, come on out anyway and check out the action!

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