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Monster Truck Madness – Transmission Upgrade for an SMT10

Greetings monster truck nuts! I’d like to talk Axial SMT10 transmissions in a minute, but I’d like to touch on some sad news first. A long-time member of the monster truck community passed away unexpectedly last week, BIGFOOT’s Ron Bachmann. Ron, affectionately known as “Lurch” to many, was a legendary road-warrior and great man. If you’ve ever seen one of the [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Upgrading to RC4WD King Limited Edit…

Those of us with large collections of r/c’s all have a favorite rig, right? Mine would be my Blue Bomber. At some point I’ll do a full write-up on this monster, but for now I’ll give you the short of it. It’s a one-off prototype chassis that I rescued from the scrap heap a few years ago. It’s based on a Concussion [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – 3D Bodies

Given how popular scale r/c monster trucking has become, to where big companies like Pro-Line and JConcepts are catering to our every whim, I feel pretty spoiled trying to ask for more. But hey, that’s what I’m here for, right? Many of the standard truck bodies that full size monsters have run throughout the years are now available, so let’s get [...]

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JConcepts Shows off new “Golden Year” Monster Truck Tires

The folks at JConcepts have just shown off a brand new monster truck tire, dubbed “Golden Years“, at the Horizon Certified Partners Convention in Champaign, IL.  It was posted on their Facebook page. The Golden Year tire looks to be a throwback to the full size Good Year Flotation Tire that so many classic monster trucks used to run back in [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – King of the Monster Trucks

Greetings gang, happy Tuesday. Today I come to you with an announcement! The JConcepts King of the Monster Trucks event is going to take place October 6-7, 2018 at Vinyl Images in Fenton, MO, and we’d love to see you there! If you’ve never taken part in a solid axle monster truck event before, imagine a full sized event that’s scaled down [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Hold On To Your Nuts

When talking about monster truck upgrades, it can be hard to wrap your head around the sheer variety of options to spice up and bullet proof your ride. Aluminum axle housings. Brushless systems. Fancy tires with closed cell foams. However, arguably the most important and cheapest tech tip that I can give you- check your nuts! Obvious pun oppotunities aside, wheel [...]

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Monster Truck Madness: I Finally Got a Blackfoot

If you enjoy bashing your r/c monster truck, regardless of what brand it is, you should have at least a little respect for the Tamiya Blackfoot. When it released in 1986, it took the r/c world by storm. Or so I’ve been told; hey, I was only 2 back then! Being a monster truck fan, the Blackfoot is a truck that [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Sending It Over a Camper

Leaving a camper around monster trucks is never a good idea, whether 1/10 or full size. My nephew and his buddies rescued an old pick-up bed camper awhile back, and they left it next to our r/c monster truck track on a trailer. I’m sure they thought it was a safe place to put it. Think again! As soon as we arrived [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Offsetting Penalties

Wheel offset is a very important choice when it comes to solid axle monster truck building and setup. In some cases it not only affects performance, but determines whether you can even turn the wheels or not! Until just a few years ago, monster truckers had to make due with stock Tamiya Clod and TXT-1 wheels. This meant getting creative to [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Kickin’ it Old Skool

Chances are, if you follow any of the scale r/c pages on social media, you’ve probably come across a cool looking “old skool” styled solid axle monster truck or two. Retro solid axle monster trucks started gaining popularity in the mid 2000’s, and now they are really big. For many long time fans such as myself, it’s a way to re-live [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Completely Overdriven

Brief plug before we get started here – last week I guested on the Radio Impound Podcast! It was a blast talking r/c monsters with hosts Jason Ruona and Gotti Jr.! We discussed my work with Big Squid RC, my monster truck club Trigger King and my time in the full scale monster truck industry. You can check it out [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Gearing an Axial SMT10

One of the first questions an Axial SMT10 owner asks themselves after upgrading the power plant is “How should I gear this?” There are a several ways to approach the question, depending on your battery cell count, tire selection and intended use. For the premise of this post, I’m going to assume that you are running bigger-than-stock Clod sized tires, aka [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - A Look at the JConcepts Ford Raptor …

JConcepts officially debuted their upcoming Ford Raptor Race Truck Body at the Bigfoot 4×4 Open House a couple weeks back, and I was lucky enough to score a pre-release version! I’ve just finished it up and before I head into battle, I wanted to give you a look. I have it mounted to my Pro Modified Axial SMT10, which sits at [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - What If Traxxas Made a Solid Axle Mo…

In years past, the thought of Traxxas doing a solid axle monster truck would’ve been completely preposterous. The caretaker of the T-Maxx and Stampede would have zero interest in a project like that, right? I remember hearing the same talk as it pertained to Traxxas doing a proper scaler as well, and we see how that turned out. I think the [...]

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Monster Truck Madness: BIGFOOT Open House Coverage

It’s Tuesday and I’m still recovering from Saturday’s BIGFOOT Open House. That means it was a good day! The day saw several full size monster truck car crushes, some retro monster truck racing, lots of show vehicles and a big r/c solid axle monster truck race! We had a 2 hour rain delay, but the moment the skies let up the trucks [...]

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