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THE ARRMA Granite Mega Monster Truck Review

ARRMA Granite Mega Monster Truck Review

Being a two time champion of our coveted Bash Vehicle of the Year, the ARRMA Granite packs some serious street cred with the bashing crowd. For 2014 ARRMA announced a new more affordable line-up, the Mega Series, that was designed to give good performance at a reasonable price. To make the price drop happen on the Mega Series, certain goodies had to be taken away (like the aluminum chassis and hex hardware). Is the Mega Series Granite still a capable bash machine? Is it slower than the previous brushed Granite? Has it lost any mojo? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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ARRMA Mega Series
The Mega Range of vehicles from ARRMA RC were designed to offer the maximum bang-for-your-buck. With prices starting at just $159, and with legendary ARRMA bashing ability, the Mega line is perfect for having fun at an affordable price. Some of their features include-

* 1/10 Ready to run
* Fully waterproof
* 15 turn Mega brushed motor
* 2.4GHz radio system
* High quality dBoots tires
* Oil filled shocks
* 2wd drivetrain with tough chassis

ARAD35** RAIDER MEGA Buggy – $159
ARAD36** VORTEKS MEGA Stadium Truck – $169
ARAD37** GRANITE MEGA Monster Truck – $179
ARAD38** FURY MEGA Short Course Truck – $189

Want more details on the ARRMA Mega series? Hit up This Link to visit the official ARRMA website.

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ARRMA RC Website
The folks over at ARRMA RC wanted us to let you know that their new website is up and kicking. With all the new 2014 ARRMA products getting to hit the market it arrives at just the right time.

The new ARRMA site was designed to be fast and easy to navigate with all the details and information you would ever need on their latest products. Also found on ARRMA-RC.com are plenty of pictures and videos, as well as easy to locate links for ARRMA’s social media sites. To check it all out simply Click Right Here.

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Unboxing ARRMA Granite Mega Series
Have you heard about the new Mega Series from ARRMA? If not, it is their most affordable line-up of vehicles with prices starting at $159. We recently received one of the Mega Series Granite Monster Trucks for review and took some pictures so you can see exactly what it looks like when you open the box for the first time. The RTR Mega Series Granite is waterproof, comes with a 15 turn brushed motor, and is priced at just $179.

Enjoy the unboxing pictures and our full review should be ready sometime next week. If you want more information on the Mega Series Granite Here Is The Link to its page over on the official ARRMA website.

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ARRMA Mega Series Video
To get you all pumped up for the arrival of their new Mega Series vehicles, ARRMA has released a video showcasing their abilities. The Mega Series are the most affordable in the ARRMA line-up, featuring brushed power and the same durable construction ARRMA is known for.

We are told the Mega series vehicles will start shipping very soon, like in the next couple of weeks. This is good news for all you guys chomping at the bit to put one in your rc garage. Until then, check out the video for some skate park bashing action (and the one handed catch by Scott Kramer at the end), and you can hit up This Link to head over to the official ARRMA website.

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ARRMA Typhon Buggy
First seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair over the winter, the mid July release date for the ARRMA Typhon buggy is quickly approaching. The Typhon is big news not only because it is the first 8th scale to be released by ARRMA, but also because it will be their first 4wd.

The Typhon was designed to be a high speed-high power bash buggy, but perhaps more importantly, it was also designed to handle the rigors of constant 6S LiPo operation. Some of features and specifications of the new Typhon include-

* BLX 2050kV brushless motor
* Heavy duty gear diffs w/ steel outdrives
* Waterproof receiver box
* Adjustable battery tray with velcro straps
* Adjustable steel turnbuckles
* Aerodynamic body and wing
* High-impact knuckles, arms and hub carriers
* Pivot ball front suspension
* Center diff with ultra-strong spur gear
* Aggressive dBoots tires with foam inserts
* Waterproof BLX180 6S ESC with fan
* 2.4GHz ATX-100 2.4GHz transmitter w/ ARX-100 receiver
* Waterproof ADS-15 15kg metal gear servo
* Width: 12″
* Length: 20″
* Wheelbase: 12.9″
* Height: 7.2″
* Weight: 6.6lb

The part number for the ARRMA Typhon is #AR106001 and they have a street price of $429. To be the first person on your block to get one simply hit up This Link to get one on pre-order.

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ARRMA Granite BLX Unboxing_00002How awesome is this? ARRMA was so happy about making it to the finals in the March Bash-ness competition we held this year, they have given us another truck to give away! That’s right, we are giving away a new ARRMA RC Granite BLX Monster Truck! This is the latest and greatest brushless monster truck from ARRMA and it is pretty darn awesome! How awesome you ask? Have you seen the Review? Do we have to remind you about the Big Squid RC Basher Approved logo RIGHT ON THE BOX?! You know you want this one! If you have ever called yourself a basher, the Granite is a must own for your RC stable.

The deadline for entries is April 18th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. That’s like 3 days! A winner will be announced sometime on April 19th. A random winner will be chosen from all entries received by our software.

This contest is open to US and Canada residents only this time. Sorry guys, sending electronics around the world can make things a bit more difficult.. don’t worry.. we aren’t forgetting you guys.. we’re working on some future world wide stuff for you as always! Hey our last contest was world wide!

What are you waiting for.. get entered! Please help us spread the word on this one. We want to show ARRMA our appreciation!

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Good luck! Remember you can score new entries every day!

70 mph ARRMA Raider BLX Buggy
When we read that ARRMA RC was putting on a Beat The Speed Video Contest we decided to give our own ARRMA Raider BLX test buggy a go. We wanted to see if we could go fast enough to beat their speed.

The first thing we did was hand the Raider BLX to our resident high speed specialist, DWayne Buchannon from RC Custom Lab Workz. We only gave him two instructions- go faster than 67 mph and leave it as stock as possible.

The first thing DWayne did was add a wheelie bar. A stock Raider likes to wheelie when running big power, so DWayne grabbed a 12″ long piece of plate steel and attached a pivot wheel, creating a wheelie bar that would keep the buggy from flipping over. Next, DWayne had to trim some plastic in the battery box to make room for a slightly larger 3S LiPo battery pack. That was it for the custom mods.

DWayne didn’t have to change out many parts either, he only changed two. DWayne added a larger 19 tooth pinion and installed larger diameter rear tires. Everything else on the buggy was 100% bone stock, including the shocks, radio and power system.

Once the buggy was prepped, it was time to try and “Beat that Speed”. On the day we ran it was only 40 degrees outside which made it hard to find grip on the high powered ARRMA. We quickly learned to roll very softly into the throttle at lower speeds. Our first couple of passes were in the 60 mph range but we kept spinning out. We came back into the pits, recharged the battery pack, and changed tires to find a little more grip.

We found the buggy much easier to drive on the new tires and promptly busted out a solid 70 mph run, but we never got above 3/4 throttle, so we decided to run again for an even higher number. On the next pass we ended up losing traction and flying off the road, hitting a fire hydrant in the process and tearing off a wheel and the wheelie bar. Our day may have been over, but it had been successful. We had indeed “Beat The Speed”, and it didn’t take many mods from a bone stock Raider BLX to do so.

Check the video here:

70 MPH ARRMA Raider-

* 19 tooth pinion
* Traxxas 2.8″ Alias rear tires
* Custom wheelie bar
* Turnigy 3S 65C 5000mAh LiPo

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ARRMA Beat the Speed
ARRMA has announced a neat Video Contest involving their Brushless BLX series vehicles. The Beat the Speed Video Contest gives ARRMA BLX owners a chance to win $80 in aluminum hop-up parts by posting a video of their vehicle going faster than 67 mph. BLX owners can even get a free t-shirt just by entering.

To get complete contest rules hit and to watch the video of an ARRMA Vorteks going 67.1 mph simply hit up This Link.

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2014 ARRMA BLS Series Rtr
The folks over at ARRMA have just released information on their 2014 BLS Series vehicles. The entire line-up is designed for high performance and low maintenance, and is said to be capable of 30+ mph without gearing changes, option parts, or special batteries. They also sport new livery and a 2 year limited warranty.

Some of the upgrades over the MEGA brushed series include-

* 3200kV 550 brushless motor
* 35A Cont/180A burst brushless ESC with push button programming
* Hex head hardware throughout
* Metal motor mount
* Waterproof AD-5 steering servo

The part numbers for the 2014 ARRMA BLS series are-

ARAD43RR- FURY BLS 2WD Brushless RTR Short Course Truck
ARAD40RR- RAIDER BLS 2WD Brushless RTR Buggy
ARAD42BB- GRANITE BLS 2WD Brushless RTR Monster Truck
ARAD41BB- VORTEKS BLS 2WD Brushless RTR Stadium Truck

The BLS series are expected to start shipping early this Summer and you can hit up This Link to visit the ARRMA website.

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ARRMA BLS 2014 RTR 2

2014 ARRMA Mega RTR
The 2014 Edition ARRMA Mega Series RTRs come with all the 2013 upgrades, plus some updates for the new year. The updates to the affordable brushed Mega Series include-

* Re-engineered LiPo ready chassis with more strength
* Steering servo is now easily accessible
* Waterproof electronics
* Molded in channels for the servo wire
* Accepts 7-cell NiMH/NiCd packs without modification
* Composite transmission gears for lower rotational mass
* Molded camber and steering links
* 2 year limited warranty

The part numbers for the 2014 Mega Series-

ARAD38** FURY MEGA Brushed Short Course Truck
ARAD35** RAIDER MEGA Brushed Buggy
ARAD37** GRANITE MEGA Brushed Monster Truck
ARAD36** VORTEKS MEGA Brushed Stadium Truck

The new versions should be available early this summer and you can check out the official ARRMA site at This Link.

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2014 ARRMA Mega RTR

ARRMA Kraton
A whole lot of people have been waiting for ARRMA to put out some 4 wheel drive vehicles, well here they are, the 8th scale Kraton Monster Truck and Typhon Buggy. These two vehicles represent the first in ARRMA’s Speed Class line-up, and should be gnarly beasts at your local bash spot. They are still a ways out, but this is what we know so far-

* Designed for 6S, in both electronics and battery trays
* Waterproof
* Aluminum motor mount
* Hook and loop battery straps
* Front and rear roll bars
* Adjustable turnbuckles
* Sturdy aluminum servo horns
* RTR w/ ATX100 2.4GHz radio system
* ARRMA brushless powered w/ 180A ESC
* ADS-15 208oz/in metal-geared steering servo

Here are some specificatiosn for the KRATON-
* Length- 23.2″
* Width- 18.5″
* Height- 7.7″
* Wheelbase- 14.9″
* Weight- 8.8 lb
* 2250kV brushless motor
* Part number #ARAD81**

Specifications for the TYPHON-
* Length- 20″
* Width- 12″
* Height- 7.2″
* Wheelbase- 12.9″
* Weight- 6.6 lb
* 2300kV brushless motor
* Part number #ARAD80**

Right now the release date for both models is speculated to be Mid-Summer. To visit the official ARRMA website hit up This Link.

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ARRMA Typhon

ARRMA Granite BLX Bash Vehicle of the YearYou regular readers already know that we named the ARRMA Granite BLX as our 2013 Bash Vehicle of the Year. Yesterday the good folks over at Hobbico shot out a press release to showcase the fact that the Granite had won the prestigious title.

The Granite BLX is a very impressive vehicle, so much so that we thought it was the best bash oriented vehicle put out last year. It loves to jump, has loads of power, and is a great machine to have fun with in the backyard. To read our full review hit up This Link, and to check out the Granite BLX on the official ARRMA website simply click Here.