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Aluminum Upgrades Thunder Tiger MT4 G3
One of the main vehicles that we use during BigSquidRC demonstrations is the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 Monster Truck. The MT4 is a great demo vehicle- it goes huge on the jumps and is generally tough as nails.

Our friends over at AsiaTees Hobbies know how much we thrash our MT4 so they sent over a care package of GPM Racing Products Aluminum Upgrades. The GPM aluminum parts are available in a wide variety of colors and we found them very easy to install on our demo truck. If you are looking to up the bling factor of your MT4, hit up This Link to get more information on the GPM parts over on the AsiaTees website.

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Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 Flybarless ARF
If you are looking for a new helicopter loaded with premium features that doesn’t take a bunch of time to get up in the air, Thunder Tiger has a heli for you. Thunder Tiger’s new Raptor E550 ARF comes 95% assembled and was designed for performance. For power, the Raptor has a pre-programmed Castle Creations Talon 90A ESC mated to an Ace R/C Ripper 1150kV brushless motor. To keep it light and strong, the Raptor uses carbon fiber main blades and airframe.

* Weight- 5.84 lb
* Main rotor diameter- 49″
* Length- 45.27″
* Height- 15.35″
* Width- 5.51″

The part number is #TTRE0032, it has a street price of $649, and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in late April. To get more information simply Click This Link.

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Thunder Tiger Voyager III Sailboat
With spring nearly here, Thunder Tiger has announced a new sailboat for your boating enjoyment. The Voyager III is a fairly large boat with an overall height of over 5 feet, and its large sails should catch plenty of wind. When not on the water, its scale looks are sure to attract a lot of attention in your rc room.

* Exceptional scale detailing
* Light and durable blow molded ABS hull
* Improved tear-resistant sails
* Low-drag hydrodynamic steel ballast on keel
* Overall Height- 67″
* Mast Height- 51.4″
* Length- 39″
* Beam- 6.75″
* Sail Area- 666 in²
* Weight- 7.7 lb

The big Thunder Tiger sailboat has a part number of #TTRB5551, a street price of $159, and it should start hitting hobby shops in late March.

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THE Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Review

Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy Review

Just under a year ago we reviewed the Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy. We found it to be much like its monster truck cousin, the MT4, a big beastly bash machine. For 2014 Thunder Tiger has released a new version of the ST4, they didn’t change much, just the transmitter, but today we’ll be taking another look at the ST4. Is it still one of the Kings of the Hill at the bash spot? Does it live up to the G3 tradition of toughness? If you show up with one will you pwn your buddies? Click the “Read More” to check out our review…

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Gif Thunder Tiger ST4 G3
The Thunder Tiger G3 platform has become a legendary in bashing circles. It is big and tough, what is there not to like? Today we are posting our unboxing photos of the latest G3 mobile, the 2014 Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy. The 2014 edition is much like the previous version, but includes an updated Ace Cougar radio system and sports a new part number. The price stays the same at $479.

Our full review goes up in a couple of weeks, until then you can view the unboxing pictures to see exactly what it looks when you crack the box open. For more information on the 2014 ST4 you can hit up This Link over on the official Thunder Tiger USA website.

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thunder tiger streetfighter edition

Thunder Tiger Europe has announced a new version of the e-MTA, a Streetfighter Limited Edition. The Streetfighter edition is basically a stock e-MTA with the addition of Pro-Line Road Rage tires on Desperado wheels. The Road Rage tires should really add to the on-road prowess of the e-MTA for our European friends.

This makes us wonder, might Thunder Tiger USA put out a Pro-Line Badlands or Big Joe II Edition e-MTA? How cool would that be?

For more information on the European Streetfighter e-MTA simply click This Link.

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Thunder Tiger Mini Titan E360
The latest helicopter to be announced by Thunder Tiger is their Mini Titan E360 ARF. The Mini Titan E360 is a flybarless 3D helicopter designed for performance. It is mostly pre-built, just pop in a receiver and 4S Lipo pack and it is ready to fly.

* 95% pre-assembled
* Ace RC 2700kV brushless motor w/ 50A brushless ESC
* Flybarless metal main rotor hub and grip
* 13.8” main rotor blades
* Carbon main frames and servo mounts
* 120° eCCPM swashplate
* Length: 27.2″
* Width: 4.9″
* Height: 7.6″
* Main Rotor Diameter: 31.5″
* Weight (w/o battery): 25.4 oz

The part number for the Thunder Tiger Mini Titan E360 ARF is #TTR4717-A13, it has a street price of $449, and they are available right now from your local Great Planes dealer.

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Pro-Line Body Wing Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3
When you start hopping up your Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 the single biggest change you can make to its looks is changing the body. This week we’ll be going over what it takes to put a new body on your big TT.

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Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 New Pro-Line Wheels Tires

One of the most cost effective ways to gain performance on any rc car is to install new wheels and tires. This is especially important in todays high powered world of brushless and Lipo. Today there is more juice on tap than ever before making it even harder to put all the power to the ground.

The stock tires on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 actually do a fairly good job. They are light, they wear a long time, and they aren’t known for ripping themselves to death. However, one thing they aren’t known for is traction. Today we’ll be going through the process of putting new high performance shoes on the big Thunder Tiger. This is perhaps one of the easiest hop-ups you can install. Experienced hobbyists can do it with their eyes closed but we’ll explaining everything more in depth for first timers and newer hobbyist.

Wheel/Tire Selection

There are a lot of different wheels/tires that will bolt on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3. The most important things to remember when looking for new wheels/tires for the MT-4 G3 is- 1. the wheel needs to have a 17mm hex, and 2. they need to have the proper offset so they don’t rub the body. Pretty much anything that fits on a Traxxas E-Revo or HPI Savage will work on the MT-4 G3.

You will also run across pre-mounts or unmounted wheels/tires. We prefer using pre-mounts around the BigSquidRC offices because they save us so much time, but the choice is up to you. In some cases you may not have the option of pre-mounts if you are looking to mate a certain wheel from one manufacture with a tire from another, and some tires simply don’t come pre-mounted at all.

Our tire of choice on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 for general bashing is the Pro-Line Big Joe II. These are big bashing tires that are slightly smaller in diameter than the stock tires, but substantially wider with much more traction. The Pro-Line Big Joe IIs work great on pavement, grass, and loamy dirt. The Big Joe IIs are designed to be lightweight, which they are for their mammoth size, but weigh about 17 grams more than stock (349 grams for a Big Joe II mounted and balanced, 332 grams for a stocker).

For use on strictly dirt surfaces we prefer to use Pro-Line Badlands. The Badlands are somewhat smaller than stock but their moto inspired thread gets loads of traction on many different types of dirt. They are also exceptionally lightweight (246 grams pre-mounted), yielding great acceleration with lower motor temps and slightly longer run-times. The Badlands are also make the Thunder Tiger less sensitive to throttle/brake input while jumping.

Fast Install – Putting Pre-Mounts on the MT-4 G3

1. Using the wrench supplied with the truck, loosen the four wheel nuts to remove the stock shoes. Remember “Righty tighty, lefty loosey” if you aren’t sure which way to turn. The wheels will slide right off.

2. Slide your new pre-mounts on, tighten up the wheel nuts and you are all done! Super fast, super easy, and now your MT-4 G3 will have more traction and look better to boot.

Longer Install – Gluing & Balancing Wheels/Tires

1. Make sure the wheels are ready for gluing. Check to make sure the bead surface is clean, you can do this with a damp cloth. Also make sure there are vent holes in the wheel (if you aren’t venting the tire carcasses). If there are no vent holes they can be easily made with a body reamer.

2. Check the tire foams. The tire foams may be good to go and already inside the tires, or they may be wadded up inside the tires bead. If the foams are lumpy simply let them sit out for a few hours until they get their normal shape back.

3. Check and clean the tire bead surfaces. Sometimes there will be a bit of extra rubber, flash, left on the tire bead surface that can keep the bead from getting a proper bond to the wheel. This is easily removed with a set of body scissors. You’ll also need to clean the bead surface of your new tires. A release agent is used at the factory that needs to be removed before you start gluing. We use a paper towel and TrakPower motor cleaner to remove the release agent on our tires.

4. Install foams into the tires. This doesn’t have to be perfect as the first time you tag the gas real hard the foams will center themselves, but you can use a thumb on each side of the inside of the tire to make sure the foam is fairly centered.

5. Install wheels into tires. Of note here- some tires are directional, some are not. If you are installing direction tires this is the time to double check to make sure you’ve got the tires pointed the proper direction.

6. Start gluing. We recommend going with a thin CA glue like the kind we used from TrakPower in the photos (Bob Smith and Pro-Line are just a couple other companies that sell awesome CA glue). Thin CA is used because it just seems to hold better and it dries super fast. Also of note- one of the most important tricks while gluing is to use a needle tip on your CA bottle, this does wonders for controlling that fast moving thin CA glue. Make sure the bead of the tire is properly aligned with the bead surface of the rim and start gluing. Remember, a tiny, TINY, bit of CA glue goes a long ways. Remember to wear eye protection, gluing your finger to the tire is no big deal, getting CA in your eye is serious stuff.

7. Give the glue some time to dry. CA is said to dry nearly instantly, but we try to give our tires a good 24 hours before we use them.

8. Balance your new shoes. Big power on unbalanced monster truck tires can nearly shake a truck apart. Balancing rc wheels/tires is super easy and doesn’t take long. We used an AKA hand balancer that comes with putty to make sure our new wheels/tires rotated smoothly.

9. Bolt them up, you are ready to bash!

That’s it for this installment, next week we’ll be installing a new body and wing to the MT-4 G3.

To view previous hop-up articles on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 simply click THIS LINK.

Thunder Tiger 1/10 Nitro TS4n Plus 3.5 2.4GHz RTR
Thunder Tiger just announced their TS4n Luxe, but that’s not the only new 4wd nitro touring car they have. Also new is their TS4n Plus 3.5. The Plus version has many of the same features as the Luxe, but comes in at a lower price point ($229) because of things like plastic shocks instead of aluminum. Some of the features of the Plus include-

* 3 belt 4wd system
* Pro-18BX nitro engine
* Cougar 2.4 GHz radio system
* Tuned exhaust pipe

The Thunder Tiger Plus 3.5 comes in two different colors, red (#TTRD1801) or orange (#TTRD1803) and they are available for your bashing pleasure right now.

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Thunder Tiger 1/10 Nitro TS4n Luxe 3.5 2.4GHz RTR
Maybe it has been a while since you ripped it up on-road. Maybe it has been a while since you’ve created a big cloud of nitro smoke. Maybe I’ve been listening to too much Staind. Maybe the latest release from Thunder Tiger, the TS4n Nitro 4wd Touring Car, will put a big smile on your face.

Powered by a Pro-18BX nitro engine, the TS4n uses a 3 belt 4wd system to put all that power to the ground. Throw in the convenience of it being RTR and it is ready to bash when you are. Some of the other features and specifications include-

* Cougar 2.4 GHz radio system
* Low center of gravity design
* Aluminum oil filled shocks
* Heavy duty steel dogbones
* Wheelbase: 10.2″
* Height: 5″
* Weight: 52.5 oz

The Thunder Tiger TS4n Luxe comes in two colors, red (#TTRD1811) and blue (#TTRD1812). Street price is $269 and they are available right now.

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Hop-Up Series Part #2 - Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3, Installing a New Radio System

The radio that comes stock with the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 works fairly well. It has good range and a decent feel. However, if you are looking to make your MT-4 G3 the best it can be you’ll need to install a higher performance radio system. A better radio will not only make you feel more connected to your truck, but it allows you to pick one that perfectly suits the features and ergonomics you are looking for. We highly recommend you try them in person to ensure the best fit for your personal tastes.

Any experienced hobbyist can change out a radio system in their sleep, this article is aimed at drivers new to the hobby. Installing a new radio really is one of the easiest hop-ups you can do, here are the steps.

Installing Radio Gear in the MT-4 G3

1. Unhook the servo and speed controller wires from the stock receiver.

2. Pry up receiver with a large flat blade screwdriver and remove.

3. Drill two small holes for zip-tie mounts. More about this in step 7.

4. Plug in the servo and speed control wires, black (or brown) wire towards the outside edge, white towards the center. You don’t want to plug in the connectors backwards.

5. Apply double sided tape to the new receiver and stick down to the desired location. Use a damp cloth or alcohol wipe to make sure the spot you are mounting to is nice and clean.

6. Route antenna. Try to stay away from motor wires with your antenna, otherwise route it so that it is as long as possible and out of the way of moving parts.

7. Use a liberal amount of zip-ties to make sure no wires are loose and make their way into the pinion/spur gear or front center drive-shaft. You would be amazed at the g-forces inside the MT-4 G3 when landing from big jumps, the wires can move around several inches if not secured. This is the reason the two holes were drilled in step 3, to give sturdy anchor points to zip-tie the wires safely out of the way.

8. If needed, bind the new receiver to your transmitter. This requires cracking open the owners manual of your transmitter and typically requires turning on the transmitter then depressing a button on the receiver.

9. Calibrate speed controler to new radio system. You’ll need to refer to your speed controllers manual to make sure you adjust this properly. Different speed controllers are calibrated in different ways.

10. Set steering direction, trim and endpoints. Your truck may be steering the opposite direction of what it is supposed to, if so you’ll need to reverse the direction of the steering on your transmitter. Next, the trim will most likely be off making the truck pull to one side or the other, this is also adjusted on the transmitter. Lastly, if you’ve chosen a radio that can limit steering travel, you’ll want to adjust the transmitter so that it stops turning just as the MT-4 G3 hits its physical steering stops. If the steering travel is not set far enough the truck won’t turn very tightly, if it is set for too far you are just torturing the servo without getting any more steering. We installed a Futaba 4PK Super R and R614FS receiver in our Thunder Tiger, this also required setting the transmitter to “normal servo response mode”. Check your manual to make sure no other special settings are required for the servo/speed controller you are using.

That is it, you are finished! Now you can enjoy better control and improved ergonomics while out bashing. Stayed tuned next week when we go through the process of installing upgrade wheels/tires.

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Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 Tips Tricks Hop-ups

The Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 has turned into an extremely popular basher truck. Everywhere we’ve gone this summer there seemed to be more MT-4s roaming around than E-Revos or Savage Fluxs. Because they big Thunder Tiger has become so popular we’ve decided to do a series of articles showcasing some tips, tricks, and mods to make it an even better bash machine.

In this first installment we’ll be going over some of the basics that a new owner might come across. Out of the box the MT-4 is awesome, but it isn’t without small issues.

Tips out of the box-

1. Check the gear mesh and re-tighten the motor mount screws. While the trucks we’ve seen come straight out of the box had the gear mesh spot-on, we have had issues with the motor screws not being tight enough, thus allowing the motor to move and destroy the spur gear. Use the tried and true “paper method” to make sure the gear mesh is perfect, then grab an L-wrench and tighten the two motor screws as tight as you can. The MT-4 is capable of insanely high jumps and all those g-forces upon landing will cause the motor to move unless its screws are super tight. If you still experience problems with the motor sliding, use sandpaper to rough up the mating surfaces of the brushless motor and motor mount. Cost- zero if you have an L-wrench and a piece of paper laying around.

2. The stock servo saver tends to work loose while driving. There is a super easy fix, simply re-tighten the servo saver by turning the nut clockwise with your fingers (or pliers). A dab of thread lock will help keep it from working loose in the future. Cost- zero if you have some thread lock laying around.

3. The pins in the inner wheel hexes tend to work their way loose, and who can blame them, the MT-4 has great torque and can spin loads of rpm on higher cell counts. The easiest way to make sure the pins don’t come out is to put a zip-tie over them. The zip-ties don’t get in the way and keep the pins from working loose. Cost- a few cents for 4 zip-ties.

4. The stock wheel nuts also like coming loose. Once again this is a result of the MT-4′s massive power and rpm. A loose wheel can lead to a stripped wheel hex, costing you a new set of wheel/tires. You can use the wrench that came with the truck and re-tighten them after every run, or you can fix the issue completely by installing a set of serrated wheel nuts. We popped on a set of Pro-Line (#6090-00, $21) 17mm serrated nuts and haven’t had a single issue since, even on 6S. Cost- zero if you check after every run, $21 if you go with the Pro-Lines.

5. The other thing we’ve noticed that likes to work loose are the bolts in the rear wing/body mount. Dab a bit of thread lock on each screw then tighten firmly to make sure they don’t continue to be an issue. Cost- zero if you have the thread lock from trick number 2 laying around.

Other than those 5 things, the MT-4 G3 is pretty solid out of the box. Next week we’ll begin doing some upgrades to take the truck from animal to full on beast mode.

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