So I opened up the old email box this evening and I had several emails asking if I knew what was up with the Vaterra Twin Hammers being recalled. I thought the first letter was just someone messing around, but then after the third similar email I decided to do a little contacting myself! After a few phone calls, a friend emailed me a letter that was apparently sent to all retailers.
You are receiving this notice because you purchased one or more of the following Horizon Hobby products.
VTR03000 Twin Hammers 1.9 Rock Racer RTR http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/twin-hammers-1-9-rock-racer-1-10-rtr-VTR03000
VTR234004 Front Rocker Arm Set: TWH http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/front-rocker-arm-set-twh-VTR234004
VTR334002 Rocker Set Aluminum: TWH http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/rocker-set-aluminum-twh-VTR334002
Due to an intellectual property dispute regarding U.S. Patent No. 7,887,074, owned by Traxxas LP, Horizon Hobby is requesting that all retailers with effected items received before June 8, 2013, return unsold product to Horizon. Offering to sell and selling the effected items may expose you to a claim of patent infringement.Contact Horizon Hobby Customer Service to set up a return for credit. (All effected items shipped after June 8, 2013 have had the rocker arm modified.)
Revised product will be available shortly and any backorders will be filled with the modified product. “
We never like hearing about stuff like this, but it happens. We’d file it under the rumor mill, but a bunch of my sources have confirmed it. At least it’s only a recall from hobby shop stock. Since we don’t know any of the details yet, I will hold off on any comments. Hopefully Vaterra can make a quick fix and get them back out on the shelves!
THE Traxxas EZ-Peak NiMH/NiCd 5 Amp AC/DC Charger Review
So you just bought a new RTR and it came with a battery and a wall charger. Wall chargers are notoriously slow and you would much rather be out driving than waiting around for the battery to charge. To get you back on track quicker Traxxas has a new charger called the EZ-Peak 5 Amp. How well does it work? Is it worth the cash? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…
While we were hanging out at the Traxxas TORC Series over the weekend, we ran into Justin Folkman and his son Jason. They were working on their Short Course Kart, and it caught our attention.
I’m not sure what scale you would call it, but it’s almost 1/2 scale. What really surprised us is that Jason is the driver, and he’s about seven or eight years old! For those looking to get a early start into the racing scene, this seems like a great place to start! They are built tough, just like the full scale ones, but much cheaper and with less power to keep them safer.
Short Course Kart Gallery
There were two trucks at the event doing a demo racing around, and they mentioned that they are looking to do their own series starting next year! If you or your kids are looking to get into the off-road race scene, these things were cool. They cost around $8,300 (A LOT less than a regular truck), and are built out of Green Bay, WI. You can get all the information over at the Folkman Inc. Website. So check them out.
Short Course Kart Gallery
Note the Big Squid RC sticker near the door! Looks like we are starting to sponsor the big boys just like Traxxas! Hey you need to start somewhere right?
One of our favorite innovations of the last couple of years has been the Pro-Line Thumbwasher sets. These replace traditional body clips and won’t fall off and get lost during a hard bash session. They also help keep your body from ripping out around the body post.
The Pro-Line crew has incorporated their Thumbwasher sets into their new Extended Body Mounts for the Traxxas Revo/Summit platform and for Losi SCTE and XXX-SCT/22 SCT. You can now get the benefits of the Pro-Line Thumbwashers plus extended body mounts that allow you to mount a variety of aftermarket bodies.
The Pro-Line extended body mounts for Traxxas run $14 and you can find more information Right HERE. The body mounts for Losi cost around $12 and you can get information at THIS LINK on the Pro-Line website.
Want to learn how to install a Pro-Line Thumbwasher set on your ride? Click THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
The original Pro-Line Big Joes had a reputation for being a big gnarly basher tire, the latest edition, Big Joe II’s, are sure to become a bashing favorite too.
Pro-Line made the Big Joe II’s lighter than the original for faster acceleration and less stress on your drive train. They also gave the Big Joe II a more aggressive tread pattern for even better traction. Also of note, the Big Joe II’s use a 3.8″ Traxxas style bead, meaning there are already a bunch of different wheels on the market that will fit.
The Big Joe II’s come in M2 compound and their part number is #1198-00 while street price for a pair is $35. Simply click THIS LINK to get more information over on the official Pro-Line website.
Want to catch up on your Pro-Line news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
The ground pounding action of the Traxxas TORC Series hit Route 66 Raceways in Joliet Illinois last weekend with a bang. The greater Chicago area looks forward to their arrival each year and Red Bull athlete Travis Pastrana was there alongside some of the best off road racers in the world.
The track was described as hard packed, slick, and challenging, all of which lead to plenty of door-banging action. This years track featured a big double jump, a nasty rhythm section, and the high bank turns of the dirt oval. There was plenty of action with trucks spinning, flipping, and bashing all over the place, much to the enjoyment of the near capacity crowd. The BigSquidRC Bash Crew certainly enjoyed the show, it looked like our kind of fun only on a larger scale.
Pro Light Friday
1. Brad Lovell
2. CJ Greaves
3. Rafael Navarro
Pro Light Saturday
1. CJ Greaves
2. Keegan Kincaid
3. Rafael Navarro
Pro 2 Friday
1. Jeff Kincaid
2. CJ Greaves
3. Bryce Menzies- Oakley Bomb Award
Pro 2 Saturday
1. Bryce Menzies
2. Jeff Kincaid
3. Chad Hord
Pro 4 Friday
1. Johnny Greaves- Oakley Bomb Award
2. Ricky Johnson
3. Mark Jenkins
Pro 4 Saturday
1. Rob MacCachren
2. Johnny Greaves- Oakley Bomb Award
3. Ricky Johnson
For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series simply click THIS LINK, for more information on Traxxas RC vehicles click THIS LINK.
Click the “Read More” button for 4 more galleries of photos from the Traxxas TORC race.
Last weekend the Traxxas TORC Series once again rolled through Joliet Illinois. To many people that ment some good racing was in town, but to us rc’ers we were more interested in seeing all the rc gear that Traxxas makes.
Traxxas had multiple 18 wheelers, some dedicated to their full scale racing effort, others to the rc side of things. Their Mobile Support Center contained every car/truck that they sell, plus all the replacement parts to back them up. Traxxas also had a tent area set up with all their rc cars on display making it easy to pick them up and check them out.
Traxxas also had lots of demonstrations going on. All day long they were putting on a big air demo right near the entrance gate, and for people who had never driven a hobby grade rc truck before they had their “Traxxas Try Me” track. On the try me track you could donate a dollar to St Judes and experience driving a Traxxas truck first hand. Later, during the night show, Traxxas put on a big air demo on the full scale track in front of a packed crowd of race enthusiasts.
Big thanks need to go out to the Jenkins brothers and everyone at Traxxas for what they do to promote the rc hobby. The TORC race in Joliet was a great example of what they do to spread word on how cool rc’ing is to the mainstream. Hit up THIS LINK to view the TORC series schedule and see when it’s coming to your neck of the woods.
Looking for more Traxxas news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
We recently got our hands on the new LaTrax Rally car. Before we start to put it through our rigorous destruction testing phase for review, we need to share the unboxing photos while it’s still recognizable.
Need more info? Check out the LaTrax website. Or if you are looking for more LaTrax news check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
Traxxas was out in full force this week at the HobbyTown USA national convention. They had their new LaTrax 18th scale 4wd Rally Car on display, as well as their entire line-up of Traxxas bash machines.
For accessories, Traxxas had their GPS Module (#6551) and Telemetry Expander Module (#6550) on display for people looking to know exactly how fast their cars are going. They also had their LED Kits for their 16th scale E-Revo (#7185) and Summit (#7285) on display. Traxxas was also showing off their two newest Ni-MH chargers.
To get more information on all the fine products from Traxxas simply click THIS LINK to head over to their webpage.
Looking for more Traxxas news right here on BigSquidRC? THIS is the link you want.
Looking to do something a bit different with your Traxxas Rustler, Bandit or Stampede? ChuckworksRC has a new chassis kit to transform your old Traxxas into a slick new Sprint Car.
The ChuckworksRC sprint car kit has a mid-motor conversion and moves the battery to the left side of the car for optimal handling on an oval. The chassis is constructed out of G-10 fiberglass and has a street price of $120. These are available right now and all you have to do to learn more is Click Here to head straight over to the ChuckworksRC website.
Can’t get enough Traxxas news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
Being the hardcore basher that you are, you’ve already blown up plenty of stock driveshafts. TVR has come up with heavy duty Ball-X driveshafts for the Traxxas Revo and Maxx series trucks.
Big brushless power can definitely make the life of the stockers quite short, TVR claims their new Ball-X driveshafts are some of the toughest and smoothest available. TVR uses spring steel, ball bearings, and hardened steel to make their driveshafts extra tough while giving an even greater working angle.
The TVR Ball-X driveshafts run around $75 a pair and are available right now. To get more information simply click THIS LINK.
Are you big into Traxxas? If so, check out more Traxxas News right here on BigSquidRC.
Right out of the gate LaTrax has announced a full line-up of go fast goodies for their new Rally Car. Some of the hop-ups are mainly for bling, while others like the bearing set should be a “must have” for the car. The performance accessories announced by LaTrax include-
#7573X 12 spoke mirror chrome wheels (red, blue, black and chrome) $11/pr
#7550R Aluminum drive shafts $14/pr
#7537X Aluminum front/rear shock towers $23
#7590 Aluminum motor plate $7
#7555X Center drive-shaft $25
#7560 Aluminum oil shocks $30
#7541X Bearing set $15
#7579 One way diff $5
#7581 Blue anodized spool $14
#7580 Ball diff $18
Carbon fiber chassis
To get more information on these and on everything LaTrax, simply click THIS LINK.
Want to check out what else Traxxas has been up to? Click Right Here to find out on BigSquidRC.