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ARRMA Kraton Review
Ever since it was seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair in January, the ARRMA Kraton BLX Monster Truck has been creating a lot of buzz. The Kraton is not only ARRMA RC’s first 4wd, but also their first 1/8th scale machine, hence the reason bashers are biting at the bit to hear how it performs.

Since receiving our review Kraton we’ve been bashing and thrashing it like the true bashers we are. What did we find out?

* Handling – The Kraton comes with soft sprung but heavily damped suspension, making it handle like a champ. It attacks a track like a race truck, yet it’s big monster truck tires love chewing up loam and grass. We also found it soaks up big hits (via multiple roof jumps) like a beast.

* Power – Oh ya, it’s got plenty on tap. We normally ran the Kraton on a pair of Reed Wolfpack 3S LiPo batteries wired in series for 6S, and it does not fail to impress with power. On 6S it is a beast right off the bottom, tears through the mid-range, and has tire exploding top end. When compared to the E-Revo, MT4 G3, and Savage Flux, it is right in the mix for power output. When run on 4S it is noticeably softer off the bottom and on top, but still has plenty of rip.

* Durability – We have yet to break a plastic part on the Kraton, but did manage to explode one of the rear tires with all its power (we ended up running Pro-Line Big Joe IIs). The pinion on our test unit came loose, but it was simple enough to pop it back on. We also noticed that the included Deans connectors looked to have been overheated when they were installed at the factory, making them a loose fit on our battery packs.

* The cage used to keep the body from crushing in worked like a charm. Even after lots of abuse the stock body has yet to be destroyed.

* The Kraton comes with perhaps the most powerful RTR steering servo we’ve ever seen, it truly has no problem throwing those big front tires around. To make sure all that power makes it to the wheels, an aluminum servo arm comes standard, a very nice touch for a RTR.

* We measured the top speed on the Kraton to be 38 mph (on 4S LiPo) and it got there in a hurry.

* Typical bashing moves like pulling wheelies and backflips are easy with the Kraton. Big power and big tires help it pull off those moves even with a center diff.

* While the Kraton might be called a monster truck, it comes with a center diff and a massive rear wing, items typically found on truggies. Speaking of the rear wing, all our reviewers liked how it was molded to match the body lines.

We found the ARRMA Kraton to be a gnarly bashing machine, easily capable of running with all the big hitters in its class. It should be hitting hobby shops in the next couple of weeks with a street price of $499, much lower than most of its competitors. To get complete details, check out the Kraton Page over on the official ARRMA website.

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SWORKz S350T Truggy
The folks over at SWORKz have been teasing their first ever truggy for months, now they have released full details.

The 1/8 SWORKz truggy is dubbed the S350T. This is a nitro powered machine loaded with high performance features. Some of its highlights include-

* 7075 aluminum chassis with black hard coating
* CVDs all around
* Sealed front and rear arms
* 150cc fuel tank
* 7075 shock towers
* Pro 2.0 shocks with hex bladders & impact pistons

The part number is #SW-910019 and you can Click Here to check out the official SWORKz website.

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Thunder Tiger EB4 G3 Buggy
We are big fans of the Thunder Tiger G3 platform. G3s are typically rugged, drive well, and they don’t break the bank. The latest vehicle in Thunder Tiger’s G3 line-up is the EB4 G3 Brushless Buggy. The EB4 uses the G3 chassis and comes ready to run right out of the box. Some of the highlights of the EB4 G3 include-

* 2000kV 1350 watt brushless motor
* Suspension based on ROAR Championship winning EB4 S3
* High torque metal gear servo
* Comes with ACE race spec ESC
* Heavy duty steel diffs
* Front and center CVDs
* Comes with Deans connector

The part number is #6400, these are available right now, and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on the official Thunder Tiger website.

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Mugen MBX7R Buggy
The 8th scale buggy World Championships are quickly approaching. As such, expect to see a lot of new products being announced for debut at the big event.

Mugen knows what it takes to win world championships and they have just announced their latest uber race machine, the MBX7R. The 7R is based off the highly praised MBX7, with updates and refinements to make it an even more lethal racing machine. Some of the highlights of the 7R include-

* New 16mm big bore shocks
* Re-designed front hub carriers
* More camber adjustability in front arms
* Front and rear universal driveshafts
* New rear wing mounts
* Re-designed baffle in fuel tank

The part number is #E2015 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official Mugen website.

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ARRMA Kraton Monster truck
Big gnarly monster trucks are the kings of the bashing hill. They have big tires, big tires, and generally smash over anything (car/truck/buggy) that gets in their path.

The ARRMA Kraton was announced months ago at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. Since then they’ve been finishing the truck up and now it is about ready to drop on US shores. What makes the Kraton a big, mean, bashing machine?

* Waterproof
* Fully assembled RTR
* Integrated roll cage
* 2050kV brushless motor
* 180 amp ESC
* 208oz/inch steering servo
* Truck Weight- 177oz
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 24″
* Height- 7.5″
* 3 gear diffs
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* dBoots tires
* 16mm big bore shocks
* Adjustable battery tray with hook and loop fasteners
* 2 year warranty

The part number for green is #AR106005, they are street priced at $499, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in October.

Update: You can now PRE-ORDER the Kraton at This Link!

To get even more details, hit up This Link over on the official ARRMA website.

Happy Friday and TGFBB, or Thank Goodness for Booth Babes!

Pro-Line Blockade Truggy X2
If we had to choose one tire to race with, it would be the Pro-Line Blockade. Why? They work awesome on just about every track we’ve tried them on.

The latest Blockades are X Compound for 1/8 Truggy. Pro-Line’s X2 (medium) and X3 (soft) compounds are made for long life, meaning you have to replace tires less often, saving you money.

The X2 Blockade 1/8 truggy tires have a part number of #9046-002, the X3 are #9046-003, and they are also available in X2 compound pre-mounted, #9046-033. Pricing is $49 a pair pre-mounted and $32 a pair for just the tires. Get full details by following This Link over to Pro-Line’s official website.

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Serpent Cobra E-truggy
Big power combined with big tires equals a whole lot of bashing fun, hence the reason many bashers use a monster truck or truggy to bash with. The latest big truggy to hit the market is from Serpent, the 1/8 Cobra E-Truggy. The Cobra is a high-end 1/8 4wd, featuring plenty of carbon fiber and other high quality materials. Some of the highlights of the E-Truggy include-

* Narrow 3mm 7075 aluminum chassis
* 5mm carbon fiber shock towers
* Optimal weight distribution
* Rear mudguards
* Low profile body
* Hard anodized 16mm big bore shocks
* Captured universal joints
* Composite battery trays with hinged covers

The part number for the E-Truggy is #600033 and you can get full details by hitting This Link over on the Serpent website.

Catch up on more Serpent news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

BashLink

That’s right, folks! We are teaming up again with our friends at HobbyTown Orland Park for a good ‘ol bash! There will be Obstacle Courses, Shopping Cart Slam, Demolition Derby, and Two-Car Sumo Wrestling!

Join us on Saturday, August 30th as we celebrate the last days of summer in one action packed event! Sign ups will start at 9:30am with events starting at 10:30am.

It’s only a few weeks away, so prep your 1/10th and 1/8th RC vehicles now!

See you then!

For previous coverage and general information regarding our infamous bashes, Click Here and Here.

Orion Vortex R8 Pro X
If you have a big application (8th scale buggy/truggy, monster truck), you need a big speed controller. Team Orion has just announced their new brushless ESC for 8th scale applications, the Vortex R8 Pro X. The R8 Pro X comes with a new aluminum case and fan to help keep it running cool, while new and improved software makes it easier to drive.

* Maximum cell count 6S
* Adjustable BEC from 6 to 7.2 volts
* Works on both sensored and sensorless motors
* Comes with Deans connectors
* Forward/brake/reverse, forward/brake, and forward/reverse (Crawler) modes

The part number is #ORI65129 and you can get complete details by clicking on This Link.

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HPI Racing 1/8 Ken Block WR8 3.0 Ford Fiesta
First teased back in February, the wait is nearly over for the nitro powered HPI 1/8 Ken Block WR8 3.0. The latest HPI to sport Ken Block livery comes with a Nitro Star G3.0 nitro engine (with pull start) and 4wd to put all that power to the ground. The chassis, based off the Bullet MT, is tough and ready for some serious bashing action.

The WR8 3.0 should start shipping soon with a part number of #HPID2868 and a street price of $549. Be the first on your “Block” to own one by pre-ordering it at This Link on the Tower Hobbies’ website.

I wonder what is behind this TGIF Mystery Link???

Pro-Line Trifecta Buggy Wing
Pro-Line has a new Trifecta Wing for your 8th scale buggy or truggy. The Trifecta was designed for three things – performance, style, and durability. The futuristic design uses large center fins to add stability while dimples are used to create a “golf ball” aerodynamic effect to increase low speed downforce.

The part number for yellow is #6249-02, black is #6249-03, and white is #6249-04. Street pricing is $16 and you can get complete details Right Here on Pro-Line’s website.

Read up on your Pro-Line news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Car Stand
A good pit stand makes your car easier to wrench on and can make it look tricker when in the pits. Some of the latest to hit the market are from our friends over at Pro-Line. The new motocross inspired stands from Pro-Line are powder-coated blue and made from a tough alloy. They are made right here in the good old USA and even comes with holes in the top to hold your shocks while you build them.

The part number for the 8th scale version is #6257-00 and it is priced at $44. The 10th scale unit is #6258-00 and comes with a price of $34. Get complete details by hitting up This Link over on Pro-Line’s official website.

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Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2
Some have dubbed 2014 as “The year of the monster truck!” and it would be hard to argue otherwise. What is the latest monster truck to be announced? The Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2.

The e-MTA G2 uses elements from the first generation of e-MTA plus it has some new additions. The change that strikes out the most is its shocks. They are no longer a lay-down style like what was found on the original e-MTA, they are now a more traditional stand-up design. The G2 also comes with a 6S capable speed controller as well as 6 point wheel hexes with wheels designed to fit them perfectly. Also new is a more impact resistant body to stand up to all those big hits while out bashing.

* Low center of gravity
* 8 big bore shocks
* ACE 6S BLC-150C ESC & 2000kV motor
* Wheelbase- 370mm
* Width- 440mm
* Length- 620mm
* High grip road tires
* Waterproof, metal gear, digital 9.8 KG & 0.17 sec servo
* Cougar GP3 2.4GHz radio system

The part number for red is #6407-F111, the part number for blue is #6407-F112, but we have not heard if these will make their way stateside. Of course we will post more information when we get it, until then you can hit up This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger America website.

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