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RC4WD Twisted Monster Truck Spiked Tire Tamiya
Do you have a classic monster truck that is in need of new tires? The folks over at RC4WD have announced their new Twisted spiked tires for the Tamiya Clodbuster. This all new design uses large spikes to provide good traction on a wide variety of surfaces.

* Weight- 2.57oz each
* Comes in X2 SS Compound
* Outer Diameter- 5.96″
* Width: 4.21″
* Designed to fit Clod sized wheels

The part number is #Z-T0118, they have a street price of $34 per pair, and they are available right now. To get more information simply hit up This Link which takes you over to the official RC4WD website.

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Pro-Line Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Clear Monster Truck Body
After releasing some teaser pics last week, Pro-Line has posted full information on their new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Clear Body. The Jeep body was designed to fit trucks like the Traxxas T/E-maxx, Summit, and Revo, as well as other monsters like the HPI Savage. The tough classic styling of the Jeep Wrangler will help set your truck apart when bashing with your buddies, and is molded out of strong GE Lexan.

The part number is #3405-00, it has a street price of $38, and you can get complete information at This Link over on Pro-line’s website.

Check out one of our Pro-Line tire reviews by Clicking Right Here.

Pro-Line Big Joe II 2.2
Our friends over at Pro-Line have released a few “sneak peak” pictures of their new Big Joe II 2.2″ tires. The Big Joe II 2.2s are made to fit trucks like the HPI Savage XS Flux and the 16th scale Traxxas Summit. These should make a nice option for all you mini monster truck drivers looking for more traction. More information will be released soon, until then hit up This Link to check out the official Pro-Line website.

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You are reading the end of that title correctly. Pro-Line has snuck us a exclusive peak at their upcoming Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Body that’s Monster Truck size! Were talking T-Maxx, Revo, Savage size trucks. Awesome right?

The part number for the Jeep body is #3405-00, and while we don’t have an official street price, it’s safe to guess the $33 range.

I know a few scale guys that will be more than excited to get their hands on a larger body like this. Excuse me while I go throw away some trashed bodies to make room for this one!

It’s not on the Pro-Line Website yet, but there is the link if you want to go check out some of their other products.

Check out This Link for more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho Psycho Kruiser MT
First shown at the Nurnberg Toy Fair, Kyosho has now released full information on their 8th Scale Psycho Kruiser Monster Truck. The Psycho Kruiser is based off Kyosho’s popular Inferno platform and utilizes a long alloy chassis and 3 gear differentials. Long travel shocks are used to soak up big jumps, and a 6S LiPo capable brushless system makes sure you never want for more power.

* 1500kV motor
* Top speeds of more than 80km/h
* 2.4GHz Syncro radio system
* Intended for expert level drivers

The part number for the Psycho is 30886B, it has a street price of $749, and you can find more information at This Link on the Kyosho USA website.

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A-Main Speedway Spring Fling 2014Save the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd for A-Main Speedway’s 2nd annual Spring Fling in Pueblo, CO with a special event sponsored by us here at the Big Squid RC. You can get your fill of off-road racing with classes for pretty much every type of off-road rc vehicle in existence. 1/8th scale buggy, truggy, monster truck, electric, nitro, 2 and 4wd short course, a sportsman class for the newbs, and more.

Qualifying takes place on Saturday, the racing commences on Sunday. After the racing is done, it’ll be time to bust out some hang time in the Big Squid RC Big Air event thingy.

A Main Speedway is my local hobby shop and I will be there shooting a lot of pics. If you’re nearby come on down, find me and say “The crow kaws at the dawn of the first full moon.” That’ll be our secret code for “Give me free stickers or something*.”

You can sign up for this event at the RC Signups website and you can get more info by looking at that flyer up there or by hitting up the A-Main Speedway Facebook page and clicking over to the Events Section.

There’ll be door prizes, t-shirts, and more for competitors, plus lots of fun.

*  Something may include, but is not limited to, a passionate embrace.

ASK Cubby

“Hey Cubby,
What do you think about the Tarmac TIRE D COMP which is being used on the HPI WR8 Flux? Does it have good grip on the asphalt? Their pattern doesn’t seem fit for such surface.
Thanks man
Omar D.”

Cubby- Yo, hey now Omar, thanks for email.

We’ve gotten in a bunch of time with an HPI Ken Block WR8 Flux and I do have one comment about the stock tires- because of the monster power available, they don’t last long. LOL. As far as traction goes, they weren’t bad, but any time you mash the gas they became pizza cutters, and as you know, any tire twice its normal diameter isn’t going to get much traction. I would highly recommend belted tires as a replacement, but that’s just me.

Live long and prosper my friend… oh and shoot Brian your snail mail for a sticker pack.


“1/8 4WD Monster Truck
I am thinking about getting a 1/8 scale Monster truck. I think I have narrowed it down to the Savage Flux HP, or the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3. I have seen the shootout you have done with the 2wd monster trucks but have not seen any thing similar with the 1/8 4WD. Was wondering if you guys were planning to do a shootout? Maybe it would help sway my decision on which rig to pick up. Im sure many others would enjoy reading up on the reviews/testing as well.
Thanks
Jonathan”

Cubby- A 4wd, brushless, RTR, monster truck shootout is what I consider to be the “Holy Grail” of shootouts for BigSquidRC. It is my belief that for the majority of BSRC readers, that particular class of machinery is their preferred weapon for bash destruction. If we were bust out that shootout, I’m quite certain it would be a huge hit among our readers, and do a dern good job of melting down the servers.

So… why haven’t we done the shootout? We’ve had all the trucks needed for the shootout, the MT4 G3, the Savage Flux, and the E-Revo. However, we’ve never had brand new units all at the same time in the same place. To do a legit shootout we can’t use beat up or modified trucks, they all need to be equal, right off the assembly line, and we just haven’t been able to pull that off yet.

But… 2014 is looking to be the “Year of the Monster Truck”. There are a bunch of new units hitting the market, big, nasty, and overpowered, so the time is right to do our big MT shootout. Yes, it will happen, it has to happen. It’s who we are, it’s what our core readers want, it’s just a matter of time until we get our Ps and Qs together.

Oh and yea.. I’m pretty sure you’d be happy with either of those trucks you have narrowed it down to, they are both great bashers!


That’s it for this week ya lunatics, shoot me whatever is floating around in that deranged mind of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Get a free sticker pack if your letter makes the front page, and win a t-shirt if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month”.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Kyosho Psycho Kruiser
It seems like Monster Truck Mania is in full effect for 2014 and below is a video from Kyosho of their latest bash machine. Kyosho’s new Psycho Kruiser is an 8th scale monster truck powered by up to 6S of brushless power and with a name like “Psycho Kruiser”, it has to be a crazy bash machine.

We will be posting more information soon on the Psycho Kruiser, until then check out the video below or click This Link to visit the official Kyosho website.

For more Kyosho news hit up This Link on BigSquidRC.

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

Losi Gas Powered LST XXL-2 Monster Truck
What is the biggest news at the 2014 Nurnberg Toy Fair? That just might be the Gasoline Powered LST XXL-2 from Losi. No, that’s not nitro power, that is a 2 cycle .31 cu inch gasoline engine that should power the latest incarnation of the legendary Losi LST platform quite well. Throw in waterproof electronics and Horizon’s AVC Active Vehicle Control system and the LST XXL-2 is loaded with cool features.

* Extended 2.5mm thick XXL chassis
* Oversized shocks
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz DSMR radio system
* Includes convenient roto-start tool
* Tire diameter- 6.9″
* Weight- 13.1 lbs
* Wheelbase- 15.3″
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 23″
* Fuel tank- 300cc

The part number for the LST XXL-2 is #LOS04002 and it has a street price of $799. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Losi website.

Click Here for more Losi news on BigSquidRC.

HPI Racing 1/8 Savage XL Octane Monster TruckOur mouths have been watering since we first saw the HPI Racing Savage XL Octane early in 2012 at the German Toy Fair. We’ve been teased on release dates ever since then, but this time it looks like it will indeed be available for public consumption. Tower Hobbies has listed the Octane on their website for pre-order, and Great Planes Distributing has it listed for pre-order for dealers. The part number is #109073, its price is listed at $799 on the Tower Hobbies website, and the rumor this time around is it will start hitting LHS shelves in March

While there is very limited information available at this time, here are some of the rumored features-

* 15cc gas engine
* Composite three disc brake system
* Composite roll cage
* Fully RTR with 2.4Ghz radio gear
* 2 stage shocks
* New alloy chassis
* Two stage air filter
* Slipper clutch and machined steel spur gear
* 17mm wheel hexes
* Extra large gas tank

HPI doesn’t have a product page for the Octane yet, but you can Click Here to see all the other fine products they produce. For more HPI news here on BigSquidRC check out This Link.

THE Vaterra Halix 4wd Monster Truck Review

Vaterra Halix Review

Vaterra has made quite a name for itself in a short amount of time. The relatively new name from Horizon has been putting out solid performing vehicles that offer stellar scale appearance. Today we’ll be giving you the scoop on the Vaterra Halix (officially H√§lix for those looking for the official name). The Halix has already made waves being one of the first two vehicles to roll out from under the Horizon banner sporting AVC/Active Vehicle Control, a system that uses electronics to help make the truck easier to drive. Is the Halix in the same league as a Traxxas Stampede 4×4? Is the AVC a help or a hindrance? Hit that “Read More” button to find out…

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Vaterra Halix RTR Unboxing
The Vaterra Halix 4wd Monster Truck is one of the most eagerly anticipated bash truck releases in quite some time. Why? Because 4wd tenth scale monster trucks typically make great all around bash machines.

We are still in the middle of our review process on the Vaterra Halix, but while you wait for our full review you can check out the unboxing pictures. Below are four galleries that show you exactly what it looks like when you crack the box open on a brand new Halix.

To get more information on the Halix simply click This Link, to read more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC just Click Here.

Hit the “Read More” button for two more galleries after the break…

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