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TLR 22SCT 2.0 2WD Short Course Truck Race Kit
For all you short course truck fans, TLR has announced their new 22SCT 2.0. Of course the 2.0 version comes with a bunch of upgrades and changes to help make it faster, and easier to drive, than ever.

* Bell crank steering rack
* Generation II shocks
* Improved body
* Improved suspension geometry
* Ball diff
* Aluminum rear camber block, rear hexes, & ball stud spacers

The part number is #TLR03003, it has a street price of $339, and you can Click Right Here to head over to the official TLR website.

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Noticed on last week’s episode of Street Outlaws on the Discover Channel, that Big Chief (Justin Shearer) has a good amount of short course vehicles on the wall of their garage!

Love it or hate it, it’s still great to see them up there, getting the word about RC! I think Big Chief needs to give us a call, and we can show him how it’s done in the RC world.

Just thought I’d do a quick mention of it as part of our RC On TV category. Need more? Click that link!

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Everyone knows we are big fans of looking different. Nobody wants to show up to their local bash spot or track, and be running the same looking vehicle as anyone else. That’s what makes us like the folks over at Parma, they know how to give us something different. Their new 69 Muscle Baja Short Course Body has a cool classic look, and the body has plenty of clearance if you want to mount it up high, or bring it down low.

It will fit most 1/10th scale short course vehicle, and even some of the rally cars with a little front end body mount modification.

The 69 Muscle Baja in .040″, part number #1244, is priced at $39.99 and you can get more information by hitting up the official Parma Website. We have heard they may have a few other muscle classics on the way as well. Woo hoo!

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JConcepts Dirt Webs SCT Tires
The Man, Brian Kinwald, is famous for his custom tire mods and the JConcepts Dirt Webs are a result of his creativity. Since their inception, Dirt Webs have gone on to become a popular tire at many tracks, now JConcepts has announced they will be available in a short course truck version. If you drive on high bite dirt surfaces the SCT Dirt Webs are certainly worth a look.

* Web-bars are connected for more stability & forward-bite
* Vertical and horizontal bars are used for more side-bite
* 3.0 x 2.2″ beads that fit most SCT wheels
* Comes with firm, profiled, closed cell inserts

The SCT Dirt Webs come in four different compounds – blue (#3080-01), green (#3080-02), gold (3080-05), and black (#3080-07). All are priced at $26 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on the official JConcepts blog.

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AKA Roadblock SC Tire Review
When AKA announced their new do-it-all Roadblock SC tires, we just had to try a set. We rarely bash on just one surface so we were very interested to see if the Roadblocks would work all the surfaces we like to bash on. With a fresh set of Roadblocks mounted up we grabbed two of our favorite short course vehicles and headed out for some testing.

Our first stop was a hard-packed rc track. On the highly prepped track surface the Roadblocks provided excellent traction, nearly on par with some of the more popular race tires at that particular track. Forward bite was very good and side bite was decent without causing traction rolling.

Before we left the track we did some driving in its parking lot. The Roadblocks provided excellent traction on pavement. Both forward and side bite were very good, and once again the sidewalls did not dig in and cause our test vehicles to traction roll.

Next we hit up a local park, a place with a bunch of different terrain to really test out the AKAs. The first place we went to at the park was a gravel/rock covered lot. Once again the Roadblocks felt super dialed, in fact, we were amazed with how much traction they provided.

At a big grassy area in the park we found the first kink in the Roadblock’s armor. The small lugs on the Roadblocks got us through very short grass, but anything taller and they did a lot more spinning than providing forward motion.

Our final stop was a large field of freshly turned over dirt (read- very loamy/clumpy/muddy). We found that while the Roadblocks worked very well on hard-packed dirt, their small lugs came up short on providing traction in deep loam and in mud. We could get our test vehicles around on these surfaces, but there are other basher oriented tires that provide much better grip in these conditions than the Roadblocks.

Overall? We really liked the Roadblocks on a variety of hard surfaces. If you don’t drive on much grass or loam they will make a great choice for your short course machine. The Roadblocks are priced at $26 a pair, or you can get them pre-mounted on Cyclone wheels for $39. Click on This Link to get full details over on the official AKA website.

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Carisma M40DT LED Light Kit
Since we reviewed the Carisma M40DT it has become one of our “go to” bash machines. Recently we were out driving the Carisma but ended up running out of daylight, needless to say that was an absolute bummer. Why should the fun stop at sundown?

The good folks over at Carisma make a nifty LED Light Kit made specifically for the M40DT that helps keep the fun going when the sun goes down. We installed the kit on our M40DT and took some notes & pictures to show how easy it is to put on your truck.

How To Install an LED Light Kit on the M40DT-

1. Get everything you’ll need together. You will need the Carisma M40DT Light Kit (#15154, $25), some CA glue, and a body reamer (or drill) to make a hole in the body. A couple of zip-ties can also come in handy to tidy things up.

2. Make a hole in the top of the body so you can run the lights to the roof mounted light buckets that came on the body.

3.. Slide the LEDs into the light buckets on the roof. Add a tiny dab of CA glue to keep them from ever popping out.

4. Mount the control box for the LED light kit. There is a spot perfect for this just above the servo and the box even comes with double sided tape on its bottom to make this step extra easy.

5. Plug the wires that are coming out of the control box into the receiver. The M40DT also makes this step easy because it has a pigtail coming out of its receiver specifically for this purpose.

6. Grab a zip tie and tidy up the wire bundle coming out of the receiver. This helps keep the wires out of harm’s way during hard bash sessions.

7. Slide the LEDs into the light buckets provided on the M40DT’s front bumper. Once again use a tiny dab of CA to keep them from coming loose.

8. Plug the wire harness from the LED lights into the LED control box.

9. Hit the “on” switch on the LED control box and take a look at your job well done. It took us less than 10 minutes to do the install, and that included the time spent taking notes and pictures. The kit uses 6 amber lights for the roof, 4 for the front bumper, and we found they did a decent job of lighting up the night for some after hours bashing.

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Gluing RC Tires Pro-Line
While I highly prefer to save time by using pre-mounted tires, gluing tires is still a part of our wonderful hobby. For you old timers, you can glue up a set in your sleep, for you new hobbyists, it isn’t nearly as hard as some people (like me) make it out to be.

I recently got a set of Pro-Line Gladiator SC tires to put in the front of our Pro-Line Pro-2 SCB Converted buggy. For all you newer hobbyists that may not know how to glue tires, here is how I do it…

1. There are tons of tips and tricks that can be used when mounting up tires. Unfortunately, all those take time, and I am incredibly lazy, therefore I bust it out the fastest way possible. Step one is quite easy- get everything you need gathered together. What do you need? Well, tires of course, a set of wheels, some tire/CA glue, and some tire bands. That’s it. Yes, really. Oh, before I forget, we recommend using Pro-Line uber tire glue, but if your LHS doesn’t have any, take note. The thinner the CA glue, the faster it will dry and arguably the harder it will be to work with. The the thicker the glue the easier it is to work with and the longer the drying time.

2. Step two is super easy, simply slide the tires over the wheels. This is impossible to mess up, unless your tires are directional. If you have directionals, mount the wheels to your truck, then slide the tires over. This ensures they are all going the right direction before you start gluing.

3. For step three you need to make sure the bead of the tire is well seated into the bead on the wheel. Once again, this is an easy step, pat yourself on the back when you have all the beads set.

4. About those tire bands… some people install them now before gluing, some immediately after. For a noob, you’ll probably want to put them on before gluing. The bands make sure the beads stay down tight against the wheel for a better glue job.

5. Hey, bust out that glue, it’s time for some real fun. This step can be a bit tricky, so pay achtung here. If it’s your first time, a set of safety glasses is recommended, you really don’t want to get any glue in your eyes (trips to the ER waste a lot of time). Also, be careful not to accidentally glue one of your fingers to the tire/wheel. What happens if you get your finger stuck? It is stuck there forever, and good luck pulling chics with a Gladiator SC hanging off your hand. But seriously, if it gets stuck, it isn’t the end of the world, wait a few minutes and slowly (read- SLOWLY) peel the glue off your finger. To get back to business here, slightly peel back the tire bead and apply the glue to the tire/wheel. Do this all the way around the tire.

6. Ok, its time for a break. Ya, step 5 is awesome. But seriously, when you’ve done one side of the tire, give it a few minutes to dry before you do the other side. Why do this? To help keep yourself from accidentally gluing one of your fingers to the tire.

7. Get back to work ya sloucher, now it’s time to glue the other side of the tire. Just like you did on the first side, lightly pull back the bead, apply glue, and go all the way around the tire.

8. Finally, the last step and it’s really hard. Once you have both sides of all your tires glued, let them sit and dry for a while. Overnight is preferred, but in a pinch you can run them in a manner of minutes. Once dry, mount them to the vehicle of your choice and give them a good thrashing! It isn’t uncommon for tires to come loose on today’s high powered machines, if yours does, no worries, just clean the tire/bead the best you can and re-glue.

Pro-Line Items Used-

Gladiator SC Tires- #1169-01, $22
F-11 SCT Wheels- #2740-03, $9
Pro-Bond Tire Glue- #6031-00, $8
Tire Bands- #6086-00, $11

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Serpent Spyder SRX-2 RM SCT
The Serpent Short Course Truck has been teased for months, now full details and pictures have arrived.

The first short course truck from Serpent is a 10th scale 2wd variety which is based off their uber SRX buggy platform. The truck was designed by none other than former IFMAR World Champ Billy Easton and comes in a rear motor configuration. While the Spyder SRX-2 SCT was designed for racing we have no doubt bashers will latch on to them if they are a solid overall truck. Some of the highlights of the new Serpent SCT include-

* 12mm big bore shocks
* Polycarbonate inserts in side guards
* Lightweight body with flares
* Narrow chassis design
* 3 pad slipper clutch
* Ball diff
* High performance geometry
* Durable front and rear bumpers

The part number for the new Serpent is #500004 and you can get full details at This Link over on Serpent’s website.

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Novak 4PHD SCT Brushless Motor
Novak has a new motor and speed controller combo for all you 4wd SCT drivers. The 4PHD is a heavy duty 4-pole brushless motor designed for the rigors of 4wd SCT racing and bashing. Its 4 pole design means it can accelerate harder and handle heavier loads, and it uses rubber gaskets to keep dirt/dust/mud out of the inside of the motor. The 4PHD is rated at 4600 kV, comes with a Kevlar wrapped Neodymium rotor, and features a 5mm output shaft.

The part number for the motor is #3510 and it is priced at $139. The part number for the combo featuring a Crusher speed controller is #3087 and is priced at $239. Both are expected to start shipping in July. To get more details follow This Link over to the official Novak website.

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AKA Roadblock SC Tires
The guys over at AKA have a new “do it all” short course truck tire called the Roadblock. The Roadblock uses a dense tread pattern for long life and is designed to get traction on a wide variety of surfaces like asphalt and grass.

The Roadblocks come with AKA red inserts and are available two ways – as tires, and pre-mounted on Cyclone wheels. The part number for just the tires is #13019SR and they have a street price of $26. Pre-mounts that fit the Losi SCTE and Tekno short course trucks have a part number of #13019SRE, the part number for Associated SC10s with wheel hexes is #13019SRF, and #13019SRA is the part number for pre-mounts to fit Traxxas Slash 2wd rear and 4×4. All the pre-mounts are priced at $39 per pair. Get more details at This Link over on AKAs official website.

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OFNA 1/8 Hyper 8SC 4x4 Nitro RTR
For all you nitro fans, or just people looking to add some realistic sound to your short course truck bashing, Ofna has announced their new 1/8 Hyper 8SC Nitro 4×4. The 8SC comes on a big 8th scale platform and uses a Force .32 pull-start engine for massive propulsion. For electronics, a pair of Savox servos are mated to a 2.4GHz radio system. Some of its other features include-

* Realistic wheels and tires
* 17mm Pro shocks
* Front & rear disc brakes
* Width- 12″
* Wheelbase- 14.5″

The part number for the Ofna is #OFN14318, it is street priced at $369, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on the Ofna website.

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THE ECX Torment 4wd RTR SCT Review

ECX Torment 4wd SCT Review

ECX, while still a relatively “new” brand, has made quite the splash in the bashing market. Their original 2wd Torment short course truck proved to be a capable bash machine, as well as several other vehicles in their line-up. We’ve been driving one of their new 4wd Torment RTR SCTs for a few weeks to see how it stacks up. Is the 4wd worth the extra cash? How does it stack up to one of the toughest fields in all of rc (4wd SCT)? Can the new 4wd platform take a hit without breaking? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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ECX Torment 4x4 unboxing
Our full review of the ECX Torment 4wd SCT comes up later this week so it’s time for us to post the unboxing pictures. Take a look at the pictures below to see exactly what it looks like to crack the box open on a brand new Torment 4wd.

After we opened the box, we noticed that everything you need to get going is included. It comes with AAs for the transmitter, a charger, and the pack for the truck is already mounted in the battery tray. As you can see from the pictures, our test unit looked great right out of the box, but I can assure you it has been tested very hard since then. Look for our full review Thursday or Friday to find out if the Torment 4wd is a bash worthy machine.

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