There is nothing quite like a hot set of wheels to make your car/truck stand out, and that doesn’t matter if we are talking rc or your full size ride. The gang over at Gear Head RC have been regularly releasing highly detailed aluminum wheels for the scaling/trailing/crawling crowd and their latest is the 1.9 sized M-190 EZ-Loc. These are constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum right here in the USA and can help give your truck a cool new look. Their EZ-Loc beadlocks makes it easy to get the tires on, while their reversible design gives you two different offset options.
Drive- 12mm Hex
Weight- 3.5 oz each
The part number is #GEA19-08, they are street priced at $149 for a set of four, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on the RPP Hobby website.
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Our friends over at Axial Racing have announced new tires and wheels to give your rig even more performance and scale realism.
First up are the 1.9 BFGoodrich Krawler T/A tires in R35 Compound. These are nicely scaled down versions of what the big boys are running to win rock crawling championships and are made to fit most popular 1.9 wheels. These have a part number of #AX31093, they have a street price of $25, and they should start shipping sometime in mid June.
Their next set of tires are officially license Falken WildPeak MT 1.9s. The MT doesn’t stand for monster truck, it stands for Mud Terrain and they are designed for loads of traction in soft surfaces. These also come in sticky R35 compound and fit most popular 1.9 wheels. They have a part number of #AX31143, they are priced at $24, and these are available right now.
For wheels, the black Axial 1.9 Black Rock CRCs are made from high quality nylon and have that trick scale look everyone wants. They are made for use on 12mm hexes and are fully licensed by Black Rock. They have a part number of #AX31094, a street price of just $10 a pair, and are available right now.
Last up are 2.2 Walker Evans IFD Wheels in black. IFD means they come with Axial’s interchangeable face design and they are also a fully licensed version of their full size counterparts. A three piece beadlock is used and a plastic hub adapter eliminates the need for an aluminum hex hub. These have a part number of #AX31118, are street priced at $22, and you can get your hands on them right now.
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Axial New Wheel & Tire Gallery
To run the new high-zoot 2.4″ tires from Pro-Line you are going to need the appropriate wheels. No worries mate, as Pro-Line has announced VTR 2.4″ Front Wheels for an array of tenth scale race machines. The VTR wheels are larger in diameter and come with the 8th scale buggy style bead needed to run the latest generation of race tires.
The part number for Associated B4.2, B5, and Kyosho RB6 front VTR wheels is #2750-02 for yellow and #2750-04 for white. For TLR 22 VTR front wheels the part numbers are #2751-02 for yellow and #2751-04 for white. The part numbers for Associated B44.2 VTR front wheels is #2752-02 for yellow and #2752-04 for white. Pricing is $6 per pair and This Is The Link you want for more details over on Pro-Line’s website.
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Pro-Line VTR 2.4
The latest in trick Gear Head RC wheels for your scaler are 1.55″ Dirty Dozen Beadlocks. The Dirty Dozens are CNC machined out of 6061-T6 aluminum, come with black anodized beadlock rings, and should bump the bling factor of your rig up several notches out on the trail.
* 12mm hexes
* 1.55″ in size
* Offset: -0.23″
* Weigh 3 oz each
* Width with beadlock is 1.20″
The part number is #GEA15-04, they are street priced at $119 for a set of 4, and they are available right now. For more details Follow This Link over to the RPP website.
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Rogue Element Components has been making very trick aluminum parts for years. Sadly, that is about to come to an end as they are phasing out rc production and moving on to other things. However, they are still doing a limited number of releases, included their new Alloy Wheels & Nuts for the Tamiya Sand Scorcher, Rough Rider, and other SRBs. The latest edition of these wheels are sleeker, more scale in appearance, and have the high-end look that everyone wants.
Pricing is $120 per set and they are designed to use the stock Tamiya tires. To get more information on how to get your hands on a set, hit up This Link to head over to the official Rogue Elements website.
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The latest in uber performance wheels/tires for 1/10 scale buggies is the VTR 2.4″ line-up from Pro-Line. The VTR 2.4s have a larger diameter wheel giving the tire a shorter sidewall for better traction. The 8th scale type bead gives more surface area to glue to, resulting in less tires coming loose from the bead.
Now available in the VTR 2.4 line-up are Suburbs rear tires and Transistor 2wd & 4wd fronts. VTR rear wheels are also available in white and yellow. To get more information on all the products in the VTR 2.4 line-up simply Click This Link on Pro-Line’s website.
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Pro-Line VTR 2.4
Changing to better tires is commonly known as the best “Bang for the Buck” upgrade that you can do to any rc car. While the Vaterra Halix comes with decent tires, we are shooting for top-of-the-line with our project truck so better units were a must.
We consider Pro-Line Trenchers the best all around bashing tires that money can buy, so that’s exactly what we installed on our project truck. To be specific we went with part number #1170-12, Trenchers that came pre-mounted on Desperado 2.8″ wheels. Those particular units are the perfect size for the Halix, come in a long wearing M2 compound, have the proper size hex, and are only .1 oz heavier (6.1 oz stock, 6.2 oz for each Trencher/Desperado) than the stock units.
If you are noob to the hobby, changing out wheels & tires is the easiest mod you can perform. On the Halix all it takes is removing the four wheels nuts with the 4 way wrench that was included with the truck, mounting up the new kicks, and putting the four nuts back on, a process that takes under 5 minutes. A couple of tips for the noobs – make sure the hex on the axle is properly inserted into the wheel, and make sure the wheels nuts are re-installed very tightly to prevent them from working loose.
After installing the Trenchers our Halix had much more traction on dirt and grass surfaces. The big lugs on the Trenchers just love to chew up and spit out loamy dirt, and the Trenchers are equally good at finding traction on grass. The difference was night and day, and we highly recommend this upgrade for your Halix.
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Vaterra Halix w/ Pro-Line Trenchers
The folks over at Gear Head have announced some new BTR TT 1.9″ aluminum wheels for your scale rig. The 1.9s are officially licensed by BTR and are CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum. The BTR 1.9s come with black anodized beadlock rings to add to the scale authenticity.
* Weight- 3.1 oz
* Size- 1.9″
* Width- 1.15″
* 12mm hex
* Made in the USA
The part number is GEA19-06, street price is $159 for a set of four, and they are available right now for your bashing pleasure. To get more information hit up This Link over on the RPP Hobby website.
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RC4WD has a trick new set of aluminum wheels called Revolution. The Revolution wheels are 1.9 sized and have a unique design where you can personalize them with different colored trim rings. The trim rims are included and come in red, blue, black and white.
* Weight- 2.57oz
* 12mm hex
* Outer diameter- 1.9″
* Width- 1.02″
The part number is Z-W0168, a set of four has a street price of $139, and they are available right now. Hit up This link for complete information over on the RC4WD website.
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RC4WD Revolution Gallery
The crew over at DE Racing have announced new offsets for their Speedline series wheels. The offsets allow multiple new vehicles to be dialed with DE wheels. The new wheels fit-
* TLR 22-4 front
* Kyosho Laser ZX-5 front
* Durango DEX210 front & rear
* Durango DEX410 front & rear (also fits XRay XB4)
The initial production run offers both white and yellow colors, and you can get more information over on DE Racing’s Official Website.
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In the DE Racing press release it says “The world is colorful, drive accordingly.”. With DE Racing’s new wheels, your buggy or truck will certainly be one of the most colorful at the local bash spot.
The DE crew has announced four new colors for their Speedline series wheels- fluorescent green, orange, hot pink, and bright red. The new colors allow you to match your wheels to your paint scheme or to give it a completely new look.
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RC4WD creates a lot of great looking gear but their new Dick Cepek Gun Metal 7 wheels might be the best yet. These sharp looking 2.2″ internal beadlock wheels are officially licensed by Dick Cepek and have an amazing amount of scale detail. They look so good that even Cubby wants a set.
* CNC machined aluminum
* DC logo on wheel nut cover
* Outer diameter- 2.2″
* Width- 1.15″
* Uses standard 12mm hex
* Weight- 3.06oz each
The part number for the Dick Cepek wheels is #Z-W0170, they have a street price of $129 for a set of four, and you can get more information at This Link.
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RC4WD Dick Cepek Wheel Gallery
What are some of the trickest and most expensive wheels that you can buy for your short course truck? That would be the aluminum, fully licensed, Mickey Thompson Classic Lock wheels from RC4WD. Their aluminum design should help make them extra tough while out bashing and give them the ultimate in scale realism.
* Wheel Size- 2.2/3.0″
* Uses 12mm hex mount
* Silver finish
* Width- 1.48″
* Weight- 4.45oz each
* Includes two different hub offsets (Slash front, Slash rear)
* Fits Slash, Slash 4×4, Associated 4×4, HPI Blitz & others
These fine wheels have a part number of Z-W0145, they have a street price of $59 per pair, and they are available right now. To get more of the scoop simply click This Link.
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RC4WD Short Course Wheel Gallery