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Monster Truck Madness – Offsetting Penalties

Wheel offset is a very important choice when it comes to solid axle monster truck building and setup. In some cases it not only affects performance, but determines whether you can even turn the wheels or not! Until just a few years ago, monster truckers had to make due with stock Tamiya Clod and TXT-1 wheels. This meant getting creative to [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Kickin’ it Old Skool

Chances are, if you follow any of the scale r/c pages on social media, you’ve probably come across a cool looking “old skool” styled solid axle monster truck or two. Retro solid axle monster trucks started gaining popularity in the mid 2000’s, and now they are really big. For many long time fans such as myself, it’s a way to re-live [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Completely Overdriven

Brief plug before we get started here – last week I guested on the Radio Impound Podcast! It was a blast talking r/c monsters with hosts Jason Ruona and Gotti Jr.! We discussed my work with Big Squid RC, my monster truck club Trigger King and my time in the full scale monster truck industry. You can check it out [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Gearing an Axial SMT10

One of the first questions an Axial SMT10 owner asks themselves after upgrading the power plant is “How should I gear this?” There are a several ways to approach the question, depending on your battery cell count, tire selection and intended use. For the premise of this post, I’m going to assume that you are running bigger-than-stock Clod sized tires, aka [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - A Look at the JConcepts Ford Raptor …

JConcepts officially debuted their upcoming Ford Raptor Race Truck Body at the Bigfoot 4×4 Open House a couple weeks back, and I was lucky enough to score a pre-release version! I’ve just finished it up and before I head into battle, I wanted to give you a look. I have it mounted to my Pro Modified Axial SMT10, which sits at [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - What If Traxxas Made a Solid Axle Mo…

In years past, the thought of Traxxas doing a solid axle monster truck would’ve been completely preposterous. The caretaker of the T-Maxx and Stampede would have zero interest in a project like that, right? I remember hearing the same talk as it pertained to Traxxas doing a proper scaler as well, and we see how that turned out. I think the [...]

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Monster Truck Madness: BIGFOOT Open House Coverage

It’s Tuesday and I’m still recovering from Saturday’s BIGFOOT Open House. That means it was a good day! The day saw several full size monster truck car crushes, some retro monster truck racing, lots of show vehicles and a big r/c solid axle monster truck race! We had a 2 hour rain delay, but the moment the skies let up the trucks [...]

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JConcepts Shows Off New Monster Truck Bodies

Earlier today, the folks at BIGFOOT 4×4 hosted their annual Open House. As has been the case the last few years, r/c monster truck racing has been part of the festivities. This year’s event was also a stop on the JConcepts Monster Truck Tour, and the company did not disappoint when it came to showing off new wares. They debuted their [...]

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Monster Truck Madness: All Aboard for BIGFOOT Open House

This Saturday, June 2nd, is the BIGFOOT Open House in Pacific, MO! If you are a fan of monster trucks, it’s an event you won’t want to miss out on. BIGFOOT will be doing car crushes with several of their modern race vehicles and there will also be an old school leaf truck race! They will also have several classic [...]

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Monster Truck Madness: Flag Chat

Greetings folks, we are alllllmost to Memorial Weekend. And with that, I wanted to chat about flags. Scale flags, actually. Before we do that though, if you haven’t noticed over the last few weeks, Monster Truck Madness is now a weekly blog! Big thanks and good luck to our new guy Jeremy Griffith for taking over the Friday Scalin’ feature. He’s [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Upgrade that Servo

When you start talking true 1/10+ size monster trucks, there is not an upgrade on the market that will be more noticeable than a quality steering servo. The bigger the tires get, the better of an upgrade this is. My criteria for judging whether a servo is good or not is fairly simple – can it turn the tires with ease [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – RH Designs Wheelie Bar for the SMT10

If you have an Axial SMT10 monster truck and decide to upgrade the power plant, a wheelie bar had best be on your list as well. To be more specific, an RH Designs Wheelie Bar. The RH Designs Wheelie Bar (retails for $45) was developed by friend and fellow monster truck racer Ross Hinshaw. He got tired of doing unnecessary rear [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #26 – Come Race at BIGFOOT Open House!

The gang at BIGFOOT 4×4 is putting on their annual Open House in Pacific, MO, and they are also holding a big solid axle monster truck race that my club, Trigger King R/C, is managing. Whether you wanna come and see the full size monsters crush cars or try your hand at some r/c monster trucking, it’s gonna be a [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Flex Appeal

One of the biggest mistakes that a noob can make when first getting into crawling is thinking that suspension flex is the name of the game. It’s not. I mean, of course you need to have SOME articulation, but having 5″ shocks and the ability to rest a front tire comfortably on a Coke can while the rear sits on the [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Overdrive / Underdrive and You

Whenever you wanna get really serious about fine-tuning the way your scale crawler handles, overdrive and underdrive gearing is something you absolutely should look into. I know that this can be confusing for some, so here’s a quick explanation for how it works. Overdrive (OD) and underdrive (UD) are measured by using the stock ring and pinion as a baseline. OD [...]

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