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Old 10-02-2007, 08:08 AM   #1
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Default T-Maxx Guide

If you are in the market to purchase a Remote Control (RC) and thinking about a T-Maxx here is some helpful info:

T-Maxx or E-Maxx hmm

E-Maxx: Everything a T-Maxx is except for the time and headaches of a nitro (gas) burning truck. Just charge and you are ready, vice adjusting the fuel mixtures everyday with the changing temperaturs.

My son is 12, and his 1st RC was a T-Maxx. We both ran them at the same time because it needed to be tweeked everytime. Finally I broke down and picked up and E-Maxx for him. Best thing I could have done, just charge it up and he could run it anytime without me around.

T-Maxx: Even the Pro .15 T-maxx is a good starter. The Pro .15 has the smaller yet durable engine. The way to tell the visual difference between the Pro .15 and the newer version 2.5 is the throttle linkage setup. With the older version Pro.15 the throttle linkage comes straight back over the trani onto the side of the carburater. The 2.5 has a side post sitting offset of the trani with another linkage going to the carb.

The Pro .15 is set up with a little narrower wheel width. The 2.5 or the sport maxx has the wider stance for a little better handling.

Can a Pro.15 be converted into a 2.5 version? Yes, you would have to either a) Purchase a new 2.5 chassy with the side post throttle bolt holes or b) you could try and drill out the holes on your older chassy(It can be done, just a little more of a pain)

2nd: Pick up the 2.5 motor, and then you can buy the throttle linkage required to fit the newer motor(all over ebay).

3rd: Pick up the wider A-arms upper and lower along with the wider control arms(all over ebay)

Items I have done with parts off ebay: I have built a complete t-maxx with used or new parts. From a 2 wheel drive (sport maxx) then into a sand dragster built for running straight in dirt.

If you are looking for a good used t-maxx the biggest item to worry about is the motor, anything over 7 or more gallons of fuel ran thru them without being rebuilt needs to be rebuilt. If you have a t-maxx with a longer extended chassy, that means the motor shaft is longer and the chassy had to be pushed back away from the trani to fit. Some good, some bad depending on what your plan is.

For just daily runs and fun time running, the 2.5 or the pro .15 motors are dependable. I have also had good luck with the megatech .16 engines, which is a good drop-in replacement for the .15 traxxas motor.

For the ease of rebuilding t-maxx's, they are pretty easy to do. If you pick one up needing repairs even better, then you can build it and see how easy they are to work on.

For me, the hardest thing to do is adjusting the trani shift points. I always forget which way to turn the screw.

...read the full guide with pics here
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i just bought a t-maxx. it has the .21 conversion on it. i dont know what version is though? i need to order some parts and a screw kit, and need to know what to buy. thanks
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