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Old 05-17-2006, 07:33 PM   #1
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Default T-Maxx... worth the 'hop-ups'?

Hi everyone. I'm a total n00b.... I bought a 2.5 T-Maxx about 4 weeks ago. I have since ditched the 2.5 motor and dropped in a 3.3 (huge difference ) I originally bought the truck to have something to mess around with in the yard, etc. Well, the R/C bug has bit me and it bit HARD! I'm so addicted to this that it is sickening. What started out as something to "play" with in the backyard has turned in to me wanting to join the local race clubs, spend every dime I have on this hobby, etc.

Anyway, to get to the point of this thread... Although I am new to this, I have a HUGE competitive streak that I am cursed with. No matter what hobby I get involved in, I become very competitive. So, in my quest to prep my lil' T-Maxx for the track, I am wondering if it's even worth it? More specifically, I am considering getting this setup http://unlimitedengineering.com/race_susp.shtml
but not sure if its even worth it considering I can probably get a Revo for the same price, or even a buggy for that matter. What do you guys think?

Now, I know driver skill is a factor and I am working on that, but with my stock suspension and stock wheel/tire combo, the truck seems to be riding on ice at my local track. I'm not the best driver, but damn.. There has to be something better. Maybe start with different tires? I've been eyeing the bow-ties...

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-17-2006, 07:47 PM   #2
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Before you dump any more coin into this...
Don't take the wrong way, but if you want to race in the MT division even at club level the Revo or LST2 are the trucks to have.

Just hate seeing guys dump $1000 into a Tmaxx and the thing still isn't in the same ballfield as a stock revo or losi truck.

Sorry bro, but the rc bug bites hard and if you gonna dump money into it, do it into a recent vehicle. The tmaxx and savage are great bashers but to race and be competitive is another story.

And if you want some of the most fun racing in rc check out a truggy/arena truck if they race in your area. Like the hotbodies lightning stadium pro or the ofna truck.
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Old 05-17-2006, 07:57 PM   #3
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thanks man! Definitely not taken the wrong way. I kinda figured the T-Maxx was basically an 'intro' type of truck hence my question if it was even worth getting upgrades for it. I would feel "silly" spending over $600 in suspension just to get it somewhat close to the handling of a Revo. I even considered going the buggy route, but my motivation seems to be in the MT field.

Thanks again for the input!
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:08 PM   #4
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holy crap... those truggy vehicles look like a lot of fun!! Hmm... I came across an HPI Hellfire... any good?
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:10 PM   #5
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if your gonna get a truggy get the Jammin or the kyosho, mugen is also coming out with a new truck. the HPI is more of a bashing car rather than racing.
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:29 PM   #6
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Are Revos considered a Truggy?
Sorry to sound so damn lame...
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:53 PM   #7
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I've not seen any hellfires in person. I have seen both the lightning trucks and the ofna trucks. They are very impressive and both get around the track very well. I've drivin the lightning a bit and it was very much fun and easy to drive.

The revo is a straight up monster truck. Not the same class as the truggies/arena trucks.

Not lame at all. Better to ask questions and make a well informed decision when it's time to buy.
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:21 AM   #8
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As a racer who has dumped lots of money into a tmaxx, and race, and can beat revos, they can compete, but for the same price as your upgrades, you can get a damn near ready to race revo, just needs a motor, and some other hop-ups,(rdracing(no affiliation)), and setback arms and you are set. The Racerx, which I assume you are looking at is great, but again, it is a lot of money, and if you are going to go that route, get the rear setback arms instead of the regular rears helps with the wheelies you will be popping, and you will need to upgrade difffs, and sdriveshafts as well with a bigger motor. If money is not an object, build the maxx, but for all practical purposes, spend your money on a revo, there are going to be WAY more parts at races for the revo, as I have seen 1 other T-maxx at any sort of competitve level, and my buddy races that other maxx and has seen 1 other supermaxx in the northwest. If you really want to race, get an 1/8 scale stadium truck, they have the speed and tunability of a buggy, and all the great features of a monster truck, or a revo, or lst2 (courevogh)
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stay totally awayfrom kyosho like its a ticking bomb......they are the worst vehicles ever invented.....

dude i bet my savage will kik ur tmaxx's ass from here to the moon......mines a crossbread......halfracer half basher.....5mm thick chassis each side,racing spring setup,wing,all of the stuff u name it......high revving competition engine....hell everything on it is just insane AND its got abit of blingage too

sell ur tmaxx and get a savage X or even better a 4.6 SS KIT and get all the hops aswell.....VVEEEEEERRRRYYYY good.....i was bashing with this guy with a tmaxx with the 3.3 and i got a .21 in my sav and it weights nearly twice asmuch and i thrashed him in a 40 metre drag race...i would love to see how he would go on a track...NIL8DU is my number plate....u might understand y hehehehehe
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wow are you serious? Kyosho has some of the best cars ever. all you do is talk crap about other cars and say that your savage is the best..
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Thanks for all of the advice guys! I really appreciate it. I ended up getting a Sportwerks Mayhem ST for 3 basic reasons. 1. My local hobby shop supports them (very knowledgeable about these things), stocks parts for them, etc. 2. It seems to be pretty nice right out of the box, plus it came with a Spektrum DX2 radio system. 3. I was very close to going the buggy route, but my aspiration seems to be in the MT world, thus my decision to go with a 'truggy'.

The only thing I can't get past is the Mayhem ST is one ugly a$$ looking truck. The body makes it look like a toy from Walmart.

Thanks again guys!! I'm glad you guys pointed me in the 'truggy' direction. It seems like it's going to a lot of fun!
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