A Quick History of Tamiya’s Solid-Axle Monster Trucks

A Quick History of Tamiya’s Solid-Axle Monster Trucks

With the news of the TXT-2 Agrios, we thought it fitting to take a look back at the history of Tamiya’s “true” monster trucks, the 1/10-scale, solid-axle behemoths that have roamed the earth wearing the distinctive double-star logo since 1987.


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The original RC monster truck. When it was released in 1987, the Clod Buster instantly became one of the most popular trucks in the hobby and set the solid-axle template for years to come. The aftermarket supported the Clod with an array of option parts so deep that it was possible to build a “Clod Buster” that barely contained any actual Tamiya parts. Today, the Clod lives on as the basis for countless crawler builds and high-riding monster customs. You can still get a Clod Buster today, now dubbed the Super Clod. It’s essentially the classic Clod Buster with a few color and styling tweaks.


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The Clod got a new set of clothes in 1990 and was dressed as a chrome-piped semi. It has since been re-released by Tamiya, and is a current model. Woo-hoo!


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The Jugg had a very short run by any standard, and especially by Tamiya standards. The original Jugg was quickly supplanted by the Juggernaut 2 (which fixed a problem the OG Jugg had with premature gear-wear), and the truck remains one of the prettiest monsters ever. It’s also very unique, in that it features leaf springs and independent dampers instead of coil-over shocks.


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Tamiya Extreme Truck One. With an aluminum chassis inspired by then-RCCA-editor Kevin Hetmanski, a new four-link, cantilevered-shock suspension, and even-beefier versions of the Jugg 2’s strengthened axles, the TXT-1 landed as Tamiya’s ultimate expression of monster truck performance and all-terrain capability.


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A smaller wheel and tire package, short-course styling, and a hybrid aluminum/plastic chassis distinguish the TXT-2 from the TXT-1. There’s no better way to get to know Tamiya’s latest monster than by following along with Tamiya’s own online build. We’ll show off our own step-by-step TXT-2 build here at RCCA.com, stay tuned!

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Updated: May 10, 2013 — 12:26 PM
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