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ESP Zilla 2 Monster Jam Throwback [READER’S RIDE]

ESP Zilla 2 Monster Jam Throwback [READER’S RIDE]

Reader’s Rides is sponsored by PRO-LINE. Click for the latest gear! Chris Nissen submitted this truck along with a vintage Clod on behalf of his buddy Jeff DeWitt. We showcased Jeff’s truck last week, but Chris’ is deserving of its own moment in the spotlight. He identifies it nominally as an ESP Zilla 2, but […]
Weather-Worn Drag Slash [READER’S RIDE]

Weather-Worn Drag Slash [READER’S RIDE]

Reader’s Rides is sponsored by PRO-LINE. Click for the latest gear! There’s just something about the mix of junk-yard beater truck looks mixed with serious ¼-mile hardware that appealed to us about Keith Brewer’s Slash. The body is Pro-Line’s 1966 Ford Stepside which Keith mounted low over a 2wd Slash chassis. He replaced the suspension […]

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Kong Gone Wild! – Tamiya Konghead/Wild Willy Hybrid [READER’S RIDE]

Kong Gone Wild! – Tamiya Konghead/Wild Willy Hybrid [READER’S RIDE]

Reader’s Rides is sponsored by PRO-LINE. Click for the latest gear! When Tamiya announced its G601 chassis Konghead 6×6 Steven Arnold of Tasmania, Australia knew he would have to build the crazy crossbreed you see here. He had previously converted a Wild Willy 2 to ride on the 4×4 GF01 from the Bullhead, so he knew how […]
South West Monster Shop KK2 Stone Crushes It [READER’S RIDE]

South West Monster Shop KK2 Stone Crushes It [READER’S RIDE]

Reader’s Rides is sponsored by PRO-LINE. Click for the latest gear! We dig the recent trend toward ultra-scale RC monster trucks patterned after Monster Jam competition trucks that’s been happening lately. David Napier’s truck is a perfect example—patterned after the Super Duty Ford-bodied “Stone Crusher.” Its based on a South West Monster Shop KK2 chassis […]

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Hot Rod Streeeetch-job ’32 Ford [READERS RIDE]

Hot Rod Streeeetch-job ’32 Ford [READERS RIDE]

Scott Lempert tells us the inspiration for this build came from a 1/8-scale Monogram engine kit that was given to him by a friend. The ‘50s-era 312 Y-block motor had the option for a wild direct crank-driven Potvin supercharger, but fitting it in a hot rod would mean an extended frame chassis, so Scott scratch-built […]
HPI RS4 Porsche Land Shark [READER’S RIDE]

HPI RS4 Porsche Land Shark [READER’S RIDE]

With its list of upgrades, Don Almeido’s RS4—based on the Sport 3 Flux Falken Porsche kit—is ready to take a bite out of stock touring cars. First up were HPI’s carbon fiber front and rear shock towers and center drive shaft cover. The shaft itself was replaced with an Exotek Racing aluminum unit, along with […]

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GCM Jeep JK Wrangler [READER’S RIDE]

GCM Jeep JK Wrangler [READER’S RIDE]

Scott Lempert started with a a GCM Tiny Trucks J2 chassis skeleton kit especially developed to fit Chinese Jeep JK bodies that have shown up over the last couple years on eBay. For power he chose a Holmes Hobbies 16T Crawlmaster Pro with a Castle speed control. He dressed it up with extra hood detail […]
Castle Creations Rock Ready Sensored BL Motors [VIDEO]

Castle Creations Rock Ready Sensored BL Motors [VIDEO]

From Castle Creations: Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESCs) and BLDC motors for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, has been providing award winning brushless sensorless motors to R/C enthusiasts worldwide for more than a decade. In response to overwhelming […]

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TTR Ripper Pro Clod Buster [READER’S RIDE]

TTR Ripper Pro Clod Buster [READER’S RIDE]

Justin Chaffin credits his friend James Merrill with helping him bring his vision for a shaft-driven Thunder Tech Racing Ripper Pro to life. James machined a mount for the SCX10 transmission along with aluminum upper links and new cross-members to widen the chassis. He also added TTR’s delrin with carbon fiber lower links. Castle Creations […]
Custom 6×6 Crawler [READER’S RIDE]

Custom 6×6 Crawler [READER’S RIDE]

Getting a custom 6×6 truck to have the efficiency and range of motion to be a fully capable crawler can be a challenge, but Daniel Anguita wasn’t interested in a shelf-queen, so he put the work in. He grafted two sets of Axial SCX10 frame rails together with aluminum braces for the truck’s backbone. He […]

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“Wart Hog” Axial SMT10 Monster Truck [READER’S RIDE]

“Wart Hog” Axial SMT10 Monster Truck [READER’S RIDE]

Jimmy Louis had been waiting years for a decent tube-frame monster truck to come out, so when Axial released their SMT10 he knew he had to have it. He dubbed his “The Warthog” and stuffed it with a Castle Creations SCT controller with a 3600kV motor. He added Boom Racing Type G piggyback shocks with […]
Axial Wraith-based Trail Rig [READER’S RIDE]

Axial Wraith-based Trail Rig [READER’S RIDE]

Jason Hope sent us these pics of his new trail rig overlooking the ocean near his home in Pacifica, CA. Its an Axial Wraith with a custom polished aluminum frame and cage.  Power comes via an HPI 15t motor run by a Castle Creations Sidewinder controller. It rolls on metal beadlock wheels with Pro-Line 2.3 […]
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