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Maximum Domination – Traxxas Maxx Upgrade Parts Guide

Maximum Domination – Traxxas Maxx Upgrade Parts Guide

The Traxxas X-Maxx completely broke the mold when it was first unleashed to the RC world. Its impressive size, strength and speed quickly redefined the monster truck genre. After dominating just about every place it’s been run, Traxxas is back at it again with the new Maxx. The new Maxx is a completely new go-fast […]
A New Look: Color Matching Your Plastics

A New Look: Color Matching Your Plastics

Getting your car or truck to look exactly as you intend on it to depends greatly on what color parts manufacturers offer. If you’re going for a replica of the Bigfoot monster truck, orange suspension parts just won’t do. If you’re trying to recreate a touring car that requires yellow wheels when your wheels are […]

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Replace a Suspension Arm

Replace a Suspension Arm

Go from “broke” to “back in action” in no time When you build your car or truck from a kit, a broken part is no big deal. After putting together everything yourself, it’s easy to spot what broke and figure out how to fix it. But for many RTR guys, something as simple and common […]
Flashback: Touring ’90s Style

Flashback: Touring ’90s Style

When touring cars first blew up in the late ’90s, Tamiya’s Manta Ray–based TA01 and TA02 4WD cars were the order of the day. Unlike today’s competition tourers, those TAs wore bodies based on full-size cars racing in the German and British Touring Car race series, and the starting grids of the RC races were […]

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Get Wet! RC Boating Get-Started Guide

Get Wet! RC Boating Get-Started Guide

RC boats look fast and fun from the shore, but they can seem foreign if you’ve never run on water before. But don’t worry—we’re here to demystify marine RC for you. We’ll explain a few basic concepts about boats—the different hull types, and how and where they work best—to help you pick your ideal first […]
Get Into Gas! What You Need to Know Before You Go Large-Scale

Get Into Gas! What You Need to Know Before You Go Large-Scale

Ask any RC fan to name the cars in their fantasy fleet, and you can bet they’ll tick off at least one 1/5-scale ride. Who can resist a super-sized RC car or truck that stretches 3 feet or more from bumper to bumper, with a 2-stroke engine liberated from a chain saw spinning the tires? […]

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Complete Nitro Power Get-Started Guide

Complete Nitro Power Get-Started Guide

RC cars and trucks look more realistic than ever, but until we’re all driving electric full-scale cars, battery-powered models are still highly unrealistic in the way they’re powered. For a truly realistic RC experience (in terms of technology instead of looks), nothing beats driving an RC machine with a real piston-pounding, fuel-burning engine under the […]
Crush the Comp: Here’s How to Set Up Your Solid-Axle Monster Truck

Crush the Comp: Here’s How to Set Up Your Solid-Axle Monster Truck

There are a lot of adjustments available on today’s solid-axle monster trucks and being able to take advantage of those settings and get the setup just right for conditions can give you an advantage over your competitor. In this guide, I’ll talk about adjustments that are available on solid-axle monster trucks and what they will […]

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Turn two standard cab bodies into one sweet crew cab

Turn two standard cab bodies into one sweet crew cab

When it comes to a scale appearance, there’s nothing better than an injection-molded body, which is often referred to as a “hard body.” The details are crisp, and it’s something that can never be matched by Lexan. There aren’t too many injection-molded bodies out there due to the cost required to produce them and the […]
Keep Your Bearings Smooth in 3 Easy Steps

Keep Your Bearings Smooth in 3 Easy Steps

Ball bearings are a vital part of RC cars. Most of us abuse them day after day with little to no maintenance, and they keep on allowing our wheels to spin freely. Have you ever noticed your car pulling to one direction but your steering trim and toe are set perfectly straight? The culprit may […]

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Off-road or on-road?

How To Select Your First Car

One of the best things about RC is the incredible variety of vehicles there is to choose from. But how do you pick the one car or truck for you out of so many great choices? All you have to do is ask yourself …   The big three questions When selecting that first car […]
How to Rebuild Shocks

How to Rebuild Shocks

Few components work as hard on an off-road vehicle as the shocks. Whether they’re countering cornering loads, softening bump forces, or soaking up jump landings, the shocks are always pumping away. That’s why it’s important to keep them in tip-top shape with fresh seals and fluid. Rebuilding them is easy and will give your car […]
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