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

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

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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 he tells us about the only thing left from the original ESP kit are the lower chassis hoops. He fabricated new frame rails to accept Freestyle RC swaybars, and designed a lower ride height shock mount along with a wheelie bar setup. He machined his own 4-link setup too—1/2in. square stock for the uppers with a pocket for the rod end from the swaybar and turned down to match the diameter of the lower links, which were made from 3/8in round stock. Steering uses a CPE vertical mount and custom HD linkages using RC4WD rod ends. The machined gearboxes, axle braces, and knuckles are from Hesse, and Hot Racing supplied the axle tubes. A pair of Castle SW3’s and 5700kv motors power the truck with juice from a Gens Ace 2S 7400mAh LiPo. The shocks are Team Associated V2 big bores, with JConcepts wheels, tires and beadlock rings.

ESP Zilla 2, Monster Truck, Monster Jam, Chevy, Excaliber, Freestyle RC, CPE, RC4WD, Hesse, Hot Racing, Castle Creations, Gens Ace, Team Associated, JConcepts

 

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ESP Zilla 2, Monster Truck, Monster Jam, Chevy, Excaliber, Freestyle RC, CPE, RC4WD, Hesse, Hot Racing, Castle Creations, Gens Ace, Team Associated, JConcepts ESP Zilla 2, Monster Truck, Monster Jam, Chevy, Excaliber, Freestyle RC, CPE, RC4WD, Hesse, Hot Racing, Castle Creations, Gens Ace, Team Associated, JConcepts ESP Zilla 2, Monster Truck, Monster Jam, Chevy, Excaliber, Freestyle RC, CPE, RC4WD, Hesse, Hot Racing, Castle Creations, Gens Ace, Team Associated, JConcepts ESP Zilla 2, Monster Truck, Monster Jam, Chevy, Excaliber, Freestyle RC, CPE, RC4WD, Hesse, Hot Racing, Castle Creations, Gens Ace, Team Associated, JConcepts

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Updated: February 22, 2018 — 12:46 PM
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