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Sep 26, 2009

Our New Traxxas Revo 3.3

RC vehicles are yet another way to simulate the thrill and adventure of the real thing at a safer level and lower cost. With much of the same features, but a smaller scale, these little rigs are really a thrill(on a smaller scale of course). They combine the sound and smell of a real gas engine with impressive speed and can travel across rough terrain that would be impossible to achieve when scaled up. A number of years ago a friend of mine had a T-Maxx that I thought had to be one of the coolest little machines on the planet. 4-wheel drive, gas powered, fast and strong. He was jumping off of the 4 foot loading dock without a worry and pulling wheelies when he accelerated. While the T-Maxx is still available, the Revo is the new bad boy on the block, and the 3.3 is yet another step up from the 2.5 Revo. We looked at some electric powered vehicles because of their simplicity, but finally decided that for what we wanted to use it for, the gas power and larger tires of the Revo 3.3 would suit us much better. The 3.3 produces %50 to %60 more horsepower than the 2.5 and reaches a top speed of 45mph. The suspension on this thing is a real thing of beauty though and is what really sets it apart from the older T-Maxx. It uses rocker arms and the springs are mounted horizontally allowing travel that is not limited by the length of the spring. The stance is wider and has a lower center of gravity as well. All the components are really top notch including a 2 speed forward and a reverse gear transmission, disc brake, sealed drivelines and much more. It is really impressive to hold and realize just how big it is too, the tires are tall and the suspension offers a full 120mm of travel! Unfortunately we have not been able to drive it much yet because of the break-in time needed and the charging time required on the batteries. The shop we bought it from stayed late and did the initial break-in for us which consisted basically of running one tank of gas through at no more that 1/4 throttle with varied rpm's. A full break in takes 5 tanks of gas increasing the throttle and speed each time. They claim a full break-in can be done between and hour and an hour and a half, so a tank of gas goes pretty quick. We'll run the final 3 tanks through tomorrow and then get some drive time somewhere before we take it down to Moab/Caineville in a week and a half and give it some real action. I have a feeling it will be a fun way to kill some time between rides. Here's a few pics we took while it was still fresh out of the box.

7 comments:

  1. Sweet! That machine looks quite powerful!

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  2. wow! looks great! im very jealous...

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  3. Looks cool, I am going to have to check it out!

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  4. Yea, it should be fun to play with down in White Wash and Caineville next week. We put the optional long travel rocker arms and springs on it a few days ago so it sits a little higher now and has 30mm more travel. It's a little more tippy for racing etc., but should be better for the big stuff we'll drive it on. I'm still debating on trying to mount the helmet cam on it. I might try it and then be real careful to not roll it over or something.?

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  5. i also have an rc monster truck and a rc plane. these toys are great and fun. it takes away stress if you play it during sundays with barbecue's.

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  6. That RC car sure is a beauty! The smiles on the youngsters faces tells the story. These kids are having some serious fun with dad!

    It would be fun to scale something like this up into a two seater, almost like an Ariel Atom off roader. Now that would be quite the little car, wont it!

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