BvMark Houlahan

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0 MATTER WHAT OUR wheeling passion is, be it rock-crawling, trail riding, or mud bogging, there's no doubt we do it to have fun and let off a little steam. But you don't always need a fullsize 4x4 to have fun off-road. Sometimes you can have just as much fun on a smaller-scale, around Via or Vs scale, to be exact.

We're talking about hobby-grade radio-controlled (RC) trucks, not the cheap 10-mph hard plastic toys you see at the local Wally World. These are the hard-hitting RCs that have oil-filled shocks, lockers, aluminum bits, rubber tires with beadlocks, and power to spare! They're the kinds of RC trucks that your friends will be begging to try out the next time you're out on the trail.

Hobby-grade RC trucks are very realistic, offering brand recognition so that you can continue to wave the flag for your favorite ride (Ford, GM, Jeep, and so on). The same can be said for their tires, with licensed rockcrawling and off-road tires from Pit Bull, BFGoodrich, Maxxis, Yokohama, and others.

Getting into the RC hobby is a lot of fun, and there are many upgrades, such as shocks and springs, more powerful engines and motors (both nitro- and elec tric-powered RC trucks), wheels and tires, bodies, and much more. These upgrade parts can easily make your RC truck ready for competition or just a dead-on clone of your full-scale trail ride.

What we've gathered here is just a little taste of the off-road RC hobby with some photos and details of the most popular offerings in the most popular classes-monster truck, short course truck, crawler, and stadium truck. There's plenty of off-road action to be found with these ready-to-run (RTR) models, and you can find them at your nearest hobby shop or online. So check out these scale beauties, and don't be afraid to get them dirty, because they'll take even less time to clean than your full-size rig—we guarantee it!

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The top dog of monster trucks is Hobby Products International's Savage lineup (top, right) and is available in both nitro big-block power (2.9 hp In just 0.28 ci of displacement) and in quiet and efficient electric power. The Savage electric models include the Flux 2360 and Flux HP, both powered by brushless motors and dual battery packs for 14V of wheelie-inducing power. The Savage isn't the only monster truck in town. RC stalwart Traxxas (middle, right)has its own monster truck, the Revo. The Revo can be had In 3.3 nitro and E-Revo brushless electric power models. Team Associated's Monster GT 8.0 (bottom, right) is another viable candidate for a tough monster truck and comes with an insane O.SOci engine.

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We've all seen the huge monster trucks crashing through campers and jumping over cars. These '/a-scate monster RCs are huge, weighing 10 pounds or more. These mammoth trucks have the power (either nitro or electric) to move north of 45 mph! From jumping and tricks to just kicking up the dirt, monster trucks are a lot of super-sized fun.

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