Are you able to make a Traxxas X-Maxx greater and badder than it already comes from the manufacturing facility? When you requested the nice folks over at RPM R/C Merchandise that query, the reply you’d get is a convincing, YES! There most likely isn’t a single RC automobile on the market that they’ll’t improve.
As we discovered just a few points in the past after we took Traxxas’ spectacular X-Maxx monster truck out for a bash session, the beast strikes earth like no one’s enterprise. Actually after we drove it at excessive pace previous ourselves, a lot of the terrain it inherently dug up because it blasted by ended up in our faces and caught in our hair. It’s that highly effective and that’s the field inventory X-Maxx we’re speaking about.
Now take the monstrosity that’s the X-Maxx and improve it to do approach crazier issues and the result’s what you see right here. Oscar Trevizo, the proprietor of the featured X-Maxx went to city on his X-Maxx with a laundry record of upgrades, nearly all of that are from RPM R/C Merchandise. As a precision plastic mould making and injection molding firm, RPM has been within the RC trade for the reason that mid-80s. For near forty years, RPM has lent their design, engineering and manufacturing experience to bettering among the most beloved RC autos available on the market.
With their eye on growing each the efficiency and reliability of the X-Maxx, it made sense to accomplice up with Trevizo to see what they might do to beef up his X-Maxx. How do you get to work with a revered firm like RPM to develop elements for widespread RC platforms? By politely asking, after all. We’ll let Trevizo fill you in on how he acquired on the observe to constructing this brute and the way he ended up enlisting RPM’s assist.
Trevizo tells us, “The X-Maxx began life as the unique first batch of 6s X-Maxx’s launched to the Market between December 2015 and January 2016. This was particular to me for just a few causes. One it could be my first Traxxas to personal and second it could be on a completely new platform from Traxxas. So I used to be tremendous excited to personal it. I knew This truck had extra to supply so I ditched the inventory esc and motor as many others had been experiencing fires and opted for a 1/5 scale setup. I then proceeded to run it on 8s and fell in love with its energy and traits.
“As per normal whenever you enhance the ability of a automobile, it’s often a good time to improve different parts that want modification or an improve too. Sadly there wasn’t many firms making upgrades for the X-Maxx simply but. So I reached out to the workforce over at RPM and launched myself and made just a few strategies for the X-Maxx. They kindly accepted my strategies. I then supplied my X-Maxx in the event that they wanted one to design elements and properly, that’s how my journey began with RPM. I’ve since developed a friendship with Richard and Atticus over at RPM. They deal with me as a part of the RPM R/C Merchandise household.”
As strong because the truck is, Trevizo together with the workforce at RPM did see just a few parts that they needed to push even additional. As Trevizo factors out, “A novel facet of my X-Maxx is that all the present elements RPM presents for the mannequin have all been designed, check fitted off this explicit X-Maxx. I’ve been working first batch RPM elements for years and have but to interrupt a single one.
“My X-Maxx is not any shelf queen. Nothing fallacious with that, I identical to sending my X-Maxx. With all of the RPM elements put in, I really feel assured in bashing and working it. Through the years, Traxxas supplied an influence improve, which included an new ESC, Cush Drive, beefier out drives and axles. In addition to redesigned differential gears. I opted for the upgraded energy system and now it’s absolutely 8s succesful.”
The X-Maxx is already an engineering marvel direct from the manufacturing facility. We’d be remiss if we didn’t level out that beneath the pores and skin of the X-Maxx lays engineering meant for not solely highly effective efficiency, however longevity and safety too. A composite nylon tub formed chassis shields vital parts such because the transmission and electronics from harm.
The transmission itself can also be designed to shrug off onerous situations and supply every thing you demand it to. It’s fitted with what Traxxas calls a shock-absorbing Cush Drive. Cush Drive, which was initially created for his or her 100 mile-per-hour succesful XO-1 Supercar. This transmission is able to sending nice a great deal of energy on to its Torque-Biasing Heart Drive.
The Torque-Biasing Heart Drive is made to soak up shocks which will shock the driveline. It additionally distributes energy to all 4 wheels seamlessly by way of strong sealed differentials. We may go on and on concerning the unbelievable engineering work that Traxxas poured into the X-Maxx, like we stated earlier than, this factor is a beast.
Looking at a collection of used elements that Trevizo confirmed us, we may see that certainly his X-Maxx just isn’t a shelf queen. It might have been cleaned up for this text’s photoshoot, however the bashed up elements he displayed reveals that the truck has seen loads of motion. Trevizo mentions, “As you possibly can see from the scruffed up black elements, my truck has been loved thouroughly. We determined to step up our sport and present this X-Maxx some love with a contemporary set of RPM R/C Merchandise elements in addition to just a few others to make it journal worthy.”
The truck is motivated by a strong Fortress Creations 2028 800kv Sensored Motor that’s teamed up with a Fortress Creations Mamba X 8s ESC. The mix can thrust the X-Maxx from a standstill to a blur in a blink of the attention. Contemplating the truck’s mass, that’s saying rather a lot about this motor and ESC combo. He continues, “RPM is understood for providing a number of shade choices on some off their elements and we took this chance to indicate case as many blue elements as doable. We additionally teamed up with Fortress Creations to offer it additional energy and a strong high quality sensored system. Paired with a CNC machined Afrolucha Motor mount.” Notice that the motor mount is machined out of a single block of robust 7075-grade aluminum. Now that’s what we name an extremely robust motor mount.
Among the RPM elements used to uparmor the X-Maxx embrace outsized axle carriers in the back and front, a whole set of suspension arms and shock shaft guards simply to call just a few. Every of the upgrades have been developed to maintain the truck working for years, if not a long time. Loads of thought and precision design went into RPM’s X-Maxx elements, take for instance the shock shaft guards. Not solely do they give the impression of being cool, however they defend the shock shaft from deteriorating parts resembling rocks and dust, prolonging the lifetime of the shock shaft, which improves the long-term efficiency of the suspension and in flip, prolongs the time between seal alternative and shock rebuilds.
RPM’s suspension arms are most likely among the hottest upgrades for the platform. RPM says that they reviewed quite a few pictures of harm to inventory A-arms to see the place the weak factors had been, then reviewed a set of recent A-arms to see what they might do to enhance each energy and sturdiness. The consequence are arms which are designed to be robust, mild and extra succesful.
The decrease A-arm not solely boasts elevated floor clearance, however options the identical cross part based mostly off of their 1:5 scale HPI Baja A-arms so they’re robust. In addition they created a double assist beam on the decrease arms to unfold affect power over a bigger space, that means onerous hits gained’t drive you to retire from the sector. We are able to go on and on concerning the effort RPM places of their elements, however we’d run out of house.
Transferring on to the opposite upgrades, Trevizo informs us, “I needed to offer the X-Maxx a singular monster truck look and felt Losi’s MTXL wheels and tires would assist obtain the look. Man, I’m so pleased with the outcomes it positively units it other than the pack.” The good trying rings on the wheels are made by Trevizo and his brother beneath the title RCWERKZ, be on the look out for them, they’re defintely head turners for certain. He additionally added just a few selection aluminum elements all through the truck from GPM Racing. They appear good and enhance sturdiness and stiffness the place it counts.
Trevizo continued, “After rebuilding the X-Maxx and nailing the colours for the compents between black, blue and inexperienced. It was time to color the physique. Through the years on social media (beneath the title @RCWERKZ) I’ve been recognized for portray distinctive RC our bodies. Considered one of my styling cues are my splatter paint impact. Although not new to the trade, it’s nonetheless a bit completely different.”
The X-Maxx is definitely a dream RC to personal, however Trevizo and the crew at RPM managed to make it even greater and badder than we may’ve imagined. Think about exhibiting up at your native park or observe with this unhealthy boy in tow. We’re certain it is going to begin up quite a lot of conversations. The large monster truck wheels and tires actually give the X-Maxx an much more exaggerated outsized look that we’re actually digging. We are able to’t wait to see what different builds and upgrades that Trevizo and the workforce at RPM comes up with.
Textual content and Photographs by Jerry Tsai