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Old 05-06-2006, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hi guys. I want to try nitro (monster truck) again and I need your opinion.

I am reading the thread about the savage X and all the good recommendations about it. Its one of my choice. I'm just afraid of the problems people are posting (in other boards) about stripped spur gear, roto start failing and one way bearing slipping. Are these true?

Another choice is the t-maxx 3.3. Anyone have one that you can share your experience with? Is it still worth getting one? I had a t-maxx 2.5 before and I loved it. My only problem with that one is overheating issues. Do you think I will experience it again with this 3.3 engine?

Sorry guys. I'm not starting this thread to be a T-Maxx vs. Savage X. Its more of your posts directed at me and I will make a decision out of it. Any personal things like how you like / hate YOUR t-maxx 3.3 or savage X is more appreciated.

I had bad luck before with the Tamiya Terra Crusher having teething problems with its transmission and the T-maxx 2.5 tuning issues. I hope not to make a mistake again with my new purchase. Thank you and have a nice day.
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Old 05-06-2006, 12:25 PM   #2
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base ur choice on what ur LHS stocks... if u only do ebay/mailorder then go with what ur heart feels.... the savvy is a great truck... and hpi is just fixing/improving the little brain farts from earlier production....

the t-maxx i dont know much about... i also had a 2.5 maxx and loved it til it started screwing with me.... i do wish i still had it tho... the new engine supposedly rips... so that can only mean good things

either way u know ur getting quality and dependability so really no need to worry

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Old 05-06-2006, 12:29 PM   #3
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love my savage, the stock engine was great, 3sp tranny is awesome. there were a few week parts that broke and had to change them.
servo saver, because I put a really strong digital servo and cracked it.
changed the brakes for betting stopping power.
changed the rims to aluminum, kept over tightening and ruining plastic ones.
other than that, all the other stuff I changed was for looks or just to increase handling and power.
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Old 05-06-2006, 12:31 PM   #4
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savage X just upgrade the spur to a Robinson racing spur gear from the original savage, the roto start in my mind sucks but the savage X has clearance for the losi spinstart which is a much better system, as for the owb just make sure you do not leave your tanks full and store the truck with the rear end raised so sludge does not build up in the one way, and do not use a back yard basher blend cos the added lube cloggs the one way, if you wanna see mine for a closer look just pm me we can meet up.
ps how is that usa1 doing?
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Old 05-06-2006, 01:57 PM   #5
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thank you guys. ill take my time in deciding. ill take into consideration the nearest lhs that will stock parts of the MT of my choice.

hey jrod. my electric mt is as is. I dont think I can make it run if I purchase a new nitro soon, lol. thanks.
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I personally like the savage 25 vs the savage x and the T-maxx is
a solid truck as well. You should also buy your MT based on what you plan on doing with it, i.e. bashing, racing or just having street fun.
If it's bashing the savage is one solid truck, if it's racing, take a look at the REVO

AYK is right about the hobby shop, see what your local guy sells, that way if anything breaks (which at some point it will) or if you want to hop up your ride, then your not far to go.
Also look at how much you want to spend as well. MT's vary in price.
I also suggest going on HPI and TRAXXAS website to see there feedback and comments. My 2 cents
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Here it goes, I have a Savage and an LST. The Savage is near indestructable, but the LST is much better for handling and speed. I have not heard much about the Tmaxx, so my lips are sealed. The last few gents that suggested you check your LHS for available parts is a huge determining factor on what to buy. Good luck with whatever you decide on and let us know.
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My first nitro was a Savage 25 RTR. I found it hard to wrench on, that radio box was a complete waste of time . Parts are readily available alright but if you're not the kind of guy to spend an entire evening changing/upgrading parts then look for something with parts more accessible. The Savage X has corrected the concerns about the previous Savvys like easier-to-access diffs and user friendlier radio box. I now have the MT2 where everything is easier to access. The TNX also looks easy to wrench on but it is getting old, just like the T-Maxx.
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i have a tnx and i love it i know thats its not on your list but i love it. get a tnx!!!
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thank you for the tip guys. I'll take it into consideration. But the nearest hobby shop doesn't carry the TNX and parts for it.
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