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Old 02-24-2004, 08:09 AM   #1
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HPI Savage or Traxxas Tmaxx

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I know nothing about R/C trucks except I'd like one. It appears to me that the Tmaxx is the most popular, with the Savage pulling a close second. I'd appreciate posts with pros and cons, and any other information that will make the decision easier.

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Old 02-27-2004, 03:08 PM   #2
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Get the Savage. I've seen both the old and new version Maxx and the start system sucks. As for their engines, seems like they need to be rich to stay cool and just when the power starts coming on they bonk.
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Go to your hobby shop and get some of the car guys to give you the advabtages of both and depending on what you wanna be doing with it and what they say choose both good MT's but I like the MAXX better!
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Old 03-03-2004, 03:35 PM   #4
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Bosshog, if you have no experence in R/C I would recommend the T-Maxx the support from Traxxas is unequaled and most hobby shops can easily come by parts for this truck. Traxxas engines do tend to run warmer than all others I've come accrost but as long as you tune it a little on the rich side you will be fine. Most recommend you tune MT on the rich side anyhow because you seldom run it at high speeds for long periods. The starter on the T-Maxx is fine if used properly, the thing to keep in mind with the starter is the motor is not very durable. If the engine doesn't start in a couple seconds or if it doesn't turn over let off the starter button. The biggest down fall of the T-Maxx is when you feel the need for a .21 engine, even taking it easy will damage gears pretty quick. You can upgrade everything on a T-Maxx to handle the .21 but by then could could have almost paid for the Savage which has a .25. Now on to the Savage, if you have experence in R/C vechiles I would go with the Savage. The HPI support is poor in comparison and has more or less fallen on the fans to help each other out. The Savage is a stronger design all around from the frame,gears to the starter system and parts are almost as easy to come by as Traxxas. Support for this truck is a little farther behind than the T-Maxx but its getting there, keep in mind the T-Maxx in one form or another has been out since 1999 while the Savage since 2002. Also something to keep in mind I havn't come across any Savage class races yet but there are ones for the T-Maxx which might be something to consider if you want to race.
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