Favorite RC Monster Trucks
RC Monster trucks come in different forms. You have retro, racing, and bashing trucks that all servo different purposes, but all are a ton of fun to drive. Here are my favorites.
Best RTR Solid Axle: Losi LMT
Price: $599 (RTR)
Motor: Spektrum 3150KV Brushless Motor (comes in RTR version)
ESC: Spektrum Firma 130a ESC (comes in RTR version)
Battery Needed: 2-3s LiPo (Batteries sold separately. Needs an IC5 or EC5 connector to match the ESC lead)
Finding a place at the top of my favorite RC list is pretty hard. I have more RCs than I wish to number in case my wife may be reading this post. Since the first time I drove the Losi LMT, I was in love. (Disclosure: I did have early access to this vehicle because I shot the product video for it....including this photo for Losi). I'm a huge fan of real monster trucks and have been building solid axle RCs for the past 6-7 years. The release the LMT was a complete game-changer for the solid-axle RC monster truck world. Sure, there are a lot of aftermarket and custom rigs that may be better for racing, but they also cost a lot more than the LMT.
My favorite race RC monster trucks are still my Freestyle RC Pro-C trucks, but the LMT is my favorite "go-to" truck for having fun.
There are a couple different options to choose from. The classic Grave Digger and Son-Uva Digger RTR trucks or the "Roller" version that has no electronics. The RTR has the most features for the price as an RTR will let you customize it, but at a higher cost when all is said and done.
Buy an LMT:
-Grave Digger or Son-Uva Digger RTR:
-Get an LMT Roller:
I've gone and upgraded my axles to TREAL's 7075 billet aluminum axles that can take a pounding.
Treal Knuckle: https://bit.ly/CPE-LMT-Knuckle
Custom Race Monster Trucks: Freestyle RC.
Price: $??? These are custom builds and range in price
I met the owners of Freestyle RC, Josh and his dad, Doyle, for the first time at the No LImit RC World Finals at Digger's Dungeon in Currituck, North Carolina. It was my first RC monster truck race and I had no idea how big the scene was or how much it would grow from there. The Axial SMT10 had just been announced and it created an easy entry for people like me to get into the race scene. I happened to be parked next to where they had setup with their amazing custom trucks. I was in love from the first time I saw the ZRD chassis. That was the start for me with Freestyle RC. I had to have it. It was my first Freestyle RC and got me hooked on their platform. They make some of the strongest parts you can get. Their axles, transmission, and servo saver are practically bullet proof. I use their servo saver on nearly all my solid axle trucks.
The next year, I saw them again at the World Finals and picked up one of the fully built Freestyle RC Pro-C trucks they had for sale. It has completely changed my racing experience. It's one of the most forgiving trucks I've ever run. With cantilever suspension, it's super plush. The truck rides low, like an S10 with underglow throwing sparks as it goes over rail road tracks in Detroit in 1997.