Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3 Nitro

Champion Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3 Monster Truck

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Updated with Traxxas’ latest TRX 3.3 engine, the nitro-powered Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3 is one of Traxxas top-selling monster trucks, and has been around evolving with the company for years. This 1/10th scale truck keeps getting better (reaching speeds over 55mph!), and is a more powerful racer than ever with the addition of the new engine. However, every piece of technology inevitably has it’s weak spots, so lets take a look at the things we love, and things we don’t, about the Traxxas T-Maxx 3.3.

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We’ll save the worst for last, and start off with the great aspects of this truck.

The Good:

    • The T-Maxx’s new engine now puts out 60% more peak horsepower compared to it’s predecessor, the 2.5 engine. It also gets 50% more power overall under the curve. So in terms of speed, if you’re looking to race the newest T-Maxx is a great bet (55mph).
    • As usual, Traxxas provides a manual illustrated in full-color with all the right tips to help you break-in, tune, and repair your truck. It also comes with an instructional DVD if you’re better at learning from seeing someone else do it.

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  • The 3.3 engine, aside from having more torque, also comes with a new throttle return spring. This device ensures that if your onboard power gets disconnected from the T-Maxx’ electronics, the truck will come to a stop quickly instead of continuing to go, while you no longer have control.
  • If you’re one to make a lot of adjustments to your RC, the T-Maxx’ servos and electronics are very accessible at the front of the truck. And to protect from flying dirt and rocks, the radio receiver and batteries are sealed by protective cases.
  • Along with the new engine, the newest edition of the T-Maxx comes with new tires that add additional traction to the truck’s performance.
  • Comes stock with Traxxas’ signature EZ-Start motor, which makes it super easy for beginners to start, although it can get a bit glitchy as time wears on.
  • The newest T-Maxx also comes with Traxxas Revo-style axles that are better equipped to deal with the T-Maxx’ wide suspension, and also help the truck resist twisting around corners, etc.
  • The newest T-Maxx comes stock with an adjustable wheelie bar, so if you’re a wheelie fanatic, or maybe just a show-off, you won’t have to add one yourself.

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Now for the aspects of the T-Maxx that could use some tweaking…

The Not-So-Good:

  • Unfortunately, issues have arisen around the 3.3’s rear center driveshaft. Apparently it has a tendency to snap in some models. Hopefully this will be remedied by Traxxas, and is only a factory-based issue. If you do have this problem, however, you can change your driveshaft to a Revo rear driveshaft, although they aren’t directly compatible so you may need expert help.
  • If you’re a newbie, and aren’t totally accustomed to a nitro engine, the new T-Maxx can tend to flood fairly easily. It’s easy enough to fix if it happens, however. Just remove the glow plug, let the fuel drain out, and you should be up and running in no time flat.
  • If you live in a climate that requires a hole in the windshield for cooling, the T-Maxx lacks this, as it’s regular body post holes have all been cut. So that may be a task you’ll have to perform yourself if your area requires it to prevent overheating.


That wasn’t so bad now was it? Honestly, the T-Maxx has been around so long that there isn’t too much they haven’t fixed on it already. It’s probably better for racing than as a basher though, so if you’re one for rough-housing, you’re better off with a model like the HPI Savage X. However if you’re in the market for a top-speed, tried and tested model, this is it. The T-Maxx receives a 4.5/5.

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