As RC fanatics, when someone mentions Monster Trucks we have a pre-set notion of what that is in our hobby. We think of 1/8th scale (or larger) trucks that include big tires, big suspension, big horsepower…just big everything. With the release of the Maximus, I think DHK might be in the same mindset as us! The Maximus, which coincidentally is Latin for “greatest” or “largest”, is a big ol’ beast that not only includes our Monster Truck wish list but also does it at an extremely affordable price. Bring on the MT playground!
AT A GLANCE
WHO MAKES IT: DHK
WHO IT’S FOR: Everyone
HOW MUCH: $479.98
BUILD TYPE: RTR
– The DHK Maximus includes some serious hardware strapped to the chassis. On one side, the 80A brushless ESC (with reverse) is snuggled up front next to the metal-geared steering servo while the enormous 2260kV brushless motor mounts on the other. At the back of the chassis, the pair of 2S LiPos straddle the center driveshaft.
– The brushless system has some heavy lifting to do trying to haul around this 7.3lb behemoth. To help keep things running as efficiently as possible, the Maximus is equipped with a pair of heavy duty fans on both the motor and ESC. If that wasn’t enough, the motor has an equally monster-sized heatsink attached to it! I’d be surprised if this motor came off a bash session with any heat in it at all!
– The chassis design reminds me of the current crop of competition 1/8th scales; flat aluminum chassis that is slightly angled on the sides (for additional ground clearance), a pair of driveshafts that connect the center diff to the front and rear gearboxes and three differentials that you can change the fluid in to aid in tuning the Maximus for different surface conditions.
– The aggressive MT tires are mounted on a cool-looking set of 3.5” wheels and attach using a 17mm hex. Traction is good on dirt and grass but beware on gravel. The large lugs tend to kick up rocks and with 4S of LiPo power could easily put an eye out!
– The Maximus comes with a few features that not only help make it durable but also give it a competition feel; threaded shocks, front and rear anti-roll bars, 5mm adjustable toe and camber links, aluminum steering knuckles and wheel hexes and a really low CG. The highest point in the center of the chassis is the wallet-sized fan on the motor.
– The whole Maximus package is pretty impressive. You get the MT, a powerful brushless system, 2.4GHz transmitter, 2 LiPos and a charger for under $500. While a great value, I would pick up a better charger only because the one included takes forever to charge the batteries and, if you’re like me, the least amount of downtime the better!
DHK, Distributed by Hobby People, www.hobbypeople.net, (800) 854-8471
To read the entire review including the performance section, be sure to pick up the February 2013 issue of RC Driver Magazine!