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Which NITRO Losi Monster is best????

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Old 08-11-2017, 03:01 AM
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Hello everyone Im new here to the forum. I am in the market to buy a Losi Nitro monster truck, but there are a few different models. I am unsure of which one to buy! Could anyone please explain the differences between the models? Which one is the best? Ive been into Nitro for 20+ years. Ive raced a little, but this will be a basher. I love to get the maximum potential out of my rc's! Thanks in advance for reply's!
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I don't know if any LST models are still being manufactured, but basically there are two platforms. LST/LST2 and XXL. The former is a little shorter than the latter. The earlier XXLs are geared 2 teeth faster while the latter ones are only geared 1 tooth faster. If looking for Nitro, go with an LST2 or XXL depending on how big you want it. I believe the XXL is an inch or two longer but is otherwise very similar to the XXL in regard to the rest of the driveline, chassis, and suspension. I have two LST2s and love them.

If you get the GAS model, swap the gas engine for a Nitro engine. The GAS engine is a piece of junk.

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I don't know if any LST models are still being manufactured, but basically there are two platforms. LST/LST2 and XXL. The former is a little shorter than the latter. The earlier XXLs are geared 2 teeth faster while the latter ones are only geared 1 tooth faster. If looking for Nitro, go with an LST2 or XXL depending on how big you want it. I believe the XXL is an inch or two longer but is otherwise very similar to the XXL in regard to the rest of the driveline, chassis, and suspension. I have two LST2s and love them.

If you get the GAS model, swap the gas engine for a Nitro engine. The GAS engine is a piece of junk.
thanks for the wealth of info! I realize I'll have to get a used truck. I believe you are correct that they don't make them anymore. How would I tell an earlier xxl model from a later xxl model? Would they have different part numbers? Is the LST2 latest release?
As far as engines go, do these trucks need a pull start engine or will bump box work? What would be a good engine to really overpower this beast? I love having too much power and ripping crazy 2nd gear wheelies!!

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The only real difference between an early and late XXL is the clutchbell. I think the early one is 19/26 and the later one (and the same as used on the LST2) is 18/25 I believe. The transmission is the same in all XXL variants I believe.

The chronology of the LST trucks is: original LST, Raminator/Aftershock (same as LST except FOC transmission), LST2, XXL, XXL2 (GAS model), and XXL2-E. Difference between LST/Aftershock/Raminator and LST2 and XXLs - beefier axles, suspension, and spur gear hubs. Differences between LST/LST2 and XXL trucks is XXL has longer chassis and transmission is FOC. LST and LST2 have a forward/reverse and hi/low range transmission. A Forward only conversion is common on the LST/LST2 trucks. Shaves a bunch of weight off.

For engines - I'm a bit of a snob. I used to use SH engines (same company makes engines for the Losi trucks), but I now use Italian engines. One of my trucks has a Novarossi legend 28-8RT and the other has a Picco P3 .28. The Novarossi is still for sale and can be had for around $180. Find it at Novarossidirect.com. For exhaust, I would use a Novarossi 41017 manifold and Novarossi 9886SS pipe. This manifold and pipe will suit a stock Legend 28 well. If you want stupid power, get a modified Legend 28-8 from The Nitro Shop. Don't do the pullstart model; get the rotostart model. You will need a rotostart wand and may need to do some custom work to the starter wand to make the Nova starter driver to fit. I can post pictures of this later.
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[QUOTE=1QwkSport2.5r;12359392]The only real difference between an early and late XXL is the clutchbell. I think the early one is 19/26 and the later one (and the same as used on the LST2) is 18/25 I believe. The transmission is the same in all XXL variants I believe.

The chronology of the LST trucks is: original LST, Raminator/Aftershock (same as LST except FOC transmission), LST2, XXL, XXL2 (GAS model), and XXL2-E. Difference between LST/Aftershock/Raminator and LST2 and XXLs - beefier axles, suspension, and spur gear hubs. Differences between LST/LST2 and XXL trucks is XXL has longer chassis and transmission is FOC. LST and LST2 have a forward/reverse and hi/low range transmission. A Forward only conversion is common on the LST/LST2 trucks. Shaves a bunch of weight off.

For engines - I'm a bit of a snob. I used to use SH engines (same company makes engines for the Losi trucks), but I now use Italian engines. One of my trucks has a Novarossi legend 28-8RT and the other has a Picco P3 .28. The Novarossi is still for sale and can be had for around $180. Find it at Novarossidirect.com. For exhaust, I would use a Novarossi 41017 manifold and Novarossi 9886SS pipe. This manifold and pipe will suit a stock Legend 28 well. If you want stupid power, get a modified Legend 28-8 from The Nitro Shop. Don't do the pullstart model; get the rotostart model. You will need a rotostart wand and may need to do some custom work to the starter wand to make the Nova starter driver to fit. I can post pictures of this later.[/QUOTE

So perhaps I'll look for an LST2 with the shorter Chassis. It will probably be a bit easier to overpower it! I will definitely be looking into a modified Legend engine!
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Yeah that thing moves! Can you adjust when it shifts into second gear?
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Yeah that thing moves! Can you adjust when it shifts into second gear?
Yes you can adjust the shift point.
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