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T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Old 10-24-2005, 08:58 AM
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Default T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Anybody checked these out ?
ebay item #6008014484
Looks pretty cool, I would like to try one.... just wondering if anyone has an opinion.
Old 10-24-2005, 02:17 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Very nice. I think 4" is a little too much. 2" would have been just fine. Also, I notice the chassis doesn't have the edged rolled up like the stock one, which would have helped to stiffen up the XXL chassis. The dual steering servo is an excellent idea.

I just bought two new stock T-Maxx chassis off ebay for less than $20. I plan on chopping them up and bolting them together, the same way a lot of guys are doing to lengthen the Maxx (see Gasser S-Maxx thread, for example).I plan on using stock wheel driveshafts, too. i still haven't figured out a good way to modify the chassis stiffeners.

Then again, I may not bother trying to figure it out. $79 for the 4" extended chassis kit is a terrific bargain, considering what those .21 big block conversion kit cost.

Thanks for posting it!
Old 10-28-2005, 06:21 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

OK, guess I'm the guinea-pig here...

RC-CELLAR on ebay - not a huge corporation, just an r/c loving guy with a little machine shop.
Answered every stupid question I asked. Got him to throw in the dual-servo linkage.
Paid on Tuesday...arrived in Friday morning's mail(today).

Out of the box WOW!, very nice appearance.
Took about 2 hours to swap over (I have aluminum skids, Sirio.18, 40tires).
Everything bolted up perfect, screwes included are stainless (w/extras).
I didn't know you could pop the ends (yokes?) off driveshafts... now I do.

I had an extra 2055 servo and saver but no Y-adapter, so I just soldered up my own.
Yes, I have wanted super-hi-tech-digital-ball-bearing-metal-gear-steering-servo since day one... just couldn't justify the cost.
Dual 2055's do the trick cheap-n-easy (can you say Revo?). Wheels turn at rest on thick carpet.

The auction photos don't lie - this thing makes my Savage and e-maxx look like toys. bigger IS better!
Going outside to play....


4 tanks later - AAAWWWWEEE-SSSOOOMMMEEE !!!!!
Unlike Rainman, I am not an excellent driver. Not sure if it's the length or steering, but what a huge improvement !!
Flies straighter and no more flipping on the turns. (Darn, I had just perfected the 360 roll-over on my stocker).
I was worried about the long shafts twisting (like ALL 4 of my wheelshafts)... they are still straight as new.
Stiffness?-not an issue.
Weight?- a couple ounces heavier yes. I'm not a pro-racer, but I see no loss in speed or acceleration.
Having more control allows me to go even faster than I dared before.


Going to the track tomorrow - I predict:
A) Plenty of drooling going on. (I'll bring paper towels)
B) Begging to tell where I got it. (my lips are sealed)
C) I will win. (for the first time)
D) Savage and Revo boys will finally shut up (I doubt it).
E) after A-D come true, somebody will cry foul claiming I'm 1/6 scale or something.


79 bucks not bad... same cost as a lightweight chassis + aluminum braces. Much cheaper than the 1" BB conversions.
THREE THUMBS UP !


.......Hmmmm - it's gonna be 6 months before I need to use that gas weed-wacker..........
Old 10-28-2005, 08:36 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

that looks tight. i would love to try one out, especially if it reduces the rollovers.
Old 10-31-2005, 12:21 AM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Forget hacking two stock chassis together... I just ordered a kit from RC-Cellar. Hellava nice guy to work with. Can't wait to convert my S-MAXX. It will be a perfect solution to the incessant power-on wheelie brough on by the Wasp .21 that flips it on its lid half the time. Plus, it will give me the option of going with a regular 1/8 scale tuned pipe, instead of the painfully loud RDLogics rear muffler.

248 oz-in with twin Futaba 3305 steering servos ought to be interesting.

If it works out great (I have no doubt it will), I'm gonna check with Steve at RC-Cellar about the possibility of a 2" extender kit for my E-MAXX.
Old 10-31-2005, 10:12 AM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

hummmm.......x-mass is coming up....maybe i can talk the misses into.............yeah right! my waife hates my maxx. guess i'll just have to call it a present to my self.
Old 10-31-2005, 03:08 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

well what r u guys waitin for lets see those pictures!! i was gunna get the kit and put the 40's on it but im not sure if itll be to big or not?! so post up those pictures !!
Old 10-31-2005, 04:34 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Steve at RC Cellar just mailed out my order today, so good chance I will have it converted this weekend. Can't wait.
Old 11-01-2005, 11:18 AM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

hey guys if i talk to this guy again will you guys be interrested in a group buy?! maybe get alil off the askin price??
Old 11-01-2005, 02:13 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

This looks awsome.
Im just looking at pictures of where things seem to be mounted. As far as I understand, everything obvioulsy has to 'mesh' together properly, therefore spreading out the components wouldnt work. So is this just a 4 inch extension on the front of the chassis? 2inches on the front and 2 on the back? Is it wider as well? Why I am asking, is that I am in Canada, and I am not to sure if he will ship to me..lol
Also I have a cutting torch, and thought I may be able to give this a go.. it would be a very crude chassis, but ya never know until you try.
Old 11-01-2005, 02:16 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

again if yous are interrested in a group buy pm me and ill see what he can do for price y's
Old 11-01-2005, 02:33 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Cutting torch will be way too rough. Before I bought RC-Cellar's kit, I had just bought two stock T-Maxx chassis off Ebay and was ready to hack them apart to be bolted back together as an extended chassis. I was only thinking of at most 2" added to the front. Mine is an S-Maxx, so about the only thing I have to worry about was getting the axles parallel. I also bought a front differential and 2 drive shafts, so I can always add 4WD later.

Then I got to thinking about what I had to do to extend the lower chassis braces the exact matching length. That's when I gave up and ordered Steve's 4" kit. He's got it all figured out so everything is bolt-on easy for $79. It just isn't worth a whole weekend's worth of hacking aluminum and plastic.

Still, I think a 2" (front-only) extender kit would be a very good alternative. I talked to Steve and he said he will play around with the idea.

He also has a very trick E-maxx extension kit. I just sent him an email asking for permission to post his pics here on RCU.
Old 11-01-2005, 02:37 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Yes I agree that a cutting torch will be a hack job..lol and I was also concernd about the lower chassis braces.
I hope that he will ship to canada as I will be ordering one of these ASAP. I emailed hi asking if Canada can be part of the US just this once..lol. I KNOW...I mean I KNOW that if I showed up with 4 extra inches at the bash pit, people will be asking what the heck I have going on there. Besides...bigger IS better right...lol
Old 11-01-2005, 07:26 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Here are the Extended Chassis E-Maxx pics I got from RC-Cellar.

On the one hand, I like how he repositions the battery packs closer to the centerline of the chassis, which reduces the polar moment around the roll axis and therefore lessens the rollover tendency when cornering hard. On the other hand, I still think the E-Maxx would benefit better from a little less chassis extension (2" maybe). Just long enough to accomodate straight 7-cell packs, so I wouldn't have to make odd 7-cell packs with one oddly-placed piggy-back cell. The E-Maxx is already heavier than the T-Maxx, so a larger, heavier, bulkier version is going to exact even more penalty on performance. If I do it, I would upgrade to brushless system like the Novak HV-Maxx, which should help offset the added weight. Otherwise, it is not quite as easy to add power to the E-Maxx as easily as swapping in a .21 or .26 big block.

Don't mean to criticize too harshly. Just some food for thought. I think Steve at RC-Cellar is wonderful for offering great products at very reasonable price. Two thumbs up!
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Old 11-22-2005, 01:30 PM
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I Looovvve my giant T-maxx!!! My friends are green with envy!
I just received my second one... this time I had him make some changes for me.
Squared off the back, got rid of the motor, tank and exhaust holes.
Now I have tons of room for my weed-wacker gas conversion... look out Dr Honda!

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Old 11-27-2005, 03:48 PM
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Howdy all,
I'm the guy making/selling the extended chassis on ebay.
[link]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=6015944735[/link]

Been reading the posts here and I'm looking for your input/ opinions/ suggestions.
I only have one left to sell and want to make some changes for the next batch.
Was 4 inches too much? I've come up with a 3" version (2" front/ 1" rear) that would:

A) keep all the handling benefits, and dual steering too
B) reduce the weight slightly
C) still leave room for bigger motors and exhausts
D) allow the stock bodies to fit better and not look so goofy
E) ditto on the stock tires without going to series40

So let me know what y'all think... don't be shy I'm thick-skinned.

Thanks! Steve at RC-Cellar ( [email protected] )

Special thanks to dogbone100, Volfy, and DOG for your reviews and photos.
[link]http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_3562396/tm.htm[/link]


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Old 11-27-2005, 03:58 PM
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3" extended vs stocker
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Old 11-28-2005, 09:14 AM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

i think thats great, because some people seemed conserned about it being too large of a change. what i think would be really sweet is if you could find a way to build a stepped chassie that would mount the engine and electronics lower, even with the skid plates for a lcg. i think the racers would really bite you that design.
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

I have the 4inch extentsion, and I love it. The Duo steering is great, and the Size, make this truck look way bigger. My Biggest problem was actually mounting everything. Due to the T-Maxx having a Few Different Versions, I had bought a used one, and didnt know what was installed. I Simply had to re-mount the fuel tank where reverse would normally go ( I have no reverse) and also re-drill motor mount holes because my crankshaft on the Picco .26 was way to long to fit in the pre drilled holes. Was no biggy.

4inches for me was perfect. The Body I used before still works with just new holes.

BTW... rc-cellar was great to deal with, fast shipment, and product was better then described.
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

i'd love one of those 3 in chassis's but where would i get chassis braces to fit it?
Old 11-29-2005, 04:33 PM
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

Well when I got my 16 inch chassis, the braces to fit came with so I would asume that he would make 3 inch braces for the 3 inch chassis..He also sent a few misc. screws and a few parts to make it duo steering.
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Thanks DOG! Yes, of course the braces would be made to fit.
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Hi

Will you be placing on ebay soon? seems I've just missed it :-(
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Default RE: T-maxx 4" extended chassis ??

just got two rc cellar 5.4 inch extended t maxx chassis will slang pix in a week or two but here some pix of my first extended big block .27 ect. ect. t maxx




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