Ahhh. It's winter time again here in the frigid state of Wisconsin and
often times that means limited monster truck time. Either it's too cold
or the snow is too deep or BOTH! The new snow skis from FullForce RC
have no trouble with deep snow but they won't warm it up outside. However
they may help you forget how cold it
really is. We have to admit, we never imagined these skis would work
so well. They make a frosty, snowy day the perfect day for RC trucking...or
should we say, RC skiing.
Yet again FullForce RC has proven that they are not sitting around on
their bumps. They are out developing and locating some of the sweetest
goodies for your RC truck. Their latest work...snow skis for the Traxxas
Maxx trucks (T-Maxx, S-Maxx and E-Maxx), Savage, MGT and REVO.
The snow skis arrived in a nice package that kept everything in it's
place and undamaged. Upon
opening the package, we found the necessary hardware residing nicely
in it's own zip-lock bag, a set of simple instructions, axle carrier
adaptors, triangle braces and of course, the skis.
The first thing we started playing with was the skis themselves. They
are made from plastic and are strong yet quite flexible. It looks like
they will take some pretty solid impacts with no ill effects. The quality
of the components was as we expected from FFRC. nothing less than very
good. Nice machine work on the axle carrier adaptors (machined 6061
Ok - time to check out the instructions and get busy. We opted to use
our 2WD T-Maxx for this job as you obviously do not need a 4wd truck
for this hop-up. In fact, if you are going to install these on your
4wd truck, you will have to unhook the front drive shafts as the axle
carrier adaptors integrate into the axle nuts. One of the first things
stated in the instructions is "waterproof your truck before you
run your truck in the snow you idiot!"... actually, FFRC stated
it a bit nicer than that. But that's what they should have said! Do
not for any reason think you can run your truck in the snow without
performing waterproofing procedures on it first. We are not
going to get into the whole procedure of waterproofing because there
are a ton of other articles all over the RC web that already tell you
how to do this. Let's just say for a small investment of $2 in balloons,
some RTV silicone and a couple of zip ties, you are pretty much ready
Installation is simple and the instructions keep it simple. No diagrams
or anything like that but hey, if you can't figure this out on your
own, it's time for a new hobby. The wheel nuts hold the carrier adaptors
to the axle carriers. There is a recess for the axle nut as well as
two protrusions that rest against the pillow ball caps (see picture
to the right). We found our adaptors were a little too loose for our
liking after tightening things down so we disassembled and added some
thin washers to the inside of the axle shaft, in turn allowing us to
tighten the adaptors farther into the axle carriers. They were never
fully tight against the axle carriers however after an hour of snow
bashing, everything was still in place and working properly. The overall
design is smart as it utilizes the trucks suspension up front. So you
could play around with different camber, toe-in, springs, shock placement
and shock oil (just like when the wheels are bolted to it) to change
how the truck drives in the snow. I think I see RC snow races in my
Everything assembled well and with a 2wd truck, it is about a 10 minute
install. Gotta love that! And even better, when you are done playing
with the skis, just remove the wheel nuts and remove the ski assemblies.
Easy on. Easy off. We like it!
to hit the slopes! We grabbed our Atomik Snow Camo body (thought it
was appropriate), our winter coat and into the snow we went. Just a
reminder: If you are running in cold temperatures, you will need to
richen your needles up a bit. Cold air is more dense, that means your
engine is getting lots of air. So you have to give it a little more
fuel to keep it from running lean. This can be easily forgotten if you
"live" by your temp gauge. Engine temps may be cooler in the
winter but that does not necessarily mean that the engine is getting
the proper amount lubrication.
And as we quickly learned, deep snow is not a problem for these skis.
They do an excellent job of keeping the front of the truck on top and
sliding along. Just make sure you have some paddle, or other aggressive
tires on your truck to keep things moving along. The skis do an excellent
job of steering the truck in the snow partly due to the "skegs"
on the bottom of the skis. They are like little fins that help give
the skis traction while turning. The snow we were running in was anywhere
from 2" to 12" deep. It was a "dry" snow, nice and
fluffy. Not the soggy wet stuff that is good for making snowballs. The
truck has a super plush feel when bombing through the white stuff. The
skis also made the truck feel super stable in the snow. It is difficult
to get the truck to flip over! Part of that is the reduced speeds you
typically run when in the fluffy powder. It is hard to get enough traction
to get huge speeds. If the snow was "wet" and heavier, we
would have experienced much faster ground speeds. We have no doubt that
the skis would perform in heavy wet snow, as well as they do in the
Here are a couple of quick video clips showing the skis in action (sorry
for the boring video...my camera man was out of town so I just set the
camera up and let it roll. I will get some better video clips soon.
They do however give you a good idea of how well they turn the truck
in the snow. It is pretty impressive):
with skis (906kb)
T-Maxx with skis - part 2 (2.5MB)
with skis - part 3 (847kb)
So what's the verdict? We never imagined that skis on a nitro monster
truck could be so much fun! WOW! These skis are a BLAST and HIGHLY recommended
for anyone who has to live with the white stuff. Heck...if you are within
an hour of some snow, it would be worth the drive if these skids were
bolted on your sled. The work great, look cool, appear to be quite durable
and did we already mention they are a ton of fun? They
are well worth the $50.
Don't put your Traxxas Maxx, Savage, MGT or REVO away when the white
stuff starts flying! Slap on the skis and tear it up!
Visit the FullForce
RC web site... and hit the slopes!