Revisiting the Legendary Traxxas Revo 3.3 Nitro

The Traxxas Revo 3.3 Nitro Monster Truck is one of the trucks that have been released in different iterations throughout its existence. These iterations have included a variety of different things within the truck’s retail box as well as different features within the truck itself. But, as it stands, The Revo 3.3 Nitro is still one of the most cost-effective and worthwhile RC trucks on the market today and, to be completely honest, it is one of our most loved nitro trucks. With this said, here’s some useful information regarding the product itself and its performance for both veteran RC connoisseurs and those maybe looking to get into the hobby by picking up the Traxxas Revo 3.3.

What is and isn’t in the Box

As always, in the truck’s box, Traxxas packs a variety of components and tools that are crucial to the driving and tuning the truck. Of course, the box includes completely assembled truck. In addition to this, the box includes the more recent version of Traxxas’ radio system, the Traxxas TQ 2.4GHz 3-channel radio along with a few digital ball-bearing servos and a 1200mAh charger for the radio system. The radio system also includes a quite nice docking baser that allows you to use your iOS device to monitor aspects of the vehicle like speed and engine temperature.

Inside the box, you will also find the EZ Start battery that includes a 1500mAh 6-cell battery along with its charger. This device will allow you to easily start the truck just by pressing a button. Another great feature of this EZ Start system is that it also has the capability of detecting any engine trouble when it is inserted into the vehicle. Some other extraneous items within the box include the fuel bottle for fueling the truck, an extra-air filter element, an extra rocker arm package, among other tuning accessories. Overall, Traxxas really includes almost everything you need to start driving except for the fuel (more on that later).

The Body and Chassis

The body and chassis of the Traxxas Revo 3.3 are quite a sight to behold. The body itself, that sits above the chassis is made of a sort of plastic. Like many other RC vehicles, the buyer has quite a few color options to choose from, in this case, green, red, blue and silver. With these color options, it is generally a good idea to choose an option that acts as a good balance between aesthetic value and visibility.

The chassis itself is really solid and just by touching it, you can tell that it can take quite a large amount of punishment, but honestly, what do you expect? It is a monster truck after all. This well-built chassis is made of 3mm aluminum with a thick 3D monocoque construction.

Traxxas Revo 3.3 Nitro Chasis

The Engine and Transmission

As the truck’s name suggests, the Traxxas Revo 3.3 uses the company’s TRX 3.3 racing engine that delivers quite a large amount of torque to each of the truck’s four wheels. In fact, while driving in a straight line, the vehicle can reach speeds up to 45 miles per-hour, which is quite an impressive feat for a truck of this type and size.

Below the chassis, sits Traxxas’ Maxx-sized 6.3 by 3.8-inch tires with 17mm hubcaps. These tires provide a huge amount of ground clearance, which is great for driving over the rough terrain that these types trucks are famous for navigating through. These tires combined with the driving system’s dual-digital servo steering system provides 250 oz.-in of torque.

The Engine and Transmission

Onto the transmission, it is safe to say that Traxxas’ choice of transmission systems for the Revo 3.3 has been quite spotty over the years. During the truck’s many re-releases, there have been periods when the Revo 3.3 lacked a reverse gear, which would sometimes make things rather difficult in tough terrain where there may obstacles or lack of clearance that prevents the trucks from making a turn in order to race the opposite direction. But, with the current model, this is not a concern, as Traxxas has chosen to bring the reverse gear back to the Revo 3.3, which we are quite happy about.

Fuel and Fuel Tank

As stated in the introduction, one thing that the truck does not come with is the fuel that is needed to actually operate the vehicle. As with many RC vehicles, the type of fuel to use is quite a point of contention. But, just to be safe, it is usually a good idea to use the fuel that the vehicle manufacturer actually recommends. In this case, Traxxas recommends Traxxas 10-20% top fuel. Many individual owners suggest that Traxxas 20% top fuel is the higher performing option, but every driver has their preferences. Regardless of the fuel that you decide to use, you should keep in mind that the Revo 3.3 includes a 150cc fuel tank, which is different than the 125cc fuel tank that Revo has included in some of their previous RC offerings.

An Important Tip for Owners

We have one huge tip for anyone who has just bought or is thinking about purchasing the Revo 3.3. Nitro. While it may seem obvious to RC vets, we recommend that you properly break-in your truck. When we mean “properly break-in,” we mean what is known as the Traxxas method, which is the break-in method that the manufacturer actually recommends. There are a variety of other purported ways to break in an RC nitro engine, but, based on the model and the method, a bad break-in could overheat a new engine and cause permanent damage to the engine. Luckily for Revo owners, Traxxas includes a small index-like card in the box that essentially explains how to break-in the engine using the Traxxas method. Using this method will ensure a regular life-cycle for your engine.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • The Traxxas Link app (mentioned before in the What’s in the Box Section) is a really useful and well-designed app.
  • The number of extras in the truck’s box is simply impressive.
  • The directions and break-in guide for the truck make it easy to keep your truck running well.
  • The truck is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, and its wide-stance makes it a force to reckoned with in rough terrain.

Cons:

  • Because there are so many digital aspects of the vehicle, bugs and glitches can happen.
  • It may be a bit difficult to handle for newer drivers (it just takes some getting used to).

Conclusion

Hopefully, the above details have explained why the Traxxas Revo 3.3 Nitro is simply one of our favorite RC trucks on the market. Not only is it technically well-made, but it looks intimidating like a monster truck should. Whether you are a veteran driver or a newbie who wants to learn on something with a steeper learning curve, we recommend checking this one out.

 


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