The votes came out: 50. 50. So i went ahead and bought both the maverick quantum plus xt flux, maverick quantum plus xt flux, i’m. A poet – and i didn’t know it and first impressions, it looks great. I heard these bodies are pvc, so i’m going to reinforce it just with some duct tape gorilla tape. But if you order the clear body it is lexan and much thicker. Also these wings. I heard these wings. I saw these wings break a lot i’m, not even going to use this wing i’ve got lexan wings that i can cut to size and mount right here. So not a problem and um let’s check out these tires. Now i, like all the badging here, the math badging. These are the treads i don’t know what treads these are. I know that the monster truck version um of the regular quantum has got some really nice treads. I think they’re called like ascend ascenders or i don’t. Remember uh something like that, though, but this pattern’s good, i don’t see any problem with this it’s pretty nice size like a i don’t know what that is: it’s like a it’s bigger than a 2.8, but it’s not 3.8, either so i’m, not sure, but they feel Good, they look good. The body looks good let’s. Look underneath here. You’Ve got the maverick badging on both sides of the chassis. Now this is a low center of gravity chassis, which is nice and um.
I wonder if this one’s got the new style arms on it, because they changed the arms to a different style, it’s hard to see. We’Ll look later, let’s get this body off. Sweet it’s got a really nice heat sink on it and that’s. A 3660 gear mesh is good. Real good 32 pitch gears, i’ll, probably gear up um to like a 15 tooth and we’ve got. Of course, the center diff here and the drive lines are all heavy duty from what i understand. This has got the upgraded axles and the upgraded universal shafts and the upgraded dog bones. The hd people are having trouble with their um their axles. On the original flux, i do believe that the new version flux has the hd axles out of the box and also, i think it does have the new arms out of the box it’s hard to see if these have these are the new arms or not yeah. These are the new arms yeah. You can see that those – those are the new arms they’re they’re, not rounded there. They kind of come to a point and those are the upgraded arms upgraded arms which is also upgraded composite it’s nice. It is actually really nice. This chassis, it looks good, the honeycomb chassis seems really strong, the bumpers they seem really good. Shocks are pretty plush that’s, damn good out of the factory, i have to say now. Hpi and maverick have been listening to people.
They quickly got this. Some things changed. They quickly changed the arms. They quickly came out with heavy duty, shafts and dog bones and universal axles. Although, but now what i’ve, what i’m reading is they come on the normal flux as well, so that’s good. So the noise is going to have better dog bones and better axles, better shafts and better arms. I believe these are the yeah. These are the thicker hd ball links as well on this rear. These rear toe links here yeah, so those are also the upgraded ones. So a lot of the things that were going wrong with the original flux have been addressed on this and it’s been lengthened. This is about short course, wheelbase, probably around 13 uh, probably just under 13 and a half, maybe like a 13 three 13.3 inches i’m, not positive. I have to look up the specs but it’s a long wheelbase long wheelbase with the center diff and chassis braces. This motor mount looks really good as well. It gives you the option to change your opinions quickly and remove your motor quickly and um. This has got pivot ball suspension. Now even this box said pillow ball, but that terminology just doesn’t sit right with me. You know i was a mechanic for years and that’s a pivot ball um. I think uh jang jang ruined everybody on that jiang called it pillow ball and it kind of stuck, but just google a pillow ball and google a pivot ball and you’ll see what i’m talking about anyway.
We’Ve been calling these pivot balls. Since i was a little kid racing in at the antioch speedway when i was 10 years old, so i guess terminology changes, but those are pivot balls. This is a pivot ball suspension, those balls, pivot, it’s, the term pivot ball anyway, um it’s, really nice it’s got dual pivot ball suspension the front and the rear it’s all ball, bearing it’s all ball bearing throughout it’s all hex hardware throughout all hex throughout i’m. Not sure about that servo, it looks like the ones you get in your fs racing, hsp rigs. I believe this is a hsp. This is a hsp rig and i’m starting to lean toward the the kaiju being hsp and the dakono also hsp it’s very similar, and the takono and kaiju layout is very similar and i think they’re hsp at first i thought the the kaiju might be um from Vcar, because it’s kind of similar to a bison as well but it’s, not it’s, a their hsp and i’m, pretty sure maverick, is also hsp. I know that they sell. You know the the strata and the strata line is all hsp from the 18 scale to the 10th scale, stuff it’s all hsp. So i think this is just the newer versions of hsp and i’ve had great luck with hsp stuff um. To be honest with you, my brontosaurus was one of my favorite monster trucks, which is the redcap volcano, and then i have the the grandpas, which was the um it’s, the helion conquest mt, and i love them both and they give me no issue at all.
So um don’t see a problem with that it’s got a metal uh acrobat arm in there that’s cool, just notice that, like i said suspension, is real good tires, is real good, capable i’m going to put some bigger, bigger foams here and totally tape that up with Gorilla tape or duct tape, whichever one has red i like the red for some reason and yeah uh i’ve got some uh. This is 14 millimeter hex, but i’ve got duratrax and dynamite tires to fit i’m gon na try. I think the the the vultures next i’m gon na try the vultures um vultures vulcan. One of those anyway i’ve got uh the vindicators on this, and i think the vultures are vulcan or whatever they’re a bigger rim with less uh, sidewall and uh. But people complain about 14 millimeter, but you’ve got you’ve got options. You’Ve got all the t max options from back in the days of course, but now you also have duratrax and dynamite options and they they make awesome, wheels and tires, and it wouldn’t be a big deal to convert this debt 17 mil or down to 12., because This is basically an eighth scale, it’s a 10th scale, triggy and 10 scale. Truckies are basically the same size as an eight scale, buggy, just like short course, trucks, 10 scale. Short course. Trucks run the eight scale, buggy chassis and wheelbase. This is basically, this is basically kind of like a big rock the length of a big rock or a typhon, 3s um, just with the proper center diff setup.
Now now, even if the armor put a center diff in the back, like the helion rigs, had or and it’s an option for traxxas rigs as well like the slash and whatnot, that would have been better for the 4s line like hopefully, the new 4s line has A if it doesn’t come with the center diff here it has a center diff in the back still that you could tune because it was much needed um anyway. This is my first hpi i’ve never owned an hpi i’ve worked on hpr’s before my buddy has like the savages and the different nitros and uh some flux on road cars, but i’ve never owned one myself. So this is my first hpi and my first maverick hpi, of course, and i like it, i like it. I think they did a really good job. The motor is really nice, the esc is really nice and these things going to rip i’m going to gear it up a couple teeth. You know i’m going to go looking around at all. The hex hardware make sure it’s good to go i’m going reinforce this body and then we’ll go out here and rip this thing. This thing is nice. Now i was a little skeptical. You know looking at you know, videos of this, but once you see it up close and you get to looking at it, looking at the composites and feeling it you realize it is a quality piece you know for around 50, less than the arma.
I think this is probably a better bet. We’Ll find out. You know the big rocks do 50 miles an hour out of the box. I don’t think this one will um it’ll be very close though, but let’s see about stability out of the box. The big rock is not that stable at speeds. You know you’ve got to do some tuning on it and change tires, so we shall see which one is the better bang for the buck in the long run now they’re all going to have their ups and downs. They’Re all going to have their goods and bads we just want to see which one has bads has lows that are more livable with that are easier to fix. You know and we’ll find out here soon. I almost forgot. So this is the transmitter it’s. Nothing to write home about – i guess you know you flip – that up backward got your epa’s here you got your reverses your bind. These are for your dual rates and your channel two one, your channels, one and two and your dual rate. It is foam trigger, feels good it’s weight to it there’s weight here too so that’s, actually a plus. It looks funny, but it feels okay. If they put a piece of rubber around here, it might be a quality piece. This needs a little rubber grip. You know i take a rubber grip over the phone wheel. If i had to choose, but um ergonomics is okay.
You know it’s kind of hard to drive one handed with this one because of the way the wheel drops down so far out, but other than that.