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Review Redcat Racing Earthquake 8E Brushless Electric Monster Truck

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Product Description

This truck is going to blow your socks off!

First, a word of warning! When you purchase this beast and get ready for your first drive, TAKE IT EASY! If this is your first R/C Monster Truck/Buggy you better take it slow, get used to the controls, and work your way up to driving this at top speed.  Read through this whole review and take note of some other key points about how to drive this beast otherwise you could damage it.

Ok, now that I've given you the heads up on some key points, lets get into the review.

The Redcat Racing Earthquake 8E has been named very well because this Monster Truck is going to liven up your weekend of bashing adventures quite a bit!

You have found the best High End RC Monster Truck on the market today! The Redcat Racing Earthquake 8E 1:8 Brushless Electric Ready-To-Run (RTR) RC Monster Truck is without a doubt the best electric radio controlled car I've driven, no exception! Once you get used to how to handle this INSANE BEAST with its speed regulator and brushless motor you're going to find it difficult to drive anything slower.

This bold RC RTR 1/8 scale Brushless Electric Monster Truck comes complete with an EZRUN-80A electric brushless 8T 2400RPM 540 motor, four wheel drive, forward/reverse transmission and a two channel AM radio. The Earthquake 8E Monster Truck is fully equipped with soft compound knobby off road tires, vivid polycarbonate body armor, 2 sealed differentials, adjustable suspension, aluminum capped oil filled adjustable shocks, battery and charger. It also includes 2 LIPO batteries, LIPO battery charger and everything else you need at a price that is hard to beat. All you need to add is 8 AA batteries to the remote and you are ready to kick up dirt and rocks and scare the pants of anyone standing around!

Experiencing the thrill of racing has never been easier. No matter where you drive, or what the conditions are, the Redcat Racing Earthquake 8E 1:8 Brushless Electric RTR RC Monster Truck is definitely your best choice at a price that is hard to beat!

Watch the video below to see this beast in action!

The Features

  • 1/8 Scale Desert Truck
  • Fully assembled, ready-to-run (RTR)
  • Extremely durable
  • 4-wheel drive shaft system
  • 3.0 mm 6061 aluminum chassis and oil filled Big Boar shocks are built to withstand off road driving conditions
  • Brushless ESC EZRUN-80A speed control
  • *NOTE: This vehicle now uses Banana 4mm plugs on ESC and Battery. Pictures shown below may show plugs no longer used

In Depth

  • Motor Type: Electric Brushless 8T 2400RPM 540
  • Drive System: 4 Wheel Drive
  • Length: 510mm (20.08 inches)
  • Width: 380mm (14.96 inches)
  • Height: 250mm (9.84 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 325mm F/R (12.80 inches)
  • Ground Clearance: 58mm (2.28 inches)
  • Chassis Type: 3.0mm 6061 Aluminum
  • Shocks: Oil filled Big Bore Shocks
  • Speed Control: Brushless ESC EZRUN-80A
  • Battery: Dual LIPO 7.4V Batteries (20c 3200Mah 2s) & Charger Included

Radio Controller

Radio System: Redcat DSM-2C 2.4GHz Remote & Receiver with forward, reverse, left and right controls.

Design

Rugged design with a low profile and center of gravity.  Big wheels and heavy duty springs. All this means this is a tough design ready for the road or dirt. It's certainly made to handle some bashing. As you saw in the video, because of the power in this truck it can be difficult to keep the front wheels on the ground, so you might want to consider getting the optional Redcat Racing Wheelie Bar.

The Positive

I think I've already coverd all the positive things about this truck, but let me say it again.  It's AWESOME!

The Negative

The spur gear is plastic, so going forward fast and applying brakes hard triggering reverse leaves a chance of grinding the teeth off of the gear. The pinion is metal and there are metal spur gear replacements available.

Hard turns going at high speeds are not handled very well on asphalt/concrete surfaces.

The batteries don't last long enough, well they do but when you drive it you will want them to last a lot longer than they do because of how much fun you're having

Special Features

What more can I say? The special feature of this monster truck is it's lightning speed and the fact you can toss and tumble this car around and it just gets up, dusts itself off and wants MORE. You'll wich you had more power packs handy so you can drive it longer. Once you get the hang of driving this R/C Truck you won't want to stop.

Necessary Extras

I highly recommend getting these optional extras because it wasn't long after I had the Earthquake I was back online ordering them myself.

Redcat Racing Wheelie Bar, a must if you want to keep your front wheels on the ground and pump up the power.

Venom 20C 2S 3200mAh 7.4V Hard Case LiPo Battery with Universal Plug x2 Packs, just to give you even more power.

Be sure to check all your nuts and bolts before and after your run. Due to the immense power of this truck, and the fact it will take a bit of bashing while you get used to driving it, things might get a little lose, so it's better to be safe than sorry.

The Verdict

The ABSOLUTELY AWESOME Redcat Racing Earthquake Monster Truck gets 4.5 out of 5 Burnouts (hands down)!

Redcat Racing Nitro Buggy Rating 3.5 Burnouts

Product Features

Really, REALLY FAST!!
Aluminum Capped Oil Filled Big Bore Shocks
Brushless ESC EZRUN-80A
4-wheel drive shaft transmission
2.4GHz Radio, Qty. 2 - 7.4v 3200mAh 20c LIPO Batteries & Charger Included
Radio requires 8 AA Batteries (Not Included)

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