|RC Driver Review: Maximus (4.3 MB)||RC Driver reviews the DHK Maximus in their February issue.|
|Maximus Manual (31 MB)||This is the Owner's Manual for the DHK Maximus BL|
|LiPo Battery Safety Guide (96.5 KB)|
Failure to comply with the safety guidelines in this document may result in damage to your battery, property damage, fire, personal injury and/or loss of life.
|Quick-Start Guide (3.5 MB)||This is the Quick-Start Guide for DHK Electric Vehicles|
1/8th Scale RTR 4WD Brushless Monster Truck
w/2.GHz Radio, 2260kv Brushless Motor & 80 Amp ESC
This is a DHK Maximus 1/8th Scale RTR 4WD Brushless Monster Truck. The big Maximus 1/8th scale Monster Truck is fast, fun and durable. Take control of your Maximus Monster Truck with the easy-to-use DHK 2.4GHz radio and drive at over 50 MPH! The Maximus features oil-filled, all-metal shocks and all-metal shock towers. The suspension is adjustable and durable. It's all mounted to a metal chassis with a double-deck top-plate, providing a super-stiff platform to improve both handling and reliability on the big jumps!
DHK has redefined the Ready-to-Run 1/8th scale category with their innovative RC trucks and buggies. DHK is small on price but big on features. From the ground up, DHK had the backyard basher and experienced enthusiast in mind. The Maximus Monster Truck has advanced suspension adjustments and geometry providing a chassis design that can be precisely tuned for any track setup. And when you're ready to fly off the big jumps, the Maximus is ready too, with durable plush suspension and the power to catch BIG AIR. The Maximus is set up to never let you down. Durability, adjustability, simplicity. DHK Maximus is the right choice for 1/8th scale brushless EP performance!
• High-Power Brushless Motor and ESC
• Integrated Aluminum Motor Heat-Sink and ESC Cooling Fan
• 4WD 3-Diff Competition Chassis Layout
• All-Metal Coil-Over Shocks
• Tough Suspension Parts and Aggressive Monster Truck Tires
• Dual Battery Layout
• 50+ MPH
• Length: 19.5 Inches (497mm)
• Width: 15.3 Inches (389mm)
• Height: 7.1 Inches (181mm)
• Wheelbase: 13.78 Inches (350mm)
• Weight: 7.3 Pounds (3.32kg)
• ESC: 80A Brushless
• Motor 2260kv 11.1V
• Steering Servo: 9kg Metal Gear
• Radio: DHK 2.4GHz Pistol Grip
• Speed: 50+ MPH
Items Required, But Not Included:
• Two 2S 5000mAh LiPo Batteries w/Female T-Connector
• AC or AC/DC LiPo Battery Charger
• 4 'AA' Alkaline Batteries for Transmitter
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- super fast Review by Nick
- UPDATE: From "MailManX" Review by Michael Preyer
I have now owned the Maximus for an entire year. If I were not someone who loves to tinker, I'd have gotten rid of this truck a long time ago. However, I do really like the chassis and suspension, so I have kept the truck and gotten it to where I really like it. To do that, however, I had to spend a lot of money. It meant replacing the motor, ESC, servo, TX and RX. Thankfully, I bought the truck for only $249 in February 2014 on a President's Day sale.
For the full price of $400, I cannot recommend the Maximus. There are other rigs in the same price range that do not require a new motor and ESC immediately on purchase. However, if you can get a great sale on a new rig, or buy a used one in good condition from someone else, then go for it. If you put your own good quality motor and ESC on the truck, you will love the quality of the chassis and suspension.
I have posted several videos on YouTube and some How-To DIY articles on the RCCrawler forum and UltimateRC forum. You can find those with a Google search. (Posted on 1/15/15)
- best truck i have owned Review by Sid
- Best TRuck For The Buck........For Real!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Review by Frank the Tank
- Great beginner truck Review by Satisfied Customer
- Great buy Review by Max Max
- A Very Worthy "Truggy" Review by MailmanX
I love the balanced weight distribution with the two batteries mounted on the LH and RH sides in back, then the motor on the RH and electronics on the LH up front. The front and rear bumpers and bumper mounts are well designed and durable.
During my inspection, I only found one loose screw. Some things I did not like: The wires are not routed well. They are pretty sloppy and tend to interfere with the servo arm. However, that's an easy fix. The stock servo is abysmally weak, but that is to be expected at this price point. Just run it till it dies, then upgrade.
I have now owned the Maximus for a week and have run several packs through it. I have tried it on pavement, loose dirt, packed dirt, rocky dirt and thick grass. Nothing stops it. This thing is truly capable of achieving it's rated speed of 50+ mph on pavement. The differentials seem to have just the right balance of oil for most conditions. I can get the truck to wheelie on command on any surface, yet it's not so touchy as to want to constantly back flip. I'm very pleased with the stock tires. They have plenty of grip on the loose stuff, but not so much grip on pavement that it wants to traction roll. It tends to understeer a bit and slide rather than traction roll. I prefer that. For someone who doesn't, the diff oil weights can be changed.
There are two fans on this rig: A small fan on the ESC and a HUGE fan on the motor. At first, that made me wonder whether they were there to make up for a lack of quality. However, after a week of hard running on some very large batter packs (dual 2S 8200mAh 70C SPC Batteries in series for 4S), the motor and ESC barely get warm. I believe that the fans could be removed without ill effect. That will slightly reduce weight and slightly reduce electrical demand on the batteries. With the two huge packs in the rig, I get about 40 minutes of strong run time. The two small stock batteries provide less torque, less speed and only last about 15 minutes.
Nothing has broken or even bent in the first week of ownership. I've run it hard and had some nasty tumbles. I have not gotten huge air, but I've certainly jumped it. I even jumped it over some concrete parking lot bump stops a few times. Those are like running into the edge of a side walk. The truck took a few brutal hits and shrugged it off.
There are a lot of "fan boys" who will only recommend the usual big names in 1/8 scale off-road RC's and would put down the DHK Maximus. I own some of those others, but decided to take a risk on this Maximus. I'm glad I did. It has been a very positive experience and nothing but fun! Just buy bigger batteries and a legitimate charger. The S-L-O-W wall charger that comes with the kit can be tossed, or given to some kid for his toy trucks. (Posted on 3/27/14)
- Great Truck, Great Price! Review by Jonny