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DHK Maximus RTR 1/8 4WD BL Monster Truck (4S)

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Regular Price: $449.99

Special Price: $399.99

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DHK Maximus RTR 1/8 4WD BL Monster Truck

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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

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Good and Bad Review by Craig
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This truck is lots of fun and very fast for the money, but...not even 2 weeks old and esc and motor are now over heating and cutting off every time I try to run it. Def not running it hard, just normal, and it still over heats. Replacement parts are in some cases double the cost of main line name brands. (Posted on 6/12/14)
No Aftermarket Support and Low Quality Electronics Review by Michael Preyer
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I have owned this truck for a bit over 2 months and it has been in the store for repair more than it's been in my possession. The motor and ESC keep failing. Hobby People has replaced it each time, but that does me no good when the replaced parts just fail again within one or two runs.

Now that I have decided to give up on the stock electronics and install aftermarket motor and ESC, I've found that the motor mount is a very non-standard clamping heat sink. It ONLY allows a 36mm diameter motor. 36mm diameter motors are really meant for 1/10 scale trucks. Unless you figure out how to fabricate your own mount, you cannot install a more adequate 40mm motor.

The stock 80a ESC is not up to the task of handling 4S power even though the manual says it can. When I started looking for a replacement, my choices were limited because the stock ESC is in a very tight location and it's hard to shoehorn anything larger in there. I think I can find a smallish 120a ESC that will work. I know that a 150a Hobbywing ESC will not fit.

As for the chassis and suspension, they look great and strong, but they are not that strong. The aluminum parts are very soft and low quality. They are stamped, not CNC milled. I've barely driven the Maximus due to always being in the shop, yet the rear shock tower has bent and both front dog bones have bent. It is impossible to find any better quality aftermarket parts. NOBODY except Hobby People (in the US) sells parts for DHK trucks and they are expensive.

If I were you, I'd spend the $400 on a well known brand name quality truck with good aftermarket support. Heck, I bought a barely used Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 on ebay that came with upgrades plus a charger and four excellent batteries. I paid $400 with shipping. That is 1000-percent more truck than the DHK Maximus. It is much, MUCH stronger. Aftermarket parts for the Thunder Tiger are not as readily available as parts for Traxxas, Associated, HPI and other big name brands, but even so parts are infinitely easier to find that for the DHK Maximus. You can buy Thunder Tiger stock replacement parts cheap from "chop shops". There are also quite a few aftermarket parts for it. Thunder Tiger owns Team Associated. The MT4-G3 shares a lot of parts with Associated buggies such as the differentials, so there are numerous upgrades readily available.

Don't get me wrong. I am not pushing the Thunder Tiger. Rather, I'm trying to make a point. Spend your money wisely. $400 for a DHK Maximus is NOT money spent wisely.

By the way, some people are saying that $400 is a deal because the Maximus comes with batteries and a charger. True, it does, but the charger is a wall-wart that charges only one battery at a time and takes hours to do it. The truck uses two batteries at a time, so the charger is basically useless. Also, the stock Lipo batteries are very low power and low quality. They do NOT make this truck a better value. (Posted on 5/4/14)
Very Fun Review by Mark M
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For the money this truck/truggy is fun and takes a beating it has good speed handles fair it passed the girlfriend beating test I like it only problem is now my girlfriend wont let loose of it (Posted on 3/30/14)
Great Truck, Great Price! Review by Jonny
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I have to say this truck is AWESOME! for $400, you get a 1/8 scale monster truck WITH Lipo's, AND a Charger. Not to mention that it already comes with all the upgrades you usually have to buy separately when buying a Traxxas vehicle. A brushless E-maxx will cost you well over $600, and your shock towers, axles, shocks, and chassis will be plastic. The Maximus already comes with Steel CVD axles which are super tough, aluminum threaded shocks with 4mm shock shafts, aluminum shock towers, aluminum top & bottom chassis plates, Aluminum hub carriers in front, aluminum 17mm hexes, and sway bars. All these aluminum parts are parts that would be considered upgrades for a traxxas emaxx out of the box and you would have to buy them seperate. I love the wheels because the rims are like RPM rims, and they are super light but tough. I've had 4 emaxx trucks with unlimited engineering parts so I've had enough experience to compare this truck to a good $200 truck. My son and I bashed the hell out of this DHK Maximus truck! Nothing has broken so far.. we rolled it, crashed it, flipped it, we jumped it off of 6 foot high jumps, and the arms seem to be really tough and flexible... The system is just as strong and fast as a Castle Monster Mamba system, and in my opinon the DHK system is a bit smoother since it doesn't jerk as much when punching the throttle. The screws on the steering linkage do come off, so I would suggest thread lock or even better replacing the stock screws with longer screws that can take a nut on the opposite end. The receiver box could be sealed but not a big deal... the width and stance on the truck is perfect as it sits low, and does not flip over at high speeds. Of course there are things you can tweak on the truck to make it better just like any other truck...but out of the box its almost perfect. It pretty much already comes dialed it... LOVE LOVE this truck and especially for the price! Super happy.... (Posted on 3/15/14)
Great Truck, Great Price! Review by Jonny
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I have to say this truck is AWESOME! for $400, you get a 1/8 scale monster truck WITH Lipo's, AND a Charger. Not to mention that it already comes with all the upgrades you usually have to buy separately when buying a Traxxas vehicle. A brushless E-maxx will cost you well over $600, and your shock towers, axles, shocks, and chassis will be plastic. The Maximus already comes with Steel CVD axles which are super tough, aluminum threaded shocks with 4mm shock shafts, aluminum shock towers, aluminum top & bottom chassis plates, Aluminum hub carriers in front, aluminum 17mm hexes, and sway bars. All these aluminum parts are parts that would be considered upgrades for a traxxas emaxx out of the box and you would have to buy them seperate. I love the wheels because the rims are like RPM rims, and they are super light but tough. I've had 4 emaxx trucks with unlimited engineering parts so I've had enough experience to compare this truck to a good $200 truck. My son and I bashed the hell out of this DHK Maximus truck! Nothing has broken so far.. we rolled it, crashed it, flipped it, we jumped it off of 6 foot high jumps, and the arms seem to be really tough and flexible... The system is just as strong and fast as a Castle Monster Mamba system, and in my opinon the DHK system is a bit smoother since it doesn't jerk as much when punching the throttle. The screws on the steering linkage do come off, so I would suggest thread lock or even better replacing the stock screws with longer screws that can take a nut on the opposite end. The receiver box could be sealed but not a big deal... the width and stance on the truck is perfect as it sits low, and does not flip over at high speeds. Of course there are things you can tweak on the truck to make it better just like any other truck...but out of the box its almost perfect. It pretty much already comes dialed it... LOVE LOVE this truck and especially for the price! Super happy.... (Posted on 3/15/14)
A Very Worthy "Truggy" Review by MailManX
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Although this is categorized as a Monster Truck, it has a center differential which, by most strict definitions, makes it a truggy. To me, that's a GOOD thing. It sits lower than a monster truck and handles extremely well. I inspected the Maximus very thoroughly before the first run and was quite impressed with the quality. I especially like the doubled-up front and rear shock towers that are both aluminum and plastic tied together. The entire chassis tub is 6061 Al Aly. Although not as good as 7075, it is still a very durable chassis.

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 2/26/14)
Great buy Review by Max max
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It was obvious this was a beat, it was doing wheeles on command out of the box (Posted on 2/14/14)
Great beginner truck Review by Satisfied Customer
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Was in the market for my first RC Car. I am not a really speed type of guy. I wanted off road capability. I wanted a fueled truck, but I was talked out of it being this was my first RC. After purchasing the Maximus, I was not satisfied at first. The truck would run off on its own suddenly. I took a trip back to Hobby People in Pasadena, CA where the manager and assistant manager were very helpful. They ended up replacing the transmitter and receiver for free since it had a 1 year electronics warranty. I have had no problems thus far. I did upgrade the batteries. 2 of my drive shafts broke after taking a hard curb crash. Easy but expensive fix for 2 pieces of metal for the drive shaft ($20 for 2). At least the replacements seem bulkier! This thing is a beast. It contains so much power that you can literally do wheelies down the street. The big tires offer so much versatility. The shocks are incredibly versatile also. Happy customer.....next truck........Traxxas Revo 3.3...check it out ! (Posted on 12/4/13)
Do research first Review by Disappointed
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you do realize hobby people carries all the parts and we offer affordable shipping?


Bought this truck at the hobby store, it looked like a bad ass truck! Which it is a bad ass truck. Aluminum body, shocks, shock towers. steel drives. It is a nice basher. Tough and fast. However, when you break it that's when you will have problems. There is no place on the internet that has parts. I went through the hobby store to get parts and had to wait a week. Not bad, however the shock tower may be aluminum but it is mounted to the plastic diff gear box. So I ordered the upgrade aluminum diff box. They wanted $232 buks!! (theres no way in hell would I pay for this) Are you kidding me?! That's half the cost of the truck. I also order an assembled diff gear box, which ran $65. Pricey for a cheap ass truck.
So here's my advice I wish that I would have done my research instead of impulse buying. Woulda saved myself 480 buks. Things to research, how popular is the brand, any parts accessible? and is it water proof? It is not!!! So it maybe a cheap rtr basher but you get what you pay for. I have a traxxas emaxx brussless and and exo terra. I break parts on there all the time and have no problems finding new ones on ebay or at local hobby store. Go on ebay and search dhk maximus and see if you find any parts. Something I wish I woulda done before buying this. (Posted on 9/15/13)
Nice truck, but the electronics no good Review by Jayster
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I finally got around to buying this truck & right out of the box is was ready to go and I loved it. But like a week into buying it, the problems started. It started to shut down due to over heating. It would get so hot that the solder from the deans connection plugs on the batteries would melt off, I couldn't believe it, it was all stock out of the box. I then took it in to where I bought it in Encino, CA store and spoke to the store manager & I was surprisingly happy that he offered to replace the ESC & motor free of charge which they determined was the issuse. Since it was only 1 week since I bought the truck he said it was still covered under a new purchase warranty. So I came back the following day picked-up the truck & took it out for a run. Ran ok for that day, but the following week after I took the truck out, the same over heating issue happened again. I took the truck back to the Encino, CA store & spoke to the store manager again & he said that he couldn't do anything about it this time as far as replacing the parts again from free. It was like 2 weeks after I bought this truck, I believe they could have at this point either replaced the truck or given me a refund. But anyways, the store managed said the best he can do is give me a discount on the replacement parts, which was only like a $20 discount, really! And since these parts already went bad 2 times already, there was no guaranty that the parts I would buy would work. And if they ended up being bad, they wouldn't replace them for free.
After all that ordeal, I felt so cheated and couldn't believe I paid $400 for a truck that I had & couldn't even run. My only option was to just buy a new ESC & Motor from a better known brand, which was going to cost me an additional like $200 on top of the $400 I had paid for the truck!
I also went the extra mile & contacted DHK support via email, which is the only way to contact them, they ate like in China I think. After a few email exchanges, there was no resolution.
I just gave up & bought a new ESC & Motor of another brand and since then my truck has been running great.
Given this whole drama I had with this truck, Hobby People & DHK, I will not buy another R/C made by DHK or these unknown store brands. As for Hobby People, I appreciate the effort, but more could have been done on stores part to help me and make me a happy customer. I have purchased well over $2,000 on several R/C cars & parts, but I will need to seriously think about my next purchase at Hobby People. (Posted on 8/28/13)

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