instruction manual
1/18 2WD MINI MONSTER TRUCK
NO.6551-FS
Please read the instruction manual carefully before operating your car.
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
WARRANTY
Thunder Tiger Corporation guarantees this model kit to be free from defects in both material and workmanship.
The total monetary value under warranty will in no case exceed the cost of the original kit purchased. This warranty
does not cover any components damaged by use or modification. Part or parts missing from this kit must be
reported within 60 days of purchase. No part or parts will be sent under warranty without proof of purchase. To
receive part or parts under warranty, the service center must receive a proof of purchase and/or the defective part
or parts. Should you find a defective or missing part, contact the authorized Thunder Tiger Service/Distributor
nearest you. Under no circumstances can a dealer or distributor accept return of a kit if assembly has started.
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the Thunder Tiger ZK-2 mini monster truck. Thunder Tiger strives to bring you
the highest level of quality and service we can provide. We race and test our products around the world
to bring you state-of-the-art items.
This instruction manual contains the steps you will use to prepare and use your new vehicle. Please read
all instructions and familiarize yourself with the systems and controls of this product before operating.
You should enjoy many hours of trouble free use from this advanced R/C product. We offer on-line help
24-7 on our www.acehobby.com or www.thundertiger.com.tw web site and our product specialists are
ready to take your call if you have any technical questions. Have fun and enjoy the exciting world of R/C.
PRECAUTION
Please read all instructions thoroughly before operation.
1. This product is not a toy. It is a high performance model product. It is important to familiarize yourself
with the model, its manual, and its construction before assembly or operation. Children operating
under the supervision of the adults is necessary.
2. Do not operate model products in rain, on public roads, near crowds, near airport, or near areas with
restricted radio operation.
3. This product, its parts, and its construction tools can be possibly harmful to your health. Always
exercise extreme caution when assembling and/or operating this product. Do not touch any part of
model that rotates.
4. Check your radio frequency with the proper operating frequency of the area or country. Always check
if there are any modelers operating on the same frequency as you are. Also, check your radio for
proper operation before operating a mode.
5. Use an adequate charger for the batteries and follow the instruction correctly.
6. Right after use, do not touch equipment on the model because they may generate high temperatures!
7. Do not stall the motor. The ESC may fail if power is applied to the motor when car cannot move freely.
8. Improper operations may cause personal and/or property damage. Thunder Tiger and its distributor
have no control over damage resulting from shipping, improper building materials, construction, or
improper usage.
9. Thunder Tiger assumes and accepts no responsibility for personal and/or property damages resulting
from the use of improper building materials, equipment and operations. By the act of assembling or
operating this product, the user accepts all resulting liability. If the buyer is not prepared to accept this
liability, then he/she should return this product in new, unassembled, and unused condition to the
place of purchase
ITEMS REQUIRED
Phillips
Screwdriver(S)
8 AA Size Alkaline
Batteries For
Transmitter
Operation
Allen Wrench
(0.5mm)
ACCESSORIES INCLUDED
Hex wrench,
1.5mm, 3/32"
Antema tube and Cap
4-way cross
wrench
Radio
Colored Flag
Shock Spring
Clips
1100mAh,Ni-Mh Batteries,
7.2V(6cell) power pack
10 hours
battery charger
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The Radio Control System
The Transmitter
Thunder Tiger ZK-2 mini monster truck features with an advanced PPM AM radio control system,
including a micro servo, RS Receiver/Speed Control and a ACE Jaguar T2P 2-Ch AM pistol grip
transmitter or T2D Dual-stick transmitter. Before operating your new radio system, please take a few
minutes to familiarize yourself with the various features of the system by reading the introduction below.
1. Transmitter Antenna:
Never operate the transmitter without extending this antenna or you
may create interference to other modeler.
2. Battery Level Indicator:
Three LED display to indicate the battery voltage level. If the Red LED
flashes, please replace the batteries.
3. Servo Reversing Switches:
To reverse the servo's rotation direction at the flip of the switch. The
reversing switches are recessed into the transmitter to prevent
accidental operation.
4. Steering Trim:
Adjusts the steering in small increments or decrements to run the
model straight.
5. Throttle Trim:
Adjusts the throttle in small increments or decrements to shift the
neutral position.
6a. Steering D/R (Dual Rates):
Allow you to choose between two different control sensitivities.
6b. Throttle Kick-Down:
Allow you to shift the physical position of the throttle stick change.
7. External Charging Jack:
Recharges the transmitter battery only as using a rechargeable Nicd
or NiMh battery pack.
8. Crystal:
To change the channel number your radio broadcasts.
9. Steering Wheel / Steering Stick: Controls the steering of the model.
10. Power Switch:
Sliding to turn the transmitter on or off.
11. Throttle Trigger / Throttle Stick: Pulled or pushed to control the movement of the model.
12. Battery Cover:
Sliding to open the battery cover for battery replacement/installation.
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Jaguar T2P Pistol Grip Transmitter
Jaguar T2D Dual-stick transmitter
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The RS Receiver/ ESC (Electric Speed Control) Module
1. Receiver & ESC:
Receives the signal from the transmitter to control your vehicle and control the
power input and rotating direction of the motor.
2. Crystal:
To change the channel it receives
3. Power Switch:
Sliding to turn the unit on or off.
4. Antenna Holder/Tube: Mounts the antenna tube as a transmitter's link.
5. Power Harness Plug: Connects the battery pack to the unit.
6. Steering Servo Socket:Connects the steering servo to the unit.
7. Motor Plug:
Connects the motor to the unit to get power supply.
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Frequency
The RS AM Module can be used with 26, 27 or 40 MHz frequency band to operate your vehicle. Each
band has 6 different channels available allowing users to change the crystals for versatile operating at the
same time. When changing the crystal, just replace a set of crystal plugging on transmitter and on
receiver simultaneously by pulling it out. Then push a new set of crystal into the socket carefully on the RS
module and Transmitter respectively. (Caution: do not bend the two pins of the crystal or it would cause
damage of your model.) The following frequency channels are available at 27MHz band.
CHANNEL
FREQUENCY
BAND
FLAG
COLOR
THUNDER TIGER
PART NO.
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CH1
26.995 MHz
Brown Flag
AQ0311
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CH2
27.045 MHz
Red Flag
AQ0312
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CH3
27.095 MHz
Orange Flag
AQ0313
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CH4
27.145 MHz
Yellow Flag
AQ0314
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CH5
27.195 MHz
Green Flag
AQ0315
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CH6
27.255 MHz
Blue Flag
AQ0316
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Each frequency is assigned a colored
flag and channel number. Attach this
flag to the end of your transmitter
antenna so that other modelers can
deter mine your frequency from a
distance. This is very important since
it is not possible for more than one
model to operate on the same
frequency at the same time.
OPERATION
Step
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PREPARING THE RADIO
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a. Install the antenna into transmitter
b. Check the frequency printed on the transmitter crystal.
c. Check the frequency printed on the RS ESC/Receiver module and crystal. Make sure
it matches with the transmitter crystal. Make sure no one will operate on the same
frequency when you are. When there is a radio glitch, it will most likely be caused by
improper crystal, damaged crystal, or people operating on the same frequency.
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Step
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
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c
b
a. Install 8 AA size alkaline batteries into the transmitter.(Make sure the correct polarity order)
b. Install supplied power pack into the batter holder. And then secure the battery holder
under the battery cover plate and RS ESC/Receiver module by using a small "R" clip.
c. Connect the plug harness of the battery with the RS ESC/Receiver module.
RADIO OPERATION
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a When turning radio on, first turn on the transmitter.
b. Then, turn on the receiver. When turning off, first turn the receiver off, then the
transmitter off. It's an important hint to prevent unexpected damages.
c. To reverse the functions of servos, use the small, white servo reverse switches located on side
of the pistol transmitter. To trim the servos on the pistol transmitter, use the trim switches on
side of the steering wheel (the ST. trims steering, and the TH trims throttle/brake). On a stick
transmitter, the trim levers are located accordingly around the sticks.
Frequency interference
Never operate the transmitter without checking your radio frequency, or you may create
interference to other modeler.
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Step
4
STEERING OPEATION
a
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b
a. Check the radio steering functions. With the radio transmitter and receiver on, turn
the steering wheel/ stick to the left. The front tires/wheels should turn left accordingly.
If not, flip the steering servo reverse switch.
b. Return the steering wheel/ stick to neutral. The front tires / wheels should point
straight forward. If not, use the steering trim knob to correct it.
c. Turn the steering wheel/ stick to the right. The front tires/wheels should turn right
accordingly.
Running with A.T.L function
(Comes with ACE R/C T2P Pistol Grip Transmitter only )
RS module features Anti-Throttle-Lock (A-T-L) function which has been designed to
prevent incorrect operation of turning on the transmitter. The function will work in the
conditions below,
● When turning on your vehicle, leave the trigger in the natural position. If you pull the
trigger before switching on, the transmitter will start beeping and disconnecting the
signal transmission for safety.
If the A.T.L function works; turn off the vehicle first and follow the guide to turn
on the radio again!(Radio first, vehicle second!!!)
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STEERING ADJUSTMENT
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Steering D/R Dial
Minimum
Travel
Maximum
Travel
a. When driving your car forward, it should move in a straight line. If not, turning the
steering trim knob clockwise or counter-clockwise until you get the neutral steering.
Then the car will track in a straight line without turning the steering wheel. On a stick
transmitter, the steering trim is under the steering stick.
b. Steering D/R (comes with ACE R/C T2P pistol grip transmitter only) allows you
change the steering sensitivities while running. By turning the dual rate dial as shown
to correct over-steering and under-steering problems.
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BATTERY CHARGING
a. Make sure that the battery pack is completely discharged prior to charging.
Discharging the battery pack by running the electric motor until it slows down or using
a discharger(Not included).
b. For best results, let the battery pack cool before charging. Heat may prevent the battery
pack from charging to full capacity and also decreases the performance of the battery.
c. Once the battery is ready to be charged, first plug the AC quick charger into the outlet
of AC power source, and then connect the battery input/output harness to the charger.
d. Continue to monitor the battery as it is being charged. As soon as the battery is fully
charged, disconnect the battery. from the charger plug(Over-charging or charging
incorrectly using inadequate chargers may cause the battery pack to become
dangerously hot.)
RIDE HEIGHT (or DROOP) ADJUSTMENT
Ride height ( or Droop ) is the distance from the
ground to the bottom of the chassis. By removing or
installing the pre-load spring clips, the distance can
be decreased or increased to adapt to the different
terrains. Basically, a rough surface will need a higher
ride height.
MAINTENANCE AFTER RUNING
a. Always turn off the radio system and unplug the battery pack when not using the truck.
b. Remove the sand, dirt, and any other elements completely from the truck before you store it.
c. Never use chemicals or any solvents to clean the chassis as it may cause damage to the electronics
components and plastic parts as well. Use compressed air, soft paintbrush, or toothbrush to clean
dust and dirt.
HOP-UPS
Thunder Tiger is pleased to inform our customers that you don't need to wait for long-term developed
optional parts anymore. Thunder Tiger also offers you the chance to turn your truck in "Factory" version!
Thunder Tiger offers a series of optional parts for your appreciative choosing. It's much more durable,
faithful and perfect fitting than any other aftermarket hop-up parts made for your mighty truck. Please
contact your hobby shop for more exciting product information from Thunder Tiger.
* Aluminum. Oil-Filled Shock Absorbers
* Competition High Power Motor
* Competition Mini ESC and Receiver
* High Torque Micro Servo
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