Revo 3.3 - Traxxas

Revo 3.3 - Traxxas
MODEL 53097
owner’s manual
INTRODUCTION
3 BEFORE YOU
PROCEED
4 SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
5 TOOLS, SUPPLIES,
AND REQUIRED
EQUIPMENT
6 ANATOMY OF
YOUR REVO
7 QUICK START:
GETTING UP TO
SPEED
8 TRAXXAS TQi
RADIO SYSTEM
16 THE TRX 3.3
RACING ENGINE
30 DRIVING
Thank you for choosing a Traxxas Revo. We believe you have
purchased the finest, most technologically advanced R/C monster
truck available. Revo proudly demonstrates Traxxas’ passionate
commitment innovation, ultimate performance, and unmatched
engineering. Revo’s radically advanced suspension, chassis, and
transmission design takes performance to a higher level. Now with
larger TRX 3.3 Racing Engine, Revo pushes the performance envelope
even further with relentless, over-the-top horsepower. We’ve
engineered the Revo to allow you to experience power, control, and
responsiveness that surpasses anything else you’ve driven.
The new TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is the most powerful engine of its
size ever available in a Ready-To-Run truck. Advanced engineering
and design, along with thousands of hours of testing, puts the
TRX 3.3 in a class by itself. Each part of the TRX 3.3 - from the air
filter on the slide carburetor, to the tip on the dyno-tuned exhaust
system - has been carefully engineered to provide maximum
power over the broadest rpm range.
Traxxas was the first with standard on-board electric starting.
The EZ-Start has evolved into an incredibly advanced and reliable
starting solution, featuring thermal protection for the motor and
built-in diagnostics to В­monitor the condition of the glow plug.
Revo 3.3’s OptiDrive® electronic shift module uses advanced
microprocessor control to sense vehicle speed and optimize
forward and reverse shifting. This revolutionary, patent-pending
system allows the transmission to be lighter with fewer moving
parts for reduced inertial mass and greater torque handling.
OptiDrive provides constant drive engagement for seamless,
responsive acceleration.
We know you’re excited about getting your new Revo on the road,
but it’s very important that you take some time to read through
the Owners Manual. This manual contains all the necessary setup, break-in, tuning, and operating procedures that allow you
to unlock the incredible performance and adjustment potential
that Traxxas engineers designed into Revo. Even if you are an
experienced R/C enthusiast, it’s important to read and follow
the procedures in this manual. Revo contains new technologies
in the engine, suspension, and transmission operation that you
may not be familiar with. Pay particular attention to the fuel and
break-in requirements for the engine. The advanced design of
the TRX 3.3 Racing Engine has a special break-in procedure that
has been developed and proven to produce the best-performing
engine possible. Using traditional or old-fashioned procedures
could reduce engine performance and longevity.
YOUR REVO
31 BASIC TUNING
ADJUSTMENTS
37 MAINTAINING
AND STORING
YOUR REVO
39 ADVANCED TUNING
ADJUSTMENTS
43 TQi ADVANCED
TUNING GUIDE
2 • REVO 3.3
Traxxas Support
Traxxas support is with you every step of the
way. Refer to the next page to find out how to
contact us and what your support options are.
Quick Start
This manual is designed with a Quick
Start path that outlines the necessary
procedures to get your model up
and running in the shortest time possible. If you are an
experienced R/C enthusiast, you will find it helpful and fast.
Be sure and read through the rest of the manual to learn
about important safety, maintenance, and adjustment
procedures. Turn to page 7 to begin.
Revo is made to be a complete package that starts with the highest
level of engineering and is equipped stock with the most powerful
Ready-To-RaceВ® engine available. We want you to feel confident
that you own the best-performing truck in the market and that it is
backed by a team of professionals who aim to provide the highest
level of factory support possible. Revo is about experiencing total
performance and satisfaction, not just with your truck, but also
with the company that stands behind it.
Thank you again for going with Traxxas. We work hard every day
to assure you the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.
We truly want you to enjoy your new Revo!
BEFORE YOU PROCEED
Carefully read and follow all instructions in this and any
accompanying materials to prevent serious damage to your
model. Failure to follow these instructions will be considered
abuse and/or neglect.
Before running your model, look over this entire manual and
examine the model carefully. If for some reason you decide it is not
what you wanted, then do not continue any further. Your hobby
dealer absolutely cannot accept a model for return or exchange
after it has been run.
Warnings, Helpful Hints, & Cross-References
Throughout this manual, you’ll notice warnings and helpful hints
identified by the icons below. Be sure to read them!
Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8:30am
to 9:00pm central time. Technical assistance is also available at
Traxxas.com. You may also e-mail customer support with your
question at [email protected] Join thousands of registered
members in our online community at Traxxas.com.
Traxxas offers a full-service, on-site repair facility to handle any
of your Traxxas service needs. Maintenance and replacement
parts may be purchased directly from Traxxas by phone or online
at www.BuyTraxxas.com. You can save time, along with shipping
and handling costs, by purchasing replacement parts from your
local dealer.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any of your product support needs.
We want you to be thoroughly satisfied with your new model!
An important warning about personal safety or avoiding
damage to your model and related components.
REGISTERING YOUR MODEL
Special advice from Traxxas to make things easier
and more fun.
In order to serve you better as our customer, please
register your product within 10 days of your purchase
online at Traxxas.com/register.
Refers you to a page with a related topic.
Traxxas.com/register
Traxxas
6200 Traxxas Way
McKinney, Texas 75070
Phone: 972-549-3000
Toll-free 1-888-TRAXXAS
Internet
Traxxas.com
E-mail: [email protected]
Entire contents В©2014 Traxxas.
Traxxas, Ready-To-Race, ReadyTo-Win, Revo 3.3 and ProGraphix
are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Traxxas. Other
brand names and marks are
the property of their respective
holders and are used only for
purposes of identification. No
part of this manual may be
reproduced or distributed in print
or electronic media without the
express written permission of
Traxxas. Specifications are subject
to change without notice.
Support
If you have any questions about your model or its operation,
call the Traxxas Technical Support line toll-free at:
1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927)*
*Toll-free support is available to U.S. residents only.
REVO 3.3 • 3
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
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All instructions and
precautions outlined in this
manual should be strictly
followed to ensure safe
operation of your model.
All of us at Traxxas want you to safely enjoy your new Revo. Operate
your Revo sensibly and with care, and it will be exciting, safe, and fun
for you and those around you. Failure to operate your Revo in a safe and
responsible manner may result in property damage and serious injury.
The precautions outlined in this manual should be strictly followed to
help ensure safe operation. You alone must see that the instructions are
followed and the precautions are adhered to.
important points to remember
This model is not intended
for use by children (minors)
under 16 years of age
without the supervision
of a responsible and
knowledgeable adult.
Model requires detailed
setup, and/or maintenance
procedures with required
support equipment.
Previous experience with
radio controlled models is
mandatory. This model is
capable of very high speeds
and requires a high level of
skilled driving control.
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4 • REVO 3.3
• Revo is very fast! The Revo is intended for experienced users with a high
level of skill. The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is extremely powerful and may
require skilled driving to maintain control. Children under 16 years of
age and inexperienced drivers should not operate the Revo without the
supervision of a responsible and knowledgeable (experienced) adult.
• Model engine fuel is dangerous and highly poisonous. Always follow
all directions and precautions printed on the fuel container. Model
engine fuel is poisonous to humans and animals. Drinking the fuel can
cause blindness and death. Handle with care and respect.
• Model engine fuel, especially when in a fuel dispensing bottle, may look
like a cool drink to a child. Keep all fuel out of the reach of children at
all times. Do not place fuel containers on the ground where children
can reach them while you are driving.
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• Model engine fuel is flammable. Never allow smoking, sparks,
heat or flame in the presence of fuel or fuel vapors. • The engine, brakes, and exhaust system may become extremely hot
during use. Be careful not to touch the parts, especially when refueling
or stopping the engine.
• Prolonged exposure to the engine exhaust can be harmful. Avoid
breathing the engine exhaust. Always run your Revo outdoors,
in a well-ventilated area. Never run the engine indoors.
• Do not operate your Revo at night, or anytime your line of sight to the
model may be obstructed or impaired in any way.
• Never operate your Revo in crowds of people or busy pedestrian
areas. Revo is very fast and could cause injury to those unaware of
its presence. Keep small children at a safe distance away from the
operating area.
• Because Revo is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio interference
from many sources beyond your control. Since radio interference can
cause momentary loss of control, always allow a safety margin in all
directions around your model to prevent collisions.
• Do not kink the antenna wire. Kinks in the antenna wire will reduce range.
• The engine can be loud. If the noise makes you uncomfortable, wear ear
protection. Be considerate of your neighbors by not running your model
early in the morning or late in the evening.
• Do not cut the antenna “stinger” or any other part of the antenna wire.
Cutting the antenna will reduce
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protection of an antenna tube, or the antenna wire may incur crash
damage that could reduce range.
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BATTERIES AND BATTERY CHARGING
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• Only use approved chargers for Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery
packs (such as the Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus, part #2933). Do not exceed the
maximum charge rate of 1 amp.
• Do not short-circuit the battery pack. This may cause burns and severe
damage to the battery pack
• Do not burn or puncture the batteries. Toxic materials could be released.
If eye or skin contact occurs, flush with water.
• Store the battery pack in a dry location, away from heat sources
and direct sunlight.
• NiMH batteries must be recycled or disposed of properly.
Recycling Your Traxxas Power Cell NiMH Battery
Traxxas strongly encourages you to recycle your Power Cell battery
when it has reached the end of its useful life. Do not throw your
battery in the trash. All Power Cell battery packs display the RBRC
(Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) icon, indicating they are
recyclable. To find a recycling center near you, ask your local hobby dealer
or visit www.call2recycle.org.
TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Your Revo comes with a set of specialty metric tools. You’ll need to purchase other items, available from your hobby dealer, to operate and maintain your model.
Supplied Tools and Equipment
8mm slipper
clutch wrench
Shock
wrench
1.5mm “L” wrench
5mm turnbuckle
wrench
2.0mm “T” wrench
For more information on radio
system batteries, see Use the
Right Batteries on page 10.
Suspension
multi-tool
2.5mm “L” wrench
4-way wrench
2.5mm “T” wrench
Glow plug
wrench
Extra
glow plug
17mm wheel
wrench
Extra oiled air filter set
(pre-filter and primary filter)
Long Travel rocker
and spring set
Recommended Equipment
These items are not required
for the operation of your
model, but are a good idea to
include in any R/C toolbox:
• Safety glasses
• Traxxas Ultra Premium Tire
Glue, part #6468 (CA glue)
• Hobby knife
• Side cutters and/or needle
nose pliers
• Philips screwdriver
• Soldering iron
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NiMH 7.2V
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RX (receiver)
battery charger
Required Tools and Equipment
NiMH 7.2V
battery pack
RX battery power pack
(installed in model)
Fuel dispensing bottle
(sold separately)
10% quart - #5010
20% quart - #5020
33% quart - #5030
10% gallon - #5060
20% gallon - #5070
33% gallon - #5080
Traxxas Top Fuelв„ў
see page 20
4 AA alkaline batteries
After-run oil to protect
the engine from corrosion
Small flat-blade screwdriver
for tuning (1/8 inch blade)
Air filter oil
Traxxas part #5263
REVO 3.3 • 5
ANATOMY OF THE REVO 3.3
EZ-Start Motor
Roll Hoop
TRX 3.3 Racing Engine
see pg. 17 for details
Exhaust Header
Fuel Line
Hex Hub
Access Plug
(for two-speed adjustment)
Air Filter
Throttle/
Brake Servo
(inside box)
Shifting Servo
(inside box)
Shift Rod
Spur Gear
(under roll hoop)
Slipper Clutch
(under roll hoop)
Pivot Ball
Axle Carrier
Steering Servo
Suspension Arm
Chassis
Push Rod
Pressure Line
Rocker
EZ-Start Plug
Skid Plate
Bumper
Bumper Mount
Differential
(under chassis)
Pipe Hanger
Bulkhead
(under chassis)
Body Mount Post
Oil Shock (Damper)
Tuned Pipe
Engine Shut-off Clamp
Fuel Cap
Handle
5-cell RX Power Pack
(inside box)
Driveshaft (Half Shaft)
Antenna
6 • Revo 3.3
Disc Brake
Spring Pre-load Adjuster
Steering Servo
Receiver Box
Fuel Tank
Fuel Cap
Transmission
Brake Tension
Adjuster
Charging Jack
(underneath)
On/Off Switch
Toe Link (Turnbuckle)
OptiDriveв„ў Electronic
Shift Module
QUICK START: GETTING UP TO SPEED
The following guide is an overview of the procedures for getting your Revo running, from opening the box to breaking in and tuning your
engine. Refer to the pages indicated for details on each step. Look for the Quick Start logo on the bottom corners of Quick Start pages.
1. Read the safety precautions on page 4
For your own safety, understand where carelessness and misuse could
lead to personal injury.
2. Charge the EZ-Start battery pack • See page 23
The EZ-Start requires a fully charged 7.2-volt battery pack (included).
3. Charge the RX Power Pack • See page 10
The 5-cell receiver battery is already installed in the truck.
4. Install batteries in the transmitter • See page 10
Revo requires 4 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries
for the transmitter (sold separately).
5. Install the EZ-Start battery • See page 24
Install and connect a charged 7.2-volt battery pack in
the EZ-Start controller.
6. Turn on the radio system • See page 11
Make a habit of turning the transmitter on first, and off last.
7. Check servo operation • See page 12
Make sure the throttle, shifting, and steering servos are
working correctly.
8.
9.
Fill the fuel tank • See page 21
Use your fuel-dispensing bottle to fill the tank.
10. Connect the EZ-Start to the model • See page 24
Learn the proper way to use the EZ-Start electric starting system.
The Quick Start Guide is
not intended to replace the
full operating instructions
available in this manual.
Please read this entire
manual for complete
instructions on the proper
use and maintenance of
your Revo.
11. Start the engine • See page 25
Learn to use the correct starting procedure for your TRX 3.3.
12. Break-in your engine • See page 25-26
Follow the break-in instructions exactly to ensure the
best-performing, longest-lasting engine.
13. Tune your engine • See page 27
Learn how to set the fuel mixture needles for optimum
engine performance.
14. Drive your Revo • See page 30
Learn to use the two-speed function on your truck, along
with important driving precautions.
15. Maintain your Truck • See pages 37-38
Follow these critical steps to maintain the performance of your
Revo and keep it in excellent running condition.
Range test the radio system • See page 13
Follow this procedure to make sure your radio system works properly at
a distance and that there is no interference from outside sources.
Look for the Quick Start
logo at the bottom of
Quick Start pages.
REVO 3.3 • 7
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION
To prevent loss of radio range
do not kink or cut the black wire,
do not bend or cut the metal tip,
and do not bend or cut the white
wire at the end of the metal tip.
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the TRX 3.3 Racing Engine
beginning on page 18.
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Your model includes the latest Traxxas TQi 2.4GHz transmitter with
Traxxas Link™ Model Memory. The transmitter’s easy-to-use design
provides instant driving fun for new R/C enthusiasts, and also offers
a full compliment of pro-level tuning features for advanced users
– or anyone interested in experimenting with the performance of
their model. The steering and throttle channels feature adjustable
Exponential, End Points, and Sub-Trims. Steering and braking Dual
Rate are also available. Many of the next-level features are controlled
by the Multi-Function knob, which can be programmed to control
a variety of functions. The detailed instructions (page 43) and Menu
Tree (page 46) included in this manual will help you understand and
operate the advanced functions of the new TQi radio system. For
additional information and how-to videos, visit Traxxas.com.
RADIO SYSTEM TERMINOLOGY
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these radio and
power system terms. They will be used throughout this manual.
A detailed explanation of the advanced terminology and features of
your new radio system begins on page 43.
Receiver - The radio unit inside your model that receives signals from
the transmitter and relays them to the servos.
Servo - Small motor units in your model that operates the steering,
throttle, and shifting mechanisms.
Transmitter - The hand-held radio unit that sends throttle and steering
instructions to your model.
Trim - The fine-tuning adjustment of the neutral position of the servos,
made by adjusting the throttle and steering trim knobs on the face of
the transmitter. Note: The Multi-Function knob must be programmed
to serve as a throttle trim adjustment.
3-channel radio system - The TQi radio system, consisting of the
receiver, the transmitter, and the servos. The system uses three
channels: one to operate the throttle, one to operate the steering and
one to shift.
2.4GHz Spread Spectrum – This model is equipped with the latest
R/C technology. Unlike AM and FM systems that require frequency
crystals and are prone to frequency conflicts, the TQ 2.4GHz system
automatically selects and locks onto an open frequency, and offers
superior resistance to interference and “glitching.”
RADIO SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS
Current - Current is a measure of power flow through the electronics,
usually measured in amps. If you think of a wire as a garden hose,
current is a measure of how much water is flowing through the hose.
• DO NOT CUT any part of the receiver’s antenna wire. Cutting the
antenna will reduce range.
Frequency band - The radio frequency used by the transmitter to send
signals to your model. This model operates on the 2.4GHz directsequence spread spectrum.
mAh – Abbreviation for milliamp hour. A measure of the capacity of the
battery pack. The higher the number, the longer the battery will last
between recharges.
Neutral position - The standing position that the servos seek when the
transmitter controls are at the neutral setting.
8 • REVO 3.3
NiMH - Abbreviation for nickel-metal hydride. Rechargeable NiMH
batteries offer high current handling, and much greater resistance
to the “memory” effect. NiMH batteries generally allow higher
capacity than NiCad batteries. They can last up to 500 charge cycles.
A peak charger designed for NiMH batteries is required for optimal
performance.
NiCad - Abbreviation for nickel-cadmium. The original rechargeable
hobby pack, NiCad batteries have very high current handling, high
capacity, and can last up to 1000 charging cycles. Good charging
procedures are required to reduce the possibility of developing a
“memory” effect and shortened run times.
• Do not kink the receiver’s antenna wire. Kinks in the antenna wire
will reduce range.
• Extend the antenna wire in the model as far as possible for
maximum range. It is not necessary to extend the antenna wire
out of the body, but wrapping or coiling the antenna wire should
be avoided.
• The antenna wire must be installed into the antenna tube to
protect it from getting cut or damaged, which will reduce range.
When installing the antenna wire into the antenna tube, be careful
not to kink the wire by pressing it against the antenna tube cap.
The antenna wire should extend to just below or to within onehalf inch below the cap.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
Your Revo is equipped with the TQi radio system. The TQi is a 3-channel system that provides control for up to three outputs. Revo is equipped with two
high-torque steering servos connected via dual Channel 1 outputs. The TQi works in conjunction with the OptiDriveВ® Electronic Shift Module to monitor and
control the input and output signals for the throttle and shifting servos (channels). The OptiDrive monitors the voltage of the on-board RX Power Pack. The
“Function” LED will flash red if the battery voltage is too low.
Revo Wiring Diagram
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Throttle Neutral
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Set Button
If the power indicator doesn’t
light green, check the polarity
of the batteries. Check
rechargeable batteries for
a full charge. If you see any
other flashing signal from the
LED, refer to the chart on page
44 to identify the code.
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Antenna
On/Off
Switch
Telemetry
Voltage Wire
Connects the V/T
port to any open
receiver port.
Temp
Sensor
Steering
Trim
When rechargeable batteries
begin to lose their charge,
they will fade much faster
than alkaline dry cells. Stop
immediately at the first sign
of weak batteries. Never turn
the transmitter off when the
battery pack is plugged
in. The model could run out
of control.
Voltage Sensor
Multi-Function
Knob
RPM Sensor
Shift
Switch
Sensor Expansion
Port
Throttle
Trigger
Receiver
Steering Servo - CH1
Steering Servo - CH1
OptiDrive Throttle - CH2
OptiDrive Shift - CH3
From Voltage/Temp Senor Port - CH4
Battery - BATT/CH5
RPM Sensor Port - RPM
Voltage/Temp Senor Port - V/T
Link
Button
LED
Steering
Servos
OptiDrive ESM
(Electronic Shift
Module)
* Not used
Shifting Servo
(micro servo)
Power Switch
Battery Compartment
Traxxas Link
Wireless Module
To Transmission
(OptiDrive sensor)
Throttle Servo
REVO 3.3 • 9
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
INSTALLING TRANSMITTER BATTERIES
If the radio system doesn’t
appear to work when the
transmitter and receiver
switches are turned on,
check for correct battery
installation.
Your TQi transmitter uses 4 AA batteries. The battery compartment
is located in the base of the transmitter.
Use the Right Batteries
1. Remove the battery compartment door by pressing the tab and
sliding the door open.
2. Install the batteries in the correct orientation, as indicated in the
battery compartment.
3. Reinstall the battery compartment door and snap it closed.
4. Turn on the transmitter and check the status LED for a solid
green light.
If the status LED flashes red, the transmitter batteries may be weak,
discharged or possibly installed incorrectly. Replace with new
or freshly charged batteries. The power indicator light does not
indicate the charge level of the battery pack installed in the model.
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10 • REVO 3.3
To power the radio system in the truck, your Revo 3.3 is equipped
with the RX Power Pack, a rechargeable 5-cell NiMH battery pack.
The RX Power Pack must be fully charged before running the truck.
The supplied RX Power Charger is a voltage-detecting unit that will
automatically shut off the charger when the battery reaches full
charge (this will take 3-4 hours). Revo 3.3 has a built-in charging
jack, so you do not have to remove the battery pack from the
model for charging. Follow these steps to fully charge the receiver
battery before operating your model:
1. Plug the charger into a wall outlet (A). Choose A
an outlet that is in a location where you may
easily observe the battery. Avoid placing
the battery on the floor or in other locations
where someone may accidentally damage or
disconnect the battery. When plugged in, the
charger’s LED will glow green, indicating the
charger is ready to begin charging (B).
Your transmitter uses AA
batteries. Use new alkaline
batteries. Do not use
rechargeable AA cells to
power the TQi transmitter,
as they will not provide
sufficient voltage for optimum
transmitter performance.
Caution: Discontinue running
your model at the first sign of
weak batteries (flashing red
light on the transmitter) to
avoid losing control.
Charging the Receiver Battery
2. Plug the charger output
cord into the charging jack
located under the right
front of the truck (C). The
charging jack is protected
by a rubber plug.
B
C
3. The charger’s LED will glow
red to indicate charging is D
in progress (D).
E
4. When the LED glows
green, the battery pack
is fully charged and ready
for use (E).
5. Unplug the charger from the model and from the wall outlet.
Replace the rubber plug over the charging jack on the truck.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
Battery Care
RADIO SYSTEM RULES
Some precautions should be taken to maintain the performance of the
rechargeable NiMH receiver pack in your model. Improper use of the
battery pack could result in personal injury or damage to your truck.
• Always turn your TQi transmitter on first and off last. This
procedure will help to prevent your model from receiving stray
signals from another transmitter, or other source, and running out
of control. Your model has electronic fail-safes to prevent this type
of malfunction, but the first, best defense against a runaway model
is to always turn the transmitter on first, and off last.
• Only use approved chargers for NiMH battery packs (such as the
Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus, part #2933). Do not exceed the maximum
charge rate of 1 amp.
• Do not short-circuit the battery pack. This may cause burns and
severe damage to the battery pack
• Do not burn or puncture the batteries. Toxic materials could be
released. If eye or skin contact occurs, flush with water.
• Store the battery pack in a dry location, away from heat sources
and direct sunlight.
• NiMH batteries must be recycled or disposed
of properly.
• Do not completely discharge the RX Power Pack or you could
damage it. Do not use dischargers on the pack. Store the battery
with at least 25% charge. Stop running and recharge at the first
indication of reduced voltage.
• After connecting a fully-drained battery to the charger, it may take
up to 15 seconds for the charger to sense the battery and begin to
charge. To start charging immediately, plug the battery pack into
the charger and then plug the charger into the wall socket.
• In order for the transmitter and receiver to bind to one another,
the receiver in the model must be turned on within 20 seconds
of turning on the transmitter. The transmitter LED will flash fast
red indicating a failure to link. If you miss it, simply turn off the
transmitter and start over.
• Always have the transmitter and receiver turned on before you
start the engine. Never turn the radio system off while the engine
is running. The on/off switch in the model only turns the receiver
on and off. It does not turn off the engine.
•
Always use new or freshly charged batteries for the radio system.
Weak batteries will limit the radio signal between the receiver
and the transmitter. Loss of the radio signal can cause you to lose
control of your model.
1
2
3
Always turn your
transmitter on first.
Always turn your
receiver on second.
Then start your engine.
Remember, always turn the
TQ transmitter on first and
off last to avoid damage to
your model.
Automatic Failsafe
The TQi transmitter and
receiver are equipped with
an automatic failsafe system
that does not require user
programming. In the event
of signal loss or interference,
the throttle will return to
neutral and the steering will
hold its last commanded
position. If failsafe activates
while you are operating
your model, determine the
reason for signal loss and
resolve the problem before
operating your model again.
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TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
RADIO SYSTEM CONTROLS
To prevent losing control of
your model, it is important
to stop at the first sign of a
weak receiver battery. Visible
warning signals include
sluggish steering response and
shortened radio range.
In addition, the OptiDrive is
equipped with a low-voltage
indicator and a failsafe circuit.
When the voltage of the receiver
battery drops below 4.3 volts,
the “Function” LED on the
OptiDrive will flash red. If the
voltage drops below 4.3 volts
for more than 2 seconds, the
OptiDrive ignores throttle and
shift signals and applies neutral
(failsafe mode). Steering will
still be operational and the
“Function” LED on the OptiDrive
will flash red. The OptiDrive
will stay in failsafe mode until
the power is turned off or the
receiver battery voltage rises
above 4.3 volts for more than 2
seconds. Anytime the “Function”
LED flashes red, it is time to stop
and recharge your battery pack.
Do not try to continue running
your model with weak receiver
batteries on board.
Multi-Function Knob
The Multi-Function knob can be programmed
to control a variety of functions. From the
factory, the Multi-Function knob controls
steering sensitivity, also known as exponential
or “expo.” When the knob is turned
counterclockwise all the way to the left (default position), expo is
off and steering sensitivity will be linear (the most commonly used
setting). Turning the knob clockwise will “add expo” and decrease
the steering sensitivity in the initial range of steering wheel travel
left or right from center. For more detail on steering exponential,
refer to pages 13-14.
Using the Radio System
The TQi Radio System has been pre-adjusted at the factory. The
adjustment should be checked before running the model, in case of
movement during shipping. Here’s how:
Radio System Basic Adjustments
Throttle Neutral Adjustment
The throttle neutral adjustment is located
on the transmitter face and controls the
forward/reverse travel of the throttle
trigger. Change the adjustment by
pressing the button and sliding it to the
desired position. There are two settings
available:
50/50: Allows equal travel for both acceleration and reverse.
70/30: Allows more throttle travel (70%) and less reverse travel (30%).
We strongly recommend to leave this control in its factory
location until you become familiar with all the adjustments and
capabilities of your model.
Note: 50/50 is the default factory setting. To change the throttle
neutral adjust position, turn the transmitter off before adjusting the
neutral position.
Steering Trim
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12 • REVO 3.3
The electronic steering trim located on the
face of the transmitter adjusts the neutral
(center) point of the steering channel.
1. Turn the transmitter switch on. The status LED on the
transmitter should be solid green (not flashing).
2. Turn on the receiver switch in the model. The switch is located
on the receiver/battery compartment.
3. Position the Revo so that its front wheels are off the ground.
Make sure your hands are clear of the moving parts of the
model.
4. Turn the steering wheel on the transmitter back and forth and
check for rapid operation of the steering servo. Also, check that
the steering mechanism is not loose or binding. If the steering
operates slowly, check for weak receiver batteries.
5. When looking down
at the model, the front
wheels should be
pointing straight ahead.
If the wheels are turned
slightly to the left or
right, slowly adjust the
steering trim control on
the transmitter until they are pointing straight ahead.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
6. Operate the throttle trigger on the transmitter and check for
rapid operation of the throttle servo. When the throttle trigger
is pulled back, the carburetor should open. When the throttle
trigger is pushed all the way forward, the brake should lock.
7. Once adjustments are made, turn off the receiver on your model,
followed by the hand-held transmitter.
Range-Testing the Radio System
Before each running session with your model, you should range-test
your radio system to ensure that it operates properly.
1. Turn on the radio system and check its operation as described in
the previous section.
2. Have a friend hold the model with the engine off.
3. Walk away from the model with the transmitter until you reach
the farthest distance you plan to operate the model.
4. Operate the controls on the transmitter once again to be sure
that the model responds correctly.
5. Do not attempt to operate the model if there is any problem
with the radio system or any external interference with your
radio signal at your location.
Higher Speeds Require Greater Distance
The faster you drive your model, the more quickly it will near the
limit of radio range. At 60mph, a model can cover 88 feet every
second! It’s a thrill, but use caution to keep your model in range. If
you want to see your model achieve its maximum speed, it is best
to position yourself in the middle of the truck’s running area, not
the far end, so you drive the truck towards and past your position.
In addition to maximizing the radio’s range, this technique will
keep your model closer to you, making it easier to see and control.
No matter how fast you drive your model, always leave
adequate space between you, the model, and others. Never
drive directly toward yourself or others.
1. Press and hold the transmitter’s SET button as you switch
transmitter on. The transmitter’s LED will flash red slowly.
Release the SET button.
2. Press and hold the receiver’s LINK button as you switch on
the model on. Release the LINK button.
3. When the transmitter and receiver’s LEDs turn solid green, the
system is bound and ready for use. Confirm that the steering and
throttle operate properly before driving your model.
When the engine is running,
do not use throttle trim
from the transmitter to
adjust the engine idle speed.
Always use the idle speed
adjustment screw (see page
17) on the carburetor.
Steering Sensitivity (Exponential)
The Multi-Function knob on the TQi transmitter has been
programmed to control Steering Sensitivity (also known as
exponential). The standard setting for Steering Sensitivity is
“normal (zero exponential),” with the dial full left in its range of
travel. This setting provides linear servo response; the steering
servo’s movement will correspond exactly with the input from the
transmitter’s steering wheel. Turning the knob clockwise from center
will result in “negative exponential” and decrease steering sensitivity
by making the servo less responsive near neutral, with increasing
sensitivity as the servo nears the limits of its travel range. The farther
you turn the knob, the more pronounced the change in steering
servo movement will be. The term “exponential” comes from this
effect; the servo’s travel changes exponentially relative to the input
from the steering wheel. The exponential effect is indicated as a
percentage—the greater the percentage, the greater the effect. The
illustrations below show how this works.
Normal Steering Sensitivity (0% exponential)
In this illustration, the steering servo’s travel (and with it,
the steering motion of the model’s front wheels) corresponds
precisely with the steering wheel. The ranges are exaggerated for
illustrative purposes.
TQi Binding Instructions
For proper operation, the transmitter and receiver must be
electronically �bound.’ This has been done for you at the factory.
Should you ever need to re-bind the system or bind to an additional
transmitter or receiver, follow these instructions. Note: You will
need to open the receiver box to access the receiver. The receiver
must be connected to a 4.8-6.0v (nominal) power source for binding
and the transmitter and receiver must be within 5 feet of each other.
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REVO 3.3 • 13
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
To prevent loss of radio range,
do not kink or cut the black wire,
do not bend or cut the metal tip,
and do not bend or cut the white
wire at the end of the metal tip.
Decreased Steering Sensitivity (Negative Exponential)
By turning the Multi-Function knob clockwise, the steering
sensitivity of the model will be decreased. Note that a relatively
large amount of steering wheel travel results in a smaller amount of
servo travel. The farther you turn the knob, the more pronounced
the effect becomes. Decreased steering sensitivity may be helpful
when driving on low-traction surfaces, when driving at high speed,
or on tracks that favor sweeping turns where gentle steering inputs
are required. The ranges are exaggerated for illustrative purposes.
Turning Range
at Transmitter
Correct
No
No
Effective Turning
Range on Model
No
Programming the OptiDriveВ® ESM
The OptiDrive ESM electronically monitors
vehicle speed and controls forward and reverse
shifting. Controlling the shift action electronically
rather than by mechanical systems reduces the
number of components in the transmission. The
transmission weighs less, there is lower rotational
mass for quicker acceleration, and there is constant
drive engagement for smooth power delivery.
The OptiDrive module prevents the transmission from changing
directions while the truck is in motion. The truck must be completely
stopped to change directions, regardless of the position of the shift
selector switch on the transmitter. The OptiDrive module is preset at
the factory. If the transmitter throttle trim adjustment is changed, or an
aftermarket servo is installed, then the OptiDrive module will need to
be re-programmed.
Experiment! Try varying degrees of exponential. It’s easy to go
back to “zero” if you don’t like the effect. There’s no wrong way to
adjust exponential. Any setting that makes you more comfortable with
your model’s handling is the “right setting.”
1. The engine must be shut off. The radio system must be on (receiver
and transmitter).
2. Set the TQi Transmitter to its factory default shift settings:
Setting up the Antenna
A. Turn transmitter off.
The receiver antenna has been setup
and installed from the factory. The
antenna is secured by a 4x5mm set
screw. To remove the antenna tube,
simply remove the set screw with the
included 2mm wrench.
B. Hold both MENU and SET.
When installing the antenna, first
slide the antenna wire into the
bottom of the antenna tube until
the white tip of the antenna is at the
top of the tube under the black cap.
Next insert the antenna tube into
the mount; then, install the set screw
14 • REVO 3.3
next to the antenna tube. Use the supplied 2mm wrench to tighten
the screw just until the antenna tube is securely in place. Do not
overtighten. Do not bend or kink the antenna wire! See the sidebar
for more information.
C. Turn transmitter on.
Antenna
Tip
Antenna
Tube
D. Release MENU and SET. The transmitter LED will blink red.
E. Press SET to clear settings. The LED will turn solid green and
the transmitter is restored to default.
Antenna
Nut
Note: DO NOT reverse the servos after programming the OptiDrive.
If settings were changed after programming the OptiDrive, it will
have to be reprogrammed.
3. With the throttle at neutral, press and hold the
SET button until the Function LED flashes green
twice and then release the button immediately.
You are now in programming mode.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO SYSTEM
4. Pull the transmitter throttle
trigger to the full throttle
position. Hold it there until
the Function LED flashes
green three times.
Note: The throttle servo will not move during programming even
though it is connected to the controller.
5. Release the transmitter
throttle trigger allowing
it to return to neutral. The
Function LED will turn
solid green, indicating that
the shifting servo is OK to shift and the programming has been
completed. The controller is now programmed and ready to go!
Note: If the Function LED does not turn solid green in this step,
it may be necessary to readjust the throttle linkage so that the
throttle trim is as close to the center “0” setting as possible when the
carburetor is closed.
• If the transmitter throttle settings are changed, it will be necessary
to complete the programming sequence again.
• If the SET button is released before the Function LED flashes
green twice in step 3, the OptiDrive will return to the normal
operation mode.
• If you experience any problems during programming, turn the
receiver off, then on again, and repeat the programming steps.
For instructions on how to use the OptiDrive with aftermarket
radio systems, or to access advanced programming options, visit
Traxxas.com.
Large adjustments to the
throttle trim and/or throttle
linkage may require re-setting
the OptiDrive to maintain
proper shifting action.
For transmission durability,
the OptiDrive ESM limits
the model’s reverse speed
to about 70% of full throttle.
If settings are changed, and
you notice a decrease in
forward top speed, you could
have the OptiDrive system
reversed. Return the TQi to
default settings (see page 14)
and re-program the OptiDrive
Module. For programming
with aftermarket radio
systems, please see our
website.
OptiDrive Operation
• Green “Function”
Shift allowed
• Red flashing “Function”
Low battery, see pg. 12
• Red “Sensor”
a) Sensor, throttle or shift circuit is
broken. Possible disconnected or
broken sensor, throttle or shift
wires. Possible damaged sensor.
b) Receiver has lost signal from the
transmitter, the OptiDrive has
entered В­fail-safe (throttle and shift
servos become unresponsive).
• Blue flashing “Sensor“ Normal operation as vehicle
moves. Indicates signal pulse from
sensor. Depending on the rotor
position, solid blue or off when
vehicle is at rest.
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THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINEв„ў
INTRODUCTION
Traxxas strongly discourages
changing or modifying any
part of the TRX 3.3 Racing
Engine. Old tech tips and
tricks that may have boosted
the power of other engines
could seriously diminish the
performance of the
TRX 3.3 Racing Engine.
There’s more advanced
thinking, development and
testing in the stock parts
of your TRX 3.3 Racing
Engine than in many
aftermarket manufacturer’s
performance parts. The TRX
3.3 Racing Engine is already
the most powerful engine
in its class and may not
benefit from average, lowtech, aftermarket bolt on
performance items.
The TRXВ® 3.3 Racing Engine is the next generation of TRX nitro
power. The larger displacement and advanced porting generate
class-leading horsepower while still maintaining the TRX Racing
Engine characteristics of broad, linear power delivery and ease of
tuning. Focused engineering and rigorous testing have yielded
unprecedented power and uncompromising performance that turns
ready-to-run into Ready-To-RaceВ®.
The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine takes a total-system approach. Each
part of the engine, from the air filter to the exhaust tip, is carefully
engineered to work in harmony with other engine components. Each
part complements the next, to extract maximum power. The TRX 3.3
Racing Engine is designed to be tolerant of variations in tuning, and
to run successfully through a wide range of variable atmospheric
conditions such as changes in temperature, humidity, and altitude.
In order to get the longest engine life and keep the TRX 3.3 Racing
Engine in top running condition, it is very important to perform
regular routine maintenance. The number one cause of premature
engine wear and failure is lack of care and maintenance!
BREAK-IN
The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is manufactured to exacting tolerances
and requires a specially-designed break-in procedure to accomplish
the final precision fitting of the internal engine components. It is very
important that you follow the new break-in procedure as closely as
possible to achieve the best performance and longest life from your
TRX 3.3 Racing Engine. Engine break-in will take between one and
two hours. Old style break-in procedures, such as idling the engine on
the bench for several tanks of fuel or simply running the engine with
a very rich fuel mixture for the first 4 tanks of fuel, will not achieve the
best results. Follow the easy steps in this manual.
AIR FILTER MAINTENANCE
Dirt is the worst enemy to your engine. A clean air filter is absolutely
critical for long engine life. Due to the high performance nature of
the TRX 3.3 engine, a tremendous amount of vacuum is created to
move a large volume of high velocity air through the carburetor. This
model is equipped with a two-stage high performance air filter which
requires that the pre-filter stage be cleaned and oiled every hour of
operation, and the primary filter be cleaned and oiled every 3-4 hours.
An extra pre-lubed air filter set has been provided with this model to
encourage you to maintain the engine’s air filter.
16 • REVO 3.3
AFTER-RUN MAINTENANCE
Perform after-run maintenance on the engine to prevent corrosion
from building up on the internal engine components. The fuel
naturally attracts moisture and corrosion can build up very quickly
inside the engine if it is not prevented.
A few minutes spent before and after each time you run your model
will allow you to enjoy it for a long time to come. Read on for more
exciting details about your new engine.
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE ILLUSTRATED
Two-Stage
Air Filter
Glow Plug
Idle Speed
Screw
Head Protector
Revo’s fuel tank is equipped
with a built-in sintered
bronze fuel filter.
PowerTuneв„ў Head
(Cylinder Head)
EZ-StartВ® Drive Unit
EZ-StartВ® Motor
High-Speed
Needle
Low-Speed Needle
Fuel Intake
Crankcase
Air Intake
Engine Mount
Carburetor
Throttle Arm
Flywheel
Clutch Bell
Crankshaft
Glow Plug Wire
Tuned Pipe
EZ-Start Plug
Ground Wire
EZ-Start
Controller
Positive Wire
Negative Wire
Fuel Line
Header
Engine
Shut-off Clamp
Pressure
Line
Fuel Tank
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THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
TERMS TO KNOW
You’ll find these Nitro R/C engine terms throughout this section
of the manual.
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.15 - .15 or “15” refers to the displacement of the engine. The TRX 2.5
Racing Engine is .15 cubic inches or 2.5 cubic centimeters (cc). The
name “TRX 2.5” is derived from the cc measurement.
.20 - .20 or “20” refers to the size of the engine. The TRX 3.3 is .20
cubic inches or 3.3 cubic centimeters (cc). The name “TRX 3.3” is
derived from the cc measurement.
ABC - Abbreviation for aluminum, brass, and chrome. Refers to
engine construction that consists of an aluminum piston that slides
in a chrome-plated brass sleeve. The TRX 3.3 uses ABC construction.
Air filter - The air filter sits atop the carburetor and prevents harmful
dust and dirt from entering the engine. Dirt ingestion is the number
one cause of premature engine failure so the engine should never
be run without the air filter in place.
BDC - Bottom dead center. The bottom-most position of the engine
piston stroke.
Break-in - Break-in is the procedure for running a brand new engine
according to specific instructions. This correctly prepares the engine
for normal running. The break-in procedure can be different for
different makes of engines. Follow the Traxxas directions for breakin exactly.
Carb - Abbreviation for carburetor.
Carburetor - The carburetor atomizes (mixes) the fuel with the air
so that the engine can burn it. There are two types of carburetors;
slide carbs and barrel carbs. The TRX 3.3 uses the superior slide
carburetor design.
Clean-out - Cleaning-out is a condition that occurs when the engine
is accelerating and the fuel mixture becomes sufficiently lean to
allow the engine to continue into its upper rpm power band. It
is usually characterized by a noticeable decrease in blue exhaust
smoke and a dramatic increase in engine speed.
Combustion chamber - The combustion chamber is machined into
the bottom of the cylinder head. This is where the glow plug ignites
the fuel. The shape of the combustion chamber is designed to
promote more efficient burning of the fuel.
Connecting rod - The connecting rod transfers the piston motion
to the crankshaft. The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine uses a “knife-edged”
connecting rod. The aerodynamic, sharpened edges allow it to
“slice” through the pressurized air/fuel mixture inside the crankcase.
Crankcase - The engine’s “body” that contains all of the running
mechanical components.
Crankshaft - The main shaft of the engine that holds the
reciprocating assembly.
Cooling fins - The cooling fins are milled into the cylinder head and
crankcase and cause heat to be drawn away from the engine. Heat
is removed when it dissipates into the air passing across the cooling
fins. It is important to keep the fins clean of dirt and debris for
maximum cooling efficiency.
Cylinder head (head) - The finned aluminum part on top of the
engine that is responsible for dissipating most of the engine’s heat.
The combustion chamber is machined into the bottom of the head.
Dyno - Abbreviation for dynamometer. A precise piece of testing
equipment that accurately measures engine power and torque
output over the engine’s entire rpm range.
EZ-Start - Traxxas on-board electric starting system. The system
consists of a hand held starter control unit and an on-board
gearbox with an electric motor to spin the engine.
Fit - Usually refers to the fit of the piston and sleeve. If the fit is tight,
the piston will feel very tight at top of the sleeve (top dead center),
and the engine will have good sealing and compression. If the fit
is loose, compression will be low and both the piston and sleeve
should be replaced.
Flame-out - Occurs when the engine stops running at high rpm.
Usually the fault of an excessively lean fuel mixture or glow
plug failure.
Fuel - (10%, 20%, 33%) The TRX 3.3 must have model engine fuel to
run. Traxxas Top Fuelв„ў is recommended. Fuel is sold in quarts and
gallons from hobby dealers. The 10%, 20% and 33% labeling refers
to the percentage of nitromethane contained in the fuel.
Fuel mixture - The ratio of fuel to air as determined by the needle
settings of the carburetor.
Fuel tubing (fuel line) - The thick silicone tubing that carries fuel
from the fuel tank to the carburetor.
Glow plug - The glow plug is located in the cylinder head at the top
of the combustion chamber. It contains an element that glows red
hot when voltage is applied. When the engine is being started,
the heat from the glow plug ignites the fuel mixture and starts the
combustion process.
Glow plug driver - This tool clips onto the glow plug and supplies the
required voltage to light the glow plug element. It is also called an
igniter. EZ-Start equipped engines do not require this separate tool.
Header - The aluminum tube that connects the exhaust system to the
engine exhaust port. The length and diameter of the header must
be carefully selected to extract the most power from the engine.
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
High-speed needle (HSN) - Adjusts the carburetors fuel/air mixture at
high throttle openings.
Idle speed - The speed (rpm) the engine runs at when the
transmitter’s throttle trigger is at neutral.
Idle speed screw (ISS) - Located on the carburetor body. This screw
adjusts the idle rpm of the engine.
Lean - A running condition where the engine is not getting enough
fuel (for the available air). Symptoms include engine overheating,
or the engine runs for a short time and then stalls, particularly at
high speed. This is a dangerous condition that should be corrected
immediately or it can ruin your engine.
Leaning the mixture - Turning either the high-speed and/or lowspeed needle(s) clockwise to decrease the amount of fuel the
engine receives.
Low-speed needle (LSN) - Needle valve that controls the fuel mixture
at low throttle openings.
Needle valve - Valve consisting of a tapered needle that closes
against a corresponding seat to regulate fuel flow.
Nitro - Abbreviation for nitromethane, a component of model engine
fuel that improves fuel combustion and power output. Nitro also
refers to a class of R/C powered by model engines instead of electric.
Nitro content - The amount of nitromethane used in the fuel. Usually
measured as a percentage of the total fuel volume. Traxxas engines
are optimized to use 10-20% nitro. 33% nitro may be used for
racing.
Nitromethane - Nitromethane is a component in the fuel that
increases power from the combustion process up to a point.
Engines are generally optimized to use a range of nitro content for
the best power.
O-ring - Rubber “O”-shaped ring used as a sealing gasket.
Pipe - Abbreviation for the tuned exhaust pipe on a nitro engine.
See “Tuned Pipe”.
Piston - The piston is the internal engine part that is attached to
the upper end of the connecting rod and moves up and down
in the cylinder sleeve. The precise fit between the piston and the
sleeve creates a seal that allows the engine to have the required
compression for combustion.
Port - Ports are openings in the sleeve that allow atomized fuel to
enter the combustion chamber and burned exhaust gases to exit.
The shape and location of the ports are a large factor in controlling
the engine timing and power output.
Pre-filter - The outer air filter element in a two-stage air filter. This
provides the first level of air filtration for the engine. The majority
of dirt and debris will be stopped by this filter. Clean, re-oil, and
replace this filter after every hour of run time. Always use both the
pre-filter and primary filter.
Primary filter - The inner air filter element in a two-stage air filter.
This provides a second level of air filtration after the pre-filter
removes the majority of dirt and debris. Clean, re-oil, and replace
this filter after every 3 - 4 hours of run time. Always use both the
pre-filter and primary filter.
Priming - Manually causing fuel to move from the fuel tank up to the
carburetor. This is sometimes necessary after the engine has been
sitting for a long period of time and all of the fuel has drained back
to the tank. On a Traxxas model this is done by holding your finger
over the exhaust tip for one or two seconds while the engine is
starting.
Punch - A term that refers to how quickly the model responds to
throttle input or how quickly it accelerates.
Rich - A running condition where the engine is getting too much
fuel for the available air. It is better to run an engine slightly rich
to increase engine life. Excessively rich mixtures cause the engine
to have sluggish performance with exaggerated blue smoke and
unburned fuel coming from the exhaust.
rpm - Abbreviation for revolutions per minute (how many times the
engine crankshaft spins in a minute).
Sleeve - Internal engine part that contains the piston. The precise fit
between the sleeve and the piston creates a seal that allows engine
to have the required compression for combustion. The sleeve in a
TRX engine is made of brass and is then hard-chrome plated.
Slide carburetor - The throttle on a slide carburetor closes and
opens by sliding a barrel in and out of the carburetor body. This
type of carburetor is preferred for performance use because it
provides a less restrictive “straight-through” air path than the barrel
carburetor design.
Stall - When the engine stops running, usually due to an incorrect
fuel mixture setting or running out of fuel.
TDC - Top dead center. The top-most position of the engine
piston stroke.
Tuned pipe - The tuned exhaust pipe usually consists of a speciallyshaped metal or composite chamber with baffles that is designed to
enhance the power output of the engine.
Wear-in - Fitment process that occurs during engine break-in where
internal engine parts develop an even more precise matched fit
through actual use under controlled circumstances.
WOT - Abbreviation for wide-open throttle.
REVO 3.3 • 19
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
THE FUEL
DANGER! Model engine fuel
is poisonous to humans
and animals. Drinking the
fuel can cause blindness
and death. Handle with
care and respect. Keep
fuel out of reach of small
children at all times! While
driving, do not leave your
fuel dispensing bottle on
the ground where a child
could have access to it.
Follow fuel label warnings.
20 • REVO 3.3
Use the Right Fuel
It’s imperative that you use the correct fuel in your
TRX 3.3 Racing Engine for maximum performance
and engine life. Traxxas Top FuelВ® should be used to
ensure correct engine lubrication, performance, and
ease of tuning. Traxxas Top Fuel has been proven in
thousands of engines, so you can count on it every
day for great performance.
• Top Fuel is the only fuel which is 100% certified for use in Traxxas engines.
• Traxxas Top Fuel is made with just the right balance of the highest
grade natural and synthetic lubricants to allow excellent throttle
response and the best top-end performance, without sacrificing
long-term durability.
• All of the components in the fuel are carefully selected from the
best materials available and then custom blended to match the
metallurgy and temperature characteristics of Traxxas engines.
exceptionally well to a maximum of 33% nitro, returning cooler temps,
more power, and a smoother throttle response. For those who want to
run higher nitro, 33% Top Fuel is the optimum nitro percentage for the
TRX 3.3 Racing Engine. Increasing the nitro beyond 33% can introduce
the need for engine modifications (ports, head shimming, etc.) to avoid
starting and tuning difficulties. There are limits to how much nitro an
engine can effectively use to make more power. Lower nitro percentages
have their own advantages. Nitro is an expensive component in the
fuel so 10% nitro blend is more economical for the sport user. 10% also
provides greater latitude with the needle settings for easier tuning.
When using Traxxas Top Fuel, using higher nitro percentages does
not cause the engine to wear out faster. 33% Top Fuel contains the
same quality lubrication package as 10 and 20% Top Fuel. Some
non-Traxxas high-percentage nitro racing fuels do sacrifice some
lubrication in attempts to increase performance. We urge you to
not take chances with your engine investment and use Top Fuel for
consistent performance and long engine life.
You may use 10%, 20% or 33% nitro-content fuel. Try to use the
same percentage all the time, avoid switching back and forth
between fuels. We recommend that if you break in your engine on
20% fuel that you stick with that percentage. If you do move to a
higher or lower percentage, make sure you readjust your fuel mixture
to compensate (see below).
What about Other Fuels?
Can other brands of fuel be used besides Top Fuel? There are other
fuels that can provide satisfactory performance; however there could
be long-term costs in the form of decreased engine performance, loss
of tuning ease, and shorter engine life. Only use fuels that contain both
castor and synthetic oil.
Choosing a Nitro Percentage
A commonly asked question is “what is the difference between 10%,
20%, and 33% fuels?” Increasing the nitro in the fuel is almost like adding
extra oxygen to the combustion process. It burns more efficiently,
improves combustion, and delivers more power. When increased nitro
is used, more of the other fuel components are then required inside the
combustion chamber to maintain the perfect air/fuel ratio. Therefore,
overall fuel mixtures need to be richened slightly (on the high speed
needle, about 3/4 of a turn counterclockwise when changing from 20%
to 33%, about 1/2 of a turn counterclockwise when changing from 10%
to 20%). This allows greater fuel flow through the engine and promotes
cooler running, even at the maximum lean settings.
Everyone has an opinion or a claim to make about fuel. The
engineering team at Traxxas has spent years developing TRX Racing
Engines. No one knows more about the specific fuel requirements of
Traxxas engines, than Traxxas engineers. We strongly urge you not to
take chances with your engine investment and use the Traxxas fuel
made for the TRX 3.3 Racing Engine.
If 33% improves power, then it seems that the highest nitro content
available (beyond 33%) should always be used in the engine. In reality,
there are practical limitations. Engines are designed to run best within
a range of nitro percentages. How the engine is ported, the size of the
combustion chamber and other factors determine how much nitro can
be efficiently used in the engine. The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine responds
Handling the Fuel
• Follow all directions and warnings on the fuel can.
• Keep the fuel tightly capped at all times. Some components in the fuel
can evaporate very quickly and upset the balance of the fuel.
• Do not store unused fuel in the fuel dispenser. Immediately return fresh
unused fuel back into the fuel can.
• Do not mix old and new fuel. Never mix different fuel brands together.
• Store the fuel in a cool dry location, away from any source of heat,
ignition, or combustion.
• Read and follow the safety precautions on page 4 in this manual.
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
Filling the Fuel Tank
Use a fuel dispensing bottle (Traxxas Top Fueler, included)
to put fuel into Revo’s fuel tank. To fill the fuel bottle,
squeeze the air out, insert the dispenser tip into the
fuel can, and release your grip on the
bottle. As the bottle expands, fuel will be
drawn into it.
To fill your model, pull up on the fuel
cap handle, insert the tip of the fuel
bottle, and squeeze to dispense the fuel.
THE AIR FILTER
The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine in this model
is equipped with a specially designed
two-stage air filter to deliver maximum filtering efficiency and
performance while protecting your engine from dust and dirt during
extended operating conditions. Use only the supplied filter. You will
not improve engine performance by switching to an aftermarket
filter, and you may risk engine damage due to poor filtration.
The two-stage TRX Racing Filter consists of the following components:
1. A rubber filter Base
2. A 3-piece plastic housing
3. A “pre-filter” element
4. A “primary” filter element
You must clean the outer pre-filter after every hour of run time,
even if the filter looks clean. The primary filter element inside must
be cleaned after 3-4 hours of run time. These intervals include
the break-in time. Clean your air filter after break-in. Dust (which
is often too fine to see) and dirt constantly move through the filter
anytime the engine is running. Even if you can’t see dirt on the filter,
it is present inside the foam after any amount of run time. If you
exceed the recommended cleaning intervals, your engine will be
damaged. Engine damage or wear due to dirt ingestion is easy to
detect, and one of the top causes of premature engine failure.
Pre-Filter Cleaning Instructions (every hour of run time)
1. Remove the clip from the air filter and remove from the metal
hanger. Remove the air filter assembly from the carburetor bore
by pulling the entire filter assembly firmly to the side to release it.
Do not pull straight up.
2. Remove the pre-filter element.
3. Clean the pre-filter element by
Pull to the side to remove assembly
thoroughly washing the foam
element in hot soapy water
(dishwashing detergent works
well). Repeat twice.
4. Thoroughly dry the pre-filter
element with a clean towel.
5. Oil the foam element with air filter
oil. Use Traxxas filter oil (part#
5263) or a high-quality, special-purpose foam filter oil like what is
used for off-road motorcycle and ATV engines. This type of filter oil
is available at motorcycle pro-shops. Apply a total of 24 drops of
Traxxas air filter oil, evenly distributed between the top, bottom and
sides of the filter element. Squeeze the filter element repeatedly to
help spread the oil throughout. The filter element should be evenly
colored by the oil. Even color indicates that the oil is spread evenly.
Do not squeeze out excess oil. Note: Do not use the air filter oil for
anything other than the air filter. It is not meant to be a lubricant.
6. Reassemble the filter and install it on the engine. Make sure the
rubber filter neck fits securely on the carb with no gaps or air leaks.
Primary Filter Cleaning Instructions (every 3 - 4 hours of run time)
1. Remove the clip from the air filter and remove from the metal
hanger. Remove the air filter Pull to the side to remove assembly
assembly from the carburetor
bore by pulling the entire
filter assembly firmly to the
side to release it. Do not pull
straight up.
2. Remove the pre-filter
element.
3. Remove the 3x6mm screw in the end of the filter housing.
Remove the front housing and the primary filter element.
4. Clean the filter parts by thoroughly washing in hot soapy water
(dishwashing detergent works well). Repeat twice for the foam
filter elements.
5. Thoroughly dry the foam pre-filter and primary filter elements
with a clean towel. Dry the remaining filter parts.
6. Oil the foam pre-filter with 24 drops of air filter oil, and the
primary filter element with 30 drops of air filter oil.
7. Reassemble the filter and install it on the engine. Make sure the
rubber filter neck fits securely on the carb with no gaps or air leaks.
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See page 28 for more
information on how air
density affects engine tuning.
A “turn” refers to
tightening (“turning in”) or
loosening (“turning out”)
mixture needles. A “full
turn” refers to turning the
needle 360°, so a “1/2 turn”
would be 180°, a “1/4 turn”
would be 90В°, and so on.
Full Turn
360В°
Start
1/8 Turn
45В°
1/4 Turn
90В°
3/4 Turn
270В°
1/2 Turn
180В°
THE CARBURETOR
THE FUEL MIXTURE NEEDLES
Understanding the Carburetor adjustments
The carburetor performs several functions. It controls the engine’s
speed by restricting the intake of air and fuel into the engine. It
atomizes the fuel (suspends the fuel droplets in the air) and also
controls the air/fuel ratio of the mixture entering the engine (how
much air for a given amount of fuel).
To help provide a better
understanding of engine
Air
tuning and why it’s
necessary, the following
Fuel
is a brief explanation of
the air/fuel combustion
process that takes place
inside the engine.
The amount of fuel metered and atomized by the carburetor is
controlled by the two mixture needles, the high-speed needle and
the low-speed needle. The low-speed needle is used to meter the fuel
used by the engine at idle and low rpm (part-throttle) engine speed.
The high-speed needle is used to meter the fuel when the throttle is
open from part throttle to wide-open throttle (WOT). Two needles on
the TRX 3.3 Racing Engine provide precise control of the air/fuel ratio
across the engine’s entire rpm range.
In order to create
the cylinder pressure that
results in power, the engine burns the
air/fuel mixture. Both air and fuel, in
correct amounts, are needed for proper
combustion. It is the carburetor’s job to mix the air and fuel together
(atomize the fuel), in the correct proportion for the best possible
combustion. This is the ideal air/fuel ratio. The ideal air/fuel ratio
required for the engine remains roughly constant. Due to variations
in atmospheric conditions (temperature, humidity, altitude etc.) fuel
flow adjustment valves (called fuel mixture needles) are required
to meter the fuel and maintain the ideal air/fuel ratio in these everchanging conditions. For example, colder air is more dense (more air
molecules) for a given volume of air and therefore requires more fuel
(more fuel molecules) to maintain the correct air/fuel ratio. Warmer
air is less dense (fewer air molecules) and therefore needs less fuel to
maintain the correct
air/fuel ratio. The
tuning needles are
there to adjust how
much fuel is made
available for the
carburetor to mix
with the available air
(atomization).
Cold Air (More Dense)
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(Warm Air) Less Dense
Water Valve
Richen
(Controls Overall Flow)
High Speed Needle
Water Nozzle
(Controls Fine Flow)
Low Speed Needle
The maximum possible fuel flow is always controlled by the highspeed needle. It works like the main water valve on a garden hose.
Turn it clockwise to close the valve, counter-clockwise to open it.
When the throttle is at idle or partially open, the low-speed needle
meters the fuel flow at the outlet (needle seat) where the fuel enters
the carburetor venturi. This second valve acts like the spray nozzle
at the end of the garden hose in our example. When you accelerate
from idle, the throttle opens and the low-speed needle is pulled away
from the needle seat. This allows more fuel to flow with the increased
air flow. As the throttle is increased, the low-speed needle is pulled
completely away from the needle seat leaving it fully open. At that
point, fuel metering is entirely controlled by the high-speed needle.
Again, using our water hose example, when the spray nozzle at the
end of our garden hose is fully open, then the main water valve can be
used to adjust how fast the water flows.
The engine’s performance is directly linked to the fuel mixture.
Richening the fuel mixture increases the amount of fuel in the
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
air/fuel mixture ratio and leaning the fuel mixture decreases the
amount of fuel in the air/fuel mixture ratio.
Lean
Rich
• Slightly lean fuel mixtures deliver stronger, more efficient
combustion and more power, but with less lubrication.
• Slightly rich fuel mixtures deliver cooler running and more
lubrication but with slightlyВ­В­В­В­less power.
Tuning the engine means finding the perfect balance between the
two; excellent power to meet your needs while maintaining good
lubrication for long engine life. The optimal fuel mixture setting is
rich to provide a safety margin against having a lean condition if some
variable changes (such as the temperature from one day to the next).
General fuel mixture settings are measured by the number of turns
the needles are turned out from fully closed. The fuel mixture settings
have been pre-set from the factory to typical break-in settings. Do
not readjust your carburetor from the factory settings until after the
engine is started and running, and you have been able to observe the
engine running to assess what minor adjustments may be required
to compensate for fuel, temperature, and altitude. Adjustments are
usually made in 1/8 or 1/16-turn increments. If the engine sticks at top
dead center (TDC), see page 38 for instructions on freeing the engine.
The Idle Speed Adjustment
The idle speed screw controls the closed position of the throttle slide.
When the throttle servo is in its neutral position, the throttle slide
should be stopped against the idle adjustment screw. Always use
the idle speed adjusting screw to control engine idle. Do not use the
throttle trim on the transmitter to adjust idle speed. The idle speed
should be set as low as possible and still maintain reliable running.
THE TRAXXAS EZ-START
ELECTRIC STARTING SYSTEM
The Traxxas EZ-Start brings the convenience of push-button electric
engine starting to your Revo. The EZ-Start consists of a hand-held control
unit and an on-board motorized starter.
• Power for the EZ-Start system comes from a 7.2-volt rechargeable
battery pack installed in the hand-held control unit.
• The engine glow plug is heated automatically by the EZ‑Start system,
eliminating the need to keep up with a separate glow plug igniter.
• The voltage to the glow plug is kept constant, regardless of the load
placed on the starter by the starter motor.
• The “Glow Plug” LED (light emitting diode) on the control unit
indicates the condition of the glow plug.
• The “Motor” LED indicates the status of the EZ-Start electric starter motor.
• The cush drive mechanism in the drive unit prevents damage to the
gears caused by engine kickback.
• Smart Start™ protection circuitry prevents damage to the motor by cutting
power if the load on the motor or other electronics exceeds safe limits.
See Tuning Your TRX 3.3
Racing Engine on page 27
for complete information on
adjusting the air/fuel mixture
and idle speed.
Factory Needle Settings
If your factory preset
carburetor adjustments have
been tampered with, use the
following settings:
• Set the high-speed needle to
4 turns out from closed.
• Set the low-speed needle so
the screw head (red in Fig. A)
is flush (even) with the end
of the slide (yellow in Fig. A).
Fig. A
Charging the EZ-Start Battery
The included charger can be used to charge the included EZ-Start
battery pack.
1. Plug the charger into the wall. The LED on the charger should
glow green.
2. Connect the included EZ-Start battery pack to the charger output
cord. The LED will glow red indicating the battery is charging.
3. The battery should charge for approximately 4 ВЅ hours. The LED
will turn green when the battery is fully charged.
1
2
3
Low Speed
Needle Adjustment
Always use the factory
settings for initial starting.
Only use these settings when
the factory settings have
been lost.
Higher nitro requires a richer
fuel mixture. When running
33% fuel, richen your high
speed needle 3/4 turn if
previously running 20% nitro
and then re-tune the engine
for maximum performance.
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Glow
Plug
Motor
Glow
Plug
Glow
Plug
Motor
Motor
Glow
Plug
Glow
Plug
Glow
Plug
Motor
If the Motor LED fails to light and the starter fails to
operate, then the EZ-Start is in protection mode.
Motor
Each of the two status indicator LEDs on the handheld control unit, the Motor LED and the Glow Plug
LED, should light green while starting. If either LED
fails to light while starting, there is a fault indicated
with that function.
Motor
Using the EZ-Start
Your EZ-Start controller plugs into a 4-prong receptacle in the center of the
bed on your Revo 3.3. When the red button on the controller is pressed,
the EZ-Start motor begins to spin the engine and power from the control
unit heats the glow plug. Assuming all settings and preparations are
correct, the engine should start almost immediately.
Use a Strong Starter Battery
A weak starter battery, or one that has not been fully charged, may
not deliver enough power to crank the engine over at the appropriate
rpm to keep the piston from sticking at top dead center (TDC). A new
engine will typically have a tight fit between the piston and the top of
the sleeve. This is a tapered fit, and a tight piston sleeve fit on initial
startup is desirable for those who want the best-performing engine.
Make sure you are using a good quality battery pack that is fully
charged (new batteries usually require several charge cycles to reach
peak voltage and full capacity). This is especially important with a new
engine that needs to be broken in. If the engine sticks at TDC, see
page 38 for instructions on freeing the engine.
Shutting Off The Engine
Turning off the switch for the radio will not
shut off the engine. To shut off the engine, use
the shut-off clamp on the fuel line. Squeeze
the clamp closed to shut off the fuel supply to
the engine. Don’t forget to release it when you
restart the engine.
Avoid shutting off the engine by placing your finger over the exhaust
outlet, especially if you are through driving for the day. This will
leave more unburned fuel in the engine that could lead to harmful
corrosion. Always be careful not to touch the exhaust pipe after
running, it can become very hot.
Glow
Plug
5. Snap the battery compartment door back on and lock the
end tab (D).
Protection Mode
The EZ-Start uses Smart Startв„ў technology to monitor the condition
of the system and detect failures. The controller monitors the load
being placed on the EZ-Start motor. If the load becomes excessive,
the system shuts off power to the motor to prevent costly damage
to the motor and the controller. This may occur, for example, if the
engine floods with fuel during starting. The starter spins at first but
when excessive fuel in the combustion chamber begins to lock up the
engine, the starter motor slows under the heavier load. This causes
the protection circuit to shut off the power to the motor. Allow at least
3 minutes for the starter motor to cool and the circuit to automatically
reset before continuing. Use the time to find and eliminate the
condition that caused the excessive load on the starter motor.
Motor
4. Install the battery into the
compartment and press the wires securely into place.
If the Glow Plug LED fails to light, the glow plug may
be bad, or the glow plug wire may be damaged or
disconnected.
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A
C
D
Glow
Plug
It’s normal for your EZ-Start
controller to become warm
after repeated use.
B
Motor
When the EZ-Start controller
is in protection mode, wait
at least three minutes before
attempting to start the
engine, to give the starter
motor time to cool.
3. Twist the battery two or
three times to twirl the
battery plug wires. This
helps hold the wire and
battery in place when the
battery is installed in the
compartment (C).
Glow
Plug
Caution: Never use a
15-minute timed charger to
recharge your model’s battery
packs. Overcharging may
result, causing damage to the
battery packs.
2. Plug a fully charged 7.2-volt
battery pack into the
connector inside (B).
Motor
Using Other Chargers
Another convenient option
for charging the included
battery is an AC peakdetecting charger that plugs
directly into an AC wall
outlet. It contains special
peak-detection circuitry
that automatically shuts the
charger off when the battery
is fully charged.
Installing the EZ-Start Battery
1. Press the tab in the end of the battery
compartment door to open (A).
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
BREAKING IN YOUR TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine uses a ringless, aluminum-brass-chrome
(ABC) piston/sleeve construction. This type of engine design relies on
a very precise running fit between the piston and sleeve for cylinder
sealing. Engine break-in is necessary to allow the piston and sleeve
to develop an extremely precise fit and optimum cylinder sealing.
Therefore, proper engine break-in is critical to achieving the fastest,
most reliable engine performance.
Allow yourself about 1 to 1ВЅ hours to complete the break-in procedure.
The engine break-in period will take 5 tanks of fuel in a Revo. The break-in
time is not the time to impress your friends with your new Revo. You must
wait until the engine is fully broken in before attempting sustained
high speed running. Patience and careful attention during break-in will
reward you with the best-performing TRX 3.3 Racing Engine possible.
During break-in, your engine may appear to malfunction with
symptoms like stalling, inconsistent performance, and fouled glow
plugs. These are simply the normal “break-in pains” engines sometimes
go through. They will disappear once your engine is fully broken in.
Many owners report not experiencing any of these symptoms with TRX
Racing Engines. We recommend replacing the glow plug with a new
one (included) after the engine break in procedure.
Engine Break-in Procedure
The focus during break-in is to vary and limit the engine speed. This will
be accomplished by accelerating and stopping at different rates for the
first 5 tanks of fuel. As the engine begins to break-in, the duration and
intensity of the acceleration will gradually increase. Sustained highspeed running is not permitted until the 6th tank of fuel. Perform the
initial break-in on a large, flat, paved surface. Revo is very fast and by
tanks 4 and 5 you will need plenty of room for the truck to run in.
Apply all throttle and braking actions gently. Abrupt acceleration or
braking could cause the engine to stall unnecessarily.
• Special break-in fuels are not recommended. Use the same fuel you
plan to use everyday.
• If possible, avoid breaking-in the engine on extremely hot or cold days
(see page 27).
• Pay careful attention to the fuel level. Do not allow the fuel tank to run
completely empty. An extremely low fuel level causes the mixture to
run too lean. This could result in a burned glow plug or extremely high
engine temperatures.
• Do not attempt to break in the TRX 3.3 Racing Engine by idling it on
a stand. This will produce poor results.
• Keep extra Traxxas glow plugs handy. The break-in process can cause
deposits to form on the plug leading to plug failure.
• Change or clean your air filter after break-in.
• Follow the instructions exactly for each of the first 5 tanks of fuel.
Starting Your TRX 3.3 Racing Engine for the First Time
Before you start your TRX 3.3 Racing Engine for the first time, make sure
you have read all instructions and precautions in this manual. Pay close
attention to the tank-by-tank break-in instructions in the next section,
and make sure you have read and understood them before you run
your engine.
Your engine must be at room temperature (70В°F or 21В° C) or above the
first time you start it. If it’s cooler than room temperature outside, remove
all fuel and keep your Revo indoors until you’re ready to start it and then
take it outside. If it’s colder than 45°F, special considerations should be
made. See cold weather break-in on page 27. We do not recommend
running the model in temperatures below 35В°F.
1. Turn on the radio system (see page 11).
2. Make sure the throttle trigger on the
transmitter is in the idle (neutral) position.
3. Connect the EZ-Start controller according to
the instructions on page 24.
4. Press the starter button in short two-second
bursts and watch for fuel moving through
the fuel line up to the carburetor. Watch
closely! The fuel moves very fast. If the fuel
doesn’t move through the line within 5 seconds, prime the engine
by briefly (one or two seconds) covering the exhaust outlet with your
finger and pressing the EZ-Start button until the fuel is just visible in
the carburetor fuel line. Watch carefully! If the engine is primed too
long, it will flood with fuel and stop turning.
5. Once fuel reaches the carburetor, the engine should
quickly start and idle.
6. Disconnect the EZ-Start controller from the model.
7. Proceed with the engine break-in.
8. Do not rev your engine with no load (wheels off the ground).
If your engine doesn’t start, go online to Traxxas.com/support. If your
factory fuel mixture settings have been altered, refer to page 22. If you
still have problems, contact Traxxas Customer Support at 1-888-TRAXXAS
or [email protected]
See Important Points to
Remember on page 4 for other
precautions.
Never run your Revo indoors.
Since the TRX 3.3 Racing
Engine exhaust fumes are
harmful, always run your
model outdoors, in a wellventilated area.
Your TRX 3.3 Racing Engine
doesn’t usually require priming.
If you do need to prime your
engine, watch the fuel line
carefully to avoid flooding
your engine. See page 38 for
information on clearing a
flooded engine.
Factory Needle Settings:
Your carburetor is preset at
the factory to give the correct
air-to-fuel ratio and idle speed
for engine break-in. Do not
adjust the carburetor unless
you observe a poor running
condition that requires
correction (see page 23 for
stock settings).
Higher nitro requires a richer
fuel mixture. When running
33% fuel, richen your high
speed needle 3/4 turn if
previously running 20% nitro
and then re-tune the engine
for maximum performance. See
page 20 for more information.
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High Altitude Operation:
If you live in a high
altitude region (5000 or more
feet above sea level), the
lower air density may require
you to lean your high-speed
fuel mixture slightly from the
factory break in settings. Try
this if you are experiencing
difficult starting or extremely
sluggish engine performance
at high altitude.
As you gain experience in
the hobby, you may discover
that many people have
differing opinions on what
is the proper procedure to
break-in a model engine.
Only use the Traxxas break-in
procedure. Other break-in
procedures could result in a
weak, damaged, or otherwise
poor performing engine.
The procedure outlined
here was extensively tested
and proven to yield better
performing engines than
other “common” break-in
methods. Even if you have
years of experience using
model engines, please do not
ignore this caution!
Tank 1
1. Drive the model with the body off.
2. Driving procedure: Gently pull the throttle trigger to 1/4 throttle
over a 2-second count. Then gently apply the brake to stop.
Count the two seconds out while accelerating: one thousand one,
one thousand two, and then stop. Operate the throttle trigger as
smoothly as you can. Repeat this starting and stopping procedure
until the first tank of fuel is nearly empty.
3. Look for thick blue smoke exiting the exhaust outlet. If there is
no smoke, richen the high-speed needle 1/4 turn, by turning the
needle counterclockwise.
4. When the fuel tank is nearly empty, shut off the engine by pinching
the fuel line connected to the carburetor (use the installed clamp).
5. Let the engine cool for 15 minutes.
Note: If at any point the engine cuts out or stalls during gentle
acceleration, richen the high-speed needle 1/4 turn by turning the
needle counterclockwise.
Tank 2
1. From tank 2 forward, Revo should be driven with the body on.
2. Driving procedure: Gently pull the throttle trigger to 1/2 throttle
over a 2-second count. Then gently apply the brake to stop. Count
the two seconds out while accelerating: one thousand one, one
thousand two, and then stop. Repeat this starting and stopping
procedure until the second tank of fuel is nearly empty.
3. When the fuel tank is nearly empty, shut off the engine and let it cool
for 15 minutes.
Tank 3
1. Driving procedure: Gently pull the throttle trigger to 1/2 throttle
over a 3-second count. Then gently apply the brake to stop. Count
the three seconds out while accelerating: one thousand one, one
thousand two, one thousand three, and then stop. Repeat this
starting and stopping procedure until the third tank of fuel is
nearly empty.
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26 • REVO 3.3
THROTTLE
TIME
2. As the engine loosens, the idle speed may increase and cause
the model to try to creep forward when stopped. Reduce the
idle speed by turning the idle adjustment (see page 17) on the
carburetor counterclockwise.
3. When the fuel tank is nearly empty, shut off the engine and refuel.
From here on, you do not need to let the engine cool between tanks.
Tank 4
1. Driving procedure: Gently pull the throttle trigger to full throttle
over a 3-second count. Then gently apply the brake to stop. Count
the three seconds out while accelerating: one thousand one, one
thousand two, one thousand three, and then stop. Repeat this
starting and stopping procedure until the fourth tank of fuel is
nearly empty.
2. Apply the throttle gradually! Your finger should not reach full throttle
until the end of the three-second count. Revo may try to shift into
second gear. If it does, reduce the throttle input. Do not let Revo shift
out of first gear.
3. Keep your driving smooth and consistent.
4. When the fuel tank is nearly empty, shut off the engine and refuel.
Tank 5
1. Driving procedure: Gently pull the throttle trigger to full throttle
over a 3-second count, hold for 2 more seconds, and then
gently apply the brake to stop. Count the five seconds out while
accelerating. Repeat this starting and stopping procedure until the
fifth tank of fuel is nearly empty.
2. The model should now be shifting into second gear. If it is not, try
turning the high-speed needle clockwise 1/8 turn to lean the fuel
mixture slightly and test for shifting.
3. When the fuel tank is nearly empty, shut off the engine and refuel.
Tank 6
STOP! Clean your air filter before you proceed. Refer to the instructions
on page 21. During the sixth tank of fuel, the engine can be tuned for
general performance use. Proceed to the next section in this manual.
COOL
BODY
NOTES
1
1/4
2 seconds
15 minutes
Off
Apply throttle gradually.
2
1/2
2 seconds
15 minutes
On
Apply throttle gradually.
3
1/2
3 seconds
-
On
Reduce idle speed if necessary.
4
Full
3 seconds
-
On
Do not allow shifting to high gear.
5
Full
5 seconds
-
On
Accelerate over 3 second count, hold for 2 seconds.
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
Winter Break-in Tips
During the break-in process, the piston and sleeve wear into
each other to form a precise fit. The engine needs to heat up to a
temperature around 200 to 215В°F to allow the piston and sleeve to
achieve this fit properly. A precise fit between these two components
is critical for proper compression, and optimum performance. If the
engine runs too cold during break-in, the piston and sleeve will not
expand to their appropriate sizes for break-in, and this can lead to
premature wear of these components. This wear may not become
apparent until after winter has past, and the engine is operated under
warmer running conditions.
• Warm the engine to approximately room temperature by removing
all fuel and storing the vehicle inside at room temperature until just
before starting the engine. An extremely cold engine can become
difficult to start.
• After the engine is running, it is important to keep the temperature
of the engine up around 200 to 215В°F during break-in. In weather
below 45В°F, the TRX 3.3 Racing Engine will tend to run at lower
temperatures between 160 to 180В°F (when tuned at proper break-in
mixture settings). This is too cool for break-in. Do not lean the fuel
mixture to increase engine temperature! This will also decrease
lubrication and cause your piston/sleeve to wear prematurely.
• Wrap the cooling head with a paper towel,
clean rag or sock to help keep the engine
running around the recommended 200
to 215 break-in temp. If too much heat
is contained, the engine can actually run
too hot. Make sure that you monitor the
engine’s temp closely for the first couple of
tanks until you get the right amount of cover for the cooling head. This
will, of course, depend on your current weather conditions. Adjusting
the cover up and down, exposing more or fewer cooling fins, is a
convenient way to regulate engine temps.
• For owners that do not have access to a temperature probe, a drop of
water on the cooling head (around the glow plug area) can be used to
estimate the engine’s temperature. The drop of water should slowly
sizzle for approximately 6 to 8 seconds if the engine is around 200 to
210В°F. If the water sizzles for only a few seconds, then it is likely that it
is over 220В°F, and needs to cool down. If the water takes a long time or
does not evaporate at all, then the engine is too cool.
• We do not recommend that you operate your engine below 35°
Fahrenheit. If you insist on running your vehicle below 35В°F, be aware
that nitro engines may be very difficult to start and tune at extremely
cold temperatures. Also, at temperatures below freezing, nitro fuel can
actually begin to gel up, and this can be harmful to the engine.
Follow the remaining break-in procedures as outlined in this Owners
Manual. This, along with the steps listed above, will ensure a good breakin for your new nitro engine, and provide many hours of enjoyment.
TUNING YOUR TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
The engine’s performance
depends on the fuel
mixture. Turn the mixture
needles clockwise to
lean the fuel mixture and
counterclockwise to richen
it. Leaning the fuel mixture
will increase engine
power up to the engine’s
mechanical limits. Never
run the engine too lean
(not enough fuel flow).
Never lean the engine so
far that it begins to cutout or stall. Leaning the
engine beyond the safe
allowable limits will result
in poor performance and
almost certain engine
damage. Indications of an
overly lean mixture include:
When tuning for
performance, watch closely
to notice when there is no
longer any increase in speed
or power when the
high-speed mixture is lean.
If you lean the high-speed
mixture to the point that the
engine cuts-out, hesitates,
or stalls, you are well into
the danger zone and engine
damage is likely. Richen the
high-speed needle 1/4 turn
and retune.
For your convenience, the
low-speed needle has a
positive stop that prevents
it from being over tightened
and damaging the needle
and seat. This also provides
an easy way to gauge how
many turns out from closed
the low-speed needle
adjustment is set to.
• Cutting out or sudden loss of power during acceleration.
• Overheating (temperature beyond 270° F at the glow plug).
• Little or no blue smoke coming from the exhaust.
If any of these conditions are present, stop immediately and richen
the high speed mixture 1/4 turn. The engine will probably be slightly
rich at that setting and you can then retune for performance. Always
tune for performance by starting rich and moving leaner toward the
ideal setting. Never try to tune from the lean side. There should always
be a light stream of blue smoke coming from the exhaust.
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REVO 3.3 • 27
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
When adjusting the low
speed fuel mixture, it is very
important to make several
high-speed runs with Revo
between adjustments to
clear out any excess fuel.
Perform the pinch test
immediately after. If the
engine is allowed to idle
for a long period of time, it
could “load up” with fuel
and give you an inaccurate
measurement from your
pinch test.
Higher nitro requires a richer
fuel mixture. When running
33% fuel, richen your high
speed needle 3/4 turn if
previously running 20%
nitro and then re-tune the
engine for maximum
performance. See page 20
for more information
Before you begin tuning, the engine should be warmed up to its normal
operating temperature and running slightly rich. All final tuning adjustments
must be made to the engine at its normal operating temperature. You can
tell the engine is running rich by noting any of the following:
• Sluggish acceleration with blue smoke coming from the exhaust.
• Revo may not shift into second gear.
• There is unburned fuel spraying from the exhaust tip.
• Leaning the high-speed fuel mixture increases performance.
High-Speed Fuel Mixture Adjustment
With the engine warm and running at a rich setting, gradually lean the
high-speed fuel mixture in 1/16 turn increments. Make several highspeed passes after each adjustment to clear out the engine and note any
change in performance. The TRX 3.3 is extremely powerful. Remember
to apply the throttle gradually to prevent wheelies or loss of control.
Continue this procedure until there is no longer any performance
improvement. If any one of the following conditions occurs, the fuel
mixture is already past the maximum safe lean setting:
1.
2.
3.
4.
There is no longer any performance improvement.
The engine begins to cut out at high speed (Danger!).
There is a sudden loss of power during acceleration (Danger!).
The engine begins to overheat. Symptoms of overheating include:
• Steam or smoke coming from the engine (not exhaust).
• Hesitation or stalling during acceleration.
• Popping or clattering sound when decelerating (detonation).
• Fluctuating idle speed.
• Temperature measurement above 270° F at the glow plug (A
temperature reading above 270В° alone does not necessarily
indicate overheating. Look for other symptoms of overheating
combined with temperature for a more accurate warning).
Richen the fuel mixture to the optimum setting by richening the
high-speed needle at least 1/8 turn counterclockwise and retest. This
setting will extend engine component life.
Low-Speed Fuel Mixture Adjustment
The low-speed mixture is always set after the high-speed needle is
correctly adjusted. The low-speed mixture is set using the “pinch test”:
1. Once the engine is warm, do several high-speed runs to confirm
that the high-speed needle is set correctly.
28 • REVO 3.3
2. Bring the vehicle in and pinch closed the fuel line going into the
carburetor (use the engine shut-off clamp). The engine should run for
2-3 seconds, speed up, and then shut off.
3. If the engine runs longer than 3 seconds, then lean the low-speed
needle 1/16 turn, make several more high-speed runs, and retest.
4. If the engine shuts off immediately without speeding up, then richen
the low-speed needle 1/8 turn, make several more high-speed runs,
and retest.
When the low-speed needle is set correctly, the engine’s throttle response
should be very quick, even to the point of making it difficult to keep Revo
from doing a wheelie when you accelerate!
Fuel Mixture Adjustment Chart
then the air
density is...
adjust (correct) the
fuel mixture to be...
Lower
Slightly
more dense
Slightly richer
Higher
Slightly
less dense
Slightly leaner
Lower
Less dense
Leaner
Higher
More dense
Richer
Lower
More dense
Richer
Higher
Less dense
Leaner
Lower
More dense
Richer
Higher
Less dense
Leaner
Lower
-
Leaner
Higher
-
Richer
If the...
is..
Humidity
Pressure
(barometer)
Temperature
Altitude
Nitro %
THE TRX 3.3 RACING ENGINE
Idle Speed Adjustment
Once the high and low-speed mixtures have been set, reduce the idle
speed to the minimum reliable idle speed. Remember, this adjustment
should be made while the engine is running at normal operating
temperature.
1.Turn the throttle trim on the transmitter so the brakes are
applied (note its original position). This ensures that the throttle
slide is resting against the idle adjustment screw.
2.Turn the screw counterclockwise to reduce the idle speed, or clockwise
to increase it. The idle speed should be set as low as possible while still
maintaining reliable running characteristics.
3.Reset the throttle trim on the transmitter to its original position.
Fine-Tuning the Carburetor
After fine-tuning your TRX 3.3 Racing Engine at the end of the breakin procedure, no major adjustments to the fuel mixture are usually
necessary. Make note of the temperature, humidity, and barometric
pressure at the time you finished fine tuning your carburetor. Current
weather conditions can be found online from national websites, local TV
news websites, and television. This information will be considered your
baseline setting.
You may need to adjust your carburetor needles to compensate for
changes in temperature and barometric pressure (air density) from day to
day. Generally, you’ll need to richen the fuel mixture when the weather is
colder than your baseline temperature and the air density is higher. Lean
the fuel mixture when weather is warmer than your baseline temperature
and the air density is lower. The chart below provides general guidelines
on how weather conditions affect air density when they move higher or
lower than your baseline setting (see page 22 for detailed info on how air
density affects mixture settings).
Tuning the Engine by Temperature
Your model is equipped with a temperature
sensor to indicate the engine’s temperature on the
dashboard of the Traxxas Link application (available
separately, see page 43). Engine temperature can
be used as an effective tuning aid when you
understand the relationship between engine temperature and ambient
temperature. The engine operating temperature, when tuned for
maximum performance, will vary according to atmospheric conditions,
engine load, gauge accuracy, and many other factors. The atmospheric
condition that has the most influence on engine temperature is air
temperature. Expect the engine temperature to vary almost in direct
proportion to air temperature. Assuming you tuned the engine for
the same maximum performance each day, the engine will run about
twenty degrees hotter when it’s ninety degrees outside than it would in
seventy-degree weather. For this reason, we cannot give you a definitive
temperature range that indicates the best possible engine tuning.
There is NO optimal temperature that can be used as a target to
deliver the best engine tuning. Do not rely on a temp gauge alone
to tune your engine. Tune the engine by paying very close attention
to how it responds to changes in fuel mixture (more smoke/less
smoke, fast/sluggish, reliable/stalling, smooth sound/ muffled
sound, etc). Once the engine is tuned, then observe the temperature.
The Traxxas Link application’s dashboard temperature gauge can aid you
in tuning by giving you a relative indication of how your adjustments are
affecting the engine and to help prevent you from reaching excessive
engine temperatures. For example, as you lean the fuel mixture, the
engine performance will increase along with the temperature. If you
continue to lean the fuel mixture and the temperature increases but
the engine performance does not change, then you have exceeded
the maximum safe lean setting. Make note of the engine temperature.
Generally, try to keep your engine from exceeding 270В°F when measured
at the glow plug. If necessary, increase airflow to the engine by cutting
out the rear of the windshield. In some situations, the engine may perform
very well with no stalling, lagging, or hesitation at temperatures above
270В°F, particularly in very hot climates.
If richening the fuel mixture to bring the temperature down to 270В°F
results in poor, sluggish performance (engine never cleans out) then return
the engine back to a satisfactory state of tune based on how it sounds and
performs (always with a visible stream of blue smoke coming from the
exhaust)-. If engine temperature is exceeding 270В°F with proper cooling
and no signs of abnormal running, then avoid running the engine at its
maximum lean setting. Watch closely for any signs of overheating.
Richen the fuel mixture slightly to provide a safety margin of additional
cooling lubrication. Symptoms of overheating include:
•
•
•
•
Steam or smoke coming from the engine (not exhaust).
Hesitation or stalling during acceleration.
Popping or clattering sound when decelerating (detonation).
Fluctuating idle speed.
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DRIVING YOUR REVO
INTRODUCTION
Your TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is broken in, the fuel mixture is balanced,
and the idle is set…now it’s time to have some fun! Before you go on,
here are some important precautions to keep in mind.
• Don’t run your Revo in water, mud, snow, or wet grass.
It’s tempting, but water and mud are easily drawn through the
air filter and will severely damage the engine. Small amounts of
moisture can cause electronics to fail and loss of control over
your Revo.
• The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is extremely powerful. Remember to
apply the throttle gradually to prevent wheelies or loss of control.
• Don’t hold Revo off the ground and rev the engine excessively with
no load on the engine. This practice could result in internal engine
damage. Avoid over revving the engine when Revo is airborne
after a jump.
• Avoid excessive high-speed running for extended periods of time
or over long distances. This could cause the engine to build up
enough speed to exceed maximum safe RPM limits.
• Don’t drive your Revo with drive train damage of any kind.
The engine could be damaged due to overloads caused by
drivetrain friction, or over-revving caused by loose or missing parts.
• Don’t tow anything with your Revo. The engine is cooled
by airflow created by speed. Towing creates a high load on the
engine, and at the same time limits cooling of the engine due to
low vehicle speed.
• If your Revo gets stuck, stop driving immediately. Move the vehicle
and then continue driving.
• Never turn off the radio system while the engine is running. The
truck could run out of control.
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30 • REVO 3.3
Driving Tips
• Monster trucks by design have a high center of gravity that
requires a different driving technique. To prevent rollovers, slow
down as you approach turns and then apply moderate throttle
through the turns. This technique will help Revo grab the surface
and turn sharper.
• Do not apply brakes and turn the wheel at the same time. You
could tip the truck over.
• When jumping, apply some throttle while Revo is in the air to keep
the truck’s nose up and land level on all four wheels. Be careful not
to over-rev the engine or land at full throttle. Either could seriously
damage your Revo. If the nose of the truck is too high, then quickly
tap the brake to level the truck in the air.
• Drive over large obstacles (such as curbs and rocks) at an angle,
instead of head on. This will allow the suspension to articulate and
absorb the impact much easier.
• Change or clean the pre-filter element in your air filter after each
hour of running. Change or clean the primary filter element every
3 - 4 hours of running. This is critical for the life of your engine.
Running time includes the engine break-in period.
BASIC TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
Revo was engineered to provide sophisticated additional tuning
options well beyond the basics that allow expert users to extract the
maximum performance from the truck. The advanced tuning section
(beginning on page 39) covers topics such as optional suspension
rockers, roll center adjustment, caster adjustment, bump steer tuning,
differential setup, and fine tuning the two-speed gear ratios. Make
sure you fully understand the basic adjustments before experimenting
with the advanced adjustments. Improper combinations of
adjustments can adversely affect the performance of the truck,
resulting in poor handling. If you don’t know why you are changing
an adjustment then you should leave it at its factory setting. Also
included are instructions for using the Long Travel rockers and springs
supplied with Revo. The Long Travel rockers allow extreme suspension
travel for rock crawling and rough, large-scale terrain. The Long Travel
rockers allow the suspension to operate at its extreme mechanical
limits and are recommended for advanced users.
SUSPENSION TUNING
lightened significantly for
racing applications, softer
springs will be necessary
to allow the suspension
to sag properly. Heavier
Compression 2/3
configurations will
Ride Height
require stiffer springs.
Sag (Droop) 1/3
Ride height is adjusted by
Axle Centerline at Max Compression
changing the length or
Axle Centerline at Ride Height
position of the pushrods
Axle Centerline at Max Sag
in the lower suspension
arms. See the next
section for ride height
adjustments. The suspension sag and spring pre-load should be
readjusted anytime the springs are removed and/or replaced.
Total Travel
This tuning and setup guide is separated into two sections- Basic
and Advanced. Revo does not require any specialized knowledge or
understanding of its unique suspension and drive train to perform
typical, everyday setup and track tuning adjustments. Adjustment
procedures for alignment, spring rate, damping, steering, and ride
height are covered in the basic tuning section. Adjustments for the
gear ratio, two-speed shift point, slipper clutch, and brake are also
covered. In most cases, the basic information is all that is needed to
tune Revo to perform well on a variety of surfaces.
Optional springs available from Traxxas are listed below. Refer to your
parts list for a complete part number listing. Higher rate springs are
stiffer. Springs can be identified by dots of color on one end.
90mm Travel
Dot Color
Yellow
White
Orange
Spring Rate
14.8 lb/in (2.6 N/mm)
16.6 lb/in (2.9 N/mm)
18.3 lb/in (3.2 N/mm)
120mm Travel
Dot Color
Silver
Spring Rate
28.0 lb/in (4.9 N/mm)
(Standard Front)
(Standard Front)
Pink
Blue
Green
(Standard Rear)
20.0 lb/in (3.5 N/mm)
(Standard Rear)
Gold
Tan
Black
21.7 lb/in (3.8 N/mm)
23.4 lb/in (4.1 N/mm)
25.1 lb/in (4.4 N/mm)
Purple
30.8 lb/in (5.4 N/mm)
33.7 lb/in (5.9 N/mm)
36.5 lb/in (6.4 N/mm)
Note: 90mm travel springs are
not recommended for use with
the Long Travel rockers.
Springs
The front and rear springs on Revo have different spring rates. The
rear springs are about 10% stiffer than the front springs. The
spring’s pre-load tension can be adjusted by turning the spring
pre-load adjuster. Adjusting the pre-load changes the suspension
sag. Suspension sag basically defines how much the suspension
compresses when the truck is at rest. Adjust the pre-load so that the
suspension compresses about one third of its full suspension travel
(see illustration). If suspension sag is severe and requires a large
increase of the spring pre-load to compensate, then a firmer spring
should be used. Firmer springs (supplied) must be used when the
Long Travel rocker arms are installed.
Ride Height Adjustment
The rocker arm suspension uses push rods on each suspension arm.
Changing the length and/or position of the push rod adjusts the
ride height without affecting or compromising other suspension
parameters. For example, you can raise and lower the ride height
without changing up/down travel distribution, changing springs, or
affecting your progressive rate. This feature is unique to Revo and is
extremely beneficial in a racing environment where you can achieve a
low center of gravity (by lowering the ride height) without losing any
suspension capability. Increasing the ride height will increase ground
clearance for rough terrain.
Use a stiffer spring to reduce sag, reduce body lean, control brake
dive, and provide a firmer, more responsive overall feel. If Revo is
The ride height of the model can be changed by mounting the push rod
in a different hole in the lower suspension arm. From the factory, the
REVO 3.3 • 31
basic TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
Important: The shocks are
assembled at the factory
with a center-to-center
distance (between the rod
end balls) of 87mm. Any time
the shocks are removed and
disassembled, this distance
should be checked to ensure
proper operation of the
suspension.
87mm
push rod comes installed in the inner hole of the lower suspension
arm’s push rod mount. If the push rod is mounted in the outer hole,
the ride height decreases.
The ride height can be finely
tuned by adjusting the sag
of the suspension. Do not
attempt to make large
changes to the ride height
by adjusting the spring preIncreases
Decreases
load on the shock bodies. If
Ride Height
Ride Height
suspension sag is severe and
requires a large increase of the spring pre-load to compensate, then a
firmer spring should be used. The lowest ride height can be achieved
by removing the blue spacers from the push rod and installing the
push rod in the outermost hole of the lower suspension arm’s push
rod mount.
The optional included Long Travel rocker arms are designed to be
used only with the push rods installed in the hole labeled “LT” (the
middle hole of the lower suspension arm’s push rod mount). Any
minor adjustments to the ride height are accomplished by adjusting
the spring pre-load.
Adjusting the Pivot Ball Caps
The pivot ball caps should be
adjusted so that the pivot balls
operate freely in the axle carriers
with no excess play. Use the
provided four-way suspension
multi-tool to tighten or loosen the
pivot ball cap.
Shock Oil
The 4 oil-filled aluminum shocks (dampers) effectively control the
suspension movement by preventing the wheels and tires from
continuing to “bounce” after rebounding from a bump. Changing the
oil in the shocks can vary the suspension damping effect. Changing the
oil to a higher viscosity oil will increase damping. Lowering the viscosity
of the oil will cause the suspension damping to be reduced. Damping
should be increased (with higher viscosity oil) if the model is bottoming
easily over jumps. Damping should be decreased (with thinner viscosity
oil) if the model is hopping over small bumps and feels unstable. The
32 • REVO 3.3
viscosity of shock oil is affected by extremes in operating temperature;
an oil of certain viscosity will become less viscous at higher
temperatures and more viscous at lower temperatures. Operating in
regions with cold temperatures may require lower viscosity oil. From
the factory, the shocks are filled with SAE-30W silicone oil. Only use
100% silicone oil in the shock.
Replacing Shock Oil
The shocks have to be
removed from the vehicle and
disassembled to change the oil.
1. Remove the lower spring
retainer and shock spring.
2. Remove the upper shock cap
using the shock wrench and
the suspension multi-tool.
3. Empty the used shock oil from the shock body.
4. Fill the shock with new silicone shock oil up to the top of the
shock body.
5. Slowly move the piston up and down (always keeping it submerged
in oil) to release the air bubbles. Let the shock sit for a few minutes
to allow any remaining air bubbles to surface.
6. Slowly thread the upper cap with the installed shock bladder onto
the shock body with the suspension multi-tool. The excess oil will
bleed out of the small hole in the shock cap.
7. Tighten the shock cap until snug. Use the included steel shock
wrench to hold on to the shock body while tightening.
basic TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
ALIGNMENT SETTINGS
The alignment settings are critical for optimizing the performance
of Revo. Adjust your alignment as carefully and precisely as you
possibly can.
Toe Adjustment
The wheels can be adjusted to
point straight ahead or have a toein or toe-out setting. To help you
remember, look down at your feet.
For toe-in, your feet point towards
each other. For toe-out, your feet
point away from each other.
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A camber gauge (available
at your local hobby shop)
can be a useful tool for
alignment setting.
The suspension pivot balls located in the
axle carriers adjust the static camber. The pivot balls are protected by
blue dust plugs. To adjust your static camber, insert the supplied 2.5
mm hex wrench through the slit in the dust plug and engage the end
of the pivot ball (compressing the suspension until the arms are parallel
to the ground will allow for easier hex wrench engagement). The
upper pivot ball is normally screwed all the way in. Negative camber is
achieved by screwing the pivot ball of the lower control arm out. Note:
When camber is changed, the toe angle of the wheel has to be reset.
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The toe angle of the front wheels
can be adjusted by varying the
length of the toe links that connect
the steering linkage to the front
axle carriers. The toe angle of
the rear wheels can be adjusted
by varying the length of the
metal toe links that connect the
rear bulkheads to the rear axle
carriers. The front toe links and
rear toe links are equipped with
turnbuckles. The lengths of the toe
links can be adjusted by turning
them with the included 5mm
Traxxas wrench.
Static Camber Adjustment
The wheels can be set to have either
positive or negative camber (see
illustration below). The camber angle
changes as the wheel moves up and
down through its range of travel. Static
camber is the camber angle at the wheel
when the vehicle is set at its normal,
stationary ride height.
All of the toe links are installed
on the truck so that the left
hand thread indicators point
to the same direction. This
makes it easier to remember
which way to turn the wrench
to increase or decrease toe link
length (the direction is same at
all four corners). Note that the
groove in the hex indicates the
side of the toe link with the
left-hand threads.
Static Camber Base Factory Settings
Front: 1-degree negative camber each side
Rear: 1-degree negative camber each side
Decrease
Length
Positive camber
Toe Base Factory Settings
Front: 0-degrees
Rear: 1-degree toe-in each side
Under certain conditions, toe-in can be increased to a maximum of
3-degrees. To avoid potential interference of suspension components
with the Long Travel rockers installed, see the maximum alignment
limits table on page 34.
Negative camber
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basic TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
Maximum Alignment Limits (using stock push rod length)
Revo’s maximum toe and camber alignment settings can be limited
by the ride height setting. Do not exceed the maximum limits or you
could experience interference between suspension components.
The ride height is controlled by where the push rod is installed in
the lower suspension arm. First determine which of the following
configurations you are using:
a. Stock Configuration – When the pushrod is in the inner position
of the lower control arm.
b. Lowered Configuration - When the pushrod is in the middle
position of the lower control arm.
c. On-Road Configuration - The lowest configuration. When the
pushrod is in the outermost position of the lower control arm.
d. Long Travel Configuration – When the pushrod is in the middle
position of the lower control arm with the optional Long Travel
rockers installed.
Front Suspension
The following are suggested maximum settings for the
front suspension in order to avoid interference between
suspension components:
Configuration
Available
Camber
(degrees)
Stock
Lowered
On-Road
Long travel
+3 to -1
+3 to -5
+3 to -5
+3 to -1
Available Toe
(degrees)
Toe In Toe Out
1
1
3
3
3
3
1
1
Rear Suspension
The following are suggested maximum settings for the rear
suspension for all configurations. Toe out is not normally used on
the rear of Revo.
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Configuration
Available
Camber
(degrees)
All
+3 to -5
Available Toe
(degrees)
Toe In Toe Out
3
2
TRANSMISSION TUNING
Adjusting the Slipper Clutch
Your Revo is equipped with
an adjustable Torque-Controlв„ў
slipper clutch. The slipper clutch
is integrated into the main spur
gear on the transmission (see page
6). The slipper clutch is adjusted
by loosening the spring-loaded
locknut on the slipper shaft. Use
the supplied 8mm open-end metric
wrench. To tighten or loosen the
slipper nut, insert the 2.0mm hex wrench into the hole in the
end of the slipper shaft. This locks the shaft for adjustments.
Turn the adjustment nut clockwise to tighten (less slippage) and
counter-clockwise to loosen (more slippage). The slipper clutch has
two functions:
1. Limiting the engine’s torque output to the wheels to prevent
wheelspin on low traction surfaces and help to prevent damage
to the gears in the transmission during on-throttle landings.
2. Protecting the drivetrain from sudden impact or shock loads (such
as landing from a jump with the engine at full throttle).
From the factory, the slipper clutch is set for minimal slippage to protect
the drivetrain from shock loads. On slippery, low traction surfaces
such as a hard-packed, dry racetrack you may benefit from loosening
the slipper adjustment nut to allow for more clutch slippage. This will
make the truck easier and more forgiving to drive by helping to reduce
the amount of wheel spin. Loosening the slipper adjustment can also
improve performance on extreme high traction surfaces by preventing
the front end from lifting off of the ground when accelerating. Make
slipper adjustments in small 1/8 turn increments.
The maximum tight setting for the slipper is just at the point where
there is little or no tire slippage on a high traction surface such as
carpet or a prepared racetrack. The slipper should not be tightened
to the point that clutch slippage is completely eliminated. Do not
overtighten the slipper nut or you could damage the slipper bearings,
pressure plates, or other components.
basic TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
Adjusting the Two-Speed Transmission
Revo comes equipped with an adjustable two-speed transmission.
When the shift point on the transmission is adjusted correctly, it will
maximize acceleration and improve drivability. Use a 2mm hex wrench
to adjust the shift point. To make the adjustment, the engine must be
off (not running).
1. Shift the transmission into forward
gear (shift button down).
2. Remove the rubber access plug from
the top of the transmission housing.
3. While looking through the opening,
rotate the spur gear to align the
cutout (notch) on the internal twospeed clutch drum with the opening.
4. Hold the spur gear and slowly roll the
truck forward until the hex on the
black adjustment set screw becomes
visible in the opening. Note: the truck
will only roll forward (not backwards)
when the spur gear is held stationary.
5. Insert the 2.0mm hex wrench
through the clutch drum and into
the adjustment screw.
6. Turn the adjustment screw 1/8 turn
counter clockwise to lower the shift
point (shifts sooner). Be careful not to
loosen the adjustment screw too much
Shift
or you may cause the screw and spring Sooner
to fall out (requiring major disassembly
and repair). Turn the adjustment screw
clockwise for later shifts.
7. Reinstall the rubber access plug to
prevent dirt from entering the transmission. Do not put oil or other
lubricants into the transmission through the two-speed adjustment
access hole.
8. Check performance by running a test lap after each adjustment. On
a small race track with many tight turns, try setting the shift point
later so that the truck only shifts into second gear on the main
straightaway. This will prevent an unexpected shift in the middle of
a turn. On larger tracks it may be necessary to allow earlier shifts for
increased speed.
Adjusting the Spur Gear/Clutch Bell Gear Mesh
The ideal spur gear/clutch bell gear mesh for
Revo is 0.1mm. To set the gear mesh, place
a strip of standard letter/A4 size copy or
printer paper (about 0.1mm thick) between
the mating teeth. Loosen the two horizontal
engine mount screws and slide the engine
mount up to push the clutch bell gear against
the spur gear so that the that the paper is not
too tight to pull out or too loose that it will fall
out. Tighten the two horizontal engine mount
screws securely. When the paper is removed,
you should feel only the slightest amount of
play between the gears (almost none) and
there should be no binding or friction.
Changing the Spur Gear
1. Remove the four cap head screws that secure
the engine to the engine mount.
2. Remove the button head screw that secures the
pipe hanger to the rear body mount.
3. Carefully remove the engine and exhaust
system from the spur gear area to allow enough
room to remove the spur gear.
4. Remove the three screws on the slipper clutch
assembly using a 2.5mm hex wrench. Slide the
spur gear off of the slipper shaft. If the spur gear
is too tight on the shaft, gently pry on the back
of the gear with a flat screw driver to loosen it.
Repeat the above steps in reverse order to install the new spur gear.
DUAL SERVO STEERING SYSTEM
Revo uses dual digital waterproof steering servos and a single
heavy-duty servo saver for powerful, responsive steering. To prevent
unnecessary receiver battery drain, it is important to make sure that the
servos are “at rest” when the steering is at neutral. If one servo is out
of adjustment, then both servos will work against each other, fighting
to find center. If the steering servos buzz or whine when the servos are
powered and in the neutral position with no load on the front wheels,
the servo linkage(s) should be adjusted.
Adjusting The Steering System
1. Remove the servo horns and steering links from the servos.
Disconnect the steering links from the servo saver.
REVO 3.3 • 35
basic TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
Increasing Steering Travel
The Revo has the ability
to increase the “throw” of
the steering system and
maximize steering travel. To
increase the steering travel,
move the steering linkages
to the outer holes of the
servo horns. Readjust the
length of steering linkage to
compensate for the servo horn
position change so the servo
horn is at a 7-degree offset.
Linkages
7В°
7В°
The maximum travel setting will
cause the steering to be more
sensitive and can increase the
chance of rollover with the stock
suspension setup. The following
steps are recommended to
improve steering stability:
1. Move the push rod to the center
hole of the lower suspension arm’s
push rod mount.
2. Lower the shock preload to 2mm
on the front shocks and 4.5 mm on
the rear shocks.
2. Adjust both the steering links to be the exact same length (41.8mm use “Steering Link Length Template” below to set length).
41.8 mm
Steering Link Length Template
3. Switch on the power to the receiver and the transmitter.
4. Adjust the steering trim on the transmitter to the neutral “0” position.
5. Connect one end of a steering link to the steering servo saver arm
and the other end to the servo horn.
6. Position the steering servo saver arm
perpendicular to the centerline
of the vehicle.
7. While holding the steering servo saver arm
in the position mentioned in step 6, install
the servo horn onto the servo so that the
steering link is parallel with the centerline
of the vehicle. This will automatically set the
servo horn at the 7-degree offset shown in
the illustration.
8. Install the second servo horn on the other
side following the same procedure.
9. Fine-tune the length of the second steering link to eliminate any
load on the steering system in the neutral position. Remove one
steering link screw from
the servo horn. Adjust the
steering link until the hole in
the servo horn and hollow
ball line up then reinstall the
screw (see illustration).
If you are using aftermarket servos, it is important to use servo horns
designed for Revo. Optional steering servo horns are sold separately for
use with non-Traxxas servos.
Servo Saver Tuning
An optional stiffer spring is available for the servo saver when using
servos with metal gear sets (see parts list for details). Do not use this
spring with standard Traxxas high-torque servos.
36 • REVO 3.3
BRAKE SETUP & ADJUSTMENT
Revo is equipped with a disc brake that rides on the yoke of the
transmission’s front output shaft. The brake is preset at the factory
and should not require attention. As the brake material wears, future
adjustments may be necessary.
Brake Shoulder Screw Adjustment
0.5mm
The two shoulder bolts that secure
gap
the brake pads to the transmission
housing may need to be adjusted
periodically as the brake material
wears down. They should be
tightened so a 0.50mm (.020”) gap exists between the disk and the brake
pad (on the transmission side). Adjust in one of the following ways:
1. Use a 0.50mm feeler gauge between the brake pad insert and brake disk.
2. Push the outer brake pad firmly against the inner pad with your
finger, sandwiching the brake disk between the brake calipers.
Tighten the brake shoulder bolts until they just barely touch the
brake pads. Do not over tighten these fasteners or you could damage
the brake calipers. Loosen each of the shoulder bolts by 1 turn.
Brake Linkage Adjustment
When correctly adjusted, the brake linkage
spring should barely touch the rod guide when
the servo is in the neutral position (closed
throttle). This will ensure no brake drag
during operation of the vehicle. The brake
adjustment knob can be threaded away from
the spring for less braking power if desired.
Do not adjust the knob to apply pressure
against the spring while the servo is in the
neutral position. This will induce brake drag
and cause undesirable handling.
Less Brake
Brake
Linkage
Spring
Front of Truck
The position of the z-bend from the factory
is in the middle position of the servo horn.
Changing this position will affect the way the brake force is applied. The
brake adjustment knob will need to be readjusted if this position is changed.
Brake Pad Wear and Replacement
During normal use the brake pads should wear at a relatively slow rate.
However, if the brake pads wear down close to the metal pad holders,
they should be replaced. Any more wear than this could cause damage
to the brake parts and improper operation of the brake system.
MAINTAINING AND STORING YOUR REVO
Your Revo requires timely maintenance in order to stay in top running
condition. Neglecting the maintenance could allow dirt, deposits,
and moisture to build up inside the engine leading to internal engine
failure. The following procedures should be taken very seriously.
After each hour of running:
• Clean and re-oil the air filter. The instructions for this procedure are
on page 21. We cannot stress enough the value of cleaning your air
filter at the scheduled intervals. The cleanliness and condition of your
air filter directly influences the running life span of your engine. Do not
skip air filter maintenance!
• Clean the outside of the engine of accumulated dirt, oil, and grime.
Accumulated grime will decrease the engine’s ability to cool itself.
• To maintain optimum radio system performance, the RX Power Pack
(receiver battery) should be recharged after each hour of runtime.
• Tighten the wheel nuts (especially on the left side). Use the included
17mm wheel nut wrench.
After each running session:
• Perform after-run maintenance on the engine. This clears the engine
of destructive moisture and other corrosive deposits. This is extremely
important for the life of the engine. Read on for after-run maintenance
procedures.
• Inspect the gears for wear, broken teeth, or debris lodged
between the teeth
• Inspect the vehicle for obvious damage or wear. Look for:
1. Loose or missing screws
2. Cracked, bent, or damaged parts
3. Cut or loose wiring
4. Cut or kinked fuel lines
5. Signs of fuel leakage
Other periodic maintenance:
• Connecting rod: The connecting rod should be replaced when the
piston and sleeve are replaced. Also replace the piston wrist pin and
G-clip whenever the connecting rod is replaced. As with other internal
engine components, connecting rod life depends engine’s usage and
the quality and frequency of the engine maintenance. Inspect the
connecting rod after 3-gallons of fuel have been used.
• Slipper clutch pads (friction material): Under normal use, the friction
material in the slipper clutch should wear very slowly. If the thickness
of any one of the slipper clutch
pads is 1.8mm or less, the friction
disc should be replaced. Measure
the pad thickness using calipers or
measuring against the diameter of
the 1.5 and 2.0mm hex wrenches
provided with the model.
Minimum pad
thickness, 1.8mm
• Piston/sleeve: The life of the piston and sleeve
will vary greatly with how the engine is used and
maintained. The piston and sleeve should be
replaced when they no longer seal effectively (loss of
compression). Symptoms include the engine being
difficult to start when warm, stalling when warm,
and stalling when throttle is suddenly closed to idle.
Replace the wrist pin and G-clip whenever the piston
and sleeve are replaced.
After-run Procedure
You must perform after-run maintenance on your
Traxxas engine whenever the model will be stored for
longer than a few hours. Taking the time to prepare
your engine for storage will reward you with longer
engine life, easier starting, and better performance.
When a nitro engine is shut off, some excess unburned
fuel remains in the engine. The methanol in model
engine fuel is hygroscopic, which means it easily
attracts and absorbs moisture. This moisture can cause rust and corrosion
on the steel engine parts (crankshaft, bearings, wrist pin and starter shaft)
if the fuel is not removed from the engine. There are after run oil products
available from your hobby dealer or you can use WD-40в„ў, a common
household lubricant. To ensure your TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is protected
from internal corrosion, use the following procedure:
1. Whenever possible, shut off the engine by pinching the fuel line
closed. This allows most of the excess fuel to be consumed by the
engine. Be sure the throttle is in the idle position. You may have to
pinch the fuel line closed for several seconds before the engine stops.
2. Completely empty the fuel tank. Use your fuel-dispensing bottle to
suck out the old fuel. Do not mix the old fuel with your fresh fuel
supply. If you leave fuel in the tank, transporting or handling your
Revo may cause fuel to run into the engine.
If the engine is worn or
damaged enough to require
replacing the piston, sleeve,
or connecting rod, consider
exchanging your old engine
for a brand new engine with
Traxxas Power Up. It could
save you time and effort.
Details are in your model’s
documentation package.
The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine
is designed to be easy to
rebuild. Critical engine
components such as the
crankcase, crankshaft, and
engine bearings are made
to extremely high quality
standards and should under
normal circumstances
outlast multiple sets of
pistons, sleeves, connecting
rods, and wrist pins
(reciprocating assemblies).
It could be more economical
for you to continue to use
your good bearings and
crankshafts, and simply
replace the reciprocating
assembly as needed. Engine
assembly is not difficult, and
replacing the reciprocating
assembly does not require
any special tools or skills.
15
REVO 3.3 • 37
MAINTAINING AND STORING YOUR REVO
Denatured alcohol (available
from home centers and
paint supply stores) in a
spray bottle is an extremely
effective cleaner. Be sure
to wear safety glasses and
gloves when working with
denatured alcohol.
Be sure to follow proper
maintenance and storage
procedures to avoid damage
to your engine and other
components of your Revo.
Don’t put the fuel from your
tank back into your fuel
jug. Dispose of it properly,
following city or county
regulations.
Always wear eye protection
when using compressed
air or spray cleaners and
lubricants.
3. With the fuel tank empty and the throttle at the idle position, try to
start the engine. The engine will most likely start and run for a few
seconds as it uses up any fuel remaining in the engine and fuel lines.
4. Once the engine stops, clean the outside of the engine with
compressed air or spray motor cleaner. Once the engine is clean and
dry, remove the glow plug power wire, glow plug, and air filter.
5. Open the throttle fully and spray a one-second burst of WD‑40 into
the carburetor and into the glow plug hole (Caution! Wear safety
glasses to prevent spray from getting into your eyes). If you are using
after-run oil, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
6. Place a rag or paper towel over the engine to catch any WD‑40 or
after-run oil that may come out the carburetor or glow plug hole.
7. Connect the EZ-Start controller to the model and spin the engine for
10 seconds.
8. Remove the rag or paper towel and repeat steps 5–7 two
more times.
9. Clean and re-oil the air filter so it will be ready for use next time. See
page 21 for air filter maintenance instructions.
10. Replace the glow plug, reconnect the glow plug power wire, and
reinstall the air filter.
Top Dead Center
1. Remove the glow plug using the included tool or
8mm (5/16”) nut driver and verify that the piston
is at the top of its stroke.
2. Turn the Revo over and locate the flywheel
through the cutout in the chassis. Insert a flat
blade screwdriver as shown between the chassis
and flywheel. Using the chassis for leverage,
rotate the flywheel counterclockwise by pressing
down on the screwdriver. The flywheel will turn,
unsticking the piston from the sleeve.
3. Put two or three drops of light machine oil into
the glow plug hole to lubricate the piston and
sleeve. Do not use too much oil. Excess oil will
hydro-lock the engine. Verify the starter will spin
the engine with the glow plug out.
Clearing a Flooded Engine
If the engine is primed for too long during startup, then it can become
flooded with fuel. When the engine is flooded it will no longer turn due to
excess fuel in the combustion chamber preventing upward movement of
the piston. Use the following procedure to clear a flooded engine:
4. Rotate the flywheel so the piston is at bottom
dead center and replace the glow plug with
gasket. Reconnect the blue glow plug wire.
1. Remove the blue glow plug wire.
5. You should now be able to start the engine with the EZ-Start.
Bottom Dead Center
2. Remove the glow plug and gasket with the glow plug wrench supplied
with your model. A 5/16 or 8mm nut driver will also work.
3. Turn the model upside down and plug in the EZ-Start controller.
4. Push the EZ-Start button for several seconds to clear the engine
of excess fuel. Do not look into the glow plug hole while the
engine is spinning or you could spray fuel into your face!
5. Turn the model over and reinstall the glow plug and gasket.
6. Reconnect the blue glow plug wire to the glow plug.
7. Reconnect the EZ-Start controller.
8. Do not prime the engine. Pull the throttle to 1/2 throttle and push the
EZ-Start button. The engine should start immediately.
38 • REVO 3.3
Piston stuck at “top dead center” (TDC)
“Top dead center” is the position where the piston
is at the very top of the tapered sleeve. Occasionally
an engine can get “stuck” at this position. This
is most likely to happen on new engines during
break-in, but can also happen at other times. If the
engine is stuck at TDC, use the following procedure
to release the piston from the sleeve:
If you have questions or need technical assistance, call Traxxas at
1-888-TRAXXAS
(1-888-872-9927) (U.S. residents only)
ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
This advanced tuning guide will take you one step further into the
cutting edge technology that has been designed into Revo. Follow
the instructions provided here to take advantage of Revo’s maximum
performance potential.
SUSPENSION AND ALIGNMENT SETTINGS
Vertical
Caster adjustment shims (2 front, 2 rear)
Caster Adjustment
The caster angle of the front
suspension may be used to adjust
the understeer (push)/oversteer
handling characteristics of the
model. Generally, increasing the
caster angle will move the truck
towards an oversteer condition
(more traction on the front tires, less
on the rear tires). Decreasing the
caster angle will create a tendency
10В°
towards understeer (pushing in the
turns). From the factory, the front
suspension is set to a caster angle of Ground plane
10-degrees. The rear caster angle is
Number & Position of Caster Adjustment
not adjustable. The caster angle
Shims (Front Upper Control Arm)
of the front suspension can be
In Front of
Behind Hinge
adjusted from 5В° to 15В°. Adjust
Caster Hinge Pin Boss
Pin Boss
the caster by positioning the
5.0В°
None
Four
caster adjustment shims on the
7.5В°
One
Three
upper control arms of the front
10.0В°
Two
Two
suspension as shown in the
12.5В°
Three
One
table to the right.
15.0В°
Four
None
Caster Angle, and Bump Steer
Bump steer is unwanted change in the steering angle of the front wheels
as the suspension travels up and down. It can result in unstable and
unpredictable handling. Bump steer is affected by the position of the
outer toe link end on the axle carrier. From the factory, the toe links are
positioned so that bump steer is virtually eliminated (about 3/100 of
a degree through the entire range of travel). When the caster angle is
changed, the outer toe link end should be repositioned on the axle carrier
to maintain zero bump steer geometry. Adjustment is achieved using the
shims and hollow balls provided with the vehicle. Refer to the Bump Steer
Elimination chart on page 40, and look up your caster angle setting to
find the correct position for the outer toe links. Positioning the toe-links
correctly will maintain the original factory geometry and eliminate the
unwanted steering angle changes caused by bump steer.
Roll Center
There are two holes on the
Upper Control Arm
Upper Mounting Holes
bulkheads to mount each upper
suspension arm. The roll center
of the vehicle can be raised by
mounting the upper control arm in
the lower of the two holes. This will
Upper Control Arm
effectively increase the roll stiffness
Lower Mounting Holes
of the vehicle (similar to installing
swaybars). Adding roll resistance to
one end of the vehicle will tend to
add traction to the opposite end. For example, increasing roll resistance in
the rear by installing the upper arms in the lower holes will provide more
traction for the front wheels and potentially more steering. Installing the
upper arms in the lower holes on the front and rear will increase overall roll
resistance without changing the handling balance. The arms are installed
in the upper position in the front and lower position in the rear from the
factory to make the truck easier and more forgiving to drive and less likely
to traction roll in turns. Changing the arm positions should be reserved
for track tuning. Note: When the upper suspension arms are moved to
a different hole, the front outer toe link ends and rear toe control links
should be repositioned to eliminate bump steer. Refer to the Bump Steer
Elimination chart on page 40, and look up your suspension combination
(caster angle and roll center position) to find the correct position for the
front outer toe links and the rear toe control links. Adjustment is achieved
using the shims and hollow balls provided with the vehicle.
Rockers (Progressive Rate/ Suspension Travel)
One of the most exciting aspects of Revo’s suspension is the inboard
shock (damper) arrangement that uses pivoting rockers to translate
vertical wheel travel into linear shock motion. The rockers can be changed
to increase or decrease the maximum wheel travel and also to change the
progressive rate of the suspension.
The progressive rate determines how much the force at the wheel
produced by the springs being compressed (wheel force) will vary with
suspension travel (or vertical travel of the wheel). On a progressive
suspension arrangement, the wheel force will increase at a faster and
faster rate as the suspension is compressed. It feels as though the shock
spring gets progressively stiffer the more you compress the suspension.
On a linear suspension arrangement, the wheel force increases linearly as
the suspension is compressed. The spring does not feel any stiffer, even
when the suspension is fully compressed. This provides a very “plush”
feeling suspension with seemingly bottomless suspension travel.
REVO 3.3 • 39
ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
When using Long Travel
rockers, a correspondingly
thicker shock oil (or pistons
with smaller diameter bypass
holes) should also be used to
ensure a proper relationship
between the spring and
damping forces.
Total Travel
Progressive Rate
Progressive 1
90mm
(60mm up / 30mm down)
Low
Progressive 2
90mm
(60mm up / 30mm down)
Medium
Progressive 3
90mm
(60mm up / 30mm down)
High
Outer Toe Link End Setup
Long Travel
120mm
(80mm up / 40mm down)
Low
Standard
Hollow Ball
Thin Shim
Thick Shim
Upper
Thin Shim
Standard
Hollow Ball
Thick Shim
Upper
FRONT
Wheel Force
A total of four different rocker arm sets are available for Revo. All rocker
arms except the Long Travel rocker arms will allow the wheel to travel a
total of 90mm in the vertical direction. From the ride height position, the
wheel will be able to travel 60mm in the upward direction (bump), and
30mm in the downward direction (droop). The Long Travel rocker arm
increases total travel to 120mm. The progressive rate can be increased or
decreased by installing different rocker arm sets. The rockers are labeled
Progressive 1 to Progressive 3. Progressive 1 rockers will provide a low
progressive rate that maintains consistent damping force across through
the whole range of suspension travel. These are best for extremely rough
terrain that requires maximum suspension articulation. Progressive 3
rockers use high progressive rate that will improve high-speed cornering
on smooth surfaces by providing a firmer feel. Body roll, brake dive
and rear squat will also be reduced. Always change all four rockers as a
complete set. Do not mix rates and travel.
Using rockers with lower progressive rate may require the use of stiffer
springs to maintain proper spring pre-load and ride height. The spring
pre-load adjuster on each shock is designed for minor adjustments. If the
adjuster needs to be turned all the way down (compressing the spring) in
order to maintain proper ride height, then the next stiffer spring should
be used.
The chart below demonstrate the effect of the various rocker arms on
wheel force as the suspension is compressed. On the progressive rate,
wheel force is light at first and increases as the suspension is compressed.
20
18
16
14
12
10
8
6
4
2
0
40 • REVO 3.3
Bump Steer Elimination Chart
The illustrations and the following table detail the position of the outer
toe link end for various caster and roll center settings to eliminate bump
steer. The shims and the hollow balls used to adjust bump steer are
provided with your vehicle.
Rocker Arm
Progressive Rate Travel
Constant Rate Travel
10
20
30
40
50
Wheel Travel
60
70
80
90
Caster
5В° 7.5В° 10В° 12.5В° 15В°
Control Arm
Mounting Hole on
Front Bulkhead
Lower
Lower
Upper
Tall Center
Hollow Ball
Lower
Thick Shim
Standard
Hollow Ball
Thin Shim
Upper
Thick Shim
Thin Shim
Standard
Hollow Ball
Upper
REAR
When the rear upper control
arms are mounted in the
lower of its two mounting
holes in the bulkhead (roll
center), the tall center hollow
ball should be used as shown.
Lower
Outer Toe Link
End Setup
Control Arm
Mounting Hole on
Rear Bulkhead
Tall Lower
Hollow Ball
Upper
Tall Center
Hollow Ball
(stock)
Lower
ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
SHOCK TUNING
Shock Pistons
The shock pistons can be replaced
with the available optional pistons
to vary the amount of damping.
Optional pistons with bypass holes
that are larger or smaller (1, 2, or
3) than the factory installed stock
pistons can be used to decrease
or increase damping respectively.
Change the pistons if you only have
one weight of shock oil available
to you. From the factory, Revo is
equipped with #1 pistons in the front
and #2 pistons in the rear.
Shock disassembly
The shocks must be removed from
the vehicle and disassembled to
change the pistons. Use the shock
exploded views included with the
model to aid in the assembly process.
Multi-tool Shock Functions
A. Tighten/Loosen Upper Cap
B. Tighten/Loosen Lower Cap
TRANSMISSION AND DIFFERENTIAL TUNING
1. Remove the spring and lower
spring retainer from the shock.
2. Remove the shock cap (A) and
empty the shock body of shock oil.
3. Remove the lower cap (B) and
the X-ring from the shock body.
C. Remove/Install Rod End
4. Use side cutters to grip the shock
shaft just above the rod end (C). Remove the rod end from the shock
shaft using the suspension multi tool (C).
5. Remove the shock shaft with piston from the shock body
out through the top of the shock body.
Shock assembly
1. Replace the stock piston with desired
optional piston. Be careful not to lose the
small washer located below the piston.
2. Position the new piston onto the shock shaft
above the small washer. Grip the threads
of the shaft with side cutters or needlenose
pliers and tighten the nut with the 4-way
wrench to secure the assembly.
3. Insert the shock shaft assembly through the shock body until the
piston bottoms out.
4. Lubricate the shaft and X-ring with silicone oil.
5. Install the X-ring over the shaft and into the bore of the shock body.
6. Install the lower cap using the suspension multi tool (B).
7. Slide the bump stop onto the shaft.
8. Grip the shaft close to the threads with needle nose pliers or side
cutters and thread the rod end onto the shock shaft until the rod
end bottoms out (C).
9. Fill the shock with new silicone shock oil up to the top of the
shock body. Slowly move the piston up and down (always keeping
it submerged in oil) to release the air bubbles. Let the shock sit for a
few minutes to allow any remaining air bubbles to surface.
10. Slowly thread the upper cap with the installed shock bladder onto
the shock body with the suspension multi tool (A). The excess oil will
bleed out of the small hole in the shock cap. Tighten the shock cap
until snug. Use the included steel shock wrench to hold onto shock
body while tightening.
11. Reinstall the spring and lower retainer.
Piston Installation/Removal
Adjusting the Gear Ratio
The gear ratio on Revo can be adjusted for different conditions that may
require either increased acceleration or increased top speed. Adjusting
the gear ratio is accomplished by changing the clutch bell on the engine
and/or the spur gear (slipper clutch gear) on the transmission. From the
factory, Revo is equipped with a 14-tooth clutch bell and a 38-tooth spur
gear. This combination will provide a good balance of acceleration and
top speed. Optional spur gears and clutch bell gears are listed on your
parts list. Refer to the chart on page 42 for possible gearing combinations.
Shock Piston Hole Sizes
1
Piston 1: 1.10 mm
2
Piston 2: 1.00 mm
3
Piston 3: 0.95 mm
Never slide the threads on
the shock rod past the X-ring
seal when it is installed and
compressed by the bottom
cap of the shock. Doing so will
damage the seal and cause
shock oil to leak.
Adjusting the Two-Speed Ratios
Revo is equipped to allow adjustment to the two-speed by installing
optional close and wide-ratio gearsets. This requires transmission
removal and disassembly (see Traxxas.com for detailed instructions). The
close ratio gearsets will reduce top speed slightly but will provide more
powerful acceleration by reducing engine rpm loss when shifting from
1st gear to 2nd gear. The wide ratio gear set is installed in the Revo 3.3.
The additional horsepower and torque output of the TRX 3.3 engine
provides seamless shifting even with the larger gap between first and
second gears.
REVO 3.3 • 41
ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS
Use higher viscosity
(thicker) oil for:
• More power to the wheels
with the most traction.
• Racing on low-traction
smooth surfaces .
• Better performance for
climbing on uneven terrain.
Using lower viscosity
(thinner) oil for:
• More power to the wheels
with least traction.
• Racing on low-traction
rough surfaces.
The following gear ratio chart shows the available combinations with
optional spur gears, clutch bells, and two-speed gear sets.
Gear Ratio Chart
With 14T Clutch Bell
2nd gear sets
17T/39T
(Standard)
16T/40T
(Close)
18T/38T
(Wide)
Gear
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
# of Spur Gear Teeth
36
38
40
24.21 25.55 26.90
16.79 17.72 18.66
24.21 25.55 26.90
18.30 19.31 20.33
24.21 25.55* 26.90
15.45 16.31* 17.17
With 15T Clutch Bell (standard) # of Spur Gear Teeth
2nd gear sets
17T/39T
(Standard)
16T/40T
(Close)
18T/38T
(Wide)
Gear
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
With 16T Clutch Bell
2nd gear sets
17T/39T
(Standard)
16T/40T
(Close)
18T/38T
(Wide)
Gear
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
With 17T Clutch Bell
2nd gear sets
17T/39T
(Standard)
16T/40T
(Close)
18T/38T
(Wide)
Gear
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
1st
2nd
36
22.59
15.67
22.59
17.08
22.59
14.42
38
23.85
16.54
23.85
18.03
23.85
15.22
40
25.10
17.41
25.10
18.97
25.10
16.02
# of Spur Gear Teeth
36
38
40
21.18 22.36 23.54
14.69 15.51 16.32
21.18 22.36 23.54
16.01 16.90 17.79
21.18 22.36 23.54
13.52 14.27 15.02
# of Spur Gear Teeth
36
38
40
19.94 21.04 22.15
13.83 14.60 15.36
19.94 21.04 22.15
15.07 15.90 16.74
19.94 21.04 22.15
12.72 13.43 14.14
*stock configuration out of the box
42 • REVO 3.3
Tuning The Sealed Gear Differentials
Revo’s front and rear gear differentials allow the left and right wheels to
spin at different speeds while turning so that the tires do not scuff or skid.
This decreases the turning radius and increases steering performance.
The performance of the differentials can be tuned for different driving
conditions and performance requirements. The differentials are filled
with silicone differential fluid, and are sealed to maintain consistent
long-term performance. Changing the oil in the differential with either
lower or higher viscosity oil will vary the performance characteristics of
the differentials. Changing to a higher viscosity oil in the differential will
reduce the tendency for engine power to be transferred to the wheel
with the least traction. You may notice this when making sharp turns
on slick surfaces. The unloaded wheels on the inside of the turn have
the least traction and tend to spin up to extremely high rpms. Higher
viscosity (thicker) oil causes the differential to act like a limited-slip
differential, distributing more equal power to the left and right wheels.
Revo will generally benefit from higher viscosity oil when climbing, rock
crawling, or racing on low traction surfaces. Note: Heavier oil will allow
power to be transferred even with one or more tires off the ground. This
can make the vehicle more likely to overturn.
From the factory, both the differentials are filled with SAE 30,000W viscosity
silicone oil. Only use silicone oil in the differentials. Traxxas sells SAE 10,000W
and SAE 50,000W viscosity oil (see your parts list). The differentials have to be
removed from the vehicle and disassembled to change/replace oil.
Installing the Long Travel Rockers
Use the exploded views included with the model to aid in the installation
process. All of the rockers have labels identifying their proper location;
RF (right front), LF (left front), RR (right rear), and LR (left rear). Note: The
exhaust system must be removed to access the rear rocker arms.
1. Remove shock absorbers
Remove the screws that secure the shocks to the chassis shock mounts,
and to the rocker arms.
2. Install Long Travel shock springs
Replace all four of the 90mm travel shock springs with the four 120mm
Long Travel shock springs. The front shock springs are indicated by a
silver dot, and the rear shock springs are indicated by a blue dot.
3. Install Long Travel rockers
Replace the 90mm travel rockers with the Long Travel rockers by
removing the four 4x6 buttonhead cap screws from the rocker pivot
posts. Remove the 5x11 ball bearings from the rockers. Install the same
5x11 ball bearings in the Long Travel rockers. Secure the Long Travel
rockers to the pivots with the same 4x6 buttonhead cap screws.
4. Remove the blue spacers before installing the push rods
The blue spacers must be removed from all four of the suspension push
rods. Install the push rods into the middle position (marked LT) on the
lower suspension arms.
5. Reinstall shock absorbers
Reinstall all four shock absorbers back into their respective locations.
If you have questions or need technical assistance, call Traxxas at
1-888-TRAXXAS
(1-888-872-9927) (U.S. residents only)
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
The model’s TQi transmitter is equipped with the Traxxas Link Wireless
Module. This innovative accessory transforms your iPhoneВ® or iPod touchВ®
into a powerful tuning tool that equips your TQi with an intuitive, highdefinition, full-color graphical user interface.
Traxxas Link
The powerful Traxxas Link app (available in the Apple App Store) gives you
complete control over the operation and tuning of your Traxxas model with
stunning visuals and absolute precision. With the installed Traxxas Link
telemetry sensors on the model, Traxxas Link displays real-time data such as
speed, RPM, temperature, and battery voltage.
Intuitive iPhone and iPod touch interface
Traxxas Link makes it easy to
learn, understand, and access
powerful tuning options. Control
Drive Effects settings such as
steering and throttle sensitivity;
steering percentage; braking
strength; and throttle trim by
simply touching and dragging the
sliders on the screen.
Real-Time Telemetry
With the installed telemetry
sensors, the Traxxas Link
dashboard comes to life showing
you speed, battery voltage, RPM,
and temperature. Set threshold
warnings and log maximums,
minimums, or averages. Use the
recording function to document
your dashboard view, with sound,
so that you can keep your eyes
on your driving and not miss a
single apex.
Tap and slide to adjust Steering Sensitivity,
Throttle Trim, Braking Percent, and more!
The customizable Traxxas Link dashboard delivers
real-time rpm, speed, temperature, and voltage data.
Manage up to 30 Models with Traxxas Link
The TQi radio system automatically keeps track of what vehicles it has bound
to and what settings were used for each--up to 30 models total! Traxxas Link
provides a visual interface to name the models, customize their settings,
attach profiles, and lock them into memory. Simply choose a model and any
previously bound transmitter, power them up, and start having fun.
Pairing the TQi transmitter with the Traxxas Link Wireless Module
and the Traxxas Link AppВ® for the first time:
1. Turn the transmitter switch on.
A
2. Open the Traxxas Link App on
your mobile device. Touch the
Garage button, and then touch
the Wireless Module button (A).
3. Press the button on the Traxxas
Link Wireless Module. The blue
LED on the module will blink (B).
C
B
4. Within 10 seconds,
D
touch the “Search
for Traxxas Link
Wireless Module”
button on your
mobile device (C).
5. The BluetoothВ® icon
in the status bar will
turn blue, and the blue LED on the module will glow solid blue (D).
6. The Traxxas Link Wireless Module and the Traxxas Link App are now
paired, and will automatically connect when the transmitter is turned on
and the app is running.
TRAXXAS LINK MODULE LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
Name
Notes
Blue LED off
Connecting mode
Traxxas Link App is not running on
a paired device.
Slow blue
(0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Pairing mode
See above for information on pairing
the module with Traxxas Link App.
Solid blue
Connected
See page 12 for information on how
to use your transmitter controls.
TRAXXAS • 43
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Throttle Trim Seek Mode
When the Multi-Function knob is set to
throttle trim, the transmitter remembers
the throttle trim setting. If the throttle
trim knob is moved from the original
setting while the transmitter is off,
or while the transmitter was used to
control another model, the transmitter
ignores the actual position of the trim
knob. This prevents the model from
accidentally running away. The LED on
the face of the transmitter will rapidly
blink green and the throttle trim knob
(Multi-Function knob) will not adjust the
trim until it is moved back to its original
position saved in memory. To restore
throttle trim control, simply turn the
Multi-Function knob either direction
until the LED stops blinking.
Failsafe
Your Traxxas radio system is equipped
with a built-in failsafe function that
returns the throttle to its last saved
neutral position in the event of a signal
loss. The LED on the transmitter and the
receiver will rapidly flash red.
Available Tuning Adjustments
The following items can be adjusted most easily using your mobile
device and the Traxxas Link application. All the features described
below may also be accessed using the menu and set buttons on the
transmitter and observing signals from the LED. An explanation of
the menu structure follows on page 46.
Your Traxxas transmitter has a programmable Multi-Function knob
that can be set to control various advanced transmitter functions
(set to Steering Sensitivity by default, see page 13). Experiment with
the settings and features to see if they can improve your driving
experience.
Steering Percentage (Dual Rate)
The Multi-Function knob can be set to control the amount
(percentage) of servo travel applied to steering. Turning the MultiFunction knob fully clockwise will deliver maximum steering throw;
turning the knob counter-clockwise reduces steering throw (note:
turning the dial counter-clockwise to its stop will eliminate all servo
travel). Be aware that the steering End Point settings define the
servo’s maximum steering throw. If you set Steering Percentage to
44 • REVO 3.3
Throttle Sensitivity (Throttle Exponential)
The Multi-Function knob can be set to control Throttle Sensitivity.
Throttle Sensitivity works the same way as Steering Sensitivity as
described on page 13, but applies the effect to the throttle channel.
Only forward throttle is affected; brake/reverse travel remains linear
regardless of the Throttle Sensitivity setting.
Steering and Throttle End Points
The TQi transmitter allows you to choose the limit of the servo’s
travel range (or its “end point”) independently for left and right
travel (on the steering channel) and throttle/brake travel (on the
throttle channel). This allows you to fine-tune the servo settings to
TRANSMITTER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving Mode
See page 12 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.
Slow red (0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Binding
See page 13 for more information on binding.
Flashing fast green (0.1 sec on / 0.15 sec off)
Throttle Trim Seek Mode
Turn the Multi-Function knob right or left until the LED stops flashing.
See sidebar for more information.
Flashing medium red (0.25 sec on / 0.25 sec off)
Low Battery Alarm
Put new batteries in the transmitter. See page 10 for more information.
Flashing fast red (0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)
Link Failure / Error
Transmitter and receiver are no longer bound. Turn the system off and then
back on to resume normal operation. Find source of the link failure (ie out of
range, low batteries, damaged antenna).
Counts out number (green or red) then pauses
Current menu position
See Menu Tree for more information.
x8
Fast green 8 times
Menu setting accepted (on SET)
x8
Fast red 8 times
Menu SET invalid
Starting Over:
Restoring Factory Defaults
When programming your TQi transmitter,
you may feel the need to start over with a
clean slate. Follow these simple steps to
restore the factory settings:
1. Turn transmitter off.
2. Hold both MENU and SET.
3. Turn transmitter on.
4. Release MENU and SET. The
transmitter LED will blink red.
5. Press SET to clear settings. The
LED will turn solid green and the
transmitter is restored to default.
100% (by turning the Multi-Function knob fully clockwise), the servo
will travel all the way to its selected end point, but not past it. Many
racers set Dual Rate so they have only as much steering throw as
they need for the track’s tightest turn, thus making the model easier
to drive throughout the rest of the course. Reducing steering throw
can also be useful in making a model easier to control on hightraction surfaces, and limiting steering output for oval racing where
large amounts of steering travel are not required.
Programming Patterns
or
User error such as trying to delete a locked model.
RECEIVER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving Mode
See page 12 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.
Slow red (0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Binding
See page 13 for more information on binding.
Flashing fast red (0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)
Fail-Safe / Low Voltage Detect
Consistent Low Voltage in the receiver triggers Fail-Safe so there is enough
power to center the throttle servo before it completely loses power.
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
prevent binding caused by the servo moving steering
or throttle linkages (in the case of a nitro model) farther
than their mechanical limits. The end point adjustment
settings you select will represent what you wish to be
the servo’s maximum travel; the Steering Percentage or
Braking Percentage functions will not override the End
Point settings.
Steering and Throttle Sub-Trim
The Sub-Trim function is used to precisely set the
neutral point of the steering or throttle servo in the
event that simply setting the trim knob to “zero” does
not completely center the servo. When selected, SubTrim allows finer adjustment to the servo output shaft’s
position for precise setting of the neutral point. Always
set the Steering Trim knob to zero before making final
adjustment (if required) using Sub-Trim. If Throttle Trim
has been previously adjusted, the Throttle Trim will
need to be reprogrammed to “zero” before making final
adjustment using Sub-Trim.
Braking Percentage
The Multi-Function knob may also be set to control the
amount of brake travel applied by the servo in a nitropowered model. Electric models do not have a servooperated brake, but the Braking Percentage function still
operates the same way in electric models. Turning the
Multi-Function knob full clockwise will deliver maximum
brake throw; turning the knob counter-clockwise reduces
brake throw (Note: Turning the dial counter-clockwise to
its stop will eliminate all brake action).
Throttle Trim
Setting the Multi-Function knob to serve as throttle trim
will allow you to adjust the throttle’s neutral position
to prevent unwanted brake drag or throttle application
when the transmitter trigger is at neutral. Note: Your
transmitter is equipped with a Throttle Trim Seek mode
to prevent accidental runaways. See the sidebar for more
information.
Setting Lock
Once you’ve adjusted all of these settings the way you like
them, you may want to disable the Multi-Function knob
so none of your settings can be changed. This is especially
handy if you operate multiple vehicles with a single
transmitter via Traxxas Link Model Memory.
Multiple Settings and the Multi-Function Knob
It is important to note that settings made with the
Multi-Function knob are “overlaid” on top of each other.
For example, if you assign the Multi-Function to adjust
Steering Percentage and set it for 50%, then reassign
the knob to control Steering Sensitivity, the transmitter
will “remember” the Steering Percentage setting.
Adjustments you make to Steering Sensitivity will be
applied to the 50% steering throw setting you selected
previously. Likewise, setting the Multi-Function knob to
“disabled” will prevent the knob from making further
adjustments, but the last setting of the Multi-Function
knob will still apply.
TRAXXAS LINK MODEL MEMORY
Traxxas Link Model Memory is an exclusive, patentpending feature of the TQi transmitter. Each time the
transmitter is bound to a new receiver, it saves that
receiver in its memory along with all the settings assigned
to that receiver. When the transmitter and any bound
receiver are switched on, the transmitter automatically
recalls the settings for that receiver. There is no need to
manually select your vehicle from a list of model memory
entries.
Model Lock
The Traxxas Link Model Memory feature can store up
to thirty models (receivers) in its memory. If you bind
a thirty-first receiver, Traxxas Link Model Memory will
delete the “oldest” receiver from its memory (in other
words, the model you used the longest time ago will be
deleted). Activating Model Lock will lock the receiver in
memory so it cannot be deleted.
You may also bind multiple TQi transmitters to the same
model making it possible to pick up any transmitter and
any previously bound model in your collection and simply
turn them on and drive. With Traxxas Link Model Memory,
there is no need remember which transmitter goes with
which model and there is never a need to have to select
any model from a list of model memory entries. The
transmitter and receiver do it all for you automatically.
To activate Model Lock:
1. Switch on the transmitter and receiver you wish to lock.
2. Press and hold MENU. Release when the status LED
blinks green.
3. Press MENU three times. The status LED will blink green
four times repeatedly.
4. Press SET. The status LED will blink green in singleflash intervals.
5. Press SET once. The status LED will blink red
once repeatedly.
6. Press MENU once, the LED will blink red
twice repeatedly.
7. Press SET, the LED will blink rapidly green.
The memory is now locked. Press MENU and SET to
return to driving mode.
Note: To unlock a memory, press SET twice at step 5.
The LED will blink rapidly green to indicate the model
is unlocked. To unlock all models, press MENU twice at
step 6 and then press SET.
To delete a model:
At some point, you may wish to delete a model you nolonger drive from the memory.
1. Switch on the transmitter and receiver you wish
to delete.
2. Press and hold MENU. Release when the status LED
blinks green.
3. Press MENU three times. The status LED will blink green
four times repeatedly.
4. Press SET once. The status LED will blink green
once repeatedly.
5. Press MENU once. The status LED will blink green
twice repeatedly.
6. Press SET. The memory is now selected to be deleted.
Press SET to delete the model. Press and hold MENU to
return to driving mode.
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TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Press MENU to move through options.
Press SET to select an option.
MENU TREE
The menu tree below shows how to navigate through
the TQi transmitter’s various settings and functions.
Press and hold MENU to enter the menu tree, and use
the following commands to navigate through the
menu and select options.
MENU: When you enter a menu, you always start at
the top. Press MENU to move down the menu
tree. When you reach the bottom of the tree,
pressing MENU again will return you to the top.
SET: Press SET to move across the menu tree and
select options. When an option is committed
to the transmitter’s memory, the status LED will
rapidly blink green.
BACK: Press both MENU and SET to go back one level
in the menu tree.
EXIT: Enter Programming
Press and hold
MENU for 3 seconds
1
Multi-Function Knob
One Blink Green
Press
MENU
2
Press and hold MENU to exit programming.
Your selected options will be saved.
ECHO: Press and hold SET to activate the “echo”
function. Echo will “play back” your current
position on the Menu Tree, should you lose
your place. For example: If your current position
is Steering Channel End Points, holding SET will
cause the LED to blink green twice, green once,
and then red three times. Echo will not alter
your adjustments or change your position in
the programming sequence.
Below is an example of how to access a function in the menu
tree. In the example, the user is setting the Multi-Function knob
to be a steering Dual Rate control.
To set the Multi-Function knob to control STEERING DUAL RATE (%):
1. Switch the transmitter on
2. Press and hold MENU until the green LED lights. It will blink in single
intervals.
3. Press SET. The red LED will blink in single intervals to indicate Steering
Dual Rate has been selected.
4. Press MENU twice. The red LED will blink three times repeatedly to
indicate Steering Percentage has been selected.
5. Press SET to select. The green LED will blink 8 times fast to indicate
successful selection.
6. Press and hold MENU to return to driving mode.
46 • REVO 3.3
Press
SET
Channel Setup
Two Blinks Green
Press
SET
Press
MENU
Press
MENU
1
Steering Sensitivity (Expo)
2
Throttle Sensitivity (Expo)
3
Steering % (Dual Rate)
One Blink Red
Two Blinks Red
Three Blinks Red
4
Braking %
5
Throttle Trim
6
Knob Disabled
1
Steering (Channel 1)
2
Throttle (Channel 2)
3
Shift (Channel 3)
Four Blinks Red
Mode Selection
Three Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
2
4
Traxxas Link
Four Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
One Blink Green
Two Blinks Green
Three Blinks Green
Press
SET
Press
SET
Press
SET
Servo Reversing Press SET to reverse
One Blink Red
servo direction.
2
Sub-Trim
Use knob to adjust
sub-trim. Press SET to save.
3
End Points
4
Reset End Points Press SET to restore
1
Servo Reversing Press SET to reverse
One Blink Red
servo direction.
2
Sub-Trim
Use knob to adjust subtrim. Press SET to save.
3
End Points
4
Reset End Points Press SET to restore
1
Servo Reversing
1
Unlock
2
Lock
3
Unlock All
1
Confirm Deletion
Electric
One Blink Red
Nitro
Two Blinks Red
Model Locking
One Blink Green
Delete Model
Two Blinks Green
Two Blinks Red
Three Blinks Red
Four Blinks Red
Two Blinks Red
factory default endpoints.
Use trigger to adjust. Pull
back to desired end point,
press set to save. Push
forward to desired endpoint and press set to save.
To reset max throw: Let go of controls and press SET.
Press
SET
Press
MENU
2
1
Six Blinks Red
Press
MENU
Press
MENU
Press MENU to move through options.
Press SET to select an option.
Use steering wheel to
adjust. Turn right to desired
end point, press set to save.
Turn left to desired endpoint and press set to save.
To reset max throw: Let go of controls and press SET.
Five Blinks Red
Press SET to select an option.
3
Note: The transmitter is “live” during programming
so you can test the settings real time without having
to exit the menu tree.
Press
SET
Three Blinks Red
Four Blinks Red
One Blink Red
One Blink Red
Two Blinks Red
Three Blinks Red
One Blink Red
factory default endpoints.
x8
Set Multi-Function
knob for STEERING
SENSITIVITY (Expo)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to confirm
green LED blinks (x8)
Set Multi-Function
knob for THROTTLE
SENSITIVITY (Expo)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU to confirm
red LED blinks (x2)
x2
x3
Set Multi-Function
knob for STEERING
DUAL RATE (%)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
Set Multi-Function
knob for BRAKING
PERCENTAGE (%)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Set Multi-Function
knob for
THROTTLE TRIM
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 4 times
red LED blinks (x5)
To LOCK the
Multi-Function knob
x4
x5
x6
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
To REVERSE
the direction of
STEERING servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To set the SUB TRIM
of the STEERING
servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To set the END
POINTS of the
STEERING servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To reset the END
POINTS of STEERING
servo to defaults
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
To REVERSE
the direction of
THROTTLE servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To set the SUB TRIM
of the THROTTLE
servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to reverse
servo direction
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Press SET
to reset end points
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to reverse
servo direction
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
x8
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x2
x3
x4
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU twice
green LED blinks (x3)
x2
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET
to save each position
IF END POINTS
NEED TO BE
CHANGED:
IF END POINTS
ARE OK:
Turn steering wheel
to test settings
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press SET
and repeat steps 6-8
x8
x3
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Use Multi-Function
knob to set neutral
Use throttle
trigger to set desired
max throttle or brake
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
x4
x8
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Press SET
green LED blinks (x8)
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to reverse
servo direction
x2
x2
Turn steering
wheel to desired max
left and right travel
Press SET
to save position
x2
x2
Press SET
green LED blinks
x8
Use Multi-Function
knob to set neutral
x8
x2
x2
To REVERSE the
direction of SHIFT
servo
Always turn your
transmitter on first.
Press SET to lock
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
Adjust the MultiFunction knob until the
LED turns solid green.
Press MENU 5 times
red LED blinks (x6)
x2
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
x2
To reset the END
POINTS of THROTTLE
servo to defaults
1
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
To select functions and make adjustments to the TQi transmitter without
referencing the menu tree, turn your transmitter on, find the function in the
left column you wish to adjust, and simply follow the corresponding steps.
x8
x2
To set the END
POINTS of the
THROTTLE servo
MENU TREE FORMULAS
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x3
Press SET
to save position
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
IF END POINTS
NEED TO BE
CHANGED:
IF END POINTS
ARE OK:
Press SET to save
Use trigger to test
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press SET
and repeat steps 7-9
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
REVO 3.3 • 47
owner’s manual
MODEL 53097
6200 Traxxas Way, McKinney, Texas 75070
1-888-TRAXXAS
140401 KC2054
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