Associated RC18T

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The Associated RC18T is a 1:18 scale, ready-to-run electric stadium truck made by Associated Electrics of Lake Forest, California. A mechanically similar monster truck version with slightly different bodywork similar to the 1:8 scale, nitromethane-powered Associated "Monster GT" and all-terrain tires with unique "AE" tread pattern is sold as the RC18MT.

Both ready-to-run versions feature four wheel drive, fifteen sealed ball bearings, Associated "XPS" micro electronic speed control and oil-filled shock absorbers. A 370-series motor is standard on the T and MT. A full-sized Associated "XP2" two-channel pistol grip radio is standard as well.

Though both models are race-ready as delivered, a more serious version was released. This is the "Factory Team" RC18T, available in kit form only, intended as a pure competition vehicle and packed with "Factory Team" upgrades as standard. Associated lists these upgrades as:

  • Blue-anodized aluminum "dogbone" drive axles
  • Blue aluminum finned motor mount
  • Carbide differential balls
  • Woven graphite battery strap
  • Blue aluminum threaded shock absorbers
  • Blue aluminum wheel nuts
  • Titanium turnbuckles
  • Extra servo saver for use with Hitec brand radio systems
  • 12-tooth, 13-tooth and 14-tooth motor pinion gears to assist in tuning for different track conditions and motors

The popularity of 1:18 scale monster trucks was spurred by the development of the Team Losi Mini-T, the original 1:18 scale mini monster truck.

Chassis specifications (18T/18MT)[edit]

  • Length: 218 mm/225 mm
  • Width: 182 mm/188 mm
  • Wheelbase: 154 mm
  • Internal gear ratio: 2.5:1
  • Weight (with body):: 540 g
  • Four wheel drive transfer system: Shaft drive via blue-anodized aluminum drive shaft

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