MODEL 5309owners manual
Introduction3 Before YouProceed4 SafetyPrecautions5 Tools, Suppliesand RequiredEquipment6 Anatomy ofYour Revo7 Quick Start:Getting Up toSpeed8 Gluing the Tiresand DecoratingYour Revo9 The TraxxasTQ-3 RadioSystem18 The TRX 3.3Racing Engine33 DrivingYour Revo34 Basic TuningAdjustments40 Maintainingand StoringYour Revo42 Advanced TuningAdjustments46 Index2 Revo 3.3Thank you for choosing a Traxxas Revo. We believe you havepurchased the finest, most technologically advanced R/C monstertruck available. Revo proudly demonstrates Traxxas’ passionatecommitment innovation, ultimate performance, and unmatchedengineering. Revo’s radically advanced suspension, chassis, andtransmission design takes performance to a higher level. Now withlarger TRX 3.3 Racing Engine, Revo pushes the performance envelopeeven further with relentless, over-the-top horsepower. We’veengineered the Revo to allow you to experience power, control, andresponsiveness that surpasses anything else you’ve driven.The new TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is the most powerful engine of its sizeever available in a Ready-To-Run truck. Advanced engineering anddesign, along with thousands of hours of testing, puts the TRX 3.3 in aclass by itself. Each part of the TRX 3.3 - from the air filter on the slidecarburetor, to the tip on the dyno-tuned exhaust system - has beencarefully engineered to provide maximum power over the broadestrpm range.Revo is equipped with the patent pending OptiDrive electronictransmission control. Advanced electronic reduce the number ofmoving parts inside the transmission for less weight, smoothengagement and efficient performance.Traxxas was the first with standard on-board electric starting.The EZ-Start has evolved into an incredibly advanced and reliablestarting solution, featuring thermal protection for the motor andbuilt-in diagnostics to monitor the condition of the glow plug.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 theOwners Manual. This manual contains all the necessary set-up, breakin, tuning, and operating procedures that allow you to unlock theincredible performance and adjustment potential that Traxxasengineers designed into Revo. Even if you are an experienced R/Centhusiast, it’s important to read and follow the procedures in thismanual. Revo contains new technologies in the engine, suspension,and transmission operation that you may not be familiar with. Payparticular attention to the fuel and break-in requirements for theengine. The advanced design of the TRX 3.3 Racing Engine has aspecial break-in procedure that has been developed and proven toTraxxas SupportTraxxas support is with you every step of the way.Refer to the next page to find out how to contactus and what your support options are.Quick StartThis manual is designed with a Quick Start paththat covers only the necessary procedures to get your modelup and running in the shortest time possible. If you are anexperienced R/C enthusiast you will find it helpful and fast.Be sure and read through the rest of the manual to learnabout important safety, maintenance, and adjustmentprocedures. Turn to page 7 to begin.produce the best-performing engine possible. Using traditional orold-fashioned procedures could reduce engine performance andlongevity.Revo is made to be a complete package that starts with the highestlevel of engineering; a professionally produced DVD to acquaint youwith the starting, racing, and maintenance procedures; and isequipped stock with the most powerful Ready-To-Race engineavailable. We want you to feel confident that you own the bestperforming truck in the market and that it is backed by a team ofprofessionals who aim to provide the highest level of factory supportpossible. Revo is about experiencing total performance andsatisfaction, not just with your truck, but also with the company thatstands behind it.Thank you again for going with Traxxas. We work hard every dayto assure you the highest level of customer satisfaction possible.We truly want you to enjoy your new Revo!
Before You ProceedCarefully read and follow all instructions in this and any accompanyingmaterials to prevent serious damage to your Revo. Failure to followthese instructions will be considered abuse and/or neglect.Before running your Revo, look over this entire manual and examine thetruck carefully. If for some reason you decide Revo is not what youwanted, then do not continue any further. Your hobby dealer absolutelycannot accept a Revo for return or exchange after it has been run.Warnings, helpful hints, & cross-referencesThroughout this manual, you’ll notice warnings and helpful hintsidentified by the icons below. Be sure to read them!An important warning about personal safety or avoidingdamage to your Revo and related components.SupportIf you have any questions about your Revo or its operation,call the Traxxas Technical Support line toll-free at:1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927)*Traxxas1100 Klein RoadPlano, Texas 75074Phone: 972-265-8000Toll-free 1-888-TRAXXASTechnical support is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 amto 9:00 pm central time. Technical assistance is also available atwww.Traxxas.com. You may also e-mail customer support with yourquestion at [email protected] Join hundreds of Traxxas R/Centhusiasts in our online community at Traxxas.com.Traxxas U.K.P.O. Box 1128Winterbourne, Bristol BS36-2SHEnglandPhone: 44-117-956-1002Traxxas offers a full-service, on-site repair facility to handle any ofyour Traxxas service needs. Maintenance and replacement partsmay be purchased directly from Traxxas by phone or online atwww.BuyTraxxas.com. You can save time, along with shipping andhandling costs, by purchasing replacement parts from your local dealer.Special advice from Traxxas to make things easier and more fun.Refers you to a page with a related topic.Internetwww.Traxxas.comE-mail: [email protected] contents 2005 Traxxas.Traxxas, Revo, TRX 3.3 RacingEngine, TQ-3, Top Fuel,EZ-Start, Ready-To-Race, ReadyTo-Win, and ProGraphix aretrademarks or registeredtrademarks of Traxxas. Otherbrand names and marks are theproperty of their respectiveholders and are used only forpurposes of identification. Nopart of this manual may bereproduced or distributed inprint or electronic media withoutthe express written permissionof Traxxas.*Toll-free support is available to U.S. residents only.Revo 3.3 3
Safety PrecautionsAll instructions andprecautions outlined in thismanual should be strictlyfollowed to ensure safeoperation of your Revo.Revo is not intended for useby children under 16 yearsof age without thesupervision of a responsibleand knowledgeable adult.All of us at Traxxas want you to safely enjoy your new Revo. Operateyour Revo sensibly and with care, and it will be exciting, safe, and fun foryou and those around you. Failure to operate your Revo in a safe andresponsible manner may result in property damage and serious injury.The precautions outlined in this manual should be strictly followed tohelp ensure safe operation. You alone must see that the instructions arefollowed and the precautions are adhered to.Do not operate your Revo at night, or anytime your line of sight to themodel may be obstructed or impaired in any way.Important Points to RememberBecause Revo is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio interferencefrom many sources beyond your control. Since radio interference cancause momentary loss of control, always allow a safety margin in alldirections around your model to prevent collisions.Revo is very fast! The Revo is intended for experienced users with ahigh level of skill. The TRX 3.3 Racing Engine is extremely powerfuland may require skilled driving to maintain control. Children under 16years of age and inexperienced drivers should not operate the Revowithout the supervision of a responsible and knowledgeable(experienced) adult.Model engine fuel is dangerous and highly poisonous. Alwaysfollow all directions and precautions printed on the fuel container.Model engine fuel is poisonous to humans and animals. Drinking thefuel can cause blindness and death. Handle with care and respect.Model engine fuel, especially when in a fuel dispensing bottle, maylook like a cool drink to a child. Keep all fuel out of the reach ofchildren at all times. Do not place fuel containers on the groundwhere children can reach them while you are driving.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 hotduring use. Be careful not to touch the parts, especially whenrefueling or stopping the engine.Prolonged exposure to the engine exhaust can be harmful. Avoidbreathing the engine exhaust. Always run your Revo outdoors,in a well-ventilated area. Never run the engine indoors.4 Revo 3.3Never operate your Revo in crowds of people or busy pedestrianareas. Revo is very fast and could cause injury to those unaware of itspresence. Keep small children at a safe distance away from theoperating area.The engine can be loud. If the noise makes you uncomfortable, wearear protection. Be considerate of your neighbors by not running yourmodel early in the morning or late in the evening.Most importantly, use good common sense at all times.
Tools, Supplies, and Required EquipmentYour 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 EquipmentShock wrench8mm slipper clutch wrenchFor more information onradio system batteries, seeUse the Right Batteries onpage 11.5mm turnbuckle wrenchSuspension multi-tool4-way wrenchGlow plug andwheel nut wrenchSTRAXXA1.5mm “L” wrench2.0mm “T” wrench2.5mm “L” wrench2.5mm “T” wrenchLong Travel rocker and spring setASXXTRX Power ChargerTRX Power plug(transformer)7.2-volt batterypack adapterRX battery power pack(installed in model)Foam air filter oil andextra oiled air filter elementSuspension tuningshims and hollow balls(see page 23)Required Tools and Equipment10% quart - #501020% quart - #502033% quart - #503010% gallon - #506020% gallon - #507033% gallon - #5080Traxxas Top Fuel see page22After-run oil to protectthe engine from corrosion8 AA alkaline batteriesHobby knifeNiCad or NiMH7.2V battery packSmall flat-blade screwdriverfor tuning (1/8 inch blade)The TRX Power Chargerincluded with your Revohas the ability to chargethe RX Power Pack (receiverpack, included) and the 7.2volt battery pack requiredfor the EZ-Start (soldseparately). For moreinformation aboutchargers, see Use the RightCharger on page 26.Recommended EquipmentThese items are notrequired for the operationof your model, but are agood idea to include in anyR/C toolbox: Safety glasses Thin, hobby-qualitycyanoacrylate instant tireglue (CA glue) Side cutters or needlenose pliersFuel dispensing bottle(Traxxas part #5001)Philips screwdriverRevo 3.3 5
Anatomy of Your RevoEZ-Start MotorRoll hoopAxle CarrierAir FilterSlipperClutchThrottle/BrakeServo (inside box)TRX 3.3 Racing Enginesee pg. 19 for detailsHex HubAccess Plug(for two-speed adjustment)SpurGearPivot BallSteering ServoShifting Servo(inside box)Exhaust HeaderShift RodSuspension ArmChassisFuel LinePush RodPressure LineRockerEZ-Start PlugSkid PlateBumperBumper MountDifferential(under chassis)Pipe HangerBulkhead(under chassis)Body Mount PostOil Shock (Damper)Tuned PipeTransmissionEngine Shut-off ClampFuel CapHandleDisc Brake5-cell RX Power Pack(inside box)6 Revo 3.3On/Off SwitchToe Link (Turnbuckle)Antenna MountFuel CapSteering ServoReceiver BoxFuel TankDriveshaft (Half Shaft)Spring Pre-load AdjusterBrake TensionAdjusterCharging Jack(underneath)OptiDrive ElectronicShift Module
Quick Start: Getting up to SpeedThe 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 4For your own safety, understand where carelessness and misusecould lead to personal injury.10. Range test the radio system See page 17Follow this procedure to make sure your radio system works properlyat a distance and that there is no interference from outside sources.2. Charge the EZ-Start battery pack See page 26The EZ-Start requires a fully charged 7.2-volt batterypack (sold separately).11. Fill the fuel tank See page 23Use your fuel-dispensing bottle to fill the tank.3. Charge the RX Power Pack See page 12The 5-cell receiver battery is already installed in the truck. Plug thesupplied charger into the charging jack on the truck.12. Connect the EZ-Start to the model See page 27Learn the proper way to use the EZ-Start electric starting system4. Install the antenna See page 13.Install the antenna mast in Revo.13. Start the engine See page 28Learn to use the correct starting procedure for your TRX 3.3.5. Decal and Install the body See page 8You will need to use the body during break in, so it's best to applyany additional decals before you use the body.14. Break-in your engine See page 28Follow the break-in instructions exactly to ensure thebest-performing, longest-lasting engine.6. Install batteries in the transmitter See page 11Revo requires 8 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteriesfor the transmitter.15. Tune your engine See page 30Learn how to set the fuel mixture needles for optimumengine performance.7. Install the EZ-Start battery See page 26Install and connect a charged 7.2-volt battery pack inthe EZ-Start controller.16. Drive your Revo See page 33Learn to use the two-speed and reverse function on your truck,along with important driving precautions.8. Turn on the radio system See page 16Make a habit of turning the transmitter on first, and off last.17. Maintaining your Truck See pages 40-41Follow these critical steps to maintain the performance of yourRevo and keep it in excellent running condition.9. Check servo operation See page 17Make sure the throttle, shifting, and steering servos are workingcorrectly.The Quick Start Guide isnot intended to replacethe full operatinginstructions available inthis manual. Please readthis entire manual forcomplete instructionson the proper use andmaintenance ofyour Revo.The included TRX PowerCharger can charge boththe RX Power Pack(receiver battery) and the7.2-volt battery pack forthe EZ-Start.Look for the Quick Startlogo at the bottom ofQuick Start pages.Revo 3.3 7
Gluing the Tires and Decorating your RevoAlways wear safety glassesto prevent glue fromsplattering into your eyes.The acetone in fingernailpolish remover willremove excess glue fromyour fingers.For best results whilegluing, clean the bead ofthe tires and the groovesof the wheels withdenatured alcohol beforeapplying glue. Thisremoves any mold releaseagent residue from thetires and wheels,providing a better bond.Tire GluingApplying The DecalsThe factory tires on your Revo are already glued to the rims. The tiresmust be glued to the rims to prevent the rims from spinning inside thetires. The instructions here are provided to show you how to gluereplacement tires to the rims in the future. Use CA tire glue availablefrom your local hobby dealer. You can glue the tires without removingthe wheels from the truck. For clarity, these instructions show theprocess with the wheels removed.The main decals have already beenapplied to your Revo. The extra decalsprovided are die-cut for easy removal.Use a hobby knife to lift the cornerof a decal and remove it fromthe backing.1. Remove a wheel from Revousing the larger (8mm) end ofthe glow plug (universal)wrench.2. Use your thumb to push the sideof the tire away from the rim.Place one or two drops of CAglue into the opening andrelease the tire. Capillary actionwill draw the glue around thebead of the tire.3. Repeat step two at four or fivepoints around the rim, until thetire is completely secured to therim. Turn the rim over and repeatthe process for the inside of therim/tire. Repeat for the other 3wheels.4. Reinstall the wheels, make surenone of the axle pins have fallenout from behind the hex hubs.8 Revo 3.3Carefully position the decal over thedesired location and press one side onthe body. Pull the decal tight and usea finger to gradually smooth out anyair bubbles as you apply the decal.Look at the photos on the box fortypical decal placement.
The Traxxas TQ-3 Radio SystemYour Revo is equipped with the TQ-3 radio system. The TQ-3 is a 3-channel system that provides up to a quarter mile range and control for up to threeservo outputs. Revo is equipped with two high-torque steering servos connected via a “Y” plug adapter (one input, two equal outputs). The TQ-3 worksin conjunction with the OptiDrive 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.TQ-3 TransmitterAntennaRevo Wiring DiagramThe OptiDrive ESM isdesigned to adapt andwork with aftermarketthree channel radiosystems (see page 15).Charging Jack(to charger)Throttle Neutral AdjustSteering WheelThrottle TrimOn/OffSwitchRX Power Pack5-cell NiMHBatteryAntennaSteering TrimReceiverReverse ShiftOptiDrive ESM(Electronic ShiftModule)Forward ShiftBatteryChannel 1Channel 2Channel 3Steering ServosThrottleTriggerShifting Servo(micro servo)CH.1CH.2CH.3Throttle ServoServo ReversingSwitchPower SwitchBattery CompartmentPower IndicatorTo Transmission(OptiDrive sensor)Revo 3.3 9
The Traxxas TQ-3 Radio SystemRadio System TerminologyLearn terms related to theTRX 3.3 Racing Enginebeginning on page 20.Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these radio-systemterms. They will be used throughout this manual.5-Cell Pack – Another term for RX Pack or rechargeable receiver pack.The RX pack is made up of five rechargeable NiMH battery cells and isused in place of the 4AA batteries in the model.Channel - The 27 MHz frequency band is divided into 6 channels so thatup to six models can be operated simultaneously. Each channel isreferred to by its flag color and channel number, as shown t g your frequency - A routine, verbal check to make surenobody else in your area is operating on the same channel. Alwaysclear your frequency by calling out your channel number beforeoperating your model. Wait or move to another area if your channelis already being used.Crystal (X-tal) - The plug-in device that determines which channel theradio system will operate on. For each channel, there are two crystals,one for the receiver and one for the transmitter. Of those two crystals,the one marked “RX” with the lower number (.455 MHz lower) must beinserted into the receiver.Frequency band - The radio frequency used by the transmitter to sendsignals to your Revo. All Traxxas RTR models operate on a 27 MHzfrequency band.mAh – Abbreviation for milliamp hour. Measure of the capacity of thebattery pack. The higher the number, the longer the battery will lastbetween recharges.Neutral position - The standing position that the servos seek when thetransmitter controls are at the neutral setting.10 Revo 3.3NiCad - Abbreviation for nickel-cadmium. The original rechargeablehobby pack, NiCad batteries have very high current handling, highcapacity, and can last up to 1000 charging cycles. Good chargingprocedures are required to reduce the possibility of developing a“memory” effect and shortened run times.NiMH - Abbreviation for nickel-metal hydride. Rechargeable NiMHbatteries offer high current handling, and much greater res
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