hen we saw Losi’s new LST XXL-2 Gas Monster Truck in person at the 2014 Toy Fair in Nuremberg Germany, we knew the change in fuel-powered RC machines was officially in full swing. Our first impressions of the truck were that Losi had hit the nail on the head and now that the truck has finally landed on the
Reveal Workbench, we can take take a closer look and share that info with you.
FACTS Manufacturer: Losi Product: LST XXL-2 Gas Monster Truck Class: 1/8-scale monster truck Power system: Gasoline (2-stroke mix) Kit type: RTR What’s in the box: Assembled truck with painted body, electronics and engine installed, radio, 2-cell LiPo battery, “AA” batteries, manual, decals, starter wand and basic tools Who it’s for: Any RC enthusiast Part Number: LOS04002 Price: $799.99 We’ve unloaded the box contents for the LST Gas truck and we like what you get. Radio with batteries, oil, tools, starter; all you need is a battery for the starter, a charger and some gasoline in a gas can. The DX2E is a great RTR 2.4GHz radio. It has basic trim knobs and reverse switches and even a steering rate knob which controls the AVC. The grip is comfy, but we find the plastic wheel…well let’s say we wish it was as comfy as the grip. The Dynamite Roto-Start Tool that has fired up Losi’s engines in the past is used to start up the gas engine too. You’ll need a 7.2V battery to power it. Included with the kit are two bottles of Dynamite 2-Stroke Premix oil. Each bottle treats 1/4 gallon. Guess its back to the college days of buying a half gallon of gas. A Dynamite Reaction 2000mAh 5C LiPo receiver pack powers the electronics of the truck including the ignition module. For those jumping into this truck without a full blown tool set. You will be able to perform basic maintenance with the included Allen wrenches, box wrench and nut driver/turnbuckle/shock tools. Losi always includes great manuals with their kits and one is included here as well. A decal sheet lets you place the decals where you want them. The side profile shows off the graphics and black chrome rims well. The small hole on the side of the body allows you to access the engine’s starter plate with the roto-starter. Plenty of bumper real estate for those front end hits. The headlight and grille decals look mean as they should. In the bed of the truck, you can see the fuel cap poking out, making it easy to fuel with the body on. The gasoline engine and support gear look at home in the big LST platform. All of the wires and lines are routed neatly from the factory. Losi’s ATX tires wrap around 420 black chrome wheels. Under the wheel cap is a 17mm hex nut. The inserts in the tires are firm. The chassis bottom plates are anodized red as is the support bracket. The plastic plate you see is the bottom of the battery mount. A large chamber black coated tuned pipe is attached to the header with a spring type coupler. The differential cases are cast aluminum and are coated red to match the red theme of the truck. Losi went all out on the details. The huge threaded shocks are plush! The fuel tank may have the same shape as previous LST tanks, but this was tweaked for gas use. New ports for the lines and a cap with a tab for easy removal. Here it is, all of the hype of this truck, the 2-Stroke Dynamite .31 gasoline engine. The engine is bigger than the big block engines that used to occupy this spot in the LST platform, but this engine still looks at home here too. The carb is raised up on an isolator tube and below it you can see the ignition pick-up. The LST Gas truck uses the multi-pad slipper system and a 2-speed tranny for the driveline to pump out the power. Tucked inside the radio box is Spektrum’s SRS4200 receiver with AVC feature. This little gem helps keep the truck under control when drivers are relentless with the throttle. When you pop the wheel off you’ll see the red anodized 20mm wheel hex and hefty hubs. The wheel caps are nice, but extra work when you need to simply remove a wheel. Want the LST XXL-2 Gas MT? We know you do. Simply look for this box at your LHS.