Monster trucks have always been a popular platform in RC regardless what is trending at the time. In the last few years, there has been a resurgence in monster truck offerings. Manufacturers like Arrma, Axial, CEN, ECX, Kyosho, Losi, MST, Pro-Line, Redcat Racing, Serpent, Tamiya, Team Associated, Team Corally, Tekno RC and Traxxas all released monster trucks to feed the demand coming from RC enthusiasts. With all the monster trucks out there, bodies will need to be replaced due to numerous damaging bash sessions and/or for the owners that may just want to change up the look of their prized MT rides. That being said, we decided to put together our editor’s top 5 Pro-Line body picks for 1/8 monster trucks.
For this article we are keeping this list narrowed down to just the 1/8-scale MT bodies as designated by Pro-Line. Don’t let the scale alone determine if the body will ‘fit’ your monster truck. Be sure to look at the specifications for each body as well. Keep in mind that different manufacturers use their own criteria to determine the scale they select. One companies’ 1/10-scale truck may very well be the same size as another companies’ 1/8-scale truck.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor clear body—#3468-00
The full-size Ford Raptor is one imposing and awe-inspiring 4×4 truck and it is no wonder why it is so popular. Thanks to Pro-Line for making the Raptor for us RC fanatics in this realistic looking 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor clear body. Pro-Line’s designers did an outstanding job of recreating the rugged Raptor style and attitude into this polycarbonate monster truck body. Then when you add the detail decal sheet, this body really comes to life. This body is a great choice if you own one of the monster trucks out there that do not have a scale looking body on them and you want something that is more true scale.
Pro-Line did their due diligence and got their Ford F-150 Raptor body officially licensed. The body comes in Pro-Line’s crystal clear polycarbonate, ready for you to add you very own paint scheme. Along with the body and decal sheet, the Raptor comes with overspray film and window masks so that you can have clear windows.
- Length: 19.5″ (496mm)
- Width: 7.5″ (191mm)
- Height: 5.6″ (143mm)
- Wheelbase: 13.1″ (333mm)
Pre-Cut 2020 Ram Rebel 1500 clear body—#3534-17
Arrma has become quite a force in the RTR market, specifically with releasing super powerful and fun to drive monster trucks like the Arrma Kraton 6S. The Pre-Cut 2020 Ram Rebel 1500 clear body was designed to perfectly fit the Kraton 6S chassis and judging by the specifications it can work on other brands of monster trucks as well.
Pro-Line utilized its super tough polycarbonate to mold the 2020 Ram Rebel body so that it is ready for bashing. As a clear body, you can add your personal touch to create the paint scheme you want and there are even two different grill and headlight trim options on the included decal sheet. You will also find a bunch of other graphics on the sheet to help finish off the body. The crew cab design with aggressive hood and fender flares make this body look extra mean.
- Length: 18.25″ (464mm)
- Width: 7.12″ (181mm)
- Height: 5.13″ (130mm)
- Wheelbase: 12.65″ (321mm)
Jeep Gladiator Rubicon clear body—#3542-00
The Pro-Line Jeep Gladiator Rubicon clear body can be used on short course trucks and on monster trucks like the Arrma Senton 3S and Traxxas E-Revo 2.0. So if you are a Jeep fan, this is a great option to upgrade your RTR monster truck. In one quick glance you can tell this body is a Jeep based on the excellent ‘Jeep’ styling that Pro-Line put into this body. It is a one-piece body that comes molded in crystal clear polycarbonate and includes overspray film, window masks and a detail decal sheet.
Now if you want to add some more parts to the Gladiator body, Pro-Line is offering some exclusive 3D bonus scale parts. You can print these 3D scale parts at home on your 3D printer and the downloads are free of charge.
- Length: 18.8″ (478mm)
- Width at doors: 6.6″ (168mm)
- Width at fenders: 7.1″ (180mm)
- Height: 5.6″ (142mm)
- Wheelbase: 13.0″ (330mm)
Rat Rod clear body—#3410-00
Take your monster truck into a completely different direction and give it that highly customized look with the Pro-Line Rat Rod clear body. It is the perfect way to make your truck stand out from the rest. Pro-Line successfully captured the rat rod craze with this body. A low profile roadster body sits just aft of an exposed and highly detailed scale super charged engine. At the very front is a massive grill and big round headlight buckets that mimic the look of a rat rod.
Consider either slamming the chassis on your MT to be a sick pavement pounder or keep it at its stock stance and turn it into one eye-catching 4×4. Like the majority of Pro-Line’s bodies, the Rat Rod comes with a detail sticker sheet, window masks and overspray film.
- Length: 19.8″ (503mm)
- Width at doors: 7.5″ (190mm)
- Height: 6.2″ (157mm)
- Wheelbase: 13.9″ (353mm)
Pre-Cut Brute Bash Armor white body—#3526-15
The last of our top 5 Pro-Line body picks for 1/8 monster trucks is for the person looking for a super durable body while also still maintaining some aggressive off-road truck looks. Here is the Pro-Line Pre-Cut Brute Bash Armor white body. If you are not familiar with the line of Brute Bash Armor bodies from Pro-Line, here is the deal. This is not your ordinary polycarbonate body simply painted white. Pro-Line developed a special “Bash Armor” material that is already molded in white yet is twice as thick as typical 1/8-scale truck bodies. The material is ultra-flexible to lessen the possibility of cracking and shattering.
Since the Brute Bash Armor material is white, Pro-Line has added a detailed decal sheet to give this body its tough truck looks. This body specifically was designed to fit the unique shape of the Arrma Outcast 6s and Arrma Notorious 6S trucks. But keep in mind that it is possible to use this body for other similar trucks with a bit of modifications.
- Length: 17″ (432mm)
- Width: 7.25″ (184mm)
- Height: 5.0″ (127mm)
- Wheelbase: 12.5″+ (318mm+)
TWO FUNCTIONAL ACCESSORIES FOR MONSTER TRUCK BODIES
Chances are that if you are reading this article, you are in the market for a new truck body and you would also be interested in a couple accessories to add onto the new body. These accessories are not just bolt-on parts to improve appearance, but are also functional. One adds some scale detail to your ride while also being functional and the other is ideal for keeping your new body lasting as long as possible.
4” Super-Bright LED Light Bar Kit—#6276-01
Pro-Line offers a nice selection of LED Light Bars that come in different lengths to suit the body and look you are trying to achieve with your truck. We found that the 4” Super-Bright LED Light Bar Kit is ideal for the roofs of most monster truck bodies. It is just long enough to have the right proportion without being too big.
This Light Bar comes with 20 LED bulbs pre-wired and is fitted with a 12-inch long cable that can be plugged directly into a receiver for power. The other option to power the light bar is to plug it directly into a 3S LiPo power source to generate super-bright LED light since the lights are rated for 6V to 12V power. Pro-Line includes the mounts and hardware to allow you to custom install the bar onto your truck. The Light Bar mimics the looks of the ones found on full-size trucks where the housing is molded out of durable black nylon and has a P-L logo.
- Real, working LED Light Bar Kit
- 20 Super-Bright LED’s that can handle 2S or 3S Lipo Power
- Can plug directly into your receiver plug for easy install
- Includes Mounts and Hardware for custom install on your favorite scale vehicle
- Made from Black Nylon plastic for durability and scale appearance
- 4″ LED Light Bar can integrate into the Pro-Line Overland Scale Roof Rack (#6278-00)
Pro-Line Lid Skid Body Protectors—#6360-00
This next accessory is essential if you want to keep your body looking and lasting as long as possible. The Pro-Line Lid Skid Body Protectors are made from high-strength black nylon and can be attached to strategic locations on the outside of the body. So when your truck flips, rolls and skids upside from the inevitable crash, the body protectors will help take the brunt of the contact with the ground. This way the body can be spared from getting severely scratched and gouged. The Lid Skid Body Protectors offer a universal fit and includes two 4-inch long pieces, two 3-inch long pieces, two 2-inch long pieces and four 1-inch pieces…plenty to protect your new MT body.
- Protect Your Freshly Painted Body!
- Made from High Strength Black Nylon
- Universal Fit – Place in Strategic Locations to Fit Your Application
- Multiple Sizes Included: Two 4″, Two 3″, Two 2″ & Four 1″ Pieces
- Hardware and Nuts Included
- Made in the USA
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