This may be the first time Taylor James is featured in
Racers Edge, but he is no stranger to the limelight of
nitro off-road racing. Taylor holds several off-road
Taylor James’ titles, he’s always on the podium, and he was just
crowned the ROAR Truck National Champ. We nabbed
Jammin’ Taylor’s prototype Jammin X2-CRT fresh off his victory
so that you’re first to view Jammin’s next truggy. The
X2-CRT new truck is leaner, its weight is shifted forward for
more steering, and it features “super big bore” 16mm
shocks. Taylor and his teammates thrashed to find the
optimum setup for their new truck, and all you have to
do is read these pages to get it.
Taylor’s Futaba 3PK Super is
outfitted with a custom trigger that has a smaller gap.
According to Taylor, Futaba
only made a few of them. I
guess you get the rare stuff
when you’re one of the
team’s best drivers. A Team Helotes
LiPo battery powers his radio, and
all of his expos and settings are set
to be as linear as possible.
1Change the diff oil from 10K, 20K and 3K to 15K, 30K and 3K to make the
truck pull harder through the middle and on the exit of corners.
2Set rear toe to 3 degrees to help the truck accelerate straighter. It makes it
easier to drive.
3Run the front upper arm in the top hole for more steering. It’s a significant
increase, especially in turn-in.
4Set the ride height so the arms are just below level. This puts more weight
over the rear tires to increase traction and offsets some of the weight that has
been moved closer to the truck’s center as part of the X2’s new chassis layout.
5Fill the front shocks with 50WT fluid and the rears with 37.5WT. My truck was
dialed with this setup.