What are you after?
It is all about application and what you want YOUR Max to do. I have been doing a little research on this, I am thinking about converting one of my E's into a 2wd. The wrong way to do it is to just remove the drive line from the tranny to the front diff. To do it right, you first need to gut the entire front drive train to the wheels. Second, put proper tires on it, notice the difference in tires between the sport and the E-Maxx tires, those EMaxx tractor treads are just not good for 2wd. Third, realize what you will gain and what you will lose. The 2-Maxx won't climb and go through the thick stuff like a regular MAxx, but it should be faster. Also, you might need to play around with it a bit to get it ballance right. Of coarse there is a bit more to it.
Sorry, this should have got w/ the 2wd maxx thread..
Its actually slower 99% of the time in 2wd. On a track, lap times are slower, and its much harder to drive. On a perfect smooth surface, you may get .5 mph more out of it. I tried speed runs with 2wd vs 4wd and my truck was the exact same with 2wd and 4wd. On a slower truck it will make more of a difference.
I had this same experience and noticed nothing in the department of performance gains!!
Originally posted by outkast187
I tried speed runs with 2wd vs 4wd and my truck was the exact same with 2wd and 4wd.
I'm not saying don't do it, but I don't think you will tell a difference in much but your driving style!!
To me, the major difference is in how the truck handles. For a tight road course, I want to be able to drift the back out, and punch it, as the turning radius otherwise won't always make it. You can do this a lot better 2wd.
On a packed dirt track, with lots of loose dust, 2wd in an E is going to take carefull throttle control at low speed, you can realy dance with the truck, but you realy have to be carefull, and keep in mind what is going on. When running 2wd, I rarely am off the throttle, to brake, I throw the truck sideways a bit. 2wd is fun for me when I run it, but I don't think it will work for most people wanting to get into the hobby with a lesser expensive E. Most wouldn't why it spins out when they let off the trigger, etc.