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Arrma Typhon 3S Motor Upgrade – A Comprehensive Guide

The Arrma Typhon 3S is a beast in its own respect. However, despite the motor itself being on the stronger side, it has obvious issues in build quality. 

It is those issues that warrant an Arrma Typhon 3S Motor Upgrade. 

For drag racing, upgrade to the motor with the least turns and most kV rating. For racing, get a motor with moderate turns to get more speed and control. For climbing, upgrade to an even more powerful motor. Finally, for bashing, you will need to do the same as climbing. More on these below.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about why you should upgrade the Typhon 3S motor. 

Why Should You Upgrade the Arrma Typhon 3S Motor?

The Arrma Typhon 3S stock motor is monstrous to say the least. The KV rating of the stock motor is 3200kv. So it got good enough specs for everything. 

Arrma Typhon 3S
Source: Arrma RC

However, there are a few defects why you cannot keep using it. They are- 


As good as the stock motor of the Arrma Typhon 3S is, it is prone to failures. Many users reported their motors failing for various reasons. One such example is-

The bearings on this motor are weak. So, before using it for long, the bearings will fail and the motor will cease to work. 

Examples like these bring the durability of this otherwise amazing motor. That makes the upgrade all the more worth it.  


This motor is much more susceptible to heat because of some fragile parts. So, even though this motor boats a lot of power, it is not capable of handling it.  

Furthermore, because of the high output of power, the heat is also high. However, the thermal management of the stock motor is subpar at best. That is why it shows a lower durability than most motors in RC buggies. 

These two factors alone make upgrading the motor a necessity. If you upgrade to a better-built motor with the same specs, it will bode you well. 

Before getting to the upgrades themselves, you’ll need to first know about the compatibility factors.

What are the Compatibility Factors for Upgrading the Arrma Typhon 3S motor?

Just like with the upgrading of e revo motor, there are always compatibility issues you need to worry about. So, what are the compatibility factors for upgrading the Arrma Typhon 3s motor?

There are exactly 4 compatibility factors for upgrading the Arrma Typhon 3S motor. They are- The number of turns, KV Rating, Size and Dimensions and finally, ESC. You will most likely need to upgrade the ESC with the motor. Also, make sure your motor fits the frame. More on these below.

The compatibility factors are 

Number of Turns

As usual, when talking about upgrading motors, the first subject is number of turns. The number of turns means the number of times the wires are coiled around in the motor. 

Additionally, this means the number of turns there is, the more resistance there will be. According to layman physics, more resistance leads to less power output. However, there will be an increase in torque. 

In other words, more number of turns = Less top speed, more control. Keep that in mind while picking the motor you want to upgrade to. 

KV Rating

KV Rating is a ratio. This is used to define the power of a motor. The 3200kv in the stock motor of the Arrma Typhon 3s is its KV rating. 

The ratio can be written as- Peak RPM: Peak voltage in wires. The higher the ratio is, the more power output and speed it means. That also means lower torque. So this shares a similar relationship to the torque as the number of turns. 

In this regard, the ESC amperage depends on the KV rating. So the compatibility of the motor relies on the KV rating as well. 

Size and Dimensions

Time to state the obvious. If your motor is bigger than the frame, it will not fit in any way. The sizes that matter for fitting your motor are: Diameter, Shaft width and Length. 

If these three dimensions fit your arrma Typhon 3S frame, then your motor is golden. You must be able to mount the motor to use the motor after all. 


The ESC is another major compatibility factor for any motor upgrade. The ESC controls how fast or slow the motor turns. So, it must be able to handle the power of the motor.

Arrma Typhon 3S motor
Source: EuroRC

For example, the Arrma Typhon 3S stock motor requires a 100A ESC. If you use an ESC with lower rating, these are the consequences- 

  1. Throttling Problems: Your buggy would face problems throttling all of a sudden. That is because the ESC would not properly be able to regulate the motor. 
  1. ESC Failure: The ESC would overdraw itself and fail often. Eventually, it will stop working at all. 

These are just some of the consequences. But they show how important these compatibility factors are. 

That’s it for the compatibility factors. Unlike the Losi nightcrawler, this one comes with a brushless motor, so I didn’t include it as a compatibility factor. So upgrading the Losi nightcrawler motor should be a bit tougher.

Anyways, It’s time for me to get to the meat of the matter, the upgrades themselves.

What are the Recommended Arrma Typhon 3S Motor Upgrades?

For all kinds of RC buggies, cars etc. there are three kinds of upgrades you’ll look towards. They are: Racing, Climbing and Bashing. They are all covered in the table below: 

AspectFor Climbing For Racing For Bashing 
Turns Less Turns Less Turns/More TurnsLess Turns

The table does a good job explaining the kinds of upgrades you’ll need for each category. Racing comes first in my opinion since I also am a racing fanatic. 

Upgrading the Arrma Typhon 3S for Racing

There are two kinds of races the upgrades will be catered to. 

Arrma Typhon 3S for Racing
Source: RC Car Action

The two kinds of races are-

Drag Racing

For drag racing, all you need is speed. Control is not really a decisive factor since you need to race in a straight line. 

So, for pure speed, the recommendation is to get the motor with a lower number of turns. You’ll lose out on the torque, but you don’t need it in this case. 

That’s it for drag racing, you need a different kind of upgrade of normal racing though. 

Normal Racing

For normal racing you need good speed as well good control. So you’ll need to balance out between speed and control. 

So, you’ll need to get a motor that has a moderate number of turns to gain speed. That means you won’t lose much out on torque either. The best of both worlds so to speak of. 

That concludes the motor upgrades for racing. Don’t forget to upgrade your ESC accordingly too. 

Upgrading the Arrma Typhon 3S for Climbing

The Arrma Typhon 3S buggy already boasts decent capability for climbing due to the powerful motor it already has. 

In other words, you will be doing just fine if you get a similarly spec-ed better built motor. You need more traction as well as power for this one. So I would suggest you upgrade the wheels for more traction as well. 

Here is an user review of the RC car.

Upgrading the Arrma Typhon 3S for Bashing

As for bashing, all you need is power. So a motor with a lower turn and higher kV rating will do wonders. Just use the highest-powered motor you can use in the Arrma Typhon 3S frame. Then upgrade the ESC accordingly. That’s it. 

Well, that concludes the upgrades part. The article is reaching its completion minus some frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Arrma Typhon 3S Waterproof?

Yes, the Arrma Typhon 3S is waterproof. That includes all of its individual components like the motor, ESC. 

Is the Arrma Typhon 3S Customizable?

Yes the Arrma Typhon 3S is very customizable and upgradable. Despite its robust build and features, Arrma added a plethora of custom options for the Typhon 3S. 

How Strong is the Arrma Typhon 3S?

The stock Arrma Typhon 3S motor is very strong, boasting a 3200kv motor and a 100A ESC. The only real reason you’d need to upgrade the motor is because of its build quality. 


Aaaaaaaaaand with that I’ll end the article. I hope I could help you choose the right options for the Arrma Typhon 3S Motor upgrade

Have you decided on getting the motor upgrade for your own Arrma Typhon 3S? Let me know in the comments below.

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