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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    looks like the radioshack version is better
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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Just picked up a set of the aluminum shocks as the stock ones didn't make it too long. Got the megapro/pro-pulse kit from rchobbyexplosion. The shocks in the kit are different lengths. 2 shorter ones and 2 longer ones. The all look shorter than the stock ones. Anyone know what the deal is? Thanks.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon


    ORIGINAL: jbain2

    Just picked up a set of the aluminum shocks as the stock ones didn't make it too long. Got the megapro/pro-pulse kit from rchobbyexplosion. The shocks in the kit are different lengths. 2 shorter ones and 2 longer ones. The all look shorter than the stock ones. Anyone know what the deal is? Thanks. Ā*
    guessing its due to the pro-pulse being a buggy, and like most buggies they sit lower to the ground, and the front shocks are generally shorter
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    RE: HPI Mini Recon


    guessing its due to the pro-pulse being a buggy, and like most buggies they sit lower to the ground, and the front shocks are generally shorter
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    The propulse truck has 4 equal length shocks. I will contact rchobbyexplosion and see what they say.


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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Ok I need some help. I need the steel diff gears but can't seem to find a site that has any, they are allsold out. I have been through 5 sets now, one set delrin, 2 setssetup by by 2 different hobby stores.If anyone knows a site or store please let me know. thanks!

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    is it better than the animus 18rt?

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Ok got em. Both sites seem to have them in stock now.

    I am also wondering about the dog bones as i have a set from the aluminum propulse/ megatechupgrade and some from the rc18t not sure which they are both are blue aluminum but one set is shorter. Any ideas which they are from? I need to order some more but dont want to order the short ones they dont seem to be long enuff. thanks for any help.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon


    ORIGINAL: RCVTRC

    is it better than the animus 18rt?
    from what I read about the animus is the ESC, servo, and RX are all built into one unit, and that unit from what I read from users is pretty faulty (servo sucks from what I read) so if it breaks you got to replace all the electronics. Also it suffers from the ludicrously expensive part issue too where parts that are uncommon to break are grouped with common things jacking the price up 4X more than they should be.
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    RE: HPI Mini Recon


    ORIGINAL: TripShot

    So far my Mini Recon has been nothing but trouble. My motor has given out and I have striped a few gears ( all stock). HPI
    was nice enough to replace the parts but as soon as I get one thing fixed another thing breaks.

    The wheels are absolutely horrendous, and I have discovered a new problem.
    When I apply full throttle from a stand still I
    hear a loud clicking noise. I firstly suspected that it was the front diff, but after inspection, it turned out to be coming from the
    back of vehicle. (My front diff is now locked). The back diff seems to be in good working condition, the mesh is perfect and the
    everything else seems fine, this clicking is rather annoying.

    Has anyone else had problems similar to mine?

    Thatll be the rear pinion skipping....

    Iv had exactly the same problem! Iv now got a pinion with a issing tooth and is cracked all the way through. Iv also noticed iv got quite a bit of play with the whole diff in the housing, the front diff is perfect.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Does anyone know how many small thrust balls there's supposed to be in the diff?

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Just upgraded to brushless. WOW! This was the best $$ I've spent in a while. We drive in really dusty terrain and the brushed was just a pain.

    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=20995

    Very easy to mod. Had to drill new holes in the motor mount (for 2 x 2x6mm screws) and shaved the chassis rib behind the motor due to a little bit of extra motor length vs. the stock motor size. Take care where to drill the motor mount screw holes so that there is clearance to adjust the motor laterally for gear mesh. Took 20 minutes to do the mods.

    Would suggest splurging for the programming card.

    Round trip for ESC/motor/programming card/shipping = $46.10

    Will be converting to 3S lipo as soon as Ifind a batter that fits the tray.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    ORIGINAL: seattlebuoy

    Just upgraded to brushless.Ā* WOW!Ā* This was the best $$ I've spent in a while.Ā*Ā* We drive in really dusty terrain and the brushed was just a pain.

    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=20995

    Very easy to mod.Ā* Had to drill new holes in the motor mount (for 2 x 2x6mm screws) and shaved the chassis rib behind the motor due to a little bit of extra motor length vs. the stock motor size.Ā*Ā* Take care where to drill the motor mount screw holes so that there is clearance to adjust the motor laterally for gear mesh.Ā* Took 20 minutes to do the mods.

    Would suggest splurging for the programming card.Ā*Ā*

    Round trip for ESC/motor/programming card/shipping = $46.10

    Will be converting to 3S lipo as soon as IĀ*find a batter that fits the tray.
    honestly I wouldn't bother 3S on this I find 2S one MINOR mistake and you have to pick up the pieces, and try to reassemble it its built so poor.
    Also the Diffs have a habit of failing on stock power.
    BTW I put a BL setup in mine the servo failed hit a pole, and it needed over $70 in HPI parts... instead I slapped a aluminum kit from a pro-pulse, RPM arms(from a RC18b which is a way superior RC), and did a few other things on. I still have to get a servo for it I've just been procrastinating seeing I'm already past what the damn thing cost RTR to make repairs, and strengthen parts that should have been like they now are out of the factory
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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Spot on advice. 2S seems to be just right. Iwas thinking it would be about like the stock NiMHsince its ~ same voltage, but the bit of extra voltage and ability to keep the voltage up vs. sag like the NiMHprovides a much better experience. 3Swould be insane and not worth extra ongoing costs in parts due to bashing or drivetrain failure...



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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    I just got my MR last night and imediately stole the Exceleron 4500KV system out of my Losi Mini SCT. Put it in the Recon.. Running on 2S lipo its sweet. I then put the stock system from it in the mini SCT. which works out too. I felt like the brushless system was too much for the Rear wheel drive SCT. Wheels just spun. No control.  But it is perfect in the Recon.. LOVE IT...

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    hey mate i really like thoses black monster truck wheels you got on your mr did they just bolt stright on? what did you get them off? cause my stanard wheels are broken.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Oh snap!

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon


    I read all the post and I still have some question.

    I will buy a MR for my self and my sun (4 years old). Regarding the battery, do I need to stay with the 1100mAh 7.2v? If some lipo 11.1v or 7.4v with 1300 or 1800mAh fits, can I use it?

    Thanks

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    We upgraded to a lipo and brushless motor, both HobbyKing, and have been quite happy with it. We are in AZdesert, so brushed motors have a hard time with their open case construction. Be sure and look earlier on the thread for parts form other companies that fit since the they are rebranding a chassis that has been used by others. Way cheaper on things like gears and diffs.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Ok, but what about the v vs mAh, etc...?

    tyvm

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    You need to stay with approx same voltage you use with brushed motor, which should be 2S voltage. As to mah, max size that will fit is the right answer. You want as much capacity as possible. Measure carefully and millimeters count. note that you do NOTwand to smush the lipo in to fit. Setting up for a rather spectacular fire that way.

    I also switch to deans connectors sicne i use them on my planes, but that is purely optional.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Ok.

    So If I look the spec of the HPI recon battery, the size is:
    Length: 3.9" (100mm)Width: 1.2" (32mm)Thickness: 1.04" (26.5mm)This NiMH can fit -> http://www.hobbypartz.com/98p-1600-7...le-stick.htmlI would like to buy 2 spare batteries but I don't know which one to select. Also, dont' want to go with HPI recon battery, price is so expensive.


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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    personally as someone that owns a recon if you didn't buy it yet I'd look at the RC18b, RC18T, or anything else. They are way mor capable, and better designed
    Outside the radio the vehicle is quite the turd, and parts can be problematic, and ludicrously expensive to get(even using the site that sells the other RC's parts that are mostly compatible)
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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Ok.

    Based on your information, I have these 2 choices:

    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXKCC2&P=0

    or this one

    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...I=LXARKHLL&P=0

    This is for my 4 years old son.

    I like the first one for the big wheel, but don't know about the parts.

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    RE: HPI Mini Recon

    Measure the actual space on the vehicle vs. the battery. the objective is to get as much mah in the space as possible. the stock batter leaves some space.


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