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Old 11-15-2011, 08:36 AM
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A Savage XS & 4wd Stampede are a bit pricey for a 5yr old basher wouldn't ya think? Unless .... poppa was going to play with it too
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:33 PM
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A Savage XS & 4wd Stampede are a bit pricey for a 5yr old basher wouldn't ya think? Unless .... poppa was going to play with it too
I don't think it is that expensive when you look at the overall picture. Dad and son spending quality time together doing something fun. I love that my son has taken a liking to bashing with his old man. He was 5yrs old when I got him a Stampede and he loved it then he moved on to a 4wd Slash and now a Savage XS. I used to spend $100-$150 every 2 weeks when my 18yr old son and I used to go paint-balling and that was just for the paint balls, we had over $2,000 into gear and our guns so bashing RC's with my 10yr old son is alot cheaper than paint-balling..
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A Savage XS & 4wd Stampede are a bit pricey for a 5yr old basher wouldn't ya think? Unless .... poppa was going to play with it too
I don't think it is that expensive when you look at the overall picture. Dad and son spending quality time together doing something fun. I love that my son has taken a liking to bashing with his old man. He was 5yrs old when I got him a Stampede and he loved it then he moved on to a 4wd Slash and now a Savage XS. I used to spend $100-$150 every 2 weeks when my 18yr old son and I used to go paint-balling and that was just for the paint balls, we had over $2,000 into gear and our guns so bashing RC's with my 10yr old son is alot cheaper than paint-balling..

Those are some good points... I cannot argue that.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:15 AM
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Thanks for the feed back I'm ordering his right now and myself a new losi scte kit  to have him help me and get a better understanding of the trucks.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:40 PM
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Well finally got out and picked up a recon
I'm happy the 2S 15C 1300mah sky lipos I had for my merv BARELY fit with a teeny bit of squeezing
now to throw a traxxas connector onto it, and hope the ESC don't pull more than 28ish amps
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:53 PM
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ive ajusted my diffs ran only on road and ease on the throttle and use a 30/57 gear ratio, its just so much power (ive made a rim explode from punching it off the line) the motor belongs in a 500/600 3D heli

there are two issues i have with the diff, 1- the pinion/spider melt, 2- the balls in the spider melt. i know the rc18t2 uses a belt drive system, bevel gears and a slipper clutch, do you think that will handle it? im used to 1/10-1/8 cars so im not sure scaled down parts have the same properties.
thats it, im done, just killed the diff again after two runs. maybe i should just dial back the motor... nah!
im not going to get the recon because of these issues, but it IS the best deal, ive looked around, curious to see what these guys can take.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:53 AM
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well drove mine for the 1st time today shocked how long the stock battery lasted running full throttle almost the whole time. Think I got around 20 minutes, and the battery wasn't even dead yet. It flew through the grass(that was taller than the tires) way better than I thought it would too.
Sad thing is I think it preforms, and handles better than the mini-revo for like 1/3rd the price(granted its not BL but meh it almost goes fast enough for its size).
Now to figure out how to strengthen the drive chain to add a BL setup for lower running temps(not speed) seeing the stock brushed motor got quite toasty running in the grass. I'd have probably burnt the motor up if it wasn't like 40 degrees out.
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:22 PM
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im skipping the recon and getting a rc182 team kit.

im also dialing back and using a 150watt 4500kv outrunner.

i would get the recon, but i want to go the best/ most durable route.
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What leads you to believe that the RC18T2 is the best/most durable?
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im skipping the recon and getting a rc182 team kit.

im also dialing back and using a 150watt 4500kv outrunner.

i would get the recon, but i want to go the best/ most durable route.
Why do you think the RC18T2 is more durable? I prefer the old RC18T that was shaft driven over the new belt driven version.
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im skipping the recon and getting a rc182 team kit.

im also dialing back and using a 150watt 4500kv outrunner.

i would get the recon, but i want to go the best/ most durable route.
Why do you think the RC18T2 is more durable? I prefer the old RC18T that was shaft driven over the new belt driven version.
ya after getting the recon I kinda want a RC18b shaft driven seeing I really dislike belts
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What leads you to believe that the RC18T2 is the best/most durable?
mostly due to the slipper, but also the stiffer chassis, gear driven diffs, better steering setup and heavier platform.

given shaft drive is simple and easy to deal with, belt drive isnt too much more to worry about.

just so everyone knows, im dealing with some serious power here, the motor is HOT for a 500 size heli, even with a 30 tooth pinion i can still melt the diffs with one full pull on the trigger (IF it gets traction) ive broken every part in the drive train, diffs, spur, dogbones, outdrives, even the drive shaft once! i think im going to retire the motor though, its just too much, feathering it gets you 35mph.
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well modified my battery cover I cut it so I could close the cover easily seeing I was having issues closing it due to the ESC placement
also dremeled the side a little bit so my lipo battery pack can fit in nice, and easy
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:24 PM
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What leads you to believe that the RC18T2 is the best/most durable?
mostly due to the slipper, but also the stiffer chassis, gear driven diffs, better steering setup and heavier platform.

given shaft drive is simple and easy to deal with, belt drive isnt too much more to worry about.

just so everyone knows, im dealing with some serious power here, the motor is HOT for a 500 size heli, even with a 30 tooth pinion i can still melt the diffs with one full pull on the trigger (IF it gets traction) ive broken every part in the drive train, diffs, spur, dogbones, outdrives, even the drive shaft once! i think im going to retire the motor though, its just too much, feathering it gets you 35mph.
do you have a link to thist motor you are runnning?
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What leads you to believe that the RC18T2 is the best/most durable?
mostly due to the slipper, but also the stiffer chassis, gear driven diffs, better steering setup and heavier platform.

given shaft drive is simple and easy to deal with, belt drive isnt too much more to worry about.

just so everyone knows, im dealing with some serious power here, the motor is HOT for a 500 size heli, even with a 30 tooth pinion i can still melt the diffs with one full pull on the trigger (IF it gets traction) ive broken every part in the drive train, diffs, spur, dogbones, outdrives, even the drive shaft once! i think im going to retire the motor though, its just too much, feathering it gets you 35mph.
do you have a link to thist motor you are runnning?
suuuuure [link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__11177__Turnigy_450_500_H2223_Brushless_outrunner _4400KV.html]big daddy motor[/link]
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Wow...$12 that will be one of my next RC purchases for sure!
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sooo anyone see the vid on youtube where a guy slapped a 7800kv motor into his recon with no mods.
1st he did a 5200kv HW motor, and it seemed to hold up pretty good don't think he broke anything on it
the 7800 destroyed the diffs after a while of zipping like a bat out of hell though
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I know I posted this question earlier in the thread. But has anyone had a chance to see if any parts from the 18T fit the Recon.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:20 PM
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so for a 100 bucks, these sound like a good deal??
and how fast are they with 2s lipo?
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I know I posted this question earlier in the thread. But has anyone had a chance to see if any parts from the 18T fit the Recon.
been trying to win an 18b on ebay for the past 2 weeks
they keep going for ludicrous prices for beat up stock ones [:@]
by ludicrous I mean for $10 or so more I can buy a RTR brand new...
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Old 12-02-2011, 04:09 PM
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Thinking about this body for the ole` Recon.... not a huge fan of the stock one... At least there are plenty of RC18T bodies out there... was going to get one of the bug bodies until I saw this!

PTI Performance 1/18 Jeep Body
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:22 PM
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I like that body man!
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:17 AM
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You can get it from PITi directly or TheToyz has them too.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:35 PM
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Just outta curiosity... it looks like it would be about $30 to have an on-road conversion (tires & body).... Could maybe even swap the pairs depending on what you are planning on doing with it. Took a quick look at the RC18 wheel/tires and a body and that should be it basically. Maybe a shock height adjustment.
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MR is best bang of bucks for 1/18 model? If not what else do you guys prefer 1/18 or 1/16 dont matter. under $150
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