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Old 01-01-2012, 06:29 PM
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Hi Guys,

I apologize for the newbie post. I just bought my 7 yr old the mini recon for Christmas. Right out of the box the back left shcok was busted up by the seam. It looked like it would screw back together but after a couple jumps and 15 minutes of use it kept coming undone and I would have to screw it back in place again. My son and I had taken out on a couple of times when he went out of town last week to visit withmy father. Iasked them not to drive it if the shock came loose, but low and behold neither my Dad or my Son listened to me. I do not think they drove it much with the shock loose but definetly drove it with the shock loose some. Long story short. When I plugged it up and drove it after my Son came home it will only drive a couple MPHand makes a high tension sound on the moto like it is stressed or something. I am just learning about RC cars so I have no clue what it is., I literally took the whole car apart, but everything seemed to be working. The motor is still turning the gear at a high speed, and the wheels will still spin pretty fast when you are holding it off the ground, but once it hits the ground it barely moves and will barely go in reverse are turn sharply at all. I literally inspected everything when I took it apart and axles, ball differentials everything seemed to be in place, but still exact same performace when I put it back together. Anybody that could help me troubleshoot what the problem is? My son is really dissapointed, it was great fun the few times we took it out. Happy New Year and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I threw in a 8300 kv brushless motor by dynamite. This truck is crazy is rediculus fast.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:47 PM
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what rims and tires are those
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:14 AM
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Hi everyone now that my boys are getting older I'm living my r/c childhood vicariously through them. So, Santa brought my seven year old a Mini Recon this year. He made it through one charge before both differentials crapped out and 5 teeth on the rear sheared off. I've emailed HPI to see what they'll do but in the meantime I'm researching upgrades. From reading this it sounds like the RC18 parts will work. Could one of you reply with detailed part list (pictures and links would be awesome)?

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Old 01-02-2012, 01:25 PM
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@cpm917 sounds like the mesh is off try to adjust the pinion so there is a teeny bit of wiggleroom between the pinion, and spur (and I mean a extremely small amount)
As for shocks

@lstiffler currently seems the RC18's steel after market diff will fit(I've yet to try it personally) unfortunately the only place I know of in the US to get it has been out of stock for a few weeks(I want a set, and been waiting) http://thetoyz.com/Associated/RC18B/...The-Toyz/9388/
Also HPI will more than likely replace the diffs though they are usually good for the 1st set. In my one buggy I liquefied the diffs from flinging a BL setup that was wayy too powerful for the RC in to it, and HPI sent me out a replacement even though I said what I did
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unfortunately the only place I know of in the US to get it has been out of stock for a few weeks(I want a set, and been waiting)
I bought them here:

http://www.asiatees.com/display.php?...ed&model=RC18T

Not USA but they have them, and shipped quick.

Perfect fit in the Recon

MIP Super Diff I got from the Toyz.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:39 PM
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unfortunately the only place I know of in the US to get it has been out of stock for a few weeks(I want a set, and been waiting)
I bought them here:

http://www.asiatees.com/display.php?...ed&model=RC18T

Not USA but they have them, and shipped quick.

Perfect fit in the Recon

MIP Super Diff I got from the Toyz.
think I will wait for toys to get them in seeing they are $10 cheaper...
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:28 PM
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I hit up two hobby shops this afternoon. Scooped up an RC18T Complete Diff Kit (plastic) and aluminium dog bones. Unfortunately only could build one so we're running 2wd until I can find some super diffs. At least we can run for now...

Thanks for the help... 
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:41 PM
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think I will wait for toys to get them in seeing they are $10 cheaper...
True but I've had them for a few weeks, would still be waiting for them from the Toyz, I've had my $10 worth of fun in the last few weeks
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Great, thanks Venom and Steven.
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Atomika What tires and wheels are those and is there any mods needed for them? thanks.
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@ lstiffler
Great you have some metal dog bones, do you have a part number for the aluminium dog bones for me?
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a little picture post:

so here's the rear diff disassembled. bearings melted into a pile of goo...



here's the front. two halves melted together. the metal washer was pushed out to one side...



so i picked up the RC18T Complete Diff Kit (#21024) (not pictured) and these guys...



here are both installed...



also picked up some aluminium spring cups (lost a stock one on the inaugural run)...



installed...



reassembled everything. ran it for 30 seconds in the short grass out front. hopped down the six inch curb and BLAM!



this little "Ready to Run" truck is turning out to not be so "Ready to Run"...

anyone have some cheap wheels and tires laying around?


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Old 01-03-2012, 06:12 PM
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ebay- propulse.

just dont buy all of them, or i will go to your house and break your legs. (just kidding but still dont be a hog )
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:00 PM
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hmm got my titanium turnbuckles, and after opening them found out they were for the RC18r... the place I got them from didn't have that in the description... I'll be honest I never knew there was even a rc18r...

As for tires I got the RC18 12mm hex adapter kit(cale with alum hex'x with an offset, and 5mm to 3mm flange adapter for the rims hole so it won't wobble), put on a set of tamiya rims I had laying around, and got some tamiya rally tires for it tires themselves cost me like $25 for the 4, and the rims well I had them sitting around for over a year so I dunno.
I got to pick up the megatech alum upgrade kit tomorrow at the post office after that(and hopefully I will find 6 small screws to cut for tie-rods) I might take a pic of what it looks like now
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:33 AM
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Well picked up the aluminum megapro kit, and installed most of it.

Found out the recon is not a 100% clone of the propulse/megapro like we all thought. There are 3 part differences 1 the motor mount is designed better on the propulse IMO, and 2 the chassis, and the spur gear cover are slightly different to accommodate the different motor mount. The motor mount for the propulse is completely different than the recons. The recon you adjust gear mesh by loosening the 2 screws on the bottom, and one on top, and slide it where the pro-pulse/megapro have a more traditional stationary motor plate that you loosen the screws that go into the motor, and slide it.

Outside that the parts are basically identical.

Here is my recon with the majority of the propulse aluminum upgrade kit on. Things I didn't use the arms(hate aluminum arms), the motor mount (reason I stated above), and the 4 blue wheel lock nuts that came with it (they wouldn't work with the rims).
The 12mm kit is part #AET10MS06 I got it from everythingrc on ebay under "Associated RC18 Blue alum. sedan wheel adapter 18t"

Still need to get tierods so I can put the wheels pitch correct. seeing they are bellowing in.

Mods I did to make the RPM arms fit the alum parts. Used a 5/64th's drill bit to enlarge the holes on the C-hubs, and rear wheel carriers. Also used my dremel to dremel a teeny bit of the RPM arm to widen the part the C-hub, and rear carriers go in so the would move freely (just a hair off both sides). Shock towers screwed right on, and had to loosen the battery screws by 1 turn to get the aluminum battery bar to fit.

Also did a measurement the tamiya rally tires I got the diameter is 10mm greater than the stock recons, so I could not recommend them to people running the stock brushed setup.
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sorry, my post has made ​​problems
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Hi guys,

I am really new in the RC world but I was looking for a proper topic for the HPI Mini Recon and this brought me here.

Soo first my important question - I want to try putting tires from bigger RC on the MR, but I am not really familiar with the other cars on the market, so ca you recommend my anything bigger that you think will be able to fit the recon without to much modifications and effort?

And if any of you is interested here is what we \me and a friend of mine\ have done with the Mini Recon so far...
The original ESC was changed by Turnigy TrackStar 18A 1/18th Scale Brushless Car ESC + small 3100kV Brushless Motor and a 1800 mAh LiPo \fits perfectly on the place on the original one\. We also did some modifications on the isolation for the "vulnerable" parts so the car can run on snow.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2D9f1i1isY[/youtube]

BTW this \in the video\ is not the full potential of the motor, because at the time of the "video shoot" I have forgot the Turnigy TrackStar ESC Programing Car and the motor was running on lowest frequency. Anyway the recon is a lot of fun for driving on snow/ice.
So now I have some cool ideas for visual modifications, but we will see how the things will go :P
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Soo first my important question - I want to try putting tires from bigger RC on the MR, but I am not really familiar with the other cars on the market, so ca you recommend my anything bigger that you think will be able to fit the recon without to much modifications and effort?
If ya look up 3 posts at the post I did I have the part listed to let you adapt 1/10th scale rims to it

The 12mm kit is part #AET10MS06 I got it from everythingrc on ebay under "Associated RC18 Blue alum. sedan wheel adapter 18t"

I put 1/10th scale sedan rims on it with tamiya rally tires they are 10mm's bigger diameter wise.
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@SyCo_VeNoM - 10x. I saw that but was looking for rims that will fit without adapter \not sure if possible at all\
But if I don't find any I will just test the 12mm kit
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@SyCo_VeNoM - 10x. I saw that but was looking for rims that will fit without adapter \not sure if possible at all\
But if I don't find any I will just test the 12mm kit

PS: Here are the photos of my MR in its current state

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http://strangera.files.wordpress.com...ni-recon-4.jpg
http://strangera.files.wordpress.com...ni-recon-6.jpg

ahh ok
only rims I seen that will fit without adapters are the losi 18th scale rears, and RC18 rims when I was at my LHS (that have a pretty big variety on this stuff).
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For those of you wondering about the wheels/tires I'm running, they're from the Extreme Machines 1/16 Monster XX. Its a cheap-o RC18 clone that came out X-mas of last year. (2010)
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I have these tires on the mini recon and love them:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/230714334...84.m1439.l2649

Losi Mini-T Smasher

I also have these but they are a bigger diameter and less grippy:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/360326592...84.m1439.l2649

Associated Wheel/Tire Insert, Mounted: 18-MT
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I have stripped my spur and pinion gears.  Can anyone recommend a good gear combo/vendor fro replacement.  Running stock drive train and motor.
 
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I have stripped my spur and pinion gears. Can anyone recommend a good gear combo/vendor fro replacement. Running stock drive train and motor.

Thanks!
http://www.rchobbyexplosion.com/MEGA...mtpt-mp125.htm

I wish they would ship here to Australia. Anyone want to forward a package for me?

EDIT: PM replied, thank you!
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