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    traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?



    hi

    new to this forum

    need suggestions


    okay, i am a newer rc boat hobbyist

    got a traxxas villain ex last year and the traxxas ez peak charger

    wow, alot of fun, boat WAS fast each and every one of the 10 times i took it to the various ponds

    near the end of last year and now the boat sounds fast, fully charged, motors, props working good {i think}, butdoesnt have the zip that it previously had

    so, thru suggestions i got new 7.2 volt, 3000mah batteries and still the traxxas villain doesnt have the zip it once had

    any suggestions ?

    how can i get the speed back for this boat ?

    should i replace the motors?




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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    Do you have water cooling? If not the motors may have gotten hot and the magnets lost some zip. You could try a couple new motors I've seen them for under $20.
    I would definately add the cooling if you don't have it, I used two pickups on the transom to cool the motors seperately.
    Keep the driveline lubed and there are bushings on each end of the motors that you can give a drop of oil.
    You can run 7 cell packs (8.4v) that will give you extra speed. The hump style packs will just barely fit.
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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    I have one that I'm selling for parts. The esc does not go forward but reverse ok. Motors have water cooling kit. Plus I have 4 sets of batteries that will include free. As is asking $100.00 obo plus shipping.

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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    YOU CAN BUY THE BATTERY FROM [ WWW.TOWER HOBBIES.COM] 6-cell NiMH 8.5 VOLT YOU CAN GO BERY FAST,GOOD LUCK
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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    thanx

    still open for more suggestions to get this boat back to the power it had, appreciate any and all, thanx again

    yes i do have the water cooling

    pretty sure i am good with the batteries, for now, may do the more powerful ones later

    thinking the 2 motor replacement is worth a try, and at around 20 each sounds okay

    again, the original motors sound powerful

    hoping the motor replacement is fairly easy and straightforward, meaning no special knowledge or tools to do it

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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    What kind of "new" batteries did you get....don't say Venom....

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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    tenergy from the battery superstore on amazon

    7.2 v  3000mah

    also had to get the connectors from  maj hobbies for these new batteries




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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

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    ordered 2 traxxas titan marine 550 motors - 38$ total shipped to me from amazon.com

    they look the same as the traxxas villain ex has in it now

    gonna go to youtube to see if i can get tips on installing them


    still need any help anyone can offer on this project

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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    Did you grease the shafts.
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    Over the years I have spent nearly all of my money on boats, beer, and women. The rest of it I just wasted.

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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    If you have soldered battery connectors you shouldn't have any trouble with the motor connections. Pre-tin everything and use flux. One motor spins the opposite way so it's connections are reversed. You can always go up a tooth or two on your motor pinions for a bit more speed if your motor temps are okay. Are you using the silicone oil in the nipple's for the driveline or something else to lube them?
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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    okay

    2 motors are in !

    picked up a soldering iron and tin

    need to get some kind of lube

    guess just unscrew the motors out, lube new shafts, pre tin electrical connections, insert new motors keeping an eye on polarity for new electrical connection

    anything else ?


    will do all this soon

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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    You will need to take the old pinion gears off the motors and reinstall them on the new motors use a little blue loctite on the set screws.
    Use a piece of paper between the gears to set the gear mesh.
    The lube that Traxxas supplies is just silicone oil like they use for shock fluid on rc cars it just squirts in through the nipple by the gear cover.
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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    I have put new motors in my Villain EX every year. Just finished a complete rebuild on mine actually, it was in pretty shaggy shape after last summer. Replaced all my cooling lines, new Titans, new driveshaft bushings. I have plenty of fun with this boat in stock form, aside from an RX8 and 4S lipo powering it.
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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    okay

    thanx to all, especially tombsy

    all input, suggestions, relaed experiences appreciated

    anyone reading, please chime in


    taking motors out now

    7 screws removed, one to go

    yeah, lets do this !

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    RE: traxxas villain ex slower this year - why?

    okay

    cant get the gear pinions off the motors to reuse on new motors

    1.5 mm hex bit is the correct tool but it wont remove the set screws on either pinion, loose, not a snug tight fit to loosen

    may just get a couple new gear pinions from either traxxas or a hobby shop


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