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Sir Not Appearing 06-26-2013 10:04 PM

My brushless Magic Wheel/T-Maxx SCT
I had a student bring in a Smartech Magic Wheel (T-Maxx clone) last year and asked me to help him get it running. I helped him out and got it running pretty well. Fired up easily, idled great, but was just a bit doggy with a .15 pushing a monster truck. The thing looked brand new except it was missing the body. A couple days later, he sold it to another student who proceeded to crash it over and over breaking the front suspension to pieces. He asked me if he could leave it in my room along with an old Kyosho Dodge Ram QRC chassis and he was going to piece something together. Of course, it never happened and when I asked him to pick them up, he offered to sell them to me for $40. I offered $30 and he took it.

After buying a few parts from various eBay chopshops, I ended up with what you see below. I sold all the parts I didn't need (wheels/tires, original chassis plate, engine, etc.) to help get some of my money back.







Now, the rolling chassis is about 50% Traxxas and 50% Smartech. I'm running a Gforce 2650kv motor and Hobbywing 100A SC8 ESC from Value Hobby, a leftover battery tray from when I converted my Inferno to brushless, 4S Sky lipo pack, 23T pinion and 40T spur. It runs great and has been really reliable. I was worried about the Tmaxx drivetrain holding up to the torque of the brushless motor, but I think the smaller SCT wheels relieve much of the stress. I have a dogbone from the tranny to the rear, but the rest of the shafts are the old style Traxxas splined shafts.

DieHarder 06-27-2013 05:38 AM

RE: My brushless Magic Wheel/T-Maxx SCT
Cool,.... Nice to see someone's taking interest in off-brands and making them hobby grade. Good job! ;)

Sir Not Appearing 06-27-2013 11:35 AM

RE: My brushless Magic Wheel/T-Maxx SCT



Cool,.... Nice to see someone's taking interest in off-brands and making them hobby grade. Good job! ;)
Yeah, the Magic Wheel is an almost exact duplicate of the first-gen T-maxx. In fact, I have yet to find any Traxxas parts that don't bolt on in place of the Smartech stuff when I replace broken items. I used a Traxxas chassis plate with a. 75 extension to get the wheelbase right. Its a blast in the dirt, but really sucks on asphalt due to rolling easily.... But my Inferno takes care of the on road fun.

haroldd 06-28-2013 07:19 PM

RE: My brushless Magic Wheel/T-Maxx SCT
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phmaximus 06-29-2013 06:15 AM

RE: My brushless Magic Wheel/T-Maxx SCT
That's awesome, great out of the box thinking

scuba_steve 02-21-2014 12:26 PM

i know this is an old thread, but I have one of those awesome magic wheels. Been thinking about converting to brushless. How difficult? Did you have to do any major fabricating?

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