Hi all, another happy df-03ra user here. This forum is excellent thanks all for contributions that helped me to get on road.
There are many different setups discussed here and mine is different again so I'll just list it here for ya all.
Bought mine used as I have almost no tools in where I'm at now and without electronics. I spent quite a bit of time looking for a servo but as it turns out the cheep Futaba S3003 is just okay. I stuffed into it LRP A.I. reverse pro and Eraser 10.5T brushless combo cause I'm novice to cars. For those not familiar there is zero possible setup on the ESC and motor cannot be disassembled. I found other options to be more expensive around here.
I was researching gearing for a good while. The model I received had only 32T pinoin so I'm running this with 75Tspur. I'm sure this is not optimal setup so my first batch of parts will include 29T and 27T pinions. Everyone keeps on going on about having a slipper clutch with brushless motor which I don't have and so far the diffs hold up alright. This may be because my ESC&motor combo is not the most powerful piece out there.
Sure i had to go for lipo batteries. This seems to be the only way. Got one chap and light 2.4Ah and one long lasting 4.6Ah. Took it for a spin to the park and kept on running for an hour or more on 4600mAh. Well I didn’t hold the throttle fully in all the time but I was rather amazed that you can get same run time as charge time.
It runs great on tarmac, beach is fun but sand is harder to clean, gravel is spectacular. Parents were running away with the kids it was such a mess. The problem sure was steering binding, that was rather annoying but I’m working on an upgrade using office supplies and it’s lot better now. I must say I found the reason why go out when it’s raining really hard. It is the best. Wet tarmac and puddles of water. Tonnes of fun. I’d like to make a little video of it but am lacking cameraman and waterproof camera. Now I’m waiting for the snow to come but it seems unlikely this year.
Body is a bit beaten up already so doing some reinforcements now and once I finalize my version of water proof chassis cover will post up some pics.