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Old 04-22-2007, 08:55 PM
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alright, thanks. One last thing though, ow is the stock steering servo? Its only 40 oz and that doesnt seem like enough to me..
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:06 PM
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junk, I have a 645mg on mine and its awesome, the stock servo seems ok for the throttle, throw the steering servo in your box as a backup
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:54 PM
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Finally a review of the firestorm
[link=http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=844]Firestorm review[/link]
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Old 04-24-2007, 08:42 PM
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i just ordered one of these on Sunday, it should be in by tommorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!

what break-in procedure should i use, i have used the traxxas procedure on every other nitro engine i have had, however they have all been traxxas engines.

-first tank (idle/or no idle) i have heard both sides of this many times (so yes/or no)
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:22 PM
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it will explain how to break it in, in the manual
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:15 PM
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i just ordered one of these on Sunday, it should be in by tommorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!

what break-in procedure should i use, i have used the traxxas procedure on every other nitro engine i have had, however they have all been traxxas engines.

-first tank (idle/or no idle) i have heard both sides of this many times (so yes/or no)
take your pick, everyone does different, I personally heat cycle 4 tanks thru then start running the motor, I am easy for a few tanks then its ready...I'm pushing 9 gallons on a picco 27 and its still a beast, you can tell a difference in another picco 27 I have with only 4 gallons on it, but it still hauls, and has awesome power....I have all new parts and bearing to restore its youthful self when the time comes

if you have had good luck with the traxxas method then use it...if you have to replace the piston and sleeve in a couple gallons then I wouldn't use that method anymore

ALSO congrates on the purchase, great truck
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:17 PM
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Anyone else racing EDM Dirt OVAL with this truck???
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:24 AM
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would someone explain the heat cycle method to me please
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:19 AM
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use the break in that is described in your manuel man, Heat cycling is used more in air plane engines than the cars and thats only because there was no way to put a load on the engine[:'(]
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Old 04-25-2007, 01:39 PM
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i did, but i am curious as to what it is
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:53 PM
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Here's a copy of the heat cycle method........


Engine Tempering & Engine Breakin
Reprinted From S-Grid with Stephen Bess's permission

If you are still idling at least a tank through during break-in, you're using the old-school accepted method (still works well for some!) but it's not the method that the top engine guys (Ron Paris, Dennis Richey, Rody Roem, Michael Salven are just a few I've spoken personally with about this) recommend anymore.

From the very 1st time you start your engine, plop the car on the ground & begin running it in a parking lot in 2-3 minute intervals, tuned only *slightly rich* getting the temps up in the 200F range on a normal day. Every 2-3 minutes, shut the engine down & let it cool completely with the piston at BDC, and then fire it back up; continue this cycle until you've run 15 min or so, and then bump up to 3-4 minute intervals. Vary the RPM and don't be afraid to get the temps in the 200's. What you want is heat cycling of the components without the incredible stress that comes with breaking an engine in when it's overly rich & cold. After cycling the engine in this manner for about 20-25 total minutes, it'll be ready for the track and race tuning. I realize this method goes against the old-school "idle on the box" routine, but you'll be amazed once you've completed this break-in routine, your engine will still have amazing pinch w/out sticking at the top AND your engine's compression will last far longer than it will with the "old school" method.

You say you run the engine at "factory settings" for the first FIVE tanks? That alone causes lots of stress, as the factory engine settings are very rich on every engine I've ever owned or tuned. The piston & sleeve haven't expanded to operating temps, and every time the engine turns over, the piston slams into the pinch zone at TDC. The not-so-surprising result can be a cracked con-rod at the crank pin--that's where the majority of the stresses occur as the engine turns over. I've only heard of about 6-8 engines breaking con-rods, and they're ALWAYS during the first gallon...and almost every time it's because the guys have performed the break-in procedure you described. Doesn't seem like a mystery as to why it's happening. Drawing out the break-in routine really stresses the engine & actually wears away compression along the way. This method I've outlined will feel weird at every step, but after you try it once, you'll notice a big difference in your engine's performance & lifespan.

Rick Brake RB Mods
Hope this helps; give this break-in method a shot--you have nothing to gain except longer life & more power
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:28 PM
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what is the first upgrade that i should get for my firestorm that would help get better performance
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:07 PM
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clutch bells
the 21 tooth rocks in my opinion, you still get wheelies and it is stupid fast
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:39 PM
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Me and my brother's firestorms at a local park, taller grass slowed cars a bit in spots, video is just over eighteen min. http://www.rcuvideos.com/item/6CNVKV1HG6TZLWB4
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:13 PM
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Here is another video it's a lot shorter and has music. http://media.putfile.com/two-firestorms-in-the-park
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:20 PM
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Looks like tons of fun!
I want one!
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Old 04-26-2007, 11:46 PM
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I'm new to the hobby and had only had my firestorm for a week when it ran out of range and right in to a car tire. the truck fell in 2 pieces. not as bad as i thought, but one of the 4 parts ordered is taking 2 weeks to be in stock. it was running great can't wait to get back out
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:57 PM
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Has anybody done anything to improve their suspension? Different shocks, oil, etc. How about swaybars?
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Old 04-28-2007, 09:54 PM
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Mrballzy I haven't broken anything but the front bulkhead on mine but I have broken several parts on my new turmoil so I know how it goes. The turmoil has just had allot of weird landings. aaront I put 30 wt oil in my shocks and it seems to have helped but I haven't ran it at the track yet.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:49 PM
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different oil for the shocks, thats about it
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Old 04-29-2007, 05:53 AM
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Its a good little truck and its all about set up for the track your on rather than hop ups. But its always nice to add a little personal BLING to it
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:06 PM
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Here are some photos of my Firestorm with a twist






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Old 04-29-2007, 04:25 PM
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I'm a big fan of rally racing. That is definitely a twist. I like it!
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i am thinking about buying one i herd ppl every were saying they are a peicce of **** but after talking to my friends i am going to buy one in a few days ,,yeaaa
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:55 PM
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were is the chepest place to get an firestorm 10t
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