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Old 09-04-2011, 01:58 PM
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Default caldera 3.0

i ve been browsing the forum for a few days and noticed that there isnt alot of info about the caldera 3.0
i have questions like..

1: are hop-ups available
2: what engines can be swapped for use in this truck
3: reviews,possibly from owners??

looking foward to reading some good replies
my truck comes in a few days

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Old 09-04-2011, 03:23 PM
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i ve been browsing the forum for a few days and noticed that there isnt alot of info about the caldera 3.0
i have questions like..

1: are hop-ups available
2: what engines can be swapped for use in this truck
3: reviews,possibly from owners??

looking foward to reading some good replies
my truck comes in a few days

thanks
plenty of hop ups availible from redcat.
better shocks, shock towers, steering links, CVD driveshafts, and many other parts that have alloy upgrades.

Not sure what motors can be a direct swap(meaning no mods needed)
but the SH .21 might fit.
i cant review the nitro caldera, but i had the brushless version of the truck(many same parts.
The stock servos are not the best. but hobbypartz has cheap servos for upgrades.
the 2.4 radio is basic, but works well.
the tires will wear out quick if you drive on pavement alot.
over-all, the chassis holds up well.

its a good idea to go over any nitro when you first get it and check all the screws/bolts. making sure they are tight.
adding some fuel tubing to the drive cups is a good idea as well.
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Old 09-04-2011, 03:45 PM
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thx,what upgrades would you suggest first?
i saw only one hop-up kit specifically for the volcano s30.

however i came across separate alum parts but none said compatible with the caldera 3.0
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thx,what upgrades would you suggest first?
i saw only one hop-up kit specifically for the volcano s30.

however i came across separate alum parts but none said compatible with the caldera 3.0
yeh, the search thing on redcat's site needs some updating.

the caldera shares parts(suspension, shocks, towers) with the 1/8 scale 8e' and 3.5 nitros.

the hubs, arms, towers, shocks, links ect from the 3.5 nitro or earthquake 8e work on the caldera. all of which you can get in alloy.

honestly, just get the better servos and check over the screws and the caldera will run good.
but the alloy hubs, steel spur gear and cast alloy servo saver link are good ones to get.
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big sigh of relief,appreciate the input.
ok,soo..in the event of stuff breaking im reeady to purchase the servos ahead of time,
i see there are a ton of servos on hobbypartz but no idea on which ones to choose..
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big sigh of relief,appreciate the input.
ok,soo..in the event of stuff breaking im reeady to purchase the servos ahead of time,
i see there are a ton of servos on hobbypartz but no idea on which ones to choose..
i buy these ones: http://www.hobbypartz.com/servo-mg996r.html
metal gears instead of plastic, and more torque(especially important on for steering) than the stock servos.
i have then in crawlers, my traxxas rustler, and in many other RC's i have had.
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two of these for my application..and im good?
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big sigh of relief,appreciate the input.
ok,soo..in the event of stuff breaking im reeady to purchase the servos ahead of time,
i see there are a ton of servos on hobbypartz but no idea on which ones to choose..
i buy these ones: http://www.hobbypartz.com/servo-mg996r.html
metal gears instead of plastic, and more torque(especially important on for steering) than the stock servos.
i have then in crawlers, my traxxas rustler, and in many other RC's i have had.
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yep, one to replace the steering servo
the other to replace the throttle/break servo.
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ok,bought two of em.
these aluminum parts are kinda pricey..is it that way on most sites?
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yep, one to replace the steering servo
the other to replace the throttle/break servo.
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ok,bought two of em.
these aluminum parts are kinda pricey..is it that way on most sites?
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yep, one to replace the steering servo
the other to replace the throttle/break servo.
the more parts you can get at one time, the lower the price. combining shipping and all.
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Tower Hobby has an Associated metal gear servo that looks promising. I picked one up but have yet to try it out.
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let us know how it works.

can i use a spur gear with more teeth?
and how would it affect performance?
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Tower Hobby has an Associated metal gear servo that looks promising. I picked one up but have yet to try it out.
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let us know how it works.

can i use a spur gear with more teeth?
and how would it affect performance?
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Tower Hobby has an Associated metal gear servo that looks promising. I picked one up but have yet to try it out.
more teeth on the spur gear will reduce top speed and increase low-end torque(acceleration)
but the caldera has a 2 speed tranny. so it will already have good low end and top speed.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:29 PM
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ok,so i will replace with a similar gear when the need arises
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let us know how it works.

can i use a spur gear with more teeth?
and how would it affect performance?
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Tower Hobby has an Associated metal gear servo that looks promising. I picked one up but have yet to try it out.
more teeth on the spur gear will reduce top speed and increase low-end torque(acceleration)
but the caldera has a 2 speed tranny. so it will already have good low end and top speed.
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