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Old 08-14-2009, 11:28 AM
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Default RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

Hello,
I was looking at the RedCat website at the 1/10 scale brushless models and I was very impressed. The only concern I have after looking at the photos was the lack of a cover for the spur and pinion gear. Does anyone that owns one of these cars have any trouble with rocks and debris getting into the gear mesh? Other than that it looks like alot of car for the money.


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Old 08-14-2009, 01:59 PM
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No more then any other vehicle.
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:59 PM
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Thanks for the response. No more than any other vehicle without a cover or no more than any other vehicle out there?
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:38 PM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

Well obviously there are some with covers and stuff. But he was saying other out there are open too. Ive havent had any problems with it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:54 PM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

I've run a bunch of packs through it and never had a problem. I run in dirt and small rocks. I've burned up 3 motors in it, literally, let the magic smoke out. But but no gear problems.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:51 AM
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OK. Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:45 PM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

I've had my brushless Vortex for awhile, and I've stripped the spur gear from running at 11v, and with oversized tires, but never had a problem with debris in the pinion/spur. I've run in dirt, sand and gravel.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:54 AM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

Yes unfortunately small rocks chewed up my first Redcat Vortex's pinion gear, after that I installed protective screens around the vunerable areas. You can also buy aftermarket products to cover those areas (someone told me about them but I have not found any so far) I stay away from small gravel and rocks and seek out hard packed durt that does not kick up alot of dust. Are local track hs a good hard dirt base and they water it down often
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My question is involving a Vortex EPX PRO. What it's doing after it's first run,is when the esc is turned on,it initializes beeps then flashes red and green led. Then I also get no response from the transmitter,which also is not showing its battery status led lights either,which is kind of telling me the transmitter may already be malfunctioning. Please tell me some input about what may be the problem Thanks for the help my fellow Redcat owners.

Sorry false alarm I figured out the problem.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:38 PM
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Yes it sounds like your transmitter to me. If you purchased it less than 30 days ago and the transmitter is at fault Redcat will replace it. You may want to borrow another Transmitter (make sure your replace the crystal from that transmitter's reciever) to confirm it's a fauly taransmitter. Also check the transmitters batteries to be sure they are good and/or that the springs that hold them in place are not kinked or bent and not making good contact. If your transmitters red LED light is not on thats more than likely the problem. I had to replace one of mine a little while back so I would contact Redcat directly they were quick to respond to my problem and (regardless what you may have heard) they have great customer service ad have always responded to my E-mails within 24HRs. If your warenty is over 30 days I have an extra AM transmitter from Redcat I no longer use and it's yours for FREE if you want to pay for postage.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:49 PM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

It turned out that the batteries dont sit solidly in the transmitter,so I got to take care of that. So that being said everything is ok now. And I do feel stupid not thinking of that sooner. Thanks for your response though. Yes I agree with the customer service being good,they have reponded to my prior issues which were pre purchase issues,but they responded and were helpful none the less. To think I was first considering a Traxxas slash,the Vortex EPX PRO looks even better and faster due to being brushless already. So that all being said,I could'nt be happier with my investment,of course more upgrades are in the works. Other than foan cushioned larger tires already mounted.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:00 PM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

Just thought you would like to see the Vortex size compaired to Slash. (Both are 1/10 scale)
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

Oh I see,so vortex is just a little smaller. The bodies seem to make them both look so big. I had a stampede vxl at one time too. So the size made me think.......these things are huge lol.
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

I just purchased the Redcat "Aftershock" 1/8th scale (its about the same size as my Traxxas 1/10th) Duel Lipo battery powers the Brushless motor so this trucks is very fast. Depending who you buy it from its around $300.00 So if you like the Vortex I thinkyou will be blown away by all of the features Aftershock has. Very very fast right out the box
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:51 PM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

Yes I am very blown away by the features and it's going to be next on my list. It looks tough and aggressive thats for sure. I'll end up buying one from a Redcat dealer on here,the same one that I bought my vortex from. Oh and I also got to say your slash and votex trucks look good too. I also have a nitro rustler,that I'm trying to sell. I worked on everything else,sooooo I think I got the one way bearing to fix next,I just can't get it to fire up. If that does'nt work then the motor may be bad I guess,I worked on and replaced everything else.
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

I also have some pix of the truck with the body removed if you want I will upload them for you
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:04 PM
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That's cool sure I would like to see what under the body upgrades you got.
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:24 PM
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Well there are no upgades this all stock (however I custom drew the decals of the hardware you saw on the body to match an actual desert truck) So what you see here is what you will get when you order one. And thats what I like so much about Redcat. They are so fast right out of the box the only upgrades you may want to do is beef up the plastic parts in the high impact areas. Motst of the alumuinum upgrades cost less than the stock plastic parts I have replaced on my Slash. Also I have a couple more pix of the Vortex/Slash compairisons to show you. I wil upload them soon.
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

here are a couple more pix to check out. The one with the red rims shows it with my Traxxas Slash tires on it. When I posted it awhile back the Traxxas loayalist had a major "fit" about it. (don't ask my why i don't understand it either) anyway just thought you would like to see.
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Oh yeah I'm definately liking what I see on both of your posts. And sometime I understand the loyalty of traxxas owners,but we all get to choose what we want or what current budget allows.
For me it was also a budget choice.
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Thats the beauty of these redcats. i am unemployed and still could afford the Aftershock. The Nitro version cost a little less. So are you thinking about buying an Aftershock?
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

I myself have converted over to redcat going so far as to open my own website and sell them to get the product out to people without having to overpay. Don't get me wrong i like some traxxas products i still own a revo and a tmaxx one thing i know for sure though is i have put way more money into them than i could ever resell them for thats why i still have them. When you look at the quality comparison between these 2 companies it's very minimal some have advantages and disadvantages but like others have said when you are on a budget or just don't want to spend the big bucks to bash then go here www.redcatracingproducts.com
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:58 AM
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Default RE: RedCat 1/10 Electric Question

I myself have a Nitro rustler as well,which is down for repair,but otherwise my vortex epx pro does the job just as good too. And the price for my budget was very good.
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:02 AM
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Yeah I'm definately going to consider the aftershock 8e,down the line at some point. I myself have a limited income,coming in here and there.
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I hear ya bought all my Redcats with unemployment checks. Drop me a line when U get your Aftershock and if U have any more questions or want some feedback on its performance my e-mail is : mark_stockie@yahoo.com it was great to hear someone have good things to say. I get so much negative responses whenever a "Brand Loyalist" will see any of my Redcat posts. What I don.t understand if they don't own one or hate them so much why are they on the Redcat threads?
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