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Old 08-17-2010, 07:20 PM
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Yesterday I was bashing my Tornado S30 in a ditch next to my house and it bumped into the curb (not too hard). Directly after that, the electronics ceased to function, and the thing was nailed at full power. I was forced to watch helplessly as my buggy recovered from the shock and bounced onto the street, throttle gunned. The next thing I knew, it had shifted and smashed, full speed, into a stone wall. It flipped over and revved so fast it shredded my tires before I could get at the flywheel with a stick. Damn, another $50 in repairs.

My batteries are duct-taped in, and when I switched the car off and on again the electronics were fine. I suppose I could just buy a throttle return spring (and I will), but I would prefer that this issue be fixed. What part of the electronics do I have to protect with foam to keep this from happnening again? Is it the switch getting knocked back to off? Any help here?
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:03 PM
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UPDATE:
I thought it might be the switch soooo....
I cut some wires, relocated the battery plugs to the outside, and bypassed the switch. I took it out (everything seemed normal), ran it a bit, but when I went off a 1.5 foot jump the electronics died again. I checked my juryrigged plugs (they were still in and working) So I plugged and unplugged them a couple times. Nothing happened. I tapped the electronics box kind of hard, and lo-and-behold, working again. Is it the receiver or the batterys? And what can I do to stop this from happening again?
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:44 AM
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ummmmmm... hello? :0
I'm just gonna stuff my receiver box full of foam and put on a failsafe. Problem solved.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:11 AM
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cswtornado,

It could be the receiver or the battery holder, when jarred does the electronics completely shut off with no power?

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It seems like it, but I don't know, how do you tell?
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:56 AM
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cswtornado,

If the power was cut off then nothing would work on the vehicle and you could turn the servos by hand, meaning the on/off switch could broke or you lost a connection. But if you still had power the servo/s would work or at least be holding in one position, meaning you probably lost signal.

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Ok, then I completely lost power.
I replaced the batteries just a few days ago, bypassed the switch, the stuff is all fine UNTIL it gets jolted. Would a fail safe work for this problem? I just ordered one plus a new receiver.
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cswtornado,

Well if you are losing power completely them it's most likely going to be a bad connection somewhere causing the receiver to get no power. I would even get another battery holder and make sure that isn't defective. if the receiver has no power a failsafe will not work, because the failsafe needs power to turn the servo. But you could use the failsafe along with a throttle return spring so when you lose signal, the failsafe will kick on. But if you loose power the return spring will pull the carb closed.

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How do I set a a throttle return spring with my Tornado BB? I tried to install one a while back and I can't seem to get it to work right
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Try the rubber band around the carb linkage trick..
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Its a rotary carb, not slide
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cswtornado,

You could try connecting one end of the spring to the throttle linkage, and the other end to like the shock tower. Something like that should work.

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