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Old 09-24-2016, 11:16 AM
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Hey guys, I just bought this car for my son, and it seems to have a bit of potential for a toy grade rc! I can't find much about it,but has anyone here done any kids on one of these? Seems like hobby grade shocks would fit quite nicely on it! Maybe even a brushless motor.. Here is a pic of it
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Old 09-24-2016, 02:10 PM
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Hey vintageshack. looks like a cool toy man.
it does look like hobby grade shocks would fit and maybe even some good tires. i'm not sure going brushless would be a good idea but if you want to go for it. if it was mine i would stay brushed but upgrade to hobby electronics, get a better ESC and run it on lipo power but with caution because there is a good chance the gears are plastic and can melt from the power increase. you could even put some LEDs in those light buckets for nighttime runs. you should open it up and see if there is room for a servo up front. it kinda looks like the steering is setup on the rear of the front tires. if so the servo may fit pretty good.
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:06 AM
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I haven't had it apart yet because my son plays with it every day! This thing is fast!! I'm not sure, but its possible it has a brushless motor to begin with! The battery seems pretty good too.. a 1300mAh 9.6v Lithium Ion that holds its charge for quite a while! It definitely needs better shocks though, as the current ones just pogo the car when it goes over any bump.. Tires are a must too.. its good on the gravel, but not so much in the grass.. The radio is a 2.4 ghz instead of the usual 27 or 49 MHz ones you get in the smaller cars..
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cool sounds like you got something good to start out with.
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Here is my Topmaxx upgraded with hobby grade electrics. Traxxas sterring servo, Dynamite speed control, 2.4ghz radio, 7.4v lipo batyery. You can use a tamiya rearend, and convert all the hubs to hobby grade, then you can bolt the wheels on too. Cost wise, it really isn't an worthy investment, though for the beginner it is a learning experience.
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I decided to try the hobby grade shocks and they fit perfectly! Well, semi perfectly.. I had to remove the plastic cover from the motor to clear the shock.. These are nice because they are adjustable.. With the stock "shocks" the rear was bottoming out all the time.. I will definitely look into upgrading the bearings too. The rear wheels are pretty loose already..
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I was wondering if you did anything further with this? I bought the same car for my son and it does the job just fine apart from the play in the rear axles/hubs, which are just terrible. A plastic axle in a plastic carrier with no bearings or bushes. I have seen some metal axles that look like existing dog bone drive shafts would fit but I have yet to find any bearing Carriers that I am sure would fit. If anyone has replaced the axles I would love to know what parts they used.
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Old 04-16-2017, 08:24 PM
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No I didn't end up doing anything with the rear yet.. It really needs something back there tho! There is way too much play.. I know if it had actual bearings there it would improve this car so much!
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You might be able to use some washers to tighten it up some.
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Old 05-17-2017, 01:25 PM
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I tried using washers on the back wheels and it tightened it up quite a bit! It makes a difference in performance as well!
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That's awesome. glad to hear it worked out.
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