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Old 11-19-2006, 12:45 AM
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Default half track conversion?

has anyone ever heard of a half track that you can put on your rc truck. if you know of a link please post it . or if you have the conversion please post pics. i'm asking cause it sound like a cool idea and i was just wondering if anyone makes it.

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Old 11-19-2006, 12:50 AM
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I've never seen a kit that you could buy so if you wanted one it would have to be custom. I want to do one with my electric stampede, just like figure out a way to mount 2 more tires in the rear and run a track over the top of them. Yes it would be fun to do something like that though..
Old 11-19-2006, 12:52 AM
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How would you be able to steer it? You would need two engines wouldn't you? Would make for a fun project though.
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Default RE: half track conversion?

yeah you wouldn't be able to steer, heres on way it might work. its crude. did it paint but you the idea. most likely use a tank track with a rods coming from the bumper mounting to a rod or an axle with wheels then the track running around the wheels. and that sloves the steering problem. any other problems people can think of.

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Old 11-19-2006, 01:13 AM
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Then only the rear wheels will have tracks, right? How would it steer if it's only connected to the rear wheels?
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with the front wheels. were you thinking like how a tank would work, with a track going from one wheel to the other right?
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Yeah, I was thinking of a tank. What's the point of having only rear tracks? YOu already have fourwheel drive.[sm=confused.gif]
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Something like this would probably be ideal for a half-track conversion. Basically a modified MGT chassis with a funky centre diff and six wheel drive. I actually saw one of these racing close-up (i was marshalling) and it was incredible. Very stable and fast with an OS .30. The only bad thing about it was that it didn't handle the jumps too well....

http://www.beatyourtruck.com/prodrev...ckstop6x6.html
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They call it a half track because only the rear wheels have a track. The front are left by themselves so that you can steer. This was a military vehicle back in ww2. That drawing on the mgt a few posts up is how it will look and that should work fine just it would have to be all custom.
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yeah its possible lots of work. i can make everything else its just finding the right length of track and making sure i have a strong and properly angled mounting brackets.
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Get this and a track at the LHS for a tank or get something from Home Depot like a belt.
https://secure.manwaringweb.com/truc...107&category=1
Old 11-19-2006, 10:42 PM
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i'm thinking about doing what evader mgt said but not make it 6 wheel drive. i'll make everything my self.
Old 11-19-2006, 10:57 PM
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how about making a extra-long set of tire chains to go around both rear tires? that's just tempting enough, i'll be thinking about that one.
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sounds good once i get my half track i'll do that. but then then theres really no point of having chains. you'll already have more grip with the half track except on ice.
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what are you going to do for the tracks? i just thought that a set of chains might be easier to make and keep on the truck than a set of rubber tracks. i'm sure that a mod of this kind will slow the truck down too, lower gears will be necessary due to more drag. this all sounds like a cool project. got anything started yet, ferrari?
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well considering i don't have my truck yet. no this was a crazy idea i came up. but i'm going to do it when it comes which will be this Friday hopefully. heres a design i came up with in math class[8D]. these are meant for snow and maybe loose dirt but i'll probably never take it off unless i come up with some thing better for the rear. stuipd scanner i'll have to do it at evaders house that is if hes willing to pull himself away from his XBOX 360.[:@]
Old 02-05-2007, 06:54 PM
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Default RE: half track conversion?

Hey, newbie to the forum here, but I have some good info for you.

Tire chains are available for r/c rigs. The cheapest I have seen them is on eBay. Just do a search for r/c chains.

Also, I saw a 4wd truck that had tracks in place of all 4 wheels. At the time I couldn't afford the vehicle, so I didn't save the auction or the name of the seller. Wish I had, 'cause now I can afford it.

What they were was a track assembly that just bolts on where the rims go. Looked really cool and aggressive.
I just wish I could find out where the guy got them.

Go to mattracks.com to see the life size version.

I'm searching for the r/c size ones and will post a link when I find them.
Everyone have a good one!
Old 02-05-2007, 11:42 PM
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Hey, thanks for the help bud. He is my best friend and he's standing next to me. Where's goldendale?
Old 02-06-2007, 11:45 AM
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Default RE: half track conversion?

i have seen a kit that uses a planetary hub for each wheel and the wheel is replaced with the track. it looks like a triangle track setup for each wheel.
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Default RE: half track conversion?

Well, evader, Goldendale is south of Yakima about 70 miles. "The Land Of Nowhere"

And here's a link showing a great set of mattracks:
http://www.rcuvideos.com/view_video....9067c67f663b91

I also found out that Radio Shack used to make a Ford F350 with a full set of 4 Mattracks.
I just bought one on eBay this morning. Going to see if I can use them on something else.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the video as much I did.

And jombo, do you know where those kits can be purchased? Thanks.

See ya!
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Default RE: half track conversion?

no, i cant find it. i saw them about a year ago and dont remember where.
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Hi ferrariowner123

this is my 4wd half-track or 6wd vehicle.

Here's the link for more details:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_60...mpage_3/tm.htm
Look for Kegresse's post.

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Default RE: half track conversion?

i'm actually fairly surprised no one has thought of steering the way the real thing does, each track has it's own brake, and a differential (in bulldozers and other tracked vehicles they usually use a clutch for each wheel instead of a diff, but that is a lot more complicated) between the sets of track, and each brake is controlled by it's own servo using a Y connector, the same as used for the steering on the revo (or using one servo with a bar horn similar to what is used for the throttle/brake on the savage), when you turn left, the brake on the left track is applied sending power to the right track, turning the vehicle left, when it come to stopping both brakes are applied at the same time stopping both tracks either by another brake system on the transmission or using another servo to control the brakes connected to each track.
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try something like this.

http://www.mattracks.com/html/truck_tracks.htm

Maybe use the tracks from a kyosho snow blizzard

Steve

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